Major Change led to Wonderful Cruise: Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by littjaym

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Major Change led to Wonderful Cruise

Sail Date: December 2008
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was our first cruise for DW and I alone. No kids or anyone going that we knew. We chose it for the ports we had not been to yet, the 8 day length, job schedules and as an anniversary present to ourselves for our 30 years together.

First the bad part:

We did not find out about the change from Panama, Costa Rica and Belize to Costa Maya, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan until we arrived at the port. We were very upset but really could not change plans that late so the Embarkation Supervisor told us that due to our circumstances, if we want to continue and go on the cruise they would talk to the Pursers Desk and ask them to upgrade us as well as the minor $25 PP ($50 per room Max) on board credit Carnival was giving everyone. We were told to report to the Pursers Desk as soon as we got on board. To make a long story short, we ended up getting different information from different staff until the next day when I talked to the #2 Purser, (I never could get the Purser to More see me.), who flatly stated "No one has been upgraded due to the situation for this trip and all Pursers Desk staff has known this all the time". He could not explain why we were not told that by anyone previously, nor why his assistant had just a couple hours prior told us she was "Still working on it, check with me this afternoon". I feel we were definitely given the run around.

Now for the good:

We really enjoyed the rest of the trip! The staff were all very friendly and would do most anything for you without even being asked. The Dining was fun and entertaining as always. We had an early assignment at a table for two but were easily able to change to a late seating at a large table. Zoriania(sp) and Matthew were very good even though the food was often just warm and not hot. That appeared to be caused by being on the upstairs level and the kitchen is downstairs with the waiters having to wait in line for their orders. Horatios was always good for a variety of buffet foods and was good also.

The shows were good and the entertainment was done well. We saw most productions and liked them all. The only time we saw Bret, the Cruise Director was when he was on stage. My wife enjoyed the Craft Instructions and won three times at the Art Auctions.

The ship was laid out differently than other Carnival ships we've been on. Some nice areas you had to hunt for like Mad Hatters which was under the Lounge. We kept as busy as we wanted to and sometimes tried to be in two places at once. It was Great!The ship was also had about a third less passengers as many opted to get credit for a future cruise and did not come. (Some who did come should have stayed behind. At the Cruise Critic meet there was a man who came to bitch at this "critics" meeting, when he was told this was not a bitch session he got very nasty and left swearing at some of us.)

The last two sea days, the ship was running much faster 22 knots instead of the 14-16 we had been going. One of a group of Seniors had a heart attack and need to get to hospital so we arrived back in Ft Lauderdale about midnight. Started self-disembarking about 7:45AM so we were off the ship by 9:15.

Overall, an excellent trip. Very disappointed by the initial false information from the Pursers and do feel they should have offered more than $25, especially with them dropping the fuel surcharge for ships leaving after the 17th. (We left the 15th.)

Will definitely sail Carnival again. Only once cruised with another line and felt cramped by smaller spaces the whole trip. Less

Published 01/01/09

Cabin review: 4D7118 Interior

Inside cabin is the same throughout Carnival. Much roomier than many other lines and usually quiet except for the occasional door BANG possibly from the Balcony cabins nearby. Usually we are on deck 2 so deck 7 was different. Felt movement more and with the main shops, lounges and public areas on 2 & 3 often had to stop to figure if you want to go up or down.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Got the Pursers desk to put us on an early tender to the port as we had a tour scheduled independently. Coralbreeze did a Sharks, Stingrays and snorkel tour through Hammerhead Tours. DW was worried as we changed from Sun to Fri but they were waiting for us. As we were the only ship in port we had a group of 8 in a boat for about 25 with a crew of three. Talk about a personalized tour! We went out to the reef first for snorkeling, then the shallows for the Stingrays, (Sharks have been gone awhile now) then to Caye Caulker for lunch and shopping. Returned in plenty of time for port shopping and tendered back. All in all a great day! We want to come back there again.

Went to the Beach Break and enjoyed the sand boating and open bar. Was put off by everyone you met asking for tips due to Hurricane rebuilding. Would have tipped anyway but would be nicer not to be asked constantly.

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What can you say? We have been here too many times so we looked for something different. WE FOUND IT - We took the Segway and snorkle tour. If you never tried a Segway it's a blast! DW now wants one for Christmas next year! They met us on the dock, walked to an office across the street where our guide explained everything, showed us how to handle the Segway then let us practice on a track in the back. We then went on a convoy for 30 min or so to the Beach where we relaxed, snorkled and swam until time to return on the Segways again to the office. We had a ball!
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This port is still building the docks and facilities but it was great for shopping. We got some handcrafted wood products and walked around comfortably. Many passengers went on taxi tours and had great times, others went on beach breaks and snorkeling they said the snorkeling here was the best of the trip. Did not hear one bad word said about this island and definitely want to come again.

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