Carnival Sunshine Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars 3.5
  • Expert Rating:3.5-stars 3.5
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.3
    • Couples: 3.2
    • Families w/ young children: 3.2
    • Families w/ older children: 3.4
    • Singles/Friends: 3.6
    • Groups: 3.3
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 1996
  • Refurbished: 2013
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,504
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 2

How it Ranks: Carnival Sunshine ranks #24 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Carnival's 3,002-passenger Sunshine, which first debuted in 1996 as Carnival Destiny, was the first Carnival ship to receive all "Fun Ship 2.0" amenities as it transitioned into its new nameplate — and it's paid off. Past cruisers applaud the ship's new decor and amenities. Thanks to its 2013 upgrade, the ship features several modern dining venues and bars, such as Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub and EA Sports Bar. That brings the total number of restaurants on board, including the Lido Deck buffet and main dining rooms, to 10. Accommodation options are just as varied: Guests can choose to stay in an Interior, Ocean View, Balcony or Suite category stateroom. Though Interior and Ocean View cabins come with less room (185 to 280 square feet), they offer the most economical option. Meanwhile, Balcony and Suite category rooms provide ample space (220 to 750 square feet) and verandas for soaking in the scenery. Each cabin comes appointed with a flat-screen TV and 24-hour room service. While at sea, guests looking to unwind can venture to the dual-level Cloud 9 Spa or lounge at the adult-only Serenity deck area. Meanwhile, those looking to bond with their brood can enjoy a basketball game or a round of mini-golf at the sprawling WaterWorks waterpark. The ship also offers counselor-led activities and programs designed for passengers ages 2 to 17. In the evening, everyone can enjoy nightly entertainment at the piano bar or the Punchliner Comedy Club, or catch a movie at the Seaside Theatre.

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Carnival Sunshine Cabins

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Carnival Sunshine Deck Plans

Carnival Sunshine contains 12 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Sunshine deck.

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.