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Old April 11th, 2008, 07:38 AM
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Has anyone taken the cruise from NY to the Caribbean on the Carnival Miracle?
I would like some feed back as it is one that I am checking into.

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Wonderful cruise l'l repost my review later for you to read
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I think this is the best ship. It is just the right size.
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"Miracle" is my favorite Carnival ship too. GREAT cruise, great entertainment, great food, and of course, outstanding ship.
Go for it!

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Thanks everyone....I think I'm going solo, so its nice to hear it's a great ship. Need time out!!!



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I cruised on the Miracle out of Tampa and I thought the ships layout was very good. The only problem I had was I have 2 young daughters 6 and 10 and around the main pool the floor was tiled and water would splash out and make the floor slippery. I saw many people including adults fall and bust a bun(if ya know what I mean). I have been on 11 of the Carnival fleet and the Miracle is a nice ship other than that. Most ships have a wood deck around the pool, still gets wet but not as slippery. Have a great cruise.
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what time are ya thinking og going? im going on the miracle in sept. to the caribbean out of new york. cant wait to hear other cruisers remarks for this cruise to the caribbean.
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We cruised on the Miracle out of NYC last June. Great cruise!!! Two days at sea each way [two formal nights]. My wife didn't much care for the extra day at sea as we were inclined to eat a little more and spend more in the casino. The ship was great. Service was great. Very friendly people. For what we spent staying in Times Square for two night prior to cruising, we could have taken an extra person with us. We definitely would [will] take her again.
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kokopops,

I think it will be Oct 8th but not sure yet. Waiting on TA to give a quote.
I do see the price is a bit lower in Sept. So I may change my mind.
Trying to avoid hurricane season.
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I going on the Miracle on May 9th-can't wait, doing the Carribean San Juan, St. Thomas, and Tortalla. I will let you know what she is like
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Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to the trip, for the R & R at sea.

Let me know when you get back...

thanks again

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We've done that cruise 3 times out of NY on the Legend (sister ship to the Miracle)...went once in June and 2 different years in Sept. We've also been on the Miracle, but out of FL. I really enjoy Tortola (Cane Garden Bay is great) and St Thomas. I don't particularly like San Juan.

Next year when they have the new itinerary out of NY we'll probably do that one (just got kinda tired of the old run)
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Whats the new itinerary like? NY flights are a lot cheaper for me the FL.

Also do you know if the ship has a big screen TV at the pool?
Is the piano player good on this ship?


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Whats the new itinerary like? NY flights are a lot cheaper for me the FL.

Also do you know if the ship has a big screen TV at the pool?
Is the piano player good on this ship?


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The new itinerary is Nassua, Half Moon Cay and grand Turk. They'll still be also doing the St Thomas, San Juan and Tortola

No big screen tv at the pool. The piano players switch all the time and Larry (who we didn't like and who was on 2 of our cruises) is gone.
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I hope they get someone good in the piano bar. I love sitting and watching people have a good time. Thanks for all your help.
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im going on may 9th and this will be my 4th time on the miracle. its a blast!
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I'm going on that cruise July 28th! I'm enjoying reading all of the positive replies. Have fun!
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We're sailing May 1 and can hardly wait.

Last cruise was 7 years ago --- so we have been waiting for ever so long.

Have a fantastic trip for all those that have one planned.
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I am going on the June 2nd cruise. I have never gone on this one, but I am really looking forward to it.
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I am going on the June 2nd cruise. I have never gone on this one, but I am really looking forward to it.
WOW, sure wish I could join you on this one. June 2nd is my birthday, and I could hear the waiters all singing "Hoppy Bierday Two Shoes"..... 8)

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Does anyone have any excursion preferences for this cruise? 8)
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Ken I wish you a Hoppy Bierday early! My Husband & I are taking our son & his 2 buddies. We are celebrating their High School Graduations.
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I really enjoyed the Miracle on our cruise out of Tampa last year (before they moved it to NY). It is smaller and feels less crowded but still has all the same amenities of the larger ships. They did away with the center aisle of rooms on most of the ship so most of the rooms are ocean view or balcony.

A few things to consider before traveling on the Miracle. (Minor really but a little fore warning can help you enjoy the cruise more).

#1. Notice on the deck plan that many of the balcony rooms mid-ship are “indented”. They look down on the life boats on the lower deck. To look straight down on the water choose on of the rooms that “stick out” at either end of the ship.

#2. Don’t get a room on the Panorama deck, too much noise from the Lido deck above.

#3. It’s a smaller, more narrow ship so rough seas will throw it around just a little more than the larger ships.

#4. There is a lot of very nice artwork all over the ship. Several of the paintings depict full nudity. Didn’t seem to bother anyone I was with but may make some people uncomfortable.
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OK I repost my review:

I returned from the Carnival Miracle 10/02/07 going from New York to the Eastern Caribbean. I wish I were still there. Here’s my review.

First about myself I am a 48 year old engaged male, traveling on a group cruise (without Karen my love, as this was booked well over a year ago before we were dating). The group consisted mostly of co-workers from my office. We had 7 cabins all inside on the Riviera deck except one ocean view cabin. During the cruise the group went mostly on there separate ways but ate dinner together in the Bachaus dining room most nights.

Embarkation:

New York is the way to leave for me. Loved having my DGF drop me off right at the pier no planes no trains etc so convenient.

As I am partly disabled (but ambulatory I walk with a cane) I was given VIP boarding and wheeled unto the ship, passing what looked like rather long lines to get on. Check in was quick and before long I was on the Lido Deck in Horatio’s eating lunch. Give Carnival an A+.

