Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by sheshell333: The best way to see Alaska
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The best way to see Alaska
As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect, but were quite pleased with the experience. The balcony room was great-loved sitting outside and watching the world go by. The Inside passage and Glacier Bay were jaw droppingly beautiful. The entertainment on board was great-we saw 3 comedy shows and the Beatles show. But the funniest shows were the ones the Cruise Director, John Heald, was a part of. He is a very funny man, and great at improv. He also has his own blog and FB page you can follow. There is one pool that stays covered, and it was like a little greenhouse in there. The pool was nice and warm-I swam in it three times. The hot tubs stayed quite busy, including the one inside the gym. There was a good mixture of activities. My only real complaint was with some of the food-fellow vegetarians,be warned. Baked polenta in the MDR looked and tasted like condensed cream of celery soup. Every night in the MDR there was vegetarian Indian food available-once it was great, and More
once it was weird. It seemed like they were trying to stretch some things out with canned corn. And the only way to eat the pre made scrambled eggs in the morning was to put a bunch of salsa on them from the fruit bar. That said, the pizza was good-you could even get arugula on it. And the omelettes made to order were good, if you were willing to wait in line. And I wish someone would have warned us that there would be a chocolate buffet on the last day-it was very tasty.
The coffee was good, and there was a good selection of tea bags.Lots of closet space in the cabin. The bed was very comfortable.Faint noises from the showroom at night, but it wasn't really bothersome. We really enjoyed ourselves and loved the concept of unpacking once. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Miracle Balcony Upper 5117
Loved the large balcony. Plenty of closet space and hangers. Faint noise from the showroom some nights, but it didn't really bother us.The bed was very comfortable. Shower had large containers of shampoo and bath gel, plus toothpaste was provided.
Port and Shore Excursions
The whale watching tour was pretty good-we saw a couple of whales, although we saw even more whales from the cruise ship. We saved about 50.00 per person by walking off the boat and booking on the dock. We also took the 10.00 bus to Mendenhall Glacier-I would highly recommend doing this. The tours only give you 45 minutes, and if you want to see the video and touch 200 year old ice, and walk to the amazing waterfall and edge of the glacier, then you need more time. The rangers also had telescopes trained on mountain goats that you could watch. We were probably there for 2.5 hours.
A charming little town. It wasn't raining the day we were there, but it is very pretty, with little wooden houses on the hillsides, and a lovely creek. Lots of interesting little stores. Some totem poles that you can walk to. We only had 4 hours there, and wished for longer.
Sitka was incredibly scenic. We got off the boat and easily walked over to the totem pole park,right
along the water. Saw lots of totem poles among the trees. This was the only port where we had to use tenders, and it took quite a while to get off the ship. But they gave everyone numbers, so you didn't have to wait in line.