Good times, bad ship

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 50

Overall rating:

3.1 out of 5
Carnival Sunshine

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 16, 2019

Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 10133

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Love the passengers were great, not the ship. Too much on a smaller ship. My favorite port was Puerto Rico and then St. Kitts. Cruises are never long enough.


4 out of 5
People were friendly and nice

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The food is getting worse or maybe just on this ship. The juice blend they use for cocktails gave our party heartburn. It never happened before.

Alchemy Bar

5 out of 5

The best drinks and bartenders on the ship!!

RedFrog Pub

3 out of 5

Lido deck. Same problem with the juices. Change brands

Piano Bar 88

3 out of 5

It was ok. She was just too corny for me

JiJi Asian Kitchen

3 out of 5

I ate there for lunch after waiting for a half an hour it was just ok.

Guy's Burger Joint

3 out of 5

This was the worst one I ever tried. Always way over cooked. Falling apart.

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Excellent. Worth the extra money. Get the stuffed mushrooms!!

BlueIguana Tequila Bar

3 out of 5

The juices that they are using gave us heartburn. I do t know if it is only on this ship or all of them.

BlueIguana Cantina

4 out of 5

I tried all the tacos and they were good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Spa was nice but small. The stone loungers we’re not hot enough. You could hardly feel anything.


4 out of 5

It was nice but even with 3 decks there still were not enough seating. Carnival needs to do an adult cruise.

The Fun Shops

2 out of 5

Very rude not helpful at all.

Guest Services and Excursions Desk

3 out of 5

This was a hit or miss. Some were helpful, some could care less and some were rude.

Cloud 9 Spa

3 out of 5

I only tried the heated loungers. They were not hot enough


3 out of 5
The comedy was ok. The night club was ok but small. The bartender made me too drinks without liquor. Went to complain and they said they put it away.

Liquid Lounge

2 out of 5

Weak or no alcohol drinks

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
The staff had a very I don’t care attitude that I never seen on Carnival before. The fun shop staff was rude. The were only three people that were great our steward I Made, one waiter Raymond and the Alchemy bartender starts with a B. I think Bjor?

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship was clean. We always saw people cleaning. Some areas were ok. But they try to but too much on a smaller ship. The lido deck was way too small. They also need more seats in different areas that are not high tops.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
I liked our spa cabin. It was enough room for two. We only had two problems. One the shower was clogged and water overflowed, but they fixed it. As soon as we got into our room and open the door again all the pins came flying off the door.

Ship tip

I wouldn’t, but if you do try when it’s not full.

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida

4 out of 5
We were in Cocoa Beach. I like the area but a lot of traffic. Good food, beaches,stores and hotels.

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
We went to Jack’s Shack and had a great time. The water was beautiful but the sand in the water was soft. There is really nothing there in Grand Turk.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
I loved Puerto Rico. But get ready to walk in the heat. Everything is uphill. Bring water with you. We had a hard time finding some.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
I liked The Batik store. We also did dolphin discovery. We a great time. It was a great experience. If you book it go straight through them. Also cabs are expensive here and regulated. It cost up $60 to go to the two places

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
We been here before. I don’t like the beach here either. Very soft sand in the water. Hard to get in and out. Shopping and restaurants very easy to get to. We too the water taxi back for $4.


5 out of 5
We had assistance and they were great.
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