We returned yesterday from the 13 night Panama Canal cruise on the Carnival Miracle, which was a Premier cruise. We had a cocktail party on embarkation day, with your choice of drinks and lots of appetizers. There was entertainment and a raffle.
We had a goodie bag in our room, which included sunglasses, Pacific Coolers and drink cards. The bag itself was the best thing, we used it all the time. Also had the special Premier magnet on our cabin door. Hint: take yours off the door before some jerk steals it. The casino host was nice enough to replace our stolen one.
We got chocolate covered strawberries, cookies and other sweets, as well as playing cards and t-shirts. On the Panama Canal crossing day, we got one Panama style hat. Near the end of the cruise, we got a pair of thermal glasses.
There were two Premier events, one a drawing and the other a slot tournament (needed 2000 points to qualify). I won a fireball drawing, but these were open to all who had 100 points.
There were plenty of bartenders and it was easy to get free drinks. You could not order from the bartender, but there was almost always a server or two at the service bar and they were more than happy to take your order. You had to sign for every drink and were limited to one drink per person per five minute period, except you could always get a bottle of water. The servers were friendly and a pleasure to interact with. If you are going on the Miracle, look for I Gusti and Bernardo. My husband, who was not gambling, never had an issue getting a drink.
I accumulated 38,000 points and was given two steakhouse dinners for two with wine, and two free steakhouse upgrades in the main dining room as well as a bounce back balcony cruise with free drinks in the casino.
Overall, it was a good experience.