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Carnival Miracle
Carnival Miracle
Member Name: solocruiser2003
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: 8F
Cabin Number: 8225
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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The good and bad: A Straighforward Review
The Good:

Food- spectacular, amazing and great variety and available almost 24/7..this was quite dangerous, LOL...what else can I say?

Entertainment- simply amazing. Something for everyone; even the kids are well taken care of in terms of activities and entertainment.

Room- Very clean and adequate. The balcony was such a nice experience also.

Service- The staff is so amazing.

Comedy Brunch- WOW! The food selection is intense.

Half Moon Cay was paradise..right next to the boat and super clean and crystal clear water.

Grand Turks was also paradise, but the clearest water is to the far left (as you walk away from the ship)so walk a bit(3 minute walk) to get to paradise. You'll be glad you did.

The not so good:

Pool size- couldn't accommodate not even 1/3 of the capacity of guests. There were 2400 guests (we were told) and pools were tiny and not deep. To give you an idea, the adult pool had a capacity of 26 people!!!

Don't expect to be able to do laps. Just good to cool off. Would NEVER go on this ship again for this reason alone, since the water time is very important to me.

Too crowded everywhere....

The Pool area: If you are not at the pool by 7am, the cabanas are GONE. As for regular chairs, the seats fill up very quickly so if you snooze, you are SURE to lose.

Closed pool areas to perform maintenance during times of excursions- If you decide NOT to do an excursion, WATCH OUT! They did maintenance one day and closed off the adult pool.

No clock in room; bring watch - this is helpful for those that like to join the excursions/activities on the ship. You need to watch the clock to join them on time.

Jacuzzi in middle of gym(indoors)- for everyone to watch...this was just weird.

Nassau Bahamas- must pay to go to beach or you can choose to do excursions which are on the pricey side

Water slides next to adult pool- the point of going to the adult pool is to get away from kids and they put the slide (with screaming kids) next to adult pool.....

Smoking on balconies- I wish Carnival would segregate smoking and non smoking sections where balconies were concerned.

Some staff did not understand basic words like jello, bathroom or cottage cheese.

FYI:

Although Carnival's website says certain attire is required for certain nights, it is NOT enforced. If I had known that, I would have dressed more casually. People wore flip flops to the dining room, as an example.

Best to pack super super light.....bring one luggage and use Self Assist to debark. Will save you lots of time.

Bring a wide mouth water bottle to fill up with water and ice for excursions. Everyone who didn't have one kept telling me they wish they had done that.

Water (to drink) is available pretty much all day long.

The only free juice at dinner is unsweetened iced tea.

Ladies: Bring only 1-2pairs of sandals for evening (if you can)and make sure they are comfortable...lots and lots of walking. I brought all these cute shoes and only ended up wearing a few because the ship was quite big. Also, be sure to bring a shawl/evening as the auditoriums get quite chilly.

One last comment: We were told this was a party cruise and were a little concerned it might be too fast paced for us, but much to our surprise, a good majority of the folks on board were over 55, so were were in the minority for sure. So not sure what they mean by "party cruise".

Publication Date: 06/03/12
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