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Carnival Miracle Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by kattee817

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2011
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

I thoroughly enjoyed my very first cruise. Carnival staff was very helpful and friendly and there were plenty of activities to keep you busy throughout the day and night. I even enjoyed the nightly shows even though that type of entertainment has never been my cup of tea.

Our cabin was always well maintained and was practically sound proof. The only noise I heard was the occasional shifting of chairs or table on the balcony. The bedding was soft and inviting helping me sleep like a baby.

The food on the buffet was never as hot as I prefer, but the food choices were pretty good. Dinners served in the dining room mirrored the ones served at the buffet, but the quality of the food served in the dining room was much better. I had 6 dinners in the dining room and 2 in the buffet. Breakfasts were okay. The bread, pancakes, waffles or french toast were never hot enough to melt butter and the scrambled eggs were really egg substitute. I am sure they used real eggs at the omelet stations, but I'm not one to wait in line for food :) My favorite meal at the buffet was the various grilled panini. My favorite meals in the dining room were the NY strip and the gourmet burger. While the yummiest dessert was the white chocolate bread pudding. The signature warm chocolate melting cake was a bit too rich and sweet for me so I only had it once.

We chose not to purchase Carnival excursions because they seemed to be overpriced. We paid less than half of the cost for our island tours and those on the Carnival excursions often pulled up along side us at the same points of interests.

Overall, my experience was fantastic. I look forward to many more cruises in the future. You just can't beat the value.


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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin 8A 4210

Bathrooms were smaller than expected, but that just meant that two people couldn't share it at the same time. Fortunately there's a vanity outside the bathroom for hair, make-up, etc.

Three closets with an adequate amount of hangers and detachable rods.

The balcony offered complete privacy.

Absolutely no noise could be heard from our neighbors or in the hallway.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

St. Maarten

We took an island tour in a taxi/van with about 6 other people. Our driver was very funny and informative and he gave us plenty of time to site-see and shop on our own. The island was beautiful and the vendors weren't too aggressive.

St. Lucia

This was my least favorite port probably because our driver had a little less personality as the one in St. Maarten. He was very quiet, not very informative and didn't really show us anything of interest. Unfortunately, we were only able to view the Pitons from afar. The vendors that we encountered we pretty aggressive.

We would like to visit St. Lucia again in the future and will explore our options for more thorough excursions.

Our driver, Dell, gave us a great tour. He was lively, funny and very informative. St. Kitts is a beautiful island.

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