Advice

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    

Cruiseline.com Awards 2014 Winner






Recent Review

More reviews
2 star
2 star
empty star
empty star
empty star

Crowded = bad service

kevinwl32 reviewed 1 day ago

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.


Where does Carnival Sunshine sail to?


502 reviews from our community



Purser
3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star
3 out of 5

You have to love a crowd

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

This is a good value destination and ship for a quick 5 day trip. The ship is crowded

And lots of Kids. Reasonably priced. You will not get an extravagant buffet.  However, you can also have pizza. Burgers and 3 specialty restaurant choices for a additional charge on the specialty.  The night sit down dinners were very good and service was great. The nightly outdoor movies were nice. The loungers were hard to find due to the large number of people. On board pools were packed.

Entertainment was fair, I wish they had more on board programs. Overall, you will enjoy the cruise.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 1
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 out of 5

Cruise=Best Vacation Ever!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

I went on my first cruise my senior year of high school and from the second I got off the first one, I wanted to go on another one. So now that I just finished with college and found a job that allowed me to take a much needed vacation after 4 years of college, I went on this cruise with a friend and we had THE BEST time!! The remodel of the Carnival Sunshine is absolutely beautiful. There are so many good things to say about it that I could sit here and type all day. The things I, personally, loved the most were:

- The variety of Dive-In Movies and availability of blankets to snuggle up with during the film! How cozy and cute!

- ALL of the food. Whether it was in Lido or the Dining Rooms it was delicious.

- Your Time Dining. This option is so convenient because it allows you to go to dinner when you're ready and won't interfere with any activities you want to do. It was the perfect option for us. The first night was a little confusing because you have to go to the Ocean Plaza on the 5th floor to check in then to the Sunrise Dining Room on the 3rd floor to eat, but once you figured it out it was no hassle at all.

- Guy's Burger Joint. It was awesome that these burgers were included in the price (and delicious!)

- The Carnival HUB App. IT'S FREE TO USE ONBOARD!!! Most people didn't realize that. While I didn't want to use my cell phone much (other than for music) during vacation, this app was extremely useful and didn't make me lose the "I'm on vacation" vibe. It was so easy to view the schedule for each day and favorite the activities you were interested in. There's a favorites tab, so once you've gone through all the events, click over to that and BOOM, there's your schedule for the day! You don't have to worry about charges from your cell phone carrier either because the app works through the ship's Wi-Fi (for free) while your phone is on Airplane Mode. Love, love, love!

- Half Moon Cay. Out of all the ports, this was my favorite. It was absolutely stunning. The water was so clear that when we swam out as far as we were allowed (probably 15 feet deep), we could still see the bottom. Insane. The day was so relaxing and since it's Carnival's island, they had food for you so you didn't have to get back on the ship. Loved everything about it.

- Epic Rock Show- This is the top rated show in the Carnival fleet--and for good reason. It was spectacular!! They sing songs you'll know and they sing them well! The technology is amazing, too! All of the shows onboard were good, but this one blew me away.

- Cruise Director Donkey- he's awesome, Australian and did an amazing job!

 

I hope that gives you enough to go on because I really could type all day. Definitely recommend this cruise to anyone looking to get away. I would hands down do this exact cruise again.

Cruise Photos

Bathroom- small and functional. Serves the purpose! Water is HOT! Vanity mirror lights up, which was super nice for putting on makeup at night The left bed wasn't messed up when we got there (just saying!)

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 3
Third Mate
3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star
3 out of 5

April 16, 2016 Carnival Sunshine Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

This is the second cruise I have taken, both have been with carnival. The first was on the Glory on which we had a balcony. Between the two, I felt the Glory was better. This time we stayed in an inside cabin. I traveled with my husband and 3 children (10, 7 and 1). The rooms were actually more spacious than I anticipated whereas I was travelling in a group of 5 (still very cozy, but they do a good job of fitting 5 people in a small room).

 

One night, our toilet did overflow into our room. Upon calling housekeeping, it only took a few minutes for someone to respond and be in our room, but it was too late. Toilet water had already began flooding into our room and soaked the carpet. For the whole night we were trudging through water to use our restroom. We also had to put up with a lot of loud banging outside our cabin while they fixed the issue throughout the night. The next day (luckily we were visiting an island so didn't spend much time in our room) they had a huge fan obstructing the entry way to the room.

 

The ship seemed a bit crowded at times (one pool for all the children to use, long lines getting on and off the ship, lines at the buffet, not enough seats at comedy clubs, etc)

 

 The kids had a great time taking advantage of camp carnival. I would like to see more options for children under 2. Currently they are very limited to the hours they can attend camp. Although the Waterpark was closed at some points due to the weather condtions, the kids really enjoyed that. The staff were very courteous and attentive.

 

Overall, we had a great time and cannot wait to book our next cruise.

Cruise Photos

View of Fort Cristobal upon sailing away Main dining room Fort Cristobal

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 7
Purser
3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star
3 out of 5

3 stars is the best we can give

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

the ports and the tours we took at each was the highlight

the Lido Buffet was warm did have -The sunshine for sit down breakfast was a BUST - cold breakfast and we didn't return for future breakfast - anytime dinning we liked but the 2 best meals out of 8 was the Lobster tail and steak other than that the other meals chewy - the specialty Italian restaurant for lunch and dinner  was excellent and recommend going there - the burgers and pizza stations very good

The kids had the run of the ship felt like we were at day care the pool supervisors had threatened to close the pool - jumping, running and also thru the ship on more than one occasion we saw security return the kids to the parents with some discussion

William our cabin attendant was excellent even tipped him extra after the original - but friends had issues with their cabin attendant

the dinning and other crew very good and pleasant

Have seen much better theater shows on other cruises -  the comedians good - both guitar players at the different pubs could use another lesson 

 

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 out of 5

Wonderful Trip!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

We had an amazing time once again on the Carnival Fun Ships.  We were on the Sunshine April 16-April 24.   From the minute we got on the ship until the minute we got off we had an amazing experience.  Our dining staff, our room stewards, our bartenders, the cleanliness of the ship, the entertainment staff, the dancers, the food prep guys at all the smaller food places, the Chefs, AND DONKEY - all were amazing!

