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Carnival Miracle Review

Carnival Miracle
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  • Fourth ship in Carnival's Spirit class
  • Get wet with four pools and a twisty waterslide
  • Nick & Nora's Steakhouse exudes romance
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Carnival Miracle Overview

Updated By Jodi Thompson, Cruise Critic Contributor
Editor Rating
4.0
While not necessarily "miraculous," there is much to praise about Carnival Miracle, the fourth of four "mid-sized" Spirit-class ships. First of all, the 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger vessel, which launched in 2004, is just plain pretty, understated in comparison to flashier creations in the fleet -- legendary interior architect Joe Farcus is known for super-showy designs. Still, Farcus always has a theme, and Miracle's is "fictional icons" -- guest hallways feature drawings of famous literary characters like Robin Hood and Robinson Crusoe (and the more obscure Belgian detective Hercule Poirot). The lobby and atrium are named after the Metropolis of "Superman" fame, and there's even a Gotham lounge that gets its name from "Batman." Carnival Miracle is also laid out exceptionally well and a breeze to navigate.

Second (and third and fourth), Miracle and its Spirit-class brethren introduced some significant firsts for Carnival: fantastic alternative steakhouses found on every Carnival new-build thereafter and onboard wedding chapels. Spirit-class ships also offer an impressive 80 percent ratio of outside cabins (and 80 p, as well as lots of nice little touches -- like museum-quality artwork and "designer" martinis.

Good news: A January 2012 dry-dock refreshed Miracle from bow-to-stern and added yet another signature Carnival feature. Beyond the obligatory under-the-hood work and touch-ups to carpeting and upholstery, the ship gained Carnival's adults-only Serenity deck. The popular kid-free retreat, featuring plush loungers, a pair of hot tubs and an endless view of the wake, is now featured on 21 out of 23 Carnival ships.

Ultimately, Carnival Miracle offers quintessential Carnival -- solid dining options, unpretentious fun and affordable rates -- in a less mega-sized package.

Carnival Miracle Fellow Passengers

You may find a lot of couples and groups of friends traveling together, with most passengers ranging in age from 25 to 55, plus a good number of families, though you'll find even more kids onboard in the summer and during school breaks.

Carnival Miracle Dress Code

A seven-night cruise includes two formal evenings, during which most men wear dark suits rather than tuxes, and women opt for business-y pants suits or evening dresses -- some rather glitzy. All other nights are deemed casual (when you're likely to see everything from ratty jeans to pretty sundresses) or "elegant casual" (a skirt or pants and blouse is fine for women, and most men wear Dockers-type pants with a buttoned shirt or polo).

Carnival Miracle Gratuity

Carnival recommends $12.00 per person, per day. The guidelines allocate $6.10 to dining room services, $3.90 to cabin services and $2 per day for alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but it can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills. Tipping a couple dollars for room service at delivery is expected (and appreciated) by the service staff.
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Carnival Miracle Member Reviews

I couldn't wait to get off this ship. It's not that I mind cruising because I don't. I have booked over 75 days on better cruise lines but Carnival Miracle is disgusting. Our cabin, one of the largest on the ship was worn out and dirty. I can ... Read more
02/15
We found the ship to be pretty worn out, (going into shipyard March). The vibration from the engine room was awful worse aft lower and better further away. We did zip line in Cabo which was great, fishing in Mazatlan which was fun except caught no ... Read more
Very Relaxing Wavesprite
02/15
Just wanted to post a short review as we just got off of the Miracle to the Mexican Riviera. We've sailed on Carnival before (as well as Holland America, Princess, Norwegian, etc). Also, we've sailed this route before and didn't have any plans to ... Read more
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Carnival Miracle Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
4.0
4.1
4.0
4.4
4.0
4.6
4.0
4.0
4.0
4.2
5.0
3.6
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.1
Enrichment
2.0
3.6
Service
3.0
4.5
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.3
Rates
3.0
4.4

Sailing From

Los Angeles

Cruises To

Hawaii Mexican Riviera

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Ship Stats
Crew:
930
Launched:
2004
Decks:
12
Tonnage:
88,500
Passengers:
2,124
Registry:
Panama
CDC Score:
100
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