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  1. We've used ours since 2012 and she's saved us so many time. From finding connecting rooms to advising us from booking under high-traffic areas, she's been a gem. I always go look online myself to get an idea of things and then call her and she can easily compare what I found and usually finds even better options. She also has a closed facebook group where she advises her clients about sales, etc.
  2. the 8 and 11 year old groups do have mixed time together at times, other times they will be separated. As for the French, it all depends on the counselors on the ship, we've had a very wide variety of nationalities but most have been primary English speakers (Australia, South Africa, UK, Canada, US are ones that come to mind)
  3. Our past three cruises we book my husband and myself in each of the adjoining rooms with our boys then we stay in one with the boys int he connected room. It's never been an issue. We go to guest services and get each of the parent room keys to open the other one as well.
  4. you can order from anywhere on the ship, they just take your folio number to charge it to you
  5. Our family of 5 plus my mom are booked for this, it will be my husband and myself's first platinum cruise and my mom's first cruise! We're so excited to try out this brand new ship!
  6. Our first cruise was in June 2012 with out 5, 4, and infant. We'll hit platinum Thanksgiving 2020. We normally try to take 1-2 cruises a year and usually do 7 day cruises. Looking forward to that laundry service!
  7. I found it interesting too but at that point I was getting very claustrophobic from being below deck for so long and started to feel unwell. I've sailed quite a bit (mother lived on a sailboat for a few years & this was my 8th cruise) but being below sea level got to me in a totally unexpected way, I wish I had lasted through it to see the full galley and the bridge
  8. You are correct, it was the control room for the engine room.
  9. We did it last year on the Sunshine. Our kids were finally old enough (tweens) that I felt I could leave them in the room while my husband and I went. I thought it was going to be a two hour tour and when we were starting they said it was going to be 4 hours (on the Sunshine). I lasted about halfway before asking to leave early. I have never been seasick in my life but being multiple decks below water had me super claustrophobic and a little queasy. It was the worse in the engine room and I left shortly after as the galley bit was starting. I was disappointed but really felt lightheaded like I might faint. I think I would have liked it better and been better if it moved a little faster between sections, many in my group asked A LOT of detailed questions so it was super slow. And in all honesty, not having my phone with me and being nervous about leaving my kiddos without being able to reach me made it worse. That being said, there were some unaccompanied young teens on the tour that were really well behaved and I think I would let my kids go when they are a couple years older, they would really enjoy it I think.
  10. Oh! I wanted to add that the Cruise Critic meet up was this day. We had been SO looking forward to it but unfortunately, the invite was put under the door of the room my kids were in (as that one had my name on it) and they didn't tell me. I never saw it until I was packing the last day. We were totally bummed out, I had thought it would be in the Fun Times but it was a separate invite. This also happened with some of our shore excursion tickets so lesson learned! If you have connecting rooms and three unorganized boys who don't bother to show you documents they find under the door, be aware! 😂
  11. The first evening our oldest (12) went to the Circle C mixer. We had seen that suggested here as a way to meet new friends for the week. Unfortunately, he didn't really click with anyone and spent the cruise missing his Camp Ocean days. He enjoyed the scheduled activities and didn't love that Circle C activities were only afternoon each day. Miss Chocolate, a Camp Ocean counselor who had been on our last cruise, recognized the boys and even sent them a handmade card to our stateroom welcoming them back and inviting our oldest to stop by and say hi. It was so sweet of her! We had two sea days before our first port and as I mentioned, the first day was pretty rainy and windy outside. Camp Ocean was open from 10 so the younger boys were off to play video games and meet new people. My oldest explored the ship and took video to edit into a YouTube video about the ship. We took advantage of the many activities planned and generally enjoyed being on vacation despite the weather! The boys enjoyed the arcade this day as well. By evening the rain had stopped and we had a wonderful dinner. It was elegant night which I always love as it gives me an excuse to dress up! We requested a different table tonight and lucked out and sat at a table for two at the very back of the ship by the window. It was perfect and our waitstaff team of Jovan, Yasa, and Jhon were exceptional. We would sit with them each night for the rest of our trip. We finished the evening at the piano bar and thought Jeff true Jones was very entertaining! (I'm attaching the day's Fun Times) 2019-04-28_143709.pdf
  12. Muster is literally one of the worst parts of the cruise on the Sunshine. I personally absolutely HATE standing in packed crowds like that. I much prefer the muster on larger ships like the Breeze or Magic where you can muster in the dining rooms . After muster, we had our sail away party in the atrium as the weather was windy and rainy. It was still a blast and we had a great time. The kids joined us in the dining room for the first night's dinner as the camp wasn't available yet. Our first night we had head waiter Subandono and he was fabulous but our table was right next to the kitchen doors (not his fault!) so on subsequent nights we sat in a different section. IMG_8112.MOV
  13. Our embarkation day was a battle against the weather. We live near Savannah, Georgia so had about a 4 hour drive to the port. No rain but very windy and a huge storm system was coming in. We were a little worried about how they were going to handle it as the water looked rough as we approached the port. We had a 1-1:30 arrival time booked which was perfect for us with the drive (although I love getting there earlier, I don't like waking so early!) We, unfortunately, had to park on the top, uncovered level of the parking garage which I didn't love, especially with the impending storm. The embarkation process, however, was very smooth and fast. There was a long line for those early or late to arrive so make sure to get there when you reserved!! Because we knew the rooms would be ready close to our arrival time we chose to hand carry our luggage on. It was a bit cumbersome with three kids but we managed just fine. And for background info....we are a family of five, our three boys are 7, 10 and 12. We had two connecting oceanview rooms on deck one for our trip (we always book low and middle)
  14. Hello again friends! We are just off the Carnival Sunshine 8 day Easter cruise visiting Aruba, Curaçao, and Amber Cover Dominican Republic. I've saved my Fun Times and Kid's activities flyers and hope to share lots of pics and thoughts, but if you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to answer them! Overall thoughts: we were on the Sunshine last October on the last sailing before the dry dock and also many years ago. The only noticeable difference was the addition of some sliding doors on the Lido that you have to push a button to open. No biggie but saw many people walk up and stand there assuming they would open automatically. We had Mikey as cruise director just like last October and he was awesome as always. Very entertaining and approachable! Overall the ship didn't seem crowded at all which was a pleasant surprise, even when we had a rainy first day and everyone was inside. Debarkation was not great, lots of people from upper floors coming down early and waiting in crowds, surprising as our last debarkation in October was so smooth. Embarkation was perfect, we arrived at our reserved time and walked on the ship in minutes! Dinner seemed longer than we remembered in the main dining rooms but not because of service, just a lot of time between courses. We had anytime dining and it seemed the later we got there (we eat early usually) the longer the total dinner time. The wait staff was awesome! More to come.....
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