1,393 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

We arrived and boarded about 12:30 p.m., embarkation was quick and seemless. Our bags arrived very quickly. Our room was beautiful. We met our cabin steward, Adhi, and had towel animals every day, our room was cleaned twice a day. WE ... Read More
We arrived and boarded about 12:30 p.m., embarkation was quick and seemless. Our bags arrived very quickly. Our room was beautiful. We met our cabin steward, Adhi, and had towel animals every day, our room was cleaned twice a day. WE chose the 6:00 p.m. seating, which on port days was kind of tough, but we were travelling with our two kids, and had 2.5 days of sailing going down and 2.5 days coming back, it worked out very well. The food was good at Bacchus (the main dining room), and Horatio's buffet and grill were good as well. The entertainment was good, and lots of choices of evening activities. The kids didn't use Camp Carnival too much, but the counselors were nice. They preferred to busy themselves about the ship, in the pool, playing chess, golfing and playing ping pong with a group of friends they made on the ship. All of our excursions were great! St. Marten we did the driving tour to both sides of the island and learned the history. St. Lucia was stunning! We did thew all day drive and catamaran back. We stopped at the volcano crater as well. St. Kitts, we did the rainforest hike and botanice gardens, also really nice. The service was great on this ship, and while this was our first cruise, it will not be our last. Our Cruise director was Malcom (Woo Hoo) and Buttercup. Debarkation was a breeze, we were group 5, and out very quickly. One thing I would do differently next time is get our own transporation, I think 120 for 4 of us, going and coming was pricey, and we had to wait wait much longer with the loading and unloading of other passengers. It was an amazing trip, we had the time of our lives. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
This was the third Carnival Miracle cruise to nowhere that we have been on out of NYC. We choose to do this cruise every year for numerous reasons but mostly to get away and have a great time. Carnival embarkation has improved 1000% as I ... Read More
This was the third Carnival Miracle cruise to nowhere that we have been on out of NYC. We choose to do this cruise every year for numerous reasons but mostly to get away and have a great time. Carnival embarkation has improved 1000% as I got to the pier at 11:45 and was on the ship at noon. I used to wait 1-2 hours! The only complaint I had on this cruise is that the buffet food on deck 9 as we boarded was simply not as good as years past. No matter, we choose to eat both nights at Nick and Nora's supper club and as usual the food was spectacular. Service and the quality of food simply cannot be beat. There are very few restaurants we have been to worldwide that beat the supper clubs on Carnival. There are many many activities available; seems to be almost as many as a typical 7 day cruise. You cannot get bored here. I bought enough booze and cigarettes to pay for the cruise - NO LIMITS and no customs. You can buy 100 cartons of cigarettes if you want - cost was $45 for TWO cartons! I enjoyed the art auction but no one was buying. Always love the free champagne. We had 16 foot seas the first night, I enjoyed it but I heard people complaining to the purser - hey folks you are on a SHIP! It was bad enough to cancel the show but they did put it on the next day. The shows were great as usual though they do the same ones every year. Room service was prompt and good. Breakfast on deck 9 was great if you went to the omelet station. The breads on board were excellent. Cabin steward was friendly as was everyone else I encountered on board. One funny (to me) side note - the past 2 years they had an activity they called the "cornhole" competition. This year the finally called it a bean bag competition. I know I explained it to the gentleman running the activity the past 2 years and evidently many others did as well as they finally changed the name of the activity! I am booked already for next year. This is simply a fun trip. There are many activities to choose from and while its only a 2 night trip it is worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
The 8 day out of Fort Lauderdale was pretty good. We had a group of 40 or so that take a cruise together eaxch year. Having sailed on the Legend last year we thouht that the Miracle would be pretty much the same. A few things have changed ... Read More
The 8 day out of Fort Lauderdale was pretty good. We had a group of 40 or so that take a cruise together eaxch year. Having sailed on the Legend last year we thouht that the Miracle would be pretty much the same. A few things have changed since last year. The Captians welcome party is differnet ( they discount drinks by $1.00). I was in contaxct with a CC group and we had a cocktail party on Wednesday night that was fantastic. The Miracle is not as bright and flashy as the Legend. The Casino did not have as much diversity of machines as other ships that I have been on. We sailed on Monday the 19th. It started out pretty raw ansd dreary, but by Tuesday the weather had change and so had everyones spirits. The three islands ST. Maarten, Lucia and Kitts were wonderful. The drinks on the Miracle have gone up a great deal since last year. A Margerita or Jack and coke were $10.00 with gratuity. On Saturday and Sunday night there wasn't much going on from 8:00 till 11:00. except the casino. All in all the trip was relaxing. The food was up to par. THe entertainment was good except I didn't care for the Legends night or the Frank Sinatra / Sammy Davis tribute. I would take the trip again but now I know to have some reading material to get me through the slow times. This was my first Platinum cruise and Carnival does a great job with this perk. My wife loved the wash and fold service. We will not pack as many clothes next time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day of the cruise. I was very nervous and it was not necessary. Our luggage came out quickly and we were in a cab and on our way to the port within a half hour of landing! It was a very short ride from ... Read More
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day of the cruise. I was very nervous and it was not necessary. Our luggage came out quickly and we were in a cab and on our way to the port within a half hour of landing! It was a very short ride from the airport to the ship. $15 cab! Much less expensive than the Carnival transfer and we didnt have to wait for anyone! Embarkation - This was fairly quick and painless. We arrived around 12:00 and were given a Zone 5 tag. We were on the ship about an hour after arriving at the port. Our room was ready and we met our room steward Ivalina, who was really great throughout the trip. We didnt have a towel creature every day but about every second which made DD quite happy! Our bags arrived well in advance of supper so we were all able to get refreshed and ready for the evening no problem! Overall observations The ship was fairly easy to find your way around on. DD was able to lead us to Camp Carnival after the second time! Camp Carnival was wonderful. DD was always asking to go play with her friends there. We let her spend most evenings at CC and generally picked up by 10 - just before babysitting for a fee started. I got mixed up a couple of times as the location of the activities was not always at the same place so make sure to read the Capers very carefully!! Nick & Nora's - we enjoyed our dinner here very much! The servers were very attentive. The food was fantastic! The lobster was okay - I have had better but I still enjoyed it. The steaks were done perfectly. The Main Dinning Room - we had Anytime Dining and YES that is the way to go. It was fantastic. We didnt have to wait once for a table!!! We were able to walk in ahead of the people waiting in line for their early or late seating! Horatios's Buffet on the Lido Deck - it was okay. Nothing thrilling here. The grill had great burgers and chicken fingers but other than that nothing stands out. Debarkation - we used self debark which was super easy - no waiting. And we had 6 bags so lots to manage but we did it!! All in all the Miracle was a great ship and it sold us on the Carnival line. After sailing on Disney - a 3 day in January on the Wonder - we were a little concerned it wouldnt meet the same standards we enjoyed on the Wonder. However, the service and food was just as great!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
We arrived at the bus for the ride up to Manhattan about 06:20am Saturday morning Sept 5th at the Susquahanna Valley Mall in Sunbury, Pa - met up with the folks runnin the show, and we were all onboard by 7am on our way to Manhattan, we ... Read More
We arrived at the bus for the ride up to Manhattan about 06:20am Saturday morning Sept 5th at the Susquahanna Valley Mall in Sunbury, Pa - met up with the folks runnin the show, and we were all onboard by 7am on our way to Manhattan, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel along the way for breakfast, and arrived at the cruise terminal before 12 noon Embarkation was seamless as usual, we had to wait a little longer than usual to board do to the late arrive of the Miracle, seems the night before they had a medical emergency and a passenger had to be air lifted off the ship and transported to a hospital We boarded the Miracle by 1pm, and had our first DOD in hand on the Aft Lido deck area soon after while waiting to have the First Meet & Greet, we met carnival connection & cruise critic members there and had drinks & lotsa laughs Muster drill went well, and then we all awaited the Sail Away Party to begin, it was a nice sail down the Hudson River this time compaired to last years sailing, as some of you may remember, last year we went out when hurricane Hanna was making her arrival up the east coast, so this time we didn't have the white caps in the Hudson, or the 25ft seas the first nite out LoL The 2.5 seas day down to the Caribbean were wonderful, weather was beautiful, and we relaxed and worked on our tans, and enjoyed all the fun that is there for your enjoyment We choose the new "Open Seating" dinner option on this cruise, it worked out good for the 4 of us, we went to dinner between 6:30 & 7:00pm each nite, gave us plenty of time on our port days and the same on the sea days to be able to relax, take an afternooner, then be ready for the nights activities, we found a wait staff crew that were awesome on our 3rd nite, and we ended up requesting them the rest of the cruise, all worked out just fine The Head waiter was Roberto ( upper level - table 315 section ) This cruise, just like last year had a band from the Scranton area of PA called "Double Cross" playing on the mid-ship stage, these guys are Awesome ( Scooter - Fran - Ron & John ) are the band members -- here is a link to there website à http://www.doublecrossmusic.net/index2.html Our CD was Malcom Burn ( Wooo Hooo ) Malcom was a fun CD and kept things active and interesting throughout the entire cruise The shows were good as usual, the comedians & magician were good as well, and the FOOD was Great - the deck parties were fun too We found our head waiter ( Earl from Costa Rica ) from last year still aboard, and damn if he didn't remember us right from the start cause he asked where the other 6 cruisers were that went with us last Sept LoL, so we had some time to play catch up with what we all had been doing since last year We also ran into one of our waiters "Maynor from Guatemala" that we had onboard the Freedom when we did our last B2B in the beginning of the year, He also remembered us as well, these guys are good, cause you figure they serve 1000's of passengers week after week, and still remember the ones that actually take the time to get to know them -- So Take the Time to get to know all of your staff, cause you never know when you will see them onboard another Fun Ship We talked with Maynor and he told us the section he was working in the dinning room for breakfast, so needless to say, Sioux & I went to his section 4 mornings for our breakfast, and to catch up on the fun times we had before Our head Room Steward "Duncan from St Vincent" was awesome, his attention to detail was right on, plus he enjoyed staging the Fur kids several times a day we never knew what to expect once he had been in the cabin as you can see from the pics The band "Music Unlimited" were also onboard as part of the entertainment staff, these 4 guys are Awesome, If you have seen them preform before, you know what i'm talking about, we partied to there music on several nites in Frankie & Johnnies, and also at the Mexican Fiesta deck part The ports of Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay ( pronounced Key) and Nassau were all good Grand Turk we walked off the ship up the pier and right into the cruise center, walked to the beach, grabbed our chairs and enjoyed the sun & some snorklin, after an hour or so we walked over to Margaritaville and went to the pool, had our Cheeseburger in Paradise along with rum punches, and Landshark's Half Moon Cay was the best for snorklin, the beach was awesome, plus we checked out the "Private Oasis" This stop we were tendered in, and that was a very smooth operation The ship provided food and drinks and had everything setup in one of there buildings, there were several large covered buildings with picnic tables setup for you to eat & enjoy the music & surroundings We rented one of the Clam Shell shelters ( $15.00 for the entire day ) was good to be able to get out of the sun, think the temp there that day was around 95 to 98 degrees Nassau, we opted to go to the Sheraton Hotel and do the Day Pass "$25.00 pp, which encluded the pools & beach areas, it was a $15.00 ( flat rate )Taxi charge to Cable beach where the hotel is located, no hassles coming and going Unfortunately that was the Only day we had bad weather, when we arrived the sun was out and it looked like it was going to be another fun day of sun & snorklin, BUTT mother nature thru us a curve ball, and with an hour or so the heavens opened up and the Rain came - next time I'll find out the local weather before we go there LoL The 2.5 days back up to Manhattan from the Caribbean were also very good, sunny days & party nights Debarkation was also a snap, we had zone 6 tags, the rest of the cruisers that chartered the bus were zone 24, so we had plenty of time to have another breakfast with our friend Maynor, took our time getting off the ship, Went thru Customs then proceeded to our luggage area, grabbed a porter, and had our bags loaded in the bus by 10:30, we departed the terminal by about 11:30, and back out to our camp by 3:00pm, This encluded a short stop along the way for potty calls & drinks All in All the Cruise was another Great time, now were counting down the Days till we all Play on the Dream ( 129 BUTT who's counting ) with the rest of our MHWC family, and like Joe ( Cujo ) says, "the Caribbean wont be the same after those cruises" I have posted pics on the MHWC forum for everyone, so take a look and enjoy, we sure did So this is our short BUTT sweet review of our Sept 5th Miracle cruise, if you have any specific questions about the Miracle please let us know, and don't forget to look at the Pics Happy Cruisin, Tom & Sioux Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
