1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2019
My daughter and son-in-law did a Carnival Cruise for their honeymoon two years ago in October and loved it so much they wanted us to join them on a Carnival Cruise. Hurricane Darian caused us to have to leave a day early but we had already ... Read More
My daughter and son-in-law did a Carnival Cruise for their honeymoon two years ago in October and loved it so much they wanted us to join them on a Carnival Cruise. Hurricane Darian caused us to have to leave a day early but we had already planned to arrive in Tampa that day and spend the night, so we just drove from NC as planned and boarded with absolutely no problems despite only having birth certificates and driver's licenses and my having a pacemaker. We got on board, purchased our lanyards and were told that we were going to have a free day due to having to board early and leave the area that night. It meant 2 sea days before an excursion but all drinks and food were covered by Carnival for the 1st day. We ate burgers at the grill (better than any fast food burgers) and when we went to our room, all our luggage was there. Our room had a balcony with a lifeboat just a floor below. The bed and pillows were very comfortable and the shelves in the bathroom and the size of the closets were big enough to easily store our things. I am glad I brought some folding travel hangers and a glow in the dark small flashlight as well as a small plug in extra 3 regular outlets and 2 outlets to charge our cell phones, hair dryer, curling iron and camera batteries. I may purchase a larger one with more outlets before cruising again. Almost every single staff member all over the ship was pleasant and helpful and most remembered our names from the start. Jeniper and Salai our room stewards, were great and Jeniper was especially sweet. Once we had experienced Roxana from Romania as a headwaitress, we asked for her each night at the Bacchus Dining Room. She treated us like royalty and was funny and very good with names. The food was good, especially in the Bacchus. There was a bar tender we liked a lot named Jerry (may not be his spelling) who would even call out to my husband, Tom, as we walked by on our way around the ship because they had an ongoing funny Tom and Jerry routine together. I enjoyed the Marriage Comedy show a lot but not the adult comedy show at Mad Hatter's Ball done by R.T. Steckel--too crass for me. Doug who played the baby grand at Sam's Piano Bar was awesome and the disco night at Frankensteins's We loved the Pixels photo opportunities and bought a good many. Loved earning points for prizes, especially the nice photo album and the Thumb drive. My favorite shore excursions were the VIP La Casa Beach Retreat in Cozumel and the Jolly Roger Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel with Lunch at Roatan. There was plenty of time to snorkel and to eat and to shop in each of those excursions and the people working the excursions were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I ran into a little problem with my own but new full face snorkel mask and the captain of the Jolly Roger was gentle and patient and fixed me right up for my 1st snorkeling experience. The food was delicious and the guys danced with us and were very watchful of us in the water, as well as making sure we all had all to drink we wanted. Jesus at the La Casa Beach House was friendly and the pina coladas there were the best I've ever tasted--not overly sweet like most in America are. The chef made two great salsas and guacamole with chips as we watched. In Belize, we did the River Wildlife Cruise and and Mayan Ruins of Altun Ha in Belize. I loved seeing the dolphins follow the boat, seeing the Howler monkeys, and the iguanas where we had lunch. Our Mayan guide was a good story teller. At 62, I did manage to climb to the top of the Sun god's pyramid and enjoy the view, but it was a bit challenging due to the humidity and the steps being irregular and crumbly. I wish I had had more time to shop in the little row of shops with locally hand carved wood items, but it took most of our time to climb the ruin and some of our party slowed things down before we could start when we had to wait on them to join us. My only complaint about the Grand Cayman Stingray Sandbar, Hell, and Turtle Center experience was that it was rushed. Once again, we had to wait for a family that was late and so our guide had to make up for the lost time. It was fun to handle the turtles and the gift shop at the Turtle Center was a nice one. The water was beautiful where we held the stingrays and it was a fun experience. Hell was rushed but I am glad we got to see it. Disembarkation went smoothly and, although we missed our pets and the rest of our families, we were sad it was all over. We definitely want to go back to Cozumel and go on the Jolly Roger Catamaran again someday! Carnival did not disappoint! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
We had been on this same cruise route before but w a different ship. This cruise w the Carnival Miracle just felt way too crowded compared to the two other cruises that we have had. The layout and the flow of people was way too ... Read More
We had been on this same cruise route before but w a different ship. This cruise w the Carnival Miracle just felt way too crowded compared to the two other cruises that we have had. The layout and the flow of people was way too congested especially around the Buffett and the pool area & to see any shows you had to get there at least 30 min early. When we started out from Tampa to Cayman Islands there was horrible shaking vibrations that lasted almost all night. It was so bad that my granddaughter who is 11 got sick and had to come down to our room to sleep because our room was not as bad as theirs. They were in the room 8238 & we were in 7186. Our room did vibrate, but not as bad as theirs . They also had toilet problems with the toilet overflowing and continuously flushing late at night and no one would answer the phone and They had to go look for someone to help them. The carpet was soaked & water running out into the hall and nobody did anything until the next day to suck up all the water. All of their towels were wet and they did not get any replacements until room was cleaned the next day. Then they finally put a fan on it. Another disappointment was the Deli, On The other two cruises the deli was fabulous. This one was so slow the line was so long and the bread was all dried out and sandwiches were Not hot, the cheese was not even melted even though grilled. The good thing was that our Cabin was clean and was always in good shape. We did not get the early dinner time that we requested so we had to go to dining in a time, but we got really lucky and got a terrific waitress name From Romania. She was one of the hardest working waitresses we have ever had. We did not get the early dinner time that we requested even though we had kids with us, so we had to go to dining any a time, but we got really lucky and got a terrific waitress name Lydia from Romania. She was one of the hardest working & sweetest server-waitress7186 we have ever had on any of the ships. We love cruising but Thank Goodness this was not our first cruise or we would have never cruised again! Also on the last day they tell people to go to the Phantom theater on the third floor. When we got there there at 7:30 for the early flights, There was no one there to help anyone and people were going to the second floor fan in theater and also the third. There was a gentleman that works there that was so hateful to us and told us why would we go into a closed door room and was so hostile about it, I tried to tell him that this is where they told us to go. ( there was probably about six couples waiting also ) he was so hostile to us, We had never been spoken to like that from anybody on the cruise and I was so shocked that I told him that he was not going to ruin my last day of my cruise . Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We were offered this cruise last minute because the Vista our of Galveston was canceled. We were offered cruise credit because of the cancellation, so we got a pretty good deal on our first cruise. The boarding process was really simple ... Read More
