Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by oncruisecontrol
What can I say? This was quite possibly our best cruise yet. We departed Ft. Lauderdale on Nov. 5th, 2008 from Port Everglades. Embarkation was very easy as we live only a few miles from this port (we arrived by taxi). As this was an 8-day cruise, we were looking forward to a relaxing and fun-filled week. And, boy did the Miracle deliver!After dropping our bags off at our cabin (my sister and I always carry on our bags), we set out to explore the ship. We are always intrigued by the themed decor of Carnival's ships. On the Miracle, the theme was literary works. We had a blast taking campy photos of ourselves with the Mad Hatter in the "Mad Hatter's Ballroom" (talk about through the looking glass). We'd only been on the ship for about an hour, and we were already in "Wonderland". Another favorite of ours was the disco better known as "Dr. Frankenstein's Lab". It is a 2-story club (typical of the Spirit class ships) with a 2-story representation of Dr. Frankenstein's Monster (great photo opportunity for us). We also loved the fact that the walls of the hallway on the way to our cabin were adorned with artist renderings of great characters from great literary works including our favorite Agatha Christie charactersuper sleuth Hercule Poirot.We always book an inside cabin for 3 as we travel together often and get along well. This trip, however, we were upgraded to an outside cabin with an obstructed view. I actually prefer an inside cabin because the room remains completely dark if I chose to sleep in late or take an afternoon nap. So, I was elated to see that our outside cabin was outfitted with heavy drapes that completely blocked out the sunlight. Our room was clean and we were well taken care of by our cabin steward Nicholas from the Dominican Republic and his asistant Santika from Indonesia. We always need extra washcloths and they were happy to oblige.The food on the Miracle was excellent. In fact it was a notch or two above the food on the Carnival Victory the year before. Our servers in the Bacchus diningroom were Anthony from St. Vincent and his assistant Aleksander from Serbia. They were magnificent. Every request was fulfilled with a smile. They even posed with us for photos on the formal night. We always take pictures of ourselves at dinner with our servers because we like to remember the faces that go along with the names since they take such excellent care of us all week. I really enjoyed the decor of the Bacchus diningroom. I'd read a range of comments about it on cruise critic, and couldn't wait to see it for myself. I found it to be very calming and mellow, not overdone, but rather just "purple enough" to make one feel extremely relaxed, if not downright sleepy by the time the dessert course arrived. For breakfast every morning, I always eat in the Lido buffet. I always get an omelette made to order. I am very picky about eggs, and it took patient, calm explaining on my part, and two days for the cook to get it right. But after that (and I always went to the same cook) as soon as he saw me, he knew precisely what I wanted and how I wanted it.As usual, the entertainment (especially the production shows) was very good. Believe it or not, I really love the welcome aboard show partly because it is the same exact show cruise after cruise, from year to year, and I know every word of the songs. One thing that was better on the Victory, though, was the layout of the piano bar.
Overall, this was a great cruise. There is really nothing negative that I can say about it. Even the weather was perfect. I can't wait for our next cruise coming up in September.
oncruisecontrol’s Full Rating Summary
We are always happy with Carnival's cabins. Ample closet space. Large bathroom and shower (for a ship). Good water pressure in shower, and the water was always hot. Cabin stewards are very good. Have read quite a few complaints about cabin stewards, but we've never had a problem. We always ask for what we need in a polite manner with a smile on our faces.
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