Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

A great trip

Sail Date: November 12, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

The Miracle was a great ship. Wonderful rooms, great food, friendly and helpful staff. I highly recommend this ship. Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Costa Maya were great ports. Belize leaves a lot to be desired. If we weren't booked on an excursion, I would not have left the ship. We did a lost canopy zip line tour in Belize which was really fun. Costa Maya does not require any type of excursion. Take a taxi to the town/beach and hang out fo the day or just stay by the port and swim in the pool. A nice relaxing port. Be sure to bring your own sunscreen, the ship doesn't have anything over spf 4. Overall a fabulous cruise!

Pros: beautiful ship

Cons: Belize; ship doesn't carry sunscreen

Recommends Carnival Miracle? Yes!

Entertainment
The entertainment was good. Mostly a lot of comedians, all of whom were great. They did hire a sword swallower one night who was terrible. I doubt if he'll be back.
Ship Quality
The ship is clean and new. The rooms were good size. I recommend a balcony room. They are worth it! I never felt crowded on this ship. The ship is decorated to the nines and there are alot of public hang out areas.
Food and Dining
Food was wonderful and there was a ton of it. You will not go hungry on the Miracle. I did not eat in Nick & Noras, the upgraded dinng room. At $30 per person I thought it was a bit too expensive, especially because the food in the regular dining room was great.
Cabin / Stateroom
We booked a balcony stateroom and were upgraded to a suite. It was beauitful. Larger than a regular balcony room and decorated a bit more lavishly. Even a regular balcony rrom is good size and comfortable. The balcony was totally worth it.
Service and Staff
The staff was nice and helpful.
George Town, Grand Cayman
We did a snorkelling excursion that went ten feet from the ship. But it was only $40. If you like to snorkel, bring your own stuff and just watch were the boats are and walk over to the beach/reef.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
This was my favorite port. People were very nice and the area is quite pretty. Not sure how long it will last as they are doing a lot of building. No need for an excursion. The port area has a free pool to hang out at or you can take a cab into town and sit on the beach. Nice port, very relaxing.
Belize City, Belize
This is a thrid world country. Do an excursion or stay on the ship. It is a rundown country. the minimum wage for Belizeans is $7 per week. Not sure who is getting rich from the cruiseships but its not the people. That said, the people seemed nice and were more than willing to talk about their country. The lost canopy zipline tour was alot of fun and worth the 1 hour bumpy bus ride to get there.
Cozumel, Mexico
Mostly we shopped and spend the afternoon at Chakanaab (sp?) park. Taxi to shopping is $6 and to Chakanaab is $10. Everyone speaks english and getting around is really easy. Vendors are pushy, just ignore them. Don't let them gulty you into going into a store if you don't want to. Cozumel got hit really hard by hurrican Wilma and they are still recovering. Chakanaab park is up and running but is a far cry from its former glory. It is still worth going to hang out on the beach or to see the dolphins. The reef is barely there and it will be several years before it comes back. Chananaab is a nice break from the crowds and the pushy vendors in town.


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