By Adam Coulter
Cruise Critic UK Managing Editor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

The vast majority of cabins come in between 185 and 220 square feet, including insides (632), oceanviews (308) and balconies (508, verandahs from 35 to 75 square feet).

If you want the larger cabins, the oceanviews with obstructed views on Deck 3 (Category 4J), oceanviews with windows (Categories 6A, 6B, 6C and 6D) and Scenic Ocean Views with windows (Category 6J) come in at 220 square feet.

There are also 55 suites in four categories, but they are not the over-the-top style of suites favored by many of its rivals: no lacquer dining room tables, hot tubs on verandahs or wet bars on Sunshine. This ship has 13 fully accessible cabins and 19 modified for wheelchair users.

The big change on Sunshine is the design: muted decor of whites and browns with blue carpeting and pillows has replaced the bright orange and pink found on previous ships. (The line has not gone as far as painting over the palm trees that adorn the spaces between cabins, though.)

You can also tell it's an old ship, despite the refurb, but that's a good thing: the corridors are noticeably wider than on new-builds.

Standard inside, oceanview and balcony cabins each feature two twin beds that form a king when combined. Category 1A insides have bunks and decent storage options, including couches with inset drawers, bedside tables with shelves, and closets. There are two 120-volt U.S.-style outlets and one Euro-style 230-volt outlet atop a small vanity in each cabin, under which you'll find an ottoman-style seat.

Flat-screen TV's are installed at an alarming angle against the wall, but they swivel so you can view them from the couch or bed. But note, unlike the TV's on the newer ships, they are not interactive. (You have to go to guest services or use one of the very nifty touch-screen kiosks dotted around the ship to see your bill.)

Hidden behind each TV are two more U.S.-style outlets. (Bulky cell phone plugs probably only fit there.) Other in-cabin amenities include safes, robes, chintzy phones (which have not been replaced in the refit) and hair dryers (hidden away in a drawer by the vanity in each cabin). Only higher-grade cabins and suites have mini-bars.

Bathrooms are functional with an oddly placed outlet for razors (look up) and a magnifying mirror. Showers feature massaging heads and the dreaded clingy shower curtains. There are also large dispensers with generic shower gel and shampoo.

Carnival's famous free basket of toiletries is always a welcome sight. Products might include cough drops or mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste.

Balconies each feature a pair of metal-and-plastic mesh chairs and a small, acrylic-topped table. These verandahs are a decent depth, so you can actually fit your legs between the chair and the balcony glass.

Some balcony cabins, including those situated around the aft, feature extended 60-square-foot balconies (Categories 8M 8N). Category 9B has wraparound 75-square-foot verandahs. Category 9C has wraparound (wake and port- or starboard-facing) 75-square-foot wraparound balcony.

There are 208 connecting cabins across different decks (some with two beds, some with three). For passengers looking for a bit more space, 275-square-foot (with 65-square-foot balconies) Ocean Suites might be worth the splurge. These add larger, separate sitting areas, two TV's, more closet space and bathrooms with tubs.

The 345-square-foot Grand Suites, which have 85-square-foot balconies, are each one big room with a larger L-shaped sofa and a large closet in a separate room adjoining the bathroom. The bathroom includes a vanity desk and sink. They're designed with marble-topped surfaces, full bathrooms with double-width shower-whirlpool tub combos, bidets, double sinks, marble flooring and mosaic tiles on the walls.

The two Captain's Suites, side-by-side at the front of the ship, come in at a hefty 500 square feet with 200-square-foot balconies. They are situated just above the bridge on Deck 9, have two rooms and two bathrooms, and are entirely glass-fronted. They also have walk-in closets and whirlpool tubs, as well as large sofas, which can fold down, so you could fit as many as five people in each.

Passengers staying in suites get V.I.P. check-in.

Sunshine saw the addition of 92, the Cloud 9 Spa cabins, which are clustered around the ship's spa, which shares the name. The spa is located on Deck 10, but the cabins span Decks 9, 10 and 11.

The accommodations, which come in a few versions -- 185-square-foot oceanviews and balconies (with 35-square-foot verandahs) and 275-square-foot suites (with 65-square-foot verandahs) -- are laid out exactly the same as other comparable non-spa cabins. The difference comes by way of design tweaks (green accents) and proximity to the spa. Passengers in Cloud 9 accommodations also get a range of Elemis toiletries, fee waivers for a trio of fitness classes and access to the spa's thermal suite, which features various tiled rooms with steam and dry heat.

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Spa & WaterWorks Deck
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Serenity Deck

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