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Hidden Gems on a Carnival Cruise

When Carnival offered to take my family on an 8-day cruise to the eastern Caribbean, I was super excited. The great food, warm weather, and relaxing atmosphere are just a few of the things that I looked forward to. But then a strange thing happened once I got onboard the beautiful Carnival Sunshine.

There was more that I didn’t even know about.

Like most Carnival ships, the Sunshine is absolutely huge. It’s actually like riding on a floating city. Because of its immense size, it can be easy to miss some good stuff. No worries, my friend – that’s what I’m here for.

Here are 4 of my favorite hidden gems on a Carnival Cruise.

#1 – The Library: Want to relax in a quiet setting? The Library is the place to go. Read a book or challenge a friend to a game of chess. It’s one of the best places on the ship to visit when you’re looking for a “Zen moment.”

#2 – Adults Only Serenity Deck: Yes, we all love our kids. Now that we’ve gotten that disclaimer out of the way, there are times when grown folks need to be around other grown folks. The adults-only serenity deck provides that calming feeling every parent dreams about during the daily hustle and bustle back home. Grab a book, swing on a hammock, enjoy a cold beverage, and celebrate life.


#3 – Mixology classes: Sure, you may be the type who enjoys a nice fruity beverage while on the ship (I know that I do), but what if you want to learn how to make them professionally?

Carnival offers these cool mixology courses where you can learn to make some fancy drinks on your own. I had a blast, but man – it wasn’t easy. Just check out my experience below.

cocktail being made with an on fire fruit garnish by a Carnival mixologist, link to Youtube video

#4 – Karaoke:

You can’t say you’ve truly enjoyed a vacation unless you’ve done some karaoke. I had the pleasure of leading a live band in some songs and it was so much fun. No matter how you feel about karaoke (and I absolutely love it), it’s a great way to bring people together and have a blast in the process. I had no clue that it existed, but I’m glad I took the plunge. See for yourself!


Cruising is absolutely amazing, but discovering the hidden gems makes it so much fun. How many more hidden gems are out there that I have yet to discover? I can’t wait to find out on my next Carnival cruise!

This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind.