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  1. Can anybody tell me if the TV's in the cabins are Flat screen or the old square ones? I will be downloading some movies onto an IPAD and wondering if the TV's are equipped with and HDMI slot. Has anybody tried to do this before? Thanks!
  2. For anyone who is an overplanner like myself, thought these might be helpful. It's for the Miracle 6/16/19 sailing out of Tampa. You are in for a treat---Frankie the CD was AMAZING!! Enjoy! Carnival Miracle Fun Times and Info June 16 2019.pdf
  3. Carnival Miracle May 26th – June 2nd 2019 7th Cruise for myself and my wife, Ages between 45-50 Cruising with our 2 Daughters, 1 Son, and 1 Son in Law, ages 18-25 Cabin 8162 Tampa Debarkation: It was the smoothest of any debarkation we have ever experienced. We took a shuttle service from the hotel we stayed the night before. Our check in time was 11:30-12:00. We arrived at 11:15 and we continually were moving forward through the process from the moment we exited our shuttle (passenger van). I think we were on the Lido deck within 30-45 minutes of the time we arrived. Everyone we encountered was very friendly and helpful. Cabin: We have cruised with Carnival before and we have chosen a balcony in recent cruises. Everything was exactly as we expected it to be. Our cabin was an extended balcony and it met all of our expectations. We only spent time in our cabins to sleep and get ourselves ready, and it worked great for that. Our cabin steward Juan was great. The first afternoon he introduced himself and asked us some questions about our preferences, and after that he made them happen without us every asking our thinking about it again. He was in and out of our cabin taking care of it without us ever noticing. We would see him out in the hall at times and he always greeted us by name and asked if we needed anything. Juan really was great. Entertainment: We went to most of the evening shows in the Phantom Theater. They were OK, but not something that I will rave about. We didn’t regret going to see any of them, but we also didn’t find them fantastic. We spent some in the piano bar. That was fun. But the favorite for our group was hanging out in the Red Frog Pub where the Wet Bandits played most nights. One evening we went to see the comedian. It was good, but very crowded. We would have gone more often to see the comedian, but we didn’t want to commit our time to going early to get seats to wait for the comedians to start so we did other things. Dining: We ate in the MDR each evening. We found the food to be good, and the service to be excellent. After a full day in the sun and bustling around during the day, our group enjoyed shedding the swim suit and flip flops to wear something a little nicer while taking our time and be waited on for a leisurely dinner. We were never in a hurry and we found the length of time in between courses and pace of the meal to be just right. And our family, in particular my two daughters, really enjoyed the Elegant Night. I won’t say dining in the MDR was “fine dining”, but we were being waited on and we weren’t the ones cooking it so for us it was a great experience. During the day and evenings we found the other dining options to be consistent and good. We preferred the Deli and Chopsticks, but trust me we tried it all at one time or another during the week. On our first Sea Day we did the Sea Day Brunch in the dining room and we thought the food was very good that morning. To repeat my original comments regarding dining: The food was good and the service was excellent. Ports of Call: Grand Cayman: We had looked ahead at forecasts for our cruise week and we were concerned with the weather forecasts. As it turned out, we should not have even looked ahead. We had a brief shower in Grand Cayman, but it lasted 30-45 minutes and that was the only rain we encountered. We took a taxi to the Turtle Center. We did not do the full entry, but the version that allowed you to see and hold the turtles and some of the educational exhibits. After this we took the public bus to Seven Mile beach. We didn’t spend a lot of time here, but walked the beach a little and relaxed. Then we took the bus back and shopped a little bit before taking the water shuttle back to the ship. Isla Roatan: Here we took walked from the ship to the beach near the dock. Not necessarily the most fantastic beach we have ever been to, but we had a great time. We found some chairs in the shade which was our preference, relaxed, had a couple drinks, spent a little time in the water, and then hung out for several hours. A great day. Then we went back to the ship, after cleaning up and getting a bite to eat we went back and walked around the shops a little bit in the late afternoon. Weather was warm and sunny all day (would almost say HOT, but it is supposed to be at the beach right?) Belize: Through Carnival we booked the snorkeling excursion to Rendezvous Caye. We were picked up at the ship and we boarded a boat that took us on about a 40 trip to the island where we snorkeled. The “island” was about the size of a football field roughly and looked like something off a postcard. Once we were there they divided us into groups with guides. We had some in our group that had more experience than others snorkeling, but everyone in the group was confident in their swimming abilities so we went one of the Experienced Groups. We had a GREAT time doing this. The guide was great to point out things that we may not have seen without his assistance. Our group was probably 15-20 people which can start to feel a little crowded when swimming together, but still a great experience. We would definitely do this again. A lunch was included which was chicken, rice, and beans. Nothing spectacular, but we ate it all as that much time in the water gets you hungry. The weather was warm and sunny, a perfect day to be in the water. After the excursion we were taken back to the ship. About half our group wanted to take a nap before dinner and a few of us took a water shuttle to Belize City to walk around a bit. Cozumel: We had all been to Cozumel before so we just got off the ship and walked around a bit here. We had a couple beers at one of the close by bars and enjoyed it being another beautiful sunny day. After a bit we got back on the ship had lunch and spent the afternoon resting/napping in a lounge chair by the pool. Debarkation: Debarkation was just as smooth as embarkation, just a little less excited and happy since the trip was over. We had a later flight so we didn’t rush to leave. We had breakfast in the dining room, then took our things from our cabins, and then chilled out on the Lido deck for our zone to be called. I don’t remember the exact time we left the ship, but probably before 10:00 a.m. Overall Experience: It is not the newest ship and it doesn’t have some of the options offered on some of the ships in the fleet. But we never felt wanting for things to do and we felt very well taken care of with good service from the staff and crew. We would like to have used the Serenity deck, but it was always very full when we checked it out. We did use the chat feature for the Carnival Hub App, and it worked great for our group and coordinating between us. Pros: Good Service Excellent weather (Carnival had no control of this, but it was a positive for our trip) Nice itinerary The Carnival Hub App was very efficient Cons: CHOGS – I don’t know what more Carnival can do about this, but it is part of it. Programming at SkyBox Sports Bar. I don’t go on a cruise to watch sports even though I am a sports enthusiast, but holy cow there were several of us St Louis Blues fans that showed up there one evening to watch the Stanley Cup Finals game to find the options of College Softball and Soccer. We had a fantastic trip and will do it again. Next time it will be different ship and itinerary only because variety is the spice of life.
