Happy New Year!
It’s a new beginning to a fantastic year, filled with new adventures and travels. I spend the first week of 2015 on a ship sailing the ocean blue.
Now I don’t know about you, but I love finding out all the information about a new vacation spot. I scoured the internet, checked out countless library books, and even asked a few friends if they knew any where to go. Our family decided to hop aboard the Carnival Sunshine for a 7 day cruise of Central America.
This ship is large, 893 feet long to be precise. Originally launched in 1995 as the Carnival Destiny, The Carnival Sunshine was given a face lift in 2013, hence the name change. This multi-million dollar renovation added decks, a fun sky-course and water slide, various restaurants, and overall newer decor. I found the ship to be easy to navigate, but at times I found myself stuck behind the Punchliner Comedy Club or in-between the floors of the galley and the dining room.
We arrived at Cape Canaveral around noon and parked at the cruise parking lots. We were debating whether to bring it to a lot, but it was very simple to park at the port and walk into the check-in area. Check in was hassle free and quick. The port authority was extremely organized and got us on the ship in less than an hour. Make sure you check-in a day before you disembark and add your credit card to your ship and sail account– these steps will make your check-in even faster.
I have been on a couple of Carnival cruises in the past, but this was the biggest Carnival ship I have traveled on. I was very excited to explore every inch of the ship and indulge in many of the great amenities. My family booked interior adjoining rooms and were upset that the rooms, although next door to each other, were missing a door. We called our travel agent and she apologized for thinking adjoining rooms meant rooms that were next to each other, not rooms which have a door in between them. We went up to guest services, but since the ship was fully booked, we were unable to change rooms. We also had requested a room in the middle of the ship, to prevent the rockiness of the boat. We ended up on the aft of the ship (back) right above the propellors. (How this happened, I don’t know. We booked this cruise 5 months in advance.) That night I tried to sleep on the bunk bed but got woken up every few minutes by the vibrating of the entire bed. Groggy from the lack of sleep, I threw my pillows and blanket over the rail and ended up sleeping on the floor; somehow the vibrations only effected my bed on the wall. Back down at guest services we get told that a roll-away bed could be brought into the room at night. Thankfully there is always a solution to every problem.
Although there are 14 decks on the ship, the main areas plan to get extremely crowded when the ship is at sea. The pool area, piano bar, casino, and comedy club are the main areas of interest. Lining up 30 minutes before a comedy show was a must.
On the top deck opposite of the big screen was an area called “Serenity” a deck specifically for guests 21 and up. There were couches and lounges, but my favorite part was the hammocks which allowed you to swing in the shade. There was a small pool for adults only, but it seems more like a large bath tub than a pool. Nevertheless it was more relaxing up here than on the pool deck with the kiddos. Just make sure to snag a seat up here early in the day if you are planning on reading a book or soaking up the sun. It’s a popular hide away!
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Entertainment on the Carnival Sunshine
Food served on the Carnival Sunshine
Port: Isla Roatan, Honduras
Port: Belize City, Belize
Port: Costa Maya, Mexico