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Shana Hawkins

Age: 18

Occupation:Student

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Miracle

Sailing Date: April 25th, 2004

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Shana Hawkins


Just this last week, my family and I sailed on the beautiful Carnival Miracle. This spacious boat created a home for us while on our 7 day cruise to the Bahamas. We stayed in room 1196 on the first floor with a window. This was my first cruise and it couldn't be more perfect. There were glass elevators that took you from the 2nd to the 9th floor, as well as a huge Atrium for guests to meet in. The food was wonderful. You could have anything and everything you would every dream of having. The rooms were very roomy as were the bathrooms. The opportunities aboard this boat were unbelievable. There were activites constantly, including games and shows in the Phantom Theater, dancing in the bars like disco in Dr. Frankenstein's Lab, buffets with more food than you can imagine, and spectacular pools and hot tubs. The casino was very fun and I didn't lose all my money! The shows were awesome. The dancers put on a tribute to the Beatles that was great! They did an outstanding job all together.

The service everywhere on the ship was excellent. Not only were the staff friendly, but all the people in general. Our cruise director was Todd Wittmer and he did a fantastic job of lining everything up. He was very organized and unique. His assistants were humorous and very friendly, including my favorite 'lil guy' Karl with a K. He had so much energy the whole time. We sailed out of Baltimore, Maryland on April 25, 2004 to Key West, Florida. We had 2 days on the boat, which were never boring. On the 3rd day, we docked at Key West. My excursion for the day was a tour of the beautiful city and then shopping. On the 4th day, we docked at Nassau on New Providence Island. I then took a boat to the Blue Lagoon for a Swim With The Dolphins. This encounter was the best experience and I recomend it to everyone, no matter what age. That night we went to a deck party on the boat, which was awesome! We danced the night away. Day 5 we found ourselves in Freeport on Grand Bahamas. I was suppose to go snorkeling, but unfortunately due to rough water and high winds my excursion was cancelled. I instead went to Lucayan Beach and laid out in the sun. Not long after that we were off into the Atlantic Ocean for the last time. Day 6 was spent aboard the boat. I played bingo, laid out on the deck and then danced the night away with Karl with a K. The next morning we docked at Baltimore too soon.

Getting off of the ship was like leaving home. I think everyone who goes on a cruise leaves bonded to it and the crew. This cruise was the best vacation I've ever taken and I would recommend it to everyone looking to have a good time without worrying. Carnival Cruise Lines are great and they take care of you. I plan on returning to on of the ships as soon as possible.

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