Carnival Cruise Lines have selected us to be their fun ambassadors. That is how we reacted. Then it sank in… This means a tough few weeks, all hands on deck, thoroughly testing out the fun factor of their cruise ships. It’s not a holiday of course, have you seen how gigantic and fun packed those ships are? Plus Carnival just spent 100 million on making Carnival Sunshine even more fun. Meaning even more ‘work’ for us. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.
I quote from the press release:
The family’s adventurous nature, good humour and travel experience will be put to good use trying out every aspect of life on board a Carnival cruise.
Reading between the lines you can see they intend to make us work hard at this fun. Carnival gave us a long list of things to test and rate, some of the most desirable locations in the world, the delicious cuisine, the luxury spa, the EA sports bar, award winning comedy, The Hasbro Game Show, the kid’s club, the pool, the waterworks, West End standard shows. Frankly I think we are going to have our work cut out with all this fun.
Fortunately we’re no lily livered land lubbers and are quite accustomed to life on board a ship. I think with our newly purchased cruise attire we’re going to blend in perfectly with life on board. That or Carnival Sunshine won’t know what’s hit it.
Shall we plan a stop to pick you up? Barcelona? Venice? Sicily? Rome? Marseilles? Athens?
Joking aside, we’re absolutely over the moon about this chance to take our kids around the world, I can’t imagine a more painless way to take a 4 and a 6 year old to sightseeing around Europe, and further afield. We’ll be visiting Carnival Sunshine next week in Dover and doing a bit of a rekkie. Later this year we’ll be embarking on a cruise on board the newly revamped Carnival Sunshine, around the Mediterranean, taking in the amazing sights of Greece, Croatia, Italy, France and Spain.
Our second cruise will be to the Caribbean, onboard the Carnival Breeze, where we can fully indulge our love of all things piratey.
We’re excited about having some time together as a family, and perhaps as a couple, as I think the kids are going to love the kid’s club. Mr A has worked in video games all his working life so I think he will be well placed to test the EA sports bar and the Hasbro Game Show. I’m excited about the shows, the spa and the international cuisine, I also fancy trying out the running track, running at sea, mad right!
The kids are looking forward to all a boat has to offer, especially the swimming and waterworks. We’ve not quite managed to communicate how big a cruise ship is, the River Trent doesn’t offer many big boats:
L: Is it bigger than that one Mummy?.
Me: Lots, it’s like a hotel, a leisure centre, a kid’s club, a disco, a theatre, lots of cafes and pubs, on a boat.
L: All on the same boat?
Me: All on the same boat.
L: That’s big.
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Carnival is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 24 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, NewEngland, Europe, Panama Canal, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Norway, the Baltic and the British Isles. The company’s 25th ship, the Carnival Vista, a 135,000-ton vessel, is scheduled for delivery in winter 2016. www.carnival.co.uk