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Picking the Best Cabins on the Carnival Sunshine

A deck-by-deck analysis of the Carnival Sunshine's best and worst cabins.

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Carnival Sunshine Best & Worst Staterooms: Summary

Best Cabins on the Carnival Sunshine are staterooms and suites on Decks 7, 9, 10, and 11.

Cabins to be wary of on the Carnival Sunshine are staterooms on Decks 2, 3, 6, and 8.

Deck-by-Deck Breakdown of the Best and Worst Cabins on the Carnival Sunshine

Deck 1 

Cabins on the Carnival Sunshine's Deck 1 have cabins above them that buffer noise from public areas. However, please note that noise during rough seas could be a concern the staterooms in the most forward section, and propeller vibration might be an issue in staterooms in the aft section. 

  • 1402 and 1406 port side and 1401 and 1405 starboard are among the smallest cabins on the Carnival Sunshine. Each offers 160 sq. ft., and will have two porthole windows. Noise during rough seas could be of concern in these cabins, however.
  • 1410 and 1414 port side and 1409 and 1415 starboard are Porthole Staterooms. Each has portholes for ocean viewing, and will have 170 sq. ft.
  • 1418- 1632 port side and 1419- 1637 starboard are Ocean View Staterooms. Each will provide 220 sq. ft.
  • Starboard, Ocean View Staterooms 1553 and 1555 are across the halls from the Self Service Laundry. Noise and heat could be problematic in these cabins with the laundry is busy.
  • Interior Staterooms 1606 and 1609 are next to the aft elevators. Noise could be a concern when the lifts are busy.
  • Ocean View Staterooms 1600- 1632 port side and 1603- 1637 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 1606- 1636 and 1615- 1641 are in the aft section of Deck 1 on the Carnival Sunshine. Propeller vibration could be an issue in any of these staterooms.

Related: Carnival Sunshine Deck 1 Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 2 

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Some cabins on this deck with potential problems

With the exception of some staterooms in the forward section of the Carnival Sunshine, most of the accommodations on the deck are under noise producing public venues such as the main dining rooms and the ship's galley. It is possible to find fairly quiet accommodations on the Carnival Sunshine's Main Deck, but we do suggest that you read the following.

  • 2102 and 2106 port side and 2101 and 2105 starboard are among the smallest cabins on the Carnival Sunshine. Each offers 160 sq. ft., and will have two porthole windows. 
  • 2110 and 2109 are Porthole Staterooms. Each provides 170 sq. ft. and portholes for ocean viewing.
  • 2102- 2112 port side and 2101- 2111 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 2104- 2114 and 2103- 2115 do not have cabins above them, but in our opinion these staterooms are in a more quiet area on Main Deck of the Carnival Sunshine.
  • Ocean View Staterooms 2116- 2160 port side and 2117- 2161 starboard have cabins partially above them, but a walkway open to passengers is also overhead. Noise when passengers use this walkway could be an issue.
  • Interior Staterooms 2118- 2158, 2119, and 2139- 2159 are, in our opinion, well situated for cruising.
  • Port side, 2162 and 2164 have public bathrooms above them. Noise, such as hearing water rush through pipes, could be a problem in these cabins as a result.
  • Ocean View Staterooms 2166, 2168, and 2174 port side and 2163- 2169 and 2175 starboard have (respectively Shore Excursions and Guest Services above them. We do not anticipate that either of these are noise producing at night, so these cabins are suggested for light sleepers on Deck 2 of the Carnival Sunshine.
  • Ocean View Staterooms 2176- 2188 port side and 2177- 2189 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 2178- 2190 and 2179- 2191 are beneath the Sunshine Atrium. Noise could be a concern when the atrium area has heavy public traffic. 
  • Ocean View Staterooms 2192- 2204 port side and 2193- 2205 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 2194- 2206 and 2195- 2207 are below a staff area. Noise could be a problem whenever staff are busy in this area.
  • Ocean View Staterooms 2208- 2236 port side and 2209- 2235 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 2210- 2238 and 2211- 2241 are beneath the Sunset Dining Room. Noise when this restaurant is open, and when staff are cleaning, could be a concern from early in the morning until late in the evening.
  • The area we strongly suggest that you avoid on Deck 2 of the Carnival Sunshine is beneath the ship's galley. Here, noise will probably be a concern from very early in the morning until late at night. This could be problematic in Ocean View Staterooms 2240- 2304 port side and 2243- 2303 starboard, and in Interior Staterooms 2242, 2246, 2272- 2296, 2308, 2245, 2249, 2279- 2295, and 2307. 
  • Starboard, Ocean View Staterooms 2253 and 2255 are across the hall from the Self Service Laundry. Noise and heat could be a concern when the laundry is busy.
  • The accommodations located aft are all under the Sunrise main dining room, from which noise could emanate while the restaurant is open and when staff are cleaning. Cabins that could be affected by this are Ocean View Staterooms 2306- 2352 port side through aft and 2305- 2353 starboard through aft, and Interior Staterooms 2312- 2342 and 2311- 2343.
  • While we are not suggesting that Deck 2 be completely avoided, some of the worst cabins are on Main Deck of the Carnival Sunshine! If you are light sleeper, you may prefer a cabin elsewhere on the ship, or bring earplugs. You might also consider investing in a wave machine (a sound device available at a specialty retailer like Brookstone -- produces pleasant sounds that can wipe out the unpleasant sounds). 

