Just returned from the NYE cruise out of Long Beach on the Carnival Miracle. A few impressions:
Debarkation: Miserably hot, long lines outside then once escorted inside the check in area – Eureka! I was speedily checked in and boarded the ship. I couldn’t figure out why the check in area was half-way empty and was told it was due to some regulation or other. Oh well. My friend checked in later but due to an electrical problem, waited in the holding area for quite some time. I waited for her in the Atrium and a wonderful waiter, Weslie, made sure I had plenty of free champagne while waiting for her. I didn’t feel like going to the cabin yet.
Cruise experience: Absolutely wonderful. The ship was easy to get around, had excellent room service (Dave on Riviera deck). For some odd reason the cabin wouldn't cool off so the bathroom door was left open where the ventilation was working. I figured it was because we were on top of the engines.
It was my first time on the Riviera deck. Cabin was a bit smaller than the upper decks; however, it was roomier than the cabin I had on the Ruby Princess on an upper deck. I think we were on top of the engines so the cabin was quite warm. I didn't bother to report the problem because it eventually cooled off at night when we left the bathroom door open. For some odd reason the bathroom was cooler than the cabin itself. It was a quiet cabin; little noise entered from people outside. Very attentive cabin attendant; all it took was one request and Dave responded immediately.