Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Third Mate

7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Beautiful ship and loved the ports but the food was a huge disappointment :(

Sail Date: August 17, 2016

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Oceanview

  Our Family of 5 booked this cruise two months before the departure date, and our room was one of three left on deck one, at the time being a Platinum member I just new we would get upgraded, to a nicer location than what we had, At the time of booking we were told by the carnival rep to call back frequently to see if there were any other rooms available for (5) people, as there were none at the time of booking, we called twice a week until the day of departure, nothing was available and we were told at that time to board and ask the customer service desk, what they can do for us. we did, and was also told at the desk "awww" that Carnival had employee service people working on board and all of the rooms were being used by their employees, so we would have to stay in our reserved room. That wasn't what I had in mind, being a platinum member, but ok we worked with it. Being past carnival cruisers we just new we could overlook the room and still have a wonderful time.

   The ship is indeed beautiful but so many of the wonderful things about carnival was taken away and or up charged, for no apparent reason. Charging $2.00 for a cup of tea after dinner is ridicules, having no dish in our bathroom of dental freebee's ie tooth paste, or mouth-wash, was disappointing, as well as scaling way down on the variety of food in the dining room, passing off a gourmet dinner in the dining room with fried chicken, that was way way over cooked, and it almost felt like a frozen from a box piece of weaver chicken, is un-acceptable, filet mignon that you couldn't even tell was a meat product, it looked like a piece of already chewed overcooked slab of fat and grizzle, served on my plate for dinner un-acceptable, offering tofu as a main course dinner option and overcooking just about everything that came on a plate and served for me and my family's dinner, is completely, un-acceptable, the service at our table was awful, and we were at most times leaving close to last out of the dining-room because of the poor service, it was terribly slow, our waiter was very un-attentive at times and seemed to care more about the larger tables that our 5 person table, Shame on you Carnival. what happened to having three different people taking care of your dining table at dinner? we felt that we were almost forced to pay the up charge for hopefully a better meal, we kept the faith, hoping and praying that tomorrow's dinner would be better than the night before, but that never happened for us, night after night a disappointing meal, i was almost embarrassed because i was the one that wanted to cruise again with carnival, my husband didn't.

So between the nickel and dimming everywhere around us and the disappointing meals on this cruise it has completely pushed my husband and i over the edge and after so many years of cruising with Carnival we will now look at other cruise lines for our future vacations.

  Wise up Carnival and stop being so cheap with your guests that work all year for their one week vacation, and spoil your guests, like you use to. 

Cabin / Stateroom
i was very disappointed with the room, your five person room was simply a four person room with a mattress on the floor for my 22 year old daughter, We complained about it, she had a terrible time sleeping on that, we did receive a new mattress for her to sleep on but that in no way is a five person room my son constantly stepped on her because if that set up, she was not a happy camper, and neither was I hearing her complain over and over.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
we do love breezing though the crowd being platinum members, this is one perk I truly love
Ship Quality
the ship seemed to be sort of clean, but there were way too many food plates and bar cups on or around the pool and lounge chairs, what happened to the staff? cleaning up after people, even in the lido area tables full of plates and no one sitting and eating because of it, we asked a few different times during the week for a staff member to come and clean up our table, because no one was present to clean up after the table's use.
Destinations and Excursions
our destinations were very nice, but I feel the excursion we took in st. thomas just to travel to the beach was way over priced for what we got.
Onboard Activities
we loved the cruise director I forget her name but she was the best we ever had.
Children's Programs we didn't use the kids program
the clubs were nice, drinks were on point at the bar's, the comedy shows were great, we had alot of fun at the deck party's, love the big screen by the pool, with the music very nice and relaxing.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
The food served on the lido deck was good, but in the dining room was horrible, as well as the service.


My tip to any future carnival cruiser would be, Carnival has gotten very cheap, do yourself a favor make reservations at the specialty restaurant's and pay the up-charge fees to get a decent meal for dinner, I'm sorry we didn't and were horribly disappointed, with the meals and staff attentiveness.

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