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Very good experience

mespinal60 reviewed 10 days ago

What people said about this ship:

"not so good : - dining room meals( dinner) for the first three nights food - but..." in 37 reviews.

"I dont think I 'll book a carnival cruise with out that cafe on board." in 13 reviews.

"...$ been remodeled and some rooms may appear worn even balcony room s." in 7 reviews.



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LeanneS
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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

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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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Family w/young children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Bad Management onboard

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jul 26, 2014

This would of been a amazing experience for our family and so many others that were on-board if the management on-board would have a better attitude towards there own workers and in return they would treat the passengers betters, those employees that are good are overshadowed by the bad.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
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Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Less than expected

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Sep 13, 2014

Perhaps we have been spoiled by other cruise lines but this cruise was not what we had hoped for.  Why nothing was necessarily bad it had the feeling that they were doing the minimum to get by.  As a way of comparison it was like  we had become accustomed to staying in Hiltons or Marriotts and were now staying at a Days Inn.

While the evening meal was good the food at other meals was only adequate.  It was a surprise to have the Lido buffet close while we were considering choices; they literally pulled the blind down in front of us and told us they were closed.

From other reviews we knew that the entertainment would not be good and this was certainly the case.

The cruise was selected primarily for its itinerary and we want to try Carnival.  Now that we have done this it is unlikely we will return.

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bbgreer
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Carnival Sunshine Review

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Sep 13, 2014

This was our 5th cruise, but our first with Carnival.  We had a blast!  The ship was beautiful & clean.  There were lots of great places to eat and drink - i think we tried almost all of them!  There was plenty of great entertainment.  We made lots of new friends at the Sports Pub.  We enjoyed movies & pop corn on the big screen every night, followed by fun in the casino. The water slide was lots of fun!  And on lazy days we thoroughly enjoyed the Serenity deck.  We were very pleased with Carnival and look forward to another cruise next summer!  

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Popular Tips for Carnival Sunshine


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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