27 Carnival Miracle Fitness Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date June 2019
Carnival Miracle: May 13,2018 Never cruised before, not my thing. More of a adventure seeker than buffet chaser. Cruising still not my thing but had a fantastic time. Wanted to spend time with my brother who loves cruising so took the ... Read More
Carnival Miracle: May 13,2018 Never cruised before, not my thing. More of a adventure seeker than buffet chaser. Cruising still not my thing but had a fantastic time. Wanted to spend time with my brother who loves cruising so took the plunge. Read lots of reviews so was hesitant I was wasting my money. I was wrong. PROS: 1) The crew made the whole difference. Those people work their asses 24/7, 10 hour days 7 days a week, for 7 months straight to satisfy 2500 buffet crazy Americans. Always a smile, over the top helpful. Not sure how they keep their sanity and smile and desire to serve. 2) Everyone complained ship was old but I was blown over by how great a shape things were kept. OK, 1 pedal on an exercise bike was squeaky and the screen didn't work on another one. Wow. Our cabin was fantastic and we had a small one. Ship was scrubbed and clean. Not sure what all the whining was about. 3) Shows were very good. Comedy was mostly good, the X rated ones used the 'F' word too much (I use the 'F' word too, but not like I stutter with it as they did) 4) Food was unbelievable. I'm not a restaurant person but WOW. Must of been 100 different dishes and OK maybe 10% are duds, but the other 90% are fantastic. Sure beats overpriced restaurant food I've had in the past. The head chef went out of his way after hours to make me this incredible hamburger that i will never forget...and I generally don't eat meat. 5) Sufficient exercise machines. Some needed to be fixed. GREAT steam room. 6) Passengers were all nice. Didn't see any obnoxious drunks but we generally avoided that crowd. Ship was big enough. 7) Extremely well organized. Carnival kept 2500 Americans synchronized like a well oiled machine. Great job. Cons: 1) Nickel and dime: you to death so we avoided all the extras still had great ime 2) Port of calls. We did 1 nature tour in Routan which we liked, but overall it was like cruising between shopping malls. Got sucked into $10/glass beers in Cayman. Just overpriced tourist traps. Not worth it, didn't really see the REAL Hondouras, etc. 3) Everyday you are faced with the American health care crisis in all its glory as 75% of the passengers avoided the salad buffet. The amount of wasted food at the buffets is almost criminal.Very sad statement about American society today. Overall A+. Thanks Carnival. Will go again..but maybe when I'm 70. dman Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I did not know what to expect after hearing good and bad on Carnival. So, I did what I always do, I decided to take a chance. I'm so glad I did. I will make a few recommendations first. Get your cruise booked months in advance. Book ... Read More
I did not know what to expect after hearing good and bad on Carnival. So, I did what I always do, I decided to take a chance. I'm so glad I did. I will make a few recommendations first. Get your cruise booked months in advance. Book your parking (if driving)in advance. Read the reviews on the tours, in advance. Get your passport squared away. There are some cruise ticket holders for sale on line, if you want them. Get your cruise tickets just before you leave. You can book your land tours in advance but you pay when you book. That may be good for budgeting. Get your camera batteries charged just before you leave. Bring your phone chargers, dramamine and Bug repellent. Finally, they allow you to bring a case of soda and a bottle of wine p/p. I really recommend this one. Okay so the cruise. Trip scheduled to go to Cayman, Mohogany Bay Honduras, Belize and Cancun. First stop, Cayman, we booked the Stingray city and Reef snorkeling trip. Awesome. Allot of time spent with the stingrays. Everybody got a chance to pet and even kiss the rays. We had a chance, at the end, to eat local food before boarding the ship again. Next stop, Mohogany Bay. We booked the Private Island with lunch. This little Island is a sanctuary for animals found in need of help. They nurse them back to health and release them back to the wild. They also have a Mayan Temple and an arena. The Food, Animals and Temple were all way batter than expected. Next, Belize. Mayan ruins and River boat tour. Wow. An actual Temple from way back. Again, Awesome. This tour was the best. Lunch place is provided and you have to buy your lunch for about $10 buck. Affordable and good local food. Lastly, Cozmel and the Secret River tour and lunch. Awesome. Very informative and really cool. Literally. I don't want to spoil all the fun for you so I will not speak about everything at each place. I will say that I highly recommend all 4 of these tours. They were the highlight our land trip. Ok, now the ship. The Miracal was fantastic. The service was fenominal. Cabin Stewart was great. Food was great. I recommend the Steak house and the Chefs Table highly. These are must do. You have never had a meal like the Chefs table offers. Well worth the money. In all, everybody