Port information I wish I knew before going, FREE Parking!: Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by travelhappy53

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Port information I wish I knew before going, FREE Parking!

Sail Date: June 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
First,  information that I could not find anywhere regarding ports. 
New York -We drove from Pittsburgh to Secaucus, New Jersey.  Stayed at the Hyatt Place in Secaucus, NJ,  Monday night prior to Tuesday's departure.  Although the hotel is not responsible for cars, there is free, safe parking on the 3rd floor of the parking garage the hotel uses for it's customers.  We left our car for free, used Carlos Transportation set up by the hotel to go to and from the port.  Charge was $68, $60 for transport and $8 for toll,  plus tip each way.  It was very easy and he dropped us right where we needed to be.  Didn't have to drive into city at all.  Carlos was very reliable. Hotel was lovely in a great area with restaurants and shopping within an easy walking distance. Very safe. We stayed another 2 nights upon our return. Can take Bus #320 from right outside the hotel to NYC, 46th and 8th, I think,  for less than $4.00 RT, More goes every 15 minutes. We did the NBC tour in Rockefeller Center which was quite entertaining and I physically ran into Dan Rather as he was crossing thru the hall during our tour.  Also ate at Carmines on 44th and West.  Don't let the prices scare you.  Each dish serves 3 to 4 people.  We ordered fried zuccchini $17 and it was huge, then ordered the lunch size pasta $15 with 3 huge meatballs. Breads were great! Spent less than going to our local Italian restaurants. Wear your walking shoes!!!

Grand Turk - Got off ship around 8 am and went directly to Margaritaville pool.  It was wonderful early in the am, free and very clean.  Great for kids who want to swim in a nice, big pool. Pool is directly behind beach chairs to the left facing shore.  Gets a little more rowdy as adults are drinking more toward 1 pm, so go early.  Beach was a little rocky, but nice. Know someone who took the FWD vehicle tours and seemed disappointed. Not much to see.

HALF MOON CAY - FABULOUS!!!   I would have preferred 2 or 3 days here.
Most incredible beach and water.  Smooth, white, soft sand.  Perfectly clear, calm water. 
Walk to "left, facing beach".   Keep walking, don't go to the first batch of lounges, go about 5 or so minutes
further, past the boat rentals.  We went between cabanas 9 and 11.  Only a few people were there and its like your own private beach.  PLUS, the Barbeque is directly behind you.  Just follow the path. We walked all the way back and took a shuttel to the BBQ only to find it was right behind our lounges.  If you have a sunburn, may want to rent a clamshell
for $17, they continue way down the shore also.  Don't worry about renting ahead of time.  Plenty of boats to rent as well.

NASSAU. - Don't pay all that money to go to Atlantis!!  You can get there by cab for $4 pp and walk right into the
Atlantis.  You can see the Aquarium and take photos of the lobby for free. It is quite nice.  There is a public beach
within walking distance.

As most others have said, the ship is clean, food is quite good.  Just wanted to give you port info as I didn't find
much on that. 
Overall was a very nice experience, but think I'll be going back to an All-Inclusive next year.  Less crowds, larger
room, free drings, huge pool and beach always available. Less

Published 06/25/09

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