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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.

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Sails from:

Charleston, South Carolina , Port Canaveral, Florida

Cruises to:

Caribbean - Bahamas , Caribbean - Eastern , Caribbean - Southern

Cruises on Carnival Sunshine

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3.8 out of 5

Cruise to Aruba, Curacao & Grand Turk by ANGELARY

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The cruise itself was good and the cruise director Mikey had a lot of great energy. We were disappointed by the day care services, food quality and the coffee shop times.

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2.6 out of 5

Never again with by fefy1

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I would not booked through again. Janelle was the travel agent assigned. I could not get ahold of her initially so had to book through main number. When I finally reached her, she was suppose to link the account with family. The rest of my group received 50.00 onboard credit..I did not get the credit. Also, someone in my party was placed on the first floor and this was her first cruise ever. She thought she was on the 6th floor with her family. It was devastating for her. The boat was extremely rocky and prior to us boarding we saw on the news that the previous journey the stabilizer went out on the ship and it tilted. That is not good to see right before boarding. Also found out another Carnival ship tilted during our cruise..This company needs to evaluate all its ships. The fact that I was with family and friends made this trip enjoyable.

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4.6 out of 5

Grand vacation by Trayamaie

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We loved the option of being very busy with activities or being completely relaxed and doing nothing on the liddo deck. The pools were way smaller than anticipated. There was such a variety of activities. the most memorable part of the ship was our dinner waiters Ihwounaddin Sanjaya and made! And mikey too. Staff was friendly always greeting you even if just passing by in the hall. Food was incredible loved the variety of options at dinner

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3.8 out of 5

Very nice vacation long and the boat rocked a lot. by ryu1g

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Very nice vacation and experience. The boat was very rocky and there was a lot of kids. I had a good time and there was a lot to do but not enough time to spend on the islands.

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3.7 out of 5

Terrible by rrntheboyz

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From boarding to a flooded cabin, to the boat tilting and then seperating my party onto 4 diff floors... dirty boat.. needs major work - although the director was super - I will not travel carnival again

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Oct 18, 2014

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

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.

Sep 11, 2014

Just explore the whole ship....

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