Our Trip on the Carnival Miracle was one of the most enjoyable family vacations we have ever had. We are a family of 5 our oldest is 14, and the other two are 7 and 4. They all enjoyed the kids club almost more than they did anything else. In fact it was very hard to drag them away. The fourteen year old had more freedom in his club, because they did activities all over the ship. Since we had a 4 year old we were given a cell phone for use on the ship in case she needed us, which she never did. The nice thing about having the cell phone is that our teenager could call it from phones in side the ship to check in. There is no charge for the cell phone, unless you lose it, plus it doesn't work off of the ship.
A little bit about our background. We traveled by mini van from Ohio a day early so we could get in the warmer weather sooner and hopefully allow extra time for the just in case that might come along. We looked into air fare for all of us and it was going to be around $2,000 so it was much cheaper to do it this way. It only took about 16 hours to get there.
My husband and I have been on 4 cruises 1 of which was with a competitor. Carnival just keeps winning us over with their low prices and wonderful ships. The kids were nubbies to cruising and are life long cruise addicts like us now.
We had two balcony cabins that connected so it was very roomy and it was especially nice having two bath rooms. On the first day we went down to the purser's desk and asked for our balcony divider to be opened up and the next day it was just like they promised. It made for a nice long balcony that gave us plenty of room to spread out. Both rooms were identical except one had the converted couch made into a bed that was kept that way for the whole cruise and was made up like a bed during the day just like the others.
Our first day was at sea and I never felt the ship move. The last two cruises have been out of Miami and the first day both times was really rocky. We had nice weather the whole cruise. Grand Cayman Island was very nice the water was so clear and no one bugged you to buy stuff. Cozumel was fun but completely different. The water was brown and murky up be the beach and people were really aggressive when we were shopping, but a friendly no thank you always worked. Although at one point I needed a restroom and had tip a man standing outside of it to use, that was a first for me. Belize was interesting. We did an exertion to a private island and it was breath taking. But the city was a different story. The tourist area was all gated off and the water around the shore was very dirty. We missed Costa Maya because the waves were too high for us to dock. I was disappointed because I really wanted to go the beach and get one of those $20 messages I had heard about. Oh well maybe next time.
We did have a little excitement one night during dinner we responded to a distress call. It was a sail boat needing gas. This was the same day the waves were so high, people were concerned that it may be dangerous for the crew. It however turned out fine and sail boat went on its way after a short exchange with our boat.
We had early seating which worked out well with the kids. It gave them time to go back to the kids club and play before bed. And it gave mom and dad time to enjoy the adult side of cruising. Speaking of the adult side of things the casino was nice, a little smoky at times but still nice. The location is better on the spirit class because you don't have to walk through it all of the time to get around the ship. Drinks were good especially the pina coladas and they were cheaper than drinking on the island. 4 margaritas in Cozumel cost us $30 on paradise beach. Free entrance to the beach but you pay for it in the drink prices which they insist you consume to use there facilities. The facilities were nice and clean but the water left something to be desired.
Over all we have no complaints and we would go again in minute. I am still going through withdraw from the melting chocolate cake. You must try it if you go.