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Carnival Sunshine

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"For the first time ever the food in the main dining room disappointed." in 36 reviews.

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

"I fear I am ruined for any other kind of balcony room now and will pay through the nose the rest of my life..." in 7 reviews.



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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
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Experience:
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carrnival sunshie 2.0 fun ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014

Great crew, food was pretty good in the main dining room, service was excellent. Stayed in spa rooms worth the money because of the quiet atmosphere. Comedy shows were really good . Sea side theater is fun. Great ship ,don't listen to the bad reviews about this ship no problems here.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Nice ship. but no wow factor.

Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 05, 2014

The Sunshine is a very nice ship. It was refurbished a year ago, but you can tell it is not a new ship. I was expecting a bit more from the newest ship in the Carnival fleet. I have been on serveral of Carnival's ships. The Sunshine didn't have that WOW factor that you expect when you board a new ship. I remember when I first boarded the Dream, it was impressive. I actually stood there to take in the beauty before I proceeded to my cabin. The Sunshine is not like that. It has a lot of nice upgrades like the Lido deck and all of it's eateries...Guy's Burger Joint, El Capitano, JI Ji and the Pizzaria were great. We (party of 5) had "Anytime Dining" which was a little different on the Sunshine. You had to go to deck 5 to get a beeper. The dining room was on deck 3. If you went around 7:00 your average wait was 25-30 minutes. Service in the main dining room was slow. It appeared they were under staffed. With "Anytime Dining" you get a different table each night so the personal attention that we were used to was not there. We were on deck 6 cabin 6177. This is a great location, close to dining, the theatre and the fun shops. As usual, the cabin stewart was excellent. The entertainment is a must see. We went to all of the shows and enjoyed every minute.

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Beach at Cozumel Cozumel Mahogany Bay

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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July 2014 - Carnival Sunshine

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014

We had a great time on board the Sunshine.  The crew was wonderful and very helpful.  Our room steward was Awesome.  He left us some great little presents each night and was willing to get me a bucket of ice at least twice a day.  The food was good and the drinks were Awesome!

The only bad thing was the pools were so small and we were packed in them on the sea days.  You could get in and stand next to your new friends and that was about it.  

One other suggestion:  Do not pay to go on the beach excursions.  Most of all the places that you get at, you can catch a taxi and get there a lot cheaper.  We traveled to St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk.  The beach at Grand Turk is right next to the port.  If you want to do something really special then book an excursion.  

 

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Carnival Sunshine

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2014

Comedy Club (Punchliners) is to small, Main Theater is also smaller and can not accomadate the guests, This causes families to wait in lines of sometimes 1 hr to make sure they get into a show. Carnival is looking to use space on there ships and turn it into money making areas, some of the Lido deck Buffet area seating has been turned into  the Havana bar where Carnival can make money at night instead of that area being dead. Overall we made the best of the cruise but will not return back to the Sunshine because of its design. Many people on the cruise and at some Ports also had the same complaints.

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eck
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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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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Popular Tips for Carnival Sunshine


mixeddrinks
Second Mate

Just explore the whole ship....

gray75
Purser

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

Eat dinner at the Steakhouse at LEAST one night.

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