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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This may be the last time to see my BROTHER. That was the main reason for my wife & I to go. We were looking forward to be in THE GRAND SUITE .Little did we know that we where going to have a room with major things so wrong and during ... Read More
This may be the last time to see my BROTHER. That was the main reason for my wife & I to go. We were looking forward to be in THE GRAND SUITE .Little did we know that we where going to have a room with major things so wrong and during the cruise we missed two ports and two excursions and we were stuck on the ship for two extra days. My wife and I decided to fill up the whirlpool tub in our room. As we started to enjoy our experience, I noticed that there was something brown starting to float around, and kept getting worse and worse, we also got our body parts sucked up in the suction vent that we noticed was broke. The water looked like sewage, and also smelled like sewage, we were both grossed out, also started not to feel well afterwards, they tried to fix to it but never did the rest of the cruise we had to warm up bottled water and use that for our shower. Our steward was a very nice person and helped us out all cruise long .the TV was just hanging there and the ice box door would not close. room service was very good. We had also noticed that when meals were ready for everyone in the chow lines, rarely did we see anyone use the hand sanitizer at all, kind of made us a little uneasy eating. They should watch and make sure everyone washes their hands. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My husband and I are regular cruisers. The majority of our cruises have been with Carnival with no really bad experiences until now. I have to say that it will probably be awhile before we take another. We chose this one because we ... Read More
My husband and I are regular cruisers. The majority of our cruises have been with Carnival with no really bad experiences until now. I have to say that it will probably be awhile before we take another. We chose this one because we liked the idea of being on a long cruise. We have priority boarding as we are Platinum. The port at Long Beach leaves a lot to be desired. You are left to stand in line outside in the elements. Priority moves very slowly, much more so than any other port we have encountered. Our cabin was ok. As this is a pretty old ship, the cabin furniture is worn. Carpets are in need of changing. We found mold in the bathroom that was not attended to during the cruise. The glass on our aft balcony was filthy and no attempt was made to clean it. It was not good when you wanted to sit out and look through dirty glass. People were smoking on the balconies, so the smell was almost always present. The water in the toilets was yellow to brown. We complained about it and it cleared up some but never entirely. The sink did not drain. Our cabin stewards did the best that they could under the circumstances. We had any time dining and ate most of our meals in the dining room. We found food on the buffet to be really bad. The fruit and salad was about all I could eat there. Usually the food in the dining room is much better. It was hit and miss here also. Even the food in the Nick and Nora's Steakhouse was not up to it's usual standards. We missed the Guy's Burgers. Even though we had anytime dining, we asked for the same team every night. We loved I Gusti and Murat. They were the best we have ever had on any cruise. The Alchemy Bar was a lifesaver for us. We do not drink alcohol and prefer all natural ingredients. The girls that run this bar, Vera, Nevena and Kateryna do an amazing job making fresh non-alcoholic drinks for whatever ails you. This was a favorite place for us to hang out and play cards and drink our drinks. They had a fabulous two party ensemble that played there every day. The music was soothing and lovely. We liked the Comedy Club and the Love and Marriage show. We don't do bingo. I do play some in the casino but the smoke here was so bad that I stayed away a lot. We found the smell of smoke on this ship to be almost unbearable in places. The atrium was exceptionally bad. It was like they pumped the smoke from the casino into the atrium. All the sea days, eight of them, were rough seas. We actually missed two ports due to high winds. This was a big disappointment to us, especially considering the cost of this cruise. One other thing, the number of people that were sick on this cruise. We noticed it our first day. Lots of coughing and sneezing. As the days went on, it became worse with more and more people coughing, sneezing and not trying to keep it from the other passengers. On our third day from the end, my husband got sick and had to go see the ships doctor. He had come down with acute bronchitis. One day out, I got the same. We both were very sick, On going to the doctor our first day home, I was diagnosed with the flu as well. So all of this contracted on the ship. Not good. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Booked this cruise well in advance and couldn't wait to go. Getting on the ship wasn't too bad but the Long Beach port has much to be desired. Other ports like Orlando were much easier to deal with and you weren't left standing outside ... Read More
