Author: Darren Hogwood
Firstly let me say that the overall package from Iglu which was a quick Las Vegas Visit then onto the Miracle for a week then a stay in LA was top notch with all Transfers and flights included it was seamless and painless. We consider ourselves RCCL cruisers but the Carnival package on offer ticked all the right boxes. There was a lot to like about the Carnival Miracle and the Carnival brand and we had a great time BUT having cruised with Carnival I would say that RCCL is my preferred provider. Good Points about the Carnival Miracle, very generous space in our balcony cabin at a very good price. Serenity Deck was a well appointed haven for adults. Cabin Staff and MDR staff were all friendly and efficient. Dinner in the MDR Embarkation and Disembarkation at Long Beach were a model of efficiency Points to note The MDR do not serve a lunch menu, even at Sea they have a Brunch menu which wore a bit thin towards the end. Breakfast and then lunch whilst at Sea please Carnival, not all of us like the pile it high, scoff it down atmosphere of the Lido, I personally like sitting down to a meal brought to my table whilst chatting to my new table mates. Miracle is having a refit soon and some areas definitely look a bit tired. Gatsby Gardens and the areas around the gym and spa spring to mind. The MDR takes a little getting used to, meant to evoke Bacchus, the large pink spheres on the walls look more like piles but we did warm to the place after a while. Overal There was a lot to like but it was nice rather than WOW, honest rather than grand. When looking for a cruise in the US again I would definitely consider Carnival but only if RCCL didnt have the right package or they priced me out of it.