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The staff were extremely helpful and the rooms and boat were immaculate. Initially you notice it is an older ship and then you do not even notice as everywhere is very comfortable. The food in the Lido area is varied at lunchtimes but the breakfast is the same in each area with the addition of a continental selection. We definitely decided to eat dinner in the Bacchus each evening as the food was excellent and there was a good choice every evening. The people on the cruise were extremely friendly (maybe Carnival attracts fun and friendly customers). We did not see our 14 & 17 year olds for most of the cruise - except for dinner - as the clubs provided such a great programme that they had a very enjoyable time. There were always plenty of deckchairs free and surprisingly the pools were not crowded. We were able to use the Serenity Area (as our boys were in the clubs or with friends they had made during the day) which we particularly liked.

Really enjoyable cruise

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by Nina Panda

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The staff were extremely helpful and the rooms and boat were immaculate.

Initially you notice it is an older ship and then you do not even notice as everywhere is very comfortable.

The food in the Lido area is varied at lunchtimes but the breakfast is the same in each area with the addition of a continental selection.

We definitely decided to eat dinner in the Bacchus each evening as the food was excellent and there was a good choice every evening.

The people on the cruise were extremely friendly (maybe Carnival attracts fun and friendly customers).

We did not see our 14 & 17 year olds for most of the cruise - except for dinner - as the clubs provided such a great programme that they had a very enjoyable time.

There were always plenty of deckchairs free and surprisingly the pools were not crowded. We were able to use the Serenity Area (as our boys were in the clubs or with friends they had made during the day) which we particularly liked.
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Cabin 4C 7230
Small but with plenty of storage space and a good sized bathroom
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