43 Carnival Miracle First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise and my daughter and I had a fantastic time. We upgraded to an ocean suite and had faster to the fun. Both were well worth it. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smooth and well organized. Herry was our ... Read More
This was our first cruise and my daughter and I had a fantastic time. We upgraded to an ocean suite and had faster to the fun. Both were well worth it. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smooth and well organized. Herry was our steward and he was very friendly and attentive. We did the Chef's table which was fantastic! It was very interesting to see the workings of the galley and how well organized it was for serving so many meals. Not to mention that the food was great! We also did the steakhouse for our first night of the cruise and had a great dinner. Overall the food on the ship was great. We had fun trying the drinks at the Alchemy bar! The bartenders were fun and friendly and the drinks were tasty! Overall the cruise was a lot of fun. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Like many couples, my wife and I have busy schedules. Ours prevented us from taking a honeymoon immediately after our wedding (last November). We debated and debated our options- Dominican Republic All-Inclusive location, Hawaii, Costa ... Read More
Like many couples, my wife and I have busy schedules. Ours prevented us from taking a honeymoon immediately after our wedding (last November). We debated and debated our options- Dominican Republic All-Inclusive location, Hawaii, Costa Rica, etc. We initially didn't consider a cruise because I'm prone to getting sea-sick. But after talking to my wife's sister, we decided to look into cruise options. We decided to take our travel agent's advice and go with Carnival for the following reasons: - Great dining options - Reputation of good service and entertainment options - Port location (didn't have to travel out of state) - Liveliness of the guests Carnival's web site clearly explained our dining, entertainment and beverage options as well as the shore excursions. I wasn't able to use the live chat option but the phone service agent I spoke to was not only helpful she really went above and beyond to explain options and to help us prepare for the trip. Embarkation- I guess this is unavoidable but this process is a little bit like waiting in line for the Cars or Indiana Jones rides at Disneyland- it's best to get there early but you still will have to wait in line. Bring a jacket if you're cruising in the winter time because it's pretty chilly in the waiting area. You'll get your credential/room key at check-in. Once you get on the ship (after going through security) food is available on the Lido deck which is a good thing because most people are hungry by that point. Cabins are usually said to be ready an hour or two after embarkation. We'll go for the priority boarding option for our next cruise. Room- the room was larger than expected and very comfortable. We had ample closet space, a nice bathroom with a standup shower, and an enlarged balcony/deck. Our room was 5131 which near the front of the ship, right above the emergency boats. The beds were decent but a little uneven- they were out of queen/king beds so they had to convert two twins to make a queen sized bed for us. There was a 24 inch flat screen tv with a few cable stations and fully stocked mini fridge which we didn't take advantage of. The room also featured a couch with a pullout bed. Food- there is a little of everything on the ship- 24 hour pizza, a sandwich bar, 24hr ice cream, American food station, Asian food station, salad bar, desert bar and several coffee, tea and juice stations, breakfast buffets in the morning. Guests also have the option of going to brunch in Bacchus dining room (where dinner and tea times are also served). The brunch and dinner options were our favorite. My wife also liked the Asian buffet station. All of the options just listed are included in the cruise price. There are other dining options that are not included. Entertainment- The entertainment was fine. The Heart and Soul concert and the couples game show were our favorite. The comedy club was also good. Karaoke was good but depending on the talent could get weird. The trivia games were good and there is really something for everyone but there is also a lot of down time so the cruise can be very restful. On that note there were a lot of kids on the cruise but this only added to the energy level of the cruise. Port stops- our first stop was Cabo. The debarkation experience at the port was fine. We didn't do any of the excursions but did hire a pedi cab to take us on a tour. Cabo is a fine city but not a favorite of ours. Puerto Vallarto was awesome. Debarkation process was fine and the city itself was a little more lively and tourist friendly. There are other elements of the cruise that I could write about but I'll end the post with a final note. We met some amazing people on the cruise and made some friends that I'm sure will be in our lives for a long time. The entire crew was awesome and we very much enjoyed getting to know some of their stories. A few specific shout outs- our waiter for dinner- Minor and his team- Jake, Alexander and Jason. Ankit, Stephen Chasney, Gavin and others. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Been on a dozen or so Carnival Cruises. The boat and everything about the experience is slightly less then the bigger boats that go in the Caribbean. One Dining hall as opposed to Two, less food bars/options as compared to the larger ... Read More
Been on a dozen or so Carnival Cruises. The boat and everything about the experience is slightly less then the bigger boats that go in the Caribbean. One Dining hall as opposed to Two, less food bars/options as compared to the larger Caribbean Carnival Ships. No Mediterranean/Indian Food bars near the pool, Etc The Caribbean Cruises as I remember had more of everything. Don't expect Mints on your pillows, or towel animals daily. Two things to point out: Internet Access is very misleading. Internet speeds on this boat during the Mexican Riviera were not usable for more than emergency email checking. This means that if you need internet for WORK, or anything serious, it's best not to depend on it. The speed is very similar to early 90s era Dial Up. So Give about 5-10 minutes to log onto gmail or google,etc. Secondly the computers are outdated and the browsers will not display some websites properly. WiFi Does not reach some rooms. So basically it's not worth it except for emergencies. Not for anything Serious. Secondly, The Dining/Lodging/Bars etc Staff is very Friendly and Helpful. Everyone is very Nice. Although some of the management staff used to help debarkation, or to help with other things were very difficult to communicate to. Most of these staff were Eastern European and could not articulate directions properly. Asking a simple question about how to debark in Cabo San Lucas, would bring strange responses which felt like basic English skills were lacking. This led to a lot of confusion as to "which line to stand in", or "what is the process for VIP Debarkation", or even how to retrieve our liquor purchases. Every time we were shrugged off with a quick sharp response, using wrong English Words, which caused us confusion and delay. We had to always find a good English Speaking person to get proper information. Overall I'd rate this a very satisfactory Cruise. It's a good deal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I picked this cruise mostly because of the departure port - I wanted to cruise with friends from southern California and it just plain made sense to leave from Long Beach. Two of us were first time cruisers and one had been on a previous ... Read More
I picked this cruise mostly because of the departure port - I wanted to cruise with friends from southern California and it just plain made sense to leave from Long Beach. Two of us were first time cruisers and one had been on a previous cruise with RCI for an academic conference (and hence had not done many/any of the 'typical' cruise things.) I flew in to LAX arriving at shortly before 8AM and we drove to the port for parking- they began boarding us around 10:30 AM. I have a disability that limits my ability to stand for a long time; Carnival was very accomodating in general for this but I wish I'd known to ask about muster- I had requested to find out if there was seating in any boarding area where we might be in extended lines; Carnival pre-boarded us instead (which was fine!). The muster drill was very slow, but this was NOT carnival's fault- mostly it was due to people having to be rounded up and brought late to the drill- I wish I'd known to ask about seating during that- there was apparently a separete drill for mobility/disabled people indoors and that would have been useful to know and request, as I think I would have heard more of the drill if I was not focusing on not falling over after standing in the sun for half an hour.... Our cabin was a balcony guarantee and we ended up with an extended balcony, 8225. It was roomy and lots of space for storage. Even with three adults, it rarely felt crowded. The sofa bed was a bit short (I'm 5'6 and fit on it fine, but a taller adult would not have). The cabin was quiet overall. We did occasionally hear noises during the night when the Lido seating area was being cleaned but they were never long lasting or particularly intrusive. (The noises from other cabins closing their balcony doors was frankly louder. Our steward was John and he did a good job at keeping us well supplied with towels. We did have a bit of trouble with the climate control in the cabin- the dial cover on the temperature control kept falling off, and we weren't really sure where it was indicating as a result. The first night was a bit cold, but housekeeping sent up blankets very quickly on request and after that we got it dialed into a comfortable level that maintained nicely. We didn't participate in too many ship activities. The Serenity area was nice- not particularly serene, but nice, with a great view of the ship's wake. Finding loungers was very tough, and we didn't tend to hang out up there for this reason. There were several fun trivia contests during the week, but mostly we were on board to relax, so we did! The cruise director, Corey, was a blast every time we ran into him. Hurricane Linda was an interesting experience during our sailing. The first evening, the captain announced on the PA that our ports had been rearranged to minimize the impact on us, but that sailing would be a bit rough. We didn't have any trouble with seasickness, but there was definitely quite a bit of turbulence. (This was obviously NOT the fault of the ship or anything like that- just a fact of skirting along the edges of what eventually ended up being a Cat3 storm!) At one point, the pools had to be closed because of the amount of