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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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Unhappy on the Sunshine!

annw4447 reviewed 3 days ago

What people said about this ship:

"The comedy shows were crowed.The food in the dining room was good." in 38 reviews.

"we were on another carnival cruise in december and again there was no place to have a to..." in 13 reviews.

"...no pun but it was a great deal for a great itenerary- a balcony room for an eight-night Southern Caribbean cruise for $..." in 7 reviews.



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LeanneS
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Good Cruise But Not the Ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Oct 04, 2014

The cruise was very relaxing and had great ports.  I didn't care for the layout of the ship; it didn't flow well.  I did not like the Anytime Dining layout.  You had to check in on Deck 5 and then go to Deck 3 but I understand why they have to do it since Deck 3 could not accommodate a line of people.  The spa was lacking a whirlpool and one of the 3 steam rooms was not working.  We had a balcony mid-ship.  The room seemed smaller than the one on the Breeze.  It did not have side tables by the bed and there is no fridge.  Now for the good...the food in the main dining room was good.  We had a great waiter for a couple of nights.  His name was Andrew and he was the best waiter we have had on any Carnival ships.  We also ate at the Steakhouse, JiJi's and the Capitano's.  We loved JiJi's and Capitano's.  The Steakhouse was ok but not as good as the other two.  On the Lido deck, we enjoyed the Wok, Guys Burgers, Deli, Pizza and Burrito place.  I normally don't get anything from the buffet line because I prefer the other options. For Entertainment, we enjoyed the comedy shows and Epic Rock.  Epic Rock was ok.  The guitarist was very good, but the main show was ok. Jamie Dee was the best cruise director.  IMO, she is the best one out there for Carnival.  The Serenity area is very nice but very crowded.  Overall, it was a great cruise!.  Glad we tried it once, but we will not sail the Sunshine again.

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eck
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

5 star
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A Great Itinerary and Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Aug 23, 2014

We were very pleased with the renovation of the Destiny....very unique décor thru ship.

We were equally pleased with the boutique food concept....the Italian and Asian eatery as well as the Blue Iguana were way above average cruise fair.....But, the best was Guy's burgers...we split one every day.

The amount of deck space devoted to adults has increased dramatically....but the pools on this ship are lacking in capacity.

The dinning was excellent as always and the service impeccable....aesthetically however the dinning rooms are nicer on other ships in the fleet.

Our cabin was only an ocean view but renovated and nice and roomy.

The bars on the ship all offered unique drinks and fantastic staff....most unique is the Alchemy Bar.

The main shows in the Liquid Lounge were unbelievable.....we have been cruising for years and never have been impressed this much with the singers, dancers, choreography, and set production...Fantastic!

The ports of call rotate but we were so happy to be able to visit Aruba and Curacao again and we were totally impressed with Grand Turk.

 

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GBV
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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SUNSHINE NO! NIGHTMARE YES!

Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Aug 16, 2014

SUNSHINE  NO !     NIGHTMARE YES!

After sailing on over 41 cruises I have the right to say Carnival Sunshine was the WORST! The service was awful, food was nothing special…same thing every day except for the dining room for dinner. The staff was very indifferent to the passengers and not all were very friendly and courteous…

Although this ship was refurbished from the old Carnival Destiny many parts were old and non-functioning   The expense was put into lounges, bars and show theatre……Plumbing and electrical were obviously old and neglected. Out cabin toilet on the 8th floor flooded three times ..as many other passengers also shared. We were told this was an old problem and problem stemmed from  the upper decks and caused blockage on the decks underneath…We were not given an apology or compensated in any way. However I heard from a platinum and diamond deck members  that they received chocolate covered strawberries, wine and vouchers for their fine restaurants and on board credit. This was a slap in the face in that they discriminate among passengers..The ship was clearly overcrowded and in 7 days we never used the pool. People were literally standing shoulder to shoulder in the pools. One pool had  kids and families and the other with adults. Some were oblivious to all of this since they were obviously first time cruisers…

There were 3600 passengers and 1500 crew members…does not add up…2  passengers  to every crew members and this of course included all crew…engineers, officers, plumbers, electricians, waiters, servers,cabin stewarts,etc,etc …This ship is a DEATH TRAP and I pray there is never an emergency. There are not enough open deck areas and access is very limited..  Air conditioning in elevators was non existing and they felt like Saunas. I spoke to a Carnival Glory passenger and they indicated having only 2900 passengers and it was a larger ship..they had the same itiniery as us…

Air conditioning was strong the first 2 days and after that they lowered it so much, I was sweating while sleeping two nights..

I was given a complimentary bottle of wine for playing in the casino.I told the beverage server in the dining room…he made me go up to show proof of the letter. He could have called casino to verify but he didn’t. I came back with letter and then was told if I’d like a glass? I said no I wanted a bottle. He then gave it to the waiter and did not serve me. I watched as he meandered from table to table selling beverages. I noticed someone ordered a carafe of wine…he went over very politely and smiled while he poured them a glass of wine . He was happy since he was getting a tip from them.I pointed out to my waiter (I Wayan)how unprofessional the beverage guy was and he proceeded to get me glass. I spoke to the Maitr’D on the way out and was told he would take care of it. I spoke to guest services the next day and was told they had no record of the complaint.

While in the casino a server silled wine on my outfit, I complained and they told me to put it in laundry for complimentary cleaning…I did not get me clothing back until 3 days later…I was fuming after they told me they could not get stain out…Now they want me to take to my cleaners and send them the bill. Are they kidding????

The ports were decent, I had been there before. Carnival Sunshine provided no water or ice towels when we came back after the hot day at the beach and ports…First time I’ve seen this…

Shows were nothing spectacular and on last night it was cancelled due to technical difficulties…The Comedy shows by George Lopez were the only highlight that we looked forward to. The Limelight Lounge is tiny and more thought should be given to moving the show into the Liquid Lounge instead…Standing Room only unless you stood on line for ½ hour before the show..

My daughter bought a small gel candle in Cozumel…she was told it was dangerous and it would be thrown out.. He said we could go back to store and get refund, mind you ship was leaving in 15 minutes and store was 25 minutes away..REALLY?

 After complaining it was returned to us on the last day…The security crew member gave her wrong information-could not speak English.

Most crew on the Sunshine could barely speak English….Imagine an emergency?   They should close this ship down and reconsider their policies on how to treat passengers…

I won’t be taking a Carnival cruise until all these issues are resolved…Royal Caribbean and Celebrity for me.

It’s a shame that my vacation that I looked forward too was ruined by this 7 day experience- Sunshine NO! Nightmare Yes

If you booked this cruise….CANCEL and rebook elsewhere…tell them I said so!

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Ho hum

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Aug 09, 2014

small stateroom (like Rhode Island)

nothing exceptional about food even at "special" extra cost restaurants

table companions indicates fares they paid was much less

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mixeddrinks
Second Mate

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 star
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Good and not so good.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Aug 31, 2014

We have been on Carnival Sunshine before so that is what makes this last cruise not sooo good.  The 'your time dining' was just awful...the service was poor and wait time was very bad...food was just okay...not over the top.  

Our balcony room was terrific until water was on the carpet for four days...big noisy machine in room to dry it all out...thank goodness we had the balcony to go out to and get away from the noise.  

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mixeddrinks
Second Mate

Just explore the whole ship....

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

gray75
Purser

Go to Havana Lounge for breakfast. They make your eggs as requested and is not crowded.

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