This was my first cruise, we picked this cruise as it left from New York and covered my wife's birthday. I was very unsure about going on a cruise after 44 years of land based holidays, we were also unsure about Carnival as they ... Read More
This was my first cruise, we picked this cruise as it left from New York and covered my wife's birthday. I was very unsure about going on a cruise after 44 years of land based holidays, we were also unsure about Carnival as they looked to be cheap and cheerful. I was very surprised from the time we got on board, nice ship, decor seemed a bit over the top but as a first time cruiser I have nothing to judge it by. The staff on the ship were excellent from the room cleaner to the cruise director who was fantastic, all the staff go out of their way to help you and make the cruise as special as possible. Our room surprised me as well it was the size of a small hotel room but had a nice size bed, sofa, tv and plenty of space to store clothes and our three bags! The balcony was a plus but we did not use it much. The entertainment was of a good standard with comedians, singers etc who I guess tour cruise ships, the ships dancers and singers were also of a high standard and the Miracle Big Band were fantastic!! The best and most lively group were the Filipino band "music unlimited" they mainly played in "Frankie and Johnny's" but on one night played on the main lido deck 9 and on another night were stars of the Beatles show, they really knew how to get people up dancing. The cruise stopped at three ports: 1. Grand Turk, not much past the dock area, we went into town which was 5/6 very small shops/stalls. The swimming pool by the dock became a party area which was good. 2. Half moon cay, this was a beach stop, fantastic the best sand clear blue water I have seen, nice relaxing day. 3. Nassau, we booked a trip via the ship to Atlantis Hotel for the beach day at $89 each, we were taken to the hotel led around the back to a beach with no cover and given a voucher for a $9 meal from a takeaway station!! As soon as I got back to the ship I complained that I felt ripped off, they did make a monetary offer to us which in some way made up for our poor experience. We could have got a cab to the hotel $4 a head and just paid £9 for the lunch, this would have given us enough time to shop and also visit this famous hotel (not sure why it is so famous it was not that special). Overall we had a great time and I will cruise again although I still think a land based holiday is for me. Finally thank you to Carnival and all their staff for making the 8 days so enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
This is my 11th cruise on Canival and we loved it! We got engaged on our last cruise (Feb. 09 on the Carnival Freedom), so at least this time there were no "jitters". This was the first time leaving from NYC. No airfare and ... Read More
This is my 11th cruise on Canival and we loved it! We got engaged on our last cruise (Feb. 09 on the Carnival Freedom), so at least this time there were no "jitters". This was the first time leaving from NYC. No airfare and Amtrak was only $70.00 round trip (per person). Embarkation - no issues - we had the VIP treatment, due to the number of cruises that we have done. We were on board by 12:30 P.M., eating lunch and having the drink of the day! The Miracle - tastfully decorated. Lot's of color and blown glass. I have been on the Spirit and the Legend so I knew the layout. The Room - we usually get a category 11 with a military rate. there was no military rate this time so we went with a category 9A, room 7299. I was a little nervous because finding pictures of a 9A can be tricky. I have some and will try to post them. The room was great. Very roomy, plenty of closet space and the balcony was just as big as the category 11. Bathroom was smaller than the category 11, but was still done in tile and was very spacious. We were right next to the elevators and never (I mean never) heard them! We were 4 decks above the restaurant, so you could smell the food from time to time. The islands - we visited Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. The food - very good. Nice selection in the dining room and in the buffet area. Nick and Nora's Supper Club was outstanding! The food and service was out of this world. The service - our room steward (Budi) was fabulous! We introduced himself the first day and called us by name everytime he saw us. The room and towels were always made up and in stock. Our head waiter (Earl) was very good too, but he never learned any of our names. My only issue with the dining room was that the head waiters don't seem to have Ass't waiters anymore. They seemed to be stretched a little to thin. The bar staff and waitress were also outstanding (Savatlana was #1). The entertainment - very good comedians, magicians, and ventriloquists. The dance club was fun too. However, the last few cruises I have been on the Piano Bar player has been terrible. This is usually a fun hang out, but yikes, Carnival needs to get a musician with a pulse. Too many slow, droopy songs played over and over and over. The bands were very good too, big props to Double Cross, a band from PA that had 35 peeps with them - they played twice and were great! The Cruise Director, Malcolm (in the middle yoo-hoo) was very, very good. Energetic, introduced himself to everyone, and tried to get as many people involved as possible in all of the events. Overall - great cruise - great staff - would do it again! Halfmoon Cay - Private Island Outstanding Beach and some of the best water I have ever seen! Free chairs for the beach and all of the watersports for a reasonable fee. Free lunch on the beach too! A great beach bar that took the sail and sign card (SWEET). We swam and feed the stingrays here. Very fun. Was able to hold a Starfish, Conch, and Sea Cucumber too! The staff was very friendly, energetic, and interactive. I would go back here in a minute. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
We sailed on the Carnival Miracle from Sept. 29 - Oct. 7, 2009 out of New York. I had been on this ship before but 2 out of the 3 ports were new so we decided to go. This is my 10th cruise in 7 years - the 3rd with Carnival. EMBARKATION / ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Miracle from Sept. 29 - Oct. 7, 2009 out of New York. I had been on this ship before but 2 out of the 3 ports were new so we decided to go. This is my 10th cruise in 7 years - the 3rd with Carnival. EMBARKATION / CABIN: We arrived at the pier about noon and parked the car at the pier ($240 for the week but you cant beat the convenience of being right there). We were on the ship by 1pm. I love how they have fixed up the ship terminals in NYC - nice job! My mom and I had a private balcony room (5146) and our friends were next to us (5148) so we had the steward open the door between the balconies which was nice. The cabin was clean. My only complaint we had is we never met our room steward. Usually on the first day, you are bombarded with them knocking on the door, introducing themselves, making sure you have everything, etc. but not a peep. Our cabin was always kept clean, etc. so that was great but we never saw them. PORTS: Grand Turk: I've never been to Grand Turk. Its a small island (only 1 mile by 7 miles) and unfortunately, they were heavily damaged by a hurrican in the fall of 2008. But they have built a beautiful "cruise center" right off the ship. Lots of shopping, etc. and they also have a Margaritaville with a pool, etc you can hang out at. Its a beautiful area and we enjoyed what we saw of the island and the people very much. Half Moon Cay: This is Carnivals private island and all I can say is WOW. ABSOLUTELY beautiful! There is a sign on the island that says "I could stay here forever" and truer words were never spoken/written. The sand is like confectioners sugar - white and so soft. And the water was HEAVEN - not an ounce of seaweed, rocks, etc....just clean and pure. The only other private island I've been to is Norwegian Cruise Lines Island, Great Stirrup Cay, which I loved but this island kicks that islands butt! lol Make sure you get on an early tender to the island so you can spend some quality time there because the last tender back to the ship is at 4:45 but they suggest you get on a tender by 3:30 if you dont want to wait out in the hot sun in line because it gets really crowded for those last few tenders because people wait till the last minute to leave (cant say I blame them!). Nassau: This is the 5th time I've been to Nassau. Over it. lol :) The one thing I do have to say is the economy has hurt it ALOT. Soooo many stores that were once open on the main street are now closed. We went into town (if you can call it that) for about an hour and a half and then we went back on the ship to hang by the pool. My friends went to Atlantis and said that they have really built up over there so maybe, if we are forced to go to Nassau again on a cruise, we will check that out. STAFF: One word: amazing! The entertainment staff was so much fun - the most fun I've ever had! Thank you Malcolm (Cruise Director), Simon, Lawrence, Kyle, Justin, etc...you guys were a blast to hang out with! We also met the Captain who was very gracious. The rest of the crew that we came in contact with were wonderful. They have a good crew on that ship right now. ENTERTAINMENT: They have good entertainment on this ship. The shows were the same as when we were on this ship in 2007 but thats ok - I forgot alot of the dances, etc so it was fun to see them again. They had a couple comedians - one was Percy Cruise II - he was hilarious and he did a midnight show that was great. The other was Anthony something - he was great too and he also did a more adult midnight show which was fun. There was also a female impressionist (cant remember her name) who I thought wasnt very good. We also frequented the dance club a few times which was fun. They had a tribute night to Michael Jackson which was fun. FOOD: We had breakfast in the buffet - always yummy! Most of the mornings I got an omlette which was always good. For lunch we did the buffet by the pool which was ok. Your typical hot dog, hamburgers, etc. They had some good eats inside at the buffet for lunch tho - they have an excellent deli and of course the 24 hr pizzeria is good. For dinner we ate in the Dining Room (Table 169). The food was always good and the service was top-notch. We saved the last night for Nick & Noras (their steakhouse). Its an additional $30pp but sooooo worth it. The food was incredible. But I highly recommend either skipping lunch or having something light before you eat there because its ALOT of food. :) SHIP: I like this ship. Its easy to get around and the decor is nice. Some people have complained about the dining room and its big grape decor but it doesnt bother me. The pool area is nice but its split by a bar into 2 pool areas. (NOTE: If you want to sit by the pool and enjoy the pool games, activities, etc. sit on the side where the stage is). The store is nice and the theater is lovely - I prefer the banquettes and tables as apposed to other ships theater that have standard theater seating or chairs. DISEMBARKATION: We opted to do the self-disembarkation (where you carry off your luggage, etc.) and it was a breeze. We were off the ship by 8:30am. I think I've covered everything! Overall it was a great cruise and I highly recommend this ship as well as Carnivals private island! Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Embarkation in Manhattan has certainly improved and we were on board the Miracle in no time. Horatios for lunch and our cabin was ready by 1:30PM. Except for our daughter's our luggage was delivered by 3PM and Muster was at 3:45ish. ... Read More
Embarkation in Manhattan has certainly improved and we were on board the Miracle in no time. Horatios for lunch and our cabin was ready by 1:30PM. Except for our daughter's our luggage was delivered by 3PM and Muster was at 3:45ish. All that done - and we were ready to explore the ship, dinner and the welcome aboard show! The daughter's luggage arrived right before dinner so all was well in our 2 cabins :)) Two days at sea - lots to do and the cruise staff were everywhere providing lots of activities, laughs and fun. We played bean bags, bingo, trivia, slots, had a drink or two, enjoyed the various entertainers in the lounges, worked out, attended a class or two, and of course - ate a ton of fabulous food. Our cabin steward was amazing - and it was her first cruise. Thanks Ni!! Loved her. Martin and Sarka in the dining room - took care of our dietary needs and kept us smiling and eating :)) The entertainment was great - the 2 shows - 'Generations' and 'Ticket to Ride' were fabulous- - I particularly liked the Ticket to Ride show. Great stuff. Christopher Alan Graves did a tribute to Sinatra and Sammy Davis, JR - very nice and a few stand up comedians kept us laughing on other evenings and late nights. Having a live orchestra on stage is a big treat - and other entertainers around the ship were excellent and much appreciated. The gym on the Miracle is on the small side - but we always found time on the treatmill, did some classes and used the steamroom and whirlpool facilities. Very nice - and our room was close!! Loved the staff and spa. We shopped in St Thomas and San Juan - went to Senor Frogs in San Juan for a yard or two - (fun time) and ate at the Parrot Club. St Thomas is our favorite shopping. In Grand Turk, we took the catarmaran excursion - absolutely a fabulous day - snorkeling, and floating out on the water at a private beach. Grand Turk is amazingly beautiful and we enjoyed our beach day there. The social staff was a lot of fun. Josh 'Big Sexy' keeps things moving and he was seen everywhere shaking hands and meeting people. Kyle Post was ACD - so it was like having 2 cruise directors - keeping us entertained. Other notable fun staff members - Simon - loved his hip hop lessons, Leone - bean bag moderator, Sam - loved his accent and very young look (!) and of course, Captain Marchetti and his senior staff. Our room was next to the Bridge so we saw a lot of the ships senior sailors. Thank you for a safe voyage!! Debarkation was easy and we were home by lunch time. WOW. All in all - our cruise really got us the much needed vacation - away from the daily grind. We had a brilliant time and appreciate all the service and smiles. Thanks Miracle! Read Less
Sail Date July 2009
We had a great time on the Miracle, we were on the 7/19/09-7/27/09 sailing. This was my 8th cruise, and third with Carnival. We got to the port around 11:45 and were on by 12:15, but we had VIP check-in. That went very smoothly. When ... Read More
