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126 Charleston Cruise Reviews


BigJP avatar

BigJP

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Not happy with carnival

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Did a back to back cruise and it was Just ok, cruise was nothing special. Ship was just ok Activities were just ok The food was not ok. it was nothing special It seamed every thing on the ship was ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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CaptEZ2Like

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Cold and Packed In Carnival Sunshine

Charleston was the nearest port so Carnival Sunshine was the only choice. I was on the 11th deck, Stateroom 11032. This cabin was fully exposed to outside temperature on 2 sides and partially on the third. There was ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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shughespb

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Not all that great

This is was our second time aboard the Sunshine and honestly our first trip wasn’t that great. We sailed on the Sunshine when it was in Florida (Orlando maybe?) and was hesitant to sail on it again but simply ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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ajm515

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Never Again

I have wanted to go on a cruise for years, so my husband booked one as a surprise for Christmas. We chose Carnival Sunshine simply because we live in North Carolina and Charleston is the closet port (4 hour drive). ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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mghurle

13 Reviews Written

49 Helpful Votes

Eh... not so much.

Check in with the staff in Charleston was great, but getting TO THE COUNTER; not so much. 4 different directions was given to the Ubër driver before getting us to the right place, totally ignoring the signs saying ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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mksrts

4 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Disappointed

We chose this cruise because it was our anniversary and it was going to Bermuda. We have been to Bermuda twice before and loved it. We had friends going with us who had never been there. We were supposed to go to ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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ahdbh89

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Dirty, crowded, NEVER AGAIN

My husband and I chose this cruise because we had never been on one prior and wanted something close to home. Upon entering the ship we knew it was not for us. It was so crowded we had trouble getting to our room to ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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woodie841

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Fun and inexpensive...but you get what you pay for

I'm not sure that I've ever given a negative review of a cruise before but there is a first time for everything ... We live in Charleston so we were very excited to sail out of our home port. Avid cruisers, we've ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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FirstTimeCruiser4573

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Overcrowded, sewage smell, misleading, unsupervised children. SUPER STAFF!!!

We chose the port of Charleston because we did not want to fly to Florida, the cost of the flight for 2 adults and 2 children would have been almost as much as the price of the cruise. So we drove 8 hours to the ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Millertime17

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Worst cruise yet, overly crowded

CONS: * Raised daily parking to $20 a day * Ship feels way over capacity with the additional cabins. It's a constant battle everyday trying to find a chair outside anywhere. No exaggeration its rediculous. ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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dingoguy

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Should have invested $400 million on a new ship!

Our 14th Carnival cruise and we chose The Sunshine. We had 1 inside and 1 balcony, cabin was pretty well average, bathrooms seemed smaller than most. Dining was challenging at best. Food has gotten downright ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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dsh3346

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Rock and Roll

The boat swayed, rocked and rolled even in calm waters. Smelled like sewage the whole trip. Even when we were docked the boat vibrated like driving down a dirt road. Seemed the bars were always understaffed, wait ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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mksrts

4 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

The desserts were really good

Chose this cruise because it was 5 days and at a port not too far from where we lived. Easy drive. Embarkation went smoothly. Cabins weren't ready until 1:30pm so we went to Lido Deck buffet. When we got to the ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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jsn55

4 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

A below-average experience at top dollar

Jacksonville to Charleston 12/21/18 I really, really hate being critical or complaining. But a realistic review of this cruise is important for others to read. I should have picked up on the lack of CC ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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Dixiejuju

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Boring

We are a family of four and this was our first cruise. We did not have high expectations as we knew coming on that this was an old shop....we chose it because of it being within driving distance from our home. The ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Bulldogs Rule

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

This boat is a rust bucket. Don’t waste your money

This ship is a joke. Room had several patched jobs with different colors. Smelled and broken furniture. Women’s dry sauna was registered at 230 degrees wet sauna had no steam (reported it twice) never changed all ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Beachboy3

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Carnival Ecstacy

This cruise was booked last minute. We decided to sail out of Charleston SC for the first time. Usually sail out of Baltimore or one of the Florida ports but decided to try Charleston as it was only a 2 hour drive ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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nicandab

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Worst Cruise I Have Ever Been On

Chose this because of the ports of call, and the much shorter driving distance to port (6 hours to Charleston, SC. vs. 16 to Florida ports). *REALLY* regretting that now. Terrible food, EXCEPT Guy Fieri's burgers. ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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JustUs326

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Stay away!!

My husband and I decided on this cruise because of the short driving distance to Charleston. We were celebrating our birthday and upcoming anniversary. Charleston is Charleston. Nothing new there. Our cruise ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Cvance75

1 Review Written

Noisy ship

Thought the ease of porting out of Charleston would be great-only a 3 hour drive. That's one of the good things about this cruise. Our cabin was on deck 4 with a two portholes. While we were sailing it sounded like ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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Themoog

2 Reviews Written

25 Helpful Votes

This ship needs to RIP

This ship needs to be redecorated and revamped. The carpets are old and worn and there is nothing special about the cabins... they are very basic with heavy curtains with stains here and there. We were on deck 7 ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Cruisinggreenways

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Worst of 6 cruises

I have been cruising with Carnival since 2002. This week was the worst. They need to park this ship(Ecstasy) it needs some major updating as well as the entertainment and food. Had it not been for Guys burger joint ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Crick411

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Small, crowded , not enough to do

This is my second cruise , first was Fascination so Chose this cruise since closest port to home. The major complaint is the sewage smell , while outside lounging on deck , I tried to move to several different ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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DUCKWISE

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Updates Needed

Chose cruise for the itinerary. As compared to 2 other riverboat US cruises we have taken this ship doesn’t begin to live up to our previous experiences. The size or square footage of the cabins is a plus on the ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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EastMiss

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

This Ship needs to be retired. ASAP!!!!

A group of us decided to take a cruise for spring break. Many of us had not been on a cruise before so we figured we would give it a shot and see how it went. I can tell you right now we will not be rushing back for ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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