motion posing risks to those on deck. We had late dining and our head waiter, Yudi, was fantastic, as was his team. The food was overall quite good- a couple of the beef dishes were very fatty and not great cuts of meat, but others were fantastic. The buffet was okay- nothing spectacular, but defintely adequate. The only food that we outright disliked honestly was the hot dogs from the grill. The dogs are very large (like kielbasa or smoked sausage) but not seasoned and are clearly just large 'regular' hot dogs, with very little flavor, cooked on a roller system as in gas stations. If they'd been actually grilled, they'd have been okay, but as it was, they were pretty terrible. The breakfast in the main dining room is very solid- the sea day brunches are fantastic fun and a great way to start off the day without rushing. We only ate breakfast in the Lido buffet once and found it acceptable but nothing to write home about. None of us purchased a beverage package. Water is freely available throughout the ship (and the regular nonbottled water tasted just fine to us), but if you like to stay hydrated, bringing a sports bottle or something is a must- the buffet only has these tiny little juice tumbler sized glasses, and the bars will give you water in highball glasses that don't hold much either. Drink prices weren't terrible. Cocktails and frozen beverages from most of the bars were around the $8-9 mark, and unboozey versions cheaper than that. We really enjoyed the premium Alchemy bar ith top shelf liquors, and in particular the Remedy- a fruity rum cocktail that just seriously was REALLY GOOD. (It was also good sans alcohol when we decided that the rocking boat didn't need any help from booze to make us lose our footing!). We didn't do our shore excursions through Carnival so not including them in this review. The ship's decor is very purple. We thought it was a great deal of fun and a bit over the top in an entertaining way, but if you want everything serene and unglittery, this may not be your ship. While the ship was fully booked, we very rarely felt crowded (the pool areas were constantly quite busy, at least every time we went) and there were lots of wonderful public areas to just relax and hang out in. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We recently completed our first ever cruise, and really enjoyed the experience. There was some highs and lows, which I have covered and categorized in as much detail as possible. • Cruise Ship – We were on the Carnival Miracle ... Read More
We recently completed our first ever cruise, and really enjoyed the experience. There was some highs and lows, which I have covered and categorized in as much detail as possible. • Cruise Ship – We were on the Carnival Miracle and had an Ocean Suite with a veranda. It was very spacious and comfortable, about the size of a hotel room. Overall the room and the ship were very clean and upkeep was excellent. Our stateroom steward, Peter, was fantastic. If I wanted to nitpick, some external areas showed rust and chipped paint, but that is being extremely picky. They provided ample closet space, much more than a hotel. The one thing lacking was an iron and ironing board. For safety reasons we were limited to the laundry area, which was hectic, and extremely tight when we had formal dining nights. • Meals – My biggest concern was that I would overeat, especially if the food was great. I love a good meal and have a hard time rejecting quality meals. I did not have that problem on this ship. Breakfast was fair. This was raised from bad only because breakfast was made available on Sea Days in the main dining room. The top deck served powdered eggs, which was very bad and offered only pork products as meats. The only meals on the top deck that I liked were the pizza, burger and hot dogs. The rest was quite poor in terms of taste and quality. The main dining room food was good, not great. So, I actually lost weight as I did not overeat and my meals were for sustenance, and not pleasure. • Excursions – While these can be quite costly, including tips, the ones we selected were a lot of fun. Actually the best food we had on this trip occurred during the Mexican Outback and Camel Adventure in Cabo and the Exclusive Resort Getaway in Puerto Vallarta. We really enjoyed our time, the only negative was getting my phone stolen in Mazatlán. I think I let my guard down and did not do the best job of keeping track of the device, probably due to the excessive drinking form the open bar. I have submitted separate detailed reviews for the excursions we purchased. • Onboard Entertainment – We enjoyed the comedy clubs, piano bars, musical entertainment and night clubs. Great options and variety. We especially enjoyed Rondell Sheridan’s show, Love and Marriage, and the music trivia shows. • Drinks – They are about 30% higher than the cost of a normal night out, an 18% tip is already included in the cost of every drink you order. They only offer coffee, tea, lemonade and water from the drinks fountain as part of the base price. If you want soda you must either purchase the package or you can bring up to 12 cans per person. The cost of the alcohol package is quite high and must be purchased for the full duration of the cruise. If I intended on being inebriated every single day, then it would be worth the costs. • Miscellaneous – I understand the idea of taking pictures is a business, but does it have to be that expensive? Really, if I wanted one picture and have a digital copy of that one picture, it is $24 per picture! By the way, I cannot just get the digital image, I must buy the main print first. Sorry, that is excessive, and unnecessary. Just because I am on vacation, does not mean I will throw all sensibility out the window and pay whatever exorbitant price. One other note the workout facilities on the ship were awesome. They had loads of treadmills, bikes and elliptical machines. A smaller free weight area with a lot of circuit equipment. They even had a separate exercise room with balance trainer and medicine balls, very impressive. While we enjoyed the experience, and would definitely do another cruise, we will try either Royal Caribbean or Norwegian next time. Carnival did not impress me enough with the quality of their food to limit our next trip to them. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, just that they did not give us a reason to not look at other cruise operations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Our family had fun and great time on this cruise ship. The staff were all friendly and doing their job, well. Dining at Bacchus was great. Thanks to Pande, Welly, Nemie, Leonora, Danilo, Vergel and Carlos, among others. After dinner, we ... Read More
Our family had fun and great time on this cruise ship. The staff were all friendly and doing their job, well. Dining at Bacchus was great. Thanks to Pande, Welly, Nemie, Leonora, Danilo, Vergel and Carlos, among others. After dinner, we watched musicals at the Phantom theater or some comedy at the Mad Hatters club. After a show, we still want to enjoy. So, we proceed to the Piano Bar and enjoy some music by a talented Filipino piano man. His name is Roger. He can play and sing along. He is, also, featured in the musicals at the theater. Of course, while listening to music, Bartenders Louie and Octavius provide the drinks, just the way you want it. Our cabin is clean and tidy every time we enter. Thanks to Andi, our Steward. Lots of activities on the ship. Young and old gather around and watched Ice carving by Orlando, another Filipino talent. We, also, enjoyed the excursions. Thanks to Michael in Cabo San Lucas for the snuba. Alma and her crew in Mazatlan for the Land and Sea tour. And Nelly in Puerto Vallarta for the sea safari adventure and snorkling. We, also, had fun shopping. I even won a nice $400 watch at the raffle. It, really, was a great vacation. We will, definitely, do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was my first cruise. Overall I had a great time and already looking to book my next one. Embarkation - Pretty easy and painless. We drove up from San Diego and parked at the port for $19 a day. We thought about getting the Faster ... Read More
This was my first cruise. Overall I had a great time and already looking to book my next one. Embarkation - Pretty easy and painless. We drove up from San Diego and parked at the port for $19 a day. We thought about getting the Faster to Fun option for $50 to embark first. There was really no need for that in my opinion. We got in line about 11:45 to noon and were on the ship eating the buffet by 12:30 - 12:45. Our room was also ready. One other note is that we received an email prior from Carnival telling us that due to number of cruisers, our embarkation time was 2:30. We chose to ignore that email because we were excited to get on the cruise and didn't want to lose 2 or 3 hours on the ship. We had no problem boarding early. Dining - The food in the MDR was hit and miss. The good thing is that the portions are on the smaller side and we had no problem ordering another entree or appetizer if we didn't really care for the first one. We chose the Choose Your Own Time dining which we loved. The longest we had to wait for a table was 2 or 3 minutes. The buffet was on par with your local Hometown Buffet. The morning brunch in the MDR was very good. Entertainment - I'm in no way a show snob, but I found the shows on par with a local high school. Most of the singers sang off key and there wasn't much in the way of visual effects. We did not try the comedy acts. We did enjoy the band that played in the Red Frog, especially Motown and 80's nights. Fitness - it was adequate but did fill up early in the morning. Service - Service was generally great. Ports - Puerta Vallarta was great. We needed to get transportation to the zoo. We were met by plenty of people trying to sell excursions and cabs. Some wanted as high as $100 to get to and back from the zoo. We ended up getting a fare of $40 total. My suggestion is to take time to bargain and don't be afraid to walk away. Either they will meet your price or there are plenty of others who will meet it. I would also suggest using pesos as the exchange we received was lower than you would get had we exchanged prior. We also used our capital one cards which gets a good exchange rate. The zoo we went to was very good. After that we went downtown for lunch and drinks with an ocean view which was nice. $1 Coronas are prevalent. Free WI-FI was also prevalent in PuertaVallarta and all of the other ports. Mazatlan - everyone will have their opinion, but we personally could have done without Mazatlan. Or we should have booked an excursion. The city is very spread out so we paid more in cab fare here. We went to the Golden Zone first, which is where there are a lot of resorts. There were a lot of street vendors trying to sell trinkets. We had lunch at one of the bars. Shrimp was amazing. We then took a cab to the historic part of town. We didn't stay long but this would be nice if you like visiting historic buildings. Cabo - the tendering process was painless. We got on and returned without any problem. As soon as you get off the tender boat you are met with vendors selling excursions. We had already booked one and had to continuously inform each vendor. We found the vendors extremely nice and helpful even after they found out that we didn't want to buy an excursion. Our snorkeling excursion ended up getting cancelled because of high waves. We opted to go on a 45 minute boat ride around the rock formations which was very nice. We also had a nice lunch right on the water. We found that the prices in Cabo (at least by the docks) were more expensive than the other ports with the prices more in line with what we pay at home. Cabo itself feels more Americanized. Our ship got in port at 7am and left at 4. We wished we had another day in Cabo and would have gladly replaced Mazatlan with another day in Cabo. Debarkation - we chose the relaxed Debarkation rather than self-assist. We were the last group called to leave. We would choose sel assist next time. All in all a great trip and I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I planned this trip for my mother's birthday and Mother's Day celebration. It was a 7 night, 8 day cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Getting on the ship was simple, but getting to our cabin...was a ... Read More
