Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th Anniversary because of the dates and itinerary. We were not disappointed with the New England-Canada itinerary but Fall colors have not arrived yet! We were, however, disappointed in several ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th Anniversary because of the dates and itinerary. We were not disappointed with the New England-Canada itinerary but Fall colors have not arrived yet! We were, however, disappointed in several areas. 1) Check-in took much too long. Even though we were repeatedly asked to choose a port arrival time, airlines arrive about the same time in NYC. Therefore, hundreds arrived at the port approximately the same time. Lines were very long and took a long time to check-in. 2) While we all know and appreciate the Safety Drill prior to sailing, there was much confusion about the exact time and location to meet. Once it FINALLY started, the Cruise Director took so much time going over the details and scolding everyone to stop talking. It was very warm and we were lined up outside an open deck in the sun. Several passengers became sick and rushed inside as it FINALLY ended. Too long and not inside in comfortable surroundings. 3) Disembarkation took a long time bc Customs would/did not clear off-loaded luggage promptly. This, of course, was not Carnival's fault but only added to everyone's frustration. 4) Transportation from the port was a nightmare. We had pre-purchased transfers to the airport. No Carnival representative was available to assist or direct. It was a free for all as thousands of us rushed to waiting buses with no visible signage directing us to proper bus. No lines so much pushing, rushing and bullying to get on the bus before it filled and you missed your flight. Better to get a taxi next time and pay any additional fees. Lots of negatives but lots of positives, too! 1) Service onboard was excellent. 2) The food was amazing. 3) Entertainment was lively and talented performers. Just, please fix the before and after and this will be a great cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We had a wonderful time, and would absolutely take this cruise again! The ship was beautiful, the staff was very accommodating, always available to assist, always with a smile. Food was to be expected, always available, and always ... Read More
We had a wonderful time, and would absolutely take this cruise again! The ship was beautiful, the staff was very accommodating, always available to assist, always with a smile. Food was to be expected, always available, and always something for everyone. If we have to identify a "problem" it would be embarkation. Carnival had more than enough staff available to process all arriving guests (some staff members were even bused up from Baltimore for the day), but then, we were stuck. There was a total backup in the building, no passengers were permitted to enter the ship. We can only guess, as there were SEVERAL ships in port (New York), that maybe the ground crew at the Port of New York was having problems keeping up. Once it started moving it was all good. We had research all 4 of our ports (Boston, MA, Portland, ME, Halifax, NS Canada, Saint John, NB Canada) prior to departure and had plans on what we wanted to see a do, all was accomplished. Debarkation, there was apparently a delay with Customs, but once the ship was give the okay it went very quickly. For us it was a breeze, as we did not need to be anywhere till 12:45 we stayed on board till the end. I'm already looking forward to my next adventure with Carnival in April 2018! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The itinerary suited me and the price was a little less than other cruise lines but I regret that decision. Just a few days before we were due to sail they changed the times in several ports of call. I have never had that happen before! I ... Read More
The itinerary suited me and the price was a little less than other cruise lines but I regret that decision. Just a few days before we were due to sail they changed the times in several ports of call. I have never had that happen before! I had booked a non-Carnival excursion and this completely negated that choice. The cattle herd mentality of registration on embarkation set a negative tone. My worst decision was to believe a review of cabin 3143, an interior cabin with the picture window located right close to guest services. Having a window to the outside was a plus since no one ever walked in front of it. The cabin is also located a few steps from the atrium bar which doesn't quiet down until 11 PM at night. Of course, there is the frequent conversation of guests who, understandably, are not aware that there are cabins close by. NEVER pick that cabin! On the bright side, their cruise director, Emma, was unfailingly charming and kind to all. The staff, in general, were very pleasant. The real highlight, though, was the food. I have traveled on three of the other brands in the Carnival group but none of them have equaled the quality and taste of this ship's cuisine both in variety and taste. The shows are very good, too. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Just got back yesterday from NE/Canadian cruise aboard the Sunshine. Traveled with my husband and sister in 2 inside cabins (we are all in our 60's) Here's a quick (or not so quick!) review - Embarkation was awful! ... Read More
Just got back yesterday from NE/Canadian cruise aboard the Sunshine. Traveled with my husband and sister in 2 inside cabins (we are all in our 60's) Here's a quick (or not so quick!) review - Embarkation was awful! First time I ever said that...there was a hold up that lasted about 45 minutes. That may not seem long but when you are standing in the middle of the of the long line it seemed like forever. It was very warm in there and it got pretty annoying when you saw all the agents standing around with no explanation. Once we got moving again, all was right with the world. Appreciated the express elevators going direct to the buffet on the Lido deck or the barbecue at the Taste Bar on deck 5, which is where we went. Few people and a very tasty, quick lunch. The muster drill was torture...longest I've ever been to! We left NY over 2 hours late which was kind of nice because of seeing the city with all the lights on at dusk. Cabins - Cabin 5333 and 5337 on deck 5. The cabins are pretty standard interior rooms but I found it a bit odd that there was not one piece of "artwork" in the room. Completely blank walls. Don't think we've ever stayed anywhere that didn't have at least one picture on the wall! Loved the location on deck 5!! One deck down to dinner, elevators nice and close and Ocean Plaza and the casino were about 1 minute down the hall. Michael, our steward was fine. Met him the first night when he had us fill out a form for morning service, night service or both. We choose both because I think that is what makes a cruise special/different from staying in a hotel. I like ice twice a day and love having my room freshened up twice a day. I requested extra hangers and never got them so we just doubled up a lot of clothes. Also asked for the closed captioning to be taken off the TV and that never happened...got used to it. Our toilet stopped working twice and it was fixed immediately. The water pressure is very low, not sure if that was ship wide or just our area. The room temperature was never cool enough for me! Had it all the way down and it never got below 72 degrees - I have a clock I bring aboard that shows the temperature. Bed, sheets, pillows were all very comfortable...slept like a baby! Food - I had requested a table for 3 for the 8:15 seating and when we arrived we had a table for 3 at the 6PM seating in the Sunset Restaurant. Quick call to the maitre'd and it was changed to 8PM in the Sunrise Restaurant which was awesome because it was one flight down for us, actually directly below