Thank you to Carnival for hosting us on board the Carnival Sunshine.
As per my usual post-trip wrap-up, here’s an unfiltered, unstaged, realistic look inside our Carnival Sunshine stateroom. I believe in showing hotel rooms (or, in this case, staterooms) after they’ve been lived in.
We can all look at beautifully staged photos of a hotel room, but does the room hold up to your family? Will it feel claustrophobic after a few days at sea? That’s what we really need to know…not what the perfectly folded towels look like.
We spent four days on board the Carnival Sunshine, leaving from New York City and spending one port day in Bermuda. Here’s what our room looked like after those four days as we sadly packed up and left the ship to return to reality.
For reference, we were in a verandah stateroom, deck 6 forward. It was a fantastic location with little noise and much less movement than our previous stateroom located aft. We used the king bed plus bunkbed configuration for sleeping.
You can compare this Carnival Sunshine stateroom to our stateroom on board the Carnival Pride. One thing I did miss on the Sunshine was the underbed (technically under couch) storage. For the kids, having one big drawer for all of their clothes was much easier to manage than having to use the smaller dresser drawers. It wasn’t a huge deal, and we did just fine without them, but it was something I definitely noticed.
Placing the fridge under the vanity area also made it a little awkward to use the vanity bench to do my makeup, but I made it work. I’d rather have a smaller sitting area vs warm bottled water.
Again, I can’t stress how much having a verandah changes your cruise experience. I would opt for a shorter, less expensive cruise in order to spend the extra money on the verandah every single time. It expands the living area, gives the room tons of natural light, and it’s my favorite place in the world to sit and watch the sunsets.
For an even more in-depth look at our Carnival Sunshine stateroom, head over to my Facebook page to watch the video tour. If you have any questions, please let me know!
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