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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Recent trip on the Carnival Sunshine

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Recent trip on the Carnival Sunshine

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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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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Third time around

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This was our third time cruising with you.  There was only one flaw, and that was the dining room, specifically Sunset lower.  The ceiling was very low and had no acoustic tile.  It was difficult to converse across the table because of the noise level.  We ate only one meal there and the rest on the Lido deck, which was wonderful.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Not the best

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

Went on ship sunshine, is old, rooms are tiny,food was horribe,went to dinner 2x and both times food cold, back in the day you looked foward to having a great dinner trying things you would not normally try like lobster well now if you want to you have to pay additional fee of 20.00. I thought that was included in your price what the hell are we paying over 4000. for 5 people for? Not for nassau and freeport that for sure. Food on buffet was horrible, the only bright spot was Guys burger joint, they were FANTASTIC dont miss one of them, our cruise director emma was great!! Shows were so so, the punchliner was funny they did 4 shows 1 pg 3 r rated wish they made it equal 2 and 2.The outside movies were not runnng, kids really disappointed, pool is really small, Ive had friendlier staff on other cruises, they dont seem to care. Debarkcation was a night mare. I will not go on another carnival cruise again, think im going to try royal caribbean or do disney again they were awesome

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Fantastic vacation!

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

Carnival Sunshine is such an amazing ship!  Even though we were on a fully booked 8 day cruise, we never felt cramped among the 3000 plus passengers!  The ship layout definitely attributed to this!  The cabins were great, steward was awesome, and the variety of animal towels were always a special treat.  The entertainment was top notched and Carnival had a little bit of everything to offer for everyone's tastes from magic shows to trivia contest to all out shows in the Liquid Lounge.  As for the dining room food - SCRUMPTIOUS and dining room staff service - FLAWLESS.  The ports were visited were beautiful and breathtaking and we especially enjoyed having 2 sea days at the beginning and end of the cruise.  Definitely recommend this voyage!

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Sleepless nights

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

We always love cruising and not having to cook, or clean. We had many sleepless nights. Next time we won't let a travel agent choose our room. We will do our homework. We booked far in advance not to have been stuck below the Liquid lounge. The ports were great. Everything else about the cruise was great.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Carnival Sunshine really hit the spot

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

This was a wonderful itinerary and would do it again in a heartbeat!  The ship was clean, it did take a couple of days to figure out the layout of the ship, but otherwise it was great.  The food was very good.  The activities were many.  The only thing I was a bit disappointed in was not having a mini-fridge in the cabin.  Only a few floors had mini-fridges, but I had brought a small cooler, so filled it up with ice each day, plus the cabin steward put a ice bucket each morning in the room.  All staff members were super friendly.

 

Would go on this same cruise again.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

1st Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I was really disappointed with the food on the ship. We had late dining and our food would arrive lukewarm or cold. I also found the food to be bland. One example: The New England clam chowder had no clams or clam flavor to it, it was bland potato soup. The service was very good and everyone was helpful if we had questions.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Lots of fun

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Constantly busy with things to do, staff was great and very friendly. Kanya in the dining room was amazing! Comedians were hilarious. Food was really excellent. Could work on a different venue as far as the drinks. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This was a great cruise with a great value.  The ports of call were very good, especially St. Maarten.  This was our second cruise on the Sunshine, entertainment, service, room stewards, food, wait staff were fantastic.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

My review for the SunShine shiph

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Entertainment was very good . Wish they had seats such as some ships do on the upper levels  while enjoying the entertainment around the main center bar. People would have to stand the whole time , there for so many walked away because they got tired of standing , the entertainment was great.  Food was outstanding and the Major D  was very good , our servers were excellent they were right on top of things.

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Promenade Deck

The Promenade Deck features staterooms in categories OS, 8M, 6D, and 4D, as well as the upper level of the Liquid Lounge, The Fun Shops, Sunshine Atrium,...

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Spa & Waterworks Deck

The Spa & Waterworks Deck features staterooms in categories SS, 8S and 4S, as well as Cloud 9 Fitness Center, Cloud 9 Spa, Cloud 9 Salon, Carnival's Seaside...

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Mezzanine Deck

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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Lido Deck

The Lido Deck features staterooms in categories CS, 8E, 8D, 6K, 6J, and 4G, as well as the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar, Beach Pool, Blue...

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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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