our cabins. We had Roger, Jorge and Heriberto and they were all great! Prompt, courteous service. We ate there 5 out of 7 nights, skipping formal nights. We were next to a service station and that kind of made us feel rushed with all the waiters buzzing around. We noticed that they never asked if we wanted a beverage before dinner and only once asked if we wanted coffee with dessert. No biggy, just strange that they didn't ask. We enjoyed most of the food. Food was served hot and the portions were good sized (except the "side dishes" were pretty tiny). Buffet was standard fare, a lot of food was not hot. On the 2nd formal night, the medium rare steak was well done and the top sirloin at the carving station was extremely rare (and I LOVE rare) but was too chewy to eat. Felt terrible leaving both on my plate. Desserts were surprisingly good. Absolutely loved Guy's Burgers and the fresh made pizza - my favorite was the 4 cheese! Awesome! At lunchtime we tried the made-to-order pasta at the Pasta Bar - delicious! Also enjoyed a burrito one day and loved the Cuban bites. I wanted to make sure and try a little something from everywhere, except the pay restaurants. Never got to try the Mongolian Wok though, always a long line. We ate breakfast several mornings at the Taste Bar! Hardly anyone there and plenty of food. Very relaxing. We ate breakfast in the main dining room twice and it was excellent. Should of gone there everyday! Loved that breakfast was available until noon somewhere everyday...no rushing! Hub App - Loved it!! We bought the "chat" feature for $5 each for the week and used it all the time. Very convenient! Loved keeping an eye on our spending and it was very handy to see what was happening when. It also had the evening menus on everyday. Fantastic app!! Crew - Awesome, awesome, awesome! Everyone we encountered smiled and said hello. Everyone was more than helpful answering any question. We had a few conversations with crew about where they were from and their lives. Entertainment - Emma, the cruise director is lovely. She is very pleasant. I did think the activities were somewhat lacking though. "Your time: Laid-back Lounging by the Sea" - Open Deck, 3 Mid".... really? I don't ever remember a cruise not having a farewell show on the last night. Kind of missed that. The music around the ship was overall good. The nightly singing/dancing shows were good. Those kids work their butts off. I think Norwegian has the best entertainment with Royal in 2nd place. Just my opinion. Itinerary/Shore Excursions - I should of known better...we choose this because we have gone to Bermuda/Bahamas/Caribbean several times and decided to try something different. I never felt comfortable in this decision, especially since we're from Massachusetts and have been to Boston and Maine many, many times. I associate cruising with palm trees and balmy weather. But we figured we'd be on a ship and that would make us happy enough. So, we decided to stay onboard in Boston - it rained intermittently all day and my sister and I took advantage of the empty hot tubs. Portland - we got off the ship and walked around and did shopping. Halifax - got off the ship and strolled the river walk, went to the Maritime museum, had a "Beaver Tail" and just enjoyed the beautiful day. By far, our favorite port on this trip. Next and last was St. John. We booked the "St. Martins and Bay of Fundy" tour the night before we docked - I wanted to wait to see the weather and it was going to be another beautiful day. It cost $64.99 each and it sucked. We were picked up a little after 2:00 - there were 4 busses going to the same place. Our tour guide, Barbara, was a pleasant enough lady, just boring. She talked for the entire hour ride through residential areas (with very little scenery-unless you were on the right side of the bus then you could catch occasional views of the ocean) about Canadian facts. She was just monotone. I saw several people dozing off. We've taken lots of tours through the years and a good tour guide makes the trip! She, unfortunately, did not. When we arrived at St. Martins -"working harbour, a favorite with photographers and painters, where a lighthouse, lobster traps, fishing boats and two covered bridges create a charming scene". omg. The "lighthouse" is where the public bathrooms are - we waited 10 minutes to use it - there was a covered bridge but not what we're used to in New England. I didn't even take a picture of it. We were allowed a half hour here which was more than enough because there was nothing there! A couple of tiny stores selling local crafts and a pile of lobster traps. We then drove through the covered bridge to the Bay of Fundy when Barbara told us to hurry, if you wanted a snack, be sure to tell them you need it to go! It was a rocky beach and she told us of a legend about rocks with a complete circle around it so everyone searched for a perfect rock for good luck. We could only see one sea cave in the far off distance because it was high tide. All 3 of us thought this was an extreme waste of money and time. We talked to guest services (shore excursion desk was closed) when we returned as we were completely dissatisfied. She took all our information and told us the manger would be contacting us. No one ever did. Ship/Passengers - The ship is showing it's age here and there, especially outside. But, we loved her! It is spotless! The casino could use a smoke-eater...it is pretty smoky in there. The Limelight Lounge is the only place that wasn't great - way too small for the comedy shows. But, all in all, she's great! The passengers were a mostly older crowd, polite and friendly. Debarkation was a breeze! We self-disembark and were off the ship and in our car by 8:30! Final thoughts - We had a great week. The weather cooperated and was much warmer than anticipated and sunny! Only one bad day out of 7. I would definitely sail on the Sunshine again. Being from the Northeast, we will not be doing a New England/Canadian cruise again...been there, done that! The warm tropical breezes are more our style. Happy to answer any questions! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We always wanted to see the change of leaves in the North East, so we choose this cruise as a way to get us 'up there' in October. While the weather didn't cooperate (unseasonably warm) the cruise was good fun. Ship is ... Read More
We always wanted to see the change of leaves in the North East, so we choose this cruise as a way to get us 'up there' in October. While the weather didn't cooperate (unseasonably warm) the cruise was good fun. Ship is smaller than what we've experienced in past but not overly so. Ship sponsored excursions didn't appeal, so we only did one (Portland, ME). In all other ports we did out own thing, hiring cabs or transport available at the pier. Food in dining room was very good, as was the service of the wait staff. Ate dinner every night in the dining room. Haven't done that on a ship in a while. Also, enjoyed the Guy Fieri's burger option for lunch. Found the entertainment on the ship, especially the piano bar, lacking in quality. The dancers and shows were good - just not offered each night. Highs: food; service; cabin; itinerary (Boston; Portland; Halifax; St. John) Lows: Embarkation process; Narrower passageways; entertainment; ship excursions Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Bad reviews first: Boarding was terrible. We booked the Capitan suite which is supposed to be a top notch suite, but we were not treated as VIP's as the other cruise lines like NCL or Holland America. All suites guests were hoarded ... Read More
