We Are Sailing Away… #SunshinePortCanaveral #CruisingCarnival

by Carrie McLaren with 16 comments

Traveling with my children is something I love to do – it’s a time to make memories, explore new places and just have fun. So with that said — here’s something I haven’t said in about ten years or so….

We are going on a CRUISE! 

Carnival Sunshine
My family and I have been invited to sail on the Carnival Sunshine‘s inaugural voyage from its new homeport of Port Canaveral on April 17th. In addition to sailing from a new port, the ship underwent a $155 million makeover last year – I cannot wait to see it! It’s been almost ten years since I’ve been on a cruise and am thrilled to have the opportunity to take our girls along too.

Fun on The Fun Ship

Here are a few things I’m most excited to experience -

Outdoor adventures – The new WaterWorks features a 334-foot-long Twister slide, it’s Carnival’s longest slide! I also can’t wait to try the suspended ropes course and two-level mini golf course at SportsSquare. Maggie loves playing mini-golf, so I’m sure we’ll be spending a lot of time there.

Food, Food and More Food – My girls are picky eaters, so I was relieved to see that Carnival offers a variety of choices on their kids menu. Me, however – I can’t wait to try Ji Ji Asian Kitchen – Carnival’s first Asian restaurant, Guy’s Burger Joint featuring burgers created by Chef Guy Fieri and I plan on ending each night with ice cream!

Relaxation – Maybe I’ll get a little quiet time to experience the spa. A girl can dream, right? I’m also very excited to have a frozen drink with a fun, little umbrella in it. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that get me excited.

Carnival Cruise Sunshine Rendering

image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

Follow Along On The Adventure

I may not have a wireless connection the entire trip, but be sure you’re following me on Twitter at @CarrieWChildren – the dedicated hashtag for the trip is #SunshinePortCanaveral. Also follow along with me on Instagram – @CarrieWChildren, I love posting pictures there too.

 Have you ever been on a cruise? 

** My family and I are sailing as invited guests of Carnival Cruise Lines. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. **

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    Comments

  • Amber Edwards


    I have never been on a cruise, but I would surely LOVE to go on one! Seriously would love. It looks amazing! And all my friends that have been said it was such an amazing vacation.

    • Carrie with Children


      We used to cruise pretty often in our pre-kids days, I’m excited to be able to take them with us on this trip! Fun for the whole family!

  • Kate, aka guavalicious


    Now that I have kids, I am warming to the idea of a cruise. A kids club with mac and cheese while I eat Asian? Yes, please! Looking forward to hearing what you think!

    • Carrie with Children


      I’m excited to see how my girls do cruising – I think once they see that kids club, they will be hooked!

  • Jessica @EatSleepBe


    I’ll follow along with lots of envy. Have fun!

    • Carrie with Children


      Thanks! We are very excited to go cruising – I’ll have an extra umbrella drink for you!

  • Melissa


    I can’t wait to follow along on your latest adventure! You are going to have a blast and can’t wait to see what the kids think.

    • Carrie with Children


      I am so excited and anxious to see what the girls think of all the kids activities!

  • mel


    I have been on 21 cruises. They are simply amazing. Looking forward to hearing!

    • Carrie with Children


      Wow – that is awesome, Mel! We’ve cruised a lot in our pre-kids day, but this will be our first time with kids – can’t wait!

  • Kelly Hutchinson


    I have never been on a cruise and it is on my bucket list. This ship looks like a floating palace!

    • Carrie with Children


      It does look like a floating palace, doesn’t it?! I’ll take lots of pictures for you!

  • Jennifer Medeiros


    I just got back from a cruise to celebrate my anniversary! I love them! Have s great time!

    • Carrie with Children


      Oh what a great way to spend your anniversary! We are looking forward to a fun trip!

  • Emily @ Baby Dickey


    Oh how FUN! I’m totally jealous. I’ve been on a cruise once (2007 spring break with my girlfriends) and it was AMAZING. I’d love to go again and bring our little ones! Have fun!!

    • Carrie with Children


      It’s been almost ten years since my last cruise – I’m very excited to see how my kiddos enjoy it too!