Awesome First Time!!

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Carnival Sunshine

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Charleston Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 14, 2019

Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 2318

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

For a first cruise, nothing to compare to, it was great! Was very rocky the last few days with surrounding storms, but never got sick. You can definitely feel movement even in calm waters. I can’t wait to book my next cruise on a different ship! My tiny complaints wouldn’t keep me from sailing on SunShine after she is an older ship!


5 out of 5
Embarkation was super easy, fast and painless. Didn’t have FTF, but wasn’t even needed. We were side by side with others in our group that did have FTF!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Omelette station was the best!! Sunday Brunch is a must! If you don’t have kids..still attend Dr. Seuss breakfast! Steakhouse was AMAZING, it is a must on your first night, plus free bottle of wine. Never really ate at buffet until disembarkation. Didn’t look appealing and it was suffocatingly hot in that area! Drinks were great! I found several that I stuck to in each parts of the ship!

Guy's Burger Joint

3 out of 5

There was never a real long line, like the comments I read before going. Burgers are good, wouldn’t say outstanding.

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Food was Amazing!! Can’t find anything like it elsewhere!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Dr. Seuss was beyond my favorite activity. Build-a-bear was pretty special! Only went to Serenity deck pool! Super small, didn’t look clean when a lot of people were in it. The serenity deck itself was nice and relaxing.


3 out of 5
Music was good until it became repetitive! How many is too many times to hear “Wobble”, “Electric Slide”, “Macorina”, “Cha Cha Slide”? Game Show was soo funny!! Didn’t have any problem getting really good seats, which was another common complaint I read before going.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff were great! Everyone was so friendly! Out dining room experience was top notch. Our waitress and her assistants new exactly what I was going to be drinking, kept my glass full the whole time!! They always greeted us by first name basis!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
It was my first cruise so I don’t have anything to compare to, but it was easy to adapt to what is where! Down fall was going through casino to get to other side of deck 5. But its easy to overpass if you go down a floor or up a floor to get to each side. With all the food you eat, a little extra walking around will not hurt!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Always clean, gave us extra soft towels! They forgot to do a towel animal one day, jokingly disappointed. But they were always so busy! The size was perfect for 2. Bathroom super small, but we made it work! Bed gave us some back pains after a couple days.

Ship tip

Be early, early birds get the worm! Go with an open mind and ready to make the best out of anything! Don’t be so overly loud with your negativity, some if not most are still enjoying their time!

Ports of call

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Another beautiful place! Went to Moho beach. Such a awesome experience to see and feel planed land and take off!

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
So beautiful and peaceful!! Was so much fun! Did the parasailing excursion, worth every penny! It was the best experience!

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
Didn’t have anything planned. Ended up doing a tour in air conditioned bus...which the bus kept turning off. A little sketch. Food in town was so good. The Umbrellas are NOT up even though our tour driver said they were.


5 out of 5
If you able, I recommend the express disembarkation! Super fast even without FTF!
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