Bad reviews first: Boarding was terrible. We booked the Capitan suite which is supposed to be a top notch suite, but we were not treated as VIP's as the other cruise lines like NCL or Holland America. All suites guests were hoarded into two small rooms. The PA kept announcing "priority boarding will begin 11:30 AM" even 15 minutes after 11:30. We were finally boarded the Sunshine around 12 noon. No concierge service and complimentary upscale dinning for VIP guests. Disembark was a nightmare. Our Ship arrived at the New York Cruise Port around 7:30 AM. The hotel service director made the announcement that priority guests will be able to pick up their luggage after 9:00 AM. We made the big mistake of asking Carnival to move our luggages. Our flight from JFK to LAX was 11:30 AM. We thought there should be no problem from our past experience with NCL and Holland America. But this is Carnival, our first and definitely is the last cruise with them. One of our bag was mis-grouped to a different group. It almost took us an hour to find the misplaced bag. We missed our original flight and had to take the next available flight 8 HOURS later. Now comes the good reviews: Gym workout equipments are first class. Room service personnel were friendly and efficient. Food quality in the buffet restaurant is above average. In conclusion, if you decide to choose Carnival, do not waste your money on the suite stateroom. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We just returned from a 7 day cruise through New England on the Sunshine. In summary--long lines for everything, worst food I have ever had on a cruise, good, but limited, entertainment, and our aft balcony room was below average in ... Read More
We just returned from a 7 day cruise through New England on the Sunshine. In summary--long lines for everything, worst food I have ever had on a cruise, good, but limited, entertainment, and our aft balcony room was below average in layout and condition. Details below: Lines: We waited in line (not sitting but standing in line) an hour and 40 minutes to check in Manhattan, even though we were assigned a boarding time and arrived on time. We waited in a long line, snaked around a parking lot, for 50 minutes to get back on board in Portland Maine. You had to get in line at least 30 minutes early if you wanted a seat for a show (both the production shows and the comedy club). We bought a shuttle back to the airport at the end of the cruise. It was mayhem. There were people going to the three major NY airports. No signs for which bus to take, nobody setting up lines for the buses. People were fighting over buses and who was next in line, I do not understand how they can be so disorganized. Food: Food and choices in the dining room were below average. The best thing that we had was the lobster, which was cooked very nicely. Our soufflé (the one night it was offered) was overcooked and had the consistency of dry cake. None of the steaks or chicken were good, and the stew was terrible. The buffet was worse. For breakfast the toast and the bagels were pre-toasted and put out cold. How hard is it to prepare toast? The meals felt like low grade cafeteria food. The pizza and burgers were pretty good, but I did not go on a cruise to eat pizza and burgers. The workers in the buffet area never smiled and looked like they hated to be there. Our server in the dining room was great and learned all of our names. Room: We had an aft balcony, which cost more than a standard balcony. Our room had a refrigerator that sat on the floor under the dressing table (where the stool would normally go). It was old and did not work. The stool was shoved under the coffee table in front of the couch. We had no night stands next to the bad, no place for a clock or to put a book. The bathroom smelled like a urinal. Our room steward did not learn our names. We had to ask for an extra towel twice, got it for a couple of days, and then it disappeared again and we gave up. We sent out some one day laundry and after two days asked what happened to it. Our room steward apologized and said she forgot to pick it up and return it to us. Overall we enjoyed the itinerary and the ports, but we really did not like the ship at all. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
The embarkation was a nightmare. Not sure what caused the delays and the backup, but there were not enough Carnival agents on duty to help expedite the check-in process. We booked this cruise to see the New England fall colors and ... Read More
The embarkation was a nightmare. Not sure what caused the delays and the backup, but there were not enough Carnival agents on duty to help expedite the check-in process. We booked this cruise to see the New England fall colors and visit Halifax, NS. The late itinerary changed caused us to cancel part of our private tour in Halifax, and plans in the other ports. Why shorten the time we had in Halifax where there is much to see and not St. John? Did anyone get an explanation of what "operational considerations" mentioned in the email caused the change? As for the refurbished ship, it seemed to be too darn cold to us, and appeared to be equipped for cruises in a warmer climate. We noticed the on-board shops had several items related to Caribbean destinations but very little pertaining to the ports we visited. Other than that, we thought the ship was nicely decorated and met expectations (except for being too cold). The entertainment was excellent and Emma did a fantastic job of keeping things going. Cudos to Emma! The food in the main dining areas was very good. We had excellent service from the waiters, especially Conrado and Jose. Both were very friendly and entertaining. However, food on the Lido deck was limited in choice and could be improved upon. The Cabin was kept clean by Gede, and he was very helpful with our requests. We may use Carnival again but will take a look at others. This was our third cruise with Carnival and all three had issues (stranded in St. Martin in 2013,missing a port on an Alaskan cruise in 2014, and a last minute itinerary change on this one). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
My only complaint is they turned the 4th floor theater into a Nightclub after the show and we could hear pounding music until 2 AM, hard to sleep through. I complained and Carnival moved us to the 8th floor, very much appreciated. I feel ... Read More
My only complaint is they turned the 4th floor theater into a Nightclub after the show and we could hear pounding music until 2 AM, hard to sleep through. I complained and Carnival moved us to the 8th floor, very much appreciated. I feel for the 100 or so cabins on 6 that had to put up with that noise. The food options are excellent, especially Guys burgers and the Mongolian Grill. I loved the shows and the comedians. I think Carnival has something special with their entertainment and their comedians. The Lip Sync show was my favorite and a pleasant surprise. The comedians we saw were very funny, I prefer the family friendly comedians but they were all great and funny. Our excursions were good, we particularly enjoyed Saint John. It was a beautiful place and the reversing rapids were very unique. All in all, Carnival had a good cruise experience for us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We are frequent cruisers and have cruised primarily with Carnival. Carnival only offered one cruise to Bermuda so we thought it would be a great opportunity to visit. Embarkation Carnival implemented a boarding time selection for ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers and have cruised primarily with Carnival. Carnival only offered one cruise to Bermuda so we thought it would be a great opportunity to visit. Embarkation Carnival implemented a boarding time selection for check in. We chose 12:30pm as our check in time and when we arrived, there was confusion and chaos. The 12:30pm check in was meaningless and the staff didn't know where to direct us. It took us nearly 21/2 hours to get boarded. Ship We have sailed on the Carnival Sunshine before in 2013 for our European Cruise. The ship had issues then. While on board in 2013, there were several nights where we heard a loud banging noise below our floor (Deck 2). It sounded like someone left a large metal door open or something was not secured and was banging with the rolling of the ship. When we reported it, the crew came to our room but could not identify the origin of the noise. We heard the same sound again this time. In addition, we noticed that the ship was in need of general overall repair. The window in our stateroom was rusty all around the frame and had rusty water (condensation?) leaking from the frame, the shower clogged 3x and water seeped out of the drain next to the toilet, and we had the smell of sewage in our room through most of the trip. Base boards or molding was missing or rotted around the columns near Senor Frogs eatery, and there was quite a bit of rust on various parts of the ship. For us, the icing on the cake was the need to post a cleaning person 24/7 at the entrance to the casino because something (brown sewage?) kept seeping through the tile floor. Dining The food was good overall but the evening buffet left something to be desired. We decided to skip eating in the dining room and ate at the buffet the night we left port (see itinerary change below) . The food was dry and tasteless and not up to Carnival's normally higher standards. Itinerary Probably the strangest thing of all was the itinerary change. A week prior to departure, we received an email stating that the itinerary had changed. From: Bermuda - Mon - Arrive 1pm, Wed - Depart 5pm To: Bermuda - Mon: Arrive 1PM, Bermuda - Tue: Depart 5pm (spend the night at sea) Bermuda - Wed: Arrive 8:45AM - Depart: 5:45PM. We asked both the crew and the people of Bermuda why the change and the crew said it was a business decision (?) and the people of Bermuda said they had no idea why Carnival did that. Weather WAS NOT a factor. Consequently we had to go through customs again on Wed morning which delayed our debarkation from the ship and caused us to miss the ferry to another part of the island. Summary Overall we enjoyed the cruise and Bermuda but wished that Carnival would have addressed the areas we mentioned, especially the itinerary change. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
My husband and I enjoyed our Carnival Sunshine cruise to Bermuda... The Sunshine reminded me of an older mini Vista. Some rust here and there but otherwise clean and still in great shape featuring all of the 2.0 upgrades and cute wooden ... Read More
My husband and I enjoyed our Carnival Sunshine cruise to Bermuda... The Sunshine reminded me of an older mini Vista. Some rust here and there but otherwise clean and still in great shape featuring all of the 2.0 upgrades and cute wooden doors. Shows were entertaining and the food on the ship was great and consistent! We decided this cruise to eat in the MDR every night however did enjoy the lunch options at both JiJis and Cucina del Capitano. We purchased the Cruising the Vineyards package and found it an excellent value for five bottle of wines or champagnes to enjoy with our dinners, they would recork and store in the cellar for us when needed and then back the following night to the table. In the dining room they acknowledged we were celebrating my birthday and our belated anniversary by singing to us and bringing small cakes...nice touch! We had Emma Nixon as our cruise director and she was excellent, we loved her...she was fun and her and the entertainment team kept everything running smooth all week! There was always something to do, too much at times! Epic Rock and the Lipsync battle were our overall favourites fo the week. Our room steward was absolutely wonderful, as was our waitstaff team, they were all so friendly and we never had to ask or want for anything! We did the behind the fun tour and really enjoyed seeing and learning all about how the ship and crew functions and of course meeting and having photos taken with the captain. The embark and disembark process was slow and we had priority...only real downside to leaving from Manhattan port. The port: Bermuda was absolutely beautiful, so much to see. We did not do any Carnival excursions this cruise instead the first day we took the ferry to Hamilton and walked to the cathedral, parks, restaurants and shopped for awhile. The second day in port we hired a blue flag taxi driver who came highly recommended and saw almost the entire island in just over six hours. The third day we took the shuttle to Warwick Long bay and walked the path to Horseshoe bay beach stopping for photos and swimming along the way. Everyone on the island was so friendly, it was breathtakingly beautiful...we can’t wait to return again someday. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
So, I review a lot... I like to be fair, and as someone who has taken quite a few cruises, I feel like I can be fair and give an honest review. I am giving it a "3" as a generous gesture... I battled between a 2 and a 3. Read ... Read More
So, I review a lot... I like to be fair, and as someone who has taken quite a few cruises, I feel like I can be fair and give an honest review. I am giving it a "3" as a generous gesture... I battled between a 2 and a 3. Read on... you decide: So, lets first start with the GOOD: I love the cruise director and her staff. Emma has a great deal of energy; she personifies a "fun ship". She is supported by Jax (as fun and energetic as Emma) and Deonne (don't ask if he is related to Eddie Murphy..he is not), and Tai. They all add to the fun that Carnival works on creating. As a seasoned cruiser, we had been on Carnival years ago, but still left it as a last resort cruise. After we went on The Magic however, it turned out attitude around and we have been on a couple more since. We found that we like Carnival better because they keep it youthful. Just because we are over 50 doesn't mean we do not like current music and activities. Carnival seems to be more likely to have a smattering of current music thrown in with their oldies... other cruise lines seem to have missed this. The other good things... I will always give props for having them adding in the 2.0 restaurants (Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana), a self-serve soft serve machine available 24/7, and hot chocolate machine right next to the coffee.... these are all little food things that make the trip so nice. We went to JiJi's Asian Specialty restaurant -- it was so good we went back the next night. It's the best $15 you can spend anywhere on board. Breakfast is awesome at Blue Iguana, lunch at Guys Burger, pizza or the Italian Cantina. ALWAYS get the Chocolate Melting Cake for dinner... no need to look elsewhere. These are things Carnival excels at. So on to the AVERAGE. Not good, not bad... just annoyingly expected -- the shows, the Lido, the pools. Shows: always 4 guys, 4 girls, usually with a costume extravaganza tripping through the 60's. 70's. 80's, etc... its all fine just as we expected. Very few things new and special. We usually do not feel worried if we miss a few... we know essentially how they are going to be. In the Rock show they did have a nice video screen display that kicked it up a notch. Other than that, you can go pretty see this on any ship. The Lido -- the food has the same fare, nothing that makes you feel upscale or special, but it feeds 3000 people several times a day... so meh.... We actually opted to stay away from the Lido Marketplace, and except for a drink or dessert, we ate elsewhere. The Pools -- there are only 2 -- one quite small at the base of the waterfall on the Serenity Deck (over 18yr) and the main pool - the Beach Pool which is slightly bigger, but always overrun by screaming kids. They need 1-2 more pools to even out the pool-to-sunbather ratio... the waterfall pool was pretty cold as well, so needless to say, there were not that many passengers in pools, just hot tubs. As expected, the beds in the cabins are flat and old (except the little mountainous ridge where they push them together) and the water didn't drain in the shower. Since I find this on almost every cruise, I chalked that up to average. Ok, so here is the BAD and the "What were you thinking?" Carnival section -- these are the things that has caused us to reconsider taking Carnival again: 1) Dirty windows. Sorry, it sounds minute, but everywhere you wanted to look out of the windows, all you saw was dirty filthy. If just once they tried to clean them, before, during, after the cruise, I would have chalked it up to bad weather, whatever. This also was the same on the last Carnival we were on, and I realize, this is a cost cutting measure, that makes the entire ship look filthy dirty. I would not have noticed anything else being dirty had I been able to look out of our departure and seen the Statue of Liberty, or the turquoise waters of Bermuda, or anything not covered by filthy dirty windows. To even take a photo, you have to stand on a chair and lift your camera over the top of the windows... in the dining room etc, you are just out of luck... bleckh. 