Carnival Sunshine

3.6 out of 5

Overview

Carnival Sunshine is a $155 million renovation of the 17-year-old Carnival Destiny. Upgrades include the new Cloud 9 Spa Balcony staterooms, restaurants like Cucina del Capitano and RedFrog Pub, as well as the popular entertainment staple Hasbro, The Game Show. Sunshine carries 3,006 passengers and sails from Charleston, Norfolk, and New York to destinations across the Caribbean.

When it comes to dining, many casual favorites have been added including Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, and JiJi Asian Kitchen. The Lido Marketplace Buffet is also a popular stop, which is open until midnight and offers a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One specialty restaurant to note in particular is the elegant steakhouse Fahrenheit 555. Another fun find on Deck 5: the Taste Bar, which serves evening appetizers that are actually miniature bites of dishes you’ll find in the specialty restaurants.

Sunshine offers four standard cabin types: interior, oceanview, balcony, and suite. Most cabins are between 185 and 220 square feet, but if you’re looking for a little more space, the Ocean Suites are slightly larger at 265 square feet with 65 square-foot balconies. Sunshine also saw the addition of 92 Cloud 9 balcony cabins spanning decks 9,10, and 11.

For families, there are activities all day long for different age groups. Little ones can play in the splash park, build their own stuffed animal or create crafts at Camp Carnival, while older kids make their own handmade pizzas, play basketball, swing on the ropes course, or play a round of miniature golf. Best of all, the impressive water slides that tower over the back of the ship include the line’s 334-foot-long Twister. On sea days, the announcements of all of the “fun, fun, fun” choices come frequently, so you’ll always have plenty to do.

For couples and other adults traveling without children, there are pub quizzes, pilates classes, and a spa with steam rooms and saunas (note that these require you to purchase a spa pass). Carnival’s reimagined Serenity adults-only area is the place to be on sea days, not only for quiet relaxation away from the kids, but because this ship’s Serenity area is the only one in the fleet to feature a cascading waterfall into the pool below. At night, the variety of bars and entertainment choices, including magic shows, stage productions, and adults-only comedy acts, make Carnival Sunshine a fun and lively choice.

Sails from: Charleston, South Carolina, Port Canaveral, Florida

Cruises to: Caribbean - Eastern, Caribbean - Southern, Caribbean - Bahamas

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5 out of 5

Poor Service

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Very disappointed about the service from the tour excursion inside the ship the person in charge was so rude with me to be late and he kicked out my father and daughter from the bus on the land and sea tour because we arrived 2 minutes late for the reason the my husband have a bad knee and can't walk fast but my parents came from Puerto Rico after hurricane maria and have to go to this experience wasn't good and when finally we all went in the tour every body was laughing at us we we a group of 6 celebrating my parents birthday

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3 out of 5

Not up to suite standard

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We have always cruised in suite staterooms. This is the first time with Carnival because the Captain suite of the Sunshine ship attracted us. The Captain suite is OK although it is still not the same class as the NCL's Heaven suites. I don't think we are going to cruise with Carnival again because of our horrible experience with the embark and disembark.

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3 out of 5

Discrimination for Latin passengers

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We came to celebrate our 70 birthday with my family after going to a terrible time in our lives ,we live in Puerto Rico and we are going true so much after hurricane Maria and we want to have a great time but i wasn't like that we didn't felt welcome only in the dining area that's it Carnival Sunchine discrimination is terrible and discusting, We never experienced a treat like that in our lives very poor service never will travel carnival again

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5 out of 5

Great time!

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The only disappointment was we were supposed to be in port for 2 nights - we were unable to enjoy time at the beach due to the ship having to pull anchor "due to operational considerations" and sail out at 5pm and dock again in the morning.

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2 out of 5

crew was unhappy and very RUDE

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crew was unhappy and rude not helpful acted like they did not want to be there, cabin next door said they were on thier 19 cruise with carnival and that would be the last

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  • Price: $

  • Size: L

  • Total Passengers: 3006

  • Total Crew: 1040

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.89

  • Built: Oct 1996

  • Refurbished: 5 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 13

  • Total Cabins: 1502

  • Cabin Categories: 36

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LeanneS
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Oct 18, 2014

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

Rodel
Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 30, 2014

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
Sep 11, 2014

Just explore the whole ship....

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