Sunshine and (cold) Bahama Breezes

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Carnival Sunshine

5 Night Bahamas (Charleston Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 20, 2020

Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 11026

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Met great new friends, had plenty of down time on Serenity. Many on our cruise were hit with the flu during and after, and those that went to medical were told it was not the flu, only to test positive once ashore. Either the tests in medical are inaccurate, or they downplayed an outbreak IMO.


5 out of 5
Went quickly. Was our first cruise without FTTF, but with Charleston's current busing situation, it would have been wasted money.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Our first ship with specialty dining, and it was fabulous. Jiji was some of the best we have ever had. The steakhouse was great. Sushi was beautiful. First cruise I've never had a single dinner in the MDR or any food from Lido buffet.

JiJi Asian Kitchen

5 out of 5

Some of the best food from our trip!! I'm ruined on sweet and sour shrimp anywhere else now!

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

5 out of 5


Cucina Del Capitano

5 out of 5

Fast, great options.

Bonsai Sushi

5 out of 5

Beautiful and delicious!!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lots of options. Didn't get to take part in many, but still had a great trip. Dive in movies are great alternative entertainment when we are sick!


5 out of 5
Again, tons of options and opportunities, but we didn't really get to do shows this trip.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Pleasantly surprised our family of four wasn't as cramped as I was afraid of. We were spoiled by suites previously. Serenity Deck near the deck door was perfect. Quiet, very few rooms or traffic, perfect.

Ship tip

Prepare for the worst case scenario, bring plenty of sea and regular sickness meds. $18 for a bottle of nyquil will hurt your feelings, and they even sold out on our sailing due to the flu.

Ports of call

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
We were diverted due to high wind. Hated to miss it, we booked solely for that port. Really hope that get that pier construction started soon so weather won't be an issue for tenders.

Nassau, Bahamas

5 out of 5
Been there, done that, don't get off the ship here anymore.

Charleston, South Carolina

5 out of 5
For all the work going on at port they have really managed to keep things moving for the passengers. My only complaint would be some of the port staff who just robotically repeat the same things so much that they really appear to be talking to no one, and then got upset when people turned them out.


4 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Sushi boat for 2 Sushi boat for 2 Sushi menu Curled up watching a movie on deck makes being sick not so bad!
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