Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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1 out of 5

This cruise on the Sunshine was bad enough that we are going to Royal Caribbean for next year's cruise

Sail Date: December 15, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was my 4th cruise with Carnival and my husband's 3rd.  We take a trip every 3 months and one then one cruise at year end, each year.  Every one of the other cruises, were great experiences.  ~However, this cruise was so bad.


The Sunshine was a disappointment, an older ship, not clean appearance, and plumbing issues on the first day.  Most of the crew was ill with a flu type illness...which we both got the day we disembarked and ow are on day 7 after the cruise with this illness.  Just an added Christmas present to us from the Sunshine.  Thanks a lot.


I went to the spa on two different occasions, both were "free" seminars. I arrived to wait in line for infomration and so was approx. 7 minutes late for the semnar.  I was told to take a seat and wait, someone would be with me.  I waited another 20 minutes.  Finally, I went back to the counter and was told the facilitator was with another client and running late and to take a seat.  I told them to forget it.

 Spa staff was interested in the paying clients and I didn't get to attend either of the two free sessions listed on the daily itenerary.  Moral:  The spa staff does not value you, if you are not there paying for a service.  No more cruising on the Sunshine....ever...for us.  Just a note, if you have an issue with anything in the spa, client services won't help you. The spa is not Carniva'ls, but owned by a contract company...I think called Steiner.  Anyway, don't hold your breath for a resolution, if you have a complaint.


The ship is old and small compared to the other chioces you may yourself a favor and purchase a cruise on another ship.  This is your vacation.  Don't chance having the experience we did.




Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Only Spa staff was bad
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions


Don't sail on the Sunshine if you want to enjoy your vacation.

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