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    My review of Carnival Sunshine

    It was a nice cruise as far as cruises go.
    We had a large cabin with a good window a fairly comfortable king bed, sofa, and bathroom.
    We were pretty far forward and we could feel some rocking and rolling on one evening early on in the trip and a ton of rolling on the last night.
    There was a storm off the coast of Florida that was very bad.

    The ship had its good and bad points. They added many more cabins and decreased the size of many public spaces, including the pool and the sun deck space.

    I am not a patient waiting in line kind of person so i found the lines frustrating, although our travel friends found the lines not bad.

    The food was excellent. We ate dinner in the main dining room only 2x, had (New england) lobster both times and it was good.
    The other evenings we had dinner in the specialty restaurants, steakhouse, japanese, italian. All great.

    We had stops in Curacao.....found it congested, miserably hot with no breeze that day. We walked a little in the downtown area, but we had been to Curacao a few times and it is not Aruba, so back on the ship for a quiet day poolside.

    Aruba...we had rented a minivan from Jays. We drove to Reflexions Beach bar at Surfside Beach. $20 buys 2 lounges and umbrella and a frozen drink! The beach area was great and we spent lots of time in the water. Rest rooms , shower and small swimming pool there too. We had a good lunch there. Avoid the grouper as it is not grouper Chicken Sate and quesadillas were ordered for lunch and all were good. At 2 pm we made our way to Alto Vista Chapel, then thru Noord and Malmok to the Lighthouse (where the restoration is taking place). Got back to the ship at 3:30.

    Grand Turk....Looked beautiful, but the empty ship looked more beautiful so we stayed onboard. We spent our day at the ship's Lido deck pool enjoying quiet.

    Casinos were cruel.

    Parents really need to be required to take and to pass parenting courses
    It was very disturbing to see little ones ignored by their folks, and older ones running wild.
    Our friend Gene, pulled out a little girl (age 4) who had jumped into the pool and began drowning.
    Mother and father no where to be found. The child was fine, other than being terrified.
    What is wrong with people?



    The only bad weather we had was late at night coming in to Port Canaveral.

    This was a good trip at a great price.

    We reconnected with old friends on ths trip and i am so glad that we went!

    However, nothing beats a land stay vacation on Aruba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Parents really need to be required to take and to pass parenting courses
    It was very disturbing to see little ones ignored by their folks, and older ones running wild.
    Our friend Gene, pulled out a little girl (age 4) who had jumped into the pool and began drowning.
    Mother and father no where to be found. The child was fine, other than being terrified.
    What is wrong with people?
    Ugh. Yes. Our first cruise was on Carnival and the exact same problem including the kid nearly drowning. Never again.

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    Sounds great in the end.

    Of course Aruba was the best stop

    Sorry the casinos were so rude!

    Totally agree parents need training courses. I don't understand some of them in general....but I'm more than willing to take their kids for them
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Cruising is much more appealing with the great discounts. Glad you had fun!

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    Glad to hear that you enjoyed your cruise. It is always fun to reconnect with old friends. I love the ship when everyone is in port. That's usually the only time that you can get near the pool. It seems that many parents take a "vacation" from their kids when they are on vacation. I found that especially noticeable on the one Carnival cruise that we did, but I think that was because it was summer, and just the sheer volume of kids on that ship. We try to cruise when school is in session to avoid so many kiddies, but this time of year is hard because so many states vary their spring break times. I agree about Aruba being the best port. Whenever we cruise the Caribbean, we end up comparing every island to Aruba, and it always wins.

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    That sounds like a great deal at Reflections for the chairs and drink, thanks for sharing.

    One thing us former lifeguards have in common, I catch myself watching other people's kids near water closer than some of the parents. It's annoying. My friends were recently on a cruise and a woman near thme actually said "beat it kid" to some unruly and unsupervised older children at the pool. We all say it all the time now...lol. I say good for her!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Andrea so glad you were on the cruise... you saved that child. I always say "there is a reason for everything" an
    drowning is the second cause of death in children.
    Very sad too. The YMCA is offering free swimming lessons to kids and adults who need them if they sign up by Wednesday in Florida.
    I used to work in a long term pediatric ward (nursing home ) and had more near drowning kids .. would go home in the morning and pray that the angels
    would take them.
    Their families left them there and never came back... very sad

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    our friend gene saved the child.
    he was much closer than i.

    over 9000 people drown in the usa annually
    2/3 of those never intended to get wet in the first place.

    Quote Originally Posted by brady bear View Post
    Andrea so glad you were on the cruise... you saved that child. I always say "there is a reason for everything" an
    drowning is the second cause of death in children.
    Very sad too. The YMCA is offering free swimming lessons to kids and adults who need them if they sign up by Wednesday in Florida.
    I used to work in a long term pediatric ward (nursing home ) and had more near drowning kids .. would go home in the morning and pray that the angels
    would take them.
    Their families left them there and never came back... very sad

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    Thanks for the report Andrea. I am glad you guys were there and your friend was able to save the little one. Parents (not me, lol) turn off their brains when they are on vacation and don't think clearly, allowing a little one near the water with a life jacket is a recipe for disaster. The number of drownings is downright scary.

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