Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruise Lines
Ship: Carnival Miracle
This cruise was a back to back on Carnival Glory. We had already done a 10 night cruise from Miami to San Juan, and this was the next leg...San Juan to Miami. The itinerary was why we chose this cruise. We went all the way down to Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, 3 islands we had never visited. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and had many new experiences at each port.
The cruise was a Journeys cruise, so extra things going on onboard the ship. The only complaint we had was that the entertainment didn't change on the two back to back cruises. So all the shows and movies were the same. They did bring in different comedians, but that was it. Even the Journeys activities were the same again. That was disappointing.
Overall, spending 21 nights on the same ship was okay. But because of the issues with repeated entertainment, we've decided to take one cruise, then change to a different ship or cruiseline for the 2nd cruise, rather than stay on the same ship. It may mean having to overnight in port one night, as we've done in the past, but that's okay. We may find a cruise we'd like that is going out the same day we return to port. It will just make for a more interesting trip with not having to repeat the entertainment.
Also, we were very disappointed with Carnival's All American menu in the main dining room. It is boring, nothing special at all. It's like any menu in a family restaurant at home. Very, very disappointing! We usually choose Carnival as our main cruise line. However, the food is an important part of the cruise experience so we are going to check out some different cruise lines for our next cruise.
This was our first B2B cruise on the same ship. Miami weather was cold when we arrived 2 days before the cruise. There was a cold front on the East Coast that was causing a lot of problems for people travelling with airports being closed d due to the weather. The 1st couple days of the cruise we had rain off and on. But it got better and we enjoyed some sunshine and fine weather.
There were a lot if extra activities happening on the ship with it being a Journeys cruises. We especially enjoyed the Midnight Gala Buffet. It was as amazing to see the intricately carved fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats! Wow!!!
We enjoyed several movie nights under the stars although for some reason the film kept stopping at the 2 hour mark on the movies and we had to wait for it to be rewound. One time they missed part of the movie because they didn't rewind far enough. :( The shows were good and the special actuvitues as part of Journeys were fun, although we didn't attend all of them. They had some very good musicians playing '80s songs., too.
The itinerary was great. We had one new Island, Antigua, but all the rest except for Martinique are favourites.
The All American menu, our first time experiencing it, was very, very disappointing! Limited choices, and boring. It's no different than an average family style restaurant menu at home. As the dining experience is a big part of our cruise enjoyment, we were quite disappointed. So much so we are going to check out other cruise lines for future cruises.
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