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Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 25

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Carnival Sunshine

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 04, 2014

Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7242

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

The cruise was very relaxing and had great ports.  I didn't care for the layout of the ship; it didn't flow well.  I did not like the Anytime Dining layout.  You had to check in on Deck 5 and then go to Deck 3 but I understand why they have to do it since Deck 3 could not accommodate a line of people.  The spa was lacking a whirlpool and one of the 3 steam rooms was not working.  We had a balcony mid-ship.  The room seemed smaller than the one on the Breeze.  It did not have side tables by the bed and there is no fridge.  Now for the good...the food in the main dining room was good.  We had a great waiter for a couple of nights.  His name was Andrew and he was the best waiter we have had on any Carnival ships.  We also ate at the Steakhouse, JiJi's and the Capitano's.  We loved JiJi's and Capitano's.  The Steakhouse was ok but not as good as the other two.  On the Lido deck, we enjoyed the Wok, Guys Burgers, Deli, Pizza and Burrito place.  I normally don't get anything from the buffet line because I prefer the other options. For Entertainment, we enjoyed the comedy shows and Epic Rock.  Epic Rock was ok.  The guitarist was very good, but the main show was ok. Jamie Dee was the best cruise director.  IMO, she is the best one out there for Carnival.  The Serenity area is very nice but very crowded.  Overall, it was a great cruise!.  Glad we tried it once, but we will not sail the Sunshine again.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Andew in the Anytime Dining Main Dining. He was the best waiter we have ever had. Jamie Dee is the best cruise director.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Did not have a fridge or side tables like the other ships.

Ship tip

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

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida

5 out of 5
Easy to navigate to ship.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Beautiful place

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Beautiful town and beaches! Favorite place

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
Not much there, but the beach is nice and you can see fish while swimming
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