Introduction We left on the Carnival Miracle on June 12, 2007. Our destination was Eastern Caribbean. This was our first cruise. I can honestly say that I am ignorant and don't know anything about cruising.
Embarkation Our Miracle cruise was an 8 day and 7 nights Eastern Caribbean leaving our NYC. We arrive at 1:30pm at Pier 90 in NYC. A porter with identification, took our luggage. We began to line up as soon as we arrived. It took us maybe 1 1/2 hours before we came up at our designated cabin.
Cabin After getting on the ship, we went to our cabin at around 3pm. The cabin was well done , very neat and well organized. It was an Oceanview cabin on deck 1 (Riviera) toward aft - the front. The cabin has a lot of closets and drawers that could store our luggage. The sheets,linens, towels were all clean and pressed. There was a couch. Also, there was an overhead bunk for kids in the ceiling. This we did not use. Our cabin steward Gloria was from the Philippines. She was very nice and helpful. She made our cabin like we were home. We asked that the fridge be opened. There is a bar inside - that you pay for drinks. There is a hair drier that is in the top right drawer. Thus, don't bring a dryer. Our room was better than we were expecting. It was extremely well prepared. The toilet has a standalone stall shower. There is no tub. But you get used to it, but everything went well every day.
Ship I love the glass elevator. It is so pretty and shiny. At first, the ship layout is confusing. But after a while, you get to know every part of it. On the first floor is the purser and a bar. At the purser you can get some sea sickness pills. It is where you book excursions ashore. The head purser was Aprielle, from the Philippines. She was quite accommodating lady. The formal dining room is the Bacchus located on the second and third deck. The layout is pretty nice. It reminds me of Tuscany in Italy. You must decide whether you want early 6pm or late 8pm dinner. We chose late. For dinner you have a assigned table and designated servers for your entire stay. We were on deck 3. We shared a table with a wonderful couple from the Bronx J & R. Our servers were Veronica, from Lima Peru, and Ivany from Honduras. They were great people.
The buffet was in Horatios which is on the Lido Deck - deck 9. There was a huge selection of food. There was freshly cut fruits. There was cakes and pastries. We had our breakfast at Horatios every morning. I love the omelette. Be sure to remember which side of the ship your table is at. Its easy to get lost as you move around the different buffet stations.
Activities We enjoyed most of the activities. The showtime start at 10pm. My husband and I loved the MoTown. He was so good and funny. We also enjoyed the tribute to Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis jr. It was truly enjoyable. The Beatles were fantastic singers. We would like to give the credit to Brent Mitchell, the cruise director. He was such a funny and very smart guy. Never a dull moment watching and listening to him. The most enjoyable part that we had was the Art Auction. My husband and I love Art. We were able to learn some of the artists. We attended most of the auctions which is always in the Phantom lounge. We bought some prints. Thanks to Ram Glick the auctioneer.
Employees and Staff The crew were very friendly and very polite. They are always ready to help us. They are always busy cleaning the whole area. They clean the walls, stairs and polish the rails. The ship was really maintained.
Excursion Our first port of call was San Juan, Puerto Rico. We arrived 3pm. We went to the old fort. San Juan is a nice and quiet place. We went shopping for shirts and souvenirs. Our second port was St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. We enjoyed the island. We went to Coki beach which is beautiful and clean. We went snorkeling. We rented snorkel, chairs and umbrella. We shopped at the stores in front of the pier. These shops are high end jewelry. But there are a lot of stores that you can shop too. The ship left around 4pm. Don't miss it or you will be in St. Thomas for a week. Our final port was Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Here we did not book an excursion via Carnival. Their prices were too high, around 80-90 per person. We went ashore and got a tour bus for $20 per person. The Tour was great. We went all over the Island. But the roads are steep and dangerous. There are no seat belts.
Conclusions We would rate this vacation almost perfect. The ship was very much maintained with so much cleanliness and attention. The staff and crew were friendly and always smiling and ready to greet us. The food was better that we had expected. The activities were great and enjoyed every bit of it. The rooms were well kept and well organized. We would like to give credit to the man who made all of this: Captain Antonio Machetti, BRAVO!!