Booked this cruise well in advance and couldn't wait to go. Getting on the ship wasn't too bad but the Long Beach port has much to be desired. Other ports like Orlando were much easier to deal with and you weren't left standing outside waiting to get on. The ship itself was decorated nicely and felt comfortable but you could tell it was getting outdated. Lot of squeaks and rattles with elevators breaking down, etc. No Guy's Hamburgers was a real let down which may have helped save the cruise because most of the food was horrible. The buffet always had the same thing and it was dried out or over cooked. The dining room was better but not much. Most dinners went uneaten for lack of finding something palatable. The dining crew was great though and helped make the experience better. All in all the food on this ship just wasn't up to standard. The room was standard cabin fair and for the most part clean. The room steward did a great job keeping up with our needs. We had an extended balcony and it was gross. The glass was covered in some grease so it was pretty much useless as far and sitting down and enjoying the view. Everything else on the ship was pretty standard for Carnival but this cruise really lacked any quality entertainment. That part has really gone downhill. The seas were very rough on both legs on the trip and we missed 2 of our ports due to high winds. This really takes a lot out of your trip when you don't get to visit almost half of your planned ports. I will probably have to take a break from Carnival for awhile as this particular cruise seemed like a rip off for what we paid. Beware... Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Chose this cruise to "get away and have a good time." Sadly with cruises of longer length there is a much older crowd. The ships nightlife was not as energized as my previous cruises. Carnival did do a good job of trying to ... Read More
Chose this cruise to "get away and have a good time." Sadly with cruises of longer length there is a much older crowd. The ships nightlife was not as energized as my previous cruises. Carnival did do a good job of trying to please all but a shotgun blast will only work for close range and shorter cruises. Previous Journeys cruises I have been on did provide so much more entertainment and a broader spectrum of choices with more changes in acts. The Crew was spectacular and did work hard to ensure my food, drink, comfort were addressed. Sadly weather did impact movements and itinerary of the ship. The ship definitely lacks some of the updates which I would consider Carnival Trademarks and could easily be addressed ie Guys Burgers. The Steakhouse definitely did not meet the expectations which I had based on experiences provided on other ships. For me this is not a gotta do again experience. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My title sums it up. I thought it would be nice to have 4 days before and after visiting Hawaii. It did not think about the fact we may have to skip a port or 2. Even that did not seem too bad until it happened. In Honolulu, we were told ... Read More
My title sums it up. I thought it would be nice to have 4 days before and after visiting Hawaii. It did not think about the fact we may have to skip a port or 2. Even that did not seem too bad until it happened. In Honolulu, we were told we could not get into the next stop because of bad weather at that port. We were told that we could have a 2nd day in Honolulu. OK That seemed reasonable, BUT we would not have as long on shore. OK Then we found out the cruise had no excursions for the 2nd day. We left the ship on the second day thinking there would be trips offered at the pier. NO there was only one option, a free ride to the mall if we listened to a 20-minute talk on jewelry. NOTHING else. No guidance to where we might find an excursion, not even a line of taxis looking for a fare. This happened again at Kona. This time we needed to be back on the ship by 1 PM. There were a couple of early excursions offered on the ship but by the time we were ready to leave the ship it was too late to go anywhere with assurance we would be back on time. We shopped at the nearby shops and bought a few things we did not need. Wow, that was exciting. The ship was cold inside and out. We did not use our balcony. No swimming for most of us. There were a few brave souls. It was too windy to use the mini-golf or walk the upper deck. I really got bored. My husband got motion sick and lost his lunch. And there was a cold or flu going around the ship. They ran out of cold medicine in the Fun Shop and I was up for hours coughing. Even with trip insurance I was told it would cost about $50.00 from the ships doctor. So I decided to see the doctor as my cold got worse. It was after 9 PM so he was off duty and because we would be disembarking the next morning he would not be available. Oh, well. It was just a cold. I believe it was my poor planning to go to Hawaii in the winter. The water was cold, the sea was rough, and the on board temperature was cold. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
