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: 3 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 86 reviews.

"We ca n't wait for our next Carnival Cruise!!!" in 37 reviews.

"YOU HAVE cabanas chairs hammocks, your on bar and the wait staff catier too your every welm you need!" in 26 reviews.


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Fun for all All for fun

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The whole cruise was great.  I had lots of funBig Smile.  There was many thins to do at any given time.  Food was great.  Restaurants were good.  Service was impeccable .  All went well.  Would go again with Carnival

 

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LATE DINNER PEOPLE MISSED ALL THE SHOWS LATE SHOW WERE SCHEDULED AT THE SAME TIME, FOOD WAS HORRIBLE NOT MUCH OF A CHOISE, SHIP WAS DIRTY AND BATHROOMS WERE ALLWAYS DIRTY OR CLOSED

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Good experience

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It was my first cruise and I think my overall all experience was positive rather than negative. First impression was... just a lot of people... everywhere, deck, restaurant, etc... I could not avoid. Even if I stay in my room, people are very loud outside until very late. I got motion sickness on the first few days, and I was sick of just lots of people throughout the entire trip, which includes getting off and on at port. I took two kids (6 & 7) - I did appreciate that they have complementary Camp for kids that I could drop them off a few hours here and there. My complaint about the ship is, considering the amount of people (~ 3000), why did they make such a small pool!! Out of two small pools (and three "hot" whirl pools), kids have access to only one pool and two whirl pools. The only one "cold" pool gets so crowded during the day and I had to pull my kids out several times because it was just too dangerous to stay in that pool. Also, if you are not into smoking, you would be surprised how entire ship smells like smoke - basically Casino is smoking area and that leads to open ship area and you can just smell smoke everywhere, not to mention that they somehow decide to set up smoking area on the deck where I need to walk my kids through to get to Camp, I just did not like the set up at all. Food - the buffet area is just average. They change main (meat, pasta, etc....) but salad bar and dessert area were almost same every day. Steakhouse and Asian JiJi restaurant were good. Japanese restaurant (bonsai) was a joke - other than Sushi, there was nothing about Japanese and Sushi quality was really bad that supermarket sushi tastes much better. It should be included in the free meal like other all inclusive resort does.  Since there were 4 sea days total, I think they did good job with entertainment. Most shows were good, and I also enjoyed outside movies when I could find seat. In summary, prepare to deal with lots of people and also slippery deck. Next time, I think I will just fly into all inclusive resort where I can get away from people when I want to.

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All About the Alchemy Baby!

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This cruise was a way to connect with friends we made on a previous cruise. We had a hiccup at dinner the first night with the waiter and bad service, but that was resolved. We first experienced the Alchemy Bar last year on the Pride and were happy we did and this one was even better. Dario, Parviz and Ranko were great they were attentive engaging and professional. The food was good with the exception of room service. The Spa was a bit pricey as that was something we wanted to do while onboard. Puerto Rico was beautiful and Old San Juan was fun. We had a great job on St. Thomas and did the sky life to Paradise Point if you have a chance to do this make sure you order a Bushwhacker. Turks and Caicos was beautiful, but extremely hot so we didnt experience to much of it. Overall a great time, but Alchemy was the highlight of the trip.

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Great Trip!

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The food was great. Still offering Lobster Tail on formal night and we also had prime rib two nights and filet mignon accompanied by eggs was offered for breakfast at least twice during the week.  The "Anytime Dining" needs some improvement.  Have to go to one floor to make reservation, then go to the dining room on another floor and wait for your beeper to go off.  It was usually between a 30 - 60 minute wait time (but in fairness, not sure if it was due to our party size or not, we asked for one table of 12 or 2 tables of 6, whichever came first).

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Excellent first cruise!

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We really enjoyed the entertainment and the comedians on the Carnival Sunshine. Our cruise director, Emma, was amazing! We don't think she ever slept because she was always interacting with the passengers and always had a smile on her face! Every staff member that we had contact with, servers, bartenders, cleaning staff, entertainers and the clerks in the shops on the ship were helpful and a pleasure to deal with. We really enjoyed chatting with Luxi, the Manager of "A Cherry on Top" the on board candy shop. The spa is also beautiful and very relaxing. My husband had a massage and I had a manicure and pedicure. Julia was especially helpful and she did an amazing job. We cannot wait for our next cruise!

Our only complaint is that the 2 pools were not nearly large enough for the number of passengers. 

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fun trip

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Great staff, needed movies targeted a bit towards grownups also. Wished the comedy shows were new every night.  Food was good....overall experience was amazing. 

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indian food, not great shows over all I am very disappointed this cruise.  could put some more shows and food was terrible for vegetarian. same food every day .

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A Birthday Celebration

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Had a great time on this short cruise!  The staff was very welcoming and accommodating.  We were gifted a free dinner from Carnival for my partner's birthday and the room steward also left him gift cards to use onboard!  We had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the entertainment!!!Love

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Wonderful First Trip

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Our family did extremely well and that's WITHOUT planning or guidance, So can you imagine if we did plan?!!?!?

the staff was beyond friendly, food was good, entertainment was on point... as first time cruisers we decided to do interior, we made it comfy and did well, being that each meal was enjoyed by the windows, we all decided that the next cruise we'll be going for a balcony!!!  we felt safe, and enjoyed our time.

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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
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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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