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The staff and bartenders were amazing (especially those at the casino or alchemy bars). The food in bacchus and lido was a little underwhelming overall; however, the private chefs table was fantastic and the steakhouse was probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten...not to mention the pizza being fantastic and open all the time. Comedy club acts were great, shows were pretty good. Frankie and the rest of the staff did a great job. Overall one amazing trip. All of the ports were great. I was disappointed with how they handled a river in Belize making it impossible to get to our Xunantunich excursion. They waited to tell us it had to be canceled after riding an early morning tender over, right before boarding the bus. Options were take their offer of full price transfer to another site 2 hrs away (but not the amazing xunantunich ruins) or head back to the ship. If they had told us earlier we could have slept in a bit and done one of the other ruins excursions or another excursion all together. We still had fun, but disappointed in how that was handled. Be sure no matter what you do that you do some excursion (carnival or private) where you visit sting ray city in the grand cayman. Yes it was crowded...but you HAVE to visit. That was an amazing experience that you will treasure. The boat is a little cheesy in decor, but who cares. The staff is amazing and this was a truly awesome trip.

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Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by cheatdm

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Extended Balcony
The staff and bartenders were amazing (especially those at the casino or alchemy bars). The food in bacchus and lido was a little underwhelming overall; however, the private chefs table was fantastic and the steakhouse was probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten...not to mention the pizza being fantastic and open all the time. Comedy club acts were great, shows were pretty good. Frankie and the rest of the staff did a great job. Overall one amazing trip.

All of the ports were great. I was disappointed with how they handled a river in Belize making it impossible to get to our Xunantunich excursion. They waited to tell us it had to be canceled after riding an early morning tender over, right before boarding the bus. Options were take their offer of full price transfer to another site 2 hrs away (but not the amazing xunantunich ruins) or head back to the ship. If they had told us earlier we could have slept in a bit and done one of the other ruins excursions or another excursion all together. We still had fun, but disappointed in how that was handled.

Be sure no matter what you do that you do some excursion (carnival or private) where you visit sting ray city in the grand cayman. Yes it was crowded...but you HAVE to visit. That was an amazing experience that you will treasure.

The boat is a little cheesy in decor, but who cares. The staff is amazing and this was a truly awesome trip.
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Extended Balcony
Cabin 8J 5117
Bathroom was small, but what cruise bathroom isn’t. Room was spacious, balcony was awesome.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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