  4. Any recent cruisers on the Miracle that can tell me if the French Door cabins on Deck 4 have been converted to floor to ceiling glass or if they are still French Doors? I have search extensively but can't find the answer. Thank You. 😃
  5. If I purchase the premium wifi package on the Miracle next month, will I be able to use the CBS App to stream shows? Thanks in advance for your help! (I figured since the Miracle was recently updated (I think) they might have better wifi?)
  6. Looking for some feedback on these two ships and ports for a Hawaiian sailing in 2021. Carnival is only $300 cheaper but it does go to an extra port - Kona. Carnival leaves from San Diego and Princess from Los Angeles. Any thoughts at all on which we might find more enjoyable as middle aged folks who like live music, good food and cocktails? Looking at the ships it seems that Star Princess has many more pools, hot tubs and bars. We've never sailed Princess and while I know it is more of a luxury line than Carnival, it is that different? More kids on Carnival? Better food on Princess? Will there be much in the way of live entertainment on either ship? Lots of upcharges for either line in the way of adults only areas etc? I'm also posting this on the Princess board. Looking for any and all responses. Thanks!
  7. Is there anything exclusive about the carnival miracle ship? I will be sailing sept 2019 and am curious about this ship. i am reading that they did a 2.o maintenance upgrade ship but ship does not have guys burgers. i thought this was included in upgrade of ship. I am wondering what they did when they refurbished her. And what i expect from this cruise
  8. I've searched the deck plans and I can't locate any self-service laundry rooms. Maybe I'm overlooking them. Any help is appreciated!!
  9. Is there any one on this thread cruising on the Miracle to Hawaii from San Diego round trip 15 night Hawaii cruise ? Cruise Critic has been having problems getting up new Roll Calls . We are considering this cruise as it is local for us & the price isn't too bad for a balcony cabin with a $560 on board credit thrown in by the TA
  10. Hi, We are booked on the Miracle 17 day Panama canal leaving March 2, 2020. It is now stating that it is leaving March 5! This is really messing up my plans. I have already purchased air for the original date, will Carnival refund the change fee? I dont need to be in Miami for week prior to cruise.
  11. Hi there, have only done Carnival Conquest Steak House and it was AMAZING....Will be on the Miracle...anyone done the steakhouse on this ship?
  12. We've sailed a few times on Carnival but that was a long time ago. I like the itinerary offered on the Miracle next year ... have a few questions for the experts out there: - We have a choice of cabin 5241 or 5243 - premium balconies, obstructed view. Is one any better than the other ... in terms of usable space and noise from the corridor? - Is the Miracle in decent shape or is beginning to show her age? - I see that Carnival only allows 2 bottles of wine to be brought onboard during embarkation. Do they have wine bottle packages that can be purchased at a discount? Does anybody have a copy of their current wine list they are willing to share? Also, are there any happy hour events that we should know about? - Is the internet service / WiFi any good on the Miracle? Do they have any unlimited WiFi packages available? I will just look up the policies on the dress code and smoking areas on my own ... just looking for personal experiences of all the experts here. TIA
  13. Good morning, does anyone know if the Miracle is slated for an upgrade anytime soon....searched refurbish ships and dates....past and future dates...Miracle doesn't exist in either list...TIA
  14. How id the food in the MDR & the buffet & service? We haven't been on a Carnival ship for some time & we booked a 14 night Journeys cruise yo Hawaii in December TIA
  15. What types of music and musical acts does the Miracle generally have?
  16. Is this suite yes or no? Is it worth the extra cost vs an ocean suite? Thanks
  17. We are going to sail on Miracle to Hawaii & would like to know what those who sailed on her liked & disliked . Thanks in advance for your replies
  18. Just as an FYI I was able to book FTTF for this sailing date to the Mexican Riviera today. FTTF had been showing sold out since I booked, but I checked back a couple of times a day online and finally a slot opened up. Seems like Carnival is pretty tight with selling these, probably because they have to keep a balance with how many Gold/Platinum members are booking a particular cruise. I'm just posting this to let people know not to give up if it says sold out (if you are interested in FTTF), just keep checking back and you might snag a package.
