I was on the Miracle to the Bahamas a year or two ago. I also found it to be below par. The buffet seemed dark and overall the ship was not good. I would not sail on it or Carnival again. Also the food was not well prepared at all. This was my second Carnival cruise. The first was on the Victory. out of N.Y.This one was at sea one or two days when 9-11 occured. Maybe I am baseing this bad cruise with the other. In any case Carnival does not seem to be on a par with other cruise lines. Maybe the cabins are larger and the pricing is cheaper, but the overall cruise experience is not the same as other lines.