Carnival Sunshine

3.6 out of 5

Overview

Carnival Sunshine is a $155 million renovation of the 17-year-old Carnival Destiny. Upgrades include new cabins like the new Cloud 9 Spa Balcony staterooms, the addition of 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. You can also visit the Lido Marketplace Buffet, which is open until midnight and offers a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One specialty restaurant to note 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.

There are four stateroom types on Sunshine: 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, Norfolk, Virginia, New York, New York

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

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Sick of waiting in lines!!

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Overall I was disappointed with how many lines we had to wait in, I was glad when the trip was over. Poor weather made the hot tubs full of kids and we spent a lot of money on gratuities.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Headed north out of NYC

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good cruise. Ship was well refitted. Food selections good even without the premium options. The southern ports seem to be better suited for shore visits.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

not good

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was my worst cruise ever in my 9 cruises i had couldn't get off ship cause something i did 28 yrs ago weather was good mostly cloudy an raining plus fog

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Good experience

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I loved sunrise hotel staff. They are very cooperative. They made special Indian cruise for us as per our request. All other services also good. We enjoyed our vacation. This is the best place for vacation.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: L

  • Total Passengers: 3006

  • Total Crew: 1040

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.89

  • Built: Oct 1996

  • Refurbished: 4 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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