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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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good but not our best cruise

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Feb 20, 2015

Carnival might consider varying their menu by ship. For people that cruise frequently, it is not difficult to guess what will be offered. Same with the songs sung by the wait staff. We found the service in the "your time" dining to be very slow. Water was extremely slow being refilled. Actually, we were quite disappointed. To us, our room was stuffy. We mentioned this to our cabin steward and he had someone check, but it did not help. Embarkation was wonderful. A great perk for our loyalty level. Plus the convenience of getting into our cabin. Dining on the Lido deck seemed so chaotic. Two sides converged at one end trying to get bacon. The bacon really needs to be cooked. So many pieces seemed to have barely seen heat. Then people were standing, picking through the pieces trying to find well cooked pieces.

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cforney
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Pass on this one!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Feb 07, 2015

Carnival should simply retire this ship.  The layout is difficult to maneuver and the décor is outmoded.  The ship does not accommodate all of the adult guest on board; the back half of the ship is a waterpark that only a handful of kids used.  The walking track is nested above the “smokers lounge”.  While walking/running the track, you get to enjoy second hand cigarette and cigar smoke.  Additionally, the smoking section is prime real estate for lounging and sunning.  If you want to sunbath outside of the smokers lounge, you have to circle the decks like a vulture looking for a meal.

Carnival’s prices on the Sunshine were well below that of their competition, which attracted a very unique clientele for our sailing.  Between all the rockabilly music and the forced fun activities like the electric slide, the cha-cha and the wobble, it was like an 8 day “hee haw” booze cruise.  I believe the Ship only has a handful of songs that are on constant repeat.  Trying to move through the ship’s narrow corridors coupled with the vast amounts of wheel chairs and scooters, it was a daily frustration.

Trying to get off the ship at the ports was also a joke – it took almost 2 hours navigating the bottleneck caused by the mass exodus of 3,000 people moving to the gangway.  Once there, your feel like you’re being attacked by the paparazzi for photo by the Carnival photographers.  Carnival should allow the guest with excursions to get off the ship first.  I believe this is a ploy to get you to buy excursions only through Carnival.  If you purchased excursion through a third party and you miss your departure time because you can’t get off the ship, you’re out of luck.

The only redeeming quality of this cruise was that the service was very good.  Our cabin steward and head waiter were both a delight.  Overall, I was disappointed with the experience and would not recommend this cruise - a prime example of “you get what you pay for!”

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Sunshine Carnival Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 31, 2015

The cruise was great.  Ship was clean and as always, staff was excellent.  They would do anything you requested and then more!  I felt the food was good, and many different choices.  Pizza was not so hot, but after all the other good food, who needs pizza.  

Entertainment was good.  Need more seating in Liquid Lounge.  Smokey casino !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice cruise !!!!

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OK FOR A CHEAP CRUISE

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 31, 2015

We decided to give Carnival a try because of the low price.  We went fully expecting to get what we paid for.  We were not disappointed.  For the price we paid, it was fine.  The stateroom was nice, and the stateroom attendant was very efficient.  The food was good, and the wait staff was excellent.

 

Overall, this cruise was not up to the quality we have had on other lines; however, for the price, it was fine.

 

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The Sunshine

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 31, 2015

The happiest cresw I have seen in awhile. As always the ship was very clean. The food was even up a notch from the last cruise I was on. Even the weather was great. And Carnival did a great new layout of the ship. And of course John Gano from Cruises Only was a great help.

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Best Cruise Ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 24, 2015

We have been cruisers with Carnival for over 25 cruises. This cruise was the very best in all aspects.,The friendliness of all the crew even the maintenance people working on the decks was exceptional..  Everyone had a greeting and smile everywhere we went on board.  The food was spectacular and the wait staff was superb as well.  They went far beyond what was expected of them.  Always greeted us by name, even with a full ship.  We had open seating which was really liked at mostly table 371.  I would recommend this ship and crew to anyone. 

We did the Rain Forest in San Juan which left a lot to be desired, would not recommend that to anyone.  We loved Jimmy Buffet's pool and beach in Grand Turk which was right at the end of the pier. I would recommend the snorkeling excursions there as well.  Beautiful reef with very vibrant colors there.

