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Carnival Sunshine

After an extensive refurbishment, the ship once known as Carnival Destiny has been reborn as Carnival Sunshine. Seeking to provide her 3,000 guests with the holiday of a lifetime, Carnival Sunshine is equipped with all kinds of great facilities and features to ensure that everyone onboard has as much fun as they possibly can during their stay.

Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 05/05/2013
Tonnage 101853
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 25
Number Of Decks 12
Number Of Elevators 18
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 7
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 2758 (3400)
Crew 1150

Ship Facilities

There are a number of included and speciality restaurants onboard, so no matter what you fancy on any given night, there will be a cuisine and an atmosphere to suit.

  • BlueIguana Cantina - for flavoursome and moreish Mexican food.
  • Guy's Burger Joint - one for all the family, find succulent burgers served in a fun and casual setting.
  • Pizzeria del Capitano - pizza-fiends will adore this friendly pizza place, where you can pick up a slice or two at any time of day.
  • Main Dining Room - choose from some wonderful dishes to please all palates, from the a la carte 3-course menu.
  • Lido Restaurant - even the choosiest of diners are sure to find something they love at this casual buffet venue.
  • Room Service - available 24 hours a day for those occasions when you don't feel like dressing up and going out.
  • Swirls - cool down and refuel with tasty frozen yoghurt and soft-serve ice-cream available anytime.

If you'll be celebrating a special occasion during your cruise holiday, consider making a reservation at one of the fantastic speciality restaurants.

    Cucina del Capitano - enjoy some exquisite Italian food served family-style in this welcoming and authentic restaurant.
  • JiJi Asian Kitchen - the very best pan-Asian cuisine is served at this stylish and contemporary dining venue.
  • Steakhouse - meat-eaters will delight in the succulent cuts available at the steakhouse, served with delicious sides and wines.
  • Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast - one for the little ones, this Dr Seuss-themed breakfast serves fun and curious dishes in an exciting setting.
  • Bonsai Sushi - dine on some traditional Japanese cuisine, which is freshly prepared using the finest ingredients.
  • The Chef's Table - go behind the scenes to watch skilled chefs prepare a range of elegant dishes, which will then be served to you with perfect wine pairings.

No matter your personality and tastes, it's possible to experience the perfect evening onboard. Whether this means simply chatting with new friends with a drink in hand in one of the atmospheric bars, or sitting back and being entertained by skilled performers for a few hours, you'll certainly find an ideal venue.

The bars onboard each have their own unique feel, from the relaxed beach-vibes at the Havana Bar, to the tropical RedFrog Rum Bar with its chilled out live music. Other choices include the Alchemy Bar where skilled mixologists create some incredible cocktails, The RedFrog Pub with its friendly, homely setting, the vibrant BlueIguana Tequila Bar for tasty cocktails and refreshing beer, and The Piano Bar, where you can relax and chat with some understated background music. If you’re looking for something a little livelier, head to the onboard nightclub for an evening full of dancing and socialising. There are also regular Mega Deck Parties, which act as a brilliant way for guests to meet each other and have some good fun together.

When it comes to professional entertainment, guests have access to some fantastic performances. The skilled folks at Playlist Productions will whisk you away with their theatrical performances, or you can head to the Punchliner Comedy Club for an evening that will have you in stitches. You can see a recent blockbuster or classic film at the poolside Dive-In Movies, or take part in some fun interactive shows with Hasbro: The Game Show and Lip Sync Battle. There is also a casino onboard, and venues to have a go at karaoke.

Carnival understand the importance of making a cruise accessible for all the family, and Carnival Sunshine does this perfectly. Offering dedicated spaces for children from 2 years old up to 17 years old, there’s the chance for younger guests to have fun and meet others their age. There’s even a babysitting service available for an additional fee, meaning that parents could finally have the romantic meal that they’ve been talking about for years!

However, a holiday is also about bringing the family back together again and with family-friendly activities such as a cinema and arcade, as well as comfortable accommodation and flexible dining making mealtimes easier, Carnival Sunshine is the perfect ship on which to make memories together.

