Carnival Sunshine 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.

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Carnival Sunshine Ship Stats

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  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 3,006
  • Total Crew: 1,040
  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.89
  • Refurbished: Apr 2013
  • Number of Decks: 13
  • Total Cabins: 1,502
  • Cabin Categories: 36
  • Gross Tonnage: 101,353
  • Length: 893
  • Beam: 116

Carnival Sunshine Cabins

1502 cabins and 36 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(267 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $104 per night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(154 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 238 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $114 per night
Balcony Balcony
(278 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $139 per night
Suite Cabin Suite
(32 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 361 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $217 per night

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Carnival Sunshine Dining

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Alchemy Bar Alchemy Bar
(12 Reviews)
Java Blue Cafe Java Blue Cafe
(6 Reviews)
Bonsai Sushi Bonsai Sushi
(4 Reviews)
Guy''s Burger Joint Guy''s Burger Joint
(40 Reviews)

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Carnival Sunshine Onboard Activities

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The Library and Bar The Library and Bar
(1 Review)
Carnival Seaside Theater Carnival Seaside Theater
(14 Reviews)
Sunshine Atrium Sunshine Atrium
(8 Reviews)
Havana Bar Havana Bar
(19 Reviews)

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1878 Carnival Sunshine Reviews

Carnival Sunshine 1st cruise by irenecaya

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

This was our 1st cruise and I cannot wait to book my next one...I loved the boat, the staff and Mikey definitely makes all the difference in the world...he is like an Energizer bunny...always on the go and getting the guest pumped....Ali the lead waiter was on point, we even got to talk about Snow where we live and he told us about the land slides from his country....also we got to talk about his kids...he really touched my heart.

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Pretty relaxing, but with too many kids running around. by lewisjlp1

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I had a really relaxing cruise. I wasn't expecting that many kids aboard, but this didn't bother me. The special guest they had in the comedy club was very funny.

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Fantastic vacation! by axa116

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This was an amazing vacation. The ship was great, service was top-notch & shore excursions were terrific. We’re already planning our next get-away with Carnival!!

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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 11, 2014

Just explore the whole ship....

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.

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