Related: Carnival Sunshine Main Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 3 -- Lobby Deck

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Some cabins on this deck with potential problems

Lobby Deck staterooms on the Carnival Sunshine are all beneath the Liquid Lounge, which becomes a nightclub later in the evening, and where shows are performed at night. While this might not be a concern for some, the Interior Staterooms on this deck might not be your happiest choice if you are a light sleeper!

  • As mentioned, all of the accommodations on Lobby Deck are beneath the Liquid Lounge.
  • The walkway outside of Interior Staterooms with Picture Windows may affect one's sense of privacy in any of these staterooms (3112- 3140 port side and 3115- 3143 starboard).
  • Interior Stateroom 3140 port side shares a wall with a public bathroom. Noise might be a concern when this facility is busy.

Related: Carnival Sunshine Lobby Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 5 -- Promenade Deck

The aft located accommodations on Deck 5 of the Carnival Sunshine have the benefit of cabins above to block noise from public areas. However, most have the Sunrise main dining room beneath them. Noise could be an issue when this dining room is open, and when staff are cleaning. Please note that most noise issues that are typically reported are from guests who are below -not above- busy venues such as restaurants.

  • Port side, Ocean View Staterooms 5302 is next to a staff service area. Noise could be a concern when staff are busy.
  • Starboard, Ocean View Stateroom 5301 is next to the Alchemy Bar. Noise late into the evening could be a problem in this cabin.
  • Ocean View Staterooms 5336 and 5335, and Ocean Balcony Suites 5340 and 5341 are nearby stairwells. Noise from the stairwells might be an issue in these accommodations.
  • Ocean Balcony Suites 5340 and 5341 each have 275 sq. ft. with a 65 sq. ft. balcony that will provide stunningly beautiful aft ocean views!
  • Want that perfect aft ocean view from a larger than standard balcony on the Carnival Sunshine? We suggest Aft View Extended Balcony Staterooms 5342, 5344, 5346, 5347, 5345, and 5343.

Related: Carnival Sunshine Promenade Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 6

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Some cabins on this deck with potential problems

Along the front and mid ship sections of Deck 6, be aware that the main drag of the Carnival Sunshine is right beneath your feet -- including some areas that stay fairly noisy into the wee hours. This includes the stage, bars and lounges, the dance club, and the casino. 

  •  Forward on the Sunshine's Deck 6, 6106, 6104, 6102, 6101, 6103, and 6105 are Interior Staterooms with Picture Windows that have partially obstructed views.
  • Balcony Staterooms 6122- 6166 port side and 6123- 6167 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 6126- 6164 and 6127- 6165 are directly above the Liquid Lounge. This venue has shows, and turns into a nightclub later in the evening, so noise could be an issue in any of these staterooms.
  • Balcony Staterooms 6172- 6186 port side and 6173- 6227 starboard are over the Fun Shops, which is a relatively quiet area at night. 
  • Balcony Staterooms 6190- 6306 port side and 6231- 6333 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 6188- 6256, 6187- 6207, 6211- 6281, 6264- 6304, and 6309- 6331 are above venues that can be noisy late into the evening. These public areas include bars and the casino. 
  • Cabins 6314 and 6341 do abut elevators, so noise could be an issue when the lifts are busy.
  • The best located staterooms, in our opinion, on Deck 6 of the Carnival Sunshine are in the aft section. This is because these accommodations have cabins above and beneath that buffer noise from public areas. These are Balcony Staterooms 6308- 6352 port side through aft and 6335- 6379 starboard through aft, and Interior Staterooms 6318- 6342 and 6345- 6369.
  • 6346 and 6373 are well situated Premium Vista Balcony Staterooms. Each has 225 sq. ft. with a 75 sq. ft. balcony that will provide great aft ocean views.
  • The Aft View Extended Balcony Staterooms (6348, 6350, 6352, 6379, 6377, and 6375) all have larger than standard balconies that will offer lovely (and typically less breezy) ocean views!