We were offered this cruise last minute because the Vista our of Galveston was canceled. We were offered cruise credit because of the cancellation, so we got a pretty good deal on our first cruise. The boarding process was really simple and we received our checked luggage in a timely manner. If I had it to do over again, I would not hang out on the Lido deck upon arriving like they suggested we do because the place was so packed that we had to stand along the wall to eat. Overall, we enjoyed our time at each port, but we’ve decided that any future cruises will not include Belize because of the lack of activities they have to offer and the very poor culture that is right at the port...very sad to see and even a little scary in some places. On board there was plenty to do to keep us entertained however we learned from experienced cruisers that the Miracle is the worst that Carnival has to offer. We didn’t have our children with us, but we did go and check out the kids department. I wasn’t overly impressed, but once again I honestly feel like the Miracle just wasn’t up to par like the other Carnival ships claim to be. There’s no outside movie theater or very many activities up top on this ship like the others either. One small mini golf and one water slide. I believe they had 2 pools for everyone and one extra pool for the 21 and over area. The comedy entertainment was just ok and the music shows every night felt like I was at a cheesy Branson, Missouri show. The main attraction of cruising in our opinion as we observed others was drinking and gambling so I guess if that’s your idea of fun definitely go on a cruise. Our best moments were spent just relaxing on an upper deck watching the ocean and sunset and our favorite port was Cozumel. We also loved the fact that we could at any time go and eat on the Lido deck and order whatever we wanted from the dining hall. We found that the food offered on the Lido deck was actually better than the fancier dining hall so the last couple of days we didn’t even step foot in the dining hall except for breakfast because their breakfast was better there. We found that most everything on board in the shops was way overpriced. They seem to really push people to buy their jewelry (which I questioned to myself if it was even authentic or not). They push coupon books by claiming that you’ll receive all these really nice free gifts at each port, but in all reality the freebies are super cheap items made in China. Really what they are doing is getting you in their stores at port to try and sell you outrageously expensive jewelry that feels cheap to the touch. Don’t get suckered in! Don’t waste any of your cruise time sitting in on seminars only to receive a cheap free gift. Save your money to buy authentic souvenirs from each port or to put towards excursions. Speaking of excursions...we noticed that most excursions you could find cheaper at port rather than buying through Carnival. But when buying through independent touring companies you’re risking being left behind if their van breaks down along the way or getting injured and carnival not being responsible. Carnival doesn’t honor their word either by giving you back 110% of your excursion fee if you find the same thing cheaper somewhere else. We encountered this at Chankanaab Park in Cozumel. That’s one excursion that we’d do differently when we return with the children. $38 per adult and I believe $33 per child for the snorkeling and buffet. We were quoted $40 for traveling expenses too. Mind you this doesn’t cover the unlimited alcohol, but when you aren’t a drinker why pay for it? I really had no complaints until it came to the photo studio. Now because this was our first cruise I wasn’t familiar with the fact that the studio is totally separate from the many photo props they have available on the ship. The photo prop stands charge $21.99 per 8x10 which is a little high but doable for a nice photo. However, we were lured into the photo studio and not told the prices beforehand. The photographer did about a 10-15 min session of taking pics then told us to come back the next day to look them over. Here’s the part that really is quite disturbing to me...the photographer printed out all of the pictures on quality water proof type paper and put them into a good sized album for us. She explained to us about how this was “our love story”. The pictures were beautiful and I was so pleased with the quality. THEN, she proceeded to put a music video up on the big screen of “our love story photos”. It was so beautiful that we both cried as we watched it. Mind you, this lady had no clue of our background and what it really took for us to be together and then 10yrs later make our actual honeymoon trip. She didn’t know why we were so over the moon happy to see that video, but she left the room to allow us to finish watching it, then came back later to talk prices. I’m sure the look on my face said it all when I read prices from $1k to $3k! I believe for the photo album and music video was going to be the highest at right over 3k. I asked her if I could purchase one 8x10 of my favorite photo but she denied my request by saying they offer packages only. We walked out very sad knowing that the photo album would be destroyed. I explained to my husband that it wasn’t fair that they play on people’s emotions like that then drop a huge bombshell on them. I found it very cruel and even a bit weird that she would take the time to put the book and video together before we even committed to liking our photos. It’s a waste of their time and money. Even more disturbing was that maybe an hour later, the photographer called our room and expressed how she was sorry about the way our meeting went. It quote, “made her uncomfortable”. Well it would make me very uncomfortable too if I had to do her job day in and day out trying to rip people off and seeing couples like ourselves walk out empty handed knowing that all the photos are going to be destroyed the next day and that they wouldn’t even allow us to buy one photo or to come down on the price for the album. She tried to give us a better deal over the phone which wasn’t much better than the first so I asked my husband to go back and talk to her without me. I didn’t feel like getting upset again seeing the pictures. He said she tried the same play on emotions type tactic by turning the video on again. He asked her to turn it off, made her our final offer for the book which was of course denied and then he politely told her to be blessed and left. We decided that we could get the same type of photos taken at JCPenney for less than a fourth of their price. They’d rather totally destroy someone’s treasured memories than to price bargain with anyone. I told my husband that it was a shame to end such a beautiful vacation on a note like that. I was happy the entire time except for that encounter. It showed me Carnival’s true colors. They are all about the money and nothing else. And maybe this is how most cruise lines are, but I guess I won’t know unless I try out a different one. My advice to first time cruisers is DO NOT get suckered into wasting your money on the ship. If you want a nice memorable photo, go to the photo props but do not step foot inside the separate photo studio. Spend your money ashore on a nice massage and authentic souvenirs while avoiding the many jewelry stores, don’t make eye contact with the jewelry store workers that are standing outside trying to lure you in. Just keep on walking and act like you are French or something by not responding to them. LOL! Price check all excursions before booking them through Carnival and choose wisely which ones would be safe to do through an outside tour guide or going directly to the site to view prices. Call ahead if need be. If you choose Carnival, my advice would be don’t choose the Miracle as we heard other experiences cruisers saying that the Miracle was a joke compared to others. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I've cruised with Carnival before, we liked the itinerary, and the price was reasonable. The food was excellent and the wait staff and cruise director were great. Also, we really enjoyed the ship's entertainment. The spa and ... Read More
I've cruised with Carnival before, we liked the itinerary, and the price was reasonable. The food was excellent and the wait staff and cruise director were great. Also, we really enjoyed the ship's entertainment. The spa and the showers in the locker room were very nice. The ship itself is pretty warn out. Our stateroom was not clean upon arrival (we found clothing tags, contact lenses, hair extensions and other debris in our room upon arrival. Our in room safe didn't work, but after 2 phone calls it was replaced. (We had to contact your seward as the guest services phone number is never answered) The equipment in the fitness center is pretty old. Several treadmills were not even operational. The basketball court is above the space where they do yoga, and the kids giant slide is right near the adult only "Serenity Area"...poor planning? There were many children on the ship, often not supervised. We called to complain about yelling and crying during the night from the room next to ours...the parents were staying in a different room across the hall. One pool was closed during the last few days of our cruise, and the adult only pool didn't look very clean and was full of drunks. No serenity there. Finally, we could not hear the intercom system in our room, so we often missed out on directions. We had fun, but it certainly has room for improvement. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We honestly chose this cruise because we booked too late to get the ships and price we wanted out of Port Canaveral. I was very hesitant to book and worried because of the size of the ship. Most reviews were good, but I was concerned it ... Read More