2) Just as we reach our room, our room steward approaches us, and says "when would you like your room clean, in the morning or evening?" We were totally taken aback as one of the big things people always talk about while cruising is that their room is magically clean every time they enter. We hesitantly chose morning and then he had us sign a paper saying we aggreed to that. I felt like I was just cheated by an insurance company. It was weird and left us with a bad taste for Carnival's cost cutting measures and our cabin steward. 3) The itinerary. We were supposed to reach Bermuda at 1pm on Monday, and not leave until 5:45 on Wednesday. Just before the cruise left, we received notice that due to "operational considerations", they were arriving Monday, leaving on Tuesday evening, and coming back to port Wednesday morning and leaving again on Wednesday night. They whole reason we took this itinerary was the appeal of not having to get back to the ship. All other cruises give you a short visit and then you spend the rest of the time getting back to the ship before it leaves. This itinerary was so appealing. We had already been invited to a barbecue dinner with friends of friends, and so we ended up getting a room and staying in Bermuda rather than having to hurry back. It was inconvenient to say the least. Not one crew member could answer the question with any reasonable answer as to what they were doing with the ship, and why they could not do it at a different time. 4) the Thermal Suite at the SPA -- we booked a spa deck cabin and paid a premium for this (they are about $400 more than the other cabins). This gives us unlimited access to the thermal suite, which we had on the Magic about 2 years ago... we were excited to be back and enjoy this... again, another main reason for booking this itinerary on this ship. When we got there, they said that it was being repaired and that it would be open Sunday morning, then Sunday afternoon... then, Monday morning I was so frustrated because it finally opened right before we got to Bermuda. Now that we were in port it was relatively useless as well since our touring time was needing to be condensed. After the Thermal Suite opened, only about half of the lounge chairs heated up, the steam/rain showers didn't work at all, the Laconium was cold rather than warm and the Eucalyptus steam room had no scent. The regular steam room worked great if that helps at all.... The spa was a useless mess. Everyone who either paid for the thermal suite or a spa cabin should have received a refund. Overall maintenance was lacking -- they lost water pressure on the last morning we were there and toilets would not flush (ew) and coffee makers etc were struggling. Overall, everything just feels old and tired and like they are putting band-aids on everything until they go to drydock. I would guess they have a lot of crew turnover as everyone just looks at us with a sad grin and a "sorry..." look on their faces. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
I chose this cruise for the location, destination as well as the ship.It was perfect for us. It has a lot to offer like the water works area,sport deck was excellent. My grand children 10,11,12 fully enjoyed the rope course , the water ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the location, destination as well as the ship.It was perfect for us. It has a lot to offer like the water works area,sport deck was excellent. My grand children 10,11,12 fully enjoyed the rope course , the water racing slides,pool table, foose ball, chess , bean bag toss and mini golf. The pool itself is small but very nice and refreshing. Ship looks beautiful and clean. All the staff was very friendly. We used the public restrooms a lot as we were out of our cabin most of the day and they were all clean .It was nice to see top management out and about often, not only to observe that all is running well but to stop and visit with families making them feel welcomed. It was a true delight to my grand children to play a game of foose ball and chat with the Hotel Director , Niksa P. I have been on many cruises where you may get a hello greeting from upper staff and that is it as they are very busy understandably. A fantastic Cruise , food was great in buffet as well as dining rooms. We fully enjoyed both. Dining room staff at our table was spot on perfect. The kids did go to the kids club a few times and really liked it but we stayed busy with activities and shore excursions that the kids didn't go everyday. .We had room service one morning and they were very prompt and enjoyable. We did the Dolphin Play Excursion, pricey but they did a great job with the kids. You can take photos of your family but you are not up close to capture alot as your family is in the water with dolphins so about 50/50 were ok pics so we did buy from the company as well...pricey too but worth it. Wonderful Memories. We also did the Crystal Caves and Aquarium tour with zoo. Caves were Awesome Aquarium and zoo very small and so so. We stopped at a light house for the kids to climb as well. We had a fantastic beach day at Horseshoe Bay. So pretty there, yes lots of people but restrooms and place to eat and drink and a life guard on duty. We took the bus at 7.00 a person each way. The bus area is right off the ship .. easy ... We got our moneys worth for our family and have made memories for our 3 grand kids forever Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
The holiday included flight to Toronto, Canada,2 nights in Niagr, AMTRAK to New York 7 2 nights there & the Cruise up the East Coast to Canada & return to New York with flights home. The Embarkation wasn't that good but we ... Read More
The holiday included flight to Toronto, Canada,2 nights in Niagr, AMTRAK to New York 7 2 nights there & the Cruise up the East Coast to Canada & return to New York with flights home. The Embarkation wasn't that good but we got on board by about 1pm. The ship was delayed leaving New York until 7.30ish which was great. The New York Sky line was fabulous in the Night sky as was the Statue of Liberty as we passed by. The Cabin was an inside cabin which was as good as many others & no complaints. We had opted for Anytime Dining as we like to sit with others & enjoy their Company. However every night we tried this but when we got to the dining room we were set to eat alone. On one occasion with delight the young lady arranging the seating said with a smile 'Yes we have a sharing table for you tonight'. Of we followed the young lady to the back of the restaurant & on reaching the table the couple on the table made it know in no uncertain terms that they did not want to share with anyone. We then had the walk of shame back to the table seating area!! The food was not as good as we had hoped there did not seem to be much choice as we have experienced on other ships. And as for the DRESS CODE it was a joke. I would say that 20% of men were in shorts & flip flops in the Dining Room. I pointed this out to the Head of the Restaurant who just shrugged his shoulders & said he would not be thanked for turning away so many customers. So much for the Celebrity Clothing Policy. The entertainment however was one of the best night shows I have seen onboard for a little while & the Comedians were also very good. Overall then an OK Cruise the ports we had visited before & did not take up any excursions & did our own thing which you could do in most ports. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was my second cruise on the Sunshine, so I knew about the wacky layout (you can't get anywhere on 3 - use deck five or 9 to position yourself fore/mid/aft, then take the appropriate elevator bank.) and didn't expect a ... Read More
