I will start off by saying that even though me and my husband are in our late 20s we barely drink and we do not gamble or smoke and do not play bingo so you will not hear me mention any of those things in my review even there was those activities on this ship.
Let me also state how we both love traveling with Carnival. We tried RC last year and were very disappointed by RC. So we could not wait to be back on carnival.
The Fort Lauderdale port was great! The best thing about it was it was warm and beautiful! We were coming from cold New Jersey so that was a great change. We came in two days before our cruise and explored Fort Lauderdale. We took the Jungle Queen site seeing tour which was great and only cost $17.00 per person. It took you through the waterways and we really got a good taste of Fort Lauderdale.
Checking it was fast and easy and there was lunch being served on the Lido Deck. Food was fast and efficient. The first thing that struck me about this boat was all the colorful decorations and paintings. It really is difference from any of the other Carnival Ships we had been on. The theme was greek mythology and fictional characters from different classical literature. Unlike most Carnival ships, it was interesting that most of the main things such as the dining rooms and theater and shops were on all on deck 2 and 3. On most ships everything was on deck 5.
We had Malcolm as the cruise director. We had him once before on Victory and he was again funny on this ship. Another thing that was different about this ship was the comedy shows. They had comedy shows in one of the smaller theaters that were separate from main shows. All of the comedians were very funny. They had PG and then R rated shows. We only seen the PG shows but all the comedians were very funny.
During the few days out to sea there were lots of great activities and game shows to keep us busy. We rarely had anytime where we didn't have anything to do. As far as food, it was great and delicious. Sometimes the lines in the lido deck did get long but nothing out of the ordinary if you have been a long time cruiser. If you go on the Miracle be sure to squeeze in one night at Nick and Noras. The food there was amazing and a step up from the dining room. It is $30.00 per person but it amazing and is very quaint and romantic.
The guy that sang in the piano bar had a great voice but after midnight he was allowed to curse and drink which kind of ruined it. Everything else was great. I love how they have laundromats and irons on the ship so you can always clean things or iron things yourself and do not have to pay the extra money to get everything cleaned for you like you do on RC. The deck party was fun and all together we had a great time. We would definitely recommend the Miracle.
As soon as you get off the ship in Grand Turk the Beach is directly in front of the ship. There are plenty of beach chairs provided for no extra cost. We stayed on that beach and it was absolutely beautiful. There is also a Margaritaville a little further in if that's your kind of thing. Many people took cab rides and explored the city but there was not much to see besides the beach. We had a great time at the beach and would recommend people to just do that and save your money.
La Romana DR
We did the cave excursion which was nice. It may not be good for those who can not walk up and down steps. There is over 100 steps total in the whole tour and its very humid in the caves. May also not be good for people who have asthma trouble. La Romana is definitely somewhere where you will not want to adventure off by yourself. I would highly recommend doing one of the cruise ships excursions. We were going to go to the Catalina Island excursion but it was cancelled because it was not popular enough. Many people did the Saona Island excursion and loved it.
We have been to Aruba several times and have went to beach there many times so we decided to do the Kukoo Kanuku bus tour. We had a great time singing on the bus and seeing the sights. We went to mamboo beach which was beautiful and relaxing. Afterwards we did some shopping and ate and Iguana Joes which had some great food.
I thought Curacao was a great town with colorful buildings. We did some shopping. There are shopping places all over and many are right where the ship is out. We found that when we walked across the Queen Emma bridge there were much more reasonable prices there. We also did the Sea aquarium and island tour. The Sea aquarium was not an actual aquarium but we basically were there just for the dolphin show and then we went back to the bus. We toured the island and got to see a lot of different sights. It was nice but since this was our last stop we were tired and ready for some relaxation.
We had a great time and will definitely be sticking with Carnival again!