To all you lucky people that sailed on the first Miracle cruise, please , let those of us who will have to wait, know what you think of her. Would love to hear opinions of the ship and activities onboard.
We are cruising the week before 2/13/05. 2/20/05 starts winter vacation here in Mass, and we had planned on going that week as it's easier on Grandma taking care of the kids, but our anniversary is 2/14 so we opted to go the week earlier. I'll be getting off the boat while you get on.
We sailed the maiden voyage of the Miracle. Just a few comments: Jaxport a great port from which to depart-easy to find & little traffic. Exciting to sail under the bridge where the ship clears by only 6 feet. The inaugral cruise catered to the travel agents. Common folks like us could not get in Nick & Nora's supper club even though we made a mad rush to make reservations immediately after boarding. The supper club had been previously reserved for the travel agents who Carnival was trying to impress. (We were the 9th and 10th persons to check in for the maiden voyage.) For a while, we thought we were the only "paying customers" on the cruise. Apparently, the "in-the-industry" folks were invited to experience the new ship for free. The art work, murals, etc was fantastic, particularly in the atrium. The restaurant was a bit "gaudy." The food was average for a cruise ship. The lobster was excellent, filet was very average, the scrimp scampi was average, the salmon was a bit above average. Don't order the duck! Jessica Lynch, the ship's Godmother, looked great and was on board with her family, except for brother who is still on active duty. (Jessica said that she had never participated in a West Virginia Math Field Day contest because math was her "worst" subject.) The evening entertainment in the theatre was excellent, especially the Carnival singers and dancers. (The show on the last night paid tribute to the Beatles and was great. For the finale, each guest was given a florescent candle to waive in rythm to the final song.) Even though we sail 3-4 times per year (mostly RCCL), we were lost on this ship most of the time due to the floor plan. Our cabin (7234) was not logically located with respect to certain other cabins numbered 7233 and 7235, for example. Debarkation was a disaster. Carnival decided to allow every guest who did not check bagage to be first to disembark. Can you imagine how many people decided to just carry off all their bagage (for a 3 day cruise) in order to be first off? Overall: not too impressed with the maiden voyage of the new ship. Maybe it is because no one used the topless deck due to the cold temperatures or maybe it is because of the day and night we had to spend in Freeport, the worst port in the Caribbean. (Please do not get upset with me for being honest with my opinions. Just thought I should share our feelings since the question was ask.) Great sailing to all!!!!!!
Thanks for the honest review. Glad to receive it as I know so many of us are waiting to hear about the ship. We are all anxiously awaiting our turn to sail on her. Sailing under the bridge, certainly must have been a thrill. I have driven over it many times, but never suspected that a ship so large could sail under. Thanks again for your post.
Thanks for the review. No one should get upset over your review, as it is your opinion. What floats your boat may not float others boats. I have heard that the main dining room was gaudy, but they did say they are trying to get the grape designs more toned down and more purple than pink. I agree with you also that any maiden voyage is certainly going to cater to the TA"s and not particularly to the passengers! I am afraid to admit I was on a maiden voyage that catered to our group and although it was delightful, it shouldn't be one-sided. It was so wrong of the line Carnival Line to not have any space available for the passengers to use the Supper Club! A percentage of it should have been held for the TA"s but certainly not to hog the whole time. Being the nineth person in line, you should have been able to get a reservation without question! From reading other reviews, I am overall impressed though with Carnival and I am very excited to sail on her. The ship is definitely one of a kind and something to see and experience! Carnival has come a long way and is keeping up with the other cruise lines. Kudos to Carnival.