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Sail Date: December 2017
I chose Carnival cruise lines because of the lower prices and a younger crowd. I had a bad experience with Princess Lines as a Gold member and wanted to try something new. The entertainment and staff are less professional and there was not ... Read More
I chose Carnival cruise lines because of the lower prices and a younger crowd. I had a bad experience with Princess Lines as a Gold member and wanted to try something new. The entertainment and staff are less professional and there was not a good dance band for mature cruisers, but I knew that for less money we get less luxury and benefits. The food was OK and the ship was clean. All things functioned in our cabin without problems. We had very slow service in our formal dining room late seating and missed a few shows, (took over one and a half hours to finish a dinner). I think this was due to our table being located in a back corner. The entertainment was not very professional and was only 70's R+B, which got a little old. The comedians were OK. There is limited space on the main open pool deck and a shortage of seating for the big events, but that is due to it being an older ship. For the money it was a good overall value, but if a person has cruised Norwegian or Holland lines, or even Princess it is best to have lower expectations and not be disappointed. There is a little more rudeness with a younger L.A. crowd. I have nothing but praise for the Long Beach poet facility for Carnival! Very easy parking, hotel access and very quick embarkation and departure process. We got off 1 1/2 hours early! That has never happened to me before on a score of cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Staff on cruiseships are always friendly and helpful, and this crew was no different. The highlight for us was the Alchemy Bar (deck 9 aft) -- great drinks! Strangely the "homemade" and secretive pineapple and strawberry ... Read More
Staff on cruiseships are always friendly and helpful, and this crew was no different. The highlight for us was the Alchemy Bar (deck 9 aft) -- great drinks! Strangely the "homemade" and secretive pineapple and strawberry infused vodka are not listed as ingredient in any of the drinks, ask the bartenders about them. They are delicious. The worst part of the cruise was the food without a doubt; 90% of what we had were overcooked, lacking flavors and just blah. For example, it's hard to screw up fried chicken and yet they managed to serve fried chicken that were fried beyond recognition with zero flavors. In the dining room, they can't seem to cook steaks to correct temperature. Expect medium-well to over-well done regardless of your preference. You do get what you paid for, not a lot in this case so can't complain too hard. A quick tip regarding Ensenada. If you book your own excursion (not via ship), you have to walk about a mile to get out to the meeting area. There is a small fee to take a bus out but we didn't know about it until after the fact. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
It's the best vacation we had so far, our family really enjoyed the whole trip. wonderful food, enough entertainment for all the age groups, real professional staff are in store for all. My kids are ready to take one more cruise ... Read More
It's the best vacation we had so far, our family really enjoyed the whole trip. wonderful food, enough entertainment for all the age groups, real professional staff are in store for all. My kids are ready to take one more cruise immediately. Our time is well spent for three days, age groups wise programs in circle-C are very good. we had a family golf for the first time on the top deck, it's a pleasant time on the sea. I would suggest every one to take the cruise at least once to get the wonderful experience. Improvement opportunity is to add more Indian/Veg food and make the photographs a bit reasonable for every one to buy more. Shoreline excursion is a bit disappointment, we could not get the expected experience at La bufadora, geyser height is very less and the flea market is boring and not at all interested with the low quality products. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Took the Dec. 24 Cruise on the Carnival Imagination to Catalina and Baja Mexico. Had a miserable time. The Ship-- is old. Art from the 1990's that looks straight out of the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire. The ship is decorated like one of ... Read More
Took the Dec. 24 Cruise on the Carnival Imagination to Catalina and Baja Mexico. Had a miserable time. The Ship-- is old. Art from the 1990's that looks straight out of the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire. The ship is decorated like one of Trump's casinos from the 90's. The deck numbering system uses both letters and number for the same deck - so expect a lot of confusion The Cabin - had mold in the shower. Master light switch is strategically located by the headboard so expect the lights to come on a couple of times a night. The Food- aspires to be golden corral quality. The formal dinner was horrible. Think TV dinner or airplane food. Guys Burger joint serves grease with burgers attached. The Blue Iguana serves flavored meat(?) that you make your own taco or burrito with. They tell you the pizza pirate is open 24 hours, but the staff is always in the back making pizzas. The buffet was also not great. Thank God for the soft serve! We did the drink package and figured out on day 2 that you have to go to a bar to have them pop open a soda and pour it in a glass for you. You can only get a can if you order from room service. The excursions-On Catalina we did the tour of the botanical gardens and the semi submersible. Loved both of them. It was also great to get real food ! In Mexico we did the off road dune buggy, which is essentially driving in wine country in ATVS, on