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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"However the food in the dining room was excellent." in 42 reviews.

"This is first time on a Carnival cruise and will book again." in 16 reviews.

"Our balcony room was terrific until water was on the carpet for four..." in 7 reviews.




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Fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 16, 2015

My husband walks with a cane ,  from the moment we were in line to board until we departed the ship Carnival put us to the front so he didn't have to stand and wait.  The staff, food and shows were great.  

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We brought the Sunshine

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 16, 2015

My overall experience was OK. I was disappointed with the ship. All the hoopla about the remodeling, I thought it would be a little more festive. The ship was smaller than I thought as well but there's nothing wrong with that. I didn't like the shows compared to other cruise lines. My excursions were great but the 2 I booked though Carnival could have had better departure times so you would be able to enjoy more of the port. The times were in the middle of the day and a lot of time was wasted. The 1 I booked through Vacation Outlet was amazing! I will admit, when we pulled up to the "excursion site", I was a little concerned but I judged that book by it's cover. We just happened to be the only people that had booked that particular time for our excursion and we had the whole time to ourselves. If you've never had a monkey sit on your shoulder and play in your hair, you've not lived!!  The ship was clean, the food was abundant and the staff were all friendly. I got a tan and came home rested.

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jjjburns
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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 16, 2015

1.  Entertainment was not as good as other 4 Carnival Cruises we have taken

2.  Food was not as good

4.  Staff were excellent

5.  Room - service was excellent

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Cruiselovers123
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Put some clothes on!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 16, 2015

As always we loved our Carnival Cruise!  The ship was awesome, food and service were exceptional.  Onboard activities were great.  Ports were the best ever!  Our only gripe as it is with every Carnival cruise we go on is the night shows.  There is very little variety and what they do have is Vegas style production shows where the apparel of the dancers leaves MUCH to be desired!!  We knew to stay away from the shows because of our past cruises with carnival, but we heard nonstop from the other members of our travel group how indecent and un-family-friendly the dancing and costumes were.  We attended the magician show, and it was great.  We also tried about 10 minutes of the 70's rock show and left after the clothes started coming off.  When women are wearing bras and thongs, we are out.  We were told by the others in our party that the show only went downhill from there.  It ended with a strip tease style dance that was done on a platform in the audience right in front of a young family with children.  By the end of the dance, the male dancer was in tight, sheer, shorts that apparently left nothing to the imagination.  Again, we loved everything else about our cruise, but time after time on a Carnival ship with this type of entertainment, we are looking into other cruising options. 

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Skip the Sunshine

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 10, 2015

The Sunshine's modernization is  awesome for kids. Regarding our room, the Liberty put this room to shame. We had a sick passenger, which required a return to Nassau (our first port).  That screwed up the remainder of our cruise. Grand Turk (never got there), and we arrived in Puerto Rico so late that most excursions were canceled.  Every passenger I spoke with or overheard, preferred stopping at Grand Turk and skipping Puerto Rico. Nice flat screen TV, but reception was often unavailable.  Sorry, I can't recommend this ship.

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sweetliberty13
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Excellent Itinerary

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 03, 2015

The itinerary was the main selling point for us on this cruise. Cozumel and Isla Roatan did not disappoint. Cozumel had forty plus excursions to choose from, both land and water based. There was something for every age group. While Isla Roatan was more limited in number, there was something to accommodate a wide range of tastes. We opted for the Pirates, Birds and Monkeys exhibit. This was a highly interactive tour, capped off with first a macaw, then a Capuchin monkey perched on our shoulders. The monkeys were characters, one clinging to my daughter's hair, another trying to find his way into my son-in-law's small back pack. Meanwhile, another grabbed a water bottle from someone and headed up a tree. Isla Roatan also has an amazing private beach area steps away from the pier. We had the opportunity to utilize the beach fro a couple hours prior to our excursion.

Belize was not a great port. We didn't purchase an excursion, as the majority of these required 3 hour round trip transportation. After similar experiences at both prior ports, we were looking for something a little closer to no avail. We did tender in and were disappointed that there was not much aside from a couple of crowded shops. Costa Maya was a step above Belize. If you chose not to participate, you could still watch the dolphin swim from the end of the pier. There were several shops available as well.

