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The cruise was a free "bounce back" offer from the casino. We wanted to leave from NYC so this was our only option - We did sail with an open mind, unfortunately never again on the Sunshine. This was our 19th cruise on Carnival and we like to try new ships - WE WERE WARNED - next time I will listen more closely. The ship is too crowded - they have added more cabins but have eliminated a pool area for the Havana Bar area. While the Havana area is nice - especially for lunch and breakfast - it is needed more as a pool area. There is not enough room for everyone to enjoy the one remaining pool. The Serenity area is nice - three decks high - it does have a pool and hot tub - but again .... way too small. Chairhogs must sleep in their choice all night long - you could not find a place to sit as early as 7:30 a.m. The shows - if you have late dining it is IMPOSSIBLE to have dinner and make the show. If dinner starts at 8Z:15 - how do you expect anyone to be done by 9:30 -- just didn't work. Comedy club is much too small to accomodate the crowd. Same with Piano Bar. Casino was overcrowded as well - as a former smoker - if you can't stand the smoke stay OUT of the casino. It was impossible to find room at the table games. Unruly children - everywhere - one wonders where the parents were - for some reason I only noice unruly kids when we sail out of New York. It was also the last week of summer vacation for many .... the older I get the less I want to sail with kids at all. We had fun because we always make our own fun. All in all we are glad we sailed on the Sunshine - ONCE - never again.

Never Again on the SUNSHINE -- way too crowded!

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by moxie99

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Premium Vista Balcony
The cruise was a free "bounce back" offer from the casino. We wanted to leave from NYC so this was our only option - We did sail with an open mind, unfortunately never again on the Sunshine.

This was our 19th cruise on Carnival and we like to try new ships - WE WERE WARNED - next time I will listen more closely. The ship is too crowded - they have added more cabins but have eliminated a pool area for the Havana Bar area. While the Havana area is nice - especially for lunch and breakfast - it is needed more as a pool area. There is not enough room for everyone to enjoy the one remaining pool. The Serenity area is nice - three decks high - it does have a pool and hot tub - but again .... way too small. Chairhogs must sleep in their choice all night long - you could not find a place to sit as early as 7:30 a.m.

The shows - if you have late dining it is IMPOSSIBLE to have dinner and make the show. If dinner starts at 8Z:15 - how do you expect anyone to be done by 9:30 -- just didn't work. Comedy club is much too small to accomodate the crowd. Same with Piano Bar. Casino was overcrowded as well - as a former smoker - if you can't stand the smoke stay OUT of the casino. It was impossible to find room at the table games.

Unruly children - everywhere - one wonders where the parents were - for some reason I only noice unruly kids when we sail out of New York. It was also the last week of summer vacation for many .... the older I get the less I want to sail with kids at all.

We had fun because we always make our own fun. All in all we are glad we sailed on the Sunshine - ONCE - never again.
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Cabin Review

Premium Vista Balcony
Cabin 9C 7325
The cabin was absolutely awesome! We loved the aft wrap. The cabin was perfect for 2 people - impossible to have any more. The balcony could easily accommodate 25 folks. Cabin was clean, fresh and William was attentive to our needs.
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