We are a family of 4...Mom, Dad and 2 teens. Second Carnival cruise.
Embarked from NYC Cruise Terminal. Took car service from central NJ (Downtown Limousine.) Reasonable price and turned out to be much less of a hassle than driving and parking in NYC. Embarkation smooth and easy. Had all documents printed so that made it even better. Friendly helpful staff. Arrived around noon and waited maybe 30 minutes for our zone to be called.
Miracle is an easy ship to get around. We had been on Pride 2 years ago and layout is the same. Clean, well-kept.
Our cabins were great. First time with a balcony...loved it! We liked location, too. Room stewards were AWESOME! Fery and Putu were so attentive and friendly. Knew our names immediately and greeted us warmly every time they saw us.
Lido food was good...always plentiful. Eating at "off times" would help with crowds.
Bacchus Dining Room food was also good, some meals bordering on great. Wait staff, Wilmer and Clyde, were WONDERFUL! Efficient, friendly and always wanted us to be happy with our experience.
Usual activities on board during sea days...bingo, trivia, etc. We found some very talented musicians (Taylor in particular) and relaxed in the lounges and listened to the music. Music Unlimited was also one of our favorites. These guys are SO good! Real crowd pleasers and appealed to a wide range of people.
Very pleased with activities for kids. Daughter (13) made friends with 2 nice girls and was off and running every day, either with Circle C or independently. Son (15) totally enjoyed Club O2 and was never bored. There were lots of kids on the ship, but it never really seemed like it. Was pleasantly surprised.
Did not go to gym, spa or salon so I have no information to share on those services.
Cruise director, Malcolm, was funny and very personable.
The only negatives were that the temperature on the ship is COLD...too much AC in some places to where I needed a sweater! The picture taking staff was ever-present...but took "no thanks" well.
Overall, it was a great trip. Service was terrific in all lounges, Lido,shops,etc. These are hard-working people!! Tip them generously!!