Carnival Sunshine Cruise Reviews

Rated 3.8 out of 5 (753 Reviews)

  • This ship was clean and well maintained. The staff was very friendly and attentive to our every need. All three ports were fun and the time ashore was great. the main dinning room has not changed their menu in years and could use an upgrade. I like the Carnival 2.0 concept, they just need to follow through with this idea for their main dining experience. We had dinner in two specialty restaurants and really had great food and service. I recommend trying a specialty dinning restaurant on your next cruise. We had a balcony cabin on the 9th deck, I would always recommend a balcony. The view the access to the outside air is amazing. Our cabin steward was great. Clean room and fresh ice in the bucket all day, he was very friendly. We will be back on a carnival cruise ASAP! This cruise was an amazing value for the money.

    Rating: 4/5

    MarkattheBeach,


  • I Waited to rate this until I had a few other cruises done. By far a great ship with a tremendous amount of amenities. The ship does fave some space that could be better utilized. But overall great experience.

    Rating: 5/5

    Sweaver99,


  • My husband and I went on the Sunshine to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We just returned 2/5/2016. We had an interior room on the spa level. I was unsure of how I would like this room. Yes, the room was small, but we weren't in it much. It served our needs. Our cabin steward was fabulous. We chose the late dining time and only ate in the dining room twice. We didn't like our dining time because it conflicted with things we wanted to do and see. This wasn't a big deal, we just ate elsewhere. We dined at two specialty restaurants, JiJi's and the Steakhouse. The steakhouse was well worth the extra money. I was not overly impressed with the food in the dining rooms or buffet, that is the reason I gave it 4 stars. I found the ship to be clean. We had an amazing time. Unfortunately when we left, we both became ill. Evidently several other passengers did as well. This is not Carnival's fault. I would cruise on this ship again. I did have a hard time finding my way around the ship, but my husband did not. Cloud 9 spa was great.

    Rating: 4/5

    jengor,


  • We had a great time on our first cruse with Carnival! We definitely will be going back with Carnival again. The entertainment was really good, the food was AMAZING and the islands were beautiful!

    Rating: 5/5

    briannebennett8,


  • The Carnival Sunshine is one of the hidden treasures of the cruise line. Customer Service, food, entertainment and hospitality was one of the best experiences that we have had on Carnival ship. I would have rated it excellent, but we had a small problem with our dinning time.

    Rating: 4/5

    barski67,


  • The Sunshine was definitely different than what my sister and I are used to(only been on Fantasy class before this cruise) but all in all it was a great cruise. Matt the CD was AWESOME, he had me laughing all the time! Trent, the comedy club manager, was the BEST we've ever had(out of 5 cruises). The Guy's burgers were TDF!!! We did notice some odors in certain areas but we just avoided them if at all possible. I do not recommend staying in(or near) room 2279 unless you like to hear loud noises in the wee hours of the morning. It is right below the kitchen and the crew were doing a lot of work moving things around in there at night. Probably won't go on the Sunshine again but will keep my options open with the bigger ships.

    Rating: 4/5

    Rebecca,


  • Just got off the Sunshine. Awesome cruise overall. The lay out was confusing at times and it seemed crowded a lot too. The staff were awesome especially cd Matt, comedy club manager Trent and bar waiter Adisorn in comedy club!!! My sister and I had a great time, live Carnival but we may go back to Fantasy class size ships for our personal comfort level.

    Rating: 4/5

    lovelucy71,


  • My wife and I were assigned early dining room preference when booking this cruise but when we boarded we were given anytime dining. After talking with dining room staff we were told the dining preference couldn't be changed. We have cruised many times before and always enjoyed eating with the same group of people but instead were seated alone. We were disappointed that Carnival would not have told us this before. Also, there was no live music at the main shows.

    Rating: 2/5

    dagudd,


  • We got on the ship at Port Canaveral which was an ordeal in itself. We made our way into our room and 2 people cannot get around at the same time. It is so small. We had a stateroom with a balcony. Stateroom 6359. We were on the Carnival Sunshine. We unpacked to get ready to explore the ship. The room is sufficient to store and hang clothes, plenty of room for that. The bathroom was very small but ok. Only one person at a time in there. The food was horrible. The passageways to get from one point to another can only hold one or two people so when you get behind older people, you have to slow down to a crawl. Since I went on a cruise in January, the weather was a bit nasty and when we went into port in the Dominican Republic, we were really late so our excursion was 5 hours and we barely got back to the ship on time. The same thing happened the next day in St. Thomas where we had another excursion and of course the same thing happened. It was on time at San Juan where we got off the ship and wandered around that city which was great and Grand Turk which is pretty but mostly all shopping and beach. The sales people in all ports were very pushy and in your face. Oh! But the sales people on the ship were the same way, in your face!! The service people were not even friendly on the ship except for the guy who cleaned our room daily. The Onboard Activities were a laugh. People who could not sing or dance, etc. I could go on and on about this. I got sick the last night we were on the ship and it was probably because everything is so clostrophobic and unclean. If I were you, I would try another cruise other than Carnival.

    Rating: 2/5

    kkviz,


  • Had a wonderful time on the Sunshine. We just got off on Sunday. I would cruise this ship again. I will share our experience and why I give it 4 stars. Our stateroom was great. We had a spa suite room 12001. It has a sitting room with a couch and TV. You walk on in the room and go into the bedroom. Nice walk in closet and then another separate closet in the bedroom. Bathroom was huge with a whirlpool tub. Balcony was nice with a great view. Would highly recommend this room to anyone. We could take just a few steps and be right out on the Serenity Deck. Never had a problem getting lounge chairs on the Serenity Deck. The Spa was just two floors down from us. We used it a lot and really enjoyed it. My only complaint is there is not a Thalassotherapy Pool. We have been on he Breeze and it has one of these pools. Really missed that. I was not impressed with the dining room. Meals were ok but the service was not very good. We have had much better service on previous ships. We had a table to ourselves and the head waiter only spoke to us one time the entire trip. The Italian and the Steakhouse were wonderful and I would recommend these two restaurants. Smoke in the casino is noticeable but not that bad. Ports: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic is not ready yet. They don't have enough in the port. We did not like our experience there at all and don't care if we ever go back. We rented a taxi at the port for $70. They take you around and show you the sights. You don't pay until he end. We stopped and rode the cable car up the mountain. Driver waited for us. When we got back we saw the van but no driver. As we walked to the van the back doors opened on both sides. A PROSTITUTE got out walked around the van and he gave her money. She walked over got on the back of a motorcycle and left. We told the driver to take us back to the port. We complained to the people in charge. They were very apologetic and seemed very concerned. Not a good experience. The other 3 stops San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk were amazing and we would love to go back. Matt the cruise director was great and always had something going on. We had a great time and would do the Sunshine again.

    Rating: 4/5

    shark1132,


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