Carnival is not the same: Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by dancingterry
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Carnival is not the same
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
I was with a group who love to dance-real couples dancing-some call Ballroom dancing. On other Carnival cruises, there was always at least one truly talented band which played all kinds of music, on a nice dance floor, every night. We had a blast dancing to every decade of music from the Big Band Era to current music, all played just like the original artists. This time, they had the huge brass jazz band which was set up on the actual dance floor by the dining room, leaving no place to dance but the busy corridor on the way to the elevators and dining room. Most of their music was not danceable anyway, and being raucous, discordant, LOUD jazz, really wasn't listening music, either. In the atrium, every other night was a man who sang to a synthesizer who was very good-but it was only every other night, and the atrium dance floor was constantly traversed by people crossing to the other side, making it challenging not to run into them. The alternating nights had a ballad singer who knew only how to strum his guitar-with the same monotonous pattern no matter what the song-at a volume which did not make up for his lack of skill-better to play quietly when you are not so good! And, it was not dance music either. Finally, we found a good band on the last night in one of the side bars that was talented. However, they played at a volume of about 120 decibles, so loud it was actually painful. In order to talk to someone you had to be within 18 " and YELL at them. We complained, and were told by customer service that the reason for the change in entertainment was that Carnival did market research, and found that they make most of their money on the drinkers-the BIG drinkers-you know, the ones you see puking in the halls and having to be helped off the tenders?!! So, they don't provide much dancing anymore, 'cuz the drinkers are too drunk to dance anyway-and probably too drunk to tell if it's actually music-so why waste money on good musicians?!!!
(Carnival, I hope you are paying attention!) The cruise director came in and asked the band to turn it down, which they did, about 2 decibles. Music that is so loud that it hurts causes permanent damage to your hearing-they are really flirting with class action lawsuits.
Then, we went to one those educational seminars on helping your back-and we purchased some shoe inserts, based upon the assurance that if they did not help we could bring them back at the end of the cruise-which we did. They took them back, but not without an argument, and very ungraciously...but we still have not received a credit for them.
When we arrived at our first stop, they had us get numbers for the tenders, and the theory was, we waited until our number was called, and this would cut down on the lines. It was mass confusion and a huge mess-the line wrapped through cabin halls, up stair ways, and across elevator halls. It took us over 30 minutes to get off. So many complained that the next day, it was just go as you please-which worked out a lot better-just a line of dozen people or more.
Another thing we learned-take your luggage on board yourself, and then disembarkation is much quicker-no searching for your bags through thousands of others, you don't have to have them all packed and outside the night before, so no worries about an overnight case for essentials. . Since the government was shut down, there was no customs to go through! We just walked right off with no worries, no lines! Less
Cabin was fine, bed was wonderful! Had no issues at all. The crew members were wonderfully helpful and efficient.