Carnival Sunshine

3.5 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    
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Carnival Sunshine is a large ship, carrying 3006 passengers and 1040 crew, and sails from Port Canaveral, Florida and New York, New York.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

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Our cabin was not ready around 11:00pm, we have 3 adults on the room and the person in charge to fix our room forget to split the full bed and get ready the 3rd bed, we have to call housekeeping around 11, the guy came and he can not open the bed on the wall, he called the supervisor and the supervisor answer said I have to many rooms to check.  Our cabin was 1619, every day we have to asked him to leave extra towel and soap. 

The food was ok, I cruise before and the food was better.  We have a good time on the excursion and show.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great room

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Ports of call were great; room was spacious; loved Amelia, the singer/guitarist and Edon of the piano bar.  They were entertaining and built a great community spirit through their shows.

 

On the other hand, the "show" with the dancing we saw was incredibly lame--reminded us of an SNL skit. 

 

Sometimes had trouble finding a chair anywhere on any of the decks. When we did find a chair, we occasionally couldn't find a server to take drink orders.

 

Loved the outdoor movies.  Food was fine--no complaints. 

 

Our room wasn't always cleaned in a timely fashion. 

 

Our favorite staff on the ship was Rowena, who took great care of us on deck and in the piano bar.  She was consistently cheerful, kind, friendly and helpful.  Give that girl something good!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Disappointed in service

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Time away was relaxing.  The people who worked on the ship were friendly.  However, we were very disappointed with the service.  Our steward came into our room only once a day.  The waiters in the dining room were so busy that we didn't get that personal attention and it typically took 90 minutes.  We believe that the staff has been cut way back but the tips are still automatically included.  The sound system in the Liquid Lounge was poor.  We also wish there was more variety in the entertainment.  We were able to pick up our own luggage from the main hallway at 7:00 PM.  This was frustrating too.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

CARNIVAL SUNSHINE

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

We had a great time, the ship is an old one with a new look.  I see they added more rooms when they remolded it to accommodate more people.  Only one small pool, not enough chairs on the deck, lines everywhere you went .  The crew and all employees were very good.  I will not go back on the Sunshine only due to the fact the ship seems like it cannot accommodate a full passenger list. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Good food, good fun, good times

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

The cruise was very nice, accentuated by the service of all the members of the Sunshine staff. The wait and cleaning staff were pleasant and always on top of messy areas. They made sure each traveler was well taken care of and if anything was needed they went above and  beyond to take care of it.

The ports were well serviced and all the tours were nicely done.

This was the kids first cruise and they enjoyed themselves tremendously.

Overall the vacation was well done and everyone went home very happy. I would recommend this ship and set of ports to anyone ready to go and enjoy. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Birthday Vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Always travel on Carnival Ships but this was the first 5-day Cruise and I still had a Great Time!!! And I even took Engagement Photos that came out Amazing!!! Thanks Once Again Carnival for another Great Experience!!!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Sunshine

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

The staff were amazing. everyone was friendly and very helpful. I was disappointed with the ship itself. Set up very odd having to go from one deck to the other to move from one end of the ship to the other. This was my third cruise and the food was the most mediocre I have had on a cruise ship. Also there was a problem with the scheduling in the spa and they couldn't find my appointment. So I didn't get a massage. It was the most disappointing cruise I'd ever been on. I will consider a different cruiseline for our next vacation.

Thanks, Yolanda

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Lack of Communication

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We enjoyed the cruise.  The service from waiters, waitresses and housekeeping was excellent.  Some things need to be changed.  Getting on board take more time than getting through airport security.  We had to show our Sign and Sail card 4 times before getting on board.  Also getting off the ship - everyone was upset because we were told to go to 5 but no staff was there to guide us where to go and also we were not told we could get off first because we had a shore excursion - where others did.  Departing on the final day the announcement was made to go to 5 - then we were told at Guest Services the day before to go to 3.  When we tried a staff person, told to go to 4 if we were leaving early for our flights.  Also everyone (including us) was aggravated when the internet plan wouldn't work on cell phones or the computers provided.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great time! Islands were Beautiful! Ship was nice! Staff was awesome!

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I'd definitely recommend this cruise & Carnival Sunshine to others. It was long (8 nights) and gave us time to truly relax and have fun.  We did a lot of things on the ship from laying out on the decks, to watching the contest, drinking the drinks you'd never make at home, to playing bingo, gambling in the casino, to catching two comedy shows, a magic show and the Rock of Ages show (which was totally awesome).  Meals in the dining room were very good.  Our wait staff, Cesar & Michaela, were top notch.  Out cabin steward, Pedro, took good care of our room and us, but we didn't see him much.

 

The negatives about the cruise were that our dishes in the dining room were not always clean.  There were lip prints on our glasses...they quickly apologized and replaced them.  By night 3 we always inspected the glasses and silverware.  There were several hours where the air conditioning didn't work on our floor but they work as quickly as possible to get it fixed.  Neither of these items were enough to make us want to never go back!  In fact, we'll probably cruise again with Carnival.

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3 out of 5

Recent trip on the Carnival Sunshine

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Grand Turk was our favorite location on this cruise....get a poolside Cabana at the Margaritaville Pool...well worth it.

We made the best of it because we traveled with great friends - and we did have a great time - but not overly impressed with the Carnival Sunshine...the dining room food was not up to expectation and the crew which has always been plentiful - was short staffed and overworked - always friendly, but not as available as in years past.

It really stood out to us that Carnival is in a cost cutting mode...not what you want when you're spending hard earned money...

 

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The Mezzanine Deck features the first level of Liquid Lounge, Pixels Gallery, Sunshine Atrium, Photo Studio, The Library Bar, Farenheit 555 Steakhouse,...

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LeanneS
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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

Rodel
Contributor Level: 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.

mixeddrinks
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Just explore the whole ship....

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Price

L

Size

Oct 1996

Built

4 yrs ago

Refurbished

3006

Total Passengers

2.89

Crew to Passenger Ratio

13

Number of Decks

1502

Total Cabins

36

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