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Age: 43

Occupation:Cable TV

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Miracle

Sailing Date: December 3rd, 2006

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

We arrived at the port at around 11:30. There were already a lot of people in the lines, but we were still on the ship around 12:15 pm. A word of advice is to carry on only the essential items, as a lot of people were having to sit around until 1:30 before they let you go to your cabins. This port was a lot better than Miami.

We booked an inside cabin because my wife needs total darkness at night to sleep. We were in 7234, on the Veranda deck. There was plenty of room for the 2 of us, but My 2 sons and mother-n-law were in 7230 right next door and it seemed cramped for them. The ship moved a little, but it wasn’t bad at all.

I would say the food in the dining room and Lido Deck was very good. The dining room staff did a very good job at taking care of us. There were 10 all together in our group, and our waitress, Katrina, never complained even though some first timers seemed to run her a lot.

There were different comedians almost every night. The first 2 were great, and the others were good. The shows the staff put on were either fantastic or a bore. There was a juggler 1 night that was amazing. It would have been astonishing on land, much less on a moving ship. All in all, I’d say the shows were great and the cruise director, Chris, did a great job. He is the first director I’ve ever seen actually take part in the shows. The last show, Carnival Legends is a must see….

Grand Cayman:
We all did the City Tour with Max. We found him when we got off the boat and he was great. He has a bus like van that has a wheel chair lift on it. Ask for him if you need a handicap accessible vehicle.

We didn’t get off the boat until after 1pm because of tendering problems. I went online and booked an excursion for the 10 of us, but we lost our deposit because we couldn’t get off the boat. When I asked on the boat, they just said we should have booked an excursion through them and they would of got us off in time!

We stayed around the port area, but did go outside the gates to the shops right around the port. The people were nice right around there, but I would not go walking too far from the port. You can by prescription drugs like 45 crème, which is for skin disease) without the prescription here.

Costa Maya:
This was by far our favorite port. We went to the little fishing village for the day. Went snorkeling for just $10 per person, and my wife had a deep tissue massage on the beach for just $20. Everyone was offering free lounge chairs and umbrellas for the beach, if we would just sit in their section. They all wanted you to come into their shops also. It was a beautiful place. Cannot wait to back here again.

Disembarking: We haven’t ever had a better and easier time getting off a cruise before.

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