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What people said about this ship:

"...or 4 rooms) and dry sauna( see also below) * Food in the dining room s is generally alright( see the cons below)." in 38 reviews.

"Our only complaint( as it has been on all of our Carnival Cruises) was the entertainment." in 14 reviews.

"...$ been remodeled and some rooms may appear worn even balcony room s." in 7 reviews.



151 reviews from our community


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Dreaming
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Carnival sunshine 2014

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Dec 06, 2014

We fully enjoyed our cruise. The variety of dance venues along with the live music was the best we have experience on a Carnival cruise.

The spa staff was extremely professional and skilled. Hanna and Gina were our massage therapist for our three couple massages.

Our wait staff, Hilario, Terry, and Boris, at table 554 in the 8:15  dining took great care of us at every meal. they were very attentive with being overly so. They anticipated our needs and were extremely friendly.

 

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cfhoit
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

5 out of 5
5 star
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Wonderful Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Dec 06, 2014

   The cruise was everything we expected The staff, food, entertainment,accommodations were all excellent.

   We had an easy on easy off experience . We had an emergency near the end of the cruise and the crew assisted us in getting us and our luggage off early. We were very appreciative of this extra care. 

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 out of 5
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Loved it!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Dec 06, 2014

We really enjoyed this cruise. Everyone from the room stewards to the wait staff were very friendly and accommodating. The selections of food were very diverse to please just about anyone. We really enjoyed the three levels of the adults only Serenity Lounge, the adult comedy shows and the ports we visited. There doesn't seem to be enough time in each port, though, although we enjoyed our time on the ship. If there's anything negative to say, it's that the music in the piano bar was too loud! We enjoyed being there, but it just got to be too much. Overall, we loved it.

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ereeve13
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 out of 5
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Overall experience of cruise on Carnival Sunshine;

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Dec 06, 2014

Enjoyed the cruise. Service was excellent. Staff very friendly.

Did not like ~  the food in the buffet only luke warm. Good selection however not warm enough.

However the food in the dining room was excellent.

Entertainment could have been more variety....too many comedians.

 

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dstacy
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 out of 5
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Disappointing cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014

I would not go back on the Sunshine. The dining experience was horrible. The food was of poor taste. The employees was overworked. The ship decor was disappointing compared to prior sailing.  While on the ship, I heard a lot of similar complaints from other guest.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
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Seven Day Cruise to Eastern Caribbean

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014

I thought the overall experience was well planned as far as getting on and off the ship.  I would have liked to spend more time in San Juan and cut out one of the other ports.  I would also have liked to have more information about the ports from Carnival instead of the sales pitch for buying more stuff at preferred shops.  (An example in St. Thomas); after going into town and seeing a post card of a tram that goes up a mountain - I finally discovered on my own that the tram was near the ship dock.  We were never informed of anything to do in port other than the Carnival  tours.  The food onboard was good and the shows were enjoyable.  A big problem for me was having to check-in for dinner on a floor different from where I was eating.  I think that practice needs to be reviewed.  The coffee onboard it terrible!!!

 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
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Far too many kids.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014

Far too many young children. We could never get into any of 3 hot tubs due to the kids using them as swimming pools ALL DAY LONG!

Spent far too much time waiting for elevators due to having a state room on level 11. Note: only 2 of the 16 elevators go above 10th floor.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

2 out of 5
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Very Disappointing Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014

First off I will say that overall I enjoyed myself but that was despite many frustrating events.  The check-in was by far one of the most efficient that I have ever experienced over several cruises that I have had.  When I booked my cruise I signed up for the membership program, which included a $50 on-board credit.  As soon as I got on the ship I went to check my account and there was only a $20.86 credit.  When I questioned customer service about it they were of no help what so ever.  They kept telling me if I had a number they could call for me even though the credit came through Carnival themselves.  In an attempt to not ruin my vacation I just accepted the fact I was not going to get the credit and moved on.  There were very few activities on board the ship.  I've been on other ships and there were so many activities on sea days and port days that I couldn't do all that I wanted.  On this trip there really wasn't much in the way of activities or entertainment.  I have cruised with Carnival several times and have always enjoyed the food/service.  This time I found the food to be nearly intolerable even in the dining rooms.  I don't know if this was because of the chef on board or if it's a trend now due to the specialty restaurants.  I signed up for the your time dining which was very misleading.  Basically I got a beeper and had to wait up to 45 minutes several nights to get a table.  The service overall was incredibly poor and slow all around.  I was very disappointed.  I spoke with several different people over dinner that had the same experience.  Some even mentioned having the gratuities removed from their bill  It will be a while before I take another cruise for a vacation. 

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

4 out of 5
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An excellent trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014

Can't fault the cruise line at all.  Had one small, bad experience with one member of staff, but nothing major.  The rest of the staff were amazing, the room was large, clean and comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
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Waters were rough.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Nov 15, 2014

Everything was great. shows, food and service.  I have been on 13 cruises and

this was a lot of fun and we enjoyed ourselves.  The ship kept us very busy and we like that.

 

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Just explore the whole ship....

Pick a dinning time do not do the anytime dining. It is a pain in the butt.

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