Relaxing On the Pacific with Carnival

Out ahead: nothing but open ocean. This has been one of the calmer voyages north; traditionally, the last sea days on a Mexican Riviera voyage can be pretty bumpy as you head north against the current and, quite frequently, the prevailing winds that blow from the north down. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Out ahead: nothing but open ocean. This has been one of the calmer voyages north; traditionally, the last sea days on a Mexican Riviera voyage can be pretty bumpy as you head north against the current and, quite frequently, the prevailing winds that blow from the north down. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It’s a gorgeous, sunny day at sea here aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle as we cruise the Pacific Ocean, set on a course for Long Beach, California after nearly a solid week in the beautiful Mexican Riviera.

But it’s not just my “classic” Mexican Riviera itinerary that Carnival offers aboard Carnival Miracle. The line also offers two other itineraries: a six-night sailing that includes stops in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta; a weeklong voyage that includes two days in Cabo San Lucas and a stop in Puerto Vallarta; and an alternate weeklong sailing that includes an overnight stay in Puerto Vallarta, along with a call on Cabo San Lucas.

Cruising the Pacific Ocean on a gorgeous afternoon! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Cruising the Pacific Ocean on a gorgeous afternoon! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The latter seems particularly attractive, as it would allow guests to experience Puerto Vallarta’s legendary nightlife and enjoy additional excursions the following day. There’s much to see and do in this vibrant Mexican city; moreso, I’d reckon, than many of the country’s port cities on the Caribbean side.

The itinerary featuring two days in Cabo is also attractive, though it’s important to note that because this is a tender port, Carnival Miracle will have to weigh anchor in the evening and proceed offshore overnight, returning to anchor early the next morning for tender operations to resume.

This afternoon, I made time to kick back and relax with a book at Serenity. Located on the aft end of Deck 9, Serenity is only for guests 21 and over. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

This afternoon, I made time to kick back and relax with a book at Serenity. Located on the aft end of Deck 9, Serenity is only for guests 21 and over. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Serenity also features plush loungers, a dedicated swimming pool, hot tub, and what I consider to be the best views on the ships. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Serenity also features plush loungers, a dedicated swimming pool, hot tub, and what I consider to be the best views on the ships. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Did I mention it’s quiet? No running kids! Open from 8:00am until Midnight. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Did I mention it’s quiet? No running kids! Open from 8:00am until Midnight. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Carnival also offers shorter West Coast sailings that “dip” their collective toes into the northernmost tip of Mexico. Three night sailings calling on Ensenada depart on Fridays from Long Beach aboard the smaller, 2,056-guest Carnival Imagination; while four night sailings that call on Ensenada and Catalina Island depart roundtrip from Long Beach on Mondays.

Here onboard the Carnival Miracle, I tested out the Salon at Spa Carnival this morning. My hair was getting wildly out of control in the heat and humidity here, and stylist Astrid from the Netherlands had me looking (and feeling) better in no time. A Men’s Cut runs $35 from the spa, which is operated by shipboard spa provider, Steiner.

Although smaller than spas on other similarly-sized ships, Spa Carnival aboard the Carnival Miracle has nearly every conceivable treatment you could possibly want. There’s a full menu of facials, massages, exotic treatments like Elemis Aroma Seaweed Wraps and Lime & Ginger Salt glows; anti-cellulite; acupuncture; fitness; salon, nail and waxing services; and even a special “Elemis Grooming Services for Men” menu.

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle continues tomorrow with one last Fun Day At Sea – and a preview of more Live Voyage Adventures to come! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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