I planned this trip for my mother's birthday and Mother's Day celebration. It was a 7 night, 8 day cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Getting on the ship was simple, but getting to our cabin...was a bit up in the air. There was no one around to guide us to where we needed to go, but eventually, we found our cabin. The daily activities were awesome. There was always something fun to do around the clock, and something for all ages. Some of my favorite activities were Karaoke, Comedy Night and HASBRO The Game Show! Not a dull moment. Dr. Frankenstein's Lab (night club) was fun, however, there could have been a better DJ. The staff was really nice, and would greet you every time you walked by, and most made it their business to remember your name! Our Cabin Steward WILLIAM (Deck 5 MIDSHIP) was amazing!!! Very sweet guy! The food was DELICIOUS. There may have been one or two nights where it was just okay as far as options, but for the most part, the meals were on point. All of the dinning staff were great and fun. Our waiter EKA was entertaining, with a friendly approach! Overall, I enjoyed every inch of this ship, all the activities, sports bar, customer service, hospitality and accommodations. I would definitely recommend this cruise line to others, and will make sure my next cruise is with Carnival! Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My husband & I sailed in the Miracle out of Long Beach on 4/25/15. We only live over an hour away & having purchased FTTF, I was more than ready to leave for port that Saturday morning. Parking was a breeze, handing off our luggage ... Read More
My husband & I sailed in the Miracle out of Long Beach on 4/25/15. We only live over an hour away & having purchased FTTF, I was more than ready to leave for port that Saturday morning. Parking was a breeze, handing off our luggage to the porter was another breeze & having FTTF was the best ever!! There was one family of 5, and a single cruiser with FTTF reps when we got in line around 11:30; because I had completed online check-in the night prior our check-in didn't even take 10 minutes!! Had about a 20 minute wait until the doors opened but we were on the ship by noon!! We enjoyed 3 of the 4 shows (didn't see one because we crashed early) but didn't make it to any of the comedy shows. By the end of the cruise I was very tired of the buffet for breakfast, although we did eat in the MDR for breakfast twice. We had anytime dining and only had a long wait between courses on the last night. The chocolate melting cake is to die for!! We loved the Serenity area of the ship & had the best bartender, I Made, and waiter, Gedde; they knew both of our names & what we love to drink by Sunday!! Another favorite bartender of ours was Joanne was waited on us each night before we headed into dinner. Her bar is located outside the art gallery. All 3 ports were great; Cabo San Lucas (one of the 1st tenders into port thanks to FTTF), Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. We felt safe in all 3 ports and had no qualms with taking shore excursions in Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta - our safety was their first concern. I had a cold that got progressively worse the deeper we got into the cruise. The first night that I turned in early our room steward, Orland, caught up to my hubby by the elevator as hubby was going to dinner alone. Having seen the "snoozing" placard on our door, Orland was concerned & asked to let him know if there was anything he could do to help make me more at ease. Orland was still doing turn down service when my hubby returned from dinner with ice cream for "me"...... Yes for hubby, lol ....... And Orland offered to get me more if I needed it. I wasn't sure if cruising was really up my alley, but after being home for over a month & a half, I'm actually itching to book again!! Needless to say, I feel that the customer service we received on board really convinced me that I do like to cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
DH & I sailed on the Carnival Miracle out of Long Beach on Saturday 4/25/15. We live about an hour north of Long Beach, arrived at the terminal around 11 am, parked, gave our luggage to the porter, made our way to the FTTF line, ... Read More
DH & I sailed on the Carnival Miracle out of Long Beach on Saturday 4/25/15. We live about an hour north of Long Beach, arrived at the terminal around 11 am, parked, gave our luggage to the porter, made our way to the FTTF line, handed over our documents to the young man helping us out & before I knew it, we were saying "cheese" for our S&S cards!. We had about a 20 minute wait until they began boarding & we on the Lido deck by 12 noon having our first DOD, the Fun Ship! We decided right then & there to sign up for the "Cheers" package - more on that later. We enjoyed breakfast each day at the buffet on the Lido Deck, lots of variety to choose from for both breakfast & lunch (although we preferred the pizza each day for lunch). We never ate dinner at the buffet as we really enjoy being "waited on" when it comes to dinner. We had ATD, arrived at our dining room around 6:30 each night & were promptly given a pager. We then turned the corner & sat at the bar outside the art gallery and by the time that Joanne had our drinks in front of us our pager would go off. I'd say the longest wait we had was on the 2nd sea day evening & it was over 30 minutes. Each meal we had in the MDR was fantastic & the service was always on point! I'm truly in love with the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake, although I know that it's not for everyone. We really enjoyed the Serenity Deck & received great service from I Made & Gedde - by the 2nd day (Sunday) they both knew our names and what our favorite drinks were. The pool on the Serenity deck was refreshingly COLD and the hot tub was always full so I can't comment on the water temp. There didn't seem to be any chair hogs the 3 1/2 days we were there, in fact people were more willing to more over to accommodate groups wanting to sit together. The shows were good (88 Keys & Heart of Soul were my favorites) but we didn't make it to any of the comedy shows. the EA Sports Bar was never overly busy each time we stopped by & the Red Frog Pub was pretty slow during our last day at sea (too windy to be up top on Serenity, we decided to drink our way through the day). Be sure to stop in & try the Fried Frog Balls...delicious! Our ports of call were Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. In Cabo we bar hopped with friends we made from our Roll Call; in Mazatlan we did the Colonial Villages of the Sierra Madre tour & in Puerto Vallarta we did the Las Caletas Hideaway (both tours book through Carnival). Our room steward Orland was a sweetheart, we never wanted for anything as he always seemed to anticipate our needs. We had Balcony Room 6238. The night we left Cabo, I stayed in & ordered room service (it was ok, nothing to write home about) and DH went to the Lido for pizza. When Orland saw DH coming back to the room without me, Orland inquired about my whereabouts, hubby explained I'd had too much fun in Cabo and was staying in. Orland said that if I needed anything to please let him know (he'd be in our wing for about another hour that night) and he'd be more than willing to get us what we desired (even asked if I might want ice cream from the soft serve machine). We tipped him each day but I don't really think that played into the kind, compassionate person that he is. Last, but not least, the Cheer Beverage Program.....we purchased it & really wished that we hadn't. For starters, 15 drinks a day is A LOT of beverages for those who are moderate social drinkers. I have friends who can drink 15 without batting an eye (at the river in 100+ degree heat beer tends to go down like water) but for myself & DH it was just too much. We were drinking mixed drinks to get the most bang for our buck but switched to just beer by the time we got back on the ship after the day in Mazatlan. I love MIami Vice, Greyhounds, Bloody Mary's, Jack & Coke..........but I just couldn't stomach another "bang for the buck" drink! Second of all, we had 3 days in port...........when we got back onto the ship each night we felt as though we "had" to drink as much as we could to reach our breakeven point on the program (depending on the type of drink, our breakeven was anywhere from 6-9 drinks per day). Friends from our Roll Call told us about an experiment they did on a cruise the prior November in which they DIDN'T purchase Cheers; they compared the invoice from the non-Cheers cruise to an invoice from a cruise 6 months before that when they did purchase Cheers - they came in under $60 on the Non-Cheers cruise!! At least for my DH & myself, we won't spend the money on Cheers program next time around, al a carte is the only way for us :) Ah the next time..........yes, I had such a great time on the Miracle & the Mexican Riviera that we are looking at either the Breeze or Freedom Western Caribbean itinerary for our next cruise. I might have been skeptical in the beginning, but Carnival & their crew have turned me into a Cruise-aholic!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
First the good :) 1-The Balcony was WAY worth it... The room was a great size even for a family of 4. The kids loved their beds.. super comfy... 2-The location on the upper deck was awesome, never heard one neighbor 3-The Ports ... Read More
