We brought the Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 56

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Carnival Sunshine

7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 17, 2015

Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 2198

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

My overall experience was OK. I was disappointed with the ship. All the hoopla about the remodeling, I thought it would be a little more festive. The ship was smaller than I thought as well but there's nothing wrong with that. I didn't like the shows compared to other cruise lines. My excursions were great but the 2 I booked though Carnival could have had better departure times so you would be able to enjoy more of the port. The times were in the middle of the day and a lot of time was wasted. The 1 I booked through Vacation Outlet was amazing! I will admit, when we pulled up to the "excursion site", I was a little concerned but I judged that book by it's cover. We just happened to be the only people that had booked that particular time for our excursion and we had the whole time to ourselves. If you've never had a monkey sit on your shoulder and play in your hair, you've not lived!!  The ship was clean, the food was abundant and the staff were all friendly. I got a tan and came home rested.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
I didn't find anything outstanding on this trip. The food was typical for ship dining.

Onboard Activities

Same as all other ships I've been on.


3 out of 5
I've seen better. I felt they were not really singing, but I'm not a professional entertainer.

Children's Programs

Didn't use.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was very helpful and courteous. There was no language barrier on this ship.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
I expected something else since they had remodeled but there was nothing wrong with the way it was.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
It was small but we had 3 people and we were only there to sleep. Bathroom shower was pretty big.

Ship tip

A lot of kids in hot tubs. You'll have to go up 3 flights of stairs if you want an adult hot tub.

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida Did not visit port

Didn't do anything.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Went to Chakanaab Park and swam with Manatees! Most awesome thing ever!!!!

Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
Had tour of small "zoo" and played w/monkeys and held a sloth! Awesome! Had time to hit the beach also. Very nice atmosphere there.

Belize City, Belize Did not visit port

Did not go to port. Excursion boat picked us up at ship. Went to reef to snorkel.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
May have had a lot to do but our excursion took most of the day. It was a nice beach with lots to do at resort type area.
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