A weekend cruise that was as good as it was expected to be. : Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by near the beach
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A weekend cruise that was as good as it was expected to be.
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Upon arriving back at the VIP check in the line had grown to over fifty people. Lucky for me the people in front of me didn't have their documents out when they needed to show them. Once I went through baggage check I went up to the VIP area. The computers were down. Once passengers arrived their name was written on a piece of paper to be called when the computers were finally working. After waiting a while our name was called. We checked in and were called to board just a short time afterwards.
We took our boarding photo and sail & sign photo and were on our way on the gangway. I was stopped in the gangway by a man who said he was a government More employee and that I could not take his photo. What? Ok. After I went through the motions to delete the photo that had him way in the background we made it to the ship.
We have sailed on the Miracle twice before. It had been a couple of years since we had been on the Miracle and we were eager to see what work had been done while she was in dry dock.
Like most guest when they first board the ship we went to the lido deck for something to eat. I noticed new signs over each place that food was available.
After a good lunch we walked to the new serenity area. The sliding glass door had 21 and only etched on them. However the sign about the door said children's pool. I knew this would be confusing until the children's pool sign is removed. The serenity area had cabanas and padded lounge chairs. It also had a covered area for those who may not want to be in the sun. A large bar was there to provide drinks.
It was about 12 noon. We decided to check and see if our cabin was ready for us. We took the elevator to our deck and the hall ways were not blocked like we expected. Our cabin was ready and we had our carryon luggage unpacked by 12:15.
Our cabin was a regular balcony cabin. There was plenty of room for the three of us. Enough closet and drawer space. Our luggage when it arrived fit nicely under our bed. A new flat screen TV was another of the updates from dry dock.
Dinner in the main dining room was very good. We had a great wait staff. Arguably the Miracle waiters put on the best dining room show we have seen on any ship.
After dinner we enjoyed a family comedy show followed by a show in the main lounge. Once we completed our night's activities we returned to our cabin and were greeted by the expected towel animal and the extra pillows we ordered.
Room service arrived within twenty minutes from placing the order. The sandwiches were great. As were the cookies.
We ate breakfast the next day on the lido deck because we slept too late to eat in the main dining room. The omelet station had made to order omelets that were very good. There was the usual walking around a little to find a place to sit. Lines were not too long.
In Nassau we visited the straw market which had moved into its new building. We also went to the pirate museum. It was a fun hour. A short walk and not expensive. They had many interesting artifacts.
Back on the ship lunch and dinner were both good. We saw another comedy show and then saw "Ticket to Ride" in the main show lounge. We really enjoyed the show.
By the time we returned to our cabin it was past the time to put out our luggage to be picked up. We decided to carry it off our self's. We had never done that before.
Our room service order that night arrived even quicker than the night before.
After a very good breakfast the next day in the main dining room we went back to our cabin and rolled out our luggage. We went straight to the exit were self assist was still going on and we walked right off.
While on the ship we did have time to sit a while on our balcony and on deck. We did some on board shopping and a few other activities. We did purchase s few photos. We do on all of our cruises.
It was a quick walk to the line for customs. Again we were in line behind someone who did not have their paper work ready.
Once past customs we decided to just walk our luggage to the parking garage. Which was a short walk. The elevators had a lot of people waiting with luggage to use them. There is one elevator on the far end of the parking garage that does not get much use. It is quicker to walk to it than to wait in line. We loaded our car and paid our parking bill and were on our sway home.
Our wait staff was great. Our cabin steward kept ice in the bucket and our cabin looking good. The rest of the staff we dealt with were always smiling and helped make another great cruise.
We are in the planning stage for another cruise on the Miracle to Alaska. Less