 

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lwtexas
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Carnival Sunshine Cruise 2015 01-24 THRU 01-31

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 24, 2015

The wonderful carnival sunshine ship! its a bautiful ship it has been recently remodeled and the decor is amazing! From the time you come aboard the ship your in awe of all the beautiful shops, restaurants, bars pools serenity areas for adults only is three stories yes thats right three stories ! YOU HAVE cabanas  chairs hammocks, your on bar and the wait staff catier too your every welm you need! you want a towel, or a drink or a ice food, wait did i say food!! omg!! the food was too die for, make sure you try it all! the specialty restaurants especially !! yum yum!! they have a italian restaurant, steak house ,aisan restaurant , guys burger shake shop , taco /burrito bar  then in the evening by the pool they have a movie night they play and yes pop corn is provided . two red frog bars one inside one outside. they have the best of the comedians, and put on the best live entertainment. But just wait the best is yet too come because your going to the most amazing ports. You will love the ports and very friendly staff to help with all your questions. 

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ctgirlinsc532
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Great room!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 24, 2015

My husband and I were lucky enough to get a great deal on the Captain's suite for this cruise. Loved it! I may never go back to an interior cabin again! We experienced a few problems with some broken things in the room, but they were taken care of right away. The food choices were very good. We especially liked the Italian restaurant (extra $) for dinner. We've had the steakhouse before and loved that also. You really didn't have to spend money to eat, though. The marketplace had plenty to choose from. As far as the ship itself goes, we were disappointed in the layout. Talking with other guests, they also found it to be confusing trying to get to the dining rooms, and having to go through a smoky casino wasn't very pleasant.The room stewards, wait staff and cruise directors were wonderful! Jaime's Veteran's service was a great tribute. Our biggest complaint would be the music in the liquid lounge and the piano bar was way too loud! Maybe that's our age showing, but although the music was good, it took away from it, and we found we had to leave. Overall, a good experience.

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Cruiselovers123
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Put some clothes on!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

As always we loved our Carnival Cruise!  The ship was awesome, food and service were exceptional.  Onboard activities were great.  Ports were the best ever!  Our only gripe as it is with every Carnival cruise we go on is the night shows.  There is very little variety and what they do have is Vegas style production shows where the apparel of the dancers leaves MUCH to be desired!!  We knew to stay away from the shows because of our past cruises with carnival, but we heard nonstop from the other members of our travel group how indecent and un-family-friendly the dancing and costumes were.  We attended the magician show, and it was great.  We also tried about 10 minutes of the 70's rock show and left after the clothes started coming off.  When women are wearing bras and thongs, we are out.  We were told by the others in our party that the show only went downhill from there.  It ended with a strip tease style dance that was done on a platform in the audience right in front of a young family with children.  By the end of the dance, the male dancer was in tight, sheer, shorts that apparently left nothing to the imagination.  Again, we loved everything else about our cruise, but time after time on a Carnival ship with this type of entertainment, we are looking into other cruising options. 

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We brought the Sunshine

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

My overall experience was OK. I was disappointed with the ship. All the hoopla about the remodeling, I thought it would be a little more festive. The ship was smaller than I thought as well but there's nothing wrong with that. I didn't like the shows compared to other cruise lines. My excursions were great but the 2 I booked though Carnival could have had better departure times so you would be able to enjoy more of the port. The times were in the middle of the day and a lot of time was wasted. The 1 I booked through Vacation Outlet was amazing! I will admit, when we pulled up to the "excursion site", I was a little concerned but I judged that book by it's cover. We just happened to be the only people that had booked that particular time for our excursion and we had the whole time to ourselves. If you've never had a monkey sit on your shoulder and play in your hair, you've not lived!!  The ship was clean, the food was abundant and the staff were all friendly. I got a tan and came home rested.

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LeanneS
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Havana Bar is a great place to eat during lunch; we could always find a table there.

mixeddrinks
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Just explore the whole ship....

Make sure you do all you can on your sea days , vacation passes by quick!

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