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Published: February 6th 2016
To the Carnival Sunshine Cruise Ship
We're back! Remember we have been 5 nights on a Bahamas cruise. We are back on land with our sea legs now touching the ground of the good, old USA. I've been faithfully doing my blogs while we have been cruising and stock piling them. No internet usage on board for me so now you have to relive this sailing adventure a week late. So close your eyes and enter the time machine. Lulu is at the controls so you should be safe. Hah! Hard for her to reach the dials but she'll give it her best shot. Bing Bong (a sound aboard the cruise ship to alert you to what is coming that you need to know). Bing Bong!
Bon Voyage - Embarkment Day!
Got everything? Your passports, boarding passes, suitcases and carry-on? I know I didn't give you a lot of time to prepare but you are good multi-taskers so I had no doubt you could manage. As we wait for the transport bus, I can feel your excitement. Yay....here is comes. Wow....the driver is the same fine fellow who drove us last year. But this year, he is driving a brand new bus...a real
Waiting for the bus
Rita wishes everyone Bon Voyage!
beauty. If you are nervous sailing on the high seas, maybe you could just stay on this bus and tour around and around with the driver. Kind of like Ratso in the movie Midnight Cowboy but you don't want to end up like Ratso....dead. Our bus of 17 couples arrives at Port Carnaval and we begin the boarding process through security. Right off, Cory sets off the bells and whistles. He had to take off his belt and finally made it through. As we are heading to the gangplank after getting our room keys, Cory realized he didn't have his watch. The security guard held it when he passed through and through and through the metal detector. Like Forrest Gump, he ran way back to the security gate and retrieved his timepiece. Whew! Fortunately, Lulu cleared security without issue cause I made her leave her golden tiara back home. She was mad.
Skipping happy steps, we made our way onto the beautiful ship, Carnival Sunshine. We quickly met up with Sam & Sandy and George and Carole. Immediately, we headed off to eat at the buffet. A great way to start the cruise. Feed our faces! Of course, the
On the bus
Ready to roll
desserts all call out my name: "take me, take me" they yell. Ok, I will! And I did! Shortly after, we all had to gather at the muster stations for the safety instructions. It was so crowded and lengthy. But we made it through. Time to check our rooms. We are on the 2nd floor and completely at the back of the ship. Sam & Sandy have a room one room away and they have a side room & view. In their handicap room, they have two large windows, a big couch and refrigerator. The room is big enough that if you have brought your roller skates (which I am sure some of you did), you could do the "glide waltz" in it. Our room is nice, smaller, but nice. Smaller couch, no refrig and one filthy, slanted window looking directly out the back of the ship. Not sure what's on it...maybe a "mal de mare" problem from the cabin above. It looks repulsive. We won't spend a lot of time blissfully gazing out our window, that's for sure.
Exercise is part of the normal routine on this ship....not the exception......which is good. Actually, I should be swimming behind
On the ship
the ship to get rid of the mounds of fat that gathers as you eat your way through the cruise. Our hallway is at least a mile long. The lay-out of the ship is tricky so we seem to become like a tribe of happy but weary wanders as we attempt to figure out where to go for what. This first day is exploration day......what is here and where it's at. Sandy is dedicated to her Fitbit regimen and usually takes the stairs instead of the elevator. I try keeping up with her but after a point, I just run to the elevator and take the cheaters way out. I can't sync my Fitbit until we get home so that's when I'll be able to see my consequences for my all poor choices. Actually, my clothes speak more loudly than the documentation. They are showing bad results already: lumpy and bumpy.
The ship is pretty with its glitz and glamour. The photographers are everywhere snapping your picture. We've had some real winners so far.....put your finger down your throat and that is exactly what we did when we saw them. As I have said in times past: we have
been very spoiled. When Sam & Sandy set us up on the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas (the biggest and the best) for our first cruise, everything since cannot compare. Of course, this is only our 3rd cruise so I really can't be a Cruise Critic....but the Oasis truly has topped them all.
We went to our assigned table in the dining hall. I like this part best cause here we are waited on hand and foot. Our table has our friends at it: Sam & Sandy, George & Carole from Canada and Jim & Mary Jane from Wisconsin. We all stay at Tropical Palms. For dinner, I had shrimp: shrimp cocktail and sweet & sour shrimp. I like shrimp. Following dinner, we tried to go to one of their entertainment shows but it was packed: no seats left...no room in the inn...not even for Lulu and you know she doesn't take up much room. We eventually found our way to one of the bars which had musical entertainment. More of the TP group were here also. Before bedtime, it's time for a snack: popcorn and pizza. It's all part of cruise life. Enjoy! Tomorrow, I'll take the
In Sam's room
Cory ready to stay with Sam- Lulu in our room
stairs! Not sure why we fell asleep so quickly once back at the room.....exhaustion or the gentle rocking of the boat - or both! 💤💤💤💤😴😴💤💤💤.......🎶🎶🎶🎶Lullaby and Good-Nite! 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶
Tot: 2.889s; Tpl: 0.045s; cc: 11; qc: 52; dbt: 0.0513s; 2; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb