Best Cruise yet!!: Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by dscott

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Best Cruise yet!!

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We have cruised on many ships both small and large and the Miracle is by far the best design to date. The ability to stroll from one end of the ship to the other without having to change floors/decks has been the best idea we have seen thus far. The room was adequate size but the balcony was deep and wide. Very nice for relaxing and watching the world go by. We walked the 9th and 10th decks on most mornings and found it easily accessible.

Embarkation was adequate..staff was accommodating and friendly. Our cabin was clean...wish the carpet was vacuumed more often, however, the bathroom was spotless. The mattresses where adequate..they need replacing...but we just hung out on the deck more. We had early seating at 6 pm...I believe that next time we will use the anytime dining as 6 pm is a bit early for us. The food was always is. Nick & Nora's Steakhouse/Supper Club was divine. We ate there twice and will probably book there more often. We enjoy the personal and More relaxing 5 Star service that the staff provide. We attended several of the shows, they were professionally put together and entertaining. We did see the comedian..he was not to our liking but others found him funny. We drank at several of the bars to include Maguire's Sports bar, Sam's Piano Bar, Atrium Bar, Frankenstein's Dance place and Frankie & Johnnie's...the drinks were perfect and the beer was cold. We appreciated the fact that the aft pool is dedicated to Adults only and the staff kept it that way. The other two pools never seemed overly crowded and that seemed to be the place where most of the guests congregated.

Overall this was probably one of our best cruises and we will definitely book her again in the near future. Less

Published 12/23/09

Cabin review: 8K7252 Extended Balcony

Our cabin was quiet, easily accessible to all the happenings. The balcony is considered premium and it was significantly larger than the standard balcony.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We skipped the trip in Belize and decided to shop. We found the shops to be staffed with friendly but not intrusive operators. However, outside the gated terminal you can find the coarse, pushy vendors that so many of the ports are known for. The prices where essentially the same, but without the hassle. We ate at the Wet Lizard and we highly recommend the Conch and Lobster fritters. The Belikin beer and the "panty rippa" drink was very good (per my wife and her friends). Everyone there seemed to be enjoying what ever they had ordered. We bought some goods at the Loom...beautiful pieces that are handmade..the prices are pretty set so don't expect any hard negotiations there, however the owner/artist was personable and friendly.

Our shore excursions were the San Lorenzo Mtn Bike tour with Alex as our tour guide. We traveled through the locks after 1st seeing several ships pass through. Our guide was knowledgeable about the whole process and made the experience that much better. After going on to where we got our bikes, we rode through an old Air Force base that is now part of the national park, we stopped briefly at a beach area where we were able to see Panama City. We continued up (the entire road is well paved and shaded with the overhang from the tree canopies - beautiful)the road where the incline became increasingly steeper. My wife was unable to ride all the way up the paved mtn road and she walked for about a mile, however she was thrilled to see a rare butterfly. The motor coach picked her up and delivered her to the top where we all explored the ruins of San Lorenzo Fort...the views were spectacular! Alex was knowledgeable and patient with all the group's questions. We highly recommend this excursion.

Our 2nd shore excursion was the zip line/Canopy tour in Costa Rica. Our tour guide was Rhyan (pronounced Ryan). The bus ride was a little longer then we would have liked but the trip was well worth the adventure! The staff were all about safety. From the harness hookups to the helmets...we were checked and triple checked at each point. Instruction began from the moment we headed out on the bus to the moment before we stepped off the 1st platform. It was glorious! We highly recommend this trip to the young and old. It's even set up for the wheelchair bound guests.

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