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Carnival Sunshine Review

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Review for Carnival Sunshine to the Bahamas
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10+ Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Sep 2022
Cabin: Interior
New seltzer
Docked in Nassau
King bed interior
Port of Charleston
Half Moon Cay
Pool deck towel animal fun
Chicken parm

Had a wonderful 3rd time sailing on the Carnival Sunshine. This being our 1st time sailing out of Charleston. Charleston is a much more convenient option for us distance wise and it was a great place to stay the night before to enjoy. Now, the ship itself is really starting to show its age. We’ve loved this ship when we sailed on it in 2015 and 2018, but it’s in rough shape for 2022. The sports court is in really rough shape (basketball goal rim completely missing, walking track is an obstacle course with all the holes and marked off areas, mini golf is missing pieces and the piping to the last hole doesn’t allow the balls to come out. The rooms have a sewage smell as well and the back at deck 5 there is a smokestack smell inside. The sports bar TVs only half way work and pieces of the ship seem to just be falling apart. We didn’t let any of this mess up our trip, but just wanted to put a warning out.

As for the staff, we had an amazing server named Bryan in the Sunset Dining room along with Sang and Primrose. The food was really good some nights and we left hungry other nights, but that’s okay we found ourselves getting a snack at the deli or pizza on those nights. Mario was a wonderful room steward on the even side of aft deck 5, possibly the best I’ve had in over 20 cruises. I had bad luck in the spa with an assistant masseuse that truly ruined my experience for the spa this trip. She didn’t listen to the type or massage I asked for and refused to speak English when I tried to clarify that the massage she was giving was not what I was paying for or asked to have done.

We’ve been to Half Moon Cay and Nassau numerous times and we had a great time this trip. We took floats to use at Half Moon Cay and spent a great day at the beach. As for Nassau, we had done the Blue Lagoon excursion prior to the pandemic in 2020 and had a full day there. We booked it this trip and it’s not less than 3hrs there, but the same price so this was a disappointment for us. It used to be an all day beach excursion, but is now very rushed. All in all though we still had great weather and a great day.

Cabin Review


Typical interior cabin. Lots of storage was nice and a fridge. There aren’t any USB plugs like on some other carnival ships.

Port Reviews

Half Moon Cay

The best carnival has to offer. The most beautiful beach.


Nassau is Nassau. Stay safe and book and excursion.

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