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Carnival Miracle Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Hawaii 2013

Review for Carnival Miracle to Hawaii
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Sail Date: Apr 2013
Cabin: Grand Suite

The Carnival Miracle departed Long Beach CA in April 2013 destin for 5 ports in Hawaii and on to Vancouver BC.

LBC Embarkation Process - As many of you know Suite guest, Platinum and Diamond Club members and anyone who has purchased the Faster to the Fun Program have a different boarding process then general board. We were in a Grande Suite (GS 6182) for this particular trip. The boarding was expeditious and very efficient. Even with nearly 30+ people in the room for the above members we were in and out in under 5 minutes regarding check-in. Security screening lines were VERY short compared to general boarding. We had maybe 10 people in front of us and the GB side had nearly 500 if I had to guess. After security we walked right on. Overall, a 10 on the scale for efficiency.

Cabin - We had cabin 6182 on this particular trip which was a Handicap Grande Suite, which differs slightly from the normal GS cabins, but only slightly. The main differences we could find were an electronic door (swings open when card is swiped, AWESOME), a ramp to get out to the balcony and the biggest differences in the bathroom. A single sink instead of a double, the bidet is removed and a wheel chair accessible shower is added which is quite large and more than adequate for couples who like to shower together. The room itself was enormous compared to most cabins on board. Plenty of room to entertain if you have a group of 20+ for any type of gathering. King bed, still only 1 outlet, mini bar and fridge. The balcony has 2 loungers, 2 chairs and a table and plenty of room to spare with good views. The most annoying and frustrating thing to mention is the ship received new TV's in dry dock, replacing the old CRT tvs with flat panel tvs which is a welcome addition.........HOWEVER, it is mounted to the wall........without a swivel mount. That's right it moves 1" or so in each direction, so if you plan to watch TV or movies in bed or the couch on your trip, you better bring your own (PPE = Piss Poor Engineering).

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Grand Suite

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Cabin - We had cabin 6182 on this particular trip which was a Handicap Grande Suite, which differs slightly from the normal GS cabins, but only slightly. The main differences we could find were an electronic door (swings open when card is swiped, AWESOME), a ramp to get out to the balcony and the biggest differences in the bathroom. A single sink instead of a double, the bidet is removed and a wheel chair accessible shower is added which is quite large and more than adequate for couples who like to shower together. The room itself was enormous compared to most cabins on board. Plenty of room to entertain if you have a group of 20+ for any type of gathering. King bed, still only 1 outlet, mini bar and fridge. The balcony has 2 loungers, 2 chairs and a table and plenty of room to spare with good views. The most annoying and frustrating thing to mention is the ship received new TV's in dry dock, replacing the old CRT tvs with flat panel tvs which is a welcome addition.........HOWEVER, it is mounted to the wall........without a swivel mount. That's right it moves 1" or so in each direction, so if you plan to watch TV or movies in bed or the couch on your trip, you better bring your own (PPE = Piss Poor Engineering).

We ran into another issue where we had water dripping/seeping from the A/C vent over the toilet and over the bed. Dealt with the issue over 4 days. Each time we were told it was fixed, it was not. To the point the bed actually needed to be moved one night. We could not switch cabins as the ship was full. In closing though, minus the water leak and TV, the room was actually pretty great.

Port Reviews

Maui

Port is convenient but not pleasant looking.

We opted to rent a car, drove the road to Hana and went to a Luau at the Marriott Spa and Resort which was awesome and from exchanging stories was WAY better than the one Carnival offered.

Alamo was helpful and friendly on getting you in and out the door.

Honolulu

Rented a car and visited with family.

Alamo was the BEST, we arrived (along with 7 other people) after the last shuttle to the port. We attempted to hail a taxi which is an easy task in any large city.........except here. We tried 6 cab companies and 4 were closed and others couldn't service us.

Kauai

Rented a car once again, the island is BEAUTIFUL. Easy to get around and a relaxed atmosphere. Be sure to stop at some of the local shops as they are very friendly and have great merchandise cheap for friends and family.

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