This was our 5th cruise with Carnival. We had sailed on the Legend before and loved our suite, so booked the same cabin on the Miracle. We actually liked the Miracle better than the Legend--the decor was more to our taste. The dining room was the only area we thought was too much. We flew into Orlando 4 days before our cruise, and drove our rental car down the morning of the cruise. We used Thrifty and were very happy with their service. They had a shuttle to take us to the pier, even though when I called their 800 prior to travel they insisted shuttle service was not available.
Our suite was wonderful! We love having the space and the wraparound balcony. Ariel and Novi took such good care of us. The extra benefit of having VIP check-in is just the icing on the cake! We were told that even though our cabin wouldn't be ready till 1:30 to feel free to put our carry on bags in the cabin before heading to lunch. Made for a much easier time in the buffet area!
We chose traditional, early dining. That meant that we were on the lower level of the dining room. Noticed on the formal nights that the passengers in the traditional dining were much more dressed up than those we saw heading into the anytime dining. Just an observation. Our wait staff of Bosco and Jay were great! And Jay's dancing during 'Showtime' was fabulous!! They made our dining experience so much fun. As did our new friends at our table, from Maine and Toronto!
We chose to do very few activities this sailing. The one we did do was the Food and Wine Pairing. It was held in Nick & Nora's in the afternoon. The cost was $15 pp and we felt it was well worth it. We sampled 5 wines (generous pours) and had a plate full of different foods to try with them. It was really an interesting class!
We attended most of the evening shows. Our favorites were the ventriloquist and Ticket to Ride. We also went to several of the comedy club shows. They were crowded, but good.
My husband enjoyed the casino, winning $600 one afternoon on a 2 penny machine. He always seems to win when I am not with him!
Disembarkation was a breeze. Had a nice breakfast in the dining room before heading to one of the public areas and only waited maybe 15 minutes before our number was called. Again, having a low number is a benefit of having a suite. We were spending a couple more days in Flordia before heading home, so got a car from Budget. They had a shuttle at the pier and made it very easy for us.
We loved this cruise for the combination of 3 ports and 4 full days at sea. I love the relaxation of sea days.
The ship was well maintained. The walk-in closet was a great plus in our cabin. As was the dressing room. The biggest problem with this cabin is that it spoils you for anything smaller!
We set up a car rental in advance as we had vacationed in St Maarten previously and wanted to visit places we had been to before. We used Coastal Car Rental, booked them online. We were very happy with their service and vehicle. After our sightseeing we ended up at Orient Beach for some sun and lunch. Ate at Kakao Beach Bar. The food and drinks were great. We used their chairs and umbrella--$10pp. It was a nice relaxing afternoon and an easy drive back to the port. Their is a gas station right outside the port area to refuel our car.
This was the one port where we booked a ship's shore excursion. We went on the Catamaran trip to the Pitons. It was beginning to rain as we boarded the catamaran, but it didn't last long. We were going to get wet when we went swimming anyway, so we weren't too concerned! We loved the views we got of St Lucia! We were served water or soft drinks the first half of the trip. We stopped for a swim in a cove. If you brought snorkel equipment along you could snorkel too, but it wasn't provided for you. We just went swimming and walked along the shore a bit. A few vendors tied up to the catamaran and made a few sales, but it wasn't too bad. The trip back to the port was such fun! Rum punch, beer and soft drinks were served as well as small sandwiches. The music played and the crew did a great job getting most everyone up to dance! We would recommend this shore excursion for sure!
We booked online with Beulah and were very happy with our excursion! Our driver was Delaney, and he was so knowledgeable! He happily answered all of our many questions and handled the driving very expertly! We were happy to be in an air conditioned van (there were 11 of us in our group), which also kept us dry during the off and on rain showers. We did an entire loop of the island and I feel we saw a very complete picture of St Kitts! Upon return to the port area we had a great lunch on our own. Of course, I can't remember the name of the restaurant.View All 293 Island tour Reviews