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Dec 6th, 2014, 03:57 PM
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Carnival Miracle from LA to Mexico?

We have never be on a cruise before, and we are contemplating taking a seven-day cruise on Carnival Miracle from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Do you have any experience with this ship and cruise line that would help us in deciding whether this is a good way for us to spend our travel money and time? (We have been to PV but not Cabo.)

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Dec 9th, 2014, 08:16 PM
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All cruises are definitely not created equal. Every cruise line has an image and even within a line, different ships have different images. Some ships are more sedate with an older clientele. Others offer louder bands and music. Many offer great kid's programs and appeal to families, and may seem more crowded at pools, etc. Short 3\4 day cruises may have a more party atmosphere. Long cruises will have more older people who can take longer breaks. Some people cruise just for the ship experience. Others cruise for the itinerary. Different size ships and different designs on the ship will affect your experience.

We love cruising, but do not expect it to replace intense land sight seeing, or staying in one place and getting to know it. For us it is an easy way to relax, a cheap way to vacation with family, and a good way to see a few sights.

Ships we have choosen for particular reasons:

Princess - for the beautiful ships, especially those with round the ship promanades for walking and watching sunsets, etc., good entertainment, not terribly loud, good value for price, great crew.

NCL - for great kid's program, excellent food, unusual entertainment, affordable to take the family.

Celebrity - for the itineraries to archeological sites we want to see.

Carnival looks like a good value for the money, and some great itineraries, but one thing has kept us from using them - many observations that music and entertainment was extremely loud everywhere. Smoking also seems to be at least a minor issue, but it is a big issue for someone with asthma.

Especially for a first cruise, pick very carefully.
Are you happy only with super luxury or ok with Holiday Inn level comfort? I am happy just to have someone else cooking, and cleaning my cabin, so enjoy any vacation. Only you know what will bother you and what won't, and what you will enjoy or not. What is important - pools, food, itinerary, entertainment, fellow passengers?

Go to cruisecritic.com
They have reviews of every ship and every itinerary, both by cruisers and professional critics. They cover the design of the ship, cabins, food, service, itineraries, entertainment and even impressions of the average cruiser on that ship.

Once you have selected a cruise, join the roll call for your cruise (on cruisecritic) and meet up with other cruisers before you go so you can join or create excursions in small groups rather than taking the expensive ships's excursions.

If you have not been to the vacationstogo web site, it is also handy for seeing much of what is available.
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Dec 10th, 2014, 04:21 AM
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Sassafrass has posted some very good information. Cruise Critic is a very important website & offers a plethora of info.
and do join the roll call for whatever cruise you decide. Exchanging info w/other pax BEFORE you sail will upgrade your comfort & knowledge level.
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Dec 10th, 2014, 03:42 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. We opted for Hawaii in February but we may be up to experimenting with a cruise in March.

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