The Sunrise Restaurant and
Sunset Restaurant are the formal dining rooms where diners are
assigned either early or late seating or the more flexible Your Time
Dining, an open-seating option. Start your dinner with a selection of appetizers, soups,
and salads, and move on to a variety of entrees. In addition to the always popular
lobster, served once each cruise, Carnival's decadent Chocolate
Melting Cake is available every night. Don't be in too much of a
hurry to leave the dining room or
you'll miss the inventive and talented wait staff performing musical
numbers just as energetically as they served your meal.
The dining room is also where
the Sea Day Brunch
is presented only on sea days as the name suggest, featuring playful
interpretations of traditional brunch offerings and some unique
selections, at no additional charge.
For a romantic dinner or special occasion,
Carnival Sunshine's steakhouse features a full service bar for before
or after dinner cocktails and, for the $35 per person cover charge,
it's one of the best restaurants—and dining bargains—at sea. Not
only is the food exceptional (escargot, New England crab cakes,
lobster bisque, grilled lamp chops, prime rib,
free range chicken, veal chops, lobster, and several cuts of beef
from 9 to 18 ounces), but the presentation is sophisticated and the
atmosphere decidedly upscale. It's a fine dining experience you
won't want to miss.
Introduced on Carnival Magic,
Cucina del Capitano, which celebrates Carnival's
tradition of Italian captains by sharing some of their favorite
dishes, also makes an appearance on Carnival Sunshine. Served in relaxed family-style surroundings, the menu includes pastas, risotto, and Italian
specialties. The setting is enhanced by framed photographs of
Carnival’s ships, its captains, and their families that adorn the
walls. Lunch is complimentary and dinner is $12 per person ($5 for
children under age 11).
Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, a new
specialty option that has been introduced on Carnival Sunshine,
features cuisine from the Far East with a $12 per person charge for
adults at dinner ($5 for children 11 and under). Selections at lunch
include complimentary custom-made noodle dishes with a choice of
noodles, vegetables, spices, and meats.
Carnival’s full-service sushi
restaurant, Bonsai Sushi, serves such popular
Asian-inspired delicacies as sushi, sashimi, rolls and chef specials
in a contemporary Far East atmosphere. Menu items are individually
priced from $1 to $6 and include Japanese beers and sake.
Ji Ji Asian Kitchen
The Taste Bar
In the casual
Marketplace Restaurant, the variety of informal dining choices
starts at breakfast with made-to-order omelets and continues with a
wide variety of buffet items for lunch and dinner, as well as
meat-carving and pasta stations.
In addition to the usual selections, there are a daily taste-of-nations specialty, a Pizza
bar, and the Deli for just-made sandwiches. Several
serving stations dispense ice cream treats. For beer lovers, there
are self-service taps—just insert a keycard and pour.
Also serving poolside are Guy’s Burger Joint
that offers up freshly made burgers, fries, and innovative toppings
created in partnership with Food Network celebrity Guy Fieri and
BlueIguana Cantina, where authentic tacos and
burritos are made to your specifications and can be further
personalized at the extensive salsa and toppings bar.
On Deck 5, the coffee bar/ice cream bar/patisserie serves specialty coffees, teas,
frozen delights, and pastry treats for a
nominal charge and complimentary snacks throughout the day and
evening at the Taste Bar adjacent to Ocean
For parents who want to share a romantic dinner for
two, the Camp Carnival program and group evening babysitting takes
the hassle out of child care. In addition to the many choices,
Carnival Sunshine offers the flexibility of dining whenever you are
hungry—around the clock. Room service never closes and, while the
choices are somewhat limited, a picnic on your private balcony is
always a treat.
With so many categories from which to choose on Carnival
Sunshine, stateroom selection might seem
daunting. In reality, there are only five main accommodations types
with a few differing configurations within them. They range from standard Interior and Ocean
View staterooms to
Ocean View staterooms with private balconies and Suites with large private balconies.
Sixty percent of all staterooms
are outside and, of those, 65% have balconies. Within the
balcony categories are Premium Vista Balcony staterooms that are
aft-facing and have an extended balcony and spacious Premium Balcony staterooms.
Carnival Sunshine also features 95 exclusive
"spa" staterooms and suites with unlimited access to the Cloud 9 Spa
facilities, including the
use of special "Cloud 9 Spa" logo items, personal fitness bands and
yoga mats, complimentary fitness classes, and priority reservations
for spa treatments and services.
Stateroom 8275 with Balcony
Carnival Cruise Lines has always prided themselves
on spacious cabins and Carnival Sunshine’s are no exception.
The staterooms are actually very similar in
layout to other vessels; however, the
accommodations have also received attention in the form of new soft
goods and art with a tropical flavor. In addition, 182 new
staterooms were added to bring the total to 1,503 in various
configurations to satisfy the needs—and budgets—of 3,006 passengers
in double occupancy (or 3,758 when every berth is occupied).
As the ship was originally launched in 1996, the cabinetry in our
balcony stateroom 8275 is a bit different than the furnishings in
similar accommodations on Carnival’s newer ships, but the room is no
less spacious and comfortable. Differences we noticed include the
lack of a mini-fridge (although we understand that the newly added
cabins have them), no shaving mirror in the bathroom, and, oddly, no
nightstands. Those things aside, we found the storage abundant with
two closets for hanging garments and plenty of drawers and shelving
units for storing folded clothing. Open shelves provide space for
all the miscellaneous items we pack for a cruise vacation—cameras
and so on. Lighting in both the cabin and bathroom is actually
superior to what we are accustomed to on newer ships.
Speaking of bathrooms, the shower is huge—it actually takes up
nearly half the bathroom. Although the remaining floor space is a
bit tight, once again there is plenty of storage for toiletries on
the glass shelves found on both sides of the mirror.
Bathroom amenities include shampoo and bath gel in shower mounted
dispensers and an array of sample toiletries. Naturally there
is a hairdryer in a drawer next to the desk/vanity table and
bathrobes for our use during the cruise are provided.
Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a lumpy,
bumpy bed with scratchy sheets and pancake thin pillow. To insure
sweet dreams, Carnival provides more than a chocolate treat on your
pillow. The exclusive "Carnival Comfort Bed" systems start with plush mattresses and add soft and
comfy duvets, upgraded pillows, and linens for a good night's sleep.
Passengers with physical challenges haven't been
overlooked—staterooms have been designed that take their special
needs into consideration.
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Sunshine (Part 2)
Cruise Diva's Blog Highlights from the
Carnival Sunshine inaugural season from New Orleans:
At Home Aboard Carnival Sunshine
Welcome Aboard a More Spacious Carnival Sunshine
Join the Fun & Games on Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Sunshine Dining Options
Carnival Sunshine is So Entertaining
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