Carnival Sunshine B2B Review with Photos Jan. 8-21

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#1
Vermont
2,562 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Just got back from my B2B on the Carnival Sunshine on Sunday. After two full weeks on a ship, it felt like home. Although, it was nice seeing my cats after two weeks without them. I'm going to post a full review with tons of photos and videos. It might take awhile, but I'll get it done. The two best parts of cruising besides cruising itself are planning and reviewing! My reviews help me relive the cruise. Feel free to ask any questions along the way.

DH and I planned a 5 day and an 8 day on the Carnival Sunshine. My parents, who live in NH, joined us on the 5 day. We live in Vermont, but flew out of Albany on Southwest because it was cheaper. Our plan was to leave for Albany Friday, Jan. 6 and then fly to FLL and drive to Sunrise, FL to catch a Boston Bruins game. Then we'd spend the night in Boca Raton and drive up to Port Canaveral to board the Sunshine on Sunday, Jan. 8. Well, best laid plans...

On the drive to Albany, I got a text from a friend asking if I was flying into FLL. I was like, yeah, why? She told me there would probably be tons of extra security there. I was confused until she then told me that there was an active shooter at the airport! My mother-in-law sent me a link to the article and DH turned on the radio to a news station. I got chills and freaked out a it. We decided to change our flight to MCO. We pulled over in a gas station and changed our airline tickets on the spot (costing us an extra $300 something dollars). This meant that we'd have to skip the Bruins game since it wouldn't make sense to drive back and forth to Sunrise (2 and a half hours each way).

Turns out, we probably would have been fine because the airport was open the next day, but we had no idea, so we wanted to err on the side of caution. Just get me to the ship!

The SpringHill Suites we stayed at in Albany was nice. It was roomy with a separate desk area (where I sat frantically changing hotel plans), couch and separate rooms for a toilet and shower. The shower was big. The lobby had snacks for sale. There were two free mini water bottles in the fridge which I thought was a nice touch. The only cons of the hotel room were that it only had one nightstand and not two and the shower door was heavy.











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Carnival Sunshine (B2B), Jan. 8, 2017 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2448928
Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#3
NYC/Connecticut
1,055 Posts
Joined Sep 2016
Subscribing... I want to hear the good points and bad points on this ship. A PVP was excited about it and wanted me to book it but others have said they did not enjoy it since it was remodeled.
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#4
Somerset, New Jersey
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Joined Apr 2013
Looking forward to your review!!!
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#5
Virginia
1,161 Posts
Joined Feb 2016
Looking forward to the review.

SN: Your images aren't showing up. Check the URL of your image links.
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#7
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by teknoge3k
Looking forward to the review.

SN: Your images aren't showing up. Check the URL of your image links.
Hmm...I am using Google Photos. Not sure why they aren't showing up. I know that I've used FB in the past and that the links don't stay with FB.
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Carnival Sunshine (B2B), Jan. 8, 2017 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2448928
Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#8
Virginia
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Joined Feb 2016
Originally posted by lovestocruise19
Hmm...I am using Google Photos. Not sure why they aren't showing up. I know that I've used FB in the past and that the links don't stay with FB.
Try using the image placement tool in editor rather than using the html code. (If that's what you're doing) - It looks like it based on the broken image link at the bottom of your last post/signature (not sure?)
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#9
171 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
Thank you for the review.
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#10
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by teknoge3k
Try using the image placement tool in editor rather than using the html code. (If that's what you're doing) - It looks like it based on the broken image link at the bottom of your last post/signature (not sure?)
I was using the Insert Image tool (the one that looks like a mountain). There is also a paperclip attachment option. Does that one work better?
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Carnival Sunshine (B2B), Jan. 8, 2017 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2448928
Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#11
Virginia
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Joined Feb 2016
Not quite sure why it's not working for you. Yea the mountain icon is the image placement tool. I just tried it with your broken image URL in your signature/footer and it's not giving me any issues. I do see the HTML code that's been placed. Make sure the images you're trying to post are public/sharable images.

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#12
Plymouth County, MA
1,171 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
We will be on her on March 25. Can't wait to read your take on her!
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#13
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by teknoge3k
Not quite sure why it's not working for you. Yea the mountain icon is the image placement tool. I just tried it with your broken image URL in your signature/footer and it's not giving me any issues. I do see the HTML code that's been placed. Make sure the images you're trying to post are public/sharable images.

When I get home, that will be my next step-checking to see if my images are public. I'm sure there is some feature on Google Photos to make them public. Thanks for all your help in trying to figure it out.
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Carnival Sunshine (B2B), Jan. 8, 2017 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2448928
Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#15
Virginia
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Joined Feb 2016
Originally posted by nicole9s
I can see the pictures (I'm on tapatalk if that matters)

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You see images in the very first post at the top of the page?
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#16
280 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by teknoge3k
You see images in the very first post at the top of the page?
Yes. Shower, bathroom, then pics of the hotel room?

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#17
N.C.
348 Posts
Joined May 2000
Love reading your reviews in the past.We will be going on the Sunshine April 28 I was wondering if you had the 8 day menus?Haven't been on a cruise with the American Table yet & not sure what night I want to hit specialty places
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#18
Vermont
2,562 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
We got to the Albany airport around 4 a.m. The printer got stuck printing our luggage tags, but other than that, it went smoothly. Some people had cancelled flights because of Winter Storm Helena. We were in Group C since when we had to change airports, the check-in time had already passed.

Once on the plane, we couldn't sit together, but I did manage to snag two aisle seats one row down from each other. I sat next to a nice older couple, but there was this one man behind me that yapped the entire flight. We had some turbulence during the flight because the pilot was trying to avoid the storm.

We got our bags quickly and headed to the Budget rental car counter. Dejavu! However, DH only had to wait 50 minutes, which is a record compared to the three hours last year! We then got lunch at Denny's and drove to our newly booked hotel in Melbourne. It was a Marriott Residence Inn. We were way too tried to try to drive to the Bruins game and back. We took a nap, then ate supper at a Subway and stopped at Walmart to pick up a few snacks. We had to listen to the Bruins game on DH's phone because it wasn't on TV at the hotel. We were also tracking my Mom and Dad's flight. They were delayed, but made it into Orlando at 8:30 p.m.

Here are some pics of the hotel:





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Past Cruises
Carnival Sunshine (B2B), Jan. 8, 2017 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2448928
Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#19
Vermont
2,562 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by MooNGaTe27
Love reading your reviews in the past.We will be going on the Sunshine April 28 I was wondering if you had the 8 day menus?Haven't been on a cruise with the American Table yet & not sure what night I want to hit specialty places
I don't have pictures of all the menus, but I do have some food pictures (and some opinions) on the American Table menu. Stay tuned!
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Carnival Sunshine (B2B), Jan. 8, 2017 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2448928
Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317