Pleasant and enjoyable: Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by wharfinger

Carnival Miracle 5
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Pleasant and enjoyable

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Despite more than 2,000 passengers the many different spaces on board make it feel as though there are only several hundred passengers. (Except for embarking and disembarking, there were never any long or lengthy lines. Separate areas for "kids" and for teens helps keep other areas surprisingly calm/quiet. Some of the lounges and bars felt as though there were few passengers on board and that you were in a small (but roomy/comfortable) setting. Adults outdoor topside pool/lounge called "Serenity" area was just that. (A caveat: Did NOT attend any of the "shows" in the big theatre so cannot comment on quality or atmosphere.) Music in lounges and bars was generally good and pleasant

Crew were friendly and helpful. All inclusive meals whether in main dining room or top deck multi-station cafeteria were generally excellent. The top deck steakhouse, "Nick & Nora's" ($35/per person additional charge) worth it for a change during the voyage.

The three port steps (Port More Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport) were too short to do any real exploring (ca. 8 hours) but that's not unique to Carnival.

Bottom line: good food, comfortable cabin, pleasant and helpful crew, handles the large number of passengers well with little feeling of being with thousands of others. Less

Published 12/12/12

Cabin review: 8D6188 Balcony

Six is one of the best floors to be on. Quiet except when furniture being moved above cabin. Balcony very nice EXCEPT when guests in cabin immediately fore or aft are on their balcony talking loudly; then it was unpleasant and one felt that you were eavesdropping on a loud boisterous exchange. Even low conversations on the neighboring balconies could be overheard. (When I'm on my balcony, I don't have any great interest in feeling as though I'm in the middle of a debate about who is the best quarterback or what's the best beer, or if when the door to their cabin is open, hearing a television turned up to high volume Either better sound-proofing between balconies OR a sign in each cabin asking passengers to keep noise level low when on the balcony or when cabin door is open. If such signage had been used, we would have felt very comfortable asking the neighboring balcony to tone-it-down. Perhaps the people don't even realize that they are being overheard . . .

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Port and Shore Excursions

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

1. Glass bottom boat trip was worth the price, but the time spent viewing the fish through the glass bottom and the sharks both under and (fed by the crew) alongside the boat was fairly short. 2. Compared with Nassau, the port area in Freeport was as day is to night.: disembarkation is to an open sunny area, shops/food stands easily accessible, live (good) music playing (Singer "Matisse" is one of the Island's best). Passengers were dancing to her singing). The shops were friendly. 3. Driver of bus ("Duane") was proud of his Island, conveyed happiness while giving info about both the passing sights and the governance, history, policies (e.g., no income tax) and culture of the Island.

Minivan tour that drove past/through a lot of neighborhoods. At the stop at Fort Charlotte, lest anyone take too long to look, the guide said "come on let's get this over with. The "Queen's Stairway," was the only other stops. Guides (drivers of the minivans seemed bored (and resentful?). The tour description of a 50 cent elevator ride up the water tower for high view of Nassau wasn't offered. Tour was disappointing. A "real activity" (others were available) would have been a better choice. Streets at the port where ships dock are crowded with typical tourist merchandise shops. "Crowded" is a good word to describe the area near the ship(s). Makes the experience less than pleasant.
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Went only to cocoa village. Described as "enchanting experience." Nothing special, some upscale shops so if you want to shop. Did not go to NASA, Disneyworld or other available (not cheap) trip. Despite "tour guide" on the transfer busses, little or no information or enthusiasm. Like taking a bus. Overall: Would have preferred that this port was skipped so as to provide more time at sea or in port in the bahamas. People who want to visit the theme parks and NASA should do a separate trip or a trip that gives them more time. A relatively expensive ($135./person) intense (time spent) trip to NASA ("NASA up close tour") was cancelled. Despite cost probably would have taken it if it had not been cancelled.

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