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 5 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 – Hasbro the Game Show: Growing up, we all played Hasbro board games, right? Can you imagine how cool it would be if you could play giant versions of Simon, Sorry!, and other classic games? It’s pretty cool, because I did it during my cruise – and I had no idea it existed until the final days of my cruise.

It’s an absolute blast as you can team up with your kids, your friends, or rock it by yourself.

I mean, Connect 4 basketball?! Where do I sign up?


#3 – 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.


#4 – 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

#5 – 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.