First the good :) 1-The Balcony was WAY worth it... The room was a great size even for a family of 4. The kids loved their beds.. super comfy... 2-The location on the upper deck was awesome, never heard one neighbor 3-The Ports were AWESOME, we loved Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. 4-We bought Faster to Fun, soooo worth it... Getting in and off the boat was a breeze. 5-the Camp for the kids ages 9-11 had some fun stuff for the kids....more on this later 6-Their was tons of places to sunbathe. The Bad :( 1-The kids club... it seemed that there was never any time to play the video games, no one was ever working in the Ocean room? 2-Some of the workers should NOT work with kids.. Holy smokes some of them were mean ( but some kids were entitled little brats as well) 3-the food.. UGH!!!!! Breakfast was DISGUSTING, old breads, weird running eggs, un-cooked bacon.... 4-Lunch time-Their really is not a lot choices, so the lines were crazy long!!! 5-THE ENTERTAINMENT- I could not drink these people funny, or make the shows entertaining... One guy was supposed to be a master juggler... wow, my kids could do better. 6-NOTHING TO DO ALL DAY, unless you like art auctions(more money) gambling ( more money) drinking ( more money) or really lame pool-side games, OH i almost forgot the hairy chest contest.... soooooo lame 7-the pool is SMALL and FREEZING.... sea water... brrrrrrr 8-they herd you around like cattle.... I felt like saying moooooo the entire time Unless you really like being herded around, eating a ton of bad food, and constantly being around rude, over-weight people... then a cruise is not for you. We started calling it the prison ship.... being stuck on that thing on the way back form Puerto Vallarta was HORRIBLE... Oh how we wanted to stay in PV.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Shabby rooms. Poor housekeeping. Needs remodeling. It's the "Motel 6 of the 7 Seas". Went to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. Due to an ambush of local police with a local gang shooting 15 of them dead the day before we arrived, ... Read More
Shabby rooms. Poor housekeeping. Needs remodeling. It's the "Motel 6 of the 7 Seas". Went to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. Due to an ambush of local police with a local gang shooting 15 of them dead the day before we arrived, our shore excursion in PV was cancelled. We traveled a long ways to do nothing. The food is also a disappointment. True buffet quality and I don't mean that in a good way. Room service also got our order wrong every single time. If we take another cruise, it would be on a better liner. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
After reading the onslaught of negative reviews on the Miracle, I was dreading the 7 day cruise to come. I'm sure if you're reading some of the negative ones right now, you know exactly how I felt. However, don't feel too ... Read More
After reading the onslaught of negative reviews on the Miracle, I was dreading the 7 day cruise to come. I'm sure if you're reading some of the negative ones right now, you know exactly how I felt. However, don't feel too regretful. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise, flaws and all. Because this is my first cruise, I had no ideas or preconceptions of what constitutes as a good, roomy cabin. All I know is that even with an extended balcony room located on deck 8, the room was cramped and tiny (especially the bath room). You cannot have more than 1 person in the bathroom at a time because you will feel very stuffy. Moral of the story: don't pay extra for upgraded rooms. The size of the rooms is more or less the same for all rooms. Dining options were overall pretty good. The buffet is very hometown buffet-esque, but there is a good variety of different kinds of foods, ranging from Italian to Asian. The dessert buffet is overall exceptional, with a wide variety of different desserts almost every day. Do not miss the Mexican buffet they have during the last night in Mexico!! The Bacchus, which is another dining option, has less variety but slightly more quality and definitely more gourmet. They have a new menu every night that is sure to fit your needs. Also, check the schedule they give to you every night, because the Bacchus serves breakfast, brunch, and tea time on certain days. Embarkation: Not much to complain about. Waits are pretty long but it is after all, first come first serve. So in this case, you get what you get. The service during embarkation is speedy but the safety demonstration will seem a little rushed if you're checking in too late. Enrichment activities: I'm assuming this includes youth activities? Young children can be a part of camp carnival, younger teens a part of circle c, and older teens a part of club 02. There are plenty of activities for the young ones to do. My teen did not seem very interested in club o2 activities but the teenagers seemed to hangout in groups outside of the club and seemed to have a lot of fun together regardless. Entertainment: There is an exciting show every night and standup comedy! The dj plays music by the pool on the lido deck and sometimes they have dance parties at night that end very late. Fitness: excellent! There is a great gym that opens early and closes at 10 that includes ample equipment for your needs. Yes I'm sure it lacks some, but the facilities are extremely clean and the equipment is all new and clean. Service: service by far was the highlight of the cruise. Everyone working there is friendly and eager to please. most are conversational and always worried about your well being. There's 24 hr room service if you dial 8000 (this takes a while average is 30 min delivery ) . Be nice! They work long and hard to make your cruise memorable. Shore excursions: There is an excursion for everyone , but I do NOT RECOMMEND you purchase cabo by land and sea. It is a waste of money and is not enjoyable at all. Most of the people in the cruise were very annoyed and regretful. Don't do it. Instead, read between the lines and carefully investigate all the activities. Read reviews ahead of time (you'll have to pay for internet on the ship) and buy the tickets ahead of time. Do your research and you will enjoy all your excursions. Value for the money? For three people we ended up paying almost $4000. Was it worth it? Probably not, but it was a vacation to be remembered and extremely enjoyable. The carnival miracle is an old ship that needs some renovation (water slide, rooms, pools) and I feel that you can get more bang for your buck if you do your research and choose carefully. Don't be afraid of the negative reviews. Keep an open mind. Only you can let yourself enjoy your vacation. If you're going to be stuck on a ship for 7 days, at least make it a good 7 days. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I was VERY worried after booking our cruise. I read many scathing reviews of Carnival Miracle. Prior to departing my mother-in-law (a seasoned cruiser) told me "you will only have as much fun as you want to have." Truer words ... Read More
I was VERY worried after booking our cruise. I read many scathing reviews of Carnival Miracle. Prior to departing my mother-in-law (a seasoned cruiser) told me "you will only have as much fun as you want to have." Truer words were never spoken. I saw people on the ship complaining about ridiculous things. The truth is that it wasn't 100% perfect, but it was absolutely amazing. It was worth every penny and we are already planning our next Carnival vacation. We had ages ranging from 2-35 and a group of 8 people. We all had a great time. There was truly something for everyone. The food was great. There were a couple of dishes in the whole 7 days that I didn't like. If you starve on this trip (as some have claimed) you are too picky! My 2 year old is THE pickiest eater on the planet, and he never went hungry. They really cater to every taste. If you don't like what's for dinner in the formal dining room than check out one of the many buffets! The buffet and main dining room were outstanding. The service was incredible. Our room steward, Gusti, did a fantastic job. I also would highly recommend checking out the shows in the Phantom Theater. They were the highlights of most of our evenings. We also enjoyed the trivia, deck dance party, fun shops, pools/hot tubs, and mini golf. If you can afford it, a room with a private balcony is really worth the money you'll spend. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was our first cruise and I treated my wife to a cruise to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary. Upon our arrival and departure from Long Beach, we stayed in the Renaissance and took a short taxi ride over to the terminal. We ... Read More
This was our first cruise and I treated my wife to a cruise to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary. Upon our arrival and departure from Long Beach, we stayed in the Renaissance and took a short taxi ride over to the terminal. We arrived around 1230 and after dropping off our luggage we went through security. We took the obligatory photo and preceded to our room. Believe it or not but the luggage arrived not long after! We preceded to disinfect our room with Lysol wipes, put our clothes away and explore the ship. Just after embarkation, we changed clothes and went to the Steakhouse for dinner. We enjoyed our meal and even ate there the last evening. We even received a free bottle of wine that is offered for eating there the first night. We ate all other evening meals in the Main Dining Room with the Our Time Dining. We always ate at a two-top table but rarely had to wait. When we did have to wait, they gave us a pager and we went to the bar just outside for a drink. The meals were all very good and even though we rarely had the same wait-team, we always received excellent service. One night on the cruise we participated in the Chef's meal. We received a complete tour of the galley and then a private reception for about seven couples. There were several specially-made courses just for us and wine with the dinner. The chef would describe each course just before we tried it. We were all presented with a scrolled menu of the occasion and the recipe for the warm chocolate melting cake. I thoroughly enjoyed it. To us, it was the best meal of the cruise. Word of caution...one must have a discerning palate because there are some different kinds of food. For entertainment, we went to the Comedy club every night there was a show; most of them were quite good. They did have a PG version for families. We always went for the R version. We caught bits and pieces of some of the shows but outside the first night we didn't see a whole one. From what we saw though they were quite good. The most disappointing aspect from the whole cruise were the ports of call. We were late getting into Hilo and ended up being there for a short time - no time for excursions. We went next to O'ahu because of late arrival to the islands with the idea to hit Maui after Kauai. We arrived in Honolulu on time but we missed the first rental car bus because of the time it takes to disembark and wasted a good hour and half waiting for the next. It was in Honolulu that we had our only booked excursion. We went to a luau. We enjoyed it very much but we had a better one in Maui on another vacation. We visited Kauai next and we rented a car to explore the island. The only regret was it was too short of a stay. The next day was our trip to Maui that never happened. They told us another cruise ship was docked in port and that we had to tender. That never happened because seas were too rough. So, they took us next to Kilo. We were able to tender but because the seas were rough (not as rough as Maui) it took longer and we were only able to explore the town. The next day, seas were still rough in Maui and we got to visit Kilo again. There was a lot of disappointment for not going to Maui. We left the islands for Ensenada. Once there, we had a bus downtown but we didn't stay long and returned to the ship. Upon our arrival into Long Beach, we left our baggage outside the room to be collected, left our room and I gave an additional tip to our steward. We waited for our group to be called from the Lido deck. When it was called we left the ship, cleared customs and picked up our bags (with a little searching) and returned to Long Beach. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was a first cruise for my wife and me. I consider myself "Not a Cruise Person" but my wife wanted to go on a cruise and with that I chose the venue - Alaska! Stayed at the Sheraton Downtown by cashing in SPG points for two ... Read More
