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Carnival Sunshine

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"The dining room has a fantastic chocolate melting cake." in 60 reviews.

"As we experience on prior Carnival Cruises the food wasplentiful and available round the clock." in 22 reviews.

"Same with the songs sung by the wait staff." in 19 reviews.




309 reviews from our community




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Good Value

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 18, 2015

If you want the cruise experience at a good value I would defiantly recommend Carnival. The onboard shows were outstanding, the comedy club was top notch with the but a little over crowded. The only thing I could complain about is the food. I have been on many cruises lines and the this one has or should I say had the worst food for the first 3-4 days of the cruise. I am talking about the food that is included with the price not the stuff you find in the restaurants that you pay extra for....that was pretty good. Now maybe I got use to it or maybe there were some issues that got resolved but by the end of the cruise the food in the main dinning room was really not bad, so something changed. But all in all I would say if you are trying to save a few hundred and don't mind eating fast food quality for a few days it a pretty good time. Happy

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Carnival Sunshine Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 18, 2015

Cruise was enjoyable and relaxing.  Only disappointment was the anytime eating for dinner.  On previous ships you went right to the dinning room and only waited about 5 to 10 minutes to get seated.  On this cruise you had to go to the 5th deck wait in line to get a time to eat and one night was given a pager and waited 45 minutes to get seated.  To me this isn't anytime eating.  We were able to get an assigned eating time and from then on things were fine.  Loved having so many days at sea.

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Excellant cruise, great value for your vacation dollar.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 18, 2015

Cruise was excellent. Itinerary was what we were looking for. The price was great. A few improvements could be useful. The anytime dining is not recommended, choose an assigned seating (less confusion and less wait time). The disembarkation needs to be revised. It took forever to get off the ship and we missed our shuttle pickup and had to wait 2 hours for another shuttle. Of course we could have made it, if we carried ALL of our own luggage off ourselves (being senior citizens, that is not a reality). The smoke in the casino was so bad, we had to use other decks to go bow to aft.

Overall it was a great cruise and we would recommend it. Happy

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Great Ship and Fabulous Itinerary

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 18, 2015

LoveLoveWe enjoyed the cruise soo much!  We (my husband and 23 yr old son) went on this cruise with my youngest sister and her boyfriend to celebrate her 50th birthday.  The Farenheit 555 staff was very helpful in making her birthday dinner special.  They made a special birthday dessert with a candle for her and added a glass of champagne to make the dinner a super festive occasion! The ship was beautiful, the destinations were absolutely beautiful,we enjoyed great food and tropical drinks and felt spoiled by the attentive staff.  We can't wait for our next LoveCarnival Cruise!!!

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Hubby's 40th Birthday

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2015

My husband turned 40 on the water! We really enjoyed the spa, our balcony, the entertainment, the food, the ports. We stayed busy and didn't even get to do everything that the boat had to offer (mini-golf, skywalk, waterslides). The 3-story serenity deck for adults only was the place to hang out away from the kids and that was nice, since we don't have them yet! 

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excellent

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2015

We had a wonderful  and relaxing time.

I liked the way they did anytime dining this year.

Due to the high volume of children on board due to the summer month I wish that the second PG comedy show at 8:30  did not include children. We liked to have dinner, go to the 7:15 show and then the 8:30 comedy show.  The later comedy shows I did not enjoy due to the language and the nature of the subjects. 

The transfers to and from the airport were great.

Everyone on the ship were warm, caring and very hard workers.

I loved Jamie Dee. The first time we had a female director. She was so enthusiastic, involved and helpful. She added a lot to our cruise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our 1st Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 05, 2015

This was our first cruise and we didn’t know what to expect. We spoke with fellow cruise members that stated Sunshine was a good ship to be on; however the ship itself is just a vessel. It was the staff and crew members that truly made the Sunshine a memorable vacation. Five stars ladies and gentlemen!!

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The perfect cruise for grandparents!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 05, 2015

We are experienced cruisers and this is the perfect cruise to take your grandchildren on their first cruise! This was our first Carnival adventure. We brought two girls, a 9 year old and a 14 year old. The cruise programs were exciting for both of them and Carnival really targets the kids programs for each specific age group. Our “adult” 14 year old loved staying in the program to 1AM without grandparents hovering. Both the girls loved the Dress-up evening and being treated every night in the dining room as a grown-up. Now for another great part for parents and grandparents! Want to get away from the kids from an hour or two? The adults only section on deck 11 is noise free and a delight. What was amazing on the cruise is that we felt VERY comfortable letting the grandkids do their thing away from us from the first day. There is always Carnival personal around with eye and ear contact of the kids every minute. What I also liked was that bar venues are a bit off the track of the kids areas. The water park on top of the ship was amazing! We loved the PG and adult shows of the comedian. A 5 day cruise with carnival is the perfect cruise to spend exclusive time with your grandkids. The staff was excellent from our cabins to the dining room. 

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Crowded but Fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jun 27, 2015

The boat was a bit crowded but that just meant you had to adjust your schedule a little. We barely waited in food lines but comedy and the shows were always packed. Lots to do around the boat to keep busy. If you want a sun chair, get one EARLY as they are all gone by about 10am and stay occupied throughout the day. Boat was clean and all the wait staff was extremely friendly. 

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55th Anniversary Cruise

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

A carnival cruise that was just a little above the normal.  We have taken over thirty cruises on many different ships on numerous cruise lines and know what we like and what we expect.  This is a very good Carnival cruise and I recommend it to anyone looking for a get away.  We did go at the wrong time of the year. And that alone created some problems for us. However, overall it was a good cruise and on that I would recommend.

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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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