This was my second cruise on the Sunshine, so I knew about the wacky layout (you can't get anywhere on 3 - use deck five or 9 to position yourself fore/mid/aft, then take the appropriate elevator bank.) and didn't expect a million bells and whistles. Its a decent ship - not so small you get bored, not so big that you get tired walking to the other end of it. Its clean, and the new hand washing stations are cool (and a big draw for a 2 year old.) The cabin was a disaster - Carnival staff outright lied when they said it would be quiet enough for me to have a child in, and we were offered NOTHING for having to give up our room for a day and a half while it was dried out from the toilet overflowing and not stopping. Dining was meh. Having a very active toddler along always means that you get forced into eating on her schedule, so we rolled with that and didn't sit down to dinner every night. I appreciated that there was always something available, I get way less picky when she needs a snack right now, not 15 minutes from now. The taco bar and nearby soft serve station were great - the staff was happy and energetic and took good care of us every time. We did drop the baby off at camp and go to the steakhouse and Cucina. The steakhouse chef is enamored with fungus - everything was mushroom or blue cheese based. I don't eat either, so it limited my enjoyment, my husband said the food was very good. Cucina was perfect - beautiful view, friendly service, great food. The pastry chef wrapped our desserts to go so we could catch a show, and added an extra sweet for the toddler. As far as her experience went - she had a blast. She wanted to go out and party every night. She loved the music and dancing, the handwashing stations, the kid's camp, the bartenders, the playground on 10, the pool... everything except the fog horn. The staff around the boat was great with her and with us when we had to change plans to accommodate the moods of a non sleeping 2 year old. The Lido staff found chocolate milk and extra napkins with a smile - and would talk with her about her day and activities. Camp Carnival was better than we expected, and we used it less than we thought we would. The Camp staff just took care of her - called us when she couldn't handle anything anymore, and changed her when she had a potty accident, and made sure she had fun as one of their youngest campers. Several times they made up goody bags for her even when she didn't come for that session's activity. So many of the general staff were greeting her by name and high fiving her on the way off the boat that the couple behind us in line joked it was like following a celebrity. The shows we caught were good, the magician was excellent and good with the crowd. The strings were a bit off, but keeping strings in tune in that kind of humidity is a bear. Guest Services was awful. Wouldn't answer a phone - once I managed to get downstairs and there were multiple people at the desk with no line, so I guess they just don't like to answer the phone? Never once asked what they could do to help or improve the situation, just looked at and typed into their computers and did ... things... I had no input or understanding. Very cold. Accused me of not reading the ship's map when I mentioned I was concerned about being lied to about the noise - then offered to shut a fire door to keep it down. Didn't shut any door that night. When I went back (again, and again, and again) the same staff member said that his map wasn't accurate and they couldn't shut the fire door by my cabin, but another one further down. Said I could take it up with the Safety Officer, but didn't tell me how to get ahold of them or offer to arrange that discussion. Every issue was a long wait with either a sleeping child I was desperate to keep asleep (in a noisy lobby) or a hyper child who I couldn't let run around. I enjoyed the good family time, but I hate to think what Carnival would fail to do if anything more serious than running sewage or all night noise issues came up. You're on your own, buyer beware, wild west style with Carnival, that was highlighted for me this trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Went on this trip with my husband, 2 brothers and their spouses, all in our 60's. We enjoyed our time together and it's hard to complain about a cruise, but it wasn't our favorite. We all had balcony cabins and were ... Read More
Went on this trip with my husband, 2 brothers and their spouses, all in our 60's. We enjoyed our time together and it's hard to complain about a cruise, but it wasn't our favorite. We all had balcony cabins and were happy to have a shower that was larger than what we were used to, but we had trouble not flooding the floor each time we showered. There is a drain in the shower and one right outside it and now I know why. The shower curtain seemed too short to contain the water, so don't leave anything on the floor when you hop in the shower. Otherwise, our bed was very comfortable and the room was small but fine. Our cabin steward, Tennyson, was nice and efficient. Embarkation in NYC went pretty smoothly, although their process could be a little more efficient when issuing the cruise card. The worst part were the cars, cabs and people all trying to embark and disembark at the same time along the curb with people going every which way. It was crazy! We had great weather for Boston and Portland and enjoyed our tours both places, although I would suggest that Carnival's tour let you get off the bus for 10 minutes or so as they show you the beaches in Kennebunkport. It would be nice to have time to get out and take pictures of the Bush compound too but I guess the road is too narrow for the bus to stop. Fog rolled in and for the next 2 days, we could barely see the sea from our balcony and the fog horn had to blast so often that you couldn't stand to spend time outside on the Lido deck (nothing could be done, but it sent everyone indoors for about 2 days). We finally had sunshine again on our final sea day, but it got so breezy by noon that we went back inside again. The layout of the ship is a little strange. We got used to the Lido Marketplace and usually ate in the Havana Bar area, although it was hard to find a seat anywhere a couple of times. The food was good, some very good, but not actually great. My hubby's favorite were the burgers from Guy's and we ate at JiJi one evening and loved it. We have sailed Princess most often and we liked the food and desserts better there. We enjoyed all of the Production shows except the Latin Night but it was pretty loud. Didn't get to see the comedians because most of the PG shows were at 7 while were were still eating and I wasn't interested in the R rated shows which were later. The crew was nice but we noticed that it was difficult to get someone to bring you a drink, even when out on deck, and they weren't particularly friendly either. We usually had to walk over to the bar instead. In the buffet area, you usually have to go get your own drinks and refills which was different than what we had experienced on Princess. We had early dining and had wonderful service from Roger, Margo and Jorge. They were friendly, very attentive and fun...first rate! We usually like anytime dining when it's just the two of us, but it was great getting to spend time with family every evening and catch up on the day. We tried to not compare this trip to others, but it was hard not to. I'll be going back to Princess next time, but it wasn't any fault of our steward or waiters. We just liked the way many things are done better on Princess. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Arrived before our check in time of 11:30, went smoothly, however we did have to wait to board, it was 12:30 or so. Room was ready at 1:30, cabin stewart was very nice. He took care of all our requests and called us by name, ask how our ... Read More