This was a first cruise for my wife and me. I consider myself "Not a Cruise Person" but my wife wanted to go on a cruise and with that I chose the venue - Alaska! Stayed at the Sheraton Downtown by cashing in SPG points for two free nights. Had fun touring around Seattle for two days - Pike's Place Market, Waterfront, Crittenden Locks, Snoqualmie Falls, Kerry Park, the Space Needle and met some friends from British Columbia who came down for a quick visit. Overall I rate this a good experience. My wife rates it higher. The service from the entire crew was very good - the cabin steward, the wait-staff, the folks who man the excursion desk and other areas. Thumbs up to all! The food was good, not great. The Bacchus dining experience was very good. The selection of entrees and starters were varied and tasty. Formal cruise nights (2) were not strictly enforced. The casual dining (Horatio's) was very good for what it is. The Asian buffet was especially good. But the other buffets were also good and had a decent nightly/daily selection - lamb, crab cakes, of course the desserts, the prosciutto, etc. The accommodations were much better than I anticipated. The rooms and storage were bigger than we really needed. The obstructed view balcony was only slightly obstructed (boat level below eye level). One of my trepidations about cruising was the crowds, and I didn't enjoy that. But there are places to get away - the Serenity Deck and Gatsby's Garden, so I managed to keep my sanity. They had interesting lectures (about Alaska) and John Heald was very entertaining. The embarkation and debarkation process went smoothly even for the inexperienced like us. One thing to keep in mind is that things can change. One of the biggest disappointments was that we were not able to take the Tracey Arm Fjord Small boat cruise to the Glacier, because a passenger got ill and the ship actually had to turn around for 3+ hours to rendezvous with a Canadian air rescue team. Fortunately that operation went well and the passenger and family were (as far as we can tell) scooted to Vancouver where she is in recovery. All told this put us 8+ hour behind schedule and NO Tracey Arms Fjord. They substituted Endicott Fjord, which was fine but had no sea glacier or excursion. Big disappointment and only a $ for $ refund - nothing offered for the loss of a lifetime experience to get to a glacier face to face. Booo!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Dream to see Alaska wasn't the thrill I expected. Our room was great as we opted to get a balcony. I would have hated my room if it didn't have that feature. But if you are a a light sleeper don't stay on the 8th floor, lido ... Read More
Dream to see Alaska wasn't the thrill I expected. Our room was great as we opted to get a balcony. I would have hated my room if it didn't have that feature. But if you are a a light sleeper don't stay on the 8th floor, lido deck is noisy 24-7, which is right above you. Ship staff was great. Food was fair. Nothing over the top. Lots of lectures to try and get more money from you. Live shows were okay but reminded me of high school productions.Comedy shows are good but beware of adult only shows. Adult shows can get a little offending - not my 1st choice of comedy, when swearing is the 1st language during the show. Glaciers were okay but not as exciting to see by ship or land. Highly recommend the off ship excursion onto small boat while on cruise of Tracy Arm Fjord or by air flight in Juneau. Miracle only stops at two ports in Alaska. Skagway was run down and rained the whole time. Do not waste your money on train ride in Skagway if it is raining or foggy. You will not see anything. Juneau was most memorable. Loved the Medenhall glacier & Wildlife Quest excursion. Saw lots of whales on tour. Okay back to my review of the Miracle ship. Ship was very Clean and staff went beyond the call of duty. I won't spoil it for you but they leave a cute surprise in your room every night. Food service was excellent. You could order as much as you wanted, no limits. Servers always remembered your names and greeted us with a smile. We preferred the dining room for dinner. I got sick when I ate fried food from several different places on the lido deck. Plus when we wanted lunch sometimes everything was closed. So we would just order room service and got sandwiches. We got room service for breakfast on excursion days which was nice. Matter a fact we had more room service for breakfast and lunch than we ate anywhere else. Some days at sea, we just sat in our room watching tv or on the balcony looking at scenery as there was nothing to do but gamble or drink. Went to two lectures that turned out to be more of a sales pitch to buy something. I enjoyed all the R&R on the trip but was anxious to get home. My husband was bored for the entire cruise but loved the wild life excursion and the glacier flight excursions. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Lets start off by saying this was our first cruise, and there will be more in our future. You see I'm a 5x Cancer survivor and currently in the fight for my life again. To say I had an awesome time would be an understatement. Not ... Read More
Lets start off by saying this was our first cruise, and there will be more in our future. You see I'm a 5x Cancer survivor and currently in the fight for my life again. To say I had an awesome time would be an understatement. Not only did we enjoy the food, the shows, particularly The Marriage Show and Johns morning show, we enjoyed just kicking back on the balcony watching the wildlife and the scenery Alaska has an abundance of!! When we first looked at cruises and cruise lines doing Alaska, Carnival fit the bill and after all doesn't the Miracle sound like just the ship for someone like me! After all I need a Miracle. The shore excursion we took to the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau City tour was very informative although we were warned about the time to get to the falls by the glacier we decided to go for it, and although very tiring on me, I made it there and back although we only spent 5-10 min at the falls, we got many good photos, and I got to stick my hand in a lake of glacial waters!! Who's done that! Our cabin was more than adequate after all your on a cruise and not there to spend all your time in the cabin. Our room attendant "Barwanto" was very helpful and took care of our every need. The Disembarkation went rather quickly as we took the self assist option and I requested a wheel chair for the ramp as it was a little steep, I'm certain this is what got us through quicker as well. There were a couple of glitches one was all of our luggage did not make it to our cabin together we had all our bags within an hour or so on the ship except for the most important piece which contained my wife's CPAP machine and all of my medications which I would not be able to go with out. Also one of the ports on this cruise was cancelled and right up until we were on the ship were we aware of this. This was the big glitch we were not happy about but made the best of it with the extra time in the other ports. Over all we had an awesome cruise and will definitely cruise again and I will be looking into who dropped the ball on the itinerary change by not informing us, was it Carnival or our travel agent who dropped the ball. I'll keep ya posted.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We had a party of 8 for this cruise--6 coming from the Philadelphia area and 2 from Portland. We flew out in the early evening on the day before, but got delayed in Chicago for an additional 2.5 hours, so we didn't get to sleep until ... Read More
We had a party of 8 for this cruise--6 coming from the Philadelphia area and 2 from Portland. We flew out in the early evening on the day before, but got delayed in Chicago for an additional 2.5 hours, so we didn't get to sleep until 2 am. We stayed near the airport for price since we would not be in Seattle for sightseeing and this worked for us. Good breakfast the next morning and easy ride to port via Seattle Express. Embarkation was a breeze--would not do FTTF in Seattle as we were on board in less than 20 minutes. We had inside cabins forward on deck 8 which led to excellent access to the Lido deck and gym, but not so great when we had a rough "fun day at sea" on day 2--many people missing from the dining room on captain's night due to the rough seas--I saw many people bring meals with them back to their cabins that night and many women having a very difficult time keeping their balance in heels. Sail-away on the Alaska cruise was pretty quiet compared to my Caribbean sailings. We attended all the shows in the Phantom Theater--"Generations and Ticket to Ride" were the production shows and nicely done. There was a hypnotist as well as a big band singer on other nights. Only got to see one comedian out of 4 and he was ok. We did quite a few trivia sessions and won 2 "ships on a stick". The gym facilities were quite nice as well as the sauna/steam rooms. Our dining room servers Edwin and Juan were fantastic as well as our cabin stewards "K" and Carlos--they went out of their way to provide friendly and excellent service. In Skagway, we booked Frontier Excursions to do a 6.5 hour Yukon Discovery Tour which included lunch in Carcross--had a wonderfully funny tour guide named Mike. In Juneau, most of our party did the Best of Juneau excursion which included Mendenhall Glacier, a whale watch and lunch at a lodge--the frugal ones in our party (myself included), took the Glacier Express bus ($20 roundtrip) and just hiked for a few hours at Mendenhall to see nature and Nugget Falls then shopped when back in town. Stopped at the Red Dog Saloon, but it was very crowded so just picked up a t shirt for hubby back home. In Victoria, we were delayed getting to port due to a combination of rough seas again on our 2nd "fun day at sea" ( not nearly as bad a day 1) then we hit fog, so a 3 pm arrival time turned more into a 6:30 pm arrival--since we wanted to see Victoria, we did not dine onboard that evening and chose a pub in town ( Darcy's pub--great poutine and craft beers).Easy walk into town from the port with good signage but many cabs available as well. Overall, we had a great time, albeit some sea-sickness on day 2, and would recommend this cruise to everyone. It was a plus having John Heald as our cruise director as all of his shows were a hoot and I got to see him twice at the gym (he just lost 50 pounds). The food was great as always (especially the warm chocolate melting cake) and the value for your dollar goes a long way on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect, but were quite pleased with the experience. The balcony room was great-loved sitting outside and watching the world go by. The Inside passage and Glacier Bay were jaw droppingly ... Read More