We had a great time on the Miracle, we were on the 7/19/09-7/27/09 sailing. This was my 8th cruise, and third with Carnival. We got to the port around 11:45 and were on by 12:15, but we had VIP check-in. That went very smoothly. When you walk onto the ship you are going into the atrium, which has the glass elevators and the main bar, and things like that. We went up to Horatio's to have lunch, since the cabins would not be ready until 1:45. Our cabin steward was great, his name was Randy from South America, i believe. The ship was extremely well kept and clean.The muster drill was pretty short, but still the usual blah ew it's the muster drill, on the plus side they did not make you wear the life jacket the whole time, and it was not blazing hot out!We love sailing out of New York because it is convenient, and it is a beautiful city to see when sailing out. We were also in with the Norwegian Dawn that day. We were supposed to depart at 4, but it was later than that. We had the late seating which we always prefer. Since we were traveling with family friends we had a round table for eight. The first night we were not impressed with our waiter, Alexander from Peru, he didn't introduce himself or anything, but as the week went on he got a lot better. Wannikar our busboy or busgirl, was wonderful. Our bar waiter, Orlando, that we had for most of the cruise was terrible, but we got that fixed up and we had Flor, who was excellent. The dinner food was excellent, so was lunch. Breakfast was pretty good, but the scrambled eggs were not very good, the french toast was the best. Carnival i can definitely say has the best desserts! lol.  By the adult pool you need to be there early enough to find deck chairs, but for the most part we always found. You have to be extremely careful with your towels because if someone sees one they will take it, one day i went to the pool and i put my towel on top of my things and i was only in the pool for about 10 minutes, my towel was gone. So, we had to report the incident and blah blah, but by the end of the day we just told our cabin steward the situation and he gave us a towel without having to pay $22.00 for it. Walking through the regular main pools you have to be extremely careful because the floor is very slippery, i almost slipped about 7 times. The pools are not the cleanest but they are not bad, the second to last day there was weird stuff in the adult pool and they had to close it and clean it out. Also the first two days the waterslide was closed due to high winds :( then it was open the rest of the time. The secret to going fast is laying down and arching your back. Josh, the cruise director AKA Big Sexy was also great, and funny! The captain you did not hear much of or see really at all was a good captain i guess but would have been better if he would come out more and was more friendly!  Grand Turk- Grand Turk was nice, but would have been better if it was more sunny. Margaritaville was very nice and very fun! There is not much to do there besides Margaritaville and the beach and some shopping. The beach was pretty nice except for there was a lot of seaweed. Grand Turk also has a Flow Rider if you have ever been on Royal Caribbean's Freedom, Liberty,or Independence of the seas. Half Moon Cay- This was the most beautiful place i have ever been to. There is perfect white sand, clear blue water beaches. We had to walk about a mile to find beach chairs and a shell thing to give shade! It was very hot out. You had to walk to get to the barbecue, but it wasn't bad. You do need to take a tender to the island, and you get a number when your on the ship and then they call your number to get on the tender. Nassau- This was my 5th time in Nassau so we just got off for a little while and went to the straw market. There there are about 150 ladies asking you to buy their fake coach bags, and 15 dollar t-shirts. Lol.  If you like trivia, there is a lot of trivia games on this ship! I really did not go to the shows, except the love and marriage show which was very funny! There was also bingo a lot and things like that. Overall we had an excellent time and recommend this ship! It is very clean and there is lots to do! Read Less
Sail Date July 2009
We sailed Carnival Miracle on July 19 out of NYC to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. This was our 10th cruise, all on Carnival, so I thought I'd highlight in this review our experience as Platinum cruisers. What I'll do ... Read More
We sailed Carnival Miracle on July 19 out of NYC to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. This was our 10th cruise, all on Carnival, so I thought I'd highlight in this review our experience as Platinum cruisers. What I'll do is a day-by-day review followed by some general thoughts about the ship and the cruise - and what we liked about being Platinum. About us: DH and I are in our late 40's and sailed with two of our three sons, ages 13 and 9. This was our first cruise without our oldest son, who already started his studies at the United States Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island. He wants to be a ship's engineering officer. So while we were sailing the Atlantic and the Caribbean, he was learning to navigate the Long Island Sound and the East River. We sent him a postcard from the Bahamas. Hopefully he'll be able to join us for a cruise sometime again - after all, he would be Platinum as well! Embarkation: We drive to NYC and park at the pier for sailings out of New York, since we live about 2 hours north of the city. This was a Sunday, and the GW Bridge and West Side Highway were not crowded (although we were very thankful not to be continuing on the Cross Bronx, which we've been doing to go to USMMA. I've decided that there is never a good time to drive the Cross Bronx.) A warning for those who like to drop off their luggage with the porters and then park: the parking entrance is at the beginning of the pier complex, so if you want to drop off your luggage you will pass the parking entrance, drop off luggage, then exit onto 12th Avenue and loop around to re-enter the pier complex and go to the parking entrance. That's what we ended up doing. It's a little more inconvenient, but the luggage is out of the way. Once on the pier, we went through the regular security line, then entered the VIP line for Platinum and suite passengers. They direct you to a separate VIP room to check in and get Sail and Sign cards, then direct you past the regular check-in to board the ship. The whole boarding process took us all of about 20 minutes. We arrived at the pier around 11:45 and were on board a little after 12. Not bad. Of course, I managed to mess up the online registration - DH didn't have charging privileges on his Sail and Sign card - so our first stop was the Purser's (excuse me - Guest Services) desk, where we were able to wait in the "concierge guest" line - not that we bypassed anyone, but the special line was a nice touch. Second stop was the shore excursion desk to get a cabana at Half Moon Cay. I would recommend that you don't wait to do this - there are 15 cabanas, and they go quickly. After that, up to the Lido deck and lunch. My one (minor) disappointment with embarkation day was sailaway. We were scheduled to sail at 4, but ended up not sailing until close to 5. Since we had early dining, we barely made it under the bridge before we went to dinner. I was hoping to be able to be up on one of the high decks to go under the bridge, then go back to the cabin and get changed for dinner. Not a big deal, but in six cruises out of NYC I think we've actually sailed on time (or even close to on time) only once. After dinner, we registered the kids for Camp Carnival/Circle C, then paid another visit to the Purser's desk to ask that the divider between our balconies be opened. You have to go to the Purser's desk on Spirit-class ships instead of simply asking your cabin steward because there is a special clamp needed to fasten the divider to the balcony and they have to notify Maintenance. No problem - we were added to the list, and by 10 a.m. the next morning the divider was opened. Then off to "Funship Trivia" in the main lounge. All of the questions were about Carnival ships (e.g., "What was the first cruise ship to exceed 100,000 tons? Answer: Carnival Destiny.") I won the ship on a stick with only 10 right out of 20 - guess all those past guest parties paid off! We then went to listen to "Music Unlimited" in Frankie and Johnnie's lounge. No "Welcome Aboard" show for us - younger son was too tired, so off to bed. Sea Day 1: Breakfast on the Lido deck, then sons went off to kids' activities. DH and I went for one of our favorite cruise experiences: getting a specialty coffee and sitting on the Promenade deck playing gin rummy. There was an arts and crafts session going on near the coffee bar - needlepoint lanyards for the sail and sign cards. I came back to the afternoon session to make one. I wished I had brought my needlework scissors - it's not easy doing needlepoint without scissors! The Captain's party was before dinner in the Phantom (main show) lounge - drinks were still on the house, no food. Most men wore jacket/tie, women's wear ran the gamut from gowns to nice "Sunday" dresses and pantsuits. The evening's show was "Swinging with the Big Band," Christopher Alan Graves' tribute to Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. We saw him perform three years ago on Legend, and it was worth seeing him again. He had some changes to the show. After the show, we went to see Music Unlimited again - however, they took a break within a few minutes of our arrival, so we tried the piano bar. We've sailed with Peter before and like him a lot, but it sure was tough trying to get a crowd in the piano bar. The piano bar is in a really lousy location on the Spirit-class ships. Peter even skipped breaks in the hope of getting people in there, but there were never more than a handful of people. He had much a much bigger, livelier crowd when we saw him on Victory. Sea Day 2: This day was gray and somewhat rough as we sailed off Cape Hatteras. I think there were a whole lot of folks from New York thinking, "Oh no....we just left a month and a half of rain...is it following us?" At least it didn't rain too much, but I've seen nicer sea days. This was the day they brought us the canapE plate for being Platinum cruisers. They were all very good - prosciutto-wrapped melon, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers on a baguette, shrimp/cucumber, and stuffed tomatoes. And since we had two cabins, we had two sets of canapEs. We went to Nick and Nora's for dinner this evening. I really like the supper clubs on these ships - the two-story restaurant with the funnel skylight is very well done. And as usual the food was wonderful. I went for the beef carpaccio, which I had never tried before, the Caesar salad, the surf and turf, and the chocolate trio dessert. As much as I tried, I still couldn't finish the dessert. Grand Turk: We docked and found...that it was cloudy and drizzling. Since we didn't have any plans, we took our time getting off the ship and walking over to the beach. We had no problem finding beach chairs, but as the morning went on (and the weather improved) and more and more people came over to the beach, the chairs started getting scarce. I wasn't crazy about the beach area - the beach itself was nice, but the sea bottom was very rocky and the water was loaded with seaweed. Right next to the beach is Margaritaville, a pool, and the Flow Rider, all of which were very crowded. We went back to the ship in time for lunch onboard. It was all okay, but I think if we go back we'll book an excursion or find a different part of the island to visit. Half Moon Cay: Without a doubt, the best beach I have ever visited. Absolutely gorgeous. Since we had booked a cabana, we were able to go ashore on the first tender. (I assume we could have used the first tender because we're Platinum, but I couldn't say for sure.) It's not a long tender ride. When you arrive, there's a small "island village," a kids' playground and waterpark. Down the beach are plenty of loungers, clamshells, a couple of bars, and the cabanas. Lots of water rentals, like kayaks, tubes, hobie cats, and sunfish sailboats. We had Cabana 11, a long way down the beach. To me, the cabana was well worth the cost ($225 for the day): we had the shade of the cabana, a table with four chairs, two cushioned loungers, a misting fan, a shower, an air conditioner, four water floats, and four sets of snorkel gear. For snacks, we had eight sodas, a large bottle of water, tortilla chips with salsa/guacamole/sour cream, a fruit plate, oranges, and veggies with dip. All the food is brought over from the ship. The beach itself has some of the softest sand you can imagine (the only other beach that came close in my mind is Starfish Beach on Grand Cayman) and the water is gorgeous. Lunch is served at a picnic pavilion behind the beach area - salads, hot dogs/hamburgers, jerk chicken, cookies and brownies. Given the food in the cabana, we really didn't need much for lunch! Around 3:00, we decided to wrap things up and head back to the ship. We didn't have much of a wait for a tender. The evening 's show was "Generations," one of the two production shows. It was pretty good - not my favorite, but entertaining. It's a series of numbers from the 50's to the 90's. Nassau: We were in Nassau in February aboard Glory, so we knew about the gamut of taxi drivers, tour operators and hair braiders that awaited us. Last time we visited Nassau, we walked around, went to Pirates of Nassau, and went to Sunday Mass at St. Francis Cathedral. This time we booked the Blackbeard's Cay with Stingrays excursion through Carnival. This was a fun way to spend a day in Nassau. There's a ½ hour ride to Blackbeard's (on the same island as Sandals Resort). When we arrived, we went over to a beach to the side of the main beach, where you do the stingray snorkel. If you have kids who aren't yet comfortable with snorkeling, this beach is a great way to introduce them. It's shallow and calm. Our youngest had never done very well with snorkeling until now, but he had a great time at this beach. And aside from the stingrays, we found plenty of other fish to view. One of the staff came out with food for the stingrays - you just have to be careful that the fish don't get the food before the rays! They don't set a time limit on your snorkeling, but after a while we went over to the main beach area. This excursion comes with lunch - hamburger/hot dog, chips and a soda. Then back on the boat to Nassau. We didn't do too much else in Nassau - a little shopping, that was about it. Third sea day: Another lazy day. This morning was the Platinum cruisers' galley tour. There was only DH and me plus one other couple, with the tour led by an assistant Maitre'D. It wasn't much different from the main tour, but it was more personalized. This was the second formal (excuse me - "elegant") night - not nearly as dressy as the first, but people still dressed well. The Platinum plate of petit-fours arrived before dinner - as nice as the canapEs, but too close to dinner for us. The evening's show was "Ticket to Ride," a Beatles tribute, and we really enjoyed this show. This evening also was the Camp Carnival super-late night party for the 9-11 year olds, so youngest son was up until 3:30 in the morning, long after we went to bed. Surprisingly, he got up at 8:00 the next morning. Last sea day: Our luggage tags arrived for disembarkation with the #1 for Platinum cruisers, along with instructions on where to meet to be escorted off the ship. The ship crawled on her way back to NYC - at one point, we were doing 5 knots! Obviously we had much more time than we needed. DH worked on packing, while I spent most of my afternoon keeping tabs on youngest son and a friend from Camp Carnival who made the rounds of pools, hot tubs, and waterslide. They closed the balcony dividers that afternoon in preparation for the return to NYC. After dinner, one last round of lounges for music. Debarkation: Captain Marchetti said we would dock at 7:10 a.m. and he was pretty much on the nose. Triumph was ahead of us and there was enough of a breeze/current to make docking interesting - both ships needed