Five days over to Hawaii, five days there, visiting four islands, and five sea days back. The ideal cruise for me.
Embarkation in Long Beach was a little confused, The pier people seemed unsure of how to treat the "Platinum" cruisers since most of the passengers were Platinum, that is frequent Carnival cruisers, but once it got underway, the embarkation procedure was quick.
The ship itself has been spared much of the stereotypical Carnival "Vegas neon" glitz. The decoration theme seemed to be literature and paintings of Rubenesque nudes in the Classical style. The Lido was named Horatio's and reflected the Hornblower novels. Large drawings of literary figures were displayed in the cabin area hallways. The public rooms also reflected the literary theme.
There were major shows twice a night and everyone seemed happy with the m. I didn't see any except one of the several comedians on board. They were good- that had family and adults only shows.
The trip over to Hawaii was a bit rough, but most of the passengers were experienced cruisers. There didn't seem to be many seasick persons.
Dining was the traditional scheduled meal times with assigned tables- that's the way I like it. You could also do the "freestyle" system if you wanted to . The food was very good with all the usual- escargot, duck, lobster, veal and steak. There was one menu of comfort food each day and one unique menu each night. Brunch served on at-sea days was excellent, with open seating.
The Nick and Nora premium steakhouse charged $35 each but it was very good- well worth the premium.
Hawaii was beautiful and the ship offered a number of interesting shore excursions. We went on three and found them well handled by competent and entertaining staff. We didn't get to complete our visit to Kona, because the seas were too choppy to run the lifeboat tenders. Excursion tickets were refunded automatically. There was no other compensation for the missed port.
On the sea days there was no shortage of things to do. We played several Trivia sessions and came home with nine of the Carnival trophy- the "ship-on-a-stick" Much coveted as well as two medals on a ribbon for various wins. The game and activity staff was very good.
There was a very good enrichment program featuring an expert on Hawaiian culture and lore, flora and fauna and especially whales. We saw several whales off Maui.
The service staff was flawless in their work, especially the wait staff and bar servers.
The cabin stewards were efficient and friendly.
Cabins on Miracle are pretty spacious. We had an ocean-view on the No. 1, Riviera deck, but since the entertainment decks are No 2 and 3, we had a bit of music come thru our ceiling from the Jazz club above. It didn't last long as the elderly cruisers turned in pretty early, usually.
Disembarkation was smooth and more orderly.
All in all a nice cruise.