We had a great time on the Miracle, we were on the 7/19/09-7/27/09 sailing. This was my 8th cruise, and third with Carnival.
We got to the port around 11:45 and were on by 12:15, but we had VIP check-in. That went very smoothly. When you walk onto the ship you are going into the atrium, which has the glass elevators and the main bar, and things like that. We went up to Horatio's to have lunch, since the cabins would not be ready until 1:45. Our cabin steward was great, his name was Randy from South America, i believe. The ship was extremely well kept and clean.The muster drill was pretty short, but still the usual blah ew it's the muster drill, on the plus side they did not make you wear the life jacket the whole time, and it was not blazing hot out!We love sailing out of New York because it is convenient, and it is a beautiful city to see when sailing out. We were also in with the Norwegian Dawn that day. We were supposed to depart at 4, but it was later than that. We had the late seating which we always prefer. Since we were traveling with family friends we had a round table for eight. The first night we were not impressed with our waiter, Alexander from Peru, he didn't introduce himself or anything, but as the week went on he got a lot better. Wannikar our busboy or busgirl, was wonderful. Our bar waiter, Orlando, that we had for most of the cruise was terrible, but we got that fixed up and we had Flor, who was excellent. The dinner food was excellent, so was lunch. Breakfast was pretty good, but the scrambled eggs were not very good, the french toast was the best. Carnival i can definitely say has the best desserts! lol.
By the adult pool you need to be there early enough to find deck chairs, but for the most part we always found. You have to be extremely careful with your towels because if someone sees one they will take it, one day i went to the pool and i put my towel on top of my things and i was only in the pool for about 10 minutes, my towel was gone. So, we had to report the incident and blah blah, but by the end of the day we just told our cabin steward the situation and he gave us a towel without having to pay $22.00 for it. Walking through the regular main pools you have to be extremely careful because the floor is very slippery, i almost slipped about 7 times. The pools are not the cleanest but they are not bad, the second to last day there was weird stuff in the adult pool and they had to close it and clean it out. Also the first two days the waterslide was closed due to high winds :( then it was open the rest of the time. The secret to going fast is laying down and arching your back. Josh, the cruise director AKA Big Sexy was also great, and funny! The captain you did not hear much of or see really at all was a good captain i guess but would have been better if he would come out more and was more friendly!
Grand Turk- Grand Turk was nice, but would have been better if it was more sunny. Margaritaville was very nice and very fun! There is not much to do there besides Margaritaville and the beach and some shopping. The beach was pretty nice except for there was a lot of seaweed. Grand Turk also has a Flow Rider if you have ever been on Royal Caribbean's Freedom, Liberty,or Independence of the seas.
Half Moon Cay- This was the most beautiful place i have ever been to. There is perfect white sand, clear blue water beaches. We had to walk about a mile to find beach chairs and a shell thing to give shade! It was very hot out. You had to walk to get to the barbecue, but it wasn't bad. You do need to take a tender to the island, and you get a number when your on the ship and then they call your number to get on the tender.
Nassau- This was my 5th time in Nassau so we just got off for a little while and went to the straw market. There there are about 150 ladies asking you to buy their fake coach bags, and 15 dollar t-shirts. Lol.
If you like trivia, there is a lot of trivia games on this ship! I really did not go to the shows, except the love and marriage show which was very funny! There was also bingo a lot and things like that.
Overall we had an excellent time and recommend this ship! It is very clean and there is lots to do!