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.
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+.
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 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.
Service was excellent gave the waiter and assistant $10 extra tip
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
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.
Lost $30 need I say more
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
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.