I'm finally gonna write my review about my cruise on Carnival Miracle, June 17-25, round trip to the Caribbean from New York. Overall, I give this an A, not 100% perfect, but I am definitely loyal to Carnival.
Once again I talked my parents out of spending almost $200 on a door-to-door car service. Round trip (going to and from the cruise), for the 3 of us, we spent about $50 total, we took the commuter railroad to Grand Central, then the 42nd street shuttle to the C train, getting that to 50th street. If you do take the subway to a cruise out of NYC, take the C train to 50th street, the A (express) doesn't stop there at all and the E stops at the lower level while the C stops at the upper. We then walked from there to the pier.
Embarkation was perfect. There was a little mix-up at the dock, because our travel agent misspelled our last name (my last name is Gerard, our TA made the common mistake of spelling it Gerald). The friendly person at the check-in counter took care of it. Something I don't remember from the past, was zoned embarkation, basically the same thing as the zoned debarkation, but they give us the number at the dock based on when we check in, and call them as they're ready. It made everything smoother.
The cabin was a typical room with a balcony. Close enough to the aft elevators/stairs for quick access, far enough to not hear the noise. We were aft, but not so far aft that we felt the vibrations of the azipods. The TV remote didn't work that well. The matress on the main bed and on my sofa bed was too firm for my liking. We had a connecting room, and the extra door handle was perfect to hang shirts to dry after rinsing them in the sink. Overall, it was an acceptable room, nothing special. I would have liked a horizontal bar to hold onto when I showered while the ship was rocking. We were surprised to get the local news from Denver, CO. I was told after I got home that every Carnival ship has the in-room TV signal from Colorado.
Some of the buffet food was good, some was kind of lousy. Everything in the breakfast buffet as good. All the buffet deserts were good. The presentation was very good, but most of it was weird foods that I've never heard of before, which I did try but much of it wasn't that great. The dining room was very good for breakfast and lunch, and nothing-special for dinner. The dinner there was ok, but the dancing wait staff each night was getting annoying. The pizza was hit-or-miss, but it was nowhere near as good as the excellent pizza I can get back at home in NYC. The hot dogs were good, as were the salads, the burgers were overcooked.
My one complaint about the bar staff was that they served you right away, very quickly, if you were getting an alcoholic drink, but they took their dear sweet time getting you a soda with your unlimited soda card. I notice the same thing on any ship from any cruise line.
I can split the nightclub into two categories, nights of already overplayed music, or oldies nights, with anything from 60's to 80's. In my personal opinion the oldies nights were better.
The entertainment was good. The shows were good, although for the most part they were the same shows as last year when I was on the same cruise. Thinking as though that were my first time on that ship, the shows were really good. The cruise director's jokes were lame, the social hosts were great though. And their trivia contests with the prizes being a "24 karat gold plastic piece of ship on a stick", a gold colored plastic trophy of the ship. The karaoke was lots of fun. I was disappointed that nobody in the sports bar could get me any baseball (Yankees) scores.
Overall, it was a good cruise, and I'm definitely going to look at Carnival for my next cruise.