Carnival Sunshine

3.7 out of 5


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 - Bahamas, Caribbean - Eastern, Caribbean - Southern

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4.9 out of 5

Wonderful family trip by kellyoines

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There were 9 of us, including two children ages 8 & 9. We found the activities to be appropriate, and enjoyed all we attended. The dining room staff were excellent, very friendly, and the menus were excellent.

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3.9 out of 5

Inexpensive cruise, but a lot of things suffer for obtaining the low price. by GrhVjTanwEV80a9GDZUA4lCWe

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We are stuck with Carnival because a lot of the people we cruise with like the low price. The workers on the ship are fantastic, but the food totally suffers to obtain that low price. However Carnival should really do a better job of training their chefs as it doesn't take a lot of money to bakes really good cookies and cakes. Also the quality of the ice cream is very low. Ports - Stop going to Turks and Caicos, one bombed out port.

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4.6 out of 5

overall a great experience by sunshine2018

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Great experience, wonderful staff, delicious food and great entertainment - had a great experience on this cruise

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4.7 out of 5

Southern Caribbean by Pat844

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Our cruise was a nice time with friends. I enjoyed seeing the Southern Caribbean area and touring the two islands new to us.

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5 out of 5

Amazing Cruise by riz4life

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This was one of the best cruises that we have taken. The professionalism of the staff is the biggest factor that will bring us back and keep us loyal to Carnival.

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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 says ...
Oct 18, 2014

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

Rodel says ...
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 says ...
Sep 11, 2014

Just explore the whole ship....

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