Arrived before our check in time of 11:30, went smoothly, however we did have to wait to board, it was 12:30 or so. Room was ready at 1:30, cabin stewart was very nice. He took care of all our requests and called us by name, ask how our day and dinner was. We only did one cruise excursion it was in St. John, it was ok, informative, the bus was full and space tight. Our guide was a cute little older lady dressed in period clothing. With the exception of one night, the food in the dining room was very good, service was good, staff friendly and called us by name. Shows were good, there was plenty of seating, the theatre was never full at the shows we attended, bar service was prompt. Enjoyed days when we played trivia with other guests. The only thing is there was not bar service we we attended functions in the Ocean Plaze during the day, would be nice to get a coke at that time. The boat was rocky, but that was just Mother Nature. There were two days when some of us noticed that the cruise director did not announce that we had arrived in port and had been cleared by customs and you could leave the ship, someone on a 1st cruise may have not known to ask if debarkation was ready. The biggest draw back was embarking, we had #10 tags and we still did not get off the ship until 10:30, which made a long day driving home. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the time of year. We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and were happy to be travelling while the kids were in school. The Sunshine is a lovely ship and the added dining experiences were ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the time of year. We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and were happy to be travelling while the kids were in school. The Sunshine is a lovely ship and the added dining experiences were wonderful. The steak house and bonsai sushi were exceptional and priced very reasonably. The service as always was fantastic and the staff in the Steak House and Main Dining Room made a pretty big deal for us with cake and singing for our anniversary. How fun! It was also great to meet up with members of the Cruise Critic community and nice of Carnival to donate prizes etc. Carnival organized a Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle and it was great to meet everyone from the Roll Call in person. Overall a fabulous time despite some rough seas due to hurricane Jose. Everyone came together and the captain navigated us safely through. It is too bad the Sunshine is leaving New York because I would easily book this ship again on this Canada and New England itinerary. Aside from a few annoying issues with our names not being on the mainfests for the airport transfers it was an incredibly enjoyable cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This is my 4th Carnival Cruise, and I can definitely say this was the worst. The Ocean Suite I stayed in was showing wear and tear in the bathroom especially. They had the casino in the center of the ship where they still allow smoking. I ... Read More
This is my 4th Carnival Cruise, and I can definitely say this was the worst. The Ocean Suite I stayed in was showing wear and tear in the bathroom especially. They had the casino in the center of the ship where they still allow smoking. I could smell the smoke everywhere. (Why not have it at the back of the ship so we don't have to walk through there to get to many of the lounges or food?) My biggest complaint was the food service. No table cloths on the tables except on formal night. No maitre d or wine steward to greet you. We were a family of five and on the three nights we went to dinner, we never received our food at the same time. Two got appetizers and the rest of us sat there while other tables were served. Finally, we got our appetizers while the two got their dinners. Half the time, our waiter couldn't remember who ordered what and gave us the wrong plates. I ordered a bottle of chardonnay for the table. When the waiter brought it to me after a short time, it was not cold. He took it back and finally brought it to me in a bucket of ice and said they didn't have any that was cold! On the third night, three of us ordered short ribs and got pot roast instead with no explanation. Finally, we stopped going to dinner and went to the Lido buffet instead. Our only complaint there was that there were no vegetables except for the salad bar. We ended up taking the broccoli garnishes just to get some vegetables. The maitre d did call me and ask us to give them one more chance, but we declined. (I noticed I was the only one who got called. Maybe, because I was in a suite and the others weren't?) The best food we had was in Guy's Burger Bar (great burgers) and the Deli sandwiches. I also want to mention the Carnival Credit Card. On my last cruise, two years ago, I got the Credit Card, knowing I would be going on another cruise. I used that card for everything for two years just so I could save all my points. I traded in points for $50 bar cards for each couple in the family and $175 cards for me. I also used it to prepay my gratuities. Fortunately, I brought all my confirmation letters with me because I had to fight to get $100 of my credit and I still wasn't allowed to use my gratuities points. Seems you can't use it for that unless everyone in the cabin does it. (My sister, who was supposed to be my roommate, died a month ago so there was no one else in my room. Just me.) I tried to contest it, but was not successful. Not sure it was worth it. Although we loved Percy and Dharma in the Red Frog Pub, we were upset that each bar specialized in certain drinks. I drank a great martini in the Alchemy Lounge (Spicy Chipolte), but I couldn't get it anywhere else. The guys loved the beer samplers and Thirsty Frog beer, but they couldn't get it in the Alchemy Lounge. Awkward. I also want to mention that my room steward, Pammy, was my favorite person working on the ship. My brother and sister-in-law were not so lucky. Their room was flooded and the wet towels stayed on the floor for several hours. When they called room service, they were told that he was on break! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This is the second time we took this cruise. We chose it to avoid flying and the Caribbean during hurricane season. Jose did rough up the seas for us, but it It did not impact our fun. We drove to the port so parking was easy. We ... Read More