the tugboats' efforts to push them into line with the piers. Since we put our luggage out the night before, we had instructions to meet in Frankie and Johnnie's at 9 a.m. to be escorted off the ship with the other Platinum passengers. It all worked like a charm - at 9:10 we were in line to disembark, we breezed through customs and immigration (the agent was fine with our three bottles of alcohol - no extra charge), picked up our luggage (once again, the pick duct tape on the suitcases served its purpose), and we were in our car and on the way home by 9:40. Cabin: We originally booked one of the deck 5 balconies with an adjoining inside cabin for the boys. Then we had the chance to switch to two connecting deck 5 balconies and went for it. And then, about 6 weeks before sailing, DH received a call offering two adjoining (not connecting) suites for an additional $500 for the four of us. Twist my arm.... The cabins were great; since we had the balcony divider opened, we had our connecting cabins anyway. Our steward was Japhet and he was absolutely wonderful. Dining: Up to now, I thought the dining rooms on Victory were the ugliest dining rooms afloat. I hated the mermaids. Well, the mermaids pale in comparison to the Bacchus dining room on Miracle. It's...purple. I mean, really purple. This definitely was my "What was Farcus thinking?" space on this ship. Fortunately, I don't cruise for the dEcor. We had a four-top booth near (not next to) a portside window, the closest we've made it to a window yet. Our servers, Katalin and Mlosevic, were terrific. I think Katalin has all the skills to move up to assistant maitre'd - she knew the food and the wine, and she was very personable. And the food was generally very good. The Lido deck food was fine for breakfast and lunch. Entertainment: One of my biggest complaints about Spirit-class ships is the entertainment space, and I noticed it on this cruise. First and foremost, the piano lounge location stinks. I read on the piano bar thread that a lot of performers refuse contracts on Spirit-class ships, and I can understand why. Peter is a good entertainer, and he put his heart and soul into getting people into the piano bar - but it's on deck 3 near the chapel. It just isn't in a place to attract a crowd. By contrast, Music Unlimited was one deck below and had no problem with an audience - and they had an uncanny knack of taking a break just when the crowds were gathering. (I liked them, BTW - it just seemed that every time I went to see them I'd get one or two songs, and then they'd take a break - and their filler was a Brittney Spears video or the like, which just sends me fleeing.) Another example of bad space was the Jeeves Lounge on deck 2 - on the second sea day, the ship's orchestra gave a great big band concert, but the orchestra was placed on a stage on the other side of a walkway from the dining room, so while we were in the lounge trying to enjoy the performance we had lot of people walking between us and the band. Not their fault - just a lousy set-up. Cruise Director: Josh "Big Sexy" Waitzman was serving as cruise director on this sailing. I liked him, but thought he had way too many announcements of events. To my mind, a cruise director should make three general announcements: One in the morning to let people know of things happening before lunch, one after lunch to advise of afternoon activities, and one after dinner to let people know the evening activities. Josh doubled up on the announcements - it's just not needed. Platinum status: So what did we get by virtue of being Platinum? For us, the best perk was the free laundry. And we did take advantage - during the week, we filled five of those bags that go for $15 apiece if you're sending laundry out to be done. Before, we spent a day putting clothes through the coin-operated laundries. The free laundry was worth its weight in gold - we put the laundry out in the morning, and when we returned from dinner that evening it was back in our cabin, washed dried and folded. Can't beat it. The canapEs and petit fours were nice - very tasty. Loved the VIP boarding and debarkation - they took care of us. Our free gift was silver-colored picture frames - I'm sure we'll use them. Overall, a great cruise (but then, we haven't had a bad cruise yet). Our next cruise is a 7-day on Conquest out of Galveston in February, but then we're considering what we do next summer. Maybe Pride out of Baltimore - we really would like to go back to Half moon Cay! Read Less
Sail Date July 2009
First,  information that I could not find anywhere regarding ports.  New York -We drove from Pittsburgh to Secaucus, New Jersey.  Stayed at the Hyatt Place in Secaucus, NJ,  Monday night prior to Tuesday's departure.  Although ... Read More
First,  information that I could not find anywhere regarding ports.  New York -We drove from Pittsburgh to Secaucus, New Jersey.  Stayed at the Hyatt Place in Secaucus, NJ,  Monday night prior to Tuesday's departure.  Although the hotel is not responsible for cars, there is free, safe parking on the 3rd floor of the parking garage the hotel uses for it's customers.  We left our car for free, used Carlos Transportation set up by the hotel to go to and from the port.  Charge was $68, $60 for transport and $8 for toll,  plus tip each way.  It was very easy and he dropped us right where we needed to be.  Didn't have to drive into city at all.  Carlos was very reliable. Hotel was lovely in a great area with restaurants and shopping within an easy walking distance. Very safe. We stayed another 2 nights upon our return. Can take Bus #320 from right outside the hotel to NYC, 46th and 8th, I think,  for less than $4.00 RT, goes every 15 minutes. We did the NBC tour in Rockefeller Center which was quite entertaining and I physically ran into Dan Rather as he was crossing thru the hall during our tour.  Also ate at Carmines on 44th and West.  Don't let the prices scare you.  Each dish serves 3 to 4 people.  We ordered fried zuccchini $17 and it was huge, then ordered the lunch size pasta $15 with 3 huge meatballs. Breads were great! Spent less than going to our local Italian restaurants. Wear your walking shoes!!!Grand Turk - Got off ship around 8 am and went directly to Margaritaville pool.  It was wonderful early in the am, free and very clean.  Great for kids who want to swim in a nice, big pool. Pool is directly behind beach chairs to the left facing shore.  Gets a little more rowdy as adults are drinking more toward 1 pm, so go early.  Beach was a little rocky, but nice. Know someone who took the FWD vehicle tours and seemed disappointed. Not much to see. HALF MOON CAY - FABULOUS!!!   I would have preferred 2 or 3 days here.Most incredible beach and water.  Smooth, white, soft sand.  Perfectly clear, calm water.  Walk to "left, facing beach".   Keep walking, don't go to the first batch of lounges, go about 5 or so minutes further, past the boat rentals.  We went between cabanas 9 and 11.  Only a few people were there and its like your own private beach.  PLUS, the Barbeque is directly behind you.  Just follow the path. We walked all the way back and took a shuttel to the BBQ only to find it was right behind our lounges.  If you have a sunburn, may want to rent a clamshellfor $17, they continue way down the shore also.  Don't worry about renting ahead of time.  Plenty of boats to rent as well.NASSAU. - Don't pay all that money to go to Atlantis!!  You can get there by cab for $4 pp and walk right into theAtlantis.  You can see the Aquarium and take photos of the lobby for free. It is quite nice.  There is a public beachwithin walking distance. As most others have said, the ship is clean, food is quite good.  Just wanted to give you port info as I didn't findmuch on that.  Overall was a very nice experience, but think I'll be going back to an All-Inclusive next year.  Less crowds, largerroom, free drings, huge pool and beach always available. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
           Me my g/f and 2 other couples (all in our mid 20s) booked our sailing about 4 months in advance. This was a convenient cruise because it left right out of NY and still went down to the Bahamas. We found this good ... Read More
           Me my g/f and 2 other couples (all in our mid 20s) booked our sailing about 4 months in advance. This was a convenient cruise because it left right out of NY and still went down to the Bahamas. We found this good instead of doing Bermuda or Canada again. I'll start with embarkation we got to the pier around 11:30 this might have been one of the fastest boardings i've ever seen and i've been on about 10 cruises. We were on the ship in about a half hour from the time our luggage hit the pavement out of our car. There was no line at all they gave us our sail and sign cards right away then into a big waiting area where they called people by zones it went fast.           The ship was nice a little bit on the smaller side of the Destiny class. We did the Glory this past Oct and although the Miracle was a little smaller it was just as nice although i didnt care for the layout as much but it did still have all the ammenities. It was kept very clean. We lucked out with beautiful weather and calm seas all week. The shows were great we particulary like the juggler Marcus Monroe he was hilarious and added comedy into his juggling. The comedians Anthony and Percy were good. Didnt go to the beetles show ticket to ride but i did heard people say it was amazing the beetles are just not my thing. There was also a magician Barman was his name he was great hed always be walking around the ship doing card tricks and such i have to say he was good. The cruise director Brett was ok i didnt find him to be as good/funny as some directors on past cruises. Butch from the glory was the best. I did see the captain sitting at the casino bar one night i tried to say hello to him and make a joke and he seemed a little grouchy but then my friend said he saw him on the beach joking around with people so i dont know maybe i just got him at a bad time. The food was excellent our waitress Monica was great. The dining room was beautiful have no complaints about it i've seen other reviews bashing the decor but we liked it. The maitre'd Frankie was ok seemed a little too fake for me. We did do Nick and Noras on the last night. It is def worth the 30$ cover charge it reminded me of a fancy place in the city that would easily be 220$ per couple. The shrimp cocktail was huge, I got the surf and turf which came with a 6oz lobster tail and a piece of filet mignon my g/f had a 12oz lobster tail it was delicious.              Now the ports...first stop was Grand Turk we took the catamaran snorkel tour it was good on the way back from snorkeling they served rum drinks and stopped at a quiet beach for about a half hour it was really nice. Then we hung out at Margaritaville the rest of the day the pool was huge and the view of the ship is amazing it docks so close to the shore. Next was Coco Cay its a beautiful private island they have a bbq with all the ship food and its really nice. We booked the excursion to swim with the sting rays it was only 25$ and was well worth it lasted about an hour we got to feed them and learned alot about them. There a little scary looking but were very gentle. After this we layed on the beach for a while then went parasailing this was fun i dont think id do it again though at a 100pp ill pass next time. Nassau was our last stop we did the all day pass at the Atlantis (book it early it sells out fast) it was 150pp and included lunch vouchers. The aquarium was amazing we followed a tour guide and it was very interesting the water park was alot of fun too theres some good slides one of them goes through the shark tank which was cool. After our day at Atlantis we shopped a little near the ship went to the straw market then to Senor Frogs for a few drinks it was good.               A few things i think Carnival could work on: One is definately the "sail away parties" they really didnt exist there was no live music the pool deck was quiet. While in port i think it was the Fascination docked next to us and we could hear their music from our ship and it seemed like they were having alot of fun over there. They did have live music on the sea days which was pretty good and the usual hairy chest and such contests were good. I dont drink margaritas but my g/f told me they were terrible this was disappointing for her on the Glory, we were hoping they improved but she tried one and said it was gross so that was the last one we ordered. All in all it was a great relaxing cruise ill definately do Carnival again but i dont think ill do the Miracle class again. I wasnt too crazy about how the main deck was so low to the water and so far far from the lido deck and i didnt like the setup of the disco it was kinda small and you had to go upstairs to go to the bathroom. Also they dont allow drinks on the dancefloor which i find dumb espeecially since i need a few to get out there! Im sure they have their reasons but i've never heard of that before.  I like the fantasy class or the bigger Destiny class ships better. We want to do the Dream when it comes out. If you do decide to do the Miracle you wont be disappointed it was a nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
About Us We were a group of six: me and my husband, our daughters ages 19 and 21, and their two friends ages 18 and 21. Our family has previously cruised with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Princess. The two friends were newbie ... Read More