We honestly chose this cruise because we booked too late to get the ships and price we wanted out of Port Canaveral. I was very hesitant to book and worried because of the size of the ship. Most reviews were good, but I was concerned it would be too old and small compared to what we were used to (Magic and Dream). We LOVED this ship! There were 6 of us. 4 adults and 2 17 year olds. The embarkation process was the easiest we’ve ever had. We had 11:30-12 boarding and arrived at 11:25 and were on the Lido deck by 11:50 at the latest. Disembarking was just as easy. 2600 passengers makes a huge difference. If I had smaller kids, I would probably not go on this ship. It had one older water slide and the mini golf was shoved in the front with the basketball court which makes it very hard to utilize while sailing and blazing hot when in port. There are more than enough bars on this ship and yes we had the Cheers and Bubbles drink packages. Last year on the Magic it was too difficult and crowded to get a soda. This year we had few if any lines at all! The dining staff greeted us by name the first night and every night thereafter. We had Your Time Dining and had different servers most nights. They would greet us by name during the day throughout the ship. The Alchemy Bar was a hidden gem for sure. The Red Frog Pub was abosuley fun and there’s a really nice Sports bar to watch games as well. The comedy club was great, but overly crowded even though I think it’s a bigger room than on the Magic. The decor may be a little dated for those who get worked up over that sort of thing, but we could care less. The room was identical to the Magic/Dream. Lobby area same. The Serenity pool and bar are awesome. I love the fact they have 2 pools (in addition to the Serenity Pool) on the Lido deck. We never lacked a lounge chair. You always have the chair hogs, but we rarely sit anyways. My husband and I already talked about going on this size ship again. The 2 17 year olds did go to Club O2 and met lots of new friends. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We had a great time on the Miracle. The embarkation and disembarkation was easy and quick. The ship is in good shape but is ready for Dry dock. The only negative was ship vibrations and toilet water at times was messed up. Our room steward ... Read More
We had a great time on the Miracle. The embarkation and disembarkation was easy and quick. The ship is in good shape but is ready for Dry dock. The only negative was ship vibrations and toilet water at times was messed up. Our room steward was outstanding as were our wait staff in the dinning room. The 2.0 upgrades should make this ship one of the best. We did get some art and the staff was very helpful. The production shows were very good and Frankie the CD was a ball of energy. The bands and singers on this ship are solid. The piano man was maybe the best we have seen. I wished they would have had a few more contest and activities. The Carnival App needs some work. I would suggest a location tab for finding members of your group and a notification ding to help with the chat. In all, it was a very good trip and we would cruise the Miracle again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Where do I start? Cruise Director Frankie was awesome. He is high energy and seemed to be everywhere. Giving tips, seeing cruisers off for their excursions, welcoming them back, MC-ing just about everything and providing updates though ... Read More
Where do I start? Cruise Director Frankie was awesome. He is high energy and seemed to be everywhere. Giving tips, seeing cruisers off for their excursions, welcoming them back, MC-ing just about everything and providing updates though out the day. Look, this cruise was by far the best cruise my 10 y.o. daughter and I have been on. I could write a book on how well run this ship and crew were but don't have the space here. Looking back after a month I'd say the crew leadership made the difference, i.e., Frankie and the ship's officers. Both were out in force the whole cruise providing full oversight and leadership down to the smallest detail. As prior military I recognize and credit the effectiveness of the first rate leadership performance on this ship as being what set it apart from other ships we've sailed on. Frankie and the officers were everywhere. Very impressive. Some details: -At full capacity (2600+) but hardly any lines (imo great ship design and planning). We never waited more than 5 mins for My Time dining even when the line was 20+ long we were in in 3 or 4 mins. Everything my daughter wanted to do we were able to do without waiting. She didn't get picked for The Game Show but we played (and won) Trivial Pursuit and Sorry events. In classic Carnival style we just looked at the tear-off planner and said "hey, you wanna to this, it's starting in 10 mins" and off we went. We always got in and were never disappointed with the quality of the entertainment. The staff were fantastic. -Nothing was in short supply or ran out, not even the 24/7 soft serve ice cream. -Dining room staff were fantastic. One evening we came in for dinner before going to The Game Show. We told our waiter Kasimir (tall, bald, eastern european) we had 15 mins before the show. He said order everything at once and he will bring it out and not to worry we'd make the show. I counted. He had everything on the table in under 2 mins. Two courses for my daughter and one for myself. We made it to the show on time. Just wow! -Very clean ship and crew was doing touch ups and detailing work even though it's going into dry dock later this summer. Shows a high level of dedication to passenger experience. I could go on and on but this ship was just perfect on the 2 June sailing. I credit the cruise director and the officers most. They set and enforce the standards. I thought about it and I think Carnival's 'Fun Secret' is the cruise director has much more authority than on other cruise lines. He interacts with the passengers constantly and picks up on deficiencies much quicker than crew members so issues can be resolved before they become bigger issues other passengers experience. I didn't see this in action because there were NO ISSUES on this cruise but it is my hunch based on seeing Frankie interact with passengers and officers responding to anything and everything. On other cruise lines the offices are hardly ever seen and it shows in the crew's performance. On Miracle's 02 June cruise I saw officers out and about moreso than any of the other 5 cruises we've taken. On the worst cruise we ever went on, HOTS June '18, the officers were basically absent until the 5th day of the cruise when they came out to fix deficiencies. And there were a lot on that cruise. We like the smaller ships. We've been on a mega ship and will never go on one again. They're a gimmick and hopefully a fad. We love the Miracle but unfortunately it's not going to be in Tampa much longer. I've already booked our next 3 Carnival cruises, up to Jan '21. I've decided we will only cruise with Carnival from now on. Time is too short to take chances and Carnival has never disappointed. You know it's a good ship when you can't wait to get back on the ship from an excursion. Bottom line: I took a 7 day cruise on the Miracle and when I returned I felt like I was away from work for six months. A month later I'm still relaxed. Now, THAT is what it's all about.. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We had an absolutely wonderful time on the Miracle. We purchased Faster to the Fun for the first time, and it was completely worth it. The priority embarkation and debarkation, the dedicated guest services line, and the priority tender ... Read More
