Loved the trip, not the ship

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Captain
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 15
Helpful Votes: 93

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Sail Date: September 29, 2013
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

We took this as our second honeymoon and had a wonderful time simply due to the fact that it was our second honeymoon.  We could have floated around in a tub and still enjoyed ourselves. We selected this because of the itinerary, not the cruise line or ship. 

Upside: Great itinerary included destinations that we both really wanted to go to (e.g., Barcelona, Cinque Terra, Pompeii, Sicily). Tour guides who really knew what they were talking about and where to go to get the best views and features not ordinarily accessible.

Downside: Smoking was allowed on balconies which made them inhabitable for us.  We paid to have a balcony and ended up having to go back inside too many times to count.  Getting dragged to tourist traps (e.g., cameo factory on way back from Pompeii) as part of the excursions. I would have preferred more time in Pompeii.

This was our first Med cruise so comparing it to another Med cruise is not possible BUT comparing ships and balconies is definitely possible.  This ship's balconies were narrow and the chairs were rigid and uncomfortable. Compared with other ships with reclining chairs and footstools, well there is no comparison.  Also, this did not have a sliding door but rather had a window and a door.  It limited the view from inside.

Surprise of the cruise: Dubrovnik.  This was a delightful day of wandering around alleys and noshing on cheese and fresh bread.  What a beautiful city!

We look forward to another Med cruise but on a different line with a no smoking policy.


Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Smoking allowed on balcony dented our enjoyment. As soon as someone lit up, we had to vacate.

Ship Tip

IF you have a sensitivity to smoking, check to be sure the ship is no longer allowing smoking on balconies.

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