Solid, but not spectacular cruise

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Carnival Sunshine

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 08, 2015

Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7328

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

This is a refurbished ship, so you have to take that into account when you consider things like cabins, amenities, etc.  Overall, this is a solid ship, and this itinerary is very good.    The best part of the ship is probably the Children's Water Works play area on Decks 11-12.  It is really great.   The worst parts of the ship are the main lounge and the evening shows/entertainment.   The main lounge looks like it is from the 70's, with weird lighting, poor seating, and it always feels ridiculously cold in there.   

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room was above average. The lunch options were great -- Burger Joint, Pizza, Pasta Bar, Mongolian Grill, Mexican -- all very good. the buffet is a little smaller than on some other ships, but the quality was very good overall. Salad bar at the buffet was very small though -- only real complaint.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


1 out of 5
Worst evening shows of any cruise I have ever taken. Truly horrible. The main lounge looks like it is from the 70's with bad lighting, bad seating, and it is FREEZING.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
WaterWorks area is one of the best parts of the ship. Really great for kids.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Okay for a refurbished ship. We refurbished ships there are always design flaws/inconveniences.

Ship tip

Lunch is the best meal, by far. Guy's Burger joint, the Mongolian Grill, the Pasta Bar, the Pizza Bar and the Blue Iguana Cantina were all really excellent.

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida

3 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
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