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We have always done land all-inclusives and wanted to give cruising a shot to get to some of the smaller destinations that we wouldn't want to spend a week at. Pre-cruise we were expecting smaller rooms, no storage, medicore food, and having to budget our drink allowance during a 24 hour period. We went with a balcony as we would also request a balcony on land. The room was certainly not as big as a resort but for the amount of time you spend in your room, there was ample room... as long as you weren't in the bathroom. The bathroom was not the place you were going to change clothes! We also found that there was twice the amount of storage area than one would find at a resort. Slide those suitcases under the bed to keep them out of the way. The food was very American and there was never a point where we didn't have food available to us. A resort definitely provides for better dining but we found we had no desire to pay for any optional dining giving the food in both the buffet and sit down. We went with anytime dining as we are on vacation and don't want to be bound by schedules. It worked for us and we never had a wait unless we went to the sit down when one of the assigned dining times was just beginning. Not knowing what to expect, we both purchased the Cheers package. We are the type that enjoys good coffee, some frozen drinks in the sun during the day, resting and then spending the evening socializing past the stroke of midnight with a drink in hand. The coffee at the buffet was just as good, if not better than the coffee for purchase. I'm talking plain black coffee, not the candied cup of hot caffeine. Drinking 15 drinks a day is much more difficult then expected, especially on days at port. Still top shelf tall rail drinks were $10.25 each... 5 of those per day and you have paid for the package. Throw in the cost of the GOOD wine on the menu, energy drinks, bottled water, etc and we ended up doing better with the package albeit not because of the alcohol. Service was decent. I think having to prepay gratuity really takes out some of the service incentives for those working. Granted we could (and did) tip over and above but for the most part, everyone was served equally slow. Scanning the ship card and signing receipts is painful every time you order. Service can't be fast with a system like that. The entertainment tried really hard and it was good the first couple of nights but honestly it was like going to see a high school performance. We opted for the comedy club as the cruise went on. Funny!!! Even the family shows were great! We tried doing excursions with both Carnival and privately. There were benefits to both but we found that the reputable tour operators will be very good at paying attention to time to make sure you get back onto the ship on time. The ship excursions are big so we definitely preferred the smaller more intimate excursions. Overall, we will definitely cruise again simply for the value of getting to many places at once but this ship was UGLY. They definitely need to work with an interior designer to revamp the decor.

Good Time - Ugly, Ugly, Ugly Decor

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by wldrose

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We have always done land all-inclusives and wanted to give cruising a shot to get to some of the smaller destinations that we wouldn't want to spend a week at. Pre-cruise we were expecting smaller rooms, no storage, medicore food, and having to budget our drink allowance during a 24 hour period. We went with a balcony as we would also request a balcony on land. The room was certainly not as big as a resort but for the amount of time you spend in your room, there was ample room... as long as you weren't in the bathroom. The bathroom was not the place you were going to change clothes! We also found that there was twice the amount of storage area than one would find at a resort. Slide those suitcases under the bed to keep them out of the way. The food was very American and there was never a point where we didn't have food available to us. A resort definitely provides for better dining but we found we had no desire to pay for any optional dining giving the food in both the buffet and sit down. We went with anytime dining as we are on vacation and don't want to be bound by schedules. It worked for us and we never had a wait unless we went to the sit down when one of the assigned dining times was just beginning. Not knowing what to expect, we both purchased the Cheers package. We are the type that enjoys good coffee, some frozen drinks in the sun during the day, resting and then spending the evening socializing past the stroke of midnight with a drink in hand. The coffee at the buffet was just as good, if not better than the coffee for purchase. I'm talking plain black coffee, not the candied cup of hot caffeine. Drinking 15 drinks a day is much more difficult then expected, especially on days at port. Still top shelf tall rail drinks were $10.25 each... 5 of those per day and you have paid for the package. Throw in the cost of the GOOD wine on the menu, energy drinks, bottled water, etc and we ended up doing better with the package albeit not because of the alcohol. Service was decent. I think having to prepay gratuity really takes out some of the service incentives for those working. Granted we could (and did) tip over and above but for the most part, everyone was served equally slow. Scanning the ship card and signing receipts is painful every time you order. Service can't be fast with a system like that. The entertainment tried really hard and it was good the first couple of nights but honestly it was like going to see a high school performance. We opted for the comedy club as the cruise went on. Funny!!! Even the family shows were great! We tried doing excursions with both Carnival and privately. There were benefits to both but we found that the reputable tour operators will be very good at paying attention to time to make sure you get back onto the ship on time. The ship excursions are big so we definitely preferred the smaller more intimate excursions. Overall, we will definitely cruise again simply for the value of getting to many places at once but this ship was UGLY. They definitely need to work with an interior designer to revamp the decor.
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