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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.

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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Sunshine Cruise Jan 16,2016

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What people said about this ship:

"...the the evening and being treated every night in the dining room as a grown-up." in 75 reviews.

"We ca n't wait for our next Carnival Cruise!!!" in 30 reviews.

"YOU HAVE cabanas chairs hammocks, your on bar and the wait staff catier too your every welm you need!" in 23 reviews.


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Awesome Cruise!

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We had a great time on our first cruse with Carnival!  We definitely will be going back with Carnival again.  The entertainment was really good, the food was AMAZING and the islands were beautiful!

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Surprise Cruise

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The Carnival Sunshine is one of the hidden treasures of the cruise line. Customer Service, food, entertainment and hospitality were great. This was one of the best experiences that we have had on Carnival ship. I would have rated it excellent, but we had a small problem with our dinning time.

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Our Trip Was a Nightmare

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We got on the ship at Port Canaveral which was an ordeal in itself.  We made our way into our room and 2 people cannot get around at the same time.  It is so small.  We had a stateroom with a balcony.  Stateroom 6359.  We were on the Carnival Sunshine.  We unpacked to get ready to explore the ship.  The room is sufficient to store and hang clothes, plenty of room for that.  The bathroom was very small but ok.  Only one person at a time in there.  The food was horrible.  The passageways to get from one point to another can only hold one or two people so when you get behind older people, you have to slow down to a crawl.  Since I went on a cruise in January, the weather was a bit nasty and when we went into port in the Dominican Republic, we were really late so our excursion was 5 hours and we barely got back to the ship on time.  The same thing happened the next day in St. Thomas where we had another excursion and of course the same thing happened.  It was on time at San Juan where we got off the ship and wandered around that city which was great and  Grand Turk which is pretty but mostly all shopping and beach.  The sales people in all ports were very pushy and in your face.  Oh!  But the sales people on the ship were the same way, in your face!!  The service people were not even friendly on the ship except for the guy who cleaned our room daily.  The Onboard Activities were a laugh.  People who could not sing or dance, etc.  I could go on and on about this.  I got sick the last night we were on the ship and it was probably because everything is so clostrophobic and unclean.  If I were you, I would try another cruise other than Carnival.   

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Dining Room Disappointment

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My wife and I were assigned early dining room preference when booking this cruise but when we boarded we were given anytime dining. After talking with dining room staff we were told the dining preference couldn't be changed. We have cruised many times before and always enjoyed eating with the same group of people but instead were seated alone. We were disappointed that Carnival would not have told us this before. Also, there was no live music at the main shows. 

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Fun time with friends. i

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First time sailing with these friends and we all enjoyed ourselves. The tours were expensive so we did our own in port.  Dinner in the Italian restaurant the first night was wonderful.   The second night we went to Anytime dining and found it to be confusing but Mr. D our waiter and staff were wonderful.  But on the second night we went back to him and ou dinners were all wrong and we waited and extra hour for it to be corrected.   Some of the desserts weren't great and ice cream was always melted when it was served.  So we changed to Maya's table and she took very good care of us. Water slides were the best so far.  Entertainment was better than any other Carnical cruise we've been on

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Great Entertainent

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The cruise director, Matt, was engaging and funny.  We also very much enjoyed the evening entertainment, including the musical/dance galas, as well as the unique magic show.  The food was, overall, tasty and nicely presented by an attentive serve staff.

There were a few challenges, though.  The Liquid Lounge had so many obstructed views that it was difficult finding a good seat anywhere above the main floor.  The most annoying feature of the ship, however, was the pervasive sewer odor throughout some of the hallways and even inside some staterooms.  The crew attempted to alleviate it, but the smell persisted.

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Never again!

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We will never choose to cruise with Carnival cruise line again. Way too loud, noisy, rowdy all the time!!!  Even the captain and cruise director had loud obnoxious voices. There is a big difference between being a "fun" ship and just being obnoxious. People act the way you project and tolerate their behavior. 

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Great Cruise

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My 16th Carnival cruise and as usual most was a wonderful experience. However, the dinning experience on two levels disappointed me. One, by asking for a early dine time I was assigned to "your dine time", a real bummer. We had to wait in line each evening, assigned a different table for two and missed the opportunity to bond with other cruisers. As well, the menus required an up charge to get the quality meal that used to be included. I then choose to dine in the specialty restaurants or buffet. JiJis, the Aisan selection was one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had while the Italian choice, Capitanos, was superior as well. The steak house, Farenheight 555 was a different story. I was proffered a steak selection, each 2" thick and received a 3/4" that could not compare to a $7.95 Waffle House special for a $35 up charge!

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Aruba to Bonaire to Grand Turk

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The southern Caribbean cruise offers four days at sea and three islands.The nightly entertainment, both music and comedy, was exceptional. The dining was sublime with great service. The only disappointment was the crowded pool and game area.Shopping was .  fun on the ship and islands. Getting to the ship went without a hitch, as well as departing. made sure every every  detail was covered to make for a smooth experience.

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Great time!

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We picked this cruise base on the destination, we've been to all other islands, so we wanted to see different islands. The islands are Aruba, Boanire and Grand Turk. 3 islands 3 shore days, and the rest of them are all at sea. Now I took it I felt it was too much time at sea. It would've been nicer if the first day at sea then second day we could get to one island. The ship didn't get to dock at Aruba till the third day in the afternoon at 2pm, We took a snorkeling tour came back at 7pm and the town was already shun down, no where to find food and shops. It was a disappointment. The first day and last day at sea it was so cold and windy, impossible to enjoy any outdoor activities. And there weren't much to see on TV.

Evening dinning was so great! Food was amazing. I have food allergies, so the first day our waiter found out and he made extra effort to make sure they prepare my food separately, each evening when I finished my meal, he would give me the menu for the next day so I got to pre-order my meal for the next day. It was so great! I would show up and they already have instructions print out, they knew exactly what to do. I really enjoyed the services he provided for us.

Breakfast selections were so great! Probably the best meal of all day.

Lunch I only went to the dinning room once and it was so good.

Dinner was always good! We didn't have a single bad meals.

I really loved the photo services on the ship. Everyday they have photographers take our photos, they thought of everything. There were 2 nights called fancy/dress up nights. While we were already all doll up, they have different back grounds set up for you to take your photos. It'll show up the next day in the photo galley session on deck 4 ( I think) You can go look and pick the ones you want to buy. Price is a little expensive, 8x10s are $21.95 each, even I was asking them If I picked few 8x10s then pick few 5x7s, they told me it would still be the same price. They do a good job though.

Lastly I wasn't too thrilled with the last day breakfast. The entire time we have enjoyed breakfast everyday, it had so much variety to choose from. But the last day it just had basic breakfast food, toast, eggs.....and it wasn't even good. No fruits, no yogurt.....I do understand they want us to get out of the ship as soon as possible so they can clean up and welcome the next round of customers. But at the same time made me feel like the trip is done so get out!! We no longer value to them anymore. Well, there  you are, I spit it all out. Maybe it just me, but I think there were a number of people I talked to on the way to pick up my car felt the same way.

 

Overall, it was a great experience, if you have been to those islands before I wouldn't recommend this cruise ship. And if you haven't, see if there's another cruise goes less at sea time for just those 3 islands. If not, then this will be fine. Happy

 

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LeanneS
Third Mate

Havana Bar is a great place to eat during lunch; we could always find a table there.

Rodel
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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.

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Just explore the whole ship....

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