FANTASTIC!!

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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8 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 26, 2012
Ship: Carnival Miracle
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 5 years ago
What can I say. The Miracle and its staff are wonderful. The food is amazing and never ending! It would be unfair for me to rate Nick and Noras steakhouse as I didnt eat there for an extra $30.00 a person... BUT, Why would anyone waste the $$ to go there??!! The food in the main dining room was delicious, only one item wasnt a hit - meatloaf- not so good, but ya know what... order something else! The wait staff is more than happy and willing to bring you anything you want. There are plenty of activities for all ages. Our 12 and 14 yr old boys wanted to stay anohter week. We saw them at breakfast and dinner, the rest of the day they were out roaming the ship with the tons of other kids in the \"circle C\" camp.
Only complaint is the pool size, there are 2 main pools which are small. They are always packed and its a little tough to enjoy.
Our 2 yr old had fun in the pool. - beware-- on the first day or two they enforce the no swim diaper rule. After that no one even checks any more. Basically any kid who isnt potty trained isnt allowed in the pool, even with a swim diaper. So play their game, swim diaper off and they are allowed in - doesnt make much sense, but I dont make the rules. Our 4 yr old loved all the activities but had no interest in the camp, which is fine, he stayed with us all the time.
If you have teens, get the \"soda card\" its worth it. Only free drinks are , iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. At breakfast you can get juices and milk free. Drinks onboard are reasonable, on par with going out to a bar. They are usually generous with the alcohol they put in the drinks!
They do a great job getting everyone off of the ship at the ports and for final disembarkation. One hint, dont try to be the first off of the ship. Just wait 20 mins after they start to disembark and you will get right off, otherwise you will be standing and waiiting.
One thing that bothered my wife was the smoking. Although there are designated areas

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
menu in the dining room is different every night with a nice varity. Ambiance was great. Very nicely decorated.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
If you are bored\, you must not be breathing. The shows were great! The comedians are funny\, they have the family friendly and the 18+ shows. See them both. They do the comedy brunch every morning\, its not a full show or anything like that\, just a comedian walks around for 5 mins. No biggie\, just a little something to help get your day started.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
teens had a great time. 2-4 yr olds weren't very interested\, from what I saw it seems like just sending the young ones to a day care. Watch a few movies\, play with some toys. Nothing special\, but I only had my kids there for 2 hrs one day\, so they didn't take advantage of the planned activities for the little ones.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone on the shipis more than willing to do whatever it takes to make you happy\, from the head waiter to the guys scrubbing the deck. A++

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Always clean\, easy to navigate after the first day. Big bonus is they give you a pocket size ship map and everyday a pocket size activity sched.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
unless you book a suite\, the rooms are small\, but you are on a ship! Go to the room\, sleep\, shower and get back out. For those with young kids who still nap. Do yourself a favor and spend the few extra $$ for a balcony room\, for the extra $200 or whatever it might be\, it is well worth it to have somewhere to go and sit/read/eat whatever while jr is napping.

Pros: The staff and the food!

Cons: pool size

Recommends Carnival Miracle? Yes!

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