Hi just a short review about our wonderfully cruise on the Carnival Miracle.This was our 2nd time on the Miracle and 9th time on Carnival and 76th over all cruise !!
First off we had the best weather the hole week it was an 8 day round trip cruise from NYC in October .So you never know what the weather will be like ! First off we live in NJ on the other side of the river from the piers in NYC where the Miracle was docked .So we took the ferry over and back ! We left the house in NJ and was on the ship in about 35 min.great connections with the ferry ! We were on the ship by 12:30pm.The really great thing was no flying out of Newark airport !! When we got on the ship the temp was around 80!! Checking in was very fast we got to the ship by 12pm !! The cabins were not ready so we when up to the cafe for lunch it was very good a little crowed being the first day but who's cares your looking forward to a great week of cruising! After lunch we walked around the ship she"s in great shape .As good as she looked from the first time we cruised on her back in summer of 05 !
That"s a cruise we will always remember being in was during hurricane Katina..That wasn"t so great .But the last night of that cruise the Captain told us we could n make it back to Tampa because Katrina at that time look like it was going to hit Tampa Katina took up the hole gulf !! So the Captain took us to Ft louder-dale instead !! Carnival handle everything great they had buses wanting for us in Fl louder dale for the ride back to Tamps It was a 4 hour ride and they gave us lunch at a bus stop on the way to Tampa and drinks on the bus ie water or soda ! Outside of that it was another great Carnival cruise.
First off we love the Sprite class of Carnival ships in all Carnival brands bin on them all !! Just the right size and a lot less crowed then the bigger Carnivals ships we been on .The ship has 3 pool ares so you don"t have to rush up in the morning to get a seat by the pool we always sat be the pool on our 4 sea days! And there are a lot less long lines on this ship then we found on the Carnival Freedom last year !Witch was also a great cruise !
The food for the week was very good .We had dinner one night at the stack house for our 32 wedding anniversary just great not to be missed the best meal of the week great service !! Having dinner there was like it use to be on the cruises every night for dinner we took when we first started cruising back in 1981 !!
The shows for the week were very good cruise like shows .But Ticket to ride was the best one .We saw it last year on the Freedom also ! The service was never lacking the hold cruise .Our cabin attendants were the best and we had anytime dinning witch like on the Freedom last year .It turned out to be just what we wanted it was great service .We never waited more the 10 mins. for a table for two !!
We had a great cabin on deck 4 we got bumped up from an mim. inside cabin to this one .It had french doors you could open up with a railing .But right outside the doors were a life boat !! But we could see the ocean and it seem to be a bigger cabin !!
This cruise was an 8 day cruise first 2 day were at seas then Grand Turk and Half moon cay and Nassau ! And 2 days back to NYC ! Loved the ports I love sea day"s so this cruise was great for me .My wife would have like one more port day ! I think it should have been an 9 day cruise so we could have called at Key West as a port day also .It would have fit right in with this cruise !! In Grand Turk we;v been there many times on other cruises !! It"s s one of my wife's favorite port of call ! We spent the day by the pool at Margareta villi and i use the beach also .It was a little over cast that day ! That was OK it was very hot there !! Love that pool and swim up bar not to be missed if you go there .A great beach also. It"s a flat island kinda like Grand Cayman ! We had a ball there !! Then the next port was Half Moon Cay ! We have been there 4 times on Holland American Line .We were on a Veendam cruise that made the first ever call there ! It was very funny being on a Carnival ship at Half Moon Cay .You see Carnival owns HAL !! What can i say we love this island .Maybe one of the best out islands any cruise line owns and we have been to all of them ! We spend another great day on the beach !! You tender there ! Then the next port was Nassau i think this was the 15th time we have cruised to Nassau I like it a lot .But this time we spent the day with lunch at Atlantis !! Most times when we are in Nassau on other cruises it high season so we never go there it"s just so crowed !! But this being off season they drop the price $25 per person and ie was n crowed at all !! What a great way to spend the day ! And we had the best fish and chips for lunch made fresh! Then 2 days back to NYC .
The weather was great both days we sat by the pool the 2 days !!
The only 2 things we din"t like about our cruise was they no longer have live music by the pool just a DJ .We love the Calypso bands playing by the pool! And the sail away was lacking a lot, unlike the sail a ways on other Carnival cruise we have been on !! And they don"t have any deck chairs on the almost wrap around promenade deck !! We love seating there around 5 or 6 pm listing to the seas go by and watching the sun setting and just relax before we have to get ready for dinner .And it very quit there !! That all being said it was another great cruise ! This cruise was giving to us by our 2 boys 20 & 22 they gave us everything dinner at the stack house room decorations flowers for my wife and an Bonn Voyage package with bottle of champain 2 champain glass"s 2 Carnival 2 tea shirts 2 Carnival towels and 2 sun visas and 12 drink coupons ! This cruise was for our 32nd wedding anniversary .It was just what we wanted CARNIVAL STILL HAS THE FUN !! Now we have to wait until next august as we will be doing back to back cruises on the new Carnival Breeze and Royal Caribbeans Allure of the Seas !! 14 days it just the right time for us on our cruises .And we like doing B to B cruises on to different lines and ships in 2 weeks .The next week will always be different from the first week witch we love doing !
Hope you enjoy our cruise on the Carnival Miracle .