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Not a fan of lengthy "play-by-play" reviews, so read on to enjoy the facts, our opinions & thoughts on our recent Bahamas Cruise on-board the Carnival Miracle! I will give ratings on some of the major categories we consider when cruising ... those which can hopefully be compared across ships and cruiselines. Each & every review will be different, but since we have now been on 3 of the "major" cruise lines (RCL, NCL, CCL), and have completed 7 cruises overall, I think we do offer some good persepctive! I have rated all categories below, but keep in mind that some of these are based on choices we made, i.e. this itinerary, where to eat, etc., and some are based on the cruise itself! The Ship (C+): + Easy to Navigate + Serenity (Adults Only Pool Area) a Great Upgrade in 2012 + Cabin (Ext. Balcony) had lots of storage & nice size bathroom. Decor was less than ideal, and we prefer sliding to swinging balcony doors (so you can let some fresh air in!) - Outdated / Questionable Decor - Boat had a "shimmy" pretty much all week. Didn't seem to be related to water conditions, etc. Kinda felt like a car that shakes at high speeds! - Horrible Sports Court The Staff (A): + Friendly, Interactive, Pleasant + Friendly, Attentive, & Helpful Room Steward Staff The Food (B-): + Main Dining Room Food & Service Better than Average + Nick & Noras Steakhouse Specialty Restaurant EXCELLENT - Buffet Options, Layout, Hours of Operations Needs Major Improvement Entertainment (D): + Piano Bar (Doug), & DJs very good - Comedians average at best - "Big Shows" nothing to write home about - Least impressive overall entertainment of our 7 cruises to-date Ports/Itinerary (C): + Some family friendly options, e.g. Space Center in Port Canaveral & "All-Inclusives" in Nassau & Freeport - Nothing really exciting, unless you want to drop some cash to see the Atlantis Resort in Nassau Embarkation / Disembarkation (A): + Arrived after 1pm, & was on the boat in less than 30 minutes + Disembarkation was a little behind the published schedule, but no issues with getting breakfast, finding a place to sit & wait, and no issues in getting off / customs ... very smooth Conclusion / Overall Rating (C): * Definitely a "get what you pay for" type cruise. It was probably our least expensive trip overall, and we found that the itinerary, the ship, & the entertainment were reflective of the price that we paid * Highlights: Bar staff, cruise staff, Doug the "piano man", Main Dining Food, & excellent Steakhouse experience NPS - Would you take this cruise again? NO NPS - Would you recommend going on this trip to a friend, etc.? NO

1st Time on Carnival ... No Miracles

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by CTJoeCruiser

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2013
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Extended Balcony
Not a fan of lengthy "play-by-play" reviews, so read on to enjoy the facts, our opinions & thoughts on our recent Bahamas Cruise on-board the Carnival Miracle! I will give ratings on some of the major categories we consider when cruising ... those which can hopefully be compared across ships and cruiselines. Each & every review will be different, but since we have now been on 3 of the "major" cruise lines (RCL, NCL, CCL), and have completed 7 cruises overall, I think we do offer some good persepctive! I have rated all categories below, but keep in mind that some of these are based on choices we made, i.e. this itinerary, where to eat, etc., and some are based on the cruise itself!

The Ship (C+):
+ Easy to Navigate
+ Serenity (Adults Only Pool Area) a Great Upgrade in 2012
+ Cabin (Ext. Balcony) had lots of storage & nice size bathroom. Decor was less than ideal, and we prefer sliding to swinging balcony doors (so you can let some fresh air in!)
- Outdated / Questionable Decor
- Boat had a "shimmy" pretty much all week. Didn't seem to be related to water conditions, etc. Kinda felt like a car that shakes at high speeds!
- Horrible Sports Court

The Staff (A):
+ Friendly, Interactive, Pleasant
+ Friendly, Attentive, & Helpful Room Steward Staff

The Food (B-):
+ Main Dining Room Food & Service Better than Average
+ Nick & Noras Steakhouse Specialty Restaurant EXCELLENT
- Buffet Options, Layout, Hours of Operations Needs Major Improvement

Entertainment (D):
+ Piano Bar (Doug), & DJs very good
- Comedians average at best
- "Big Shows" nothing to write home about
- Least impressive overall entertainment of our 7 cruises to-date

Ports/Itinerary (C):
+ Some family friendly options, e.g. Space Center in Port Canaveral & "All-Inclusives" in Nassau & Freeport
- Nothing really exciting, unless you want to drop some cash to see the Atlantis Resort in Nassau

Embarkation / Disembarkation (A):
+ Arrived after 1pm, & was on the boat in less than 30 minutes
+ Disembarkation was a little behind the published schedule, but no issues with getting breakfast, finding a place to sit & wait, and no issues in getting off / customs ... very smooth

Conclusion / Overall Rating (C):
* Definitely a "get what you pay for" type cruise. It was probably our least expensive trip overall, and we found that the itinerary, the ship, & the entertainment were reflective of the price that we paid
* Highlights: Bar staff, cruise staff, Doug the "piano man", Main Dining Food, & excellent Steakhouse experience

NPS - Would you take this cruise again? NO
NPS - Would you recommend going on this trip to a friend, etc.? NO


CTJoeCruiser’s Full Rating Summary
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Cabin Review

Extended Balcony
Cabin 8J 7196
Excellent closet & storage space
Ample size bathroom, decor outdated
Balcony size & condition excellent, including lounger chairs
Balcony doors swing & not slide, therefore they won't stay open to allow fresh air in/out of the room
Room size better than average
Bed comfort worse than other cruises
Safe required a credit care swipe instead of a code ... not very practical
Empress Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Snorkeling
    25 min van ride to private beach at "Deadman's Reef". $35 per person includes the transport, entry, snorkeling equipment & flotation belt. $3 per person for a beach chair. $6 per person to get a lunch ticket.

    Short education on the reef, coral, & fish life, and then use the beach as you wish. Great location, & great deal for the money. We had a breezy day, but still took advantage of the snorkeling to see some great fish & coral. On a nicer day this would have been a top notch excursion!
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  • Resort Day Pass
    $30 person for use of Hotel facilities, multiple pools, beach, chairs, umbrellas, etc. Very nice facility. Pricey "extras", but it's a resort! We were there in an "off-season" month, but on a nice day in peak season, this place would be jammin' & a great place to go. $5 per couple RT ride from port in the #10 "Jitney" the best deal of the entire trip!
    View All 46 Resort Day Pass Reviews
  • Cocoa Beach
    Booked Shuttle b/w Cocoa Beach, Cocoa Village, & Ship through Carnival with Tour operator. Transportation was a good deal @ $17 per person for unlimited use throughout the day.

    Cocoa Village was nothing to write home about. Cocoa Beach seemed nice, including the pier ... we just didn't have a great weather day. Would go back to Cocoa Beach on a "good beach day"!
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