We had an absolutely wonderful time on the Miracle. We purchased Faster to the Fun for the first time, and it was completely worth it. The priority embarkation and debarkation, the dedicated guest services line, and the priority tender were worth every penny. Embarkation was very easy and quick. We did get immediate access to our rooms around 12:30, but our luggage wasn't expedited. I'm glad we could get to our rooms once aboard because there was not a seat to be found anywhere on Lido for lunch, so we took our meals to our rooms. Food was good, not great, but our servers Nicanora and I Gusti were excellent. We finally made a reservation in the Steakhouse, and it was such a wonderful experience. I didn't quite expect the level of culinary excellence that was there. Such a treat! Our stateroom was comfortable, and we had an Aft Balcony. I will say that on this ship you can feel a lot more of the movement and vibration than you can on other ships, and the aft balcony exacerbated that. Our steward gave excellent service Grand Cayman - Stingray City with Captain Marvin - awesome experience, great crew. Must do! Roatan - Manawakie Park and Little French Key with Rony's tours. Rony was great and highly professional. Loved Manawakie park and spending time with the monkeys and sloths and learning about the island's culture. Little French Key is simply a slice of paradise. We spend almost four hours here and rode horses, but it really wasn't enough time. Belize - Cave Tubing/Altun Ha with Altournative Belize/King David - favorite excursion of the trip. David got us to the river before anyone else, and it was simply breathtaking. Altun Ha is such a beautiful piece of Mayan history. Cozumel - Spent the day at Mr. Sanchos. First time here, and it will not be the last. Our waiter Hector was hilarious and kept things coming. If you've never had a fish pedicure, do it! Entertainment - We only went to the last production show, but it was actually pretty good. The best performer on the ship was Martin in the piano bar. So talented and very funny. Two of the three comedians we heard were good, the other one not so much. Debarkation was the most painless I've experienced. We were only sad that our week was over. The only negative of the trip was the movement of the ship. My daughter has never had an issue on any ship, but she felt nauseated off and on throughout the week (she does have an underlying condition that I think was triggered). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This cruise was a chance for our entire family to enjoy a cruise together. We booked this a few weeks after we got off the Carnival Glory in 2018. This was our 12 year old son's 1st cruise and our 19 year old daughter's 3rd ... Read More
This cruise was a chance for our entire family to enjoy a cruise together. We booked this a few weeks after we got off the Carnival Glory in 2018. This was our 12 year old son's 1st cruise and our 19 year old daughter's 3rd cruise, but 1st one in 13 years. This was also a chance to do a full family vacation before our daughter goes off on her own. Why the Carnival Miracle? - We wanted a cruise that would allow us to go after our kids were out of school, but back before our daughter had to report to her Summer job. We happen to like Carnival and also had not sailed on a Spirit Class ship. We had done cruises on Fantasy class (Carnival Inspiration) and Destiny class (Carnival Destiny) ships, so this helped us get on a different class of ship. Pre Cruise- We flew into Tampa the day before from DFW. Had a great flight and we went mid day so congestion in the airport was minimal. We stayed at the Tampa Airport Marriott and had a quiet room that looked out the back of the hotel (only taxiway back there). We took an Uber to Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant and had a great diner with relatives. Food and drinks are great, but make sure to get a reservation. We did take an Uber back to the airport, but had to work in a stop at Target to get a replacement piece of luggage as one of the wheels exploded on the the way from baggage claim to the hotel. Embarkation Day- We took advantage of Carnival's airport shuttle to the pier. Went down to baggage claim and found the agent and waited about 15 minutes for a bus. Bus was new, clean and nice room and our driver got us to the port in 20 minutes. We had Faster To The Fun and curb to the FTTF waiting area took all of 5 minutes. Got a chance to meet Captain Carnival as he welcomed all the guest by area (Platinum & Diamond, Suites, FTTF, General boarding) We got there by 10:45, so only had to wait 15 minutes. They started letting people on the ship at 11AM. The called FTTF and we were on the ship by 11:15!! When we got on the ship, we went straight to our cabin and dropped off our things and went for lunch. DW had an issue with a spa appointment prior to sail away due to new staff coming on board that were not trained yet, that we got cleared up after sailaway. Muster drill went well as it was overcast and everyone seemed to be at their stations, with the exception of a few who ended up getting their own "Special" muster drill exercise. 1st Impressions - Carnival Miracle 1st sailed in 2004 and has gone through a few upgrades and a partial Funship 2.0 upgrade. Ship was done in classic early 2004 decor that has been taken care of and has aged well. While some areas could use some more tender care, overall I was happy with the condition of the ship. Miracle is slated for drydock when it repositions later this year. The theme throughout the ship was cool and the eleven-story atrium with a ruby-red glass ceiling was awesome! Cabin- We had cabins 7321 & 7325 on Verandah Deck 7 on the starboard side of the ship near the aft. These were category 8D. Spirit class ships do have a small cooling refrigerator that worked well on keeping our water cool. Both cabins were in good shape and well maintained. Flat screen TV and hair dryer in the room. Room has 1 110v and 1 220v outlet. Would be nice if they add an extra outlet during next drydock. We had maintenance open the panel between the two balconies and it made for a nice place for everyone to hang out. Our room steward James did a nice job of keeping our room in tip top shape. He made sure that we had our ice bucket filled twice a day and that made us happy. Food- MDR - We had early seating in the Bacchus Dinning room about midway toward the Starboard side of the room on a 4 top. Our service in the main dining room was done very well. We ate in the MDR most mornings and five out of the seven evenings (see below for other two). Carlos and his team took great care of our family. They made sure that we had all we needed and even took time to give our kids some extra attention. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday and they made sure she got a small cake and a song. All dishes were well done and if we asked for an extra item, no trouble at all. Steakhouse - We did the Nick & Nora's Steakhouse first night so we could take advantage of the free bottle of house wine. The restaurant is located right under the whale tale in the red glass area.Food was fantastic and worth the price. Service was a little lacking, but that may have been due to a slight understaffing. Enjoyed the red glass roof as it provided a nice lighting of the area. Chef's Table - This is started in the galley and the formal dinner is done in Frankenstein's laboratory. Multiple course dinner with wine flowing throughout the dinner. They have slowed the pace of service which allowed us to enjoy the dinner vs our chef's table the previous year on Glory. Great food experience and met some great people. Only slight issue was that the event started a little late, but the group got a chance to see a couple get engaged in the Metropolis Lobby. Pizza Pirate - Outstanding pizza every time, all the time. The Grill - my DW and I thought that the burgers had a very good taste and would give Guy's burgers a run for the money if it was just the burgers on their own. Guys wins due to the options available. Lido General - It's Lido food. was ok to eat but not my 1st option if the MDR is open. Entertainment- The 88 Keys show was well done. Music around the ship was good. There was a steel drum duo that played on deck, but it was odd that they had them play near the Alchemy Bar. Frankie was a great Cruise Director and kept everyone engaged. Sea Day- Sea days were fine. The Lido was a little crowded at lunch. If you wanted a quiet place, they were available. Never felt crowded overall. Tea time was a nice change and we enjoyed it. Ports of Call - Grand Cayman - quick and smooth tender ride. Did explore Grand Cayman by sea and land. The sea part of the excursion our boat did not have air conditioning that worked and trip was cut short. The land part was very good and we had a great tour guide/driver. Went to the Turtle farm, HELL, and a rum cake place. When we got back on the ship, the excursion desk was already processing a refund for the boat portion of the trip (Good job Carnival) Roatan - day at the beach and shopping in the port. Belize - Visit to Altun Ha. Great location to learn about Mayan Ruins. Tour guide was very informative about the site and ride over. On the ride back, she let everyone rest as it was very humid and hot. She was available to answer questions on the way back Cozumel - Shopping day. We went downtown and found some vanilla. Shopped back at the pier. Smoking - There was smoke in the casino and that did not seem to drift out into other areas very much. Seemed odd that there was smoking on the middle back pool area on one side. Disembarkation - We had FTTF and we had group 2. We had breakfast in the MDR , went back to our cabins and were on the upper floor of the MDR awaiting our permission to get off. only took about 20 minutes and we were off the ship. Cleared customs quick on got right on a shuttle back to the airport. Overall thoughts - Nice itinerary and getting in and out of Tampa was very easy. Miracle is a slightly older ship, but has held up well and was a nice mid sized ship. With the expected drydock coming up, I'm sure she will keep going for years to come and I would look forward to taking another cruise on her in the future! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was the absolute worst cruise we have ever been on. Severe lack of entertainment. Music was horrible no bands just violins an acoustic singers that were awful . Same soundtrack of 80s music throughout the entire cruise no ... Read More
