Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

A big disappointment in many ways

Sail Date: June 30, 2016

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

We just returned from our 4 day Carnival Sunshine cruise, it was our first Carnival cruise and our last.  The dining areas and pool areas were filthy.  Dirty dishes everywhere!  Not enough food service staff to keep the areas clean.  On 3 occasions I was given "clean" utensils with food baked on them.  Picked up a coffee cup and it also was dirty.  People would drop plates from the buffet area and just put them back on the pile!  Food at the buffet areas were cold and same old stuff for lunch and dinner every night.  The only good thing about the food was the evening fine dining, the waiters did a great job!  Drunk group of people 3 staterooms down from ours, letting their kids run up and down the hallways until 1 am.  Then my child had the Bottomless Bubbles for soda and he had to go to the smokey casino bar to get his sodas or the outdoor bars.  Carnival should seriously consider doing their drink packages differently!  The staff did not enforce the "Cruise Elegant" nights either, people came in with basketball shorts, A/C D/C tshirts, baseball hats and were welcome.  They also did not care if you cleaned your hands prior to eating, pretty much an "anything goes" cruise line. Entertainment was repetitive and sub par.  So no thanks Carnival, we'll stick to Disney or Royal Caribbean it may cost more but you get what you pay for!  

Cabin / Stateroom
Our balcony room was roomy and housekeeping did an outstanding job.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
This was very well organized and ran smoothly. Upgrade to the "Faster to the Fun" option, it was well worth it!
Ship Quality
Not clean at all. Dirty windows, Dirty dishes everywhere, even the "clean" dishes were dirty in some cases.
Destinations and Excursions
The Bay of Fundy was outstanding the bus ride there was spectacular as well.
Onboard Activities
nothing great
Children's Programs
Very lacking and repetitive.
Service and Staff
Our fine dining evening meal waiters did an outstanding job!
Food and Dining
Buffets were terrible but the fine dining was good. Very dirty common food areas, dirty dishes everywhere! Plus the windows were so filthy on some windows it was hard to look out!


If you've cruised on other cruise lines and this is your first Carnival do not expect it to be like the others. I'm sorry to leave such a negative review, but its just the way it was!

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