Review: Miracle - September 3-10

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#1
Lafayette, IN
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I'll be posting my review in pieces because I'm currently sitting in the Tampa Airport. It'll be long, but hopefully fun as well.



Quips, quirks, and biases

Let me preface this review with a few tidbits about myself. I missed a week of school to take this cruise to celebrate a summer’s worth of work that went into my master’s project and finally, degree. I went looking for a good time, but also for relaxation. I’m not much of a partier, however, and rarely stayed up past midnight. To give you even more insight into my personality, I had only a single bar purchase on my bill at the end of the week.

Booking

I booked with a membership club for no other reason that it was easy for me at that time to get some resident discounts using the site. In hindsight, I would not book this way again because the club would have charged me $75 over any fees incurred by the cruise line for cancellations. I never thought that this would be an issue (and hence not noticing the fees before), but let’s just say in an idiot move, I decided to book this cruise with an ex-girlfriend/current “friend.” Yeah … not the brightest move, and surprise surprise, 68 days before the cruise, she decided not to go. Faced with going alone or asking someone else, I asked my mom if she’d like to tag a long, and never being one to say no to a “free” cruise, she joined me. My advice, once again … read the fine print for fees.

Even though I changed the ticket past the date, I was not charged the $50 change fee, though this varied from agent to agent. I paid for an upgrade from a 4A GTY to a 7A GTY, and that took care of the talk of a change fee … your mileage may vary, however.

Pre-cruise

We flew into Tampa the day before the cruise and stayed at the Springhill Suites (Westshore) by Marriott. This was a fairly decent hotel that offered a free shuttle from the airport. It was a few blocks from a mall (West Market???) that had some nice shopping, movie theaters, and a food court. The hotel itself was priced fairly well (~$100 after taxes), was clean, had nice looking rooms, and a pretty good free, hot breakfast. The person working the desk arranged for transportation to the port, for which we were charged $20. Not a great price, but pretty painless.
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Day 1 – Check in and ship wandering

The day before, we had arranged for transportation to pick us up at 10:30. We went down to check out at 10:25 and the guy was already there waiting for us. A few minutes later, we were sitting in a van, heading to the port along with another couple that had also been staying at the hotel. We chatted about cruising and found out that we had both been on the Glory inaugural passenger cruise … pretty funny, IMO.


Anyway, we arrived at the port by 10:45, and were sitting in the holding area, sail and sign card in hand, by 11:00. Seriously … I have never been through such a painless check-in process. It was a tad early, but Carnival had plenty of people staffing the counter and they were all smiles. What a nice way to get into the cruising spirit.

We were in group 3, and the first group started boarding at about 11:30. We spent the time chatting with fellow passengers and trying to spot people from our Cruise Critic roll call. One word of note: you are not allowed to take photos once inside the terminal. I did not see any signs posted, but I was reprimanded by security about 5 minutes after I had already put my camera away. I’ll post my “illegal” pictures of the ship (none of the terminal) in a little while.

We were on board by 11:50, and headed to Lido for lunch. I had my traditional minute steak sandwich from the grill. I always order this the first day, right after boarding, as the grill is usually not busy at that point and I don’t feel guilty about ordering something and having to wait 5 minutes for it to cook. After lunch, we explored the ship a bit. The ship’s layout took a little for me to get used to because my last three cruises have been on Conquest-class vessels. Rooms were blocked off by fire doors until 1:30, and our hallway in particular was blocked off even past that. However, at 1:40, we pushed our way through the doors and found our room … not quite ready, but pretty close. Our steward rushed in to apologize for the delay, stating that he was training a new assistant.

CC Roll Call Gathering

This might have been the most organized roll call I’ve ever been a part of. We decided to meet in the Orpheus Bar on Lido Aft at 2:30. Arriving at that time, there were probably already 30 CC’ers present, drinks in hand. By the time we broke for the muster drill, I’d guesstimate that our numbers had swelled to near 50. We wore red wrist bands to ID ourselves, and to be honest, we saw quite a lot of each other throughout the week. I’m not sure if this was a function of the meeting, the layout/size of the ship, or both, but it was always pretty easy to find a familiar face.

The muster drill was, well, pretty usual, though it seemed much shorter than the one I experienced on the Valor in December (especially with directions given only in English instead of English and Spanish). Dinner was good, and the Bacchus is definitely a tad overwhelming to the senses on first sight. I was assigned late seating, 2nd floor, and a table for four in the back corner of the room. The table was fine, though it seems that our tablemates were either absent or had switched, leaving us with a booth for two. The Welcome Aboard Show was at 10:30 and was pretty standard fare (think some singing, dancing, and the “spoon” game). The CD was Chris Roberts and he seemed to have a pretty good presence and personality (another improvement over my Valor cruise with the dreaded Rebecca).
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Sitting on the edge of my seat.
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keep it coming....I'm getting a huge Miracle fix out of this....I'll be getting on board in 3 weeks.......
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#7
Lafayette, IN
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Day 2 – Fun Day at Sea

Still being in school mode, I woke up early the first morning and headed down to breakfast in the dining room a little after it opened. I ordered my traditional … eggs benedict. I only eat them on a cruise, and they are pretty much the only thing I order for breakfast in the dining room. Let me just say … the quality ranged from very good to meh on the eggs benedict. That first day rated as a meh … but never discouraged, they steadily improved throughout the week.

