No, I was not at a waterpark when I took the above photo. Well maybe it is a water park, but it’s a water park that moves! This was aboard the newly remodeled Carnival Sunshine. Back in April, I had the chance to attend a 3 day/2night cruise, as part of a media event. It was my first time ever on a cruise ship and it wasn’t near long enough. Well, it was long enough to have me wanting to go back…like today, with my family! While I can’t do that just yet, I can share the awesome 2 night adventure I had aboard the Carnival Sunshine!
I’ll admit, the first night was a little rough, as this was my first time really being out to sea and it was very rough, my sea legs were whipped out from under me pretty quickly. Even seasoned cruisers, said it was really bad (the moving and tilting). Thankfully I was able to pick up some bonine and the next two days were “smooth sailing”. The Carnival Sunshine has a new home, for the time being, and is docked in Port Canaveral. Once I boarded the Sunshine I headed right to my state room and was very impressed with the size of the particular balcony room I had! It would have been a little snug for my family of five, but a couples only trip for my husband and I , we would have fit perfect.
The rooms are smaller than your average hotel room, but with so much to do on board, you won’t be spending much time in your room. Well, unless you are like me the first night. Before the boat took off, I was able to explore a little, and was so impressed with everything they had to offer. Whether you want to relax or workout, there is something for everyone. The best part is, most of the activities and eating areas (though not all) can be done with a view! I loved that I could walk on the treadmill or do my workouts all while looking out over the ocean!
If you are there with a family, or as part of an adults only trip there is something for everyone. The Ocean Camp and teen club ensure the “Mom, I’m bored” don’t creep into this adventure. I noticed, that while there is so much to be done, the whole atmosphere just seems to put you in vacation AKA relax mode.
With areas that are open to all ages and areas that are open to only 21 and older, you can ensure your vacation is going just the way you want it too. Parents, need a break from the kids, let them enjoy Ocean Camp while you escape to the 21 and over deck, then the next day spend time at the main deck or water works area and have fun with your family!
One of the fun things about a cruise, is being able to get off the ship at the stops to see the local area or take it a step further with an excursion. Each cruise will have different excursions available depending on where you are cruising to! For this trip, we headed to a private beach for a day of fun in the fun and good food, of course!
I really loved that they had a full service spa on board. After my excursion into Freeport, Bahamas, I went and had myself some pampering in the spa. With services like massages, facials, nail care, and even hair care the spa is sure to have something you will enjoy. They also have the heated stone beds, saunas, steam rooms, and more. This is perfect for a couples or girls trip!
As part of a cruise, you get unlimited eats. Please note, that some eats don’t include sodas or alcohol, so be sure to upgrade to a drink card that will fit your needs. Cruise food is AMAZING. I was so impressed and the fact that it was all included in the cruise, was a bonus. I think my favorite was Blue Iguana, the breakfast burritos! Regardless, there wasn’t a bad food experience on the ship!
While aboard, I also went to check out the show EPIC, which is a group performing 70s and 80s rock songs and the show was, well…EPIC! I also checked out the adults only comedy show. They do have kid friendly comedy shows earlier, but the adult only is just that. You will not want kids in there for that show or if you are easily offended, you may want to go to the clean show. The comedian was hilarious and had my laughing from the time he came on stage to the time he left. If you like to dance, no worries, they also have a “club” for those who want to put their dancing shoes on.
There was so much happening on the Carnival Sunshine, two days wasn’t near enough for me to really experience it. It gave me a taste of the cruise life, and it’s a life I want to make a part of our family…that’s for sure, preferably to Europe, though anywhere will do! Whether you want to relax, have fun, laugh, enjoy good food, or go on an adventure that will leave you with lasting memories, you need to check out the Carnival Sunshine (or any of their other boats). It was truly an experience I will not forget, and will be experience again..but for much longer! Next time, I’ll be sure to remember my sunscreen!
Have you ever been on a Carnival Cruise?