This is the second time we took this cruise. We chose it to avoid flying and the Caribbean during hurricane season. Jose did rough up the seas for us, but it It did not impact our fun. We drove to the port so parking was easy. We purchased Faster to the fun so as soon as we checked in we went straight onboard. We dropped off our bags and headed to the buffet before the masses. The cabin was a typical inside, no frills but adaquate. We dined in the steakhouse on the first night. Excellent service and food. All our other dinners were in the dining room. We had your time dining so we checked in on deck 5 before proceeding to the restaurant. Most nights we did not have to wait more than 10 minutes. Some nights we were sent right down. The staff were excellent. We went to the productions shows, magician and comedy shows. All were very entertaining. Emma the cruise director was energetic and highly visible throughout the cruise. Overall we really enjoyed the cruise and have no issues to complain about. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the New England/Canada itinerary and we were not disappointed. Flew into NYC a day early and saw a Broadway show and also stayed a night upon return and caught another show. Love NYC! The port was a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the New England/Canada itinerary and we were not disappointed. Flew into NYC a day early and saw a Broadway show and also stayed a night upon return and caught another show. Love NYC! The port was a little confusing and different from previous Caribbean cruises departing out of FL, but with a little looking around we were able to find our way easily. We always purchase Faster to the Fun and walk right on the ship. Very cool to sail by the Statue of Liberty. Ship is nice...clean, plenty of options for food. Ate at Guy's and the Mexican for lunch on ship days. The steakhouse was very good. I'm not much of a "Fun Day at Sea" type of person so the 1st and last day of the cruise were long days, especially the last day as the boat fought with Hurricane Jose, but I made the most of it with the delightful Emma the cruise director leading the activities. Boston: Uber to Fenway Park and did the ballpark tour. Fantastic! Ubered back and did the Freedom Walk and ate the best Lobster Roll. Portland: Went on "Lucky Catch" Maine lobster boat tour and saw real Maine lobstering. Could purchase one of the lobsters caught and take them to a local restaurant to be cooked. (We did not due to time) Great tour and great staff. Fun and informative and I would highly recommend this! Spent the rest of the day walking around town and eating lobster rolls. St. John: Took the Carnival whale watching excursion to St. Andrews. About a 90 minutes bus ride. It was awesome! The tour was very organized and there were 2 Marine Biologist on the boat that were very informative. We saw about a dozen Minke whales and then had lunch in St. Andrews afterwards. Very charming town and wished we had more time there. Halifax: Rented a car and drove to Peggy's Cove. Great day with wonderful scenery and the lobster rolls there were delicious. Got back from Peggy's Cove with a couple of hours before the boat took off so we walked around Halifax and visited a couple of Breweries near the dock. Disembarkment: Once again we had "Faster to the Fun" so we could basically just walk off the ship when we chose. The port is very congested so we found it easier to get an Uber if we walked across the street. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Son and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary, departure port and the fact that we had not sailed on the Sunshine before. We were very disappointed in the ship layout and the lack of public space. Navigating the Sunshine was ... Read More
Son and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary, departure port and the fact that we had not sailed on the Sunshine before. We were very disappointed in the ship layout and the lack of public space. Navigating the Sunshine was difficult because you couldn't get from "point A to Point B' with a "straight shot." One had to go down, walk a abit, then go up, walk a bit and then go back down. I think the addition of the extra cabins on the Sunshine was the cause. The decor was beautiful and the crew were wonderful. Most of the Shore excursions were very good, but we were disappointed in the offers in Halifax. Neither the Maritime Museum nor the Titanic Cemetary were offered in conjunction with one another. Only Peggy's Cove and the Cemetary were offered and the reviews of that tour were such that we would not take it. I doubt we would take the Sunshine again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We have taken 5 cruises on Celebrity and Holland America; this was our first cruise on Carnival. Overall, we had a great time. As you might expect, the Carnival cruise cost about 70% of the price of cruising on the other lines, and ... Read More
We have taken 5 cruises on Celebrity and Holland America; this was our first cruise on Carnival. Overall, we had a great time. As you might expect, the Carnival cruise cost about 70% of the price of cruising on the other lines, and the food/service/entertainment was about 70% of the caliber of the other cruises. The cabin was exactly the same as the other cruises. So -- you get what you pay for. Overall, I would give the Carnival Sunshine high marks for a budget cruise experience! I would liken the difference in food to that between a Waffle House/Cracker Barrel (Carnival) and an Outback Steakhouse/Morton's (Celebrity/Holland America). GOOD: Beds were great. We had an aft balcony room on the 6th deck -- VERY quiet. Not much walk-by foot traffic and no noise from the parties going on. Room was nicely decorated and about the same as every other balcony room we have ever stayed in. The aft balcony was substantially larger than other balconies on the side of the ship. The dining room food was good and service was attentive although slow. The dining rooms opened on time or slightly before the appointed time! TIP: on sea days, the main dining room offers a sea brunch that allows you to order "steak and eggs" (filet) with no extra charge! You can get soft-service ice cream 24 hours a day as well as pizza. We LOVED the Mexican food station (made-to-order burritos and tacos with an impressive salsa bar), as well as the hamburger station. Deli food was good. The photographers as a whole turned out a higher quality of photos than some other ships I have been on. BAD: The buffet area (Lido deck) had grossly insufficient seating for all of the people on board. It was very difficult to find a place to sit there every meal. The buffet food as a whole was hit and miss: fried chicken was painfully crispy; lots of chicken nuggets and strips; not a very wide salad bar (although what there was, was fresh and tasty). Desserts were okay and they had a sugar-free one every day. the make-your own Asian bar was a huge disappointment -- small selection and overly watery over-cooked veggies. We went days without actually seeing our room attendant. He did his job but nothing more. I had the sense that they were stretched pretty thin. Ridiculously long line for customer service many days -- and only two people working, although there was room for additional personnel. My husband said that the two hot tubs on the 9th deck were only marginally warm. The adult only one on deck 14 is hotter (but no one under age 21 is allowed). OTHER: Milk only available for breakfast, so stock up and store any in your in-room fridge if you want some later in the day. As others have said, the ship is dated. Normally this does not bother me in the least, but there were several signs in our room of serious wear. For example, the door handle to balcony was partially disconnected from the door. There was a LOT of rust around the edges of the balcony. The sink looked permanently stained (we thought at first that it had not been cleaned well -- looked like soap scum). There was a minor odor of rotting wood (the balcony has wood on the floor and it was wet for a lot of our trip). I did not like the fact that you could not buy packages of photos. There was no volume discount -- every single photo was the same price as the first one you bought. We are not drinkers or gamblers, so there was a lot of activity on the boat that we did not get involved in. Read Less
Carnival Sunshine Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 5.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 3.7
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 5.0 3.7
Rates 3.0 4.1

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