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Fantastic MIRACLE to Bermuda - 9/27 LOTS of photos & food porn warning

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We just got back from what was a great cruise overall & I will give you all the details over the next few days. I will do the bulk of the review tomorrow & Friday, but wanted to get it started tonight. WARNING!!! Lots of photos & food porn!! Please skip if you aren't interested. I'm including things in this review that I would have enjoyed seeing when waiting for my cruise and I hope most of you will like it too!! We hadn't sailed with Carnival in ten years & I am thrilled to say that OVERALL, we were impressed & our expectations were exceeded!

We live in south Jersey & decided to park & take the Weehawkin ferry vs paying the $240 plus toll to park at the pier.

Chris dropped me off to wait with our luggage while he went to park the car, YAY, our long awaited vacation is about to start!! From here I can see the ship across the river.

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The terminal was super easy to navigate & the ferry was $9 pp each way, for a total of $36 plus $90 to park for the 8 nights/9days. We also spent about $20 on taxis, but could have walked if we didn't have way too much luggage in tow!:eek: So overall we saved about $100 & had no hassle getting into the city. Would do this again.

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It was overcast all day, but the weather held for sail away. Here was our view from across the river, waiting to board the ferry.

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So we rode the ferry over to 39th st. & caught a cab to pier 88 at about 11 a.m..

Security check was quick, no one checked any of our carry on beverages.

We were directed to the VIP lounge for check-in. It was very crowded & we waited awhile. Boarding had started by the time we were checked in, we missed it by maybe 10-15 minutes, so overall I'd say that was pretty good timing. I was sooo excited though, it was a loooong 10-15 minutes, lol

Here is a pic I took in the VIP lounge area, it was SRO.

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Then we were quickly on board & headed for Horatio's. We had a lot in tow & wanted to get a nice seat for lunch & to wait until our room was ready.

We got a great table by the window & this was the only other ship there with us that day..

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Welcome Back! I look forward to reading your review! I hope you LOVED Bermuda as much as we did!!!!!

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I was itching to explore, but as I said, we had a lot in tow (12 waters, 12 coke zeros & two bottles of champagne, plus a backpack & Chris's tux in a garment bag.) So we sat and took turns to go see what was for lunch.

We were right by the grill & Chris LOVES hot dogs.. I must say, as hot dogs go, they really were VERY GOOD.

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And my lunch, also from the grill.

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It was all great until I flipped my burger over to put some mayo on it.. Uh oh!!:eek: lol it was a charred hockey puck! The chicken fingers were VERY good though, I DID NOT go hungry:p

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Since i din't get to eat my burger, I went to find this.. (like I wouldn't have anyhow, haha) The "fruit" cupcake was BAD, as others have reported. The other two things were YUMMM. Diet banana cake & a dulche de leche cheesecake.

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Welcome Back! I look forward to reading your review! I hope you LOVED Bermuda as much as we did!!!!!

 

Hi! Thanks, we did enjoy it very much! We went to Fort Hamilton as you suggested (something we have never done before, so that was great) & I have some photos for later in the review!

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Before we knew it it was time to go to our cabin. We had an OS midship on deck 6. There was TONS of storage & closet space. The room smelled like cigars & I was a little concerned, but it cleared very quickly & wasn't a problem. We met our steward Albert, who did a great job all week. Here's some room photos..

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Having posted a review myself I can tell you a big thanks ahead of time. Oh--if you are typing live in CC as you go- I recommend creating your thoughts in word doc first then cut & paste-- I lost many a long,long posts with errors,not loading and me hitting something and poof! :o

Love the food porn photos. I hope you had a better burger later in cruise--not being a burger gal I was converted. Must be the sea air.

Thanks again

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Having posted a review myself I can tell you a big thanks ahead of time. Oh--if you are typing live in CC as you go- I recommend creating your thoughts in word doc first then cut & paste-- I lost many a long,long posts with errors,not loading and me hitting something and poof! :o

Love the food porn photos. I hope you had a better burger later in cruise--not being a burger gal I was converted. Must be the sea air.

Thanks again

Ahhh thanks for that tip/warning!