After breakfast and bumming around the casino a little bit, I headed to Frankenstein’s Lab for the galley tour. This was pretty interesting, though only the people at the very front of the line seemed to be able to hear what the guide was saying. Everyone else seemed to have to pretty much fend for themselves. My advice, if you want to be in the front of the line, is to wait near the crew door on the bottom level of the disco … that is where you’ll enter the galley.

The tour ended with a push for both Nick and Nora’s and the wine club, as well as a demonstration of napkin folding by a few of the waiters. I then headed to lunch in the dining room, but not being adventurous, ordered the “make your own burger.” I’d rate it against the burgers on Lido, but I just realized that I didn’t eat a Lido burger the entire week. In general, the burger was pretty good, but nothing spectacular … I mean hey, it’s a burger.

Being the first sea day, this was also the first formal night and the Captain’s Cocktail Party. The party was held in the Phantom Lounge (main showroom) and was pretty standard fare, though they didn’t play the Carnival video I’ve heard so much about on this board. They also mentioned the new ships on the drawing board … the Carnival Freedom and the Carnival Splendor. Finally, the CD announced that Carnival is currently planning, by the end of the decade, to be the owner of the largest cruise ship in the world. This was the first I’d heard about Carnival’s answer to RCCL’s new megaships, so that definitely caught my attention.

Dinner was great this night, with both the lobster and the prime rib having good taste and consistency. The lobster, of course, is nothing like Maine lobster, but was more than adequate for my cruise ship lobster fix. The show this night is “Generations,” and it was my favorite show. It is a review of music through several decades, and it had a lot for everyone … rock, big band, etc. Good production values and pretty good singing and dancing talent.

BTW ... I don't think sushi was offered this night, probably because of party/pictures commotion in the front part of deck 2.
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Day 3 – Grand Cayman

Now, I’ll have to admit, I’m not a huge excursion person. I’ve been to all of these ports before except Costa Maya, and only decided to do an excursion in Belize. I’m sure some of the other great CC’ers will on this board will be able to fill you in on specific excursion questions.

The Miracle was in port with the Valor and the Enchantment of the Seas, and of course, all constantly had tenders running. Interesting tidbit: the RCCL tenders appeared to be the ship’s lifeboats, while the Carnival ones were hired locals. Having been to Cayman before, I waited until after the mad rush and headed ashore. I wandered around, shopped, and headed back to the ship. If you’ve never been to Cayman before, it is one of the more expensive ports to shop and eat at, so plan your cash flow accordingly. I bought some rum at BBD’s. Evidently, according to law, booze can only be delivered to the cruise ships … they cannot be bought and carried out of the store … do don’t plan any liquor smuggling in this port.

Day 4 – Cozumel

The Miracle, being the only ship in port on this particular day, was supposed to have the dock, but the pier was closed to us at the last minute … yay, another chance to tender. Once again, I only went ashore to wander and shop. The tendering was convenient in that we were dropped downtown and no taxis were needed for serious … uh … stall shopping. I spent most of my time in my favorite store … Los Cincos Soles … buying souvenirs and eating at Pancho’s Backyard. I also had a slight atti-tube adjustment at Fat Tuesday’s. It’s funny … if you wear Fat Tuesday beads, you get special attention getting on and off of tenders, let me tell you.
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Welcome back Chris. Keep that review coming.
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Great review... waiting to hear more!
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Day 5 – Belize

Working within our CC roll call, I set up a cave tubing expedition with cave-tubing.com. Now, my friends and family thought I was insane for booking another tubing trip (story here) , but I (mostly) had a blast last time and thought it would be fun to try again. Now I’ll admit, I also booked the tour because the ex wanted to do it, and if it weren’t for the CCers, I probably would have cancelled out of it. However, once I saw that I’d have some people that I could talk to, etc, I figured it’d be worth sticking with the group.

We didn’t have a set meeting time before leaving (my fault there), but at the CC gathering on the first day, we decided that it would be wise to meet in the Orpheus Lido at 8:15 and then head to a tender to make our 9:30 appointment with Yhonny. We ended up having a group of 15 people meet on the Lido, and then caught up with 4 others on the bus once ashore. We were also supposed to meet some people from the Valor, but unfortunately the Valor came in late, so Yhonny sent us out with about 12 others in a large bus with video monitors.