Related: Carnival Sunshine Deck 6 Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 7 

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On the Carnival Sunshine, the Deck 7 is without question one of the best places for accommodations. This is where many suites are located. There is also at least one deck of buffer both above and below this deck, so noise tends not to be an issue from common areas. Given that this is where many suites are, this is also where the best cabin stewards are usually assigned. So, if you're seeking an inside cabin, reserving one right across from a suite might be a very wise investment! Some of the best cabins on the Carnival Sunshine are on Deck 7!

  • Interior Staterooms with Picture Windows are 7106, 7104, 7102, 7101, 7103, and 7105. These staterooms have obstructed views due to a walkway outside the windows. Privacy might also be compromised.
  • In our opinion, the best located staterooms and suites on Deck 7 are as follows. Port side, we recommend 7182- 7226, 7258- 7278, and 7290- 7330. Starboard, we suggest 7183- 7229, 7261- 7281, and 7301- 7333.
  • Please note that guest reviews of Interior Staterooms in the forward section of Deck 7 on the Carnival Sunshine do indicate noise concerns that occur from the Liquid Lounge on Deck 5 until 2:00 AM.
  • On Deck 7 of the Carnival Sunshine, there are 40 Ocean Balcony Suites. These are 7128- 7182 and 7212- 7226 port side and 7131- 7183 and 7215- 7229 starboard. Each has 275 sq. ft. with a 65 sq. ft. balcony.
  • There are eight Grand Suites on Deck 7 of the Carnival Sunshine. These are 7188- 7206 port side and 7189- 7207 starboard. Each provides 345 sq. ft. with an 85 sq. ft. balcony!
  • Starboard, Balcony Staterooms 7239 and 7241 are across the hall from the Self Service Laundry. Noise and heat could be of concern in these cabins when the laundry is busy.
  • Interior Stateroom 7294 is by an elevator. Noise could be a concern when the lifts are busy.
  • 7322 and 7325 are well situated Premium Vista Balcony Staterooms. Each has 225 sq. ft. with a 75 sq. ft. balcony that will provide great aft ocean views.
  • 7324, 7326, 7328, 7330, 7333, 7331, 7329, and 7327 are Aft View Extended Balcony Staterooms. Each will have a larger than standard balcony and offer superb ocean views.

Related: Carnival Sunshine Empress Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 8

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Some cabins on this deck with potential problems

While it's possible to find a relatively quiet stateroom in the forward section of Deck 8 on the Carnival Sunshine, the rest of this deck is under one of the busiest public areas on the ship. Lido Deck (Deck 9) is where the main pool, the buffet, and other restaurants and bars are located.

  • In our opinion, the best located staterooms on Deck 8 of the Carnival Sunshine are as follows. We recommend Balcony Staterooms 8104- 8184 port side and 8103- 8185 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 8106- 8146, 8178- 8186, 8109- 8147, and 8109- 8147. These staterooms have cabins above and beneath that buffer noise from public venues, yet provide easy access to Lido Deck.
  • Balcony Staterooms 8188- 8252 port side and 8189- 8255 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 8190- 8242 and 8191- 8245 are beneath the Beach Pool area that includes sundecks, casual dining, bars, and public bathrooms. Noise could be an issue into the evening while these venues are open to the public, and early in the morning when staff are cleaning.
  • Balcony Staterooms 8254- 8296 port side and 8257- 8299 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 8266- 8294 and 8269- 8297 are below the Lido Marketplace on Deck 9. Noise while this venue is open -from early morning until evening,-and when staff are cleaning could be an issue in any of these cabins. If you like to sleep in, we suggest a cabin in the forward section of Deck 8 on the Carnival Sunshine.
  • Balcony Staterooms 8298- 8334 port side and 8301- 8339 starboard, and Interior Staterooms 8304- 8326 and 8305- 8331 are beneath the Havana Bar on Deck 9. Noise late into the evening could be problematic in any of these cabins.
  • Interior Staterooms 8304 and 8305 are right beside elevators. Noise when the lifts are busy could be a concern in either of these cabins.
  • 8322 and 8327 are Premium Balcony Staterooms on Deck 8 of the Carnival Sunshine. Each has 225 sq. ft. with a 75 sq. ft. balcony.
  • Premium Vista Balcony Staterooms 8328 and 8333 each provide 225 sq. ft. and large wrap around balconies. 
  • Balcony category cabins 8322 and 8333 have extra room as well as extended balconies on the Sunshine's Deck 8.
  • Aft View Extended Balcony Staterooms 8330, 8332, 8334, 8339, 8337, and 8335 provide incredible (less windy) ocean views from  larger than standard balconies.

