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Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine is a large ship, carrying 3006 passengers and 1040 crew, and sails from Port Canaveral, Florida and New York, New York.

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"...the the evening and being treated every night in the dining room as a grown-up." in 61 reviews.

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 I sailed on Carnival Destiny in 2000 and it was my least favourite Carnival ship of the subsequent 23 cruises with them because of small amount of open deck space. The refurbishment and renaming to the Sunshine increased the number of cabins, removed the back pool and further reduced open deck space available to all passengers with the introduction of a large area only for 21 and over.

The new eating facilities in terms of quality, layout and extended choice were excellent as was the the new waterworks and sportsworld. The entertainment in the lounges and theatre was also an improvement and very good.

If you are wanting to be busy all the time I recommend this cruise if you are looking to relax quietly on deck then this ship is not for you

All the staff were excellent in terms of carrying out their duties diligently and in a courteous friendly manner.

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very bad experience with Carnival

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Started with very long emergancy drill boat left an hour late.  Purchased drink package and on more then one occasion ordered drink card was charged never got drink.  Children were allowed into an 18 plus show so had to change the shows wording around.  Food was awesome staff was great!! Boat was crowded and rooms very small!!! had rust i mean big rust spots on ceiling in bathroom when i called carnival i got the oh well attitude very unprofessional!!! first person hung up on me! Was my 6th carnival cruise! oh yeah and if your gold member you get a drink coupon for one free drink the last night of cruise after 5pm thats definately worth the 20 grand ive paid for cruises so far!! Shame on you Carnival!! Last thing if you buy liquor you need to pick it up last day between 6am and 8am! didnt get off boat till 930 and i was carrying my luggage off!

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Wonderful ship and wonderful ports, who could ask for anything more?

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I'm so glad that I didn't really pay attention to the negative reviews that I read about the Carnival Sunshine.  We found the Sunshine to be very clean and easy to navigate.  Our cabin was on Deck 6 - Aft, Cabin 6348.  It was very quiet and a great location to access the restaurants, Ocean Plaza and the main lobby.  The food options on this ship are wonderful - especially the Steakhouse!  DEFINITELY worth the $35 - wonderful evening in there.  There were plenty of different places and types of food to eat.  We were pleasantly surprised at the quality, variety and atmosphere in the Lido Marketplace.  We opted to eat there a number of times, which we tend to not want to do on another Carnival ship we frequent.   We enjoyed peace and quiet on the outside decks of Deck 3.  Great place to read, enjoy the breeze and take a nap.  Dive-In movies where great.  What fun to lay out in the open air and watch some good movies in the evenings.

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This was our 4th cruise and by far the worst one.  We love to cruise but this boat was too crowded and their main focus was on the sale of alcohol and not the safety of the guest.  The pool was crowded and had several racist drunks jumping in splashing people and yelling USA,USA.  Security wouldn't do anything about it at first. Finally something happened on the last day and they had to drain the pool.  Also we signed up for early dining and was given late dining.  We never eat this late and asked to be changed.  We were told they would notify us the next morning about our change.  By 2:00 the next afternoon we hadn't heard anything so we went back to guest services and was told nothing had been changed.  Later we had a note under our door telling us they couldn't change it.  Because of this we skipped the dining room several nights. This was our 4th cruise and we were not happy this time.  Probably going to try another cruise line for our next cruise. 

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Best Itinerary yet.

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The Carnival Sunshine is a great ship. The 8 day southern Caribean itinerary is the best we have been on yet. Aruba, Curaçao, and Grand Turk are all great ports. Lots to see and do. Very pretty islands. Can't think of a bad moment during the cruise. Highly recommended.

 

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Nice suprise

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This was our first cruise with Carnival, and it was a nice suprise. We cruised many other lines before, had read many comments about Carnival, and decided to give it a try this time, and were very positively suprised with the quality, warmth, professionalism and kids friendliness of Carnival Sunshine.

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Quick trip

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All and all it was a very pleasant trip. The cabins were comfortable and clean.  Workers were very friendly and helpful.  The ports of call where not the best except for half moon cay.  The drink package is worth it if you plan on drinking at least 6-7 drinks a day it pays for itself, but it's not valid on half moon cay which makes no sense since its carnivals private island.  The cruise director was not the greatest. The food was great and we had a really nice time. 

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Experience

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we are First time cruiser and we have great time.....Everything abt this cruise is awesome......we decide we are not going any vacation then cruise line.....Carnival we see next yearHappy

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Nice cruise

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overall the cruise was good! The room stewards and waiters were excellent! 

I wish there weren't some many additional charges for wanting to eat at the steak house and other restaurants on board. I felt that the food in the sunshine restaurant was ok, I was expecting better. Last cruise was with Disney and everything was included which was nice!

I didn't appreciate all of the photographers being so pushy to take pics!

I would recommend it!

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You make it fun

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I enjoyed my vacation because of the people I met and also my family memebers we're there. The staff could of been more happy and friendly, the islands were amazing. When you go to Aruba make sure its planned and you have everything you want to do set.

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LeanneS
Third Mate

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

Rodel
Purser

Avoid Lido at 11 am to 1 pm. Too small to accommodate the number of guests and you won't find seating. Try room service or get a seat in the main dining room for breakfast.

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Just explore the whole ship....

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