About Us We were a group of six: me and my husband, our daughters ages 19 and 21, and their two friends ages 18 and 21. Our family has previously cruised with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Princess. The two friends were newbie cruisers. Arrival/Embarkation We traveled to New York City on a bus, arriving at the Port Authority bus terminal around 9:45 am. Since we had time to kill, we decided to walk to the cruise terminal rather than taking a taxi. We each had only one rolling suitcase and thought it would be manageable. It was a good 20 minute walk to the terminal, and in retrospect, a taxi would have been easier. Daughter 1's friend's suitcase wheel didn't stand up to the distance, but we got to see a bit of NYC and walk past the Intrepid Museum.  We waited outside the cruise terminal for our daughter 2's friend, who was being delivered by car, and were inside by about 10:30 am. There was no wait for the check-in procedures, but after doing the paperwork we were directed to a seating area where we waited until about 90 minutes before entering the ship.   We were told we couldn't go to our rooms right away, so we headed to Horatio's, the buffet, where lunch was being served. We found a variety of food stations, each with a different type of food. We browsed for a bit and made our selections. Tables were hard to come by since everyone was being directed to the lunch buffet at this time. We had been hoping we would like the food, having sailed on several other cruise lines, and often hearing comments about lower food quality with Carnival. We found the food quality and selection to be comparable to that of other cruises we had taken recently. After lunch we dropped our carry-on bags off at our room and explored the ship. The decor was unusual, but we enjoyed seeing how the variety of fictional themes had been carried out in the different public areas—very creative, if sometimes over the top. Cabins Our rooms (three of them) were among the least expensive offeredinside cabins on deck one.  The rooms were well designed and had plenty of storage. We found that we liked the location of our rooms a lot. Deck one is just below the deck where the Bacchus dining room and the Phantom Lounge are; and it is also close to the main public areas in the interior of the ship. For instance, after dinner, we would go down a deck to deck one. We could walk a straight, unobstructed path from just below the dining room (at one end of the ship) to just below the show lounge (at the other end of the ship) and stop at our room to grab a sweater or use the restroom on the way. Our cabin steward asked our names the first day and called us by name when he saw us in the hall throughout the cruise. He did a great job of keeping the room clean. He responded quickly to any requests and was unobtrusive. Except for debarkation day, but that wasn't really him. (more later) Dining We were assigned to the second seating. Our round table for 6 was in the lower level of the Bacchus Dining Room, in the central area between the balconies on the upper level. It was very loud in this particular part of the dining room. We could hear conversation and noise from both the upper and lower levels. In addition, the design of the room seemed to contribute to poor acoustics with lots of metal and hard surfaces. This was probably the biggest disappointment of the cruise. It was almost impossible to have dinner conversation with people across the table, since the acoustics made it difficult to understand what they were saying. I'm sure that the table locations that were beneath the 2nd level overhang may not have experienced this issue. However, one benefit to our table's location was that when the maitre'd and the serving staff did their nightly entertainment gig, we were right in the middle of the action. Frankie, the maitre'd, was one of the most entertaining and personable we ever experienced. I wouldn't be surprised if he secretly wants to be in show business. Frankie sings (rather well), the servers sing, several of the servers dance on the tables... quite the production. The teen girls in our party particularly enjoyed watching the Asian server who danced on the table next to ours most nights. The food selections were varied, and overall the food quality was pretty good. We were pleasantly surprised. One suggestion for Carnival would be to work harder at getting the food to the tables while it is still hot. Usually, the food was not quite as hot as it might have been, but still it was good. On the menu, there were a number of entrees that were standard every night, and there were about 5-6 unique entrees to choose from each night. Personally, I would have liked to see more variety in salads. The salads offered were usually pretty standard fare—Caesar and tossed. The teens enjoyed sampling the cold fruit soups. We all generally ordered at least 2 appetizers, and once or twice someone ordered two entrEes. Our servers, Katalin and Ilona, were obviously busy with multiple tables, yet they did their best to exceed our expectations, which is purportedly Carnival's goal. They remembered our preferences and went out of their way to accommodate special requests. They weren't especially chatty, but they focused on doing their job and doing it well. We generally ordered coffee and fruit from room service each morning, which served as a wake-up call. It was nice to relax and have our coffee before heading upstairs for breakfast a bit later. We ended up eating breakfast in the dining room once or twice and lunch in the dining room once. Both were good, but the lunch service seemed so slow that thereafter we opted to frequent Horatio's at lunchtime. At Horatio's, I particularly enjoyed the unique salads located against the center aft wall. I also liked the Asian buffet area. One other note regarding food. Since we were eating at second seating, we often wanted a small snack around 5 pm. All that was available at this time at Horatio's seemed to be pizza, deli sandwiches, and what they served poolside (hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos). It would have been great if we could have found some fresh fruit or soup during this time period. Instead, we found that the fresh salsa offered at the poolside grill was excellent. Also, there was usually sushi available beginning around 5 pm in a lounge. Even though I didn't really want pizza, I tried the veggie pizza a few days and found it to be good. My husband ended up eating a pastrami sandwich on several days. It was more food than he really wanted, but he gave the sandwich high ratings. So, we certainly didn't go hungry, but would have liked to find more light choices available in late afternoon. Entertainment and Activities We went to almost all of the main evening performances. The production shows were all entertaining and well done. There was one show we didn't care for and left after a few minutes. I think it was a ventriloquist... obviously not memorable. We were kind of annoyed by the announcements in the Carnival Capers that regularly encouraged second seating guests to get to the show venue early in order to get a good seat, or to see a special movie clip before the show, etc. Upon arriving, we would find the Bingo session with first seating people in progress.  And, "oh, by the way, if the second seating people want to buy a Bingo card, get in line and you can join the game." It seemed like such an obvious false advertising tactic to sell more Bingo cards. We didn't oblige by participating in Bingo, but many did and the cash prizes were sometimes very large. We participated in some of the organized games such as Family Feud and Trivia Games. They were usually fun. We would have liked to see more variety and frequency of free exercise/fitness activities or dance classes. The emphasis on cruises in recent years (not just with Carnival) seems to be very much on getting passengers to buy extra services, but the availability of organized fitness activities that didn't cost extra seemed particularly sparse on this sailing. Members of our group enjoyed using the sauna, the steam room, the hot tub in the spa, and the exercise equipment. We tried a number of pool areas. Our favorite spot to grab deck chairs tended to be on the level above the pool near the ping-pong tables. On particularly windy days at sea, the lounge chairs in this area seemed to be a bit sheltered by the design of the ship. We liked that there was an adults-only pool and hot tub, but the one day that we used that area we felt too tightly packed—there were so many lounge chairs set up that you could barely walk between them. We enjoyed the more open feeling on the deck above the pool area. Ports of Call We had four days at sea—more than we had ever had on a cruise before. This made it a very relaxing, if somewhat repetitive cruise. Most of us are happy to relax in the sun on a lounge chair, read, and people-watch, so this provided a welcome break from the real world. Grand TurkWe opted to use the beach area adjacent to the ship. We arrived early and had our choice of loungers. The beach was nice with restrooms and refreshments nearby.  We had brought our snorkeling equipment and tried it out here. No coral reefs, but a few fish were swimming between the hordes of vacationers. A woman next to me said she saw a stingray in the water. The beach is mere steps from the ship and from Margaritaville—obviously built to cater to tourists like us. Later in the day we moved to the pool area near Margaritaville. There was also a Princess ship in port that day. Their ship left earlier than ours, so the pool area had cleared out to some extent by later in the day. It was a very nice pool with lots of free lounge chairs. We bought some hot wings at Margaritaville to appease the teen girls who were in "wing withdrawal." We each had a drink—necessary with hot wings—and headed back to the ship. Overall, a nice day, free from the hassle of taxis, buses, and charges for lounge chairs or beach use that one might find at some ports of calls. Half Moon CayWow! The weather was beautiful and so was this port of call. The water and sand were straight out of a travel postcard. Beautiful aqua water, soft white sand, true paradise. Our group of six arrived rather early via tender boat and had our choice of spots to claim. We rented two clamshells since we had already had plenty of sun during the prior days, and also grabbed some loungers near the water. We took turns between the loungers and the shaded area. Even at the busiest time of day there were still plenty of lounge chairs available to those willing to walk up the beach a distance. Although we were parked in a crowded area of the beach, some of us walked up to the more isolated end of the beach, where it was possible to truly enjoy the beauty of the island. The lunch buffet was served in a pavilion behind the beach area. There were several pavilions adjacent to where the food was served with tables to sit and eat. The array of pavilions was scattered amongst a maze-like walkway that cut in and out of trees, bushes, and vegetation. It was somewhat confusing to navigate through this area. We ate in shifts so that someone could stay with our belongings on the beach. My husband and I ate near the end of the designated time period. There were several buffet lines serving the same thingand hardly any wait for food. Plenty of tables were available at this time, as well. The food was good, but consisted of a typical picnic fare—hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, fresh fruit, salads. Although there was jerk chicken, it might have been nice to be offered something more Bahamian, rather than what we might serve at a backyard BBQ in the USA. I enjoyed the fresh pineapple that was available here. It was notably absent from the fresh fruit displays at Horatio's on the ship. Nassau, BahamasWe booked our only shore excursion for this port. I pre-booked the Sail and Snorkel excursion through the Carnival website. The website gave two time options, 9 am and 1 pm. I selected 1 pm. At some point during the second day of the cruise our tickets were delivered to our room. They showed a time of 9 am with no explanation. The literature in the room made no mention of a 1 pm option for our excursion. Curious. Eventually we stopped by the shore excursion desk and were told the vendor had cancelled the 1 pm trip so we were moved to the 9 am departure. OK, would have been nice to have that explanation along with the tickets. They said we could cancel if we wanted. No, that's OK, we'll just make the teenagers get up early. The time switch turned out to be a blessing. We enjoyed our morning catamaran ride to a reef area and about an hour of snorkeling with a lot of colorful fish. We thoroughly enjoyed our choice of excursion and the beautiful weather. When we got back to the ship, it started drizzling. We had planned to have lunch on the ship and then go shopping. By the time we were done with lunch it was raining. After exiting the gangway, we stood under one of the covered areas on the walkway adjacent to the ship for a bit, hoping the rain would stop. No such luck. We noticed a free shuttle was taking people to the main tourist-oriented area of the pier where there were some shops. We had walked past this area in the morning on our way to the catamaran ride. We took the free shuttle and explored the shopping options that had been prepared for tourist consumption. Now it was pouring. So, we looked around again. It was still pouring. We double-checked to make sure we hadn't missed anything there. Did I mention it was pouring? Well, at least we had already done our snorkeling! On the way to the catamaran ride we had passed a big tent area with lots of local vendors. I guess it was the straw market. The girls wanted to go there. So, we ignored the rain and walked a few more blocks, popping in and out of stores on the way.  The straw market was a great place to go if you were looking for a knockoff designer handbag. Tons of handbags with a smattering of native crafts. My daughter haggled for a handbag and we bought a few other trinkets. My husband browsed the nearby liquor store while we took our second run through the straw market. He bought a bottle of Sands beer and they asked if he would like it opened. OK. The walk back to the ship was wet, but we were pleased with how our day turned out. Debarkation This was the low point of the cruise. We decided to carry off our own luggage so we kept our bags in our room the last night. On the final morning, prior to the announcement for self-assist folks to depart, we went to breakfast at Horatio's and then outside for a look at NYC.  Soon they announced that self-assist passengers could leave. We headed to our rooms to pick up our luggage and use the restroom. Surprise! Someone (not our cabin steward) was in our room making the bed and cleaning. He had moved our luggage and our carefully arranged items off of the bed and had piled them in a chair. We needed to use the restroom, but he was there and apparently wasn't going anywhere until he finished what he was doing. We walked around him as we tried to gather up our luggage and make sure we weren't forgetting anything. Finally he left; we used the restroom, and were on our way. The previous day, our cabin steward had told us that since we were on deck one, we would be the first to be called to leave for self-assist departures. I guess someone forgot to dismiss the self-assist people by decks. What a mess! One announcement. Everyone heading to the same place at the same time. People exiting elevators to find themselves trapped in a sea of wall-to-wall people and suitcases. Nowhere to stand; nowhere to move to. It took over an hour until the staff responded to and alleviated the traffic jam by creating and diverting a line of people from one end of the deck to another. Finally the line was organized and started moving. We had decided to take a taxi back to the port authority bus terminal. We were directed to a line of people waiting for taxis. A Long Line. Very Long. There didn't seem to be any sort of steady stream of taxis waiting to service this line either. I think we waited over an hour until we got two taxis for our group. The line was organized, it just moved very slowly. We could have easily walked to the bus terminal with our luggage in less time. We made it with mere minutes to spare before our bus left. Summary Overall, we had a great cruise. On every cruise there are some things we like and some things that could have been better. It's easy to think of things we liked better on certain other cruises, and there were things on this cruise that we liked. No one cruise always offers everything to exactly please everyone. For the price paid, we were very satisfied with what we received and would consider cruising with Carnival again if the itinerary, ship, departure port, and sailing date fit our needs. We had always heard that Carnival was a party ship and the food is not very good. Other than the group of about six people who were traipsing through the water at Half Moon Cay, each with an empty "bucket of beers" on their head, we didn't run into a lot of people who were obviously inebriated. Most of our fellow passengers were pleasant and friendly. And, the food was comparable to what we've had recently on Royal Caribbean and Princess. So, chalk one up for Carnival for delivering a fun cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