Related: Carnival Sunshine Deck 8 Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 9 -- Lido Deck

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The staterooms and suites on Deck 9 of the Carnival Sunshine include the most luxurious accommodations on the ship. As well as being close to the main pool and casual dining venues, the spa is only one deck above! 

  • Forward on Deck 9128 and 9115 are Captain's Suites. Each provides 500 sq. ft. with a 150 sq. ft. balcony. Please note that the fitness center is above the suites, so noise while the center is open to guests and staff could of concern.
  • 9126 and 9111 are Scenic Grand Ocean View Staterooms. Each provides floor to ceiling windows and 280 sq. ft. Please note that, while the views are not listed as obstructed, as you look out of these windows you can see metal railing.
  • The forward facing Scenic Ocean View Staterooms on Deck 9 of the Carnival Sunshine are 9124, 9122, 9107, and 9109. Each has a large picture window and offers 220 sq. ft. Please note that, while the views are not listed as obstructed, as you look out of these windows you can see metal railing.
  • The following accommodations are under the fitness center. These are 9128, 9126, 9124, 9122, 9107, 9109, 9111, 9115, 9130, 9132, 9117, 9119, 9134, 9136, 9121, 9137, 9135, 9138, 9140, 9141, and 9139. There could be issues with noise in any of these cabins when the fitness center is open for use by guests and staff.
  • In our opinion, the best situated Balcony Staterooms on Deck 9 of the Carnival Sunshine are as follows. Port Side, we suggest 9142- 9174 and 9206- 9214. Starboard, we recommend 9143- 9175 and 9207- 9217.
  • Port side, 9188 and 9190 are across the hall from the Self Service Laundry. Noise and heat could be problematic when the laundry is busy.
  • While there are doors to suppress the sound from the pool area, cabins 9218 and 92221 are a bit close to the public areas from which noise may be a concern. Also, these cabins do not have the advantage of  staterooms above to buffer noise. We suggest moving farther forward. 

Related: Carnival Sunshine Deck 9 Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 10 

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The key features of Deck 10 accommodations are that they are steps away from The Cloud 9 Spa on the Carnival Sunshine, and all of these Balcony Staterooms and Interior Staterooms have spa perks!

  • Between Cloud 9 Spa Balcony Staterooms 10116 and 10120 port side, and between 10131 and 10135 starboard, there is a staff service area. Noise could be a concern when staff are busy in these cabins.
  • Starboard, 10107 is a Spa Suite, and the largest cabin on Deck 10. It has 275 sq. ft with a 65 sq. ft. balcony.
  • In our opinion, the best located Cloud 9 Spa Balcony Staterooms are 10104- 10114 port side and 10103- 10129 starboard.
  • Cabins 1016 and 1017 are closest to the Spa Deck pool area on the Sunshine. Finding a cabin farther forward may lessen noise issues.
  • The Spa Balcony Staterooms and Interior Staterooms  closest to outdoor public areas on Deck 10 of the Carnival Sunshine are 10124, 10126, 10128, 10130, 10145, 10143, 10141, and 10139. Finding a cabin farther forward may help alleviate noise concerns.

Related: Carnival Sunshine Deck 10 Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 11

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Deck 11 Spa Balcony Staterooms and Spa Interior Staterooms are for the most part between cabin decks, so noise from public venues is buffered. With close proximity to the spa, spa perks, and to the Serenity pool area, these cabins are perfect for grownups!

  • While we like the majority of the accommodations on Deck 11 of the Carnival Sunshine, Spa Balcony Staterooms 11032 and 11035 are closest to the outdoor public area on Deck 11. Finding a cabin farther forward may be best for light sleepers.

Related: Carnival Sunshine Deck 11 Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 12

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All of the accommodations on Deck 12 are Cloud 9 Spa staterooms and suites. -So spa perks, and easy access to the spa and the Serenity Retreat are benefits of having a cabin on this Carnival Sunshine Deck!

  • Forward, 12002 and 12001 are Cloud 9 Spa Suites. Each provides 275 sq. ft. and a 65 sq. ft. balcony!
  • The Cloud 9 Spa Interior Staterooms on Deck 12 are smaller and have less closet space than standard.
  • Cloud 9 Spa Balcony Staterooms 12024 and 12027 are closest to the outdoor public area on Deck 12. Finding accommodations farther forward will decrease the chance of noise concerns.
  • All of the accommodation on Deck 12 are beneath the third tier of the Serenity Retreat. In these staterooms, there might be noise issues when Serenity is busy at night, and when staff are cleaning in the morning.

Related: Carnival Sunshine Deck 12 Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

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