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Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by SCGamecock80

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2019
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior

Chose this cruise due to length (8 nights) and ports visited (St Thomas, St Maarten and San Juan) plus it left out of Charleston SC which was convenient for our family cruise. I would recommend the Sunshine. Staff was nice and entertainment staff was great. Loved the Ocean Plaza area. Trivia, great music (2 to 12). Enjoyed the Java Café each day. The Atrium parties were fun and the cruise director, Adam, added to the entire experience. Love the Thirsty Frog and Carnivals Red Beer. Our cabin was fine (interior on 6). Towels animals every day made me smile. Ports were awesome. Excursions were fun. Met great people. Also, enjoyed Alchemy Bar and the assortment of drinks. Bartenders did a great job. LOVED the Build a Bear and made a Carnival Bear (and I'm an adult) lol Shows were good. Comedians were funny.

Negatives were: the food was below par. Buffet food was cold most of the time. (Salad bar was good). Not enough healthy choices. Lack of vegetables on buffet. Limited choices. Need more fish & chicken that was edible. Deli was good and stayed busy. Pizza was not very good. NCL has much better food.

Although Bar Service was overall GOOD. The bartenders don't work a bar very well. They don't honor 1st come 1st serve AND they take orders around the entire bar; make many drinks at once leaving people long waits and newcomers to bar even longer waits. Bad system overall.

Other negative for this cruise was piano bar which we usually love. Zack Daniels not a very good singer but can play piano and entertain. But found him overbearing in some aspects. Also, Aretha, bingo, was rude and crude. Rest of staff was great.

One other negative was the water pressure. It's an older ship but fine except for the water pressure in shower/bathroom sink. Also, Carnival seems to have problems with sewage smells around their ships that other cruise lines don't have. Public toilets over flowing (ie: Casino bathroom). Don't see this on NCL, RCI or Celebrity.

We've been on 4 cruise out of Charleston (Ecstasy, Fantasy and Sunshine). We've enjoyed all 4 and are pleasantly surprised by our experiences. Love this port.

This was our first Platinum cruise and we enjoyed the party and guest service priority. Thanks

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Cabin Review

Cabin 4C 6265

Cabin was fine except for water pressue in bathroom sink/shower. Don't know category of interior cabin

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Charleston is one of the greating cities in the world. A must see.

St. John Tour

I feel bad giving this a 2 rating but it wasn't up to Average. Maybe not the excursions fault but not much to see on St John. We took a boat over (rough ride); they were short a tram when we arrived but got on quickly. We saw more road side over growth than anything else. Stopped for photo op a few times and beaches were beautiful but we viewed from above on street. No water/drinks offered. No town stop; beach stop; nothing. Wanted to see St John but don't feel like we did. Would not recommend.

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Again, hate to score low bc guides were so nice. Snorkeling was nil to none. Don't go to snorkel. This was off Maho beach and we wanted to see the planes from the water. We did. They announced planes and knew information about each one. But its more fun to see them by land. We wanted to do something different this time and liked being in the water. Rum punch after snorkel. Good time but not up to other excursions we've taken. But I think most people enjoyed themselves.

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ATV Adventure

Excellent ATV tour at Hacienda. MY FAV DAY at ports. Such an awesome time. Our guide was the BEST. Jorge!!! We saw wildlife to include deer, inguana (big ones); birds, etc. Trails were so much fun. Stopped at plantation home for a break. Beautiful day. Great ATV's. Just had a great, great time. Highly recommend. (PS: if you are going horseback riding in San Juan (Rainforest).. they WEIGH you prior to excursion. So if you are near 250 lbs DO NOT book horses.)

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