Have you ever thought about taking a cruise but wondered if it would be right for you? Does cruising conjure up images of stuffy nights in the cigar lounge on the Titanic and a menu full of food that might be too fancy for your taste? Yes, there are upscale, expensive cruise lines, but there are also plenty of ships that cater to everyday vacationers, both in price and experience.
When I recently sailed on the Carnival Sunshine, I was very pleased to see that it's a nice, laid-back experience for just about anyone, from singles to couples to families. The ship, which just got a $155 million makeover that pretty much turned it into a new vessel, is well appointed with areas for everyone, from a three deck adult retreat to water slides and a ropes course for the kids to a lively bar scene for those who like to party. The photos below highlight some of the ways in which a Carnival cruise in general, and the Sunshine in particular, offers a perfect introduction to cruising at a very reasonable price.