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Carnival Sunshine

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Common Areas (1,541)
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Itineraries for this ship
5 Night Cruise to the Bahamas
Departure date
Saturday, 03/09/22
Charleston, Half Moon Cay, Nassau, Charleston
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Cruise OnlyUS$405pp
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Passengers: 3,006   |   Crew: 1,040
Passengers to crew: 2.89:1
Passengers to space: 34.2:1
Launched: 1996   


  • Deck 1
  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
Additional decks
Deck 1 layout
  Interior Upper/Lower (1A)  
  Interior (4A)  
  Ocean View (6A)  
  Porthole (PT)  
  Interior (4B)  
  Ocean View (6B)  


Cabin size: 185 - 185 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 12
Accessible rooms: 5
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 508

Activities & entertainment

Activities (34)
  • Art Auction
  • Bingo*
  • Cloud 9 Fitness Center
  • Cloud 9 Salon*
  • Cloud 9 Spa™*
  • Dance Classes
  • Deck Parties
  • Disco
  • Evening Kids Programs*
  • Fitness Classes*
  • Fitness Studio*
  • Green Eggs n Ham Breakfast*
  • Groove For St. Jude*
  • Hot Tubs (3)
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations
  • Karaoke
  • Photo Portraits*
  • Pools (2)
  • Sauna
  • Seuss-A-Palooza Parade & Storytime
  • Shops
  • SkyTrack
  • Spa Parties*
  • SportSquare™
  • The Warehouse Video Arcade*
  • Thermal Suites*
  • Trivia
  • WaterWorks
  • White Party
  • Wine Tasting*
  • Waterslides (2)
  • Circle "C"®
  • Camp Carnival®
  • Club O2®
Entertainment (10)
  • Carnival's Seaside Theatre®
  • Comedy Shows
  • Limelight Lounge
  • Lip Sync Battle
  • Liquid Lounge
  • Liquid Lounge
  • Live Nightly Music
  • Outdoor Movies
  • Piano Bar
  • Sunshine Casino*
Dining (26)
  • Bar - Atrium Bar*
  • Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Sunrise Dining Room - American
  • Sunrise Dining Room - American
  • Sunset Dining Room - American
  • Ji Ji Asian Kitchen - Asian*
  • Cherry On Top - Candies*
  • Sunshine Casino Bar - Casino Bar*
  • Lido Marketplace - Casual
  • JavaBlue Café - Coffee & Pastries*
  • Havana Bar - Cuban-themed bar*
  • Guy's Burger Joint - Fast Food
  • Seadogs - Hot Dogs
  • Cucina del Capitano™ - italian*
  • Bonsai Sushi - Japanese*
  • Taste Bar - Light Bites
  • Alchemy Bar - Martini Bar*
  • BlueIguana Cantina - Mexican
  • Shake Spot - Milkshakes*
  • Piano Bar 88 - Piano Bar*
  • RedFrog Rum Bar - Poolside Rum*
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar - Poolside Tequila
  • RedFrog Pub™ - Pub*
  • The Library Bar - Quiet Bar*
  • EA Sports Bar - Sports Bar*
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse - Steakhouse*
* May require additional fees
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Charlene P wrote a review 13 May
25 contributions12 helpful votes
We enjoyed our 5-day cruise from Charleston to Princess Cay and Nassau. We booked through American Express Delta airlines card because we got a room upgrade. The crew is amazing, the food was great but not the same quality as 5 years ago when I went on my last cruise. There’s no surf and turf lobster night anymore. Gotta pay $20 extra for that. Make Damn sure you do you Covid test otherwise they’ll charge you $100 EACH! To test :) thankful they test everyone before boarding :) I like Half Moon Cay better than Princess but it was still amazing snorkeling there and great shopping and local tours in Nassau.
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Ginger S wrote a review Apr 2022
Barnardsville, North Carolina204 contributions52 helpful votes
The Sunshine is a bit bigger than the old fantasy class ships I'd sailed on before. The Serenity adults only decks (not just one deck but 3) were my favorite spot. It had a small pool, a hot tub and a waterfall feature. Lots of deck chairs and big two person 'cuddle pods' I called them covered lounge chairs. The fancy dining room Sunrise was wonderful as well, the food like on all Carnival Cruises is excellent. The Casino is large with lots of different games.
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Bryan B wrote a review Mar 2022
Columbia, South Carolina118 contributions28 helpful votes
So, up front, this was a cheap trip. Offered to us as $35 for an inside cabin; we upgraded to an outside. The staff was super friendly and helpful,onshore and aboard. We've traveled on the Sunshine before from Charleston. Easy since we live in SC. Here's what we found. Our entire deck smelled of sewer gas the entire trip. On a previous trip, this smell was heavy in the lobby bar. The dining room continues to go down hill. Table cloths are used only one night (do NOT place my used/to be reused flatware on a bare table). Menus are less special each trip. In fact, the dining room menu was the same one night as it was in the Lido Buffet! State rooms are now only serviced once a day. Experienced a staff announcement at 6:00 am one day. The evening stage show was so bad, we left mid-show. It was awful. Comedians were entertaining. One port was skipped due to winds and currents - not Carnival's fault. Heavy emphases on cleaning. Good to see. We are re-booked for this month because we got an offer for a $25 balcony. Certainly wouldn't pay more than $200 for this trip at this level of service.
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JAYNE Waldrip wrote a review Feb 2022
Bloomington, Indiana33 contributions5 helpful votes
My husband and I traveled alone !! NEVER DOES THIS HAPPEN!! However we had so much fun !! Enjoyed checking out a ship that we have never been on and can't wait to get on another one !!
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Virginia Z wrote a review Jan 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Just got back from first journey cruise on the Carnival Sunshine. It was an okay cruise. But not worth the 2400. I paid for it. I was disappointed to find the cruise only had 1500 people on board and 1000 staff members. I was disappointed in two port changes that resulted in me going back to Amber Cove that we had just visited in November and missing St. Kitts I had never been too. I was more disappointed in the staff because one day I ordered breakfast in the dining room and not one thing I ordered was delivered to me. One day the steward didn't clean or room and it was a day we were at port so we were not in the room. I ask him the next day and he said sorry. Entertainment was a miss. only had the theater team the first night on a 10 day cruise. Don't even get me started on the food... On a positive note the shower was two times the size of our last ship. By the way I am a platinum member.
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