You know, I didn't try another burger, there was just sooooo much other stuff that was really good. I did have 2 hot dogs though, they were yummy & I'm not a hot dog fan.. There is LOTS more food porn to come.....:D

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We got our luggage, intact & unsearched, before the safety drill. Quickly unpacked & went to 3:30 muster, then sail away. Heres some photos..bermudacruise034.jpg

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Can't wait to read more. Albert was our steward when we were on the Miracle in Jan. to St. Lucia, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. It's like hearing an old friend's name.

 

10 days until we are heading to Bermuda on the Glory. I'm so happy that there are finally some reviews about Bermuda. Love the food porn !

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Can't wait to read more. Albert was our steward when we were on the Miracle in Jan. to St. Lucia, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. It's like hearing an old friend's name.

 

10 days until we are heading to Bermuda on the Glory. I'm so happy that there are finally some reviews about Bermuda. Love the food porn !

 

and then we will read your review when you return Jane!!!! It is a lovely circle!!

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Wondering who maitre'ds are. We had the most memorable one years ago on Miracle--Stupe I think, a nice looking bald man that remembered and greeted everyone by their name! amazing.

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Before we knew it it was time to go to our cabin. We had an OS midship on deck 6. There was TONS of storage & closet space. The room smelled like cigars & I was a little concerned, but it cleared very quickly & wasn't a problem. We met our steward Albert, who did a great job all week. Here's some room photos..

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Debbie,

 

Out of curiosity, what cabin were you in? My husband and I leave on the Miracle on the 17th and we have an OS on deck 6.

 

Great pictures.

Diane

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Wondering who maitre'ds are. We had the most memorable one years ago on Miracle--Stupe I think, a nice looking bald man that remembered and greeted everyone by their name! amazing.

 

The only name I remember is Drasko.. We talked to another (assistant maybe) who was very nice but we can't remember his name.

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Great start. Keep it coming. I'm curious about how you made out with the storm, but I'll be patient.

 

Ahhh yes, the storm.... In a nutshell, we made out very well, all things considered. Details later in the review.

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Debbie,

 

Out of curiosity, what cabin were you in? My husband and I leave on the Miracle on the 17th and we have an OS on deck 6.

 

Great pictures.

Diane

 

We were in OS 6174. I think if you have any OS on deck six mid-ship, your cabin will be exactly like this one. Enjoy, we thought it was very nice!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE the Miracle. I am also curious about your cabin#. We have been in aft wrap and extended balcony cabins on Spirit and Miracle. Thanks for sharing this!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE the Miracle. I am also curious about your cabin#. We have been in aft wrap and extended balcony cabins on Spirit and Miracle. Thanks for sharing this!

 

It was #6174. Lots more tomorrow:)

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One more post for all you late night readers.. A bit of midnight snack food porn:p

Fountainhead Cafe goodies

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And the mile high cakes

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Of which I had to try a piece of, was excellent! WAY too big though..

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And the special occasion cakes you can order

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We were in OS 6174. I think if you have any OS on deck six mid-ship, your cabin will be exactly like this one. Enjoy, we thought it was very nice!

Seeing the cabin again is like deja vu --we sailed same location on that ship in OS too. Thanks for taking time for photo posting.

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We were in OS 6174. I think if you have any OS on deck six mid-ship, your cabin will be exactly like this one. Enjoy, we thought it was very nice!

 

Debbie,

 

That is the cabin we are in.

 

Thank you so much for all of the pictures.

 

We cannot wait to set sail.

Diane

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So after muster & sail away, we just explored for a bit. Had a beer at Maguires (sp?) sports bar in anticipation of spending time here watching playoff games, very cool place..

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Frankie & Johnnies lounge

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Frankensteins Disco

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The Fountainhead cafe area, the entrance to Maguires, Frankie & Johnnies, and the sushi bar are all connected by a nice water feature & sitting area. We would sit here every morning after breakfast, Chris would read the "newspapers" you could get here & I would scan the funtimes for things we wanted to do that day.

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So sometime after 5 this first day, we sampled the sushi. I thought it was pretty decent & wanted to get back there another night to take a photo, but we never did. (You can only eat so much, lol)

Then we went to our 8:15 late dinner seating. I LOVE it when we get a friendly, funny, nice team of waiters for dinner service, it is the reason we chose a set dining time vs "Your time dining" or whatever any particular line happens to call it. Sadly, it was not the case this cruise. After being seated at our requested table for two (thank you Drasko!!), we eagerly waited to meet our waiters, and waited, and waited... Finally someone came over to us with pad & pen in hand & said "what will you have?"