As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect, but were quite pleased with the experience. The balcony room was great-loved sitting outside and watching the world go by. The Inside passage and Glacier Bay were jaw droppingly beautiful. The entertainment on board was great-we saw 3 comedy shows and the Beatles show. But the funniest shows were the ones the Cruise Director, John Heald, was a part of. He is a very funny man, and great at improv. He also has his own blog and FB page you can follow. There is one pool that stays covered, and it was like a little greenhouse in there. The pool was nice and warm-I swam in it three times. The hot tubs stayed quite busy, including the one inside the gym. There was a good mixture of activities. My only real complaint was with some of the food-fellow vegetarians,be warned. Baked polenta in the MDR looked and tasted like condensed cream of celery soup. Every night in the MDR there was vegetarian Indian food available-once it was great, and once it was weird. It seemed like they were trying to stretch some things out with canned corn. And the only way to eat the pre made scrambled eggs in the morning was to put a bunch of salsa on them from the fruit bar. That said, the pizza was good-you could even get arugula on it. And the omelettes made to order were good, if you were willing to wait in line. And I wish someone would have warned us that there would be a chocolate buffet on the last day-it was very tasty. The coffee was good, and there was a good selection of tea bags.Lots of closet space in the cabin. The bed was very comfortable.Faint noises from the showroom at night, but it wasn't really bothersome. We really enjoyed ourselves and loved the concept of unpacking once. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Upon debarkation, our luggage was handled very poorly. We had bought a $50 bottle of tequila from Puerto Vallarta and had it bubble wrapped and taped and was put in our luggage. We wanted to debark by taking our own ... Read More
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Upon debarkation, our luggage was handled very poorly. We had bought a $50 bottle of tequila from Puerto Vallarta and had it bubble wrapped and taped and was put in our luggage. We wanted to debark by taking our own luggage but they didn't allow us to since we had too much to carry. We were forced to use their zone debarkation where they man-handle your stuff and toss it around like cavemen. This, in theory, was the more convenient choice. We took our luggage home by car (no flights) and opened up the luggage to give our loved one the gift we had promised to find the glass smashed inside the bubble wrap. Pomegranate liquor seeped through our clothing and destroyed them. Hundreds of dollars of clothing were ruined because someone from Carnival could not treat our property with care. We called Carnival customer service to see if there was anything they could do, since we didn't buy from their "recommended shop" they didn't cover it. Who buys from recommended shops anyway if you want something authentic? Their response was "You didn't open the luggage on Carnival property and report it upon debarkation, therefore we aren't liable for the damage." OK carnival.... Next time, I'll unpack on the curb like everyone else does? We got a "sorry, we can't do anything about it." No compensation, no maybe we'll discount your next cruise with us, nothing. We love cruising, but if you want quality customer service, Carnival is not the way to go. It's the last time we'll be going with them. We dropped over 2.5 grand on this trip including extra gratuities. They lost our business for life and/or any recommendations to their cruise line. SHIP: This was our first ship and even we could tell the ship was small. We explored its entirety the first day of the cruise. The only interesting decks were 2, 3 and of course the Lido deck. They kept everything clean but the decor was crazy. Imagine if you were on drugs and decided to be an interior designer then laced it with something when you designed the Bacchus Dining Room. We loved the Phantom Theater and the Mad Hatter's Lounge. The Serenity deck was also very nice, peace, quiet, hot tub, pool and a bar! FOOD: If you go out to eat a lot.. and I'm not talking Chili's, Denny's or McDonald's.. but if you're a foodie and try out new restaurants frequently, you will be entirely disappointed in the food on the ship. Sometimes I found myself craving fast food just to get it over with because the food on the ship was lacking. My favorite dish was the Flatiron Steak, their baguettes were very good and so were their croissants. Dessert-wise I would recommend the chocolate melting cake or the sorbets (although they were frostbitten they still tasted OK). We dined at Nick & Nora's Steakhouse one night and wished all their food was to that caliber. If you have the money, go here every day. You're not missing anything in the Bacchus Dining Room. By the way, they don't check the dress code at all (could be a good or a bad thing). But some guy came in a camoflauge scrubs top and cargo shorts with Jesus sandals. They let him in, so don't worry about dressing up. I didn't mind the guy, but just FYI for everyone wondering about dress code. Lido Deck food was worse than hometown buffet. Also think about the type of people who go on bargain cruises... I watched a guy drop tongs on the floor, pick them back up and put them in the serving tray then walk away. Maybe he missed the talk on germs when he was little. Room service food was worse than a 6 year old with an easy-bake. How can you get grilled cheese wrong??? (Soft bread that looked like it was toasted an hour ago w/3 slices of cheese, softened, not melted. You can still discriminate between slices.... really?) This made me sad. ENTERTAINMENT: The comedy was OK. They try to liquor you up with a lot of cheaper priced drinks to make you think everything is hilarious but they were too racist, even the family friendly show. We were planning on going to all of the comedy shows the last 2 nights of the cruise but the last 2 comedians were so bad that we went to 1 of each and decided they were too bad to sit through. There were 4 comedians throughout the cruise but the only good comedian on the ship was Lowell Sanders, the rest... crickets. Frankenstein's Lab was really cool. They had a disco-ish dance floor and a DJ and everybody who comes just wants to have a good time. No judging. We enjoyed that a lot! The casino is rigged. The arcade-like games are super-rigged. They had weird min/max bets, $6/500 instead of 5/2000? I'm sure there's a sneaky reason behind that. Best show on the ship was the Marriage and Love show. Super hilarious. Don't miss this. Worst show on the ship was the Talent Show. They should just call it "Glorified Karaoke Night." Glorified because you have a 10-piece band instead of an audio recording of a song. Nobody had another talent other than singing and/or playing the guitar. SERVICE ONBOARD: By far the only/best thing I can say about this cruise. You are treated like kings and queens on the cruise. Everyone remembers your name and gives you 110% of their attention when you need something. Our room steward (Pande) was THE BEST. They clean your room at least twice a day and always greet you with a smile. The dining room staff was extremely professional and memorable. The cruise director (Troy Linton) was a really friendly looking guy but he kind of needed to censor himself sometimes. He'd make adult jokes and not realize it. There was also a point in the cruise when we were in our staterooms changing our clothes and we heard "PSST. (5 sec pause) PSSSSST (pause again)" we thought there was someone hiding in our closet and flipped out. Trying to throw on a blanket or jump under the sheets. The pssst's were followed by an announcement and we nearly pissed ourselves. Other than that, he did a good job with announcements and organizing things.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband and I and our 16 month old son went on this cruise in April 2013 and we don't have anything good to say about this cruise. Primarily because the travel agent we unfortunately came across, misrepresented a lot of things to ... Read More