the dirt roads. Still we had fun - but don't think there will be any Dukes of Hazard stuff here. The entertainment- all started at 8. We are from central time - so if your programming runs from 8-2 plan on us not being there. ALSO - The music was so loud that we heard it in our cabin on R deck. It will keep you up. I should also mention that we thought there would be a lot more Christmas activities. Most of them were stacked on the day at sea. We did one of the trivia contests, but had to sit in the smoking section of the bar. We found ourselves in our cabin watching Kong Skull Island and Batman Lego movie repeatedly and not because we wanted to. A great example of what we encountered happened on the morning of the Catalina excursion. We did not know where to go to disembark so we went to guest services. We got in the Faster to Fun line because we had paid for it. A person was at the regular line who for some reason needed guest services to fix his laptop. After being told we needed to get in the regular line, I noticed a guest services person leaving. I asked her what I thought was a simple question. Where to we go for the excursion. She responded "It's on your ticket." It wasn't So I got back in line and waited another 10 minutes to talk to the same person (who had returned the desk) and was told "It's on your ticket." I asked where on the ticket and the woman rolled her eyes and told me what deck to go to. So if you are considering this cruise- pass. If you are considering this cruise to make your holiday special - really pass. This was our first and most probably last cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
just back today from 7 day Mexico Riviera trip over Christmas. Service= Outstanding Room= Very Nice Spa/Exercise Room= Outstanding Food= Cruise avg. except for Steak House which is $70 extra and WORTH IT The deal breaker ... Read More
just back today from 7 day Mexico Riviera trip over Christmas. Service= Outstanding Room= Very Nice Spa/Exercise Room= Outstanding Food= Cruise avg. except for Steak House which is $70 extra and WORTH IT The deal breaker was the 24x7 constant VIBRATION in our room like the spin cycle on a washing machine... it was everywhere from midship to aft... i heard multiple people commenting about this during the trip... for our room on Deck 8 odd numbered room midship with balcony it was extremely bad... when i asked about it at the Service Desk, was told it was common due to the wind... i smiled and realized i was not going to get a straight answer... i said it sounded like something due to the rudder or propeller shafts as it was clearly a drone vibration in sink with the engines and propellors... the waiter in the steak house confirmed it as it was very noticeable the nite we ate there... He said that he put down a desert bowl on top of a plate the previous nite and the rattle from the vibration could be heard thruout the restaurant so i know this is a confirmed issue.... i did not notice the vibration or noise on lower levels in the Front of the ship so maybe its just mid to Aft only... dont know but it needs to get fixed... wont be back on this ship again. sleeping was incredibly difficult and i had to take sleeping pills to survive the night. all in all as i said, if they fix this the ship , crew, food, experience is well worth it... i have never experienced this on other cruise ships... we are booking our cruise for next Christmas and will look elsewhere. hope they fix this. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We booked a cruise for 22 of us : extended family for Christmas. Youngest was 11 and oldest 78. Overall it was a good venue for multiple ages of family. Unfortunately, they could not book all of our rooms together (we booked 8 months ... Read More
We booked a cruise for 22 of us : extended family for Christmas. Youngest was 11 and oldest 78. Overall it was a good venue for multiple ages of family. Unfortunately, they could not book all of our rooms together (we booked 8 months in advance) and we were spread all over the ship. This didn't help the "family cruise" feel. We all had balconies which were good sized. Room steward was very good and attentive. Food was okay: not spectacular but fine for a cruise. Ship was very crowded because of the holiday so you had to get out early to get a pool chair and it often felt overwhelming in the Lido deck dining areas. Entertainment was cruise good. Nothing to write home about - in fact, the activities that involved the guests themselves were the best shows and Carnival ought to think about doubling those and getting rid of a few paid dancing and singing shows.. Activities on the ship were a bit redundant after 3rd day at sea. Dinner was good/staff attentive and helpful. Food good but not great..:but was fun to sit with 22 of us altogether. Drinks were $9-10/drink..so added up quickly. OR you could pay $400.00 for the week (15 drink limit per day ) but had to include days in port (couldn't buy a 3 day drink pass for instance): so unless you drink a lot, absolutely not worth it. Issues with the HUB chat and activity app; often times not working to chat with other family members. Would be ok if it were free, but it was $5.00 for cruise. Again, not that it was expensive but another thing Carnival should offer it's guests for free: and save on all the wasted paper they put in your room on a daily basis- just give out the paper stuff for the folks who don't want to use the app. Guest service lines were the most frustrating of all. Understaffed always and long waits: up to 30 minutes. (I waited 5 times in that line over questions re: the app, charges, being charged wrong etc) Charge summaries are available on the app (great!) but they only give what you are spending..not the credits you have, so you never see a real bottom line of what you owe unless you go to the customer service line (30 min) and get a paper read out. Just silly things that could be easily changed and make the customer experience a happier one. (or if you have to wait for 30 min to get a question answered, hand people a free drink coupon for heaven's sake! No one comes on vacation to spend 30 minutes in a line to get a question answered!) Ports were good: Cabo is over priced: and not enough time to do much: so good day to shop and go back to the ship. Mazatalan had a rushed feeling and the people weren't very friendly which we found odd for Mexico. Were I to do that day again, I would do a day pass at a hotel and use the pool. (go for the El Cid. Most of the hotels will sell you a day pass if you walk in and ask). Beaches in the ports were cold to swim: and the pool on the ship was cold too. Loved Puerto Vallarta but didn't feel like we had enough time there. I think we may skip the cruise next time and just hit puerto vallarta.! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
unless they fix this, we wont book the Miracle again. it was constant and hard to sleep... like the vibration of a clothes dryer that NEVER stopped we heard multiple people complaining about this. i noticed it was midship to aft ... Read More
unless they fix this, we wont book the Miracle again. it was constant and hard to sleep... like the vibration of a clothes dryer that NEVER stopped we heard multiple people complaining about this. i noticed it was midship to aft only. we ate at Nick & Nora's steakhouse last nite which was EXCELLENT and the table and plates were vibrating too. Even the waiter acknowledged it was an issue with plates rattling alot when they put desert bowls on top the serving plates. when i asked Customer Service I was told it was just the wind. Really? aside from this everything else was very good.. service, housekeeping, food, spa, entertainment, sushi, etc etc. all good. but the vibration made it hard to sleep and it was everywhere mid to aft it seems... in the front of the ship i did not notice it. i think its tied to the propeller and engine rotations because it keep perfect time... dont know. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We picked this cruise because we've always wanted to do a Mexican Riveria cruise and this one worked for our time off from work. We did not travel with any children or anyone else...just the husband and myself!! The Miracle is a ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we've always wanted to do a Mexican Riveria cruise and this one worked for our time off from work. We did not travel with any children or anyone else...just the husband and myself!! The Miracle is a smaller ship compared to the other ships we've sailed on, but it was still an amazing vessel. The cabin crew, wait staff, and all other employees were very helpful and friendly! Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. This was the first time that we purchased FTTF and it was worth it. We had a balcony room and it was nice to see the sea whenever we wanted from the comfort of our own room. It was also nice to see the sunsets/sunrise plus ports. The food on the ship was amazing. Most of our table had 3 lobsters on Christmas!! The entertainment was amazing. This cruise we also went to a couple of art auctions, it was a great experience and something that we will now look forward to on any future cruises! The ports we went to were: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Cabo: We did a third party excursion of whale watching and snorkeling around Land's End. The time difference between local time and ship time made us a bit late so we took a water taxi to catch up to the sail boat. We had a fun time and we were able to see some whales! Lands End is really pretty. The snorkeling...lots of people were in the water but it was very cool to almost cold water. I don't do cold water so I ended up staying on the boat. I prefer Caribbean water as it is warm. Mazatlan: Here we did the hop on/off bus and we had a great time! We got off first in old town and went and took pictures of the Cathedral We walked around a bit of the city and had fun. The next stop was new town and had shopping and eating places by the ocean. Went to a shrimp place and had the best shrimp!! Third stop was to see the cliff divers...I would skip this as there isn't much to see or do at this stop. I would spend my time at the other to stops. Puerto Vallarta: If you want to sit back and relax, go to Marriott resort. We hung out poolside and had drinks and food all day plus got to play in the inifinty pool. Although it was fun to see the areas and explore Mexico we definately like the caribbean better with the warm beautiful blue/green waters! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
What a wonderful experience from start to finish. The ship is a little old, but it still was beautiful. We tried out every restaurant and most of the bars as well. Our cabin steward made some of the most awesome towel animals, the bat ... Read More
What a wonderful experience from start to finish. The ship is a little old, but it still was beautiful. We tried out every restaurant and most of the bars as well. Our cabin steward made some of the most awesome towel animals, the bat hanging from the balcony door was my favorite. Everyone was very helpful. Staff was quick with a drink and quick to clear your dishes when you were finished with them. There were long lines for some of the restaurants, but they went very quickly. Serenity adults only bar and pool was wonderful considering the amount of children on the cruise. My only complaint is that it is too close to the waterslide so you could hear the kids screaming (and not in a good way) LOL. Our assigned dining was perfect and we only had to wait once, and it was a 10 minute wait, so not bad at all. We spent a lot of time in the Skybox Lounge watching sports. They have the BEST bartenders on the boat! Read Less
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