So we ordered. A LOT! My rule of thumb for the week was to never eat more than2 or 3 bites of anything unless it was a WOW dish, it worked out well & this way I got to try a lot of things. In my review, I will point out all the things that I thought were WOW dishes. Chris is a Chef and a little harder to impress, but I can tell you that overall he thought the food was good to very good, and that is saying something coming from him.

Chris had the pasta & sausage as an appetizer portion, it was tasty. He also tried the beef barley soup & said it was good. For his entree he got the brisket, also very good.

I tried the chicken tenders, adventurous, I know! They were exactly what you would expect & tasty. Then I tried the cured salmon & candied tomato app, it was just ok. For my entree I had the sweet & sour shrimp, WOW dish.

For dessert we ordered 3:eek::o The Black forest cake, thumbs down, didn't taste like anything. The diet orange cake, yummy, and the Creme Brulee, WOW dish. We also ordered 2 cappuccinos & received 1 after we had already had our fill of the desserts.. The cappuccino was actually pretty good, but it was different. It was pretty strong & more like an espresso with the foam on top.

I forgot my camera this night, sorry. Here is a pic of the cappuccino from another time.

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The entrance doors to the Baccus dining room. This sort of "interesting" artwork is everywhere on the ship.

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I don't recall much more of this evening, I was in a food coma & pretty tired. I think maybe we went to the casino for a bit & then turned in. No shows this night. Here is a pic of the casino bar.

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The casino has a cool nautical theme & these were on the walls everywhere. Very pretty.

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I left hubby sleeping & headed to the gym at 6 a.m. (don't worry, he got in a good workout before we went to breakfast later that morning) There are plenty of treadmills, 6 elipticals (my cardio of choice), and some bikes here & there. Up about a half a flight of stairs from this level is a hot tub & a few more machines. Up another half flight of stairs are all the weight machines & free weights. They had a better selection than I expected & I was able to get in a very decent workout, very similar to my normal routine.

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The ladies locker room

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One of the private showers, also a big shower head up in the ceiling.

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Sauna

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Steam

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We were in OS 6174. I think if you have any OS on deck six mid-ship, your cabin will be exactly like this one. Enjoy, we thought it was very nice!

 

OMG, that is the cabin we have in February! Thanks and it rocks!

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Fantastic pictures - thank you so much! We are sailing the Miracle in April for our wedding (in port in NYC) and honeymoon (off we go to the Eastern Carrib!)

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Thanks for the review!!

 

We will be sailing Oct 17th!! Can't wait!! We have, also, booked an OS which is just down the hallway from your cabin. Our 1st Suite!! Looking sooo forward to that!!

 

Keep the review, pics & food porn coming!!

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Thanks everybody! I really appreciated looking at things from the perspective of what I would've liked to see while I was so eagerly waiting to go. I feel like it made me look around & take notice a little more.

This is my first review & I'm enjoying writing it, I have the luxury of time at the moment, so it's keeping me busy!! I'm glad you all like the pics:)

There is lots more to come, including many Bermuda pics.

Stay tuned:p (Be patient, I do have to TRY to get to unpacking, laundry & grocery shopping today, I suppose I will have to make dinner too!! Humphf! lol)

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So after I got back from the gym our coffee & fruit arrived from room service. Chris then went for his workout & we went to the MDR for breakfast after that. Most mornings Chris got a cheese omelette & I got eggs benedict. My favorite! I suggest ordering the sauce on the side, or this is what you may get..:eek: Believe it or not, it was still tasty, just not "saucy". We both got the chicken sausage & hash browns, pretty good.

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And another day this is what we got when we asked for a "fruit cup" in the MDR for breakfast!! WOW

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After breakfast we puttered around & took some more pics. It was still pretty cloudy & damp outside, we won't have a nice day out til tomorrow, our second sea day..

The library & internet cafe

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The main atrium bar, here is where the bean bag toss was held every afternoon.

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The gorgeous Chapel

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The piano bar

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I loved this art in the elevator, they were all different.

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Windows overlooking the main atrium bar, from the hallways of the cabin decks above. A neat feature I thought.

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