My husband and I and our 16 month old son went on this cruise in April 2013 and we don't have anything good to say about this cruise. Primarily because the travel agent we unfortunately came across, misrepresented a lot of things to us and obviously doesn't know the product she is selling. We were and still are very disappointed with the cruise that this agent booked for us. There were a lot of things she confirmed with us that were in fact not available or allowed on the ship. Even the ship's guest services were apologizing on her behalf. Our first disappointment was the bathroom. She confirmed to us that we will get a room with a tub to bathe our son in but we got a stand-up shower instead. The ship was full and we couldn't request for any other room. Our son cried every time we bathed him as it was very uncomfortable and he couldn't even play like he would normally do at home. This was the closest he could get to being in the water. This brings me to our 2nd disappointment. She confirmed to us that there will be a variety of activities available to our son. But to our dismay, there was hardly any. She knew our son's age and yet she did not mention that his age group had very limited time in using the playroom. To make matters worse, our son can only be there from 8-10am. Who wakes up at 7am on a vacation? It's like going to work. Nonetheless, we woke up early to get ourselves prepared so that we can play with our son in the playroom at the only designated time. The camp carnival doesn't have anything for our son's age group and we need to be there in the playroom to supervise him. We thought our son will be interacting with other kids his age as he loves to interact with other kids. But because the designated time was too early, there was no other kids in the playroom on the days we took him there. We should have just stayed at home. At least at home, he can play with his own toys that are fully functional and operational. She also confirmed that our son can use the pools on the ship. Again, to our disappointment he wasn't allowed to be in any of them not even in the kiddie pool as he was still using diapers. It was so heartbreaking to see our son get so excited when we pass by the pools only to realize that he couldn't be in any of them. This to us was the hardest to take. To aggravate the situation, our son wasn't allowed to join the on-shore excursions as well. These were just a few of the many things she could have easily informed us about. She also confirmed that the gym will be open 24 hrs. Again, to my disappointment, it wasn't. I like to get my work-outs done early enough to get all cleaned up before our son wakes up to prepare him to attend the only designated time for him at the playroom. When majority of our vacation is on the ship at sea, it was our concern from the very beginning that there will be activities tailored to our son's age that's why we confirmed with her the things we did. But obviously, these weren't her concerns when she convinced us to book this cruise. We were ready to shell out the penalty to get off at Maui (first port of call) and just fly back to Vancouver. But we couldn't make any arrangements because there was hardly any internet connection. There were a lot of other things that went wrong with our accommodation on the cruise that are beyond her control but it was her sales pitch that got us on this cruise in the first place. Had we known that there were a lot of restrictions for toddlers under 2 and all the issues I mentioned above, we wouldn't have booked this cruise at all. There are a lot of other all-inclusive resorts we could have gone to where our son could have enjoyed the company of other kids his age and where my husband and I could have enjoyed ourselves as well. With the work involved in the debarkation and embarkation of the vessel at the ports of call where one is a tender port, just to get our son to the closest beach, this vacation was more stressful than relaxing. It's sad that our son's 1st vacation and our 1st family vacation, was a mistake and a joke. This is the WORST part of his many firsts and of our small family's many firsts. Of the many out of country vacations we've been to, this is the 1st WORST vacation ever! Our biggest mistake was trusting this agent. As first time cruisers, we relied on her 100% to provide us with the correct information trusting that she knew very well the products she was selling. We became complacent and relied on the information she provided. Needless to say, we learned our lesson the hard way and will never make the same mistake. There were a lot of misrepresentations done to us on this cruise. I could not express enough how disappointed I am with this vacation. To add insult to injury, we emailed this agent the moment we reached Canadian waters and had wi-fi connection (at 12 midnight the day of our arrival to Vancouver) and we did not get any apology, sympathy or any form of fair compensation for the horrible experience we had. There was no urgency as well on her part to reply or contact whoever she needs to contact to mitigate the damage she has done. All she said was she will contact Carnival as she said some of their rules seemed to have changed. Duh!!! We asked Carnival the very first day we knew of the restrictions and their guest services informed us that their rules aren't new or were not recently changed. Again, this confirms this agent's lack of knowledge on the products she's selling. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Having never cruised before mainly due to my history with seasickness, we booked this trip only a couple of months before sailing almost on a whim. We chose the the cruise based on the port and date more than anything else...we wanted ... Read More
Having never cruised before mainly due to my history with seasickness, we booked this trip only a couple of months before sailing almost on a whim. We chose the the cruise based on the port and date more than anything else...we wanted west coast so it was in driving distance and it had to be the week of our kids' spring break. We have friends who have cruised other lines and love Carnival the best for families, so the Carnival Miracle out of Long Beach to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta it was! We quickly read up on reviews and tips and felt confident that we had made the right choice. After much debate we opted for an Ocean Suite...the cost was comparable to 2 rooms, but there were no adjoining rooms available. Our kids (11 and 13) are too young to be in a room across or down the hall, and we did not want to have to split ourselves up. We also did not want to be crammed into a small room...DH brought his guitar and wanted space to relax in the room or on the balcony and play. We later saw one very negative review of suite 6166 here on CC, but we were committed. Embarkation was just okay. We had priority boarding due to the suite, but the priority area was packed and the process of getting through security and onto the ship was pretty disorganized. Still, we arrived just before 11:00am and were seated on the Lido deck eating lunch by 1:00pm. Our room was available at 1:30pm, but the luggage did not arrive until maybe 5pm. We were on Lido waiting to see watch the sail-away, but we ended up departing late and so we missed it due to our 6:00pm seating time in the Main Dining Room. Food - The MDR was our biggest disappointment. Not sure what we were expecting, although I knew from other people to expect a 90 min. meal process. We were stuck in a very dark corner right near the entrance to the MDR, and while our waiter was very friendly, he seemed very overextended and the service was slow and chaotic. We ate in the MDR only nights 1 and 2 (night 2 was Elegant Night) and then we gave up on it. The food was not good enough to make it worth the slow service and feeling like we were stuck in a cave. People have said we should have complained and asked to be moved, but we were happy to eat in the buffet and not have to worry about dressing up and being there at a specific time. We also didn't want to mar our vacation by turning into complainers. We enjoyed the freedom to eat whenever we wanted, wear what we wanted, and choose from a wide variety of options. Sure, it's buffet food, but some of it was pretty good -- specifically the Pizza Pirate, the deli sandwiches, the soups, and the Carvery choices. The coffee was terrible on the Lido! I hear they recently changed it and it's better than it used to be, but we were not fans. The Cafe Bar, however, makes a fantastic cappuccino at a very reasonable price! Cabin - The suite was wonderful -- very spacious, comfortable beds, large bathroom with 2 sinks and a full-size shower, loads of closet and storage space, plenty of lighting options, and a spacious balcony big enough for two chairs and two loungers if desired. The lifeboats are a couple of levels below, but that did not detract at all from the view or sense of privacy. The location could not have been more central, and was extremely quiet and peaceful. I can't say enough good things about suite 6166! Entertainment - We really enjoyed the entertainment on the ship. We are not gamblers (live in Nevada and don't gamble at home either), but we frequented the nightly shows, comedy club and piano bar, and they were all great fun. Dave the piano bar entertainer was a big highlight for us -- he is a fantastic entertainer and makes every single person feel welcome and appreciated. The band in the big shows was excellent as was the lead female singer. The Beatles tribute show featured a combo that appeared to be made up of crew members, and they were fantastic too! Kids' Club - Our kids were not keen on the kids' club at first, but I pre-registered them just in case and we all went to the meet and greet on the first night. The Circle C director, Rex, allowed our 11 year old (3 months shy of turning 12) to be in Circle C with the 12-14 yr. olds rather than in the 2-11 club, and that made his day! The boys had a blast on the ship. They met a big group of kids in Circle C, and even when they were not taking part in the club's organized activities, they were hanging out with their new friends. First thing each morning they would check the Circle C schedule to see what was on tap for the day. They absolutely loved the freedom to come and go from the club, have meals with their new friends, play in the arcade, etc. We set up their S&S cards with a very low dollar limit and would add a little to it each day so they didn't blow all of their spending money right away. This worked out great and the S&S kiosks make it very easy. Ports - We did the Las Caletas excursion in Puerto Vallarta and returned to the ship as soon as we arrived back. We were not big fans of the whole Cabo scene, but PV looked like a place I would visit in the future. Ship - We loved the layout and amenities of the Miracle and would highly recommend this ship. The only time we ever felt like it was crowded was during rush times in the Lido buffet. Otherwise, there were many areas of the ship where you could relax in uncrowded, uncluttered areas. The staff were constantly cleaning and polishing everything in sight, and the crew was extremely friendly and helpful. Our Cruise Director, Tex, was great -- funny, helpful, and a very nice guy. Overall, we loved our cruise and would go again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
I was going to post a very detailed review as I did take notes, but I do not want to be here typing for an hour so I will condense it. Day 1- Embarking The sooner you arrive to the Port the lower boarding zone number you receive, I was ... Read More
