This was our 5th cruise with Carnival. We had sailed on the Legend before and loved our suite, so booked the same cabin on the Miracle. We actually liked the Miracle better than the Legend--the decor was more to our taste. The dining room was the only area we thought was too much. We flew into Orlando 4 days before our cruise, and drove our rental car down the morning of the cruise. We used Thrifty and were very happy with their service. They had a shuttle to take us to the pier, even though when I called their 800 prior to travel they insisted shuttle service was not available.
Our suite was wonderful! We love having the space and the wraparound balcony. Ariel and Novi took such good care of us. The extra benefit of having VIP check-in is just the icing on the cake! We were told that even though our cabin wouldn't be ready till 1:30 to feel free to put our carry on bags in the cabin before heading to lunch. Made for a much easier time in the buffet area!
We chose traditional, early dining. That meant that we were on the lower level of the dining room. Noticed on the formal nights that the passengers in the traditional dining were much more dressed up than those we saw heading into the anytime dining. Just an observation. Our wait staff of Bosco and Jay were great! And Jay's dancing during 'Showtime' was fabulous!! They made our dining experience so much fun. As did our new friends at our table, from Maine and Toronto!
We chose to do very few activities this sailing. The one we did do was the Food and Wine Pairing. It was held in Nick & Nora's in the afternoon. The cost was $15 pp and we felt it was well worth it. We sampled 5 wines (generous pours) and had a plate full of different foods to try with them. It was really an interesting class!
We attended most of the evening shows. Our favorites were the ventriloquist and Ticket to Ride. We also went to several of the comedy club shows. They were crowded, but good.
My husband enjoyed the casino, winning $600 one afternoon on a 2 penny machine. He always seems to win when I am not with him!
Disembarkation was a breeze. Had a nice breakfast in the dining room before heading to one of the public areas and only waited maybe 15 minutes before our number was called. Again, having a low number is a benefit of having a suite. We were spending a couple more days in Flordia before heading home, so got a car from Budget. They had a shuttle at the pier and made it very easy for us.
We loved this cruise for the combination of 3 ports and 4 full days at sea. I love the relaxation of sea days.