The ship itself was a small step down from the Norwegian Breakaway. I preferred the layout of the Breakaway with its more open feel. others may prefer the more compartmentalized feel of the Sunshine. Jamie Dee was a very good cruise director, though a small step down from Sinan on the Breakaway. The food choices and quality on the Sunshine were outstanding. My son loved Guys Burger Joint. My son-in-law loved JiJi's Asian and the burrito bar. The dining room has a fantastic chocolate melting cake. The four chocolate eaters in our party were hooked from day 1.

As far as entertainment, comedian Al Ernst was outstanding. We saw his act three times on consecutive days. Each performance was 100% new material. The Primetime cast was exceptional. We saw their Motor City Review, Latin Nights and Epic Rock. Unfortunately, the fourth show (disco/soul train era) was canceled for safety concerns. The winds were extremely heavy, the Sunshine rather tipsy.  The best of these was Epic Rock. While Rock of Ages on the Norwegian Breakaway was somewhat better, I take nothing away from Epic Rock. Unlike the cast of Rock of Ages, the Primetime cast must be able to sing and dance...and they wer excellent on both ends.

I would take this same cruise again. I would also take the Sunshine on a different itinerary. My personal recommendation would be to add a second day at Cozumel and eliminate either or Costa Maya.

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Fantastic!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 03, 2015

Stayed in a "spa stateroom" for the first time and loved the easy access to the Serenity deck. I would recommend booking shore excursions in the ports - we had a blast in all four. 

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kndeegs
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FUN!!! FUN!!! FUN!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Jan 03, 2015

JUST RETURNED AND HAD A WONDERFUL TIME--FOOD WAS GREAT--LOVED GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES AND THE PIZZA FOR IN BETWEEN MEALS!!  GREAT STAFF WHO WERE PLEASANT AND HELPFUL AND MADE IT A POINT TO KNOW OUR NAMES.  THE ONLY DOWNSIDE IS THAT IT ENDED AND REAL LIFE BEGAN--PLANNING FOOD AND MAKING MY BED!!!  I WILL TRAVEL CARNIVAL AGAIN!!!

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Dec 27, 2014

Very nice Ship.  Excellent wait staff!  Great activities planned throughout by the cruise director Jamie and her staff.  Great tasting food and Fahrenheit 555 well worth the extra 35.00 per person great tasting food.

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lindalong213
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Christmas on the Sunshine

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sunshine | Sail Date: Dec 19, 2014

Overall the cruise was very nice.  Our room steward was very efficient & for the most part the food was good, except we were disappointed  with our  dinner on Christmas Day.  My girlfriend & I ordered ham & was served 3 small chunks of ham & a hard square of something, which was suppose to be bread pudding. Along with that, we were served mixed vegetables which consisted of 3 green beans, 2 waxed beans & 2 kidney beans!  Our husband's both ordered the turkey dinner & neither of them cared for the turkey, but said the sweet potatoes were good.

We took the water taxi in St. Maarten to a shopping area, walked around in St. Thomas & in San Juan we took the free trolley to the fort. There was a $5 entrance fee to go inside, but we really enjoyed exploring & the view looking out over the water was beautiful!  We didn't get off the ship in Grand Turk. 

Guy's burgers were great & we liked spending time at the Havana Bar area in the mornings where you could get omelet's or eggs fixed to your liking plus you then could get sausage, bacon, potatoes, etc. without having to get in another line somewhere else!  They did serve biscuits & gravy, but although the taste of the gravy was good, it was water thin & it was better over toast, the biscuits were very hard!

A big negative was SOME of the kids on board! One night (early morning) we were woke up at 3:30 am because of kids running up & down the hallway & stairs, what were they doing out at that time?  These were not older teenagers either!!!!  Another instance was when my husband was in an elevator with a couple boys, he guessed 11-13 years old, who were pushing & shoving each other & when they fell into him, he had enough & told them to knock it off...of course they just laughed at him, they showed no respect, not even a "sorry"!

On the other hand we met some kids who were very pleasant & polite!!   

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Just explore the whole ship....

The lines for the Asian stir fry are always long. I actually made friends while standing in line. Something should be done to speed it up. Some people stand in line and then pick up multiple bowls. Not fair... maybe 1 line for singles, 1 for multiples. Italian kitchen, Sushi bar, pizza yummy!

go to the your time dinning and try the $35 steak restarant

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