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David landovsky

Age: 47

Occupation:hotel guest services

Number of Cruises: 17

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Miracle

Sailing Date: 2011-03-29

Itinerary: southern caribbean

While our last experience in 2006 on the carnival Elation was less then lousy, we prepared for a similar experience this time on the Miracle. To our surprise, the ship was fantastic!! Traveling with 2 children, Carnival was my first choice because of the Camp Carnival programs which I find to be the best at sea. My first real surprise was the first night at dinner. Our Waiter was very friendly, the food better than Holland America. Then each meal after that no matter where you ate was fantastic.

The Baccus dining room was perfect ever night. Horatio's resturant on deck 9 rear was great for breakfast and lunch. Lots to choose from.

We had room 4179, a balcony room which was about mid ship. The four of us had plenty of room. The couch converts to a bed, and folds out of the ceiling for a bunk. Closet space was large 3 in total, with shelving in one. Bathroom was average as in most ships. We spent every evening on the balcony after the kids went to sleep. Well worth the price for a balcony. Will never get a window room again. Only balcony rooms from here on.

The kids club provided plenty of activities for our children. We are sun worshipers, and this let us relax during the three sea days this itinerary had. The shows were average, nothing special. Pool games were geared for young adults to teenagers. Our cruise mainly consisted of middle age couples to families.

Our only excursion was on Grand Turk. We took the Gibbs cay Sting Ray adventure which we did last time we were there. You go to a small little barren island where sting rays swim all over. You get snorkle too. Very beautiful. I always find my own way around each port by doing my homework at each location. For example, at Curacao, we took a cab to Mambo beach about four miles away. The ship offered this same beach as an excursion for $49 per person. We paid $15 for a cab each way, plus $3 admission onto Mambo beach. So for four of us it cost only $42 instead of the $196 it would have costed if we booked it on board.

The 8 day itinerary was perfect. Only rained in Curacao. My only complaint was that the top deck always was closed for heavy wind during time at sea. The design of the ship was flawed in this respect that most ships have built in wind deflectors in the design. I have been on 17 cruises, and this one was the windiest. When the top deck was closed, this forced everyone to be piled on top of one another, plus shortages of lounge chairs.

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