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We wanted to see the Panama Canal which was the best part of the cruise. The canal portion was well done with an on-board historian who explained the building of the canal as we passed through various locks. The two land tours were a waste of money. Limon, Costa Rica was a depressing and dirty city. Nearly all the residential homes had not only iron fencing around them but there was razor wire on top of all the fences. While the Cayman Islands were prettier, our guide loved to hear himself talk and talk. He ended up taking us to sleazy shops where he would get a cut of what his tour people spent. The ship was nice enough and very clean looking if older decor. The meals were good with plenty of choices both at the buffet and in the dining room. We had one steak dinner at Nick and Nora's which was exceptional---both service and food. It was worth the extra $35pp. Our main complaint was the very loud sound systems in the theater and at nearly all the bars. Our ears could not tolerate going to any of the shows. The drinks were outrageous, too. One night we had two glasses of house merlot with dinner for which we were charged $27.50.

Panama Canal cruise satisfied our bucket list

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by alwaysonvacarion

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We wanted to see the Panama Canal which was the best part of the cruise. The canal portion was well done with an on-board historian who explained the building of the canal as we passed through various locks.

The two land tours were a waste of money. Limon, Costa Rica was a depressing and dirty city. Nearly all the residential homes had not only iron fencing around them but there was razor wire on top of all the fences. While the Cayman Islands were prettier, our guide loved to hear himself talk and talk. He ended up taking us to sleazy shops where he would get a cut of what his tour people spent.

The ship was nice enough and very clean looking if older decor. The meals were good with plenty of choices both at the buffet and in the dining room. We had one steak dinner at Nick and Nora's which was exceptional---both service and food. It was worth the extra $35pp.

Our main complaint was the very loud sound systems in the theater and at nearly all the bars. Our ears could not tolerate going to any of the shows. The drinks were outrageous, too. One night we had two glasses of house merlot with dinner for which we were charged $27.50.
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Cabin 8F 7156
very nice and clean cabin which was maintained nicely by our cabin gal

the door to the balcony was not tight, so wind whistled through it all night long

the threshold to the balcony was 7 inches high which made for easy tripping when exiting the room
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