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Cruise Planning: 30 Days Before Your Cruise - What to Do | CarnivalMiracle | Cruising With Kids

This post is part of a sponsored series of collaborations I am doing with Carnival.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I have just about hit that big 3-0 in my "days to cruising" countdown on the Carnival website.  Things are starting to get real now.  If you are at the 30-day countdown, too, congrats!  Here are some cruise planning tips and what you should have done by now.  You'll also find what you need to do before our next planning checkpoint (15 days).  Cruising with kids?  Stay tuned for my next article.


What To Do 30 Days Prior to a Cruise

  • If you haven't done so already, make sure you book SHORE EXCURSIONS a.s.a.p.  These book up quickly and you don't want to miss out on that 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to swim with the dolphins.
  • Complete online check-in.  By doing this early, you are taking care of one more item on your to-do list.  You can print boarding passes and bag tags at this time, as well.
  • Verify your check-in time, dining time and stateroom preferences (bed arrangement).
  • Pre-register the kids for the YOUTH PROGRAM.
  • If you haven't already done so, set-up your onboard spending account.
  • Prepay gratuities - Call Carnival at 800 764-7419
  • Book any spa treatments or special deliveries (chocolate covered strawberries, wine, etc).

    Packing:
    • Make sure your luggage is in working order and you have enough for the whole family.
    • If traveling with kids, make sure their swimsuits fit and make sure they have enough clothing for the climate you will be traveling to.
    • Start gathering travel-sized products.

    Optional:

    Happy planning!!

    About the Carnival Miracle

    The 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle, which is currently sailing eight-day Caribbean cruises from New York will reposition to the West Coast in March 2013 to operate voyages to the Mexican Riviera, Alaska and Hawaii.

    In addition to a diversity of “themed” lounges, bars and nightspots, Carnival Miracle features myriad full-service and casual dining choices, an on-board health and fitness facility, supervised programs for children, teens and ‘tweens, and a golf program offering golf excursions and personalized lessons.


    PUBLIC ROOMS AND AREAS

    Carnival Miracle features a variety of dramatic public spaces that are Inspired by characters from novels, songs, poems, myths, movies and Broadway. These “fabulous fictional icons” were chosen for their styles that evoke a different mood in each of the Carnival Miracle’s public areas and rooms. Venues include Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab, a two-level dance club patterned after the legendary creature and his creator; the Mad Hatter’s Ball, a show lounge that pays homage to the playful Alice in Wonderland character; and the Phantom Theater, which resembles the Paris Opera House, where much of the famous Broadway musical takes place. Other rooms include Sam’s, inspired by the watering hole in the classic film Casablanca; the Raven Library, patterned after the classic Edgar Allen Poe novel; and the Gotham Lounge, which takes its cue from the metropolis made famous in the popular Batman comic books.


    DINING OPTIONS

    Dining is considered by many to be the highlight of a “Fun Ship” cruise and Carnival Miracle offers a wide variety of delectable formal and casual choices to suit any mood or taste.

    In addition to the full-service two-level Bacchus dining room featuring extensive menus and wine lists, Carnival Miracle includes Horatio’s, a casual poolside eatery offering full breakfast and lunch buffets, a 24-hour pizzeria, a New York-style deli, and Asian and American specialty areas. Carnival Miracle also houses Nick & Nora’s, a classic American steakhouse. Vegetarian, children’s and health-conscious menu selections are also featured on all dining room menus. A sushi bar, patisserie and complimentary 24-hour stateroom service will also be available.


    ON-BOARD PROGRAMS

    ‘CAMP CARNIVAL,’ ‘CIRCLE C,’ ‘CLUB O2’ – Building upon Carnival’s distinction as the family cruise leader carrying 725,000 children annually fleetwide, Carnival Miracle offers organized programs for three different age groups – Camp Carnival for 2- to 11-year-olds, Circle “C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and Club O2 for 15- to 17-year-olds – with supervised activities and expansive, modern facilities for each group. Carnival Miracle also houses four swimming pools, including a children’s wading pool and an aft pool with a twisting, turning water slide.


    HEALTH AND FITNESS FACILITY

    Fitness has become an important part of everyday life and guests sailing on Carnival Miracle can take advantage of the ship’s 14,500-square-foot Spa Carnival, which features exercise equipment, a gymnasium, and body and facial treatments, including a number of exotic “European-style” therapies. A salon offering a variety of hair, nail and make-up services are available, as well.


    SPACIOUS ACCOMODATIONS

    Eighty percent of the Carnival Miracle staterooms offer a balcony or ocean view- perfect for scenic Caribbean cruising. As part of Carnival’s fleetwide stateroom amenities, all of the Carnival Miracle’s staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and duvet covers, fluffy pillows and high quality sheets and linens. All accommodations include terrycloth bathrobes and all staterooms offer in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women.


    INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE

    Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Miracle offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.


    Happy cruise planning!  If you are traveling with kids this cruise, keep a lookout for some awesome kid-friendly Carnival activities that I will be sharing.


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