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  1. Sorry, I lost track of this thread. I thought I was getting e-mail updates if someone posted on it. (scratches head). LOL Anyways, I'm glad people have continued to find this information useful and others have continued to add to it. As far as the buses are concerned: one time in Miami and also in Port Canaveral; the ship I was on left from one dock and returned to another. As a driver, the first time this happened, I was worried about it an everything was just fine. They had buses set up to return you to your car, just like Charleston uses for every cruise. It's someth
  2. Glad I could help. When are you on the Sunshine; I want to look out for your live review. I like the Pasta bar as well; but didn't manage to get to it this time. That's one thing with the 5 nights with so many dining options; even at lunch: you can't do it all so it's best to just enjoy what you can and make plans for next time! Enjoy your cruise.
  3. We are platinum and booked late. The earliest check-in time was 1230; but we knew we wouldn't have a problem. In the past, Charleston hasn't had to enforce the check in time. They used to not start letting people park until they are ready for you to work your way thru the boarding process with no waiting; other than on the bus while it fills up. Swinjaney; I'm glad to hear the times you mentioned. Our first time from Charleston; we arrived so early we could only drop off luggage and then had to leave the area and line back up outside the parking area until they were ready for every
  4. I'm glad that some people sailing from Charleston have found this thread and found it helpful.
  5. I guess one good thing about boarding in Charleston is they don't open the check-in area until they are ready to board. Part of this is because - yes - there is no room for a waiting area. But.....once you start the process; except for waiting on the bus, you just keep going until you are on the ship. Charleston used to be set up like Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Port Canaveral - Security first, then you check in. The Sunshine has too many more passsengers to efficiently get them on the way it was. IE. I live near the port. I left my home at the same time I did the last time I went on
  6. The last two ships I was on - the Ecstasy and Magic - it seems Your Time Dining opened at 5:15 on Formal Night and 5:30 the other nights. But, it definitely is 5:15 - 9:15 all nights on the Sunshine now. We used the app to sign up for our table. You can't click to reserve your table until they are open. Formal night, I signed up at 5:30; but had checked about 5:20 (to see how long the wait time was) and could have reserved a table at that time. If you have sailed out of Charleston before, you know how small the terminal at the ship is. It worked for the Fantasy and Ecstasy. The Sun
  7. I boarded in Charleston on June 20th. The terminal by the ship is now only for the Security check. I didn't see any check-in areas there. At the new check-in building - you show your passport/photo ID for the one and only time. When waiting to board the shuttle to Security; I remember them saying they had specially equipped vans for people with special needs. We parked in the handicapped parking and had a short walk. It seems the drop-off area was right next to it with a similar walk. I can't say for sure, but I don't think the walk from the drop off area to check-in is more than t
  8. We did a 5 night on the Sunshine from Port Canaveral; it went to Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport - to many ports for me. I like the 5 night from Charleston better. Have a sea day going down and coming back does make it feel a little longer.
  9. It is still the American table; but the menus have changed a little. We thought about JiJi's; but never made it there. If you use the app; you can see the menus for the entire cruise the day you board if booking a specialty restaurant while on board works for you. It seems the first night's menu was the same; with the Port of Call entree for Charleston being shrimp and grits. I had them and they were very good. A couple of menu changes: When Formal night took away lobster for 5 nights or less; they added scallops as an appetizer and duck as an entree. Both have been removed. They s
  10. They have vans and buses. We were on a large bus going over. If your carry on is heavy or large, they will store it underneath. Hopefully someone will see this that can better answer the drop off question. Though, if the Uber driver has to stop and ask for directions a time or two; it will be worth it. You don't want to be lugging luggage all over the port area. Especially in August. 🙂
  11. I got home a few days ago from a 5 night cruise to Nassau and Half Moon Cay. Great cruise - calm seas and hot; but not sweltering for the Bahamas in June. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. I didn't cruise in 2018, and had heard there were changes with the parking process in Charleston and that you could use the Carnival Hub app to make dining reservations for Your Time Dining. I only booked 8 weeks out and didn't have much time to research, so I thought I'd share my experience in case it helps others. New Parking process: The separate stops to dr
  12. Just got on the sunshine and can confirm it is here in Charleston.
  13. Is this process on all ships/homeports now? Asking specifically for Charleston/Sunshine.
  14. Oh my. What have they changed about the parking has changed? I know all parking it outside instead of the covered warehouses; but figured they've had months to figure out the new configuration.
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