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We decided to cruise on Sunshine because the length, itinerary, and travel dates worked for my group (two couples, age range 55-66). The price was a bit more than we hoped, but acceptable. Port Canaveral isn't our favorite point of departure, but the embarkation process was amazingly fast and efficient, and the people were very friendly. Most of the ship was exactly what we've come to accept from Carnival: The atrium decor seemed dated to me--surprising for a ship that was so extensively renovated--but it wasn't unattractive. Our cabin was a Deck 1 inner cabin, which was more than satisfactory. The Lido Marketplace buffets were typically satisfactory, and the food itself was very tasty, if a bit repetitive. Staff members were friendly, outgoing, and efficient (and the cruise director was a gem!). The ship was clean and in good repair. The entertainment was, well, very entertaining. Practically every moment was filled with multiple options for fun. Noteworthy disappointments were few: At peak times, it was surprisingly difficult to find places to sit for meals, and nearly impossible on the three Serenity decks. Unlike other ships on which I've cruised, there were no outdoor tables; all ocean views for meals were through windows. Fresh vegetables were not as readily available as should be standard in the Lido buffet. The Mongolian grill and pasta bar were excellent at lunch, but cost extra for dinner. The ropes course is a wonderful feature, but was too often closed or over-run with lines. These negatives were more than offset by the many pleasant surprises. Guy's Burger Joint and the Cantina restaurant were both surprisingly good, as was the sushi restaurant, which was quite a good value. The Seaside Theater was a wonderful place to watch movies and the Super Bowl, although films were occasionally hard to hear over the din of children in the pool. Blankets and popcorn added to the fun. On the day we stayed aboard rather than disembarking at St. Kitts, we enjoyed the Serenity deck tremendously. We also enjoyed the Sport Square and Water Works: the water slides, shuffleboard, miniature golf, billiards, corn hole, table tennis, foosball, and basketball. We also enjoyed the gym and track. I bet that kids and teens really enjoy the ship. I know that we did! In sum, you know what you're getting when you sail on Carnival: If you're expecting luxury, fine dining, Broadway talent, and a general absence of children and older adults, you'll be disappointed by any Carnival ship; conversely, if you enjoy sailing with Carnival, you'll find much to like about the Sunshine. We're looking forward already to sailing on her again.

Not perfect, but highly enjoyable

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by lrcdaw

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We decided to cruise on Sunshine because the length, itinerary, and travel dates worked for my group (two couples, age range 55-66). The price was a bit more than we hoped, but acceptable. Port Canaveral isn't our favorite point of departure, but the embarkation process was amazingly fast and efficient, and the people were very friendly. Most of the ship was exactly what we've come to accept from Carnival: The atrium decor seemed dated to me--surprising for a ship that was so extensively renovated--but it wasn't unattractive. Our cabin was a Deck 1 inner cabin, which was more than satisfactory. The Lido Marketplace buffets were typically satisfactory, and the food itself was very tasty, if a bit repetitive. Staff members were friendly, outgoing, and efficient (and the cruise director was a gem!). The ship was clean and in good repair. The entertainment was, well, very entertaining. Practically every moment was filled with multiple options for fun. Noteworthy disappointments were few: At peak times, it was surprisingly difficult to find places to sit for meals, and nearly impossible on the three Serenity decks. Unlike other ships on which I've cruised, there were no outdoor tables; all ocean views for meals were through windows. Fresh vegetables were not as readily available as should be standard in the Lido buffet. The Mongolian grill and pasta bar were excellent at lunch, but cost extra for dinner. The ropes course is a wonderful feature, but was too often closed or over-run with lines. These negatives were more than offset by the many pleasant surprises. Guy's Burger Joint and the Cantina restaurant were both surprisingly good, as was the sushi restaurant, which was quite a good value. The Seaside Theater was a wonderful place to watch movies and the Super Bowl, although films were occasionally hard to hear over the din of children in the pool. Blankets and popcorn added to the fun. On the day we stayed aboard rather than disembarking at St. Kitts, we enjoyed the Serenity deck tremendously. We also enjoyed the Sport Square and Water Works: the water slides, shuffleboard, miniature golf, billiards, corn hole, table tennis, foosball, and basketball. We also enjoyed the gym and track. I bet that kids and teens really enjoy the ship. I know that we did! In sum, you know what you're getting when you sail on Carnival: If you're expecting luxury, fine dining, Broadway talent, and a general absence of children and older adults, you'll be disappointed by any Carnival ship; conversely, if you enjoy sailing with Carnival, you'll find much to like about the Sunshine. We're looking forward already to sailing on her again.
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Cabin 4A 1521
The cabin was comfortable and quiet. It was attractively furnished, and reasonable in size. It was clean and in good repair. Unfortunately, the area under the bed was largely consumed with a hide-a-bed (which wouldn't possibly fit in this cabin) and two bed-in-bags. Otherwise, there was more than enough storage space. The thermostat in the room kept the cabin comfortably cool all the time.
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