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My daughter decided to get married on Carnival's Sunshine on January 29, 2015. There were 36 people in our group and the age ranged from 4 - late 70's. We had a place to stay in Florida so we parked our rental car at a parking facility about 5 mins from the cruise terminal. The cost was reasonable, a secured lot and service was great. Everyone in our party experienced nothing but the best in service, food and entertainment. The kids loved camp carnival, the younger group (20-30) loved the bars, excursions and comedy shows (they didn't mind the half hour line up to get in), the middle aged group (40-60) enjoyed the great room and meal services, all the food options and entertainment and the older group (65-80) loved the relaxation, the ports of call and meal options. Half of the group have not cruised before and the other half have cruised with several different cruiselines and many areas of the world. For the cost, this cruise was a great bang for the buck. The ship was in great shape, lots of storage in the rooms and the main areas were very inviting. All of us ate in the main dining room choosing the late sitting at 8:15 nightly. There was a large variety menu so all pallets were pleased. There were a couple of times the baked potatoe was only warm but other than that the meals were great. The steakhouse was amazing and worth every cent of the $35 charge. I strongly recommend you dine there. None of the older group participated in the excursions however the younger crowd did Atlantis in Nassau which they said was 'ok'. They said they would not do it again. They did a beach excursion in St. Tomas and loved it. In San Juan, some did a bus tour of the city and they said it was a great value and the rest of the group just walked the city themselves. The only draw back on the Grand Turk stop was we were only there for 6 hours. It was not long enough on the beach for most of us. Arriving early in the morning would have been better. The sail back to port was longggg, 37 hours. We left Grand Turk at 6pm on Thursday and got back to Port Canaveral at 7am Saturday morning. There was entertainment all over the ship all the time. There was stuff to do that appealed to all ages. Pictures are very expensive and the backgrounds are cheesy and need to be updated however the quality of the photographs is great. We had a balcony cabin (8235) and I would never cruise again without one. We used it all the time and it made our trip more enjoyable. The location of our room was just under the lido deck and not far from the elevators on the 8th floor on starboard side. Our only complaint on that was you could here chairs being moved around on the deck above during the night (I assume by workers setting up). This was a minor issue and not enough to wake us up or keep us awake. We were nervous about the wedding as you are planning from a distance without being able to see the venues. The coordinator at Carnival's office and on the ship were second to none. They took care of everything. The wedding went off without one single issue, the food was amazing as well as the service. The ceremony itself was performed by a minister from Turks and Caicos and he did one of the best jobs I have ever seen at a wedding. All the guests couldn't believe how classy the entire event was. If you have any questions about wedding planning and what we experienced I will be happy to help. Our trip was simply PERFECT!!!

Wedding and cruise was perfect!!!

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by newfieprincess

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My daughter decided to get married on Carnival's Sunshine on January 29, 2015. There were 36 people in our group and the age ranged from 4 - late 70's. We had a place to stay in Florida so we parked our rental car at a parking facility about 5 mins from the cruise terminal. The cost was reasonable, a secured lot and service was great. Everyone in our party experienced nothing but the best in service, food and entertainment. The kids loved camp carnival, the younger group (20-30) loved the bars, excursions and comedy shows (they didn't mind the half hour line up to get in), the middle aged group (40-60) enjoyed the great room and meal services, all the food options and entertainment and the older group (65-80) loved the relaxation, the ports of call and meal options.
Half of the group have not cruised before and the other half have cruised with several different cruiselines and many areas of the world. For the cost, this cruise was a great bang for the buck. The ship was in great shape, lots of storage in the rooms and the main areas were very inviting.
All of us ate in the main dining room choosing the late sitting at 8:15 nightly. There was a large variety menu so all pallets were pleased. There were a couple of times the baked potatoe was only warm but other than that the meals were great. The steakhouse was amazing and worth every cent of the $35 charge. I strongly recommend you dine there. None of the older group participated in the excursions however the younger crowd did Atlantis in Nassau which they said was 'ok'. They said they would not do it again. They did a beach excursion in St. Tomas and loved it. In San Juan, some did a bus tour of the city and they said it was a great value and the rest of the group just walked the city themselves. The only draw back on the Grand Turk stop was we were only there for 6 hours. It was not long enough on the beach for most of us. Arriving early in the morning would have been better. The sail back to port was longggg, 37 hours. We left Grand Turk at 6pm on Thursday and got back to Port Canaveral at 7am Saturday morning.
There was entertainment all over the ship all the time. There was stuff to do that appealed to all ages. Pictures are very expensive and the backgrounds are cheesy and need to be updated however the quality of the photographs is great.
We had a balcony cabin (8235) and I would never cruise again without one. We used it all the time and it made our trip more enjoyable. The location of our room was just under the lido deck and not far from the elevators on the 8th floor on starboard side. Our only complaint on that was you could here chairs being moved around on the deck above during the night (I assume by workers setting up). This was a minor issue and not enough to wake us up or keep us awake.
We were nervous about the wedding as you are planning from a distance without being able to see the venues. The coordinator at Carnival's office and on the ship were second to none. They took care of everything. The wedding went off without one single issue, the food was amazing as well as the service. The ceremony itself was performed by a minister from Turks and Caicos and he did one of the best jobs I have ever seen at a wedding. All the guests couldn't believe how classy the entire event was.
If you have any questions about wedding planning and what we experienced I will be happy to help.
Our trip was simply PERFECT!!!
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Cabin 8D 8235
The room was perfect for us however the deck is a little small, only fits two chairs and a small table. We would have preferred more outdoor space as we used our deck a lot. Also the room is below the Lido deck and during the night you would hear the crews moving the deck chairs. That being said it never woke us or kept us awake. We would book this room again.
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