I was going to post a very detailed review as I did take notes, but I do not want to be here typing for an hour so I will condense it. Day 1- Embarking The sooner you arrive to the Port the lower boarding zone number you receive, I was zone 4 and we arrived at 10am and they allowed us on the ship around 12:30. We headed straight to the Lido deck for some lunch, warning be prepared for a long as almost everyone boarding the boat is doing the same thing so be prepared, it will get better. They allowed us to go to our cabins at 1:30 so right after we ate ( its a buffet, expect buffet style quality of food)we went straight to our room. We stayed deck 4 mid ship balcony and Hari was our Stewart, the room was cleaned so we proceeded to unpack. We debarked a little pass 4pm many people braved the single digit degree temps( Like us) to go up on Deck and catch some nice pictures of the Statue of Liberty and some New york landscape pictures, the Ny Police buzzed the ship several times in their copter waiving to us. We went to the show forgot the name of it but it was short and you get to meet your cruise Director we had Tex he was very friendly and funny. We had early dining at 6pm and our host was Joey he was very friendly and he ad his team made sure we were happy during dinner they were very dedicated to offer us top notch service. The Dinning room offers mostly comfort food but the quality is excellent and tasty. Day 2 at Sea Lots of trivia and bingo going on, I didn't participate. They had a $10 madness sale unless in are in the drawing avoid this, as what is $10 is $10 through out the cruise so avoid the crazy mob. We once again went ot Lido deck for lunch all pretty much the same throughout the cruise its decent but typical buffet quality the lines will be shorter, we played in the Casino we all did pretty well all four of us won anywhere from $40-$100.Usually they do elegant dining on this night but due to the superbowl it was delayed a day. So we ate on time in the MDR and the food and service was excellent again. We headed to the Phantom lounge for the Superbowl party and it was crowded so we went into the Casino near the pool tables and watched it on that tv and enjoyed the game, lots of buffet food at the game. Day 3 at sea Pretty much similar to day 2 just no Superbowl Day 4 Port Canaveral We got up early and all four us went to the lido deck for breakfast then left the ship(bring id and sail account card)we rented a car from Avis they had a shuttle from the cruise, other companies that offered the same were budget, thrifty and Dollar. We drove around checking out sights but eventually we went to manatee park(Near the cruise terminal)We saw a Dolphin up close but no manatees. Then we proceeded to Jetty Park this is near the cruise terminal admission is $10 per car, they had a really nice clean beach and we enjoyed the beautiful temps near 80 we went into the ocean and had nerve sharks swimming around our feet each around 3 feet long they are harmful. When the ship debarks it cruises pass Jetty park its the last piece of land you pass before hitting the open sea. We had dinner and again not disappointed. Day 5 -Nassau The ship arrived around 11am so get to enjoy coming into Port, and watch the crew and Captain perform their skills as they turn around the ship and back up into the dock. Do not go to gangway they will tell you to leave customs must come aboard the ship and clear it so paperwork must be done, they will notify you when you can leave. We proceed to Bay Street they do have maps its walking distance all the good stores are on this street. we then went back to the ship to catch our beach day excursion to Atlantis. The ride was about 20 minutes long, the hotel is large and beautiful hears some advice bring a good pair of walking shoes. All four of us agreed this wasn't worth it, not even close, the lunch they provide is hamburger, hotdog or Chicken burger at the same quality of your local McDonald's. We returned to the ship around 6:30 though we were late Joey and the crew snapped to attention and gave us great service the crew danced to a song it was pretty good. Day 6-Freeport You get into the Port about 7:30 so we had breakfast then headed to our Western Heritage tour for 8:30am the weather was beautiful again both days in the Bahamas were around 80. Our tour guide Bradlee took us on a tour of some of the sights, which also included a lighthouse and a Lime Stone cave. The tour does go to Dead mans reef for snorkeling, they take you out be careful its hard walking out and hard on the feet its a reef and slippery too. But the guide brings you out it took 45 to 60 minutes to do.I took lots of quality pictures and video of fish, they come right up to you. They had lunch ready for you when you returned. You could have hamburger,cheese burger, hot dog or conk fritters, though it was slim pickings for food it was pretty good. Bradlee was very friendly and informative we truly enjoyed it. By the way dont waste money on buying a conk shell if you ask nicely they will stop at a Conk graveyard and you can pick one up for free. We had to be back on board by 3pm, this port is much different then Nassau no near by city but there are booths and things set up around where the ship ports so we hung around about an hour then boarded to head back home (sad face). We made our regular dinner time once again very satisfied.We caught a juggling show he was really good. Day 7 at sea The seas were very rough from the big North Easter that hit Ny and New England so waves were 10-15 feet, it was rough but the crew did an awesome job keeping the ship study. Basic stuff during the day Lido deck lunch and MDR dinner.We went to see a Ticket to ride Beatles themed show. They had a major crash to the system and the show was canceled.. They felt horrible and rescheduled for the next night they also made sure to do two shows so everyone could enjoy their dinner time. Day 8-At sea We finally caught allot trivia games ( yes people cheat to win a 50 cent ship on a stick so be prepared.)Lido deck lunch typical buffet stuff. Everyone except me took a nap as they were getting seas sick due to the storm hitting Ny and New England by this time winds were around 60 mph so all outdoor decks were closed- you cant blame Carnival for the weather but once again the Captain and Crew were doing an excellent job keeping it as stable as much as possible. We finally got to see a Ticket to ride it was a pretty good show, go see it. Shortly after they played bingo then the last show of the cruise was legends where guest sing the parts of Elvis,Garth brooks, Elton John, James Brown, Britney spears,Madonna, Aretha Franklin Not a very good show most of them couldn't sing if that is what you want to call it. Day 9 New York Back to reality- you have two ways to debark- Zone- Tags are left on your bed the night before returning bags must be placed outside room 9pm till midnight the night before with tags on them. Zones will be called to depart. Self Assist- Between the hours of 8am-8:30 you can debark as long as you can control and carry all your luggage off, you must go through costumes they will be on the ship have your id and sail card ready. It was smooth we got right off I was surprised our luggage was not scanned nor searched when returning. We had a two foot snow bank behind our car but workers came right over and shoveled it out for us. We put all our luggage in the vehicle then walked to times square its only 4 blocks away and took pictures. Then headed 95 in Ct was horrible over 36 hours after the storm it had allot of snow cover and many accidents we got tied up in three hours of bumper to bumper traffic. Ct does a poor job maintaining and cleaning their highways, we had no issues anywhere else the roads were clear. We really loved our cruise and we are hooked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
For our family's first cruise, I chose the Carnival Miracle from New York to the Bahamas this past February. I was trying to save some money for the 4 of us, and since we live in Belleville, ON, I thought we could just drive into ... Read More
For our family's first cruise, I chose the Carnival Miracle from New York to the Bahamas this past February. I was trying to save some money for the 4 of us, and since we live in Belleville, ON, I thought we could just drive into Manhatten and skip the airports. MISTAKE! Driving from Ontario to New York in February is a gamble. We got stuck on the interstate after a 40 car pile up due to a surprise snow squall-for HOURS! I'm so glad we went the day before our cruise! After getting through that, we took a wrong turn and ended up in East Harlem. Luckily New Yorkers really are friendly, and a lovely woman gave us directions to our hotel. After a great dinner we slept comfortably and were up and ready for our cruise in lots of time. A wonderful driver toured us through parts of Manhattan, including Central Park. We're planning a trip there next year for sure-in the Spring, and we'll fly! Getting to the Cruise port was a breeze, and boarding was seamless. Our stateroom wasn't ready, as we boarded right after noon, so we relaxed and had a couple of drinks in the lounge. Our stateroom was cute, a little smaller than we imagined, but there were 4 of us. It was immaculately clean though, and had an unexpected amount of storage space. Sailing out of New York in February was cold of course, so the first 2 days we really couldn't enjoy the upper decks or our balcony for more than a few minutes at a time. Once we got to Florida though, it was great to be able to sit out there as we were docking. The staff responded quickly to our request for 2 extra chairs-which JUST fit in our "extended" balcony-so all 4 of us could sit. We used our balcony to play cards and games while we were south, which was great. Carnival staff were all awesome! Very friendly, accommodating, and enthusiastic. No complaints whatsoever. The Carnival Miracle is very bright and colourful. It's great for family fun, but it wouldn't be my choice if I was looking for a serene, romantic experience. The food in the main dining room was delicious and well presented. A bit more variety would've been nice, and my husband was disappointed that his favourite dessert, creme brulee, was only offered once. We dined at the steakhouse once for our "date night" away from the kids, and it was very nicely decorated with delicious food as well. The buffet areas were good, and our kids loved the pizza and ice cream. Room service was a very limited menu, but the cookies were to die for! Our stateroom was below a deck area. We could here people dragging chairs over our head which got pretty annoying! Live and learn! Next time we will definitely pick a deck that is below another stateroom deck and not an activity area! The shows were well done, although they experienced some technical difficulties the one night which meant they had to cancel and present it the next night without some of the special effects. Great effort though. Carnival really should crack down on the smoking though! Going through the casino was like entering a cloud of smoke. Also people smoked on the balcony below us, so sometimes the smell would drift up our way too. YUCK! Coming home we had some rough water due to a storm, but again, that is to be expected when you sail from New York in February. My son and I spent one afternoon napping after taking some gravol to settle our stomachs. All in all a great way to introduce us to cruising. Celebrity is next! But for that one we'll be leaving the kids at home. :) Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
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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