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First Solo - Sunshine 8 Day Cruise Review Sept 8th thru 16th

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My name is Lyn. And this is either my 16th or 17th cruise, 15th or 16th w/ Carnival. I used to cruise with my now ex-husband or I've taken girl trips. I've even taken my youngest daughter on a cruise, just her and I, after the divorce. But this was my first SOLO cruise. I was soooo nervous, but I had an absolute blast.

 

 

Here is my review. This will probably take a while because I have a ton of pics to download (still) and I'm busy so I may not get to post everyday.

 

 

But I'll start with a selfie. This is me! I'm 43. I've recently lost about 110lbs (again). Divorced for about 5 years. Kids are ALL adults and out of the house. I have 3 grandkids. Right now, I'm just enjoying life and wanted to do a solo cruise.

 

 

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I flew down a day early and stayed in Cocoa Beach @ the Four Points Sheraton. The ride from the airport to Cocoa Beach is about an hour and cost me $30. I didn't do much. I shopped a little at the store that was attached to the hotel and across the street and Ron John's. There's also a Walgreens, WinDixie and a Bealle's across the street. After I shopped, I came back to the hotel and had a drink and fish and chips at the bar of the restaurant at the hotel. Here are a few pics.

 

Room at the hotel

 

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The view outside my window

 

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VERY cool HUGE salt water tank in the hotel restaurant

 

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And a VERY strong margarita at the hotel Bar

 

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After this, I went to bed. I'm old and I was TIRED and TIPSY after 2 of those margaritas. ;p;p

 

The hotel offers a shuttle that will take you to the port for $6 the following morning. I took the shuttle and arrived at the port at around 10:45am

 

I'm PLATINUM so I was literally sitting in the lounge within minutes and was onboard about 15-20 minutes later.

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Here are some pics I took while the ship was still empty

 

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Serenity

 

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Waterworks

 

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Sports Bar...I spent a lot of time in there, because they had strong drinks and great company!

 

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IDK what happened there... LOL

 

 

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My favorite drink in the Sports Bar...The Grand Slam

 

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I'm gonna take a break for now. I'll be back either later tonight or tomorrow afternoon after work to sum of the next two days. (Sea Days)

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I am loving your review! I do love solo cruising (except when I cruise with my Mom), that is always better!. Congratulations on the weight loss! I do know how hard it is to do! You look great! Look forward to the rest of your review when you can get to it.:)

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Hi, Lyn. Looking forward to your review & pics of Sunshine, one of my favorite ships. Sailing her over Christmas week. Hope you got to enjoy the best Serenity Deck in the fleet!

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I'm gonna take a break for now. I'll be back either later tonight or tomorrow afternoon after work to sum of the next two days. (Sea Days)

Thank you for this review , cheers Buzz

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I was nervous when I did my first solo cruise as well but I had a great time. It's great to go to the beat of your own drum. Looking forward to your review.

 

My family is trading on the Sunshine in January for our first journey cruise.

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You're gorgeous. I look forward to following your cruise. Enjoy your solo cruise on Sunshine.

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Here's a picture of when you and Carnival Sunshine were in St Maarten. Here's the view from the Harmony of the Seas after the Carnival Ecstasy pulled away from the pier.

 

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Here's a picture of when you and Carnival Sunshine were in St Maarten. Here's the view from the Harmony of the Seas after the Carnival Ecstasy pulled away from the pier.

 

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Just wow!!!! I love these pics. I'll have to post some of your ship while you were in port as well! They won't look as great as these, but I have some good ones!

 

And thanks everyone for following along. I was worried that I wouldn't have an audience. Please give me until tomorrow afternoon to pick back up. I'm TIRED!! :)

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Lyncoya,

 

I can't wait to hear more about your trip and see the pictures. Women like you are an inspiration to me! I so admire strong women that live life and make it happen. I would love to have a friend like you, go girl!!

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OK...just because I'm an insomniac, here are some pics from the first two sea days. Again, I took this cruise to basically do exactly what I wanted to do, and that's what I did. I relaxed the majority of the time. I went to most of the shows and talks. I ATE a lot (and only gained a pound, surprisingly) I drank even more. I didn't get the drink package, although in hindsight...I probably should have.

 

This was also a premier cruise, so it was a little hard to grab a slot machine on some nights. Although, I got lucky on one night, and won $260 on a machine after only feeding it $20.

 

I also went to both JiJi's Asian Kitchen and the Italian Restaurant Cucina Capitano (I know someone will correct me on the spelling, because I know I butchered it.) I ate at Bonsai Sushi TWICE...those damn short ribs are to due for. So here are a bunch of pics from the first two sea days, in no particular order.

 

They offered BBQ in Ocean Plaza on the day we boarded only. There were signs all over the place that told you where to go. The food was good. Here is a pic of my plate and probably my second drink of the cruise...maybe 3rd by then. ;p

 

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Relaxing on the Serenity Deck

 

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Chillin next to the pool. I actually got in after I took this pic. I don't normally get in the pools when I cruise.

 

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