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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Mar 19, 2015

No shows, only comics. Room was supposed to have couch.  His sharpes container never showed, nor my distilled water. Good thing I took some with me. disembarking was terrible, supposed to start  at 8 am. Didn't start calling till after 10 :30. Food was good. Room was clean. Ports had nothing but shopping, & water sports. Our  other cuise with Carnival was a lot better than this one. They had shows at nite, maybe a lot of them were  employees, but they were entertaining.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Mar 19, 2015

Overall the ship is great!  I really appreciated the 3 floors of adult only serenity.  However the cruise ship was apparently having a staffing problem for this particular sailing because they were very understaffed.  They were slow in the service area.  They also did not have their normal activities because they were missing 4 of their activities directors.  The food was good but as I said 5 of the 8 nights we waited more than 1 hour for our dinner.  So you will definetly need patients.  The final debarking process was an absolute nightmare.  They were very unorganized and noone seemed to know what to do.  It took us 4 hours to get off the ship.  That was really unacceptable.  Overall we made the trip fun but the staff wasn't that great.  

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The ports were excellent. The beauty is beyond words to explain.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Mar 19, 2015

Overall we loved the cruise.  We read some reviews prior to selecting this ship and all of the ones we read were right on target to what we found.  The food and entertainment was great.  The ship had a lot of motion.  If you get sick easily, I recommend Dramamine the night before departure.  The adult only section was wonderful.  The chairs with cushions were very comfortable.  The only issue is with 3000 people on board not that many people get one.  You had to get there early or they were all gone.  I wish they had placed time limits on them because some people stayed from daylight to dark in them.  We were able to enjoy them some so it wasn't a complete loss.  The ship seems to cater more to the younger crowd which is fine.  We like kids and knew that going into it.  However, we did stay on the upper levels for adults only most of the time.  The staff was excellent.  I found that they pushed the alcohol.  We are not drinkers so we just overlooked that part.  It was a vacation of a life time!!!! Loved every minute of it!  Vacation is what you make it. 

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Almost Aruba

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

We enjoyed the cruise even though it was very windy most of the week. It was too windy to spend much time on our balcony or even enjoy sitting by the pool.  It was so windy we couldn't dock in Aruba which was the reason we booked this cruise.  Enjoyed the beach at Grand Turk very much.  I usually find the staff on a Carnival cruise to be happier than other lines, but not so this ship.  Maybe it was the wind or the missed day off in Aruba, but I didn't see joy on many faces.  Take care of your staff, Carnival, and please be the first cruise line to add nickname to the boarding card.  I know you need to put my real name on the card for homeland security, but what is stopping you from adding a nickname line so that your staff doesn't call us by a name we never use. It is a bit offensive.  Loved our travel agent, but was disappointed there was no welcome gift. The agency we used in the past always had a bottle of wine or champagne sent to our room.  Good cruise though.

 

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Feb 28, 2015

Our cabin was over the Liquid Lounge and the whole room vibrated!!!  Had to ask to change our room.  There was no seating in the room only the beds which were uncomfortable to sit on and watch the tv.  Our dining room experience was odd.  We were put in a long narrow alley.  Our dining companions told us to ask for a different table.  We did and were seated with a wonderful, fun couple.  The other people also got seated at a different table.  The rest of the trip the long room remained empty!!  The staff was wonderful, especially the wait staff.  The ship was extremely clean.  I was very pleased with the cleanliness. 

 

As a gold member, I expected to be upgraded as promised, but alas, it did not happen.  Perhaps, if I travel with Carnival again, they will go through with the promise to upgrade me.

 

The shore excursions were great.  They were very easy to find the tour guides on the pier and they were very informative about the area. 

 

 

 

 

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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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better than expected for 60 year old couple

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

oceanview room was spacious and king bed was great.  big shower and plenty of closet & drawers.  food was very good, (lobster nite, prime rib, steaks, steak & egg breakfast etc in dining room).  dance and singing shows were good, piano bar sing along was great and comics were okay.  had to get in line early to get a seat at some shows.  buffet food and special lunch food (italian/stir fry) were good and taco/burgers also.  would have liked more ship activity for days at sea.  more 50+ passengers than expected on carnival.  few children and they had activities/area separate so noise was not bad.  8 day cruise may have made a difference here...  casino games all seem to have gimmics and are not standard vegas style except crap table.  drink package cost $920 per couple and is not worth it.  all drinks are very costly.  $5 beer is cheapest and a shame when you can get a beer off boat for $1.  they need a modified drink package that you can enjoy.  excursions are very expensive and minimal assistance for island info except to take a excursion.  cruise price is cheap but they get you big time for drinks and excursions.  overall, not bad.

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

My wife and I enjoyed the Sunshine cruise very much.  The cabin, an interior, was very quiet, and have plenty of storage for our clothes.  There was more of a variety of food than we've seen on other smaller ships, although we did miss having a fish and chips station.  We ate at both the Italian and Asian kitchens and thoroughly enjoyed them both.  The destination ports were fine and we've made a mental note to go back to San Juan, which was beautiful.  The only major complaint we had was that TV was very inconsistent, with major networks showing up some days and not coming through on other days.  We are talking about a ship that was totally redone in 2013, and they can't get a signal from a satellite?  It appeared that channels were only shown on nights with minor entertainment, for example the Oscars were shown, but the next night that channel was gone. Hmmmmmm.......but will return for another cruise on this ship.

 

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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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good but not our best cruise

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

cabins were smaller then other ships (we had a suite) -our bathroom had a toilet that angled towards the tub making it uncomfortable to use - your knees hit the tub - tv programing was bad - guys hamburgers were bad - pool was too small for all the people, very hard to get a chair to sunbathe - you need more then one popcorn machine for the movies - your timing for the shows was bad , if you went to the main show you couldn't get to the comedy club in time to get a seat - the cabin stewards were great and so was room service - one of the servers at the chocolate spot was very rude to guest, if she didn't like people she shouldn't be there - our dining room staff were great and kept us laughing even when the ship kept rocking - we needed more time in Aruba maybe a overnight stay

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

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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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