Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Great Cruise!

Sail Date: April 16, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

I would be very mindful about booking through a travel agent when booking a cruise only because, in my case, Carnival will not speak to you about your cruise if you have booked through an agent--it is frustrating and time consuming having to call the travel agent and wait on hold while an uninterested 3rd party handles your business for you.  (It is so easy for them to say that they tried to get something done for you and the cruise line would not do it)   When booking our cruise, we were traveling with a group of 10, travel agent said yes, we were at the same dinner table and we requested early dining seating.  When we arrived onboard, none of us were at the same table and we were scheduled for late dining (which in turn caused us to miss all of the shows).  Carnival would not accommodate our request to be seated together, nor would they accommodate the request for an early seating arrangement.  The impression that I got was that Carnival resented that we had gone through a travel agent and would make no concessions for us.

Cabin / Stateroom
Our steward was wonderful--Mudi but the room was so small and cramped. Some brown colored liquid ran down the wall a couple of days. When we boarded, we asked for an upgrade and we were told that was impossible, the ship was overbooked--hard to believe. When she asked if we went through a travel agent, she responded by saying "that figures, they always tell you what to say and what to ask for so it makes us look like the bad guys".
Embarkation and Disembarkation
When we were at St. Kitts, we went on an excursion and came back to the ship to change clothes. We tried to go back to the island about 1:00-30 (we were leaving at 4) and they would not let us go back off the ship. The shops that we wanted to go to were in the main market place just after getting off the ship but they told us that we would not have enough time b/f the ship left. :C
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
In St. Kitts, we went zip lining and it was absolutely incredible!! We all loved it. It was expensive, $100/person but you got your moneys worth--The first zip line was a quarter of a mile long--nobody told us what to expect, so on the way up the mountain, we would see people at different points zip lining and I thought that there were just so many ppl doing it that there many places to go from, but we zip lined 4 different locations...all the way down the mountain. I think that we were there about 4 hours.
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Food and Dining


Make sure you double check the "new" rules, the website still says that you can take 12 bottles/cans with you onboard but my eight pack of diet mt. new was confiscated and loads of water was taken in the boarding terminal. The reason is still unclear.

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