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Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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8 Nights on Carnival Sunshine, very relaxing but would never sail on again

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by mickeyforus

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior

we sailed, 2 couples in 2 cabins, on the 8 night 9 day cruise out of port canaveral. My 2 rating is for the ship only, not for rental car or port experience, but included in my review.

Rental car: budget, took forever to get shuttle to go, it was sooo busy. people super nice.

Port: quick and easy , we arrived in our scheduled time and kept going step by step and on ship in no time.

1st day: Walked on ship on deck 3, no information on where to go, what was open, etc. we heading to our stateroom, we knew way from checking prior to going, and they were available which was great, dropped out things and heading to lunch on deck 5 which was quiet, heard lido was crazy busy etc.

we had our time dining, we inquired how it worked and was told they would try to get us in but confirmed we would most likely need to eat at the buffet... thankfully this was not so.

Our cruise was changed due to weather, 2 days at sea and then st. Thomas instead of St Maartan, which was all fine.

To keep short and to the point:

the Good: very relaxing, easy going.

our room attendant was fabulous -thank you...

deck 5 sitting area was nice and had great music etc. the comedian was great - we heard, we never got a seat. the illusionist was great, we did see him.

The spa staff and manager were friendly.

Staff looking after photos for most part were good and we did purchase more than normal.

There were enough tv channels, i do not know what others are talking about. cnn, tbs, etc etc.

the carnival hub app for your cell was good WHEN it worked.

The Bad:

- Most un-informative ship i have every been on, things just never seemed be right, also when we got off at ports, within the first 2 hours of arriving, we never received maps and information etc. we have never been on a cruise that this happened. i felt like a garbage picker trying to pick up what other passengers had discarded, they must only take so many down and when gone, stop handing out.

motion - worst ship we have ever been on, there were waves, but not to what we have seen on ships like NCL gem, pearl etc, same size approx. drawers were opening, dinnerware was sliding off tables onto floors etc, stablizers were horrid.

Cruise director - was around ship, did not seem to keep momentum up, and repeated same things over and over, during the tour information we listened for approx 15 minutes and did not learn a thing so we left.

food - while the food was ok to good. there was not a good selection, buffet hardly changed, same old same old every day. guys burgers good, fries also when they were not loaded with salt.

dining room staff - maybe lacked training. 1st 2 nights we left without coffee, even though we asked prior to dessert and when it arrived. dropped steak knives in laps, knocked things into food. i do not believe 1 time we had a refill of our coffee offered at breakfast in the sunrise dining room or dinner. we had to ask for orange juice. after we asked if they had pastries they said no, but we saw different servers taking them to their tables. On my husband birthday night, i verified it was on slip etc, yes, but when it came time, they brought our dessert and after i asked they did it. which , well there was no point.. very very disappointing. when we had baked potatoe, only 1 of 3 nights did we get the sour cream etc before it was cold.

shopping expert, - rude - all i am going to say

customer service desk - ok -

shore excursion - took us for 2 1/2 hours instead of 3 1/2 hours, paid 65.00 each, received 25.00 in total refund... better than nothing, but tour was useless.

decks and chairs - - well as stated by others, good luck. we went up at 7am and most were taken. we always enjoy even sitting outside on the lower deck, which on this ship is 3, but they had next to no chairs there, maybe 6 in total.... crazy. smokers side had more and nice ones to. but full most of time.

smell - yes smokey in casino, yes sewer smell in areas around atrium. etc.

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Cabin Review

Cabin 4D 6338

Cabin was decent size, bed was comfortable, we had a fridge. tv worked fine, bathroom okay. had 2 extra bunks, but they are in ceiling so concealed and not in your way. etc. we were on deck 5. easy access to most areas etc. not noisy or anything, just ship stabilizers were not good and a lot of motion.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

easy to get to from Orlando MCO - went through port quickly etc.

Grand Turk

beautiful area, get off ship and loungers, etc. pool for you to use, ocean water so blue and clear. nice day

We booked this as it stated we would be out for 3 1/2 hours. would see certain things. NO. and barely out for 2 1/2 hours. we spoke to the ship and out of 130.00 was given 25.00 back. we would have booked a different tour if we had known they could take you where they wanted, not what was described in the forms.

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St. Kitts (Port Zante)

Friends took Train trip and said it was great, we wondered around the port.

St. Thomas

taken here instead due to weather, it was okay, been there before.

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