Ship:

The Miracle is a Carnival Fun ship and as such shows Joe Farcus’ outlandish taste in décor. It was not overwhelming as some have said though I prefer the layout of Carnivals Fantasy class ships. This ship had an intimate feel to it never had any long lines except for the galley tour and later the Gala Buffet. The Phantom Lounge was a well designed showroom except for 2 large columns that blocked my view sometimes. Give Carnival a B.

Cabin:

Cabin no. 1201 was spacious and had plenty of room for myself with 3 suitcases plus carry on and Bruce (My roommate) with 2 bags. Ploy our cabin steward was efficient and courteous but I was disappointed that I only saw two towel animals all week. Still I give the cabin an A. Be sure to bring a power strip, as there was only 1 120v outlet in the cabin and one in the bathroom for shavers only. Carnival supplies liquid soap and shampoo in the shower but I brought my own. Bedding was extremely comfortable but not worth buying for home.

Food:

Excellent:

Service was excellent gave the waiter and assistant $10 extra tip

Dinner:

First Night: Had Rack of New Zealand lamb needed an extra portion to get enough!
Second: Formal Night Lobster tail Yummy Succulent and Juicy need not need the butter.
Third: Tried Room service Ham and Cheese sandwich was OK Fish & Chips was ok nothing exciting ate in Horatios on Lido Deck
Fourth: Filet Minion - Excellent
Fifth: Chicken & Rice very well done
Sixth: Had the NY strip steak cooked to perfection.
Seventh: Pork Chops Perfecto.
Gala Buffet: Great but could not really enjoy due to rough seas on night 7
Eighth: Can’t remember but it was good!

Breakfast & Lunch:

I ate in the dining room most days it much less hectic then Horatio’s. Staff in both restaurants were friendly courteous and helped me by carrying food where applicable.

I did not try Nick & Nora’s as I could not convince anyone else in the group to pay the $30 cover charge.

Give Carnival an A


Entertainment:

B+

Welcome Aboard show and the second show Generations were good but the best show by far was “Ticket to Ride” based on the music of The Beatles (Don’t miss it).

CD Larry Halliday was friendly but not terribly funny or exciting he was however very approachable and took the time to talk to me about Carnivals wedding packages. Karen and I are thinking about getting married on board.

It rained both nights during the deck parties I usually enjoy this party the best but its not as lively as it used to be. In fact I would say that was true of all the ships entertainment good but not like Carnival was in the old days much more sedate. There were only 2 R rated midnight shows the best of which was Marvin Bell. Bands were good but I did not care for “Motion” the Caribbean band that performed on deck during the day. Spend time in Sam’s Piano Bar when there was not much going on.

Casino:

Lost $30 need I say more

Shore:

San Juan:

Been here before 3 times.

Did not do excursion shopped instead. There is a free trolley that takes you around Old San Juan. I bought a “Coach” leather handbag for Karen and a leather belt for me. I stopped in Walgreens for a set of earplugs because Bruce snored. Funny thing about Walgreens all the signs were in English not Spanish as I would have expected.

The call center at the end of the pier was quite reasonable called home for eight minutes $2.90.

St Thomas:

Been here before as well.

Visited St. John on Carnivals Excursion:

The ride over on the “Island Girl” was quite rough I got soaked sitting outside. Still it was fun. I then took the tour it was interesting but not exciting after seeing so many other islands. I would go snorkeling instead next time. At $65 it was an OK value.


Called home again from a pay phone using an AT & T calling card and spoke for 45 minutes to Karen. I bought 2 bottles of liquor Carnival confiscates and holds these till the last night.

Tortola:

Never been here.

Best Island on this cruise very unspoiled. I went to Cane Bay Garden Beach, very scenic as The Miracle was the only ship in port very serene. No chain stores at least near the port.

I would not use Carnivals excursion for this island as a Taxi only cost $12pp, for a tour.

Disembarkation:

I did not use the self-assist as I had too much luggage. Other then a lot of waiting it seemed well organized. Larry the CD said good bye to me on the way out. No complaints A+

Miscellaneous:

Travel Agent gave me a $50 on board credit and a Carnival bathrobe very comfy.

Laundromat on ship was $2 to wash $2 to dry. For $15 they will do your shorts T-shirts and underwear, (no dress shirts or trousers) on the last couple of days. No need to over pack!

Carnival charges $ 80 for tips to your sail & sign. I gave $10 extra to the Waiter, $5 to the Maitre’D and $5 to the steward. I took $50 in singles for other tips (Tour guides porters room service etc.).

We collect toys, so I bought Karen a stuffed “Fun Ship” Freddy from Camp Carnival. She loved him. I have lot of pictures of Freddy as he appeared everywhere.

Foo-Foo drinks were not very potent in my opinion.

Got 2 bottles of wine on at embarkation one in my carry-on and one in Anthony’s (A fellow cruiser who doesn’t drink).

We hit a rough patch on the seventh day of the cruise going back to NYC. Dishes chattered and people were having trouble walking at the Gala Buffet. Otherwise sailing was as smooth as glass.

Conclusion:

I would sail Miracle again no doubt. However I think Carnival as gotten too tame in the entertainment department. This cruise reminded me more of my Monarch of the Seas RCI cruise in 1998 in terms of the low energy level. Karen and I are thinking of sailing on RCI or NCL next but this will not be our last Carnival cruise.

Feel free to ask questions, I’m sure I forgot something.
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