Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by wharfinger
- Sail Date: December 2012
- Destination: Bahamas
- Cabin Type: Balcony
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 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.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Glass Bottom Boat Tour1. 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.View All 20 Glass Bottom Boat Tour Reviews
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.
NassauMinivan 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.View All 5,272 Nassau Cruise Port Reviews
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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Port Canaveral (Orlando)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.View All 1,859 Port Canaveral (Orlando) Cruise Port Reviews
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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