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Carnival Sunshine: Fun in the Caribbean sun
Carnival Sunshine offers something for everyone in your family or group. First, there's the biggest Serenity Adult-Only Retreat on any of the Carnival ships, featuring three decks, plenty of recliners and even a waterfall. Carnival WaterWorks, the onboard water park, features waterslides such as the slick Speedway Splash. There's also SportSquare, where you can let your inner champion run free (around the jogging track), traverse SkyCourse high up above or even engage in a little one-on-one competition, from Ping Pong to Foosball to giant chess.
Step out of the sun and try out some shade in the Sunshine Atrium. From there, check out dining options such as Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse and JiJi Asian Kitchen. All the latest Carnival bars are here, too: RedFrog Pub, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, EA SPORTS Bar and Alchemy Bar, plus the already-classic Havana Bar. You'll enjoy musical revues up on stage from Playlist Productions, while Hasbro, The Game Show gets cruisers (maybe you?) up on stage, competing in larger-than-life family favorite games.
Where Carnival Sunshine sails
Home port: Charleston, S.C.
Destinations: Carnival Sunshine sails mostly 4- and 5-night sailings to the Western Caribbean and the Bahamas with occasional forays into the Southern and Eastern Caribbean.
Top dining options
Sit down at Bonsai Sushi to enjoy fresh seafood at sea in a fun, festive atmosphere. Select your sushi-house favorites from an affordable menu of delectable catches.
Guy's Burger Joint
Carnival teamed up with celebrity chef Guy Fieri to bring the roadside burger shack appeal to Guy's Burger Joint, a poolside spot for hot burgers, hand-cut fries and all the burger trimmings you crave.
The BlueIguana Cantina features freshly made tacos and burritos, with a side of homemade tortillas chips and salsa.
Enjoy a multicourse dinner hosted by one of Carnival’s master chefs. The VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for a select group of 14, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation and then a full-service dinner of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus. The experience is $75 per guest, and reservations are required.
Carnival's Lido Restaurant is your one-stop destination for casual dining options such as Carnival Deli, Chef’s Choice, Mongolian Wok and Salad Bar. Seating is available indoors and outdoors.
Cucina Del Capitano
Italian-American dishes inspired by the recipes from the family recipes of Carnival’s Italian captains are served up family-style in a comfy, eclectic environment decorated to feel like an Italian country home. Vintage images of the captains and ships adorn the walls, and there's even a Captain's table where you just might see the man himself dine. While the casual pasta lunch is complimentary, the full-service dinner menu is offered at an extra charge.
Whether you want a classic shake or maybe something tropical or even spiked (for the adults), Shake Spot has a variety of delicious, handcrafted shakes and floats.
Entertainment & activities
The Punchliner Comedy Club
Carnival teamed up with renowned comedian and TV personality George Lopez, who helped select talent for the fleetwide Punchliner Comedy Clubs. Guests can enjoy an evening laughing along to the comedians’ jokes.
This onboard water park features two waterslides: Drainpipe and Twister. At the center of Carnival WaterWorks is a giant, 300-gallon dump bucket that combines water and gravity in a way that's sure to soak.
Carnival's Seaside Theatre
Guests can watch a movie on the giant outdoor screen while relaxing in a pool or lounging on a beach chair.
Serenity Adult-Only Retreat
The Serenity area lets adults spend time with other adults. Read a book, enjoy the view, sip something from the bar or just enjoy some quality time to yourself.
Feeling lucky? Head over to the onboard casino to try out a wide selection of slots and table games including blackjack, roulette and poker.
Carnival's DJs have all been trained by DJ IRIE, the Miami Heat's official DJ, to drop beats that inspire dancing in all areas of the ship.
Hasbro, The Game Show
You've played Connect 4 and Yahtzee, but have you ever played giant versions of them onstage in a competition that puts your gaming skills to the test? You'll have your chance when you take part in Hasbro, The Game Show. Team up with your friends and family to win great prizes, all in front of a live audience.
Playlist Productions takes tunes you know and puts them live on stage, transforming them into full-blown musical productions featuring pro singers and dancers rocking the house. Enjoy the spicy sounds of Latin Nights or the know-them-anywhere favorites of Divas.
Liquid Lounge Show Lounge
Prepare yourself to be entertained by high-energy musical productions and live game shows at Liquid Lounge Show Lounge.
Bars & lounges
Step into the Havana Bar and be transported to an antebellum Cuba, preserved today in old postcards, vintage literature and classic delicacies. Sip on authentic Cuban coffee and handcrafted Cuban cocktails, or take a bite of a delicious Cuban pasty. Music and dancing keeping this spot hot well into the night.
RedFrog Rum Bar
RedFrog Rum Bar is Carnival's laid-back bar based on the no-worries vibes of the British West Indies and Key West. It is serves up tasty rum drinks and Carnival's house brew, ThirstyFrog Red.
The similar RedFrog Pub serves up the same laidback vibe as the rum bar, alongside a menu of delicious Caribbean fare.
EA SPORTS Bar
At EA SPORTS Bar, guests can grab a drink, catch a game and play a few, too. Watch your favorite games live on big flat-screen TVs, and keep up with real-time scores from across the sports world. And if you’re feeling that competitive spirit, you can get right into the game with the latest video game titles from EA SPORTS.
BlueIguana Tequila Bar
The menu offers up Mexican favorites, including several brands of tequila and a slew of Mexican brews. There’s a lineup of frozen concoctions, cocktails and margaritas served by the glass or by the pitcher, and even a special Mexican beer cocktail.
You don't need to be a mix master to appreciate Alchemy. Carnival produces a tasty series of all-new cocktails served at this vintage-themed cocktail pharmacy. Let the mixologists prescribe you something from the bar, with both nonalcoholic and alcoholic elixirs to remedy what ails you. Or create your own custom concoction from a variety of ingredients.
The Library Bar
For a relaxing time, check out The Library Bar, where great literature doesn't stop at the wine list. This intimate cocktail lounge features self-serve wine dispensers, plus bartenders who can make a fine drink.
Spa & fitness
Renew yourself with premium beauty and wellness therapies, like hot stone massages, aromatherapy or full-body wraps.
There’s no excuse for leaving your fitness routine back on land with the fitness equipment available on board in the fitness center. Plus, there are also fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates and indoor cycling.
Camp Carnival is the place where the youngest cruisers (ages 2 to 11) will experience games, finger painting, story time, movies and more in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. Carnival's babysitting program also offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 am.
Youths ages 12 to 14 can enjoy video games, scavenger hunts and dance parties at “Circle C” as well as enjoy getting outside with sports, pool parties and special shore excursions. Plus, they can enjoy all of this excitement with kids their own age.
Teens 15 to 17 can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties at Club O2, as well as video games and movies from the club's comfy seating and video monitors all over the place. They'll even have fun outside of the club, with pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.
How about you? Have you sailed on Carnival Sunshine? We'd like to hear about your experience!
Interested in a cruise on this ship?
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Top highlights on this ship
- Relaxing at Carnival's largest Serenity Adult-Only Retreat
- Grabbing a burger from Guy's Burger Joint
- Playing some ping pong at SportSquare
Top dining options on board
“As far as snazzy onboard amenities, you can't miss the brand-new top deck WaterWorks, an expansive water park with 40 interactive water features including the 334-foot-long Twister (the longest in the fleet) and the Speedway Splash dual racing slides.”
“A big part of Carnival Sunshine's transformation was the addition of the adults-only Serenity.”