I switched on the fun with Carnival Cruise Lines & their latest refurbishment – the Carnival Sunshine for a Mediterranean short cruise. Originally the Carnival Destiny, she entered serviced in 1996 and went a massive regeneration in early 2013.
The ship is excellent for everyone, whether you are aged 8 or 88! Kids are kept entertained at Camp Carnival throughout the day with special kids clubs depending on the age.
Although I thought the deck space was tight, there was still ample room to get around the ship and even relax in the adult only serenity, enjoying the fine weather whilst in the port of Civitavecchia – in fact, I enjoyed it so much I stayed on board all day and didn’t go to Rome!
There was so much to do on top deck, from the water parks, to the climbing frames, to the table football & pool! And for the adventurous why not try the water slides – and they are long! At 60m, a staircase leads to the high platform, before you're decent down the tunnel into the pool – and if you're with a group, there’s two tunnels, so have a race! At night time, you can watch a movie under the stars, a great concept that many ships now have and with nice weather, it would seem the perfect end to a summer evening.
When it comes to dining, the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse serves some of the best steaks at sea – and the deserts – wow! The cheesecakes were so big, even our party of 4 couldn’t finish off the one slice! The ultimate choice is Guys Burger joint, with super calorie burgers served out on deck, freshly cooking in front of your very eyes. There are plenty more dining options including the Asian cuisine, BlueIguana Cantina Mexican-style eatery, Cucina del Capitano and the relaxed JavaBlue Café. Some of the dining options have a cover charge, but well worth it, you are on holiday after all!
At night the ship came alive, the great shows and bars! The piano bar was a relaxed subdued setting, with a pianist on board and the RedFrog Pub was your local on board. Alchemy Bar was an excellent choice for cocktails and never miss a sporting fixture in the EA Sports Bar – even with bowling!
I was quite surprised at the number of on board amenities, there were three decks full of lounges, bars, and areas to relax. Fancy a tipple? Well the on board Casino has every slot machine imaginable!
I was booked into a standard outside cabin, it was located quite low down on the ship, but it didn’t bother me, after all its only a place to sleep at night! It was fairly bright and airy and had plenty of storage for clothes too.
My cruise was around the Mediterranean, the ship has since gone to the Caribbean (without me!) and is now enjoying some fantastic itineraries over there.