We were on Carnival Miracle for a Southern Caribbean cruise Jan 23, 2010 for 8 night. Our Cabin was #8156 Mid-ship Panorama Deck with extended balcony. Ports of call: St-Marteen, St-Lucia and St-Kitts.
We really enjoyed ourselves on this cruise. The first 3 days and last 2 days are at sea which let us unwind from the daily work routine and also after 3 days of port hopping. That was a great way as well to enjoy the ships amenities and activities. Firstly, I love the way the ship is designed and has a great flow. Easy to get around and our cabin location could not have been better. On our last cruise we had a cabin at the very back of the ship and it felt like we were constantly going back and forth to the front. I think the mid ship cabins are easier to get to and make it easier for us to situate ourselves. Loved our balcony, enjoyed many sunsets and breakfasts there. Beds were comfortable, cabin service excellent. (Thanks to our stewart Mr. Untoro)
Malcolm the Cruise Director is a blast, he is the funniest of the Carnival fleet thus far. Unforgettable. Witty and funny all the way. Gabe, Julie, Laura, Lawrence (Ya man!) were very cheerful and fun too. Great job guys, you kept us entertained all week long. Shows were great, loved the ones with audience participation, more unpredictable. Great shows, band and dancers, beautiful costumes. High 5!
We did some self directed excursions in St-Marteen and St-Kitts, taxis stands are right in port and are ready to take you to the beach for $7 per person each way. Paid $8 per chair (padded) in St-Marteen french side (Orient Beach-Kokoa beach bar) and $3 per chair on Cockshell beach in St-Kitts (Thanks to Bernard our driver). Both beaches were phenomenal and we had a great time. Lots of nice shopping to be done in each ports for souvenirs and jewelry (be prepare to negociate otherwise you will pay full price!) Kathryn McCullough our Destination Shopping Specialist on board gave us some great tips, attend her seminars! We are did the tour with Carnival -Land and Sea combo- in ST-Lucia, please see review in section about excurions for more details. Worth while.
The food and service in the dining room was great. Thanks to Alphonso and Santiago for the great service. Special thanks to those in the kitchen: chef, sous-chefs ect. We enjoyed all your meals! Great selections at the buffet as well. Ice cream was awesome! Pizza and deli is great to have if you have the munchies! Nick and Nora's was excellent, biggest lobster tail I ever seen! Great service too!
All around, it was a great cruise and the staff made it exceptional. Would recommend to all.
Our Cabin was #8156 Mid-ship Panorama Deck -Deck 8-with extended balcony.
Very comfortable cabin.
Taxis stands are right in port and are ready to take you to the beach for $7 per person each way. Paid $8 per chair (padded) in St-Marteen french side (Orient Beach-Kokoa beach bar)
We did the Land and sea combo in St-Lucia and it was very interesting and well paced.The line up on the dock for this tours was fairly long, I would say maybe 50-60+ people.
**Shopping on the port is right off the ship** Within 10 minutes we were on our bus.
Our tour started with the bus (12 persons) tour of part of the island with a few stops along the way for pictures and souvenirs purchases opportunities. We bought banana ketchup! Many beautiful views of the port and the seas are breathtaking. The bus tour takes you up in the mountains. Stopped at the gardens and Diamond falls, and the volcano (stinks like rotten eggs-yuck) was nothing like i've seen before. Lunch was served once we were on board our catamaran portion of the tour. It was a nice leisure sail with one stop for 45mins to snorkel-awesome!! Water was so warm and fish colourful.
This excursion is full day so you won't have time to do much else in St-Lucia. It's a good tour to get to know the island in my opinion. We enjoyed it.
Took a taxi to beach and paid $3 per chair on Cockshell beach in St-Kitts (Thanks to Bernard our driver). Both beaches were phenomenal and we had a great time.