This was the absolute worst cruise we have ever been on. Severe lack of entertainment. Music was horrible no bands just violins an acoustic singers that were awful . Same soundtrack of 80s music throughout the entire cruise no variation . Deck party was a joke because there's no room on the deck for a party . Cruise director was not visible and engaging as on other cruises I have been the cruise director was available and around all the time it seems like. Common areas were always empty. This ship is old, dirty, and in serious need of extensive refurbishment. There was consistent problems and maintenance going on every single day which was very inconvenient. The food was very subpar. The grill food was absolutely awful I don't know what they make their hamburgers out of that they don't taste real that's for sure. Lots of kids running all over the place almost knocking people over nothing is ever said to them about it. Dining room staff sneezing into their hands and then serving food. Guest Services is useless they don't address issues when they happen and say I'm sorry. Belize is a waste of port. Nothing to do except shop, rude people, and overpriced. Ship went through some windy weather so a lot of seasick passengers, the ship rolled and slammed for three nights straight. I don't know if it's missing stabilizers or something but it should not have done that as large of a ship as it is. Fellow passengers were not very happy with this ship. The main pool was closed for 5 days out of a 7 day cruise. Kids all over the whirlpool with swim masks on and 0 supervision. Water slide is old old old and boring. I would definitely not waste my time and money on another cruise on the ship. I have been on many Carnival Cruises as well as other Cruise Lines and this was the worst. Beware of Shandy in the Anthony's Key Resort gift shop in Roatan if you go on the dolphin encounter Excursion she's very rude and condescending. However, the dolphin encounter was absolutely amazing highly recommended I just wish we had would have had extra time with the dolphins. Overall the staff was less than friendly and looked miserable. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was an April vacation cruise for our 9 year old Grandson to visit the Grand Cayman Sea Turtle Research farm and have some fun in different countries. We booked a cruise on Carnival Miracle out of Tampa Florida. Being a Mini-suite ... Read More
This was an April vacation cruise for our 9 year old Grandson to visit the Grand Cayman Sea Turtle Research farm and have some fun in different countries. We booked a cruise on Carnival Miracle out of Tampa Florida. Being a Mini-suite guest, we had some "perks" which included priority embarkation, debarkation - little things that in theory made things better. The embarkation process was very good - I have to give Carnival credit for making that happen. The rest of the cruise was not to the same level. It all started with the Muster Drill which is mandatory before the ship leaves port. To say this was a giant circular firing squad would be understatement. The crew didn't seem to have a handle on what to do, the drill was disorganized, the management staff seemed confused directing crew members here and there, a lot of rushing around - it was not the most confidence boosting process to say the least in that if it had been a real emergency, I'm not at all sure the crew would have been able to get guests off the ship in a timely and safe manner. Having mobility issues, myself, wife and Grandson we were directed to be in the "handicapped" area which, as it turned out, was not the proper area to be in - the person who gave us that information (a white hat "supervisor") directed us to the wrong place. This of course meant that we weren't accounted for at the proper location. Eventually, we were "found" and were checked in, but our Grandson needed a wrist band which he was given. We found out a day later that he had been given the wrong wrist band with the wrong location which we corrected at Guest services. Having had this start to the trip, we were less than impressed, but it was what it was - onward and upward. We returned to our stern mini-suite and met our room steward Alit who was great - very friendly, helpful and really enjoyed interacting with our Grandson - he was entertaining and just a great guy. Unfortunately, Alit was the highlight of the trip - seriously. The mini-suite itself was interesting in that it gives an impression of being "roomy", but it most definitely isn't. Our bed was "king sized" and as I tend to stay on the outside wall side of our rooms, there was no room for me to get in and out the side of the bed - which at 73 can become an "issue" in the middle of the night if you get my drift. I literally had to crawl off then end of the bed, use the facilities, then crawl back which....well, it wasn't a lot of fun. Also interesting was the lack of 120 VAC outlets - there weren't any. Well, there was one, but it didn't work. All the lamps had USB ports which is an interesting change from the last ship we were one. Fortunately, I did have USB cables with me for all the devices we had, but a lack of 120 VAC I couldn't not charge my shortwave radio which was disappointing. However, the room itself seemed to be in decent condition given the age of the ship. The Miracle is definitely showing her age. Most of the common areas, including the theater, the upholstery was showing wear and tear. Carpeting in places was worn (but not through), two of the elevators in the stern had a mind of their own it seemed being very temperamental when more than four people were onboard. These elevators would go up, then down or just refuse to move occasionally - one learned to avoid those two affected elevators creating a traffic issue at times outside the Bacchus dining room. The forward restrooms near the theater entrance were horrible - the commodes refused to flush at times and the rooms themselves were dirty and clearly over used as there weren't enough towels to use after washing hands. The excursions were OK - our main purpose was to take our Grandson to the Grand Cayman Sea Turtle Research facility and that kept him fascinated the whole time he was there. Cozumel was a great excursion with the Mayan games, dancers and the other side shows. The only "issue" was Belize - that was flat out the worst of the excursions. Frankly, Carnival should have given Belize a pass - the sea state was awful, boarding the tenders was extremely dangerous and the access point for the tenders was low to the water requiring a rather hazardous trip down wet, slippery stairs with minimal personnel to assist those who may have needed assistance. The half hour tender trip into Belize City was rough and given my back and hip issues, not a lot of fun. We did the Top Ten Belize excursion and it was ok - not great, but ok. Camp Ocean was a hit with our Grandson so that was a plus - he liked the counselor and the kids were kept entertained which at his age (9 Years) is an accomplishment. Overall, the Lido deck buffet was adequate, but the service end was lacking in "service". Dirty dishes sat on tables for lengthy periods of time, there seemed to be a lack of personnel to clean off tables, clean tables, etc. The food was nothing to write home about - its pretty sad when the one highlight on the buffet was pepperoni pizza. It was certainly not up to the standards we've had on other Carnival ships. Dining was another issue. In the past, Carnival's dinners were more than adequate - again, not high end dining, but certainly acceptable. This time, the dinners were - well frankly, horrible. Either under cooked or over cooked - never consistent. For instance, I had the vegetable lasagna and it was a congealed mass of cheesy fat, not hot, but barely warm - just not good. Prime rib is one that I normally enjoy, but I like my meat medium - it came out well done and was shoe leather tough. The salad was good, but it's hard to screw up a salad. Debarkation was a disaster for us. We were given debark information from Guest Services that directly contradicted what we were told originally when we boarded. We were not given debarkation priority because of this misinformation. Again, it seemed as if the left hand had no idea what the right hand was doing. Overall, it would appear that the Miracle is having some personnel issues and perhaps some middle management issues. We have been on more than one Carnival cruise being Diamond level customers so when I say that by comparison to other Carnival cruises, this one rated the lowest of all - it has it's good/great points, but those were directly related to the excursions (with the exception of Belize). This appears to be an issue with Carnival as the trips we've taken each has been a little less enjoyable than the previous. Given our experience with this cruise, we feel that sticking with Princess or Royal Caribbean would be better. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Cruised with my 20 YO Granddaughter. Had a great time despite having very few younger people on the ship. First time to Panama Canal. Tampa embarkation is a little more difficult to me having to park across the street but ok. Got right ... Read More
