8 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Sail Date: June 20, 2007 Ship: Carnival Miracle Cabin Type: Suite Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 10 years ago
A very impressive ship.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
We were disappointed with the food in the Baccus dining room. While the room itself was beautifully decorated the food was too fancy for our liking. While we booked our cruise months in advance and requested the early dinner seating we were assigned the late seating. We did however get a table for 4 as we requested. We tried to change our seating with the maitre'd three times but were denied every time. So instead we opted for the Horatio cafe so we could eat earlier and enjoy the early show. The food at Horatio's was above average with something for everyone. Our teens enjoyed the pizza and ice cream that was available 24 hours a day. While at some peak times it was a lengthy wait to find a place to sit in the dining area.
3 out of 5
The Miracle has two long running shows "Generations" and "Ticket to Ride" that were both excellent. One night featured a comedian that did hypnosis, he was entertaining. The guest talent show was entertaining as well. Our teens became bored with the ship by the third day at sea, not enough activities to satisfy their interests.
1 out of 5
Our teen were disappointed with the lack of activities for their age group.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Can't say enough about the staff overall. Our room steward "T" was the best. Our stateroom was always made up with fresh linens. The dining room staff was friendly and very accommodating.
5 out of 5
The Miracle was exceptionally clean and well laid out.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We booked a guaranteed balcony stateroom but were pleasantly surprised when we found out we were upgraded to a level 11 suite (Empress 6185). It was beautiful! From the granite counters, whirlpool tub, refrigerator, large balcony and down bedding. We never slept so well on any vacation. It was more than large enough to accommodate our family of 4.
This was our favorite port of call. None of us had been here before and we were pleasantly surprised. We opted for the Virgin Island Sailaway. A four-hour excursion costing $65 per person. It was a lovely day for a catamaran ride. We boarded a bus to be driven to the marina where we met the captain of our catamaran. We were taken on an hour long sail out to Norman Island. The seas were very smooth and the views were beautiful. We anchored off the island and were given ample time to snorkel. The snorkeling here was better than we've ever seen. Lots of fish both big and small. After snorkeling we were taken to a private beach for more snorkeling or just kicking back on a lovely beach. The sail back was equally smooth and rum and punch were offered to quench our thirst. The only disappointment was that because the excursion lasted so long we didn't get to shop at Colombian Emeralds International, a must for emerald jewelry.
Don't Miss: Snorkeling & Shopping at Colombian Emeralds International
Our teens picked this excursion. They opted for the Mini Boat Adventure. It was a 4 hours excursion costing $99 per person. While they enjoyed it we felt the snorkeling portion of the excursion was not up to par. We've been to St. Thomas before and would snorkel elsewhere or visit St. John. We had limited time remaining after the boat excursion but did have time to visit Paradise Point. The $17 fee per person for the skyride was well worth it for the views of the harbor. There is a restaurant and a nice nature trail as well as a bird show and small gift shop.
Don't Miss: Snorkeling and shopping
While we had visited this port 20 years ago our teens were interested in the history of San Juan so we took the Old San Juan Walking Tour. It was 2.5 hours long and cost $35 per person. Perhaps too much time was spent at the fort but overall an enjoyable walk with time for shopping at the end.
Don't Miss: Shopping along the streets of Old San Juan
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