Embarkation was a breeze at 1:30.  No line at Security and headed over to VIP check in.  We were on board in 20 minutes.  Cabin was category 11 aft suite.  Carpet looked new and everything was in good condition.  Lots of drawers and ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze at 1:30.  No line at Security and headed over to VIP check in.  We were on board in 20 minutes.  Cabin was category 11 aft suite.  Carpet looked new and everything was in good condition.  Lots of drawers and nice large closet.  Met our cabin steward, Erfan.  You don't use a combination or your keycard for the safe; you need a different credit card to lock and unlock it.  Cute little night tables by the bed.  Bathroom amenities like toothpaste and a nice ladies' razor.  I didn't care for the shampoo or shower gel supplied in the shower dispensers.  Luggage arrived around 5:30.   Set off to wander about the ship.   3 swimming pools, one with retractable top!  Hot tubs here and there.  Aft adults only pool area was nice; large open deck.  Water slide was fun—remember to lie down to go faster, place weight on shoulders and heels (hint.)  Lots of deck space on the various top decks.   Clubs and bar areas were very nice, 'funky' even.  Typical Carnival theater.  Atrium very tall!  Games available in the library/internet cafe though the hours for books and games are 2 hours per day and you have to sign games out.  You can walk all the way around the promenade deck (3?) and when you get to the front of the ship walk through Gatsby's Garden to get back to the other side of the ship and continue the walk outside.     Muster drill at 3:45, sailed around 4:15 pm.  Was a nice ride out of the Hudson River and into a calm Atlantic Ocean.  Then it was dinnertime.    Food.  Lunch buffets always good with a nice variety.  Pizza and ice cream 24/7 was great. Liked the panini counter a lot.  Desserts were ok, key lime pie was great.  Chocolate buffet last sea day was very good too.  Lemonade available, sub-par coffee, but only black tea except in DR or supper club or at daily tea time.  Breakfast buffet too much of the same greasy stuff every day.  Very boring.  We used room service for brkfst.  Dining room food and service was good—we ate in the DR 4 times and had tablemates from CT.  We had a nice time with them.  I wasn't excited about the chocolate melting cake as the center is uncooked batter.  You can find ones that are more cooked in the dinner buffet.  They were very good in that state.  Nick & Nora's was very good.  We at there 2 times; filet mignon, strip steak and lobster were all delicious.  There's a $30 upcharge for this restaurant and the meats are US Prime.  Desserts—the chocolate one was the best.  Others were just ok.     The show we went to about music history was very good.   Some of the group games were fun too.   Repeat guest party was good.  Carnival is very generous with the drinks and finger foods served.  The display of all the Carnival ships was interesting.   Launderette on 7th deck was busy.  We did some wash after we got back from Half Moon Cay and though it got crowded, by the time the second load was done, the 2 washers were open.  So there seems to be waves of busy times.  It is $2 per wash and $2 per dry.  Detergent available in launderette.  You can also opt for Carnival's $15 per bag laundry service.    Photos are reasonably priced and many came out very nice.  You need to check the hours though as we wanted photos taken after first seating dinner and they were closed for a short time between the dinner seatings.  Liked the cards handed out to tell you where to find the photos so you didn't have to look through every single photo to find yours.   Grand Turk.  Tried to do Snuba excursion but it was sold out.  So we rented a car and explored a bit.  Not a very built up island.  Found a beach near a diving resort and hung out for a bit, then headed back to the dock area that had a so-so beach, pool, and Margaritaville.  Half Moon Cay.  Have you been to Princess Cay on a Princess cruise?  HMC is so much better!  Perfect powder sand beach, very large crescent.  Lots of activities.  We did the biking tour for a little over an hour and got to see the layout of the developed part of the island.  Very enjoyable.  Then found shade at the beach after lunch buffet—excellent jerk chicken.  They use large ferries for tendering at this port so there isn't a long wait to go back and forth to the ship.  I loved this place and would go back there in a second!  Nassau.  Rained and thundered so we didn't do our day sail.  Explored on foot a bit.  Hilton hotel downtown is nice and had good photo opps for the FIVE ships in port that day.  Senor Frogs is ok—had a margarita and non-alc mango smoothie.  Both very good.  Be aware the tip is already factored into the price you pay.  I didn't realize this till after I tipped again.    On the sail home (2 sea days) we had one rough day and the next day the water was as calm as glass.  You could look down mid-ship and see the stabilizers!  I wondered if we were seeing things so we walked to the port side and sure enough, there was the other stabilizer (I think it's under window #20 midship).  Pretty cool.   In the afternoon I was dozing on the balcony and heard someone yell "whales!" and sure enough there were 2 whales a few hundred yards from the starboard side of the ship.  Cute!   We did have soot on our aft balcony the last day at sea and occasionally people's drink residue floated down.    We inquired about bridge tours but were told they did not do any.    Movies playing were Bride Wars, Get Smart, Ice Age 2, Marley & Me, Twilight, Bees (?).   A lot of the time we got abc, cbs, nbc, tnt and tcm.   There is a VCR in the room.    Debarkation was way too slow.  We got in at 8 but they didn't start the self-assist people till after 9.  Even then some people got off who did not have their luggage with them and they had to get back on the ship as checked bags were not cleared by customs yet.  Waited and waited.  We tried to catch an 11:15 train and they finally started calling numbers at 10:30!!  We did not make that train.     Loved the cruise and will be back! 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Sail Date May 2009
This was my 2nd cruise on the Carnival Miracle. We decided to go again since we live on Long Island and were traveling with my 2 1/2 year old son. We went the week of May 24th so we could celebrate my birthday & my mother's ... Read More
This was my 2nd cruise on the Carnival Miracle. We decided to go again since we live on Long Island and were traveling with my 2 1/2 year old son. We went the week of May 24th so we could celebrate my birthday & my mother's birthday. I was traveling with my son & husband and parents.We were a little worried because it was Fleet Week, so we had the car service pick us up an hour early. It couldn't have gone more smoothly. Traffic was relatively light. My father is handicap, so we were able to board the ship early. This was my 5th cruise and 2nd on the Carnival Miracle. It was the best embarkation ever with no problems whatsoever. Within 1 hour we were on the ship.Before I knew it we were on the ship and eating lunch at Horatio's. One thing that is new - there are Purell dispensors throughout the ship. They also have paper dispensors in the restrooms for opening the doors (so you don't have to touch the door knobs)!The food was wonderful. This time around I made sure that I went to High Tea (which was served at Sea Days at 3:30 pm). It was great with all the pastries and finger sandwiches. The first time around I didn't find out about it till the end of the cruise. The first night we didn't like our seats in the dining hall (try to request a table by a window overlooking the ocean). No problem they were able to get us a different table for the next evening. The staff was extremely friendly and nice.Nick & Nora's - Loved it! It is totally worth the extra money. I had the shrimp cocktail, the caesar salad, the surf & turf & for dessert I had the sampler thing (can't remember the name of it). Me & my husband went out alone for my birthday.Sushi was good. A nice snack before dinner.Shows - Make sure you get there early like during bingo or during the scavanger hunt so you get a good seat. We enjoyed most of the shows. The worst one was the final show because it was an amateur show and none of the passangers on the ship had any talent. It got progressively worse as it went on some people were actually tone deaf. I actually felt like a judge on American Idol when they go state to state. I wished that I had a sheet of paper to hide behind.Camp Carnival - my son went to the camp for the first 3 days but after that he didn't want to go anymore. The camp concilors were very helpful and if they noticed any issues they would tell you right away. There were a lot of great toys and fun activities. The first night they had a fun orienation activity at Frankenstein's Lab where they gave balloons to the kids to play with.Most annoying thing - getting a beach chair. Best advice don't get fustrated either stake your claim on your way to breakfast or ask the staff if they can get you more chairs.Ports of CallGrand Turk - The beach was nice. It was very close to the pier & a lot of seaweed. The pool was nice but the water was freezing! We did a little shopping but the prices were on the expensive side so we didn't buy much. We stayed in the tourist area called Margaritaville. It's right when you get off the ship.Half Moon Cay - Wonderful beach. My father had a skin cancer scare earlier this year so we made sure to rent a cabana. It was $219 but if you can get some friends/family to contribute it is more affordable. It was worth every penny. It was great! It had an air conditioner/fans. They provided snacks (chips & salsa, fresh fruit, fresh veggies & dip), water and soda. They also provided snorkel gear & foam floats. My favorite thing was the chairs/ all had very thick cushions. We were further away from the main section so it was nice and quiet and relaxing.Nassau - We went to Paradise Island to Atlantis because we had been there years ago and loved it.We had a lot of fun going down the slides and lazy river. The only bad part is you have to do a lot of walking because Atlantis is a big resort. We couldn't spend the whole day there because it rained. The worst part was the food. It was a joke. With this excurison they include lunch, they don't tell you what that entails. It's a voucher to get a hamburger, chicken sandwich or fried chicken at a small little resturant. The voucher is good at a number of different places. We went to the one when we knew we could get pizza for our son.5 years ago my husband & I stayed at Atlantis and I know how wonderful a resort it is and how great the food is. I know from prior experience that the food is extremely expensive. However, I was shocked and extremely disappointed in the crap that they offered. It was unfair because the excurison was not cheap. I ordered a hamburger and got a grilled chicken sandwich and it was awful. My father ordered the fried chicken and the chicken was so small it was a waste to kill a chicken so little. My husband who will eat anything and not complain said his chicken sandwich was so bad that it still had claw marks from where the cat caught it. He also said if he had to describe it in one word. It would be "Criminal" because of the price for feathers & beaks.Spa - My best advice is book & prepay online to avoid lines. I had the lime ginger scub and massage and it was wonderful.Disembarkation - Seemless, we were off the ship quickly with no problems. We had no problem with our car service. Make sure that you have your driver meet you on the upper level (the lower level is for the buses).In conclusion - It was a wonderful & relaxing vacation. Best advice bring a lot of sunscreen, power strip (limited outlets in the room). If you want to keep the cups, hide them in a bag because the staff will take them when you're swimming in the pool. No worries though, if you complain they will get you a new cup (in case you want to save them).Christina Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
I sailed on the 8 night cruise from NYC to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau Bahamas with my wife and two kids.  Our son is 3 and our daughter turned 2 on this cruise.   This was our first Carnival cruise.  My wife and I have been ... Read More
I sailed on the 8 night cruise from NYC to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau Bahamas with my wife and two kids.  Our son is 3 and our daughter turned 2 on this cruise.   This was our first Carnival cruise.  My wife and I have been on five cruises (Royal Caribbean and Celebrity) before this one.   Embarkation at Pier 90.  The Pier is on 55 St.  When we were dropped off, it felt like being at LaGuardia Airport's passenger drop off.  The roadways are not spacious. When you enter the building, you go through the metal detectors and then you follow arrows that direct you to lines based on your cabin for check in. The ones checking you in are not the nicest people in the world.  Once you are done with check in, you get a Zone Number card and wait for the number to be called so you can enter the ship.  Once the zone number is called, you get an embarkation photo taken, then you get your photo taken for your Sail and Sign Card.  Our kids were in strollers.  We did not have to take them off the strollers for their photo to be taken.  The cameras were adjusted and the photos were taken.   After the photos were taken for the Sail and Sign Card, we entered Deck 2, where you see this beautiful Atrium.  We were directed to Lido Deck 9 to Horatio's - Buffett Restaurant since the cabin will not be available until 2PM.  We got on the ship sometime before 1PM.  We had a great buffet lunch.   We had a balcony cabin on Deck 8.  Having a balcony is always nice to have.  The balcony door takes a lot of energy to open.  Also, there is a lock at the top of the door where the children cannot reach it.  Just make sure you watch your step where there are signs to watch your step (between the room and balcony & going to bathroom).   Muster drill was at 3:45PM.  Our kids got green wristbands that they need to wear through out the cruise indicating their muster station.   Bacchus Dining Room -  The service was inconsistent.  Some nights were real good and fast, some subpar.  There is a kids menu and the kids get crayons.  The chicken nuggets are actually very good (I ate some while waiting for my meal!)  The Dining Room has a lot of grapes as dEcor (I mean A LOT OF GRAPES), so just be warned!  These are the things you notice while waiting for your food!    Camp Carnival.  Located on Deck 5 forward.  Orientation and registration was the first sail night. Our son enjoyed the Camp during the cruise.  They have a lot of activities.  They colored bags that they get to keep.  They do face painting, make play dough and even had one night where they watched a movie.  You are given a cell phone when you register your child (in case you need to be called for something). We were very happy with the counselors.  They were very patient and nice.   Day 2 and 3 were sea days.  Day 2's evening was the first Cruise Elegant night.  We took some family photos and bought a couple of pictures.  Also the food in the Bacchus Dining Room was excellent on this evening.    Day 4 was Grand Turk.  We were the only ship there and it was fun.  The beach was clean and the water was nice.  