Carnival Sunshine Cruise Reviews

Rated 3.5 out of 5 (908 Reviews)

  • Punchliners comedy club was the best part about this cruise. Saint Johns is a cold sad place. Temperatures barely 65 in late june. Carnival  should have placed a ship with a solarium on this itinerary. Pools were  empty, hot tubs crowded and people  shivering. If you don't care about the destination it ok for a cheap get away.

    Rating: 3/5

    cmigliorer,


  • The Steakhouse and especially the staff were awesome, well worth the additional expense.  The Chef's table was great.   The regular restaurant staff was indifferent and at times rude.  I wanted a window seat which they reserve for parties of 4 or what they call a shared table.  Instead of taking 2 minutes explaining that they said sure and then sat us near the dishs two tables from the window.  The next meal I asked to speak to a manager and he told me the details.  two minutes is all it would took, yet no one bothered to explain.   Also when boarding the ship and for the first day they offer "tours" of the ship - just pure sales.  A "tour" of the spa was a 30 minute sales presentation.  Why couldn't they do that in 10 minutes.  Stay away from all presentations - just a waste of time.

    Rating: 3/5

    protectedharbor,


  • This was not my first cruise, however, it was my first and last on the Carnival Sunshine. Perhaps on a Carnival boat altogether.  The food was subpar. The only food that was digestible was found in the main dining room, but if you wanted the cuisine you come to expect from a cruise, be prepared to pay an additional $20.00 per plate per person.  Risotto and scallops?  One tablespoon risotto that was "crisp" with 3 small scallops was an appetizer. The Guy's burger bar is where we ate when too early or late for dining. The wait staff were wonderful as were the majority of staff. Beware of the casino. We were charged on our sail and sign card $10.00 for every machine we went to even though we played with cash.  I heard from others after we docked that it happened to them as well and they found the explanation they were given equally plausible as we did. The "sales guy" who tells you where the best bargains are is a flat out liar.  The best buys were clearly at Freeport and not Nassau as he indicated.  Overall, we were very disappointed, and nobody from the cruise line at guest services cared.

    Rating: 2/5

    bsuem12,


  • It was our first cruise. Had a good time. Wish kids pool was bigger and the water rides and skycourse was open longer. Food was great. Service was excellent. 

    Rating: 4/5

    aprilrooney,


  • Rating: 5/5

    dylanspackman,


  • THIS WAS OUR FIRST EVER CRUISE.  EVENING DINING WAS ENJOYABLE.  FOOD COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER.  STAFF WAS EXCELLENT (AMITH, EMMANUEL OSORIO, EDUARDO, RYAN BAISAS, KETRA AND MELISSA).  COULDN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THESE FOLKS.  CRUISE DIRECTOR, EMMA NIXON WAS SPECTACULAR.  PLENTY OF FOOD ON LIDO DECK, HOWEVER, WE NOTICED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS CHILDREN AND ADULTS WOULD ENTER DINING AREA WITH NO SHIRTS OR SHOES TO EAT AND NO STAFF WOULD CONFRONT THEM.  ALSO NOTICED SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS "SAGGING" (PANTS BELOW THEIR BUTTOCKS) IN THE LIDO DINING AREA & AROUND THE SHIP.  BOTH OF THESE HABITS ARE DISGUSTING IN OUR WORLD.  WE EXPECTED CRAB LEGS AND WAS DISAPPOINTED THERE WEREN'T ANY.  LOBSTER TAIL "UP CHARGE" AT EVENING DINING WAS A TURN-OFF.  GETTING ON THE SHIP AND GETTING OFF THE SHIP WAS QUITE THE EXPERIENCE.  LONG LINES.  LOTS OF CONFUSION AT THE TERMINAL IN NORFOLK WITH THE CARNIVAL STAFF.  SEEMED VERY DISORGANIZED.  THE SHOWS WERE GREAT.  THE TRIBUTE TO VETERANS WITH EMMA NIXON WAS EXCEPTIONAL.  THE HOST FOR THE JEWELRY SHOW WAS A LITTLE "OVER THE TOP".  WE FELT LIKE WE WERE SITTING IN AN AUDITORIUM LISTENING TO A "HIGH PITCH" SALE FOR A TIMESHARE.  THE EVENING WAIT STAFF GETS A 5-STAR RATING AS DOES EMMA NIXON, THE CRUISE DIRECTOR.  CARNIVAL REALLY NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB OF HAVING PEOPLE EATING IN THE VENUES TO WEAR A SHIRT AND SHOES AND TO KEEP THEIR PANTS ABOVE THEIR BUTTOCKS (I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVE TO EVEN MENTION THIS.  SELF-RESPECT COMES NATURAL TO US).  OVERALL WE WOULD RATE OUR 1ST EVER CRUISE 2.5 STARS.

    Rating: 3/5

    jdoak72,


  • Cruised the 10th-15th out of Norfolk. We were with a party of 10 and had a blast. Getting on the boat was a pain and sometimes getting a drink at a busy bar was difficult but everything else was great. Too bad we discovered StevenGB and Deja Vu late in the cruise. They were amazing. They typically play on the 4th floor between Red Frog Pub and the Alchemy Bar

    Rating: 5/5

    bcampbell00,


  • The sunshine is a beautiful ship with a lot of dining choices and bars. We were on the journeys cruise the week before drydock.The crew was awesome. Have a couple small issues with the cleanliness of cabin but was resolved quickly. We loved the Italian restaurant. The waitstaff was very funny and attentive. The cruise director donkey seem to be everywhere at the same time I don't know how he does it it's like there's two or three of him .He did a great job!! My only complaint is I wish there were more chairs at the serenity pool . If we wanted a lounge chair yet to get out there early. We like the ship so much we are going to get on her again this spring. I hope If your going to rate the cruise or ship that you have been on the cruise or ship I see so many reviews that have one star and never been on the cruise or stepped foot on the ship !!! Or gave it a one star due to rain at a Port.I can't wait to get my sea lags back and sit at the pool with a beverage in hand 😎

    Rating: 5/5

    scott4511,


  • Favorite part of the Cruise was getting away from the kids, the chores, cooking & cleaning..., and of course the Casino!!     Too bad the wifi was so horrendous..., as a real estate agent, I had to use the inport time to catch up/follow up with clients..., eventhough we paid for the premier wifi package, I was unable to send or receive email..., on a lighter note, my wife was able to use facebook.     We were also unable to get the Carnival Hub to work..., so when my wife and I were apart, we were really apart..., and had to leave notes in the room for one another...     But it was a great room with a view!!     We can't wait to take another cruise though, and next time we'll be smarter about it!!   All the best, Glen      

    Rating: 3/5

    glen13,


  • Enjoyed the cruise and appreciated that I could drive to and from the ship.   Older ship but clean and somewhat updated.    Friendly staff .    Only part i wasn't happy about was Nassau on Sunday.  We had been in this port in the past so decided not to do any excursions but just walk around the shops.   Because it was Sunday most shops were closed or if opened closed early 4:00 PM .    Made the day on shore somewhat a waste of time.     

    Rating: 2/5

    fia4tea,


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