Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by marshalljm: Carnival Miracle - Western Caribbean
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Carnival Miracle - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Just back from the Miracle, suffering Major Post Cruise Depression. I got so much information from these reviews that I wanted to share our experiences.
Sailed with DH and 2 DD's 16 and 13. We live near Tampa, so we had friends drop us off at the port around 10:30. We went right in and were assigned to Embarkation Group 1- got on the ship around 11:30 and went straight up to Lido for lunch. Drank champagne as we sailed away, met lots of fun people. Sailing under the skyway was incredible.
Cabin - Really nice size with the balcony we were right under the bridge on the starboard side. We had a connecting cabin with our daughters, so it seemed like a suite. Chaiaya was our cabin steward and did a great job. We did seem to notice more movement at the front of the ship, but we did the patch, so we didn't get seasick.
Food - Had room service for breakfast most days and a couple of late night roast beef and brie sandwiches. Only complaint is that coffee was More never hot enough. Lunch buffet was always good, if you can't find something you like, you are way too picky. Burgers, fries, pizza, and deli Reubens were awesome. Chocolate buffet was to die for. We had late seating for dinner, our servers learned after the first night to have a cheese plate waiting and two dinner rolls for our girls. I am a major carnivore, so ordered filet, chateaubriand, and beef Wellington. Note: order one level more than you like it done as it tends to be on the rare side. Other outstanding food was the grilled shrimp, escargot, lobster bisque and desserts.
Entertainment - We all really liked the shows in the Phantom Lounge, especially Generations and Ticket to Ride. Singers and dancers were fabulous. Legends show was really good too. R-rated comedian was pretty funny, hypnotist was okay.
Grand Cayman - No line to tender into port about 9:30, we then took a cab ($4pp) to Royal Palms Resort. Charged $5 for beach chairs and wanted $95 for the four of us on 2 jet skis. Luckily they were booked, see Costa Maya below. Very crowded with college kids from other ships, there were 6 ships in port that day. Food was good, had conch fritters, grouper sandwiches and beer. Took a cab back (another $16) and did some shopping in GC. Back on the 3:00 tender in plenty of time.
Cozumel - Docked at the port and got off the ship easily. Took a cab to Channkanaab National Park($10)Snorkeling was pretty good, saw lots of little fish. Very relaxed, not a lot of people, explains why we had waiters coming up and asking us if we wanted drinks every five minutes. DH speaks Spanish and found out that there are three restaurants that are competing for business, so we ordered something from each of them to stop them from pestering us. Took cab back downtown and went to Senor Frogs--definitely an experience for my teenage daughters. Lots of college kids drinking and "booty dancing". Did some more shopping in the square, then went back to the ship to watch the other passengers do the "Cozumel stumble" back up the pier.
Belize - Had booked with Yhony at cave-tubing.com, found them waiting for us outside the port area. Took about 40 minutes to get there, Yhony and Tigre? were our guides. Beware Yhony LOVES to talk!! The bus ride is an adventure itself. But it was lots of fun, they really work hard so you have a good time. We had a big group and it took us longer than expected so we didn't get to have the chicken dinner everyone talked about. Was really looking forward to it!! Copied another teacher's idea and brought a bag of school supplies to give to a school. Poverty is a big problem, every house has bars on windows.
Costa Maya - No problem getting off the ship, lots of fish in the water at the dock, even saw barracuda. Bought tickets to go to Majahual at the port area and waited about 10 minutes for the bus. Note: there is only one ATM at the port and they only take cash at most places. DH had to run back to the ship to the ATM onboard. Majahaul was the real thing, people were a little pushy to get you to eat, shop, drink at their places, but we found a nice spot in front of the Oxtankah Restaurant that had nice tables with umbrellas, swimming, and massages ($20 an hour.) Again, having a DH that speaks Spanish was very helpful. Got a bucket of Corona for $10 plus the best guacamole I've ever had. Souvenirs were more expensive at the port, more commercial, so buy what you want here. DD got a $60 soccer jersey for $30 plus nice silver jewelry. Rented two jet skis for $75 for the four of us. See Leon!
Last day at sea, had enough sun so we did some of the activities, bingo, Karaoke, towel folding class, and Sex and Romance game (we won 2 gold ships on sticks!!) Didn't spend much time in the casino, lost $5 on slots and that was it. Just a little too smoky for me. Sent DH to Cigar bar after dinner and Post Cruise Depression sank in as I started to pack. Great experience, varied group of passengers, lots of young families and seniors so it wasn't all just spring breakers. Loved the balcony, definitely a balcony snob now. ++Ship was always clean, could always find a table in Horatio's, deck chairs by the pools were harder to find. Overall didn't want to get off the ship, could have stayed another week just to relax, four ports in seven days was exhausting. -- No negatives to mention. Less
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