  19. Tampa/Embarkation This was our 5th cruise, first on the Miracle. We were celebrating my husband's retirement and our upcoming 25th anniversary. Traveling with our college student daughter and another family. We cruised out of Tampa and flew in late Friday night to have a full day in Tampa. We chose the Hampton Inn Ybor City after suggestions here on the boards. We were happy with the hotel, but coming in late at night we were a bit concerned because the neighborhood looked a bit sketchy, and we saw no less than 12 police cars coming and going lights and sirens blazing. It turned out to be just fine, and they have added security. The staff was very friendly, and the shuttle to the port and around town was a great convenience. On Saturday, we Ubered to the International Plaza to do some shopping for my daughter as they have some high end shops we don't have anywhere close to us in NC. To me it rivaled the shopping in Vegas, and we enjoyed some nice time in the air conditioning as it was quite hot that day. The late afternoon we spent in Ybor City as my husband is a cigar lover. He thoroughly enjoyed all of the local cigar shops and seeing the handrolling operations. We finished the evening at the original Columbia restaurant. What a wonderful experience! Such a beautiful restaurant, and the tableside sangria was to die for! Food was good, and ambiance outstanding. We left the hotel around noon for the ship via the hotel shuttle. Very short drive. We had Faster to the Fun, but the lines were so short, we really didn't need it. It was such a smooth and quick process. We were quickly on the ship and went straight to our rooms to drop our carryons. There wasn't a seat to be had on the lido, so we got our lunch and took it back to our room. We roamed the ship a bit and went up to the decks for the sail away.
  20. Hi everyone, I have a cabin booked for the March 17 day canal in an aft cabin on deck 7. While reading reviews about the ship (some several years old) there were a lot of complaints about severe vibration issues. We have only stayed mid ship on previous cruises but thought the aft would offer great views. Should I change to a mid ship location or are the vibration issues fixed? Anyone been on her recently? I appreciate the help, do not want to spend 17 days being unable to sleep or enjoy my balcony. Thanks!
  21. Are all balconies totally covered? Hoping there is a partially covered one. I thought there was a web site, but I cannot remember the name. Trying to decide between aft deck 8 or 6, any suggestions?? Thanks
  22. Can't find anything specific about what is being planned for the Miracle dry dock Feb 14 to March 1, 2020 so if anyone has heard anything by talking to anyone on the ship, or if anyone is heading to the ship in the next little while and can enquire, would be appreciated. Miracle doesn't have a Guys Burgers or Blue Iguana, so kinda hoping these will added. Is a 2 week dry dock long enough for these to be done? Also, if cabins are being "refreshed", what does that usually entail? This was her last dry dock: Completed During dry dock 3/07/15-3/21/15 Routine hotel maintenance Cosmetic enhancements such as new carpeting, tile work, new furniture and new fabrics in lounges and public areas Alchemy Bar – located Deck 2 aft (replaced Jeeves Lounge) SkyBox Sports Bar – located on Deck 2 forward (replaced Maguire’s Sports Bar) Cherry on Top – located Deck 3 forward (replaced Special Occasions) RedFrog Pub – located Deck 2 forward (replaced the Jazz Club)
  23. This was our 49th cruise overall and 35th on Carnival. It was a Premier Casino cruise for me and DH was able to also have free drinks while playing in the casino. We had a French Door cabin which we had had once before - cheap interior price with a wall of natural light and a couch. The Miracle is one of our favorite ships and was in great shape. The crew was always friendly and helpful. There were about 200 Premier Casino cruise passengers and we had a great welcome aboard party right after the muster drill and received gifts all week from the Casino. Food was very good and the Steakhouse dinners were delicious as always. The Platinum/Diamond cocktail party was just okay - food was disappointing after the great appetizers at the Premier cocktail party. Embarkation in Tampa was fast and efficient as always - best port terminal of all we have ever sailed from. Debarkation was also fast and we were in the car by 8:40am and home in less than an hour. Frankie was the CD and very energetic. We had perfect weather all week. Sad to see the Miracle leave Tampa, but glad the Legend will be taking its place, another favorite ship of ours.
  24. Hi everyone, I am thinking of taking the Miracle thru the Panama canal in an aft extended balcony cabin. I would love info on which decks are partially covered, totally covered or not covered at all. Also, is there a different in balcony size depending on deck. This is my first time sailing Carnival so any recent info is greatly appreciated.
  25. Hi, My husband and I were on the Miracle the week of May 12th. We bought some pictures, and inside one of the envelopes was a photo of another couple. It is a wallet size picture. Ours are missing. Am I allowed to post the picture of the couple here in hopes of being able to send them the picture?
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