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Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Sunshine Refurbished

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by Shumdogg52

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Ocean Suite

We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary. Bermuda was one place we looked forward to visit and an overnight in Charleston was an extra plus, as there was much we enjoyed seeing in this historic city.

We enjoyed the old style Carnival ship with the atrium lobby and full length glass elevators, something that Carnival is mistakenly removing from its new ships. We feel The New Light Tower atriums are not nearly as dramatic.

The inside Lido restaurant area was always crowded forcing us to use Guy’s Burgers and Blue Iguana more than usual.

Late seating in the Sunset Dining Room was very good. Our waiter and his staff were excellent. But it was noted on the back of our Sail and Sign cards that we were Ocean Suite guests, so I’m wondering if we weren’t seated to be served by the better staff? We had noticed a decline in the dining room service on Carnival Cruises until this last on the Sunshine.

Entertaining was good, but the time of stage performances didn’t schedule well with our late seating. Previous Carnival cruises had done a 8PM stage show for early seating, then a 10PM show for late. Showtimes had been moved ahead to 6:45PM and 8:45PM. So it defeated the purpose of relaxing for a Late Seating when you hurrying to dress for the 6:45 performance.

The Late Night Comedy shows we’re dissapointing. We are four adults and don’t mind adult humor, but Carnival has hired low-budget talent. We think it’s a lot harder to be a clean funny and the comedians on Carnival can’t cut it.

The one show excursion we booked was the Horseshoe Bay Beach excursion. We thought it was pricey for a group of four but money well spent as other guests were just hiring taxis and then left stranded for the return trip.

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Cabin Review

Ocean Suite

The Cabin was definitely roomier, but we were disappointed that the Trundle Bed that is advertised is not used. Instead a rollaway bed was used and it took up valuable cabin space all day long, even when folded up and stored off to the side.

Although I don’t have photos the Cabin showed it’s age. The bed skirt was frayed, our bathroom sink bowl was cracked, and there was visible rust on stainless steel trim around the doorways. The room had an odor for one day which was kinda gross. Wether it subsided by itself or housekeeping remediated it, we weren’t sure, but we were glad it was gone.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We enjoyed Historic Charleston tremendously. We came in after Hurricane Dorian and the town was open and very welcoming. We only wish that we had more time to explore this interesting area.


Nassau was unexpected, as our schedule was changed due to the hurricane. We walked the downtown harbour area and ate lunch at Senor Frogs. Our group also enjoyed Pirate Republic Brewery’s brew pub. Everyone enjoyed a cold sample before getting back on board.

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