Carnival Sunshine Cruise Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 (936 Reviews)

  • Everything was awesome in Carnival Sunshine! The food was so good.  The crew was so kind I even love talking to them.  Melissa was one of the crew that I loved talking to in the restaurant.  My kids had a lot of fun in the Camp Carnival and the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, it was awesome, too. The Punchliner was my favorite, but too short.  I will never forget this vacation.

    Rating: 5/5

    Flyaway,


  • This was my family's first cruise and everyone had a great time! The ship was beautiful and there were lots of things for my kids to do. I was able to relax on the deck while my kids played on water slides and sports square. I was worried after reading all the negative review, but I knew this cruise met all my expectations and I was very happy with our decision to cruise on Carnival sunshine! I would choose Carnival again but it would have to be a fun ship like this one! I would recommend this cruise! Half moon Cay was breathtaking. I would love to go there again. We went o Atlantis in Nassau and the kids loved that excursion the best! I would recommend buying tickets for Atlantis though the Atlantis website. It is much more reasonable and worth the money. The food was decent , some nights better than others, but the desserts were always delicious!

    Rating: 5/5

    jwaldo1015,


  • The dining room wait times were extraordinarily long. Just to place the order took far too long, then the wait for the food, the dessert order, wait for the dessert, etc. Example. The couple sitting next to us ordering very similar food at the same time we ordered were served their entrees when we were eating our dessert. It seemed to be very disorganized with too few waiters. We could never make it to the show after our dinner, so we had to go to the show first (not our preference) before eating. Some of the Lido Deck food stations would shut down early despite dozens of people waiting to get their food. Most upsetting were the lack of clean tables. Many people were clearing a dirty table themselves just so they could sit and eat--piling more dirty dishes onto a neighboring table. Bus boys were very hard to find and had a huge area to clean--far too big for them to keep up. The entertainment was very good, and the cruise director was great. The cabin stewardess was exceptional as well. The poor waiters were pleasant and trying, but it was a mess during the evening at the dining room.

    Rating: 2/5

    tkldogs2015,


  • Just got back and loved every minute! Staff was amazing. Always called us by name. Emma was wonderful! Can't wait to go again! Very happy with sunshine.

    Rating: 5/5

    evelyngambino,


  • The best part of the cruise was the time to relax.The Bad side was the Dinning.The Waite staff in the dinning room was pretty bad as it took over 45 min.to get our food as it sat for over 20 min.and I had to ask if it was our food,As we were one of the first in the dinning room yet one of the last to served,it left A sour test and we did not return.Kind of spoiled that part of the trip.

    Rating: 3/5

    weholt1,


  • We really enjoyed the entertainment and the comedians on the Carnival Sunshine. Our cruise director, Emma, was amazing! We don't think she ever slept because she was always interacting with the passengers and always had a smile on her face! Every staff member that we had contact with, servers, bartenders, cleaning staff, entertainers and the clerks in the shops on the ship were helpful and a pleasure to deal with. We really enjoyed chatting with Luxi, the Manager of "A Cherry on Top" the on board candy shop. The spa is also beautiful and very relaxing. My husband had a massage and I had a manicure and pedicure. Julia was especially helpful and she did an amazing job. We cannot wait for our next cruise! Our only complaint is that the 2 pools were not nearly large enough for the number of passengers. 

    Rating: 5/5

    Hobson13,


  • The food was great. Still offering Lobster Tail on formal night and we also had prime rib two nights and filet mignon accompanied by eggs was offered for breakfast at least twice during the week.  The "Anytime Dining" needs some improvement.  Have to go to one floor to make reservation, then go to the dining room on another floor and wait for your beeper to go off.  It was usually between a 30 - 60 minute wait time (but in fairness, not sure if it was due to our party size or not, we asked for one table of 12 or 2 tables of 6, whichever came first).

    Rating: 4/5

    fbarsky,


  • It was my first cruise and I think my overall all experience was positive rather than negative. First impression was... just a lot of people... everywhere, deck, restaurant, etc... I could not avoid. Even if I stay in my room, people are very loud outside until very late. I got motion sickness on the first few days, and I was sick of just lots of people throughout the entire trip, which includes getting off and on at port. I took two kids (6 & 7) - I did appreciate that they have complementary Camp for kids that I could drop them off a few hours here and there. My complaint about the ship is, considering the amount of people (~ 3000), why did they make such a small pool!! Out of two small pools (and three "hot" whirl pools), kids have access to only one pool and two whirl pools. The only one "cold" pool gets so crowded during the day and I had to pull my kids out several times because it was just too dangerous to stay in that pool. Also, if you are not into smoking, you would be surprised how entire ship smells like smoke - basically Casino is smoking area and that leads to open ship area and you can just smell smoke everywhere, not to mention that they somehow decide to set up smoking area on the deck where I need to walk my kids through to get to Camp, I just did not like the set up at all. Food - the buffet area is just average. They change main (meat, pasta, etc....) but salad bar and dessert area were almost same every day. Steakhouse and Asian JiJi restaurant were good. Japanese restaurant (bonsai) was a joke - other than Sushi, there was nothing about Japanese and Sushi quality was really bad that supermarket sushi tastes much better. It should be included in the free meal like other all inclusive resort does.  Since there were 4 sea days total, I think they did good job with entertainment. Most shows were good, and I also enjoyed outside movies when I could find seat. In summary, prepare to deal with lots of people and also slippery deck. Next time, I think I will just fly into all inclusive resort where I can get away from people when I want to.

    Rating: 3/5

    wildc2041,


  • This cruise was a way to connect with friends we made on a previous cruise. We had a hiccup at dinner the first night with the waiter and bad service, but that was resolved. We first experienced the Alchemy Bar last year on the Pride and were happy we did and this one was even better. Dario, Parviz and Ranko were great they were attentive engaging and professional. The food was good with the exception of room service. The Spa was a bit pricey as that was something we wanted to do while onboard. Puerto Rico was beautiful and Old San Juan was fun. We had a great job on St. Thomas and did the sky life to Paradise Point if you have a chance to do this make sure you order a Bushwhacker. Turks and Caicos was beautiful, but extremely hot so we didnt experience to much of it. Overall a great time, but Alchemy was the highlight of the trip.

    Rating: 5/5

    derell1978,


  • Had a fantastic time on our July 4th cruise. The food was delicious - everything from the MDR, to Guy's Burgers, and the Blue Iguana yum yum yum. The entertainment was good (especially the comedic juggler, Motown, and Epic Rock), my son and husband loved the different comedians, and I personally loved all the different trivia activities. To people who say the ship is difficult to navigate, it took me and anyone else I spoke to, maybe a couple of hours to realize, you walk THROUGH the ship on floor 5,6, or 7 and go up and down from the back or front elevator banks - sorry this isn't rocket science. Yes the pool area IS crowded, but it wasn't too big and issue in my mind. I fully recommend this ship to anyone.

    Rating: 5/5

    jennifer.corregraham,


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