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Carnival Miracle Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Some good and some not so good things

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by dbmm

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2012
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Extended Balcony

We were on the NCL EPIC in June and loved the ship. Going on Carnival only 2 months later was a risk. And even though there were some really nice things on the Miracle, it just couldn't compare with the EPIC.

We really liked leaving from Manhattan because you can get a really nice view of the buildings.

After NY, we were in the middle of the Atlantic ocean until our first stop 2 and a half days later! We had 3 stops and then 2 more days at sea.

On the ship we really liked the Serenity Deck but we had to go early to grab 2 lounge chairs. They are much more comfortable than the lounge chairs you can find around the 2 mail pools. The Serenity Deck has a small pool, spa and a bar. It is also just steps away from the buffet. Great!

There is only one dining room on board and the decor is overwhelming! There are grapes all over the place! Besides the dining room there was the buffet and that was about all the dining options on board! Quite a letdown compared to the EPIC which had 21 different restaurants onboard!

The entertainment was also disappointing. There were no "Blue Man Group" or some big show on board. There were the Carnival dance crew (which were pretty good) but that kind of entertainment was OK 10 years ago but not anymore!

There were also the "Comedy lunch". That is a joke! On US! You have some stand-up comic talking to people and making fun of them for 5 minutes! And then he leaves! WOW! What a waste of time!

The personnel on board were really good at remembering our first names and whenever we were near them they would call us by our first name! That is a really nice touch!

If we go back to Carnival it will have to he on a newer ship (this one dates 2004 but had been refurbished in January 2012). There should be more dining options and hopefully the entertainment will be better.

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Cabin Review

Extended Balcony
Cabin 8K 8234

This cabin is for handicapped people. We got it last minute. We wanted it for its balcony that was three times as long as the normal ones!

The cabin is also larger and the restroom was gigantic compared to normal ones.

This cabin is directly underneath a galley so be prepared to hear bangs and other loud noises as early as 4AM! We complained but it didn't make a difference.

Usually there is a lot of sunshine coming into the cabin. This cabin has less sunshine because the balcony door is not in front of the bed (it is in front of the restroom).

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

San Juan

Entering the port there is always nice because you can see El Morro fortress quite close. And you stop right in the middle of old town, which is really nice!

There was a food fair in the old town with entertainment. We had a really good time there!

Catamaran Tour

Nice catamaran ride to St. John. There was a good variety of fish. Some people saw turtles. I saw a stingray!

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That was a power-snorkel tour! It was really fun! The water was clear. There was not as many fish but we saw some barracudas!

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