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This was our first Carnival cruise. After all the bad press Carnival has received over the past few years we really weren't sure what to expect. Let me begin by saying the embarkation was stress-free and by far the smoothest we have ever experienced. We had an inside spa cabin, our first inside cabin ever. We were impressed by the amount of space, and the size of the bathroom. We've been in cabins with very little floor space, but we never got in each others way as we moved around. We left the TV turned on to the ship's view channel so we could see what the weather was like outside, and to tell the time of day. During the night the screen was black but as the sun came up that light came into the room. We took advantage of the spa privileges that came with the room, and really did not attend any of the shows, so cannot comment on the entertainment. We like the Any Time Dining option and ate most of our meals in the Sunrise Dining Room. Food and service were very good. We loved the Serenity decks for adults as we could escape the crowds on the main pool deck. We booked a shore excursion with Iguana Mama in Amber Cove rather than a Carnival excursion. We would highly recommend using the Iguana Mama website for tours in Amber Cove. As with any ship it takes a few days to get the lay of the ship and the Sunshine was no exception. Once we figured things out it was easy to get to where we wanted to go. When we arrived back in Port Canaveral the debarkation ran like a well oiled machine. It was not difficult to find places to sit and wait, and once we got off the ship immigration and customs was very well organized. The most outstanding thing about this cruise was the friendliness of both the crew and the passengers. We did not encounter one pretentious person on this ship. People smiled and said hello to each other as they passed in the hallways and throughout the ship. Every cruise we've been on we have encountered several pretentious people who like to either flaunt their wealth or their previous cruise experience. This did not happen once. I don't know if this is indicative of Carnival in general, or this particular cruise, but what it HAS done is motivated us to try other Carnival cruises in the future. Overall it was a VERY positive experience and we are now Carnival fans.

First - But Not Last Carnival Cruise

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by Desert Cruiser

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This was our first Carnival cruise. After all the bad press Carnival has received over the past few years we really weren't sure what to expect. Let me begin by saying the embarkation was stress-free and by far the smoothest we have ever experienced. We had an inside spa cabin, our first inside cabin ever. We were impressed by the amount of space, and the size of the bathroom. We've been in cabins with very little floor space, but we never got in each others way as we moved around. We left the TV turned on to the ship's view channel so we could see what the weather was like outside, and to tell the time of day. During the night the screen was black but as the sun came up that light came into the room.

We took advantage of the spa privileges that came with the room, and really did not attend any of the shows, so cannot comment on the entertainment. We like the Any Time Dining option and ate most of our meals in the Sunrise Dining Room. Food and service were very good. We loved the Serenity decks for adults as we could escape the crowds on the main pool deck.

We booked a shore excursion with Iguana Mama in Amber Cove rather than a Carnival excursion. We would highly recommend using the Iguana Mama website for tours in Amber Cove.

As with any ship it takes a few days to get the lay of the ship and the Sunshine was no exception. Once we figured things out it was easy to get to where we wanted to go.

When we arrived back in Port Canaveral the debarkation ran like a well oiled machine. It was not difficult to find places to sit and wait, and once we got off the ship immigration and customs was very well organized.

The most outstanding thing about this cruise was the friendliness of both the crew and the passengers. We did not encounter one pretentious person on this ship. People smiled and said hello to each other as they passed in the hallways and throughout the ship. Every cruise we've been on we have encountered several pretentious people who like to either flaunt their wealth or their previous cruise experience. This did not happen once. I don't know if this is indicative of Carnival in general, or this particular cruise, but what it HAS done is motivated us to try other Carnival cruises in the future. Overall it was a VERY positive experience and we are now Carnival fans.
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Spa Interior
Cabin 4S 11010
Clean and surprisingly spacious. Bathroom was clean and roomy with counter space and a bigger than normal shower. Spa access and privileges were wonderful.
Deck 12 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins