My Carnival Sunshine ‘To-Do’ List

by Carrie McLaren with 1 comment

In just a few weeks, we will be sailing on the Carnival Sunshine for five days of fun with stops in Nassau, Freeport and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. I’m ready for sunshine and fruity umbrella drinks — and plenty of fun with my family.

The Carnival Sunshine currently sails from Port Canaveral, but later this year it will move up the coast with sailings in Charleston, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia and New York City — eventually returning to Port Canaveral in late 2016.

My Carnival Sunshine To-Do List - blog

With that said, I’ve got a LONG to-do list for our time on this great ship. Here’s a look —

Ji Ji Asian Kitchen

Out of all the Carnival ships, Ji Ji Asian Kitchen can only be found onboard the Carnival Sunshine (and the upcoming Carnival Vista) – and the food is fantastic.

As one of the ship’s signature dining experiences, there is an additional cost of $15 per person, but trust me – it is worth every penny… and more. When we sailed on the Sunshine back in 2014, Ji Ji’s was the highlight of our trip and I can’t wait to return for more great eats along with the slow-braised pork belly!

Things to DO on Carnival Sunshine

Hasbro Game Show

The Hasbro Game Show is something my entire family loves to see on sea days. This live game show features larger-than-life adaptations of Hasbro’s popular games and participants are chosen from the audience. An oversized Yahtzee game? Yes, please!  Pro Tip: Act wild and crazy when it is time for the host to choose contestants – you might just get lucky!

Things to Do on Carnival Sunshine - Hasbro Game Show

image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line/Andy Newman

Green Eggs & Ham Character Breakfast

My girls love the Seuss at Sea programming on Carnival ships — and I won’t lie, I do too. As soon as we told Maggie we were cruising again, she asked if we could have breakfast with her Dr. Seuss friends at the Green Eggs & Ham breakfast.

This fun breakfast is held on sea days with an additional cost of $5, you can dance, sing and play with characters as they make their way around the dining room – and there’s no shortage of great food. Choose from the regular brunch menu or have fun with Green Eggs & Ham, French toast covered in your favorite cereals, colorful pancakes and more.

Things to Do on Carnival Sunshine - Seuss at Sea


Carnival’s SkyCourse is something I’ve been talking about doing for awhile now and I’m ready to give it a shot. This onboard ropes course puts you high above SportsSquare and features two levels of difficulty so you can choose your level of daredevil.

I’m hoping to do this during a sea day, I bet the views must be incredible from way up there! Check out this fun video for a look at what I’ll be doing soon –


While I’ve seen my share of fun water parks on cruise ships, Waterworks on the Carnival Sunshine tops my list as the best one. The 334-foot-long Twister water slide – the longest in the fleet brings out the squeals from every rider.

There’s even smaller slides and a splash areas for toddlers. Beware of the splash bucket that dumps out water – it gets me every time!

Things to do on Carnival Sunshine - Waterworks

Follow our Carnival Sunshine Adventures 

To follow along on our trip, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @CarrieOnTravel – I use the hashtags #CarrieAtSea and also #CruisingCarnival during our trip. You’ll also find me on Twitter at @CarrieMcLaren.

For more information on the Carnival Sunshine and upcoming sailings, go to and check out the Carnival Cruise Line Facebook page and they are on Twitter at @CarnivalCruise.

What’s tops on your cruise ‘must do’ list? 


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

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