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Sail Date: September 2014

I've noted several other recent Miracle cruisers recently posting about the ship's propulsion issues, and felt obliged to post what I know.

We had a marvelous two week cruise to Hawaii this past September. As we booked AFTER the ... Read More

I've noted several other recent Miracle cruisers recently posting about the ship's propulsion issues, and felt obliged to post what I know.

We had a marvelous two week cruise to Hawaii this past September. As we booked AFTER the formal announcement by Carnival (which I found weeks after I'd booked anyway), we didn't get offered any partial refunds or other compensation - but the iteniary had been altered from the original catalogue's plan which had an overnight in Maui to only a day-trip. Again, as we booked after the issue had been noted, we simply paid the fare, took the trip, enjoyed it and got back to LA on schedule.

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I don't know of any crew members attempting to conceal the issue; in fact, being retired military with years at sea myself, I was curious to know what the issue was - and was enthusiastically briefed during a behind-the-scenes tour by the ship's engineering staff. Simply put, the manufacturer of the pod systems noted that they'd been experiencing premature wear on the bearing cages, and advised Carnival to keep the maximum speed below 20 knots to avoid any overheating issues. Carnival did publicize that they could have either taken the ship offline and moved the overhaul period up, or simply tailored the iteniaries to fit within constraints imposed by speed restrictions, which is what they did. Most of the time, we were making 18 or 19 knots, which...if you've ever gone to sea with the US Navy...is actually moving along at a brisk (though not quite 31-Knot-Burke) clip.

Heck the bartenders I chatted up every night talked about this.

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We had a fabulous time; the crew was great, the food was great, the shows were limited but that's expected on longer voyages. The wife and I did a "re-committment" marriage ceremony with the Captain, and he was great; took time off the bridge to officiate, pose for pictures, and talk with us personally. An unforgettable experience all around. The Miracle is a sister ship to the Pride, which we've cruised on three times - but was far better maintained.

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Sail Date: September 2013

This is my third time cruising on radiance of the seas. The ship is not only very attractive and so easy to find your way around. The staff is always so friendly and helpful and I always enjoy all the activities provided and the amazing ... Read More

This is my third time cruising on radiance of the seas. The ship is not only very attractive and so easy to find your way around. The staff is always so friendly and helpful and I always enjoy all the activities provided and the amazing cruise directors bobby and Becky brown. They make this cruise fun! The food was always delicious with lots of varieties to choose from. A special recognition has to go to all the chefs and their helpers who put on the late night dessert buffet, it was amazing!

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Sail Date: September 2012
From the time of boarding the Zaandam to leaving her, the staff of this ship found many ways to please us with great service and courtesy. For the first time ever we never went in the main dining room, which is really unusual as on most ... Read More
From the time of boarding the Zaandam to leaving her, the staff of this ship found many ways to please us with great service and courtesy. For the first time ever we never went in the main dining room, which is really unusual as on most ships the best meals and service are found there. With the first meal at the Lido the selection and variety were so great that we thought that we would just make this our regular meal stop and not worry about eating at set times. The salad selection was varied and fresh, the Asian dishes were tasty and having the pasta bar service was tops. Confidence in health was provided by having the staff serve the plates to you and not having to hold implements handled by the person in front of you. Given the lack of proper hygiene by some guests, this is a great way to stay healthy. The pork roasts, roasted turkey, baked chicken dishes and steamed vegetables all were terrific. It was great to see the Chef around checking on his staff and talking freely with the passengers. The cooking demonstrations with the staff were not only great at sharing tips but were actually funny. The Company Men playing in the Theatre were really a high energy group that challenged the older crowd to come alive. They were fun and their talent promised long and successful careers. The ship is well maintained and carries an air of eloquence from the teak decks on the promenade deck to the intriquing artwork on display everywhere. The Hawaiian speaker really knows the Pacific and provided a great way to learn and enjoy the trip. The maritime history speaker was excellent as well. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
Took this cruise to celebrate our 50th anv. Very disappointed. First shock was the condition of our bed. Looked like something on skid row. They put plywood under it and then blankets to try and push up the middle. Told them we ... Read More
Took this cruise to celebrate our 50th anv. Very disappointed. First shock was the condition of our bed. Looked like something on skid row. They put plywood under it and then blankets to try and push up the middle. Told them we would pay for a new mattress and have it sent to the ship in Honolulu otherwise we would get off and fly home. They then managed to come up with fairly new mattress for our room. Sink had rust on it. Mold or mildew on grout in shower. Toilet had to be fixed, sink plugged and had to be fixed. Sewer smell for 10 days throughout the ship. They had a problem but didn't want to admit it. On 5 day return ship smelled better but outside on starboard deck smell of sewer really strong. People on deck 8 didn't have a toilet for 3 days. Were told to go down to deck 5 and use public toilets. Only place to get coffee was in Buffet area. 24 hrs coffee shop they make you pay for speciality coffee do not give our free regular coffee. Charge another $40.00 per day if you want to use the front of the ship area (Santuary). Try to two bit you to death. The crew is fantastic. Always there to help. Princess should be a shame to let this ship get into this condition. Lots of rusty areas. It is coming into drydock in Victoria on Dec. 2/17. Should have been done years ago. Not a good way to promote cruising with Princess. Princess didn't have the decency to answer our letter we sent 4 weeks ago. Had a great travel agent with Expedia. Too bad Princess doesn't give them a nice ship to recommend. Read Less

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