A big disappointment in many ways

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

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
4 Night Bermuda (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 30, 2016
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

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!  

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
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!

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
nothing great


1 out of 5
Very lacking and repetitive.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
Our fine dining evening meal waiters did an outstanding job!

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Not clean at all. Dirty windows, Dirty dishes everywhere, even the "clean" dishes were dirty in some cases.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our balcony room was roomy and housekeeping did an outstanding job.

Ship Tip

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!

5 out of 5
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