There is a Margaritaville there and lots of shops.  We just enjoyed the beautiful beach with the kids.   Day 5 was Half Moon Cay.  You have to go to the Phantom Lounge and get a number to be called for the tender.  The beach is beautiful and the water was so clear and blue.  There is a kids area.  Our kids loved Half Moon Cay.    Day 6 was Nassau, Bahamas.  It rained in the morning, but it cleared in the afternoon.  This is the place to do your souvenir shopping.  There were other passengers in Nassau from Carnival Conquest, Carnival Imagination, and Disney Wonder.  Remember to bring your photo ID when you leave the ship.  It will be looked at when you return to the ship.   Day 7 and 8 were sea days returning to NYC.     Other things:    Deck 9 (Lido Deck and Horatio's) Ice cream and pizza available 24 hours on Deck 9.  Horatio's restaurant was always maintained well and I always saw someone cleaning the tables.  This was one of the cleanest ships I have been on.  There were hand sanitizers at the beginning of the buffet stations.  Breakfast usually had the same choices everyday.  I loved the omelet station.  Lunch provided very good variety, with different themes and had very good dessert choices.  On the last day, there was beautiful chocolate buffet.    Nick and Nora's Supper Club was beautiful.  The steak was delicious.  Do not expect Peter Luger's, but it was still a very good steak.  I loved the mash potatoes and creamed spinach.  The dessert was also very good.  There was one very good waiter, but the assistant was not so good.   The staff was very nice and courteous.  They chatted with the kids and always smiled. They work very hard.    The water slide on the ship (aft) was a lot of fun.  There was a line to go on it when I went, but it went fast.  There is a height requirement to go on it.      Debarkation took much longer than expected.  We arrived the Sunday before Memorial Day and Custom's was understaffed.  The workers manning the lines at Customs were also not so friendly (I think they are the same people that work at the Check In.)  Just have some patience when you debark.  This was the worst debarkation I have experienced on any of the cruises I went on.  However, this was not Carnival's fault.   Overall, we had a wonderful and grapeful cruise with the kids and had a wonderful first cruise with Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
Recently divorced, I chose to go on my first cruise alone. I felt like I needed to do something just to please me. What a great choice this was. From the embarkation (a fun photo just before boarding), finding my room, exploring the ship, ... Read More
Recently divorced, I chose to go on my first cruise alone. I felt like I needed to do something just to please me. What a great choice this was. From the embarkation (a fun photo just before boarding), finding my room, exploring the ship, the endless food, casino, exotic ports and friendly fellow travelers, I had the time of my life and become addicted to cruising. I truly enjoyed the solo cruising but couldn't help thinking over and over again that I wish my grown children and grandchildren could experience the wonders I was taking in. This cruise was in April and by November of the same year I went on my 2nd cruise taking my son Robert, his family my daugher and her boyfriend (seven in all). AND AGAIN in the spring of 2010 took my other son and his family (seven of us in all). Wow I love it so much I wanted everyone else to have the same fun and share it with them. Now back to this trip...The ship is just overwhelming, in a good way! The first sight of it made my heart skip a beat. I had never seen a cruise ship (only in pictures) let alone cruise on one. The embarkation was a breeze but I was on a high from seeing the ship and anticipating the fun that lay ahead. My photo taken in the terminal before boarding has me smiling from ear to ear! Once on the ship it was one wonderful new thing after another. The room was tiny but perfect. The night before cruising a fellow worker who is an avid cruiser talked me in to upgrading to a balcony and I am so happy I did. There is nothing like having your own slice of paradise when you want a moment alone by not cooped up in an inside suite. I am a forever balcony fan! The muster drill was even fun as a first timer, but I must admit I find them nothing more than a necessity now that I have four cruises under my belt. Once the muster drill was completed it was time to find food, drink and make myself familiar with my surroundings. That was more than I could ever have imagined. It actually took me several days to find my around, I got a map of the deck plan and lived by it the first few days. There is always something to do. Every morning you get a newsletter delivered to your room called the Fun Times. There is a list of all the 'happenings'. Bingo, trivia challenges, scavenger hunts, card games, crafts, movies, drink mixing contests, jeopardy, newlywed game, male v.s. female contests etc... Just too many to name. Some I watched but many I participated in! I found myself many days having to choose between a few that over-lapped on time. I hate to admit it but I even got back on the boat early at one of the ports so I would be able to make it to a commercials trivia game! I had so much fun and even won a couple of plastic 'ship-on-a-sticks'!!! Room 8125 is on the Starboard side with a nice view of the bridge, I could even see the navigational monitors from my balcony. The next room midship Rm 8127 set back a few feet not allowing them to see the bridge so I felt priviledged to have the view that I had. A balcony is a must. I truly believe the few extra dollars are worth it. Now on to the Excursions and Ports!!! Our first stop was Colon, Panama and the Panama Canal. I was in awe at the sight. It was interesting to hear all the information surrounding the history of the canal and to actually see a ship pass through it with literally only a few inches on each side, seeing all the ships waiting for their turn at navigating the canal. After having studied it in elementary school and high school it was incredible seeing the whole process and putting all that information in perspective. I signed up for kayaking (my 1st time ever, at age 52!) on Lake Gatun, the lake at the top of the Panama Canal. I had so much fun and only capsized once! It was only minimally difficult righting my kayak and getting back atop. I can't fully describe what a great experience it was. I can tell you I have kayaked twice since then an anticipate doing more times! In Puerta Limon, Costa Rica it was Easter Sunday and the predominately Catholic community was very quiet, most shops closed down. I took a bus tour to some ruins/caves and nature habitat that was entertaining then went back to the ship early to partake in my favorite activity, trivia. I don't feel as if I can give a fair evaluation of the city/port due to the religious holiday. BTW, I went to mass on board the ship on Easter Sunday and enjoy it. I always like to attend mass when on vacation, it broadens your horizons to see other takes on this time honored rite. (FYI: My favorite being mass in Kauai, Hawaii.) Our last port was in Belize. Again I stepped all the way out of my box and ziplined through the rainforest tree tops. It was exhilirating! We first had group instruction and then climbed to the high point and proceded to zipline about 8-10 times and 1 40ft rappell back into the cave that we started in. I have to assure you I never felt so safe. The guides were very good, I was never afraid. I can also tell you I was most afraid that I wouldn't be able to do it due to my age and size (I'm no Barbie) but neither of those factors ever entered into the equation. There as even a couple in their 70's who completed the excursion without any untoward occurances. Since this was my first time on a cruise and I didn't have the security of another person with me, I booked all my excursions through Carnival. I didn't want to be stranded alone in a foriegn country. Plus the fact I had never travel to any of the port and was in unfamiliar territory so wanted the comfort of knowing I was in competent hands. Now that I have been and have seen the types of tours that are available outside the cruise ship realm I would be comfortable taking a non cruise tour, but I would recommend doing some research ahead of time on tripadvisor.com or on your specific cruise ship review forums. As for the ship, I found the main showroom entertainment to be a bit cheezy, the comic show were good, the activities were varied, something fun for everyone. I ate dinner one night Nick and Nora's Steakhouse, I found to be a bit pricey. But then again I was alone so the experience would have been more fun if I would have had someone to share it with. The food was good, the service was slow but then again if I had company it probably would have been perfect timing. And as a side note, I had a good time by myself but would not recommend it to most people. The price of a cabin is based on double occupancy so the room was quite expense considering. In closing I can't possibly say enough good about my 1st time cruising! Carnival made it so good that I have gone on 3 since and am always planning a next trip. :-) Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Our cruise was absolutely wonderful. Our cabin was an inside room which was one of the largest I had ever been in. My cousin was in a cabin across the hall with a double balcony and she too enjoyed the size of the room. Our cabin stewards ... Read More
Our cruise was absolutely wonderful. Our cabin was an inside room which was one of the largest I had ever been in. My cousin was in a cabin across the hall with a double balcony and she too enjoyed the size of the room. Our cabin stewards were prompt, uninvasive, and creative with their towel creations. Everything was exceptionally clean, and the service was great. Our bed was very comfortable as well. The deck pools were nice, however I would have designed it a little better. THe whirlpool sits up high and blocks the view of the stage. The twin pool beyond the doors seemed more quiet, but I think it would have been better served to have a larger area without a division then two smaller pool area's. Still, we managed to grab lounge chairs and enjoy the activities. I like the back Serenity pool for a change of pace. Much more room to sunbathe and enjoy the sights. The decor on the ship was unusual and ornate. In fact, sometimes I was confused by it all. It was almost overdone but something about it was appealing as well. Food on the ship was outstanding. We dined late each night and were seated on the balcony of the restaurant. We had a booth for the four of us and enjoyed not having to be seated with strangers. Our waitstaff was very good, although not very interactive or entertaining as some on previous cruises. It didn't matter, we were there for the food, and we ordered and ate plenty! The lido buffet was excellent as well. Plenty of choices to choose from. I liked the variety each day. We certainly did not go hungry. The entertainment was excellent as well. I have a son who is the Musical Theater industry and have seen many shows. The talent onboard this ship was superior and could easily be one seen in touring Broadway productions. They had great dance ability, and the costumes were fun too. They had a nice variety of shows and comedians which kept us entertained all week long.Our ports of call were some of the best I have been to. I loved St.Lucia, and St.Kitts, and of course shopping on St. Maarten is the best! Overall this cruise was a great experience. I felt Carnival had improved since my last cruise and found them superior to the Royal Caribbean cruise I was on last. I would book with Carnival again and hope to soon! Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
My husband and I are both over 60 and traveled with our 22 year old son. This was our 12th cruise, 8th on Carnival and again we were not disappointed. Carnival continues to offer the best cruise experience for your dollar. We drove to the ... Read More
My husband and I are both over 60 and traveled with our 22 year old son. This was our 12th cruise, 8th on Carnival and again we were not disappointed. Carnival continues to offer the best cruise experience for your dollar. We drove to the port from Northern Kentucky. Parking and embarkation was a breeze. We had booked a suite so we were led to the VIP boarding room and were one of the first to board. By noon we were enjoying a delicious lunch buffet.We had booked a Category 11 suite. We had done this on 1 previous cruise. We absolutely love this cabin category - the large closets, the larger balcony and especially the bathroom with its large bathtub. Since this was an 8 day cruise we knew we would spend more time in the cabin and on the balcony than usual. Plus our grown son was with us and we have found that a balcony cabin is a little tight for 3 adults. We were on Deck 6, cabin 6156. As the Miracle's configuration narrows at this point, there is only 1 deep inside cabins and the doors did not open into our hall on this side of the ship. So there was not as much traffic as on the other side of the ship. This was our first cruise on a Spirit Class Ship and this class of ship is completely different from Carnival's other class ships. The layout is easy to maneuver and the use of space is so different from the other class ships. From the Yellow Brick Road shops to Gatsby's Garden sitting area, Carnival has created a beautiful ship. It is well maintained shining from top to bottom. The dining area, although a little gaudy with purple grapes decor, was still elegant and classy. Menu items were varied and cooked to our request. I don't think that we had a single item that was below our expectations. Service was attentive both in the dining room and in our cabin. We had never cruised to the Southern Caribbean and were anxiously awaiting our Port days. I do have to say that, for us, over 2 days at sea both before and after visiting the ports was bit of a stretch. We prefer the activities in port. And as usual, after a full day of sightseeing or onboard activities, we were too tired to enjoy the evening entertainment. We used self-assist for debarkation and were on the road heading home quickly. Although the ship docked at a different pier that it started at, it was just as convenient. Since I had heard that this happens on occasion, I was somewhat worried about the logistics of disembarking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
This trip with friends was booked last August. Carnival refunded the fuel charge we had paid, as the prices came down since we booked, a plus. Boarding was smooth, and bags delivered shortly after we did at the cabin. Lots of activity if ... Read More
