Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by dredly: The Good Ship Miracle
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The Good Ship Miracle
This was our 5th Carnival Cruise, the 1st to Alaska.
We flew into Seattle and stayed at Airport Hampton Inn & Suites. Nice hotel but when phoning for the hotel shuttle for pick up who knew that there are 3 Hampton chain hotels at the airport so be sure to call the correct one. Took 45 min for correct shuttle bus to pick us up (this was after 4 hr flight delay in Chicago) and arriving at 1130 (0230 EST). :(
Cab ride to port was $57. A wee bit steep. Would have been cheaper to get a shuttle.
Carnival gave advanced notice not to arrive prior to 1 pm because of crew training exercises. We arrived at port at 12 45 and were on board very quickly and efficiently. Rooms were ready on arrival which is a bonus.
Cabins were clean. Pretty standard for Carnival. Again, there is only 1 electrical outlet in the cabin.
Smokers on the balconies near us detracted from our enjoyment of our balconey. I sure wish Carnival would ban smoking on all More balconies.
Cabin steward on this cruise was not one of their strong ones. Only made up cabin on his schedule not when we were out.
Food in dining room is the same fare and menu as every other Carnival ship. Reasonable to good but not exceptional. We spent one dinner night at "Nick and Nora's" the steak restaurant. Well worth the $35 per person extra charge. On the last night, my time dining was very crowded because all the people wanted to eat then get off in Victoria. Service that night was the worse we've ever had.
Beautiful weather and scenery on this cruise. We very much appreciated having a Naturalist onboard and went to all her talks on glaciers and whales and Alaskan wildlife. We especially appreciated when she got on the PA system to announce whale and wildlife sittings.
Evening shows were entertaining. Nice still to have a live band onboard. Shows we had not seen before too.
My only minor complaint is that there was no map or GPS on board the ship to indicate where we were. Nor was there any useful ship sailing information on the TV.
The gym is small compared to larger Carnival ships but it made better use of its space compared to the Pride which is in the same class.
Stop in Victoria is a bit of a waste of time. Arrive at 730 pm when sun is going down and many things are closed. I realize it is a requirement to visit a "foreign" port in order to be able to sell duty free goods and allow gambling.
Debarkation was smooth and efficient.
We would do this one again. Mostly because Alaska is beautiful and Carnival cruise is good value for the money. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
We took a bus $16 round trip to Mendenhall Glacier then hiked the East Glacier trail on our own. Saw fresh bear scat on the trail so we made lot's of noise.
Would have like to spend more time in Juneau. Didn't have time to go up Mt Roberts Tramway.
Saw bald eagles right on dock.
Ketchikan On Our Own
Again, an all too brief stop. We walked around the town, saw salmon swimming upstream and went to totem pole museum. Interesting and only $10. Had to try Alaskan salmon. Had a very nice salmon chowder and salmon sandwich at take out restaurant by the dock.
White Pass Scenic Railway
We booked the Steam Train tour at $200+ per person. Price is rather steep. Train trip was interesting and scenery was beautful. Well narrated. Sparkling wine served at the summit is a bit corney. Train turns around at loop at the summit so you see both sides so it doesn't matter which side of the train you sit on. A major detraction is the smoke and exhaust from the engines blows intoo the cabin and we all had headaches fom the smell by the end of the trip.
Overall its a nice trip but rather pricey.
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