Cruised with my 20 YO Granddaughter. Had a great time despite having very few younger people on the ship. First time to Panama Canal. Tampa embarkation is a little more difficult to me having to park across the street but ok. Got right on the ship. Cabin was in good position on the ship but Cabin steward was not the best I ever had. Enjoyed the entertainment. Food was adequate but not anything to rave about. Both excursions that we took were fantastic. They cancelled one that we booked with Carnival so we took one from the port at Grand Cayman. The ship is in good shape and I liked the gaudiness. It reminded me of the good old days of cruising. Didn't miss Guy's Burgers, the grill took it's place and was good. Debarkation was easy. Off the ship with my own luggage and on the way home at 8:15. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Cruising the Panama Canal was on my husbands bucket list so this cruise was a birthday gift for him and our 29 year old son. This was my 28th cruise with Carnival and the second time on the Miracle so I'm not new to evaluating what ... Read More
Cruising the Panama Canal was on my husbands bucket list so this cruise was a birthday gift for him and our 29 year old son. This was my 28th cruise with Carnival and the second time on the Miracle so I'm not new to evaluating what works and what doesn't on these ships. I've sailed pretty much every class as well. The Ship - So the Miracle is not the newest or my favorite. But it was a nice size and easy to navigate. Yes the crew is always working hard to keep it clean and updated. I see that on all the ships. We had a suite for the three of us and the balcony was extended and really nice. The cabin itself was nice as well. Very roomy for three adults and our ac worked just fine. The Crew and the Passengers - Probably one of my favorite of all cruises. The prior weeks cruise was spring break so they were thrilled to have a ship full of "old people" with tons of status treating them with respect and warmth. And I have to say - combine an eight day cruise with the cost of the Panama canal and you get an average age of 75 years old and 500 plus diamond and platinum members. Our steward Arnold, our dining staff Lydia and Rosi, the Alchemy Bartenders Jacob and Gabrial and Gabrial's wife by the pool couldn't have been friendlier. And it was not about extra tipping, the crew was just so eager to please. Maybe the nicest crew I've ever experienced. And finally the food. Well I am not a huge fan of the American Table menu on any ship these days but I can always find something I like. Was it fun? Well for my 29 year old he had to find his own fun as there were barely any other passengers even close to his age. But he did. And as far as the entertainment the house band was good as were the vocalists and violin trio. This was not one of those late night cruises for us by a stretch with the crowd on board but it was completely relaxing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward unfortunately was awful. He was never around and didn't clean during the set times. We are used to twice a day and we received one a day and varied between 11-6. Good comedy act's. Shows were just OK. We brought our college student daughter and she loved everything. Late night activities were good for her. She enjoyed the clubs. Ports and excursions were very good. We were not disappointed. Jolly Rogers in Roatan was the best. We also did snuba in Cozumel it was good but waiting for the boat ride back was a long wait. I really enjoyed the new disembarkation process. Although had to wait on ship thru customs was great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was cruise number 10 for us and one of, if not the best. We have previously sailed on Carnival, Royal Carribean, and Holland America. We found the Carnival Miracle to be in excellent condition, the service was top notch, and the food ... Read More
This was cruise number 10 for us and one of, if not the best. We have previously sailed on Carnival, Royal Carribean, and Holland America. We found the Carnival Miracle to be in excellent condition, the service was top notch, and the food was great probably 90% of the time. Only had a couple not so good dishes. The size of the ship is perfect. Not so big and not too small. Never felt crowded. Never waited in lines to disembark at ports or at buffet lines. Traveled with 2 small children who both had a great time. Camp Carnival staff was wonderful! Only complaints overall would be that the water slide has no water pressure so you get stuck all the time. My 6 year old who loves waterslides went on it once and didn't care to go back. And only one hot tub was hot the whole cruise which caused it to be crowded all the time. Overall we loved the ship, sad to see it go to the west coast later this year but we are excited that the Carnival Legend is replacing it which is the same class of ship but with all the new upgrades (Guys burgers, Blue Iguana, and Waterworks, etc). Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, ... Read More
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, lunch and snacks, pizza pirate never disappointed, steakhouse was worth the $35, I reserved a table for us before the price increase, Chopsticks was a tasty treat. The ship is very easy to navigate and we loved the decor throughout the ship and she is still clean even though it is a older ship, there is a little rust here and there and I expected that. Our shore excursions were faster to the fun, Deluxe Beach, Catamaran Sail & Snorkel in Cozumel and Rays & Reef Snorkel in Grand Cayman, all of these excursions we outstanding and well worth the price, in Mahogany Bay we just walked to the beautiful beach and Tiki bar were we swam then had the really delicious jerk chicken with wonderful margaritas. We took the tender to the port of Belize were we did some shopping and had drinks along the way till we went back to the ship, it was a awesome trip and we will sail on her again in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This ship was worse than sailing in a row boat. We were mid ship on the 6th floor in a suite and all day and night this ship shook and tugged in the water like it had a bad engine. The room steward had several rooms to take care of. ... Read More
This ship was worse than sailing in a row boat. We were mid ship on the 6th floor in a suite and all day and night this ship shook and tugged in the water like it had a bad engine. The room steward had several rooms to take care of. This may be the reason for frowning when we said we wanted our room cleaned twice a day. It was very never completely cleaned or dusted. The food in the restaurant was as good as any 3 star quality restaurant. Our waitress and head waiter were awesome. Very helpful and prompt with their service. We sat at a table for 8 and everyone received our food at the same time and promptly. The only things that I can say that were a pleasant part of this sailing are the staff/food in the restaurant, and the embarkation/disembarking went very smoothly. Not enough to want to sail on the Miracle again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We drove to Tampa to visit a few favorites on the way to our Carnival Miracle cruise departing Sunday, Dec. 30th. We always arrive the day before a cruise to make certain we arrive on time. We booked a Park and Cruise hotel for the 29th, ... Read More
