We, meaning my husband, my sister and a friend, all active seniors, boarded a bus in Providence for the trip to NY. We arrived about 12:15 and was in line for about 15MIN. Had all the paperwork filled out previously so check in was fast and smooth. Boarded and went up to have lunch, walked around and checked out the ship. Cabins were ready about 1:30 and luggage arrived around 3pm.
Ship is very atractive and easy to get around. Cabin was average size for a balcony room, clean and well taken care of by our room steward. Plenty of storge space, 2 closets, plenty of cabinet and drawer space. Bed very comfortable. Bathroom had a nice sink area with shelves for your personnal items.
The buffett area was always very busy. Stations are not marked and a lot of time is waisted looking for your food. Also seating at time was hard to find. Ate breakfast in the dinning room most days, less hectic and food was fresher and better presented. Ate lunch at the grill or Deli, free soft serve ice cream available by the back pool.
Had the first sitting in the lower dinning room. Had a booth for 4, which was very nice. Our waiter was excellent, named Andre. Food was some of the best we have had on a cruise. Everything was served hot or cold, depending on what you ordered. Never had to send anything back. Dinning room is decorated in a grape motive and pleasant to the eye. The staff entertains almost every night with song and dance. Ate at Nick & Norah's one night, excellent meal.
Shows were good and entertaining. Malcolm the cruise director is very good and friendly. Didn't seem to be as many activities as on previous cruises but that might just be me. Had the usual chair problems by the pool. Suppose to be no saving seats but nobody enforces it. Saw chairs with a towel or book sitting empty for over an hour and nobody showed up to claim it. Very inconsiderate people. So many have the "ME" attitude.
Weather and Seas were great the whole 8 days, except the day we went to Half Moon Cay. That day in rained so hard it was raining sideways. Felt bad for the people who had never been before, we had been there 2 times before, because it really is a beautiful island and they have a very good barbecue there. The Grand Turks are great, and Nassau was busy and hot. Had been there many times before, check out the Atlantis, worth the trip. Take a cab, available right at the dock for $4.00. Had a massage while docked in Nassau. Worth the money.
All told we really enjoyed this ship and cruise and would recommend the Carnival Miracle.