Spa and fitness

The onboard gym features modern equipment including treadmills and exercise bikes, and also boasts a fabulous sea view to keep you motivated.

After an intense workout, be sure to treat your soul with some healing time spent in the onboard spa. Whether you go along to relax in the tranquil surroundings or indulge by booking a luxurious treatment, you'll certainly leave feeling refreshed and uplifted.

Recreation

One of the main onboard attractions is the brilliant at-sea waterpark, Carnival Waterworks. Boasting a splash zone, pools and a fun slide, both little ones and big kids will have great fun. Another popular spot is SportSquare, where there are facilities to play basketball, mini-golf, or have a go on the SkyCourse ropes course.

However, a cruise with Carnival Sunshine isn’t just about being on the go all the time. If you’d prefer to enjoy some more leisurely activities, there’s an array of things to do. Head to the pool deck, grab a sunlounger and spend the afternoon soaking up the sun and reading a book. If the weather isn’t looking so good, inside the ship guests will find a peaceful library, cafés and shops where you can pick up a holiday souvenir.

Customer reviews for Carnival Sunshine

Day 1…From the second my husband and I stepped foot on the ship we had a bad taste in our mouths. We went straight to the bar to get a cocktail. The bartenders didn’t care if you stood there for 20 minutes waiting on them, which we did until I flagged a lady over. The bar service was like that at every bar for the entire 5 days. Day 2… Captains dinner. We waited forever and ever to even be acknowledged by a server. They were everything but pleasant to be around. I was almost afraid to ask for something in fear that they would spit in it. My husband had lobster and I ordered prime rib. His was great. My steak looked like a piece of ham. I didn’t dare send it back, so I ate it. I got food poisoning and violently threw up the entire night. Day 3… Half Moon Cay- Terrible set up.. Well they made 1 person from every stateroom go to another floor and get a numbered ticket. You then went to another floor to wait for your number to be called. Then you got on a boat and were shuttled to the island. Once it was time to leave the island we had to stand on line for well over an hour (In the sun! no shade what so ever) Worst experience hands down!! Casino- We ended up coming home with a $100.00 casino chip. I called customer service and they advised me to “send the chip back to them via certified mail “so I went to the post office and paid to send it to them. Once it was received they would issue me a check for the $100.00. I emailed him back and questioned what happens now and I was ignored and never received a response. So I called them and was told that the chip is not good on any ship/ever again so IF they sent it back to me, it should be considered a souvenir. They offered to give me $ 10 to replace the money I paid to send it to them certified. Bunch of crap Overall-before I write a story….SAVE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY AND GO ON ANOTHER CRUISE LINE! ANY ON WILL TOP THIS HORRIFIC SHIP…

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We have just come back from a 7 night western Caribbean cruise on the Sunshine. The food onboard was mostly good and plentiful, catering mainly for the American pallet. Burger bar was great, buffet breakfast had good selection. In the evening we ate in main restaurant (Sunset restaurant) which served 3 course evening meals which were mostly very good. Our room was an outside cabin and was spacious and spotlessly cleaned every day by our very friendly cleaner. The crew we met were all hospitable and friendly. We had excursions booked via the Shore excursions desk on-board for every port, but we found these trips to be expensive, chaotic and badly organized. We were also disappointed that there were no trips available on debarkation day - we had a whole day to spare before our late flight and nothing to do! A trip at Port Canaveral would have been most welcome instead of spending 6+ hours at Orlando airport. Other cruise lines do offer this (Norwegian Cruise lines do anyway). Entertainment on board was ok - the shows were fairly amateur but entertaining. And if you like karaoke then you are in for a treat! (I don't). All in all a good value for money cruise, cheaper than other lines but doesn't detract from a nice holiday.

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This was our first cruise and we really enjoyed it. The staff were helpful and service was quick and friendly. We'd definitely recommend this ship for families. The only problem we had was the smoking indoors, horrible! Couple with the fact that you had to walk through the casino to get a dinner reservation, so you had to walk through the smoke, as they weren't too hot on keeping smokers by the bar.



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