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?
2 star
2 star
empty star
empty star
empty star
2 out of 5

Crowded = bad service

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

Carnival really sacrificed the comfort and customer service for their bottom line. Service was terrible due to ship overcrowding and not enough space. Food suffered, their staff was grouchy, and the space to enjoy the sun on deck was non existent. Won't ever go on this ship again. 

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 2
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 out of 5

Love cruising

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

Our cruise on the Carnival Sunshine was fabulous.    We have been on 14 cruises and this was the very best.     The staff, our room and the food was wonderful.    Thank you for helping us plan this cruise.    The Port Canaveral port is so easy to get in and out.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 2
Purser
4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
empty star
4 out of 5

Great Cruise!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

I would be very mindful about booking through a travel agent when booking a cruise only because, in my case, Carnival will not speak to you about your cruise if you have booked through an agent--it is frustrating and time consuming having to call the travel agent and wait on hold while an uninterested 3rd party handles your business for you.  (It is so easy for them to say that they tried to get something done for you and the cruise line would not do it)   When booking our cruise, we were traveling with a group of 10, travel agent said yes, we were at the same dinner table and we requested early dining seating.  When we arrived onboard, none of us were at the same table and we were scheduled for late dining (which in turn caused us to miss all of the shows).  Carnival would not accommodate our request to be seated together, nor would they accommodate the request for an early seating arrangement.  The impression that I got was that Carnival resented that we had gone through a travel agent and would make no concessions for us.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?
3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star
3 out of 5

Could Have Been Better

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

Ship was so, so.  Room, etc very clean.  Ports were disappointing. Food was ok.  Dining situation confusing for "any time" dining...Staff friendly.   Entertainment was ok, they tried, but other ships have much better.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 2
Purser
4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
empty star
4 out of 5

Carnival Sunshine 8 Day Southern Caribbean

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date:

I read a lot of reviews before going on the cruise but I still approached it with an open mind. We were in an Ocean Suite on the 7th deck and I can tell you that our room stewards were the best I have ever had on a cruise. The rooms were nice, but a little dated. There was plenty of food choices on the cruise and we never went hungry. As far as the main dining, we only ate there one night and it wasn't that the food was bad, rather our wait staff was very rude and seemed overwhelmed. One of them grabbed our toddler and tried to put him in a high chair which completely set him off and he had not desire to go near the restaurant for the rest of the cruise. This was probably our only bad experience. The bartenders were great for the most part and I highly recommend the Alchemy bar in the evenings. They have the the best bartenders hands down! The ship was clean and safe. I would offer one piece of advice. Be very careful with young children around the granite headboards in the rooms. Our toddler fell and split his lip. We later heard from other parents with similar experiences. This was the first time I have ever had to visit the doctor on the ship and I will tell you the experience was much better than going to any ER here in the states. The doctor was great and he did a wonderful job gluing our toddlers lip back together. Overall, it was a great cruise and like any other cruise it is what you make of it. 

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 5

1 - 10 of 502 reviews

More about Carnival Sunshine


Features and Amenities

Explore 42 features and amenities on this ship.

Explore Features and Amenities

Cabins

Carnival Sunshine has 1502 cabins and 36 categories. Explore each cabin type and read cabin reviews from the community.

Explore Cabins


Deck Plans

Explore the 13 decks including cabins and venues for each deck.

Explore Deck Plans

Popular tips for Carnival Sunshine.


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.

mixeddrinks
Second Mate

Just explore the whole ship....

Roll Calls


Carnival Sunshine

5 Night Bahamas (Charleston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: May 21, 2016

Ship Name: Carnival Sunshine


201 Ship Mate app members

View Roll Call

Carnival Sunshine

5 Night Bahamas (Charleston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Nov 06, 2016

Ship Name: Carnival Sunshine


156 Ship Mate app members

View Roll Call

Carnival Sunshine

4 Night Bahamas (Charleston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: May 26, 2016

Ship Name: Carnival Sunshine


125 Ship Mate app members

View Roll Call

Forum Posts


Drop Price Description Line Departure  
39%
$1309
$2129
1 day ago

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)

Oceanview Cabin

Carnival Cruise Lines August 17, 2016 View Deal via CruisesOnly.com
39%
$1309
$2129
1 day ago

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)

Oceanview Cabin

Carnival Cruise Lines August 17, 2016 View Deal via Priceline
34%
$509
$769
5 days ago

7 Night Canada/New England (New York Roundtrip)

Inside Cabin

Carnival Cruise Lines September 03, 2016 View Deal via Direct Line Cruises


View All 49 Deals for Carnival Sunshine


You Might Also Like these Similar Ships


Costa Luminosa

Costa Luminosa

2.7
3 star
3 star
3 half star
empty star
empty star
(30 reviews)
Eurodam

Eurodam

3.8
4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
empty star
(358 reviews)
Norwegian Jewel

Norwegian Jewel

3.6
4 star
4 star
4 star
4 half star
empty star
(1646 reviews)

*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.