Sunshine -Fun Ship 2.0 Upgrade Misses Target

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
Carnival Sunshine

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 30, 2014

Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

Cabin - Midship, Deck 2, Interior.    Destination - Southern Carribean (Aruba,  Curacao, Grand Turk)


Pros - Large Food Selection and Good Quality(with exceptions) in Main Dinning Room (Sunrise) and Buffet (Market Place) Dining, Draft Beer Self Pour Stations, Fastest Slides I've ever been on (Water Works), Liquid Lounge - Large LED Display Background on Stage added great visual effects for shows, A larger variety of cruise length and iteneraries.


Cons - Cabin to Hot, No Refrig (had to get a bucket of ice to chill water bottles),  Bathroom so tight one has to put one foot in the shower in order to use the toilet. Bathroom doors swing in on an already tight bathroom. Door must be closed to even use teh sink without the door hitting you in the back. Liquid Lounge (Theater- To Loud, Bright moving Flood Lights, stobes, and laser lights blind the audiance which made watching performers almost impossible, Cold Spots - A/C was not ducted over theather.  It simply dumped from the ceiling in large colums of very cold air and made several very cold seating areas in the theater.  Limited Seating (Long Wait to get in or miss out), Limelight (Comedy Show- Very Limited Seating, Seating Located Behind and out of view of performer, Had to watch show on a TV).  Pool Tables outside upper deck (Pool and a ship ??  Really?),  Water Slides stayed Closed more than open. (4 Sea days very limited slide time),  Sunrise Dining Room - Kitchen was slow and food was often cold with melted desert. Upper dining level was so hot  that waiters were sweating in the food. Tables in the upper level were packed so close that waiters had to reach over other passengers  to server,  Ship Stability was very Poor (Though Seas and winds were generally calm, there was always a lot of left and right motion. Not sure if ship even has stablizers.)  Several Electrical failures resulting in ship zones/elevator temporary power failures added a slight feeling of insecurity during the 8 days.


IMO, Carnival Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade for the Sunshine was a huge MISS.  The increase in cabin numbers, addition of several more "Premium Extra Cost" dining areas, and the addition of walls and corridars,  only adds to the cost of the cruise, reduces usable passenger space, makes getting around on the ship more difficult,  and increases crew workload to a point of passenger neglect .  Many passengers voiced similar complaints during the cruise.  The addition of the highly soficated background display in the Liquid Lounge introduced a great oppurtunity to add beautiful background visual effects for performers. Unfortunately, poor use and management of moving bright floods, stobes, and laser lighting which should highlight the performers, only serves to blind the audiance.  The unnecessarily high volume in the sound system doesn't enhance the performance and further adds to the discomfort of the audiance.  Should I ever cruise the Carnival Sunshine again, I will NOT attend any event in the Liquid lounge.  Especially since it's necessary to stand in line 45 mins to and hour before show time in order to have a seat.  For passengers who want to attend the Comedy Show, in the Limelight Lounge,  they must suffer through the same long wait and the lines block other passengers access to some of the speciality dining.  Changes to muster station breifings (changes that may not be Carnival Directed) now has several hundred passengers being herded out on the life boat decks (where it's very hot and no air movement) and packed in lines against the wall while someone barks out proceedures that cannot be understood through echos and the poor quality outside speakers.  Last but not least, (I know I'm old but) IMO, there is Far to much focus on trying to teach line dancing with a large number of complicated dance steps in order to have passengers intertain passengers.  I now see a couple hundred or less passengers at the deck parties for line dancing where I used to see thousands in attendance when ship entainers performed.  For me, this Funship 2.0 is less for more with a longer name.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Kitchen is slow and food is often cold (icecream melted) in dining room. Sunshine Upper Dining level is over seated, crowded and hot.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Water Slides are Closed more than open. Fun when they are open. A pool table on a ship deck... Really? What were they thinking?


1 out of 5
Probably on of the hardest working cruise Director I've ever seen. Theater shows with staff performers are hard on the eyes and ears.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
They work hard and are generally very plesant and friendly. Most speak amd understand English very well.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Tight corridars in the dining and Lido areas.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Some inside cabins are very hot. No Refrigerators. Bathroom way to small and door opens inward.

Ship tip

Bring a fold up 6 pack cooler for ice since there are no refrigs in the cabin.

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida

5 out of 5
Great Staff, easy checkin and boarding, good parking garage (Little high on pricing $130 for this cruise.)

Oranjestad, Aruba

3 out of 5
Port side of island is run down and main tourist area is now the high rise hotels/beach side of the island.

Willemstad, Curacao

3 out of 5
Expensive over priced shopping at port.

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
Very small. Lots of water sports and activities. Nice day for Sun Bathing and beach. Small port shopping. Large Margaritaville.
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