We drove to Tampa to visit a few favorites on the way to our Carnival Miracle cruise departing Sunday, Dec. 30th. We always arrive the day before a cruise to make certain we arrive on time. We booked a Park and Cruise hotel for the 29th, arranging for transport to the port the following morning. On the 30th, the hotel informed us that fog was delaying inbound ships, and Carnival texted us at 9:00 am confirming the situation and telling us they would provide an update at 11 am The hotel was fully booked that night and told us we had to check out by 11:00 am. since they had no restaurant in the area, and they assured us the port had several, we took their bus to the port, along with all our baggage. The port was closed. No food, water, shade, or restroom facilities, and no way to check your baggage. The 2 pm update noted that the port was closed, and asked passengers not to come. No provision was made for those of us already there After many other updates, the Miracle arrived about 7 pm, but existing passengers would need to disembark before we could begin to board. Still no food, water, or restrooms. At about 8:30, Carnival allowed us to check our baggage and enter the terminal, where we could be seated while waiting for boarding. We had booked a suite, so we had priority boarding. By 9:30 pm or so, we could finally get on the ship, although most staterooms were still not ready, and baggage had not been delivered. At least we had shade, water, food and bathrooms! Our last bag was delivered to our suite after 1:00 am on the next morning. It was 1:30 before we finished unpacking. I cannot imagine how long it would have taken our bags to arrive if we did not have priority baggage with our suite! The balance of the cruise was actually fairly nice. Weather was good. On board food was OK, although the main dining room used the same menu almost every day. The New Year's Eve balloon drop in the atrium was so crowded we did not actually see a balloon. The ship dropped anchor so far out at Belize that the tender ride was a 45 minute experience. Disembarking at other ports was much less of an issue. The comedians were actually quite good, but the Mad Hatters Ball was too small for the crowds. Go early to get a seat. Carnival gets high marks for their windows. They are abundant in public areas, as are seating arrangements. Anyone could find a quiet corner for a conversation or reading a book. The casino on board also deserves special mention. It is quite roomy, and not nearly so smoky as on other ships. The casino staff is very good about checking for drink orders. Carnival turned our seven day cruise into a six day cruise. Now the bad part is Carnival plans no compensation for the meals we had to purchase blocks away from their terminal. As Elite cruisers with other lines, our cruise with Carnival was sort of an experiment to see if we wanted to add them to our mix of cruise lines. Carnival's lack of concern about our security and comfort speaks volumes. I should also mention I am a Carnival stockholder. I am now not surprised at Carnival's dismal forecasts and stock performance. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our embarkment was delayed because the Port of Tampa had been closed due to fog. So we were sent an email around 9 am asking us not to go to the port. We continued to get updates every 2 hours or so. Each said port was closed until ... Read More
Our embarkment was delayed because the Port of Tampa had been closed due to fog. So we were sent an email around 9 am asking us not to go to the port. We continued to get updates every 2 hours or so. Each said port was closed until around 4. Then the previous passengers had to get off before we could get on. Faster to the Fun paid off when everyone came to the port at the same time. After about 30 minutes we were able to get onboard. We went to the sit down restaurant for dinner and had a lifeboat drill at 11:30. That was the only part of our whole trip that was rough. The ports were all lovely, the weather was fantastic! Low 80s every day. Our staterooms were had plenty of room and so did the balcony. The rooms only have one outlet and we forgot our power strip. Darn it! Charging phones was a bit of a pain. The dining room food was average. The melting cake is great as always, the rest was ok. The service was usually good but not very fast. The deli turkey wraps and truffle fries were yummy! Sea day brunch was good. The room steward kept us cleaned up with fresh towels. The bartenders were good even with the beverage package. Tips help! The entertainment was fair. More activities would be fun. Not much to do at times as a family. The comedians were funny (Mike E. Winfield) was a hoot! Teenaged daughters had fun hanging out with each other and youngest (14) met some kids from the kids club. Kids club was hard to find. No straight shot there. Would definitely do a holiday (new Year's) cruise again. The celebration was a blast! Favors at main dining room table and tons of champagne on deck. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I love Carnival cruises. The itinerary was what attracted us to this cruise. The ship was perfect and very clean. Dining room food was okay. Loved the Steakhouse. Lido deck food was good.....same stuff everyday but sufficient. ... Read More
I love Carnival cruises. The itinerary was what attracted us to this cruise. The ship was perfect and very clean. Dining room food was okay. Loved the Steakhouse. Lido deck food was good.....same stuff everyday but sufficient. We had a balcony with obstructed views and will definitely get one without obstructed views next time. Room was clean. Bed was comfy. One complaint.....cold shower in the morning ☹️ Disembarking was a nightmare. Due to fog, Tampa Port closed and we were on the ship until 9:00 that evening. Tempers were apparent a couple of times. The bar in the third floor continued to offer water and ice if needed. I have one recommendation, get the valet parking for a little over $20 more. When we finally made it out of customs and long lines, our vehicle was brought to us within 10 minutes. Overall a good trip and a fun time. I definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We choose this cruise for a family vacation. This was the first one of many to come. We had a blast! Our daughters enjoyed every moment. On the embarkation day, Mother Nature played us a trick. The Port of Tampa was closed due to ... Read More
We choose this cruise for a family vacation. This was the first one of many to come. We had a blast! Our daughters enjoyed every moment. On the embarkation day, Mother Nature played us a trick. The Port of Tampa was closed due to extremely foggy conditions, so our departure time was 12 am (midnight) instead of 4 pm. Many thanks to Carnival staff who kept us updated by messages and emails with the correct timing. We arrived in Tampa form Atlanta a day before cruising and "thanks" to the weather, we "visited" a shopping mall and Ybor City. Anyway, on the ship the crew members were AMAZING! I will start with Nina from the Coffee Bar, she served us the best Espressos to start the day! Ms. Luxi from the "Cherry on top" who helped our daughters how to pick the yummiest candies. Mr. Igor and Mr. Frankie our waiters at Bacchus dining went above and beyond to provide us a memorable experience. These guys were absolutely amazing! We had breakfast and dinner at Bacchus every day and it felt like we were at one of the top restaurants in the world. Tip for chocolate lovers: try the Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake, it's WOW! There were a lot of activities on board, but unfortunately we didn't have enough time to do it all ( we booked shore excursions every day). Our daughters enjoyed the shows at Phantom Theater ( Lip sync battle, Hasbro games), also the Camp Ocean ( just the first day, our little one wanted mommy...), Build a Bear workshops, the water slide on Deck 10, the Chocolate extravaganza buffet. Shore excursions: 1. Cozumel ( Passion Island) thanks to our tour guides, Edwin and Addy. Great way of spending the first day of 2019!!! 2. Belize ( Jungle EcoPark Family Adventure), Shana, our tour guide was captivating in explaining the Belizean culture, history). 3. Isla Roatan ( Maya Key Private Island) WOW, definitely worth it, amazing island ( monkeys, jaguars, parrots, crocodiles, sea lions, retreat, beautiful beach, Mayan ruins). 4. Grand Cayman ( Stingray encounter and swimming with turtles)- the best at last. Awesome shore excursions, but too many. It was a little bit demanding and overwhelming for us ( by the time we were back on the ship we were exhausted). But worth it! I read a lot on cruisecritic.com ( very useful website, specially for first time cruisers) about shore excursions been to hectic and how you always have to be on time everywhere, true, but worth it! If you want to spend more time on shore, get a vacation there ( not cruise). We would definitely cruise again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
New Years Cruise from Tampa with family Our first cruise so nothing to compare but Mum has been on many and her opinion was similar to ours Embarkation was late due to fog in Tampa port closed so nobody’s fault although was ... Read More