This trip with friends was booked last August. Carnival refunded the fuel charge we had paid, as the prices came down since we booked, a plus. Boarding was smooth, and bags delivered shortly after we did at the cabin. Lots of activity if you wanted it, but the most nicest thing I saw was the fact that you were not pushed into buying stuff. Last fall we did a RCL cruise, and every moment was someone in your face trying to get you to buy a specialty drink,cookbook, or other "stuff". They had the same stuff on carnival, but it was not pushed. The only cookbooks I saw were on the Galley tour, and the overall experience was great. The only complaint I had was having to buy water in my cabin to take my pills or go up to the dining area to get to a water fountain. The entertainment was good, as was the food and service. Everyone was most helpful. We took 2 tours booked with the ship on St. Maarten and St. Lucas, but booked our own horseback ride on St. Kitts. This was a stable I found with the tourism bureau, Trinity Stables, and it was great. They picked us up at the ship, we had a great ride along the ocean, and they delivered us back promptly. I would have liked to try the Rain forest ride they offered, but we had time constraints. We only had 6 hours on this island, but hope to get back and stay a week. Carnival offers a new (to us) type of getting off the ship - self assist. This was great, as we could carry our own bags off, and saved considerable time getting off. We had arrived in Ft Lauderdale around 6 - 6:15AM, and we were leaving the parking lot by 7:50, after having breakfast onboard shortly after 6:30. The last trip on RCL we waited a couple hours for luggage that had gotten stuck in the wrong pile, so this was a real plus. We had sailed with this Captain before, and the last trip was not bad. Some friends did have a problem with the air reservations made with Carnival, but I am not sure where the problem really was - the airlines are condensing flights, and theirs may have been one that was cancelled by the airlines, as these too were made many months ahead. I suggest if you have air connections, check them out before you leave to make sure there has not been major changes. Another onboard with us got stuck an extra day in Ft. Lauderdale that made a mess of their plans for getting home. Overall, a great trip for us. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
We had a wonderful cruise and really hated to come home, as we heard the weather here was horrible while we were gone. Our flight to Ft. Lauderdale was on time and we got to our hotel by 5:30 p.m. My friends met us at 6 and we went ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise and really hated to come home, as we heard the weather here was horrible while we were gone. Our flight to Ft. Lauderdale was on time and we got to our hotel by 5:30 p.m. My friends met us at 6 and we went to a seafood restaurant. We stayed at the Airport Rodeway Inn and Suites. They were very accommodating. They provided free breakfasts with fresh made waffles. The hotel had a free shuttle from the airport and the next day it also took us to the port. We got to the port around 12:30. Embarkation went smoothly. It took about an hour. We were on the ship by 1:30 and at our M & G by 2. Meet and Greet: We had over 60 people at our M&G on the aft bar, the day we boarded. Someone made laminated name tags with a ribbon so we could wear them and identify ourselves. They had our CC sign-in names and our real names on them. Everyone recognized everyone from our roll call, as we all wore Mardi Gras beads. It was so much fun meeting all those people we corresponded with from our roll call. We bumped into a lot of these people on the ship and at the different port excursions. It was a great beginning to a wonderful cruise. The ship: The diningroom was a little gaudy for my taste (huge purple grapes all over the ceiling)and you had to go thru the casino to get to the 1st floor dinning room. The other option was to go to the 3rd floor and walk down a flight. I did like that all the lounges, shops, and bars were located on either floors 2 or 3. I also liked that they had 4 pools. Two mid, one aft and one above with a slide for the kids. We always found chairs. The ship itself was very nice. Our cabin had an extended balcony and it was roomy enough for 3-4 people. The food: We always found something to eat, but if you did not get your meat medium-rare, it was a bit tough. They did have escargots and crabcakes for appetizers, but not everyday. The steaks were so so, but DH got an end cut of Prime rib and it looked really good. I usually had some type of fish. The salmon was very good and the pike perch was good too. They had sushi one night as an appetizer and the tuna was delicious. They also had a sushi bar in the evenings. Our table mates were very nice. We sat with two other couples right smack in the middle of the first floor. We ate one night in the supper club and that was fabulous!! DH had a huge porterhouse and I had the filet. It was a very special evening. It was worth the extra bucks. We had breakfast in our room twice. I had lox, cream cheese and a bagel and fruit. DH usually had cereal and fruit. We also had a pot of coffee and juice. They did not have lox at the breakfast buffet. I missed that, and thus the reason for room service. We ate one day in the dining room for breakfast also. We had eggs benedict. They were good. The other days we ate at the breakfast buffet on the lido deck. If we were in port we ate lunch in the ports, otherwise we had lunch at the buffet. The hamburgers and chicken tenders were good, but the pizza took way to long to get. I usually had salads and Dh loved the deli. Entertainment: We saw 2 shows (10:30) and they were both good. Generations was wonderful and the ventriloquist was good also. I really wanted to see A Ticket to Ride (Beatles Tribute), but it was at 7:30, and we missed it. All the games (bean bag toss bingo, etc. were during the day, so we didn't get to see any of them. We are sun lovers and we stayed by the pool on the sea days. The lounges/bars at night were pretty sparse with people. Didn't hear of any great lounge entertainment. We went to the casino a few times. We did not win. We had 3 sea days. It was nice the first sea day before we went to Cozumel and we got some sun. The 2nd sea day (after Roatan) was also nice. The third sea day and last day of the trip, it rained a little and sun was sparse, but we listened to the band, watched the contests and yapped and had fun with our group of CC roll call friends. We did not get to the gym or participate in any games. The games/karaoke on the ship by the pool on sea days were a hoot though! I would definitely go on the Miracle again. I would love to do the original itinerary that went to Costa Rico and Panama. Read Less
Sail Date February 2009
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale for the weekend prior to our Tuesday departure and had our usual good weather and nice stay prior to boarding. Embarkation went smoothly arriving at the cruise terminal around 11 a.m. and being on board with ... Read More
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale for the weekend prior to our Tuesday departure and had our usual good weather and nice stay prior to boarding. Embarkation went smoothly arriving at the cruise terminal around 11 a.m. and being on board with our carry ons stowed in our stateroom closet by 12:30 p.m. We were part of a large cruise critic board that had arranged to wear Mardi Gras beads as a form of identification and as a result we met many fellow cc'ers while still in the terminal(great idea Enjoyinglife). We had a 2:00 p.m. meet and greet arranged by the aft pool & bar and over 60 showed up. Special mention goes to "papanh" for the special identification tags he had ready for everyone which included both our cc handles as well as proper names. The M&C was great and gave everyone a headstart in establishing new friends and excursion partners etc. We found the ship quite beautiful and not over the top as many others have mentioned. Yes the decor was different but we thought it managed to stay within the themes strived for and we quite enjoyed it. I was expecting the ship to be showing more wear after five years of service but found it mainly in exceptional condition. After a dining disaster on a competitor last year, we were ecstatic to find all dining experiences this year average to above average. Main dining room food was above average and staff friendly and attentive. Lido deck buffets were as expected and with the exception of one rainy noon hour, congestion minimal. Miss my morning omelettes! We dined with four other fellow cc'ers in the supper club to celebrate an anniversary and I cannot begin to heap enough praise on this experience as it was like night and day compared with last years. The quality, size and presentation of all courses was exceptional and the service unparalleled. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is considering it. We had late dining and therefore only managed to take in one show and the midnight comedy act. Both were good. If there was one weakness in this cruise it was in lounge and bar entertainment. Compared with the Legend two years ago, this years was very sub par. One of the highlights this year were the new friends we made through CC and our dining table mates who were both wonderful and interesting couples. Kudo's to all staff we encountered as all were cordial, friendly, attentive and just plain nice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2009
The Embarkation was quick and painless. Arrived at the port about 11:00 they opened the doors at about 20 minutes later and away we went. Only problem was they did not have signage directing anyone to the second floor check in. After ... Read More
The Embarkation was quick and painless. Arrived at the port about 11:00 they opened the doors at about 20 minutes later and away we went. Only problem was they did not have signage directing anyone to the second floor check in. After getting a Group number we waited no longer than 5 minutes to get to the counter and 10 minutes later we were on board and at the Lido having lunch. Since the Miracle is essentially the same layout as the Spirit we already knew where most things were but still spent the rest of the afternoon exploring. 4:00 PM was Sailaway and we left about 15 minutes late. Unfortunately there was no organized sailaway party (noticed this on the Spirit last Year too) Where was the cruise staff. But we did meet most of the people in our Roll Call at sailaway. Dinner introduced us to our tablemates Joe and Pat from Philly, Terry and Linda from London, Ontario, and we met the final couple the next night Ian and Jackie from England/Florida. Turned out to be a really great group. Our waiter was Arlen from the Philippines and his Assistant was Diliv from Indonesia. There was also a "Floater" Asst. Waiter from Eastern Europe who helped sometimes but we never got her name. Arlen and Diliv earned extra tips, they were that good. But the Surprise of our dining was the ever-present Maitre d', Miguel Cruz from South Africa. He was funny, and always around and making sure everything was correct. We even saw him on the Lido bussing tables to make sure that the "front of the restaurant" was always perfect. He announced on the last night that at the end of our cruise he was being transferred to the Spendor. It was so unusual to have the Maitre d' always around and not just showing up on the last night for tips, he made the dining experience memorable. Almost enough for us to book on Splendor so we can sail with him again. The ship was nice, I just wish there was a way to get from the Show Lounge to the Dining Room without having to go thru the smoky casino. Going down to Sushi Bar every Evening required getting off at deck 3 and walking thru the shops then down stairs to the 2 Deck where the Sushi Bar was outside of the Sports Bar (Smoking). Then retracing our steps back to 3 and back to the dining room and down to 2 to our table. After Dinner, to get to the Phantom lounge, it again required either going thru the Casino or up to 3 and then back down to 2 to get there. COME ON CARNIVAL, WORK ON GETTING BETTER AIR FILTRATION IN THE CASINOS. The entertainment was the best we have experienced on Carnival. The lead Singer Brent Thiessen was very good and had an amazing repertoire of songs. "Ticket To Ride" is the best Carnival Show. Period. Comics were average but entertaining. Cruise Director Brent was one of the better ones we have had, and his staff, Justin, Gayve, and Pip were okay. Gym was busy quite often with 3 sea days. Plenty of Deck chairs available since it was somewhat cool on this trip. Propulsion problem was noticeable. Wake on only one side of the ship. Smoke from only one side of the Funnel. Fastest speed we did was 17 knots, with an average speed of only 11 knots. (We were passed by a cargo ship on the way back to Fort Lauderdale like we were standing still) But we will probably go on the Miracle again when we can actually go to Panama, Costa Rica and Belize. Good Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
Other than having to be at our local airport at 0 dark 30 to make our connections, it went flawlessly! In many cases, the only way to fly within the state, is to fly out of the state first - normally to Atlanta first. When we landed, ... Read More
Other than having to be at our local airport at 0 dark 30 to make our connections, it went flawlessly! In many cases, the only way to fly within the state, is to fly out of the state first - normally to Atlanta first. When we landed, we went to the baggage area and the Carnival people were there to direct us to the proper bus. The driver loaded our luggage and we didn't see it again until it arrived in our room. At the cruise terminal, embarkation went well. Signage could have been a bit more visible, but not an issue. Going through security and inprocessing took little to no time at all and we were on board and having lunch before noon. The food and service on the luncheon buffet was excellent. After lunch, we walked around the ship and went to our room at 1 pm. It was a standard room with an extended balcony. Our room steward was there. He was very friendly and very understanding. During the entire cruise, our room was immaculate. At the end of the cruise, he and his assistant earned an extra tip. Most sea days we ate breakfast and lunch in the dining room. Food was great, service on two occasions was not up to expectations; otherwise it was great. Also, on days we ate on the Lido deck, everything was outstanding! We like the late seating for dinner. Our servers were great, and at the end of the cruise, they too, earned an extra tip. The only drawback to the dining room was the vibration from the engine propulsion problem. In regard to someone's comment (I think we were on the same cruise) about an "odor" on the 7th floor; we experienced no odor. Also, our interchanges with the purser's desk showed them to be both polite and professional. We had no direct dealing with the medical staff, however, what little we observed and judging from ship announcements they did an outstanding job handling the medical emergency at Grand Turk. The ship had lots to do to keep all people entertained during "sea days" and all evenings. However, for "Bingo" players there was a tremendous conflict of interest. For whatever reason, the "Power Ball Bingo" was scheduled at the same time as the "Late Seating" dinner. Also, there was some confusion - during the medical emergency - regarding scheduled events; as a result some missed the "past guest" party. Lastly, production shows were great; the comedy shows, especially the show by the "Village Idiots" left something to be desired. Finally, debarkation was the best we had ever experienced! Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
Carnival Miracle Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.5 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 1.5 3.5
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.4

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