Our driver was Junny, and our head guide was Richard. The drive through Belize City was different than I remembered from over a year ago, as a new highway had been constructed to take bus traffic around the edge of the city instead of sending it through it. This didn’t help us much, however, as by the time we got underway, we hit 8:00 (Belize time) traffic and that slowed us up quite a bit. Throughout the wait and out on the open road, Richard offered interesting facts about Belize, and he also threw in a nice dose of entertainment, as well. The passengers managed to polish off a bottle of cashew wine, and by the time we made it to the park where the caves are, everyone was having a good time and was ready to go.

One thing to note here: there is about a 30 minute walk through the rain forest until you reach the caves. Water shoes are your best bet for footwear, as they are made to get wet. You must wear some type of shoes, and they tell you that you cannot wear flip flops or anything that doesn’t have an ankle strap. I bought my pair of water shoes at Walmart the last time I went tubing for around $5. You can also rent them on site for $3. Some of the women wore their Crocs and found them not quite suited for this activity.

Another thing to note: especially if it has rained, the trail can get a little slippery. Those water shoes may be decent footwear, but they may not be the best for traction. I know that I found myself in the mud on one occasion.

Oh yes … thirdly … the guys at cave-tubing.com try to keep a fast pace on the trails to go through extra caves and show you that they are a better value than the ship tours. This pace may be a little strenuous for some, but everyone in our group seemed to be able to keep up pretty well. Just be aware, you will be asked to hike at a decent rate with an inner tube slung over your shoulder. The guides will offer to carry the tubes for those having trouble, but there is definitely some physical exertion involved.

Once in the water, the entire group was put together in chains with the feet of the person behind you locked under your armpits. This made the tubing portion of the excursion very relaxing, as there was no real worries about steering, paddling, or getting lost. There are a few shallow parts of the river where the guides will call “Butts Up!”, but for the most part, you float, you relax, and you look at interesting rock formations.

Out of the water, we were given a few minutes to change or dry off, then we loaded back on the bus and headed to Cheers for a $5 lunch for those who wanted it. I skipped the food, but ordered a Belikin beer for $2. We stayed at the restaurant for probably around 20-30 minutes, then loaded back on the bus.

This, as Yogi Bera would say, was déjà vu all over again. After eating and heading off to Belize City, the bus broke down about 15 minutes later. We were told that it was a new bus, but that the radiator hose had somehow gone into the fan and been shredded. Whatever happened, the bus was kaput. We unloaded and waited for the backup, which had been sitting back at Cheers. Richard bought Coconut water at a nearby stand for those who wanted it, and we waited about 15 minutes for the backup to arrive. It was an old BlueBird school bus (once again, déjà vu), and we loaded on and headed for the port. We made it with about 15 minutes to spare before the published time for the last tender with many apologies by Richard for not having any shopping time.

Because we had a large group, our cost was $40/pp. The excursion through the ship was around $90/pp. Now, is it worth “risk” of missing the ship for that amount of money? That’s up for you to decide. Let me just say that cave-tubing.com had a back-up system that seemed to work quite well and they handled the matter very professionally.

In the end, many from the CC group came up to me and told me that they had a blast, so I think, hiccups and all, it was a good trip.
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That is one of the very best reviews of the independent Belize caving-tubing I have ever read. Great job in helping folks be as informed as possible!!!
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This is a great review,I will also be on the Miracle in 3 weeks.I have one question is Margaritaville in Grand Cayman open yet?
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Originally posted by campdaan
Welcome back Chris. Keep that review coming.
BTW. Perhaps when have "wound down" you can give your opinion on the plus and minus of Spirit Class vs. Conquest Class.


Thanks
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#16
Alabama
1,497 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
Great review! I'm very much looking forward to the next installment!
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Carnival Miracle (And my first cruise EVER!....The Bahamas)
April 12-17, 2004! (Balcony!)

Carnival Miracle (Grand Cayman Island; Costa Maya; Cozumel; and Belize)
March 27-April 3, 2005! (Inside)

Carnival Miracle (Grand Cayman Island; Costa Maya; Cozumel; and Belize)
April 16-23, 2006! (Extended Balcony!)

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April 8-15, 2007! (Balcony!)
#17
48 Posts
Joined Sep 2005
great review, I was so glad to read one so recent. We are going 10/22 and I am addicted to reading all these boards in hopes of getting so many great tips, and its paid off.

could you elaborate more on the food, restaurants etc? I have only cruised once before and the menus always changed nightly, is that true for miracle?

Also the time getting on/off the ship did it take along time?

Finally when leaving the various ports in the evening and cruising to other islands were you able to see the sunsets from above deck or your balcony? Were there other islands in the distance that you could see?

can't wait to go!

Seagall
#19
Indiana
1,348 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
Hey Silentbob!


Just saw that you are from W. Lafayette. I am just 30 miles south of ya in Crawfordsville. Ever need a cruising buddy Let me know.


But there would def. be more than one drink on my bar bill
#20
Ohio
163 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
Awesome review!! It really gives us future Miracle cruisers a glimpse of the ship and ports. Thank you so much for taking us along on your cruise.


Have a great year achieving your Masters Degree. That's quite an accomplishment!!