Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by NJsharon: Lovely ship & fun cruise for our family!
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Lovely ship & fun cruise for our family!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We had a brilliant cruise on board the Carnival Miracle. We sailed with myself, my husband and our 6yr old twin girls. The ship was beautiful and well kept. Only minor wear & tear around the ship, to be expected. But there was constantly people walking around cleaning or even painting parts of the ship to keep it in tip-top condition.
Activities on board were plentiful and fun for both adults & the kids. We all found something to suit our tastes. I took part in arts & crafts (well organized & cute projects), bingos, quizes, scavenger hunts & a couple of the shows.
Family friendly comedy was very fun & definitely suitable for the whole family. There were children there and the comedian involved them too, making it really enjoyable.
Shows that I saw were good, of course not as good as Broadway, but a top notch show!
Cruise staff were always friendly and informative, greeting you as they passed you and willing to chat. More
Food was very good and nothing to complain about. We tried special order indian food in the main dining room which was very good, regular menu in the main dining room, again very good, and Horatio's (lido deck) which was good, could maybe have used a bit more variety, but no big complaints.
We also chose to participate in the Chef's Table for an additional $65 a person & that was well worth the money! The whole experience takes 3 1/2 hours from start to finish! We took a galley tour, sampled some small appetizers in the galley along with champagne. Then were seated in the Frankensteins Lab for the rest of our courses (I think there were about 10 in all!). They are good at customizing the food if you do have allergies or personal preferences. We didn't have any allergies so enjoyed everything as it was made! Book this early as it does sell out & is well worth the money! Both my husband & myself commented it was the nicest meal we have ever had and the absolute best filet mignon, just melted in your mouth!
I did not see Half Moon Cay listed as a port of call to evaluate, so will also write about that here. That was our favorite port of call! Beautiful soft sand beaches, clear blue ocean too. We booked cabana 11 which was perfect for us and a great help for our children as they would get hot & come in to cool off. Really recommend paying for a cabana! Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
The beach to one side of the cruise center is lovely with soft sand & clear water. We stopped by Margaritaville to have a margarita of course & purchase t-shirts. Then walked further along the sandy beach, down to Jack's Shack. This is a quaint bar with small shop & we absolutely loved it there. Jack & Janet the owners are very personable & fun to chat with. Their dog, a goldendoodle named Topher is quite the character too. We enjoyed some jerk chicken there, as well as a couple of Jack's rum runners, which were very good.
The other side of the beach, to the right of the cruise center, is rocky, but if you walk all the way down you get to the Conch Graveyard. Hubby walked the long walk down there & found a lovely conch shell to bring back.
All in all a nice port of call!
We also took a taxi to Atlantis ($4 per person one way) and a ferry boat back ($3 per person one way). We would recommend the taxi as it is air conditioned, quick and you do not have to wait in the hot sun 30 mins for the next ferry! Atlantis is of course beautiful & was fun to look around.
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