New Years Cruise from Tampa with family Our first cruise so nothing to compare but Mum has been on many and her opinion was similar to ours Embarkation was late due to fog in Tampa port closed so nobody’s fault although was disappointed finally got on the ship about 9 hours late Cabins a little tired but everything in working order indies cabin fine for us who wantS to spend time in their cabin only slept and showered there Entertainment could have been better Mum said other ships offered much more quality in their shows miracle were average also a lacK of sail away party’s on deck All the ports were great although I preferred it when no tenders was needed Food was excellent lido Lways something you could eat busy at times main dining room plenty of choice from the menu Staff were all friendly and helpful Would definitely choose the Western Caribbean again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Family cruise The specialty steak house food was no better than the dining room (and the dining room food was very good) ,the noise from the atrium was loud, people were screaming, and we could not even converse. We paid good money ... Read More
Family cruise The specialty steak house food was no better than the dining room (and the dining room food was very good) ,the noise from the atrium was loud, people were screaming, and we could not even converse. We paid good money twice for the steak house, and both times were very disappointed and upset to pay good money and not even hear each other at the dining table. The steak house should be closed off to enjoy a relaxing dinner, not listening to shouting from the atrium. When fog detained the ship from docking, Carnival turned off their Carnival app, and we had to way of communicating with the family,and there was no WIFI offered. Carnival performers were ok, there we no big name entertainers, comedians were good. Nothing for teenagers aged 18 and 20 to do except mini golf and table tennis, and video arcade, which was overpriced and should have been included in the cost of the cruise. Teenagers don't have that kind of money to dump into the arcade, and that's all that was offered. They're not dance kids where there was a teenage nightclub for socializing. They enjoy camping, hiking, swimming:pool was overcrowded, or closed . Shops are typical overpriced jewelry and cheap $10 items. We took our own shore excursions, not from Carnival so I didn't rate that category. Ports of call were enjoyable..Cozumel, Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cayman Islands. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Family cruise for the holiday that met the time slot for everyone. Also a cruise we could drive to. This ship looks tired and has the ugliest decor/interior of any ship we have been on with Carnival and we are Platinum. Parking across ... Read More
Family cruise for the holiday that met the time slot for everyone. Also a cruise we could drive to. This ship looks tired and has the ugliest decor/interior of any ship we have been on with Carnival and we are Platinum. Parking across the street was OK and we experienced the best embarkation due to the new time slots. We were in our room at 11:30 am which was our boarding time. We did the dining room for three evenings and the food was the best on last night of the trip. The buffet was normal Carnival food. Breakfast is the same every day with long lines at both omelet stations. Staff were all very helpful and friendly. Best we have experienced with Carnival. Public areas were kept clean and we did not experience empty drink glasses left setting. Staff was quick to pick them up. Enjoyed the live band by the pool in the afternoon. Glad to see this brought back. The Serenity area on this ship was the best we have experienced. Disembarkation: Faster to the Fun and Platinum and Diamond people are staged in the dining room level 3. This caused a massive jam up when disembarking the ship due to too many people now having priority. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Cruised out of Tampa on this cruise December 14th, 2018. Getting to the boat is pretty simple in Tampa. Parking located directly across from the terminal. Plenty of valets, and others looking to help you for a tip. Check in at the ... Read More
Cruised out of Tampa on this cruise December 14th, 2018. Getting to the boat is pretty simple in Tampa. Parking located directly across from the terminal. Plenty of valets, and others looking to help you for a tip. Check in at the terminal was easy and quick. There are a couple of escalators to navigate, so be warned if you have carry on luggage. The cruise itself was sort of a let down. The wait times in the dining room once you were seated seemed long. (It took 2 hours to complete dinner once seated, which is VERY long, especially when you are sitting with strangers). The food was just so-so. It honestly made me miss food such as Outback and Olive Garden. Ordered a 14 oz NY strip medium rare one night, received a ribeye medium. Did not send it back as the wait time was already long enough. I did order up the filet mignon and lobster the last night, it was much better, but still overcooked. No Guy's burger joint on this boat, you have regular sliders and dogs. The burgers (sliders) were in one word: NASTY. Overcooked. I spent 6 years in the Navy, and anyone who spent any time in the Navy can eat one and close their eyes and it will take them back to their Navy days....and that is NOT a compliment! Food on the Lido deck was OK, the pizza was OK. Had some sort of lamb shoulder one night at the carving station, I honestly thought they were serving deer meat the wild taste was so strong. Could not eat it. Ice cream was pretty good, on par with soft serve ice cream. Breakfast was by far the best meal of the day. Overall, the ship appeared in good shape. I was impressed with the cleanliness. The decor looked a bit cheap, as it does on most cruise ships. Several pieces of decor looked gaudy, and out of place. One negative was the water slide did not operate the entire cruise. No splash pads on this boat either. The serenity deck/lounge area is pretty small, with only 1 small pool, and 1 hot tub. Tub temp was good. Crowded, though, as all cruises are. The cushions on the loungers and hammocks and pods seemed to smell like body oil, sweat, and suntan lotion. I declined to use one, only opting for a towel. Bar service was good throughout the ship. My wife and I had the Cheers! program, and one of the outside waiters at the Serenity deck brought me a bottle of water with each drink. His words were...if you drink alot of alcohol, you need alot of water. No charge for the waters. A very nice touch, and I wish I could remember the waiter's name. Entertainment was fair to good. The shows were OK, the comedians were hilarious. I attended 2 shows, and my wife 3. The last show was during heavy seas, and the cast did the best they could possibly do, given the sea conditions. My wife and I thought the cruise director Frankie could have done much more to make the cruise more enjoyable. During the welcome aboard show he did some kind of fist bump with a passenger, and when he did he spoke the word "boop". He then used the word "boop" at the end of each passenger address he did over the speaker system, which my wife and I found very annoying. The cabin was the retreat from the hustle and bustle of the cruise. We had an extended balcony room, # 8220, and the only problem I seemed to have (my wife and our friend found it fine, however) was the AC. It just didn't seem to get cold enough. Room was very clean, had a mini fridge, nice bathroom, nice carpet, spacious balcony, and a safe. Plenty of storage space with 3 stand up wardrobes. My side of the bed did seem to have a slight sag in the mattress, my wife found her side very comfortable. Was not overly problematic. Met the steward, Raymuind, the morning of the first at sea day. Had never seen me, but he know mine, my wife's, and our friend's name. Kudos. Left him a nice cash tip for a job well done at the end of the cruise. We did have a mechanical problem the third day in, a boiler explosion down in the engineering space that turned out to be a ruptured boiler tube. Problem seemed to be handled professionally, and an actual emergency was called. We were scheduled to go to Grand Caymen the last port day, but the weather was too rough, so we had an additional sea day. Rough seas that night, ship took a few deep rolls ini the middle of the night. The last sea day the three of us took the "Behind the Fun" tour, which was pricey at 99.95 a person, but I felt it was a pretty good value. Saw parts of the ship you don't normally see, and got some free drinks, a BTF lanyard, and some free photos. Return to Tampa and disembarkation was relatively smooth, with the customary passengers in a hurry to get off. Hilarity often happens at that time, if you know where to look! All in all I had a nice time, but I felt the cruise as a whole was a little lackluster. My wife thought so also. My wife and I were cruising with a friend who stayed in our cabin, so there were 3 in our cabin. (Cabiin is the equivalent of a junior suite on the smaller vessels). Read Less
Carnival Miracle Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.5 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 1.5 3.5
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.4

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