2nd. Miracle on the Miracle: Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by DemonB4

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2nd. Miracle on the Miracle

Sail Date: February 2010
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Arrived in Fort Lauderdale the day before sailing and stayed at the Sea Club resort. Weather was wonderful. Tuesday we arrived at the cruiseport at approx. 11am. I took the opportunity to upgrade to a Suite so we had VIP boarding which was very very nice. There is even cookies and juice supplied! At approx. 11:45 we began boarding the ship and headed straight up to the Lido deck for lunch. I also joined Cruise Critic message boards and all those that met via the boards had agreed to wear Mardi Gras beads to recognize each other and it didn't take long to greet each other. At 1:30pm we went to see our cabin, DH headed for the aft cabin he thought we had booked not knowing I'd upgraded! Surprise! The room was lovely, so spacious. The bathroom worth every cent! Right after muster we were invited to a sail away party and met more from the message boards, little did we know how much fun we would have with these people in the coming week.

Dinner....we had late dining which I very More much prefer but also spoke w/alot of people that did very well w/the anytime dining. We'd heard not so favorable reviews but they appear to be unfounded. Our head waiter Gabor and his assistant Josef were both from Hungary and absolutely made every meal a delight! One evening we chose to eat on the Lido deck and now very much regret it as we missed one evening of Gabors antics. We dined w/3 other couples and had a delightful experience each evening discussing the days events. The shows as always were very good. We enjoyed the ventriloquist and the comedian w/CP....they were funny. All the shows were wonderful. We closed down the ship Tuesday nite at Frankie & Johnny's, the band was amazing. Great dancing music. Thanks to all our CC friends for the great memories from that nite.

Our port day in Costa Rica I opted for a 1 hour massage from Natalie from Australia....only 19 years old and such a professional. She did a marvelous job and I felt so relaxed and sad when it was over. We had a great conversation about all the interesting people she's met, it was really very nice. Debarkation was a breeze as we self assisted. At approx. 8:15am we went to the nearest elevator (yes it took a few mins) but we got one and went down to the gangway, checked our sail and sign cards for the last time and walked sadly off the ship and just like that our Miracle was over. Less

Published 03/04/10

Cabin review: 6158

I upgraded to a suite and was very pleased. The room was very spacious, the balcony was large enough for a recliner, 2 chairs and a small table. We very much enjoy sleeping with the balcony door open at nite and hear the water as we sail. But the bathroom was the best of the best, double sinks, a full jacuzzi tub (which we unfortunately never used) There was also an adjoining vanity w/a double closet and more drawers for storage. The closets and drawers were very generous. Our room stewardess was Ivalana and her assistant Mark, they were wonderful! We saw them a number of times each day and they always addressed us by name, asked how our day was going and wished us well. Both were so professional and personal at the same time. A real bonus to our week.

Port and Shore Excursions

This was our 3rd. trip to Belize, a place we are considering retiring to so we took the opportunity to hire a private guide who showed us all around Belize City. We didn't actually do an excursion but from all of our cruise critic friends who did they had an amazing time. Cay Caulker is one of the best areas to visit when in Belize. Also go to the Wet Lizard and put your mark somewhere on the wall. We do so each time we are there, so much fun to go back and visit. Belize is a tendered port and it takes approx. 20 mins. from ship to shore. The route the ships need to take to get into the Belizian harbor is quite amazing and something to see, alot of zig zagging.

After not being able to make it to the Panama Canal the year before due to issues w/the ship we were def. going to book the Panama Canal excursion thru Carnival. Although it's a bit pricey it was worth every penny. We traveled in a nice motor coach w/a wonderful guide named Heavenly to the Pacific coast where we were transferred to a ferry for our excursion thru 3 locks.(more than enough for me!) Our guide on the ferry was Mr. Mike and he was excellent! Although he was born in Panama he went to a Catholic school and his English is extraordinary, such a delight to listen to. If you go have the souvenir picture taken for $10...it's so worth it!

We'd booked a rain forest excursion but decided to fore go it as the weather looked quite threatening. As it worked out the weather held and all who went said the excursions were excellent. We did a bit of shopping right off the ship, met a very nice young man living in Costa Rica now but was recently from Boston, our home state capital. We had a very interesting conversation w/him regarding living conditions and found out the Pacific side is the more affluent coast. We walked around the town a bit and had a local beer, never felt uncomfortable as there was a number of police walking around as well. We enjoyed the experience tremendously.

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