My wife and I went with 4 other couples to celebrate my sister-in-laws 50th birthday. As a group we've been planning this trip for nearly 2 years. When we booked the trip we expected that Carnival would know that the weather is not ... Read More
My wife and I went with 4 other couples to celebrate my sister-in-laws 50th birthday. As a group we've been planning this trip for nearly 2 years. When we booked the trip we expected that Carnival would know that the weather is not good during this time of year, and we never would have booked this trip knowing that fact. Sailing across the pacific we knew that leaving from Long Beach the weather might not be good for the first full day at sea. The weather did not improve until the 3rd day at sea. We were to travel top 5 islands, but only were able to visit 3 islands due to high winds, and very bad weather conditions. When we were in Honolulu, the ship had to move piers, and we were shocked when we returned to the pier and our ship was gone. You would think that Carnival would have had a Rep. to let clients know that the ship had been moved. The we had to go out to sea, as we could not stay in port, and we experienced winds as high as 88 MPH. Needless to say this was not a good night for us. We then went to Kona, and again had to stay 2 days due to bad weather on Hilo. As we needed to tender to the island, we were stunned that the ship had to leave to go out to sea, only to return the next morning to the same island. When we spoke to guest services they advised us that the ship had to go out to sea so they could open the Casino. While the guest services were quite rude, the service we received from the dining team, and the house keeping team was excellent. The cabin was clean, but the over all ship is in need of a make-over as their were areas that clearly needed some major work. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We took this cruise to celebrate our 50th Wedding anniversary. I am so glad we did. This was our 8th cruise with Carnival and it did not disappoint. We had blast meeting new friends and singing in the Piano Bar with Elizabeth (She was ... Read More
We took this cruise to celebrate our 50th Wedding anniversary. I am so glad we did. This was our 8th cruise with Carnival and it did not disappoint. We had blast meeting new friends and singing in the Piano Bar with Elizabeth (She was Fantastic). We toured Pearl Harbor which was a real moving experience. I can't say much about the food because my wife and I agreed to not make this trip all about the food. We ate most of our meals at the Buffet and was always able to find something good. We missed two ports because of the weather but were able to spend two nights in Oahu and Kona other than that we had great weather. We saw most of the shows which were very well done. Jamiee the CD was great and very high energy. She kept all of us old people moving. (most of the guest on board we seniors) The staff was very friendly and helpful, especially Syarif our room steward and Elenenor the bar tender in the Piano Bar. Overall we really enjoyed our cruise and would do it again. We had purchased the Faster To The Fun. It was well worth it, we were on and off the ship in record time. I would really recommend it. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was my second Carnival cruise. I had, overall, a good time and I will start with the good from this cruise. The staff was incredibly friendly and seemed to be everywhere. Jaime, the Cruise Director was fantastic. I am retired USAF, ... Read More
This was my second Carnival cruise. I had, overall, a good time and I will start with the good from this cruise. The staff was incredibly friendly and seemed to be everywhere. Jaime, the Cruise Director was fantastic. I am retired USAF, and the military program one afternoon was memorable. Many vets I saw were in tears. Possibly due to the itinerary which included Honolulu, there were an extraordinary number of vets onboard. There was even a WWII vet who was honored. Two of the production numbers were very well done and a couple of the other entertainers in the main theater were good. The comedy club was a bit spotty – some very good, some not so much. Our cabin was spotlessly maintained and had a wonderful balcony. We had no problems at all with noise. This being a ‘Journeys’ cruise, some of the now eliminated niceties were brought back – the Captain’s cocktail party and the midnight buffet for instance. They had a guest lecturer who was excellent. While no longer ‘gourmet’, the food was quite good, both in the MDR and Lido. The ‘Sea Day Brunch’ was a nice touch and very good. Being a musician and having run sound, I must make a call out here to one of the best sound techs I have ever experienced. The man is fabulous and Carnival should do everything in its power to keep him happy and employed. Yes, I made it a point to speak to him personally. I have read many comments about the severe lessening of the little niceties, like tablecloths, the old menu, etc. I agree that these things might have helped keep the cost down, it is not what I really expect from a cruise. I don’t mean that I need a ‘luxury’ line, but things just are not the same. There being no dedicated bar waiter, we got our martinis just as the dishes were being cleared before the main course. A small ‘bribe’, and our martinis were already ordered when we got to the table and the drinks were there before we ordered the rest of the cruise. The first production number was fantastic, so we went to the ‘50s music show. A total waste of time. The cast did a couple of numbers, then there was an ‘Elvis Lip Sync(!)’ contest between three crew members followed by the glee club, followed by 5 or six audience members dancing with a cast member. Not exactly what we expected. My wife was quite concerned about sanitary procedures onboard. We observed over half of people entering MDR or Lido not using the sanitizing fluid. On another cruise line, crew stood at all dining venue entrances and personally squirted everybody entering. We feel this should be done on Carnival also. Now for the really bad in the opinion of many on the ship. There was a free bingo game one morning at 9:45 where the prize was a free cruise. We arrived at 9:15 to find some program in progress with the theater completely full – with whole rows of saved seats – of people who had no interest whatever in the program in progress. They all came there for the free bingo. With an event such as this, do not have a preceding program; open the theater 30 minutes ahead and then everybody has a chance. Yes, I will be accused of whining, but I am expressing the opinion of many who were turned away that morning. Taken overall, a good cruise with, in my opinion, a few flaws. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We picked this 15 day from Long Beach, California to Hawaii so we didn't have to fly to Honolulu. Third time on the Miracle and it's better than ever. So many great places to relax and enjoy sea days. Service was the best of our 15 ... Read More
We picked this 15 day from Long Beach, California to Hawaii so we didn't have to fly to Honolulu. Third time on the Miracle and it's better than ever. So many great places to relax and enjoy sea days. Service was the best of our 15 cruises! Nick and Nora's Steakhouse was wonderful and the dining room service from Eva and Zodar was superb! While we're both port people, this was the best it could have been with 8 sea days. Our cabin steward Emmanuel and Putu were the very best we could ask for. Coffee Bar on deck 2 was the best. This class of ships is the most comfortable for Journey's Cruising. Plenty of options for activities and for relaxing and playing cards or reading. Weather required that we miss 2 ports (Hilo and Kauai), which resulted in 2 day stays in Honolulu and Kona. Two perfect ports to be in for an extra day. Kona has tons of shopping and great restaurants within walking distance with some cultural sites as well. Honolulu of course has Pearl Harbor and a city tour, both great! And excellent shopping in downtown Waikiki. Perfect! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We wanted a cruise with maximum sea days and this cruise fit the bill. The Miracle is great, lots of activities, bars and sitting areas. The lido and sun decks have plenty of seating and loungers. Mini golf was just tricky enough to be ... Read More
We wanted a cruise with maximum sea days and this cruise fit the bill. The Miracle is great, lots of activities, bars and sitting areas. The lido and sun decks have plenty of seating and loungers. Mini golf was just tricky enough to be fun. Phantom theater and shows, lectures, bingo all comfortable and fun. Food in dining room and Horatio's very good. All in all a great ship and a great cruise. There were missed ports due to weather but the captain and crew did a great job making the hard decisions to keep us all safe. Doors and stairs were marked when it wasn't safe to be out in high winds. Joner was our cabin steward and kept us in ice the whole trip. Also a talented towel sculptor. Very friendly and helpful. Jaimie was the entertainment director. I am still in awe of her energy, she was on in the morning, afternoon and night. How the women of the troupe dance in high heels on a moving stage is absolutely a miracle on the Miracle. Great shows, good comedy and lectures in the Mad Hatter comedy club venue. Read Less
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