Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Carnival Sunshine

Sail Date: December 09, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Overall cruise was great. Ended on sour note. My main exciting excursion was my visit to the Cruzan Rum Distillery in St. Croix. Picking up rum or any beverage on the last morning was complete chaos. Carnival lost a lot of folks liquor and had to reimburse or replace it. I bought specialty flavors not available in US.  Debarkation process is stress enough without this added frustration. After four trips to pick up my rum and two to guest services they replaced it with a Pineapple and a Lemon run. Needless to say I was upset.  This process MUST be improved. The total was not just the rum but add in the cost of the excursion. Buying the special rum and bringing it home for Christmas gifts was a huge part of the experience. In addition we had to drive nine hours home we were an hour later leaving. Could have been avoided. Many folks were going thru same process. Staff was great trying to help. 

Cabin / Stateroom Very clean and great steward.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
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Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs NA
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Take ferry for $1.00 round trip and then a $6.00 round trip to Bicardi Rum Distlllery. Taxi's from ship are too high.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Beware of the shops downtown. Same story in every shop. "I just got this in yesterday."
Antigua, West Indies
Walked to Public Bus Station and took bus to nice beach. Darkwood, Jolly, Valley Church, and Turner were some beaches. We liked Darkwood because it wasn't crowded. Difficult getting bus back from Valley Church although locals ride it to work and back every day and our bus stopped and picked up cruisers there the week before when we visited Darkwood Beach. Valley Church was a very popular beach with jet skis. Bad snorkeling. Water stayed cloudy from jet skis.
Favorite port of call new excursion offered is the Bois Cotlette chocolate tour. Loved it. Another cruiser said they saw seven sperm whales on a tour with local dive shop. Apparently there are resident whales that stay year round. That will be my next excursion in the beautiful Nature Island of Dominica.
PAYS TO KNOW FRENCH. It is French so expect topless beaches and thongs. We visited on Sunday and everything was closed. A lady was mugged right in front of us by two guys on moped. They drove by and I thought patted the lady on shoulder but they actually stole her gold necklaces and vanished. It happened so fast. Never wear jewelry on shore and watch your bags. My husband said they were gonna grab his off his shoulder but he heard them coming and turned and looked eye to eye with the driver. Ladies with little shoulder purses take note they will slip up and cut the strap and you won't even know it before it is too late.
Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
You can walk Rainbow beach or take a $6.00 roundtrip to Sandcastle Beach at cruise ship.
Grand Turk Island
Small flat Island. Best time is at the port at Margaritaville with free chairs and huge pool and of course the beach beside the pier.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Cruise Terminal partners with several hotels and will give a 40% discount on parking. They only charged the 7 day rate for our 21 Day Back to Back cruise. With the 40% discount we only paid $80 to park for three weeks. Thank you Port Canaveral.


The Asian and the Italian Restaurants aft on Lido were open and free from 12:00-2:30 every day and didn't find this out until at dinner one evening over halfway thru our cruise. Excellent food.
If you want to get a good seat for a movie at the seaside theater go early. They fill up. Very popular.

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