It’s hard to believe that our cruise on the Carnival Sunshine is half over. That’s right. Today is cruise hump day; we are eight days into our 16 day cruise! Unless things go horribly wrong, I must say this is my favorite Carnival Cruise to date and it’s not just because I’m cruising with my own kind. (Hey, there are 3,000 passengers and fewer than 50 kids on board. You do the math. We’re ALL Cruising With Wrinkles!)
I love this ship. The décor is warm and inviting. The public areas are more intimate. Carnival 2.0 is a game changer for the Line. I recall Dress Up Night, (formal wear not required) on a previous Carnival Cruise. Almost everyone dressed nicely only to find that meatloaf and cheeseburgers were highlights on the menu. Now I have nothing against comfort food, but really? I wondered why I bothered to look nice when showing up in swimwear may have been more appropriate. I mean the food was good, but not special. Things like lobster and filet mignon were non-existent on that cruise.
Things are different on the Carnival Sunshine. I’ve had some wonderful dishes in the main dining room over the first eight days, including steak and lobster. We even had a filet mignon option at a casual evening dinner. All the dishes in the main dining room have been upgraded and for those who desire comfort food, there’s a special dish available each evening just for you. Today I had a mouthwatering burger at Guy’s Burger Joint. Yesterday morning, I went the Havana Bar for pastelitos and ham croquettes. – real Cuban food! There is a Taco and Burrito bar open every day with everything made to order. They even serve up Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. You have real choices here, everything from a sit down breakfast in the dining room to a self-serve buffet with an omelet station. In the evening, a visit to the Taste Bar is a must. They serve a variety of hors’ d’oeurves that you won’t find anywhere else on the ship. No matter which you choose, the presentation will amaze you. I would say most of it is too pretty to eat, but nothing is that pretty!
The entertainment, which I wouldn’t have bothered with on previous Carnival Cruises, is varied and unique. The comedy house, Punchline, my favorite club onboard, has established entertainers. They do a couple of family shows followed by two or three adult’s only shows. You are guaranteed to laugh until your ribs ache. There’s no comedy there tonight. Instead, they have a mind reader. Yes. You read that correctly. On the main stage, we went to a mime performance the other night. I generally find mime’s annoying, so I couldn’t help but wonder how a mime could possibly entertain a group of adults for more than five minutes. He was phenomenal.
And there are lots of other things happening off the main stages. Today we got our instructions for a Murder Mystery at Sea. We search for clues all over the ship and have until Tuesday to identify the murderer. They had a party on deck one night to watch the solar eclipse and another party for our sailing through the Straits of Gibraltar. If you can’t find something to do or see, you just aren’t trying!
Tonight we are dining at one of the line’s specialty restaurants: Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse. Needless to say, it is very easy to overindulge on this cruise. More on that coming shortly!Follow @DigitalDebbie