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.

Carnival Sunshine Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 3,002
  • Total Crew: 1,040
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.89
  • Built: Nov 1995
  • Refurbished: Apr 2013
  • Number of Decks: 13
  • Total Cabins: 1,502
  • Cabin Categories: 36
  • Gross Tonnage: 101,353
  • Length: 893
  • Beam: 116


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.2
  • Children's Programs 4.0
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.1
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 4.0
  • Onboard Activities 4.0
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.0


1502 cabins and 36 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(290 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $97/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(168 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 238 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $112/night
Balcony Balcony
(314 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $141/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(35 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 361 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $219/night

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Java Blue Cafe Java Blue Cafe
(10 Reviews)
Bonsai Sushi Bonsai Sushi
(8 Reviews)
JiJi Asian Kitchen JiJi Asian Kitchen
(26 Reviews)
Guy''s Burger Joint Guy''s Burger Joint
(61 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Thermal Suites Thermal Suites
(1 Review)
Sunshine Atrium Sunshine Atrium
(9 Reviews)
Havana Bar Havana Bar
(22 Reviews)
Carnival Seaside Theater Carnival Seaside Theater
(17 Reviews)

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Fun cruise! by wlewis7789

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Everything except for a couple of entrees in dining room, was very enjoyable, and serenity deck was so relaxing on port day. I came back to the ship early, as I’d been to Nassau before. I had the Serenity Deck hot tub to myself! Hubby and I napped under the sun up there! Perfect!👌👍 We are Senoirs but tgeres something fun for all ages on this boat! I did my speed walking on the track in perfect weather second morning. Plenty to fo up there too with all types of games. Obstacle course, mini zip line, Basketball, ping pong, shuffle board, putt putt etc.

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Black Friday Blast by lmanager834

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

Family vacation with the grandkids the day after Thanksgiving.... great time to cruise and this was my first but not my last on Carnival. I really enjoyed this trip. The entertainment and staff on board the ship were so friendly and we were kept fed and entertained!

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Overall great cruise by angelicaalston9

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

I had a great time on the cruise and even got engaged! :)

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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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