was genuinely interested in knowing if you are having a great time and what can they do to assure you are. Every thing about this trip was fantastic. I can't wait to take another trip. I asked many people on board, if this was their first or tenth trip. Many said this is multiple trips on Carnival and they only travel on Carnival. I asked, why? Cost, fun, service, ships, crew and bang for the buck. I'm going Carnival again. Are you? I heard so many different comments, good and bad, on Carnival, I was not sure what to expect. So, as I often do, I decided to take a chance. (People are so fickle). First off, I would recommend getting in town the day before. I heard some people talk about delayed flights, traffic etc. They were stressed. Also, get all your stuff, tickets, passports, etc before time. The day of the cruise was a very nice experience. We arrived at the pre arranged time and everything went as expected. We dropped off bags and I parked with, again, the pre reserved valet. They took my car and we were off to our vacation. We followed direction and went to check in. Unlike the airport, this TSA experience was pleasant. 1 - 12 pack of soda p/p and a bottle of wine p/p is allowed. I recommend this. We continued to the check in desk and that went off without a hitch. So far so good. We were then called and allowed to board. Here we go. Once on board, they directed us to the bar. Imagine that. Starting off with a drink. We were later allowed to go to the room. We unpacked and chilled out for a bit. We got underway and prepared for lunch. For our first meal on board, it was pretty good. We later went to customer service to confirm our tours. We booked 4 tours before our trip but you really don't have to do that. You can wait till you arrive to book land tours. I recommend reading the reviews on each tour. It will help you make a good choice. I did that and found 4 tours that were highly recommended. Booking ahead of time also helps with budgeting money. You can pay for this before the trip. As you will find out, they require a credit card be tied to your on board account. That is how you charge evening on board. We walked around the shop and learned our way around the ship. We ran into the SPA people. If you don't want to spend a ton of money, run away. They are very good sales people and you will be caught up in the excitement of getting a great treatment We later checked in for dinner at the main dining room. It took me 3-4 days to figure this out but you can order everything on the menu or even seconds. Now you know. As for the food, wow, very good dinner. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
the port for embarkation was not organized, no one seemed to know what to do and did not get the priority people on board in a timely manner like being herded the disembarkation to Cabo was total chaos kept calling more people down ... Read More
the port for embarkation was not organized, no one seemed to know what to do and did not get the priority people on board in a timely manner like being herded the disembarkation to Cabo was total chaos kept calling more people down befor even had 1st group off the ship not enough tenders no one seemed to know what they were doing nor did they know how to accomplish the goal of getting folks off the ship in an orderly fashion the massages were great - very relaxing and very helpful for detoxing and for exfoliating and for stress reduction - did not appreciate always tying to sell the products at a very inflated price Loved the sauna room and the steam room appreciated the lemon and the orange flavored water in the relaxation room the cabin was quit good, always kept neat & clean able to rest in the room load speaker was not piped into room except for wen having safety drill. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We don't usually cruise Carnival maybe (8 times) but it suited us this time. I'm a long time cruiser with over 50 cruise. Don't stick to any one cruise line as I don't like playing the status designations. If they ... Read More
We don't usually cruise Carnival maybe (8 times) but it suited us this time. I'm a long time cruiser with over 50 cruise. Don't stick to any one cruise line as I don't like playing the status designations. If they want to give me something, then I'll take it. But I'm not going to pick a particular cruise line because of my status. That being said. Just got back from Mexican Riviera today. As usual, the cruise staff was great and functioned as best as they could under the Carnival regimen. (Others cruise staff are treated better by their bosses and so treat us better, fyi.) Food was limited. Not much difference between the buffet options and the restaurant. So if you don't like to dress up, like we don't, you get the same food. But overall variety of options are very limited. Food quality was not bad, but not something to rave about. I didnt' get poisoned. Had great weather and it was a good time of the year for this cruise, climate wise. There were still bug bites to be gotten, especially at Puerto Vallarta, compared to summer time, So bring bug spray. But temperatures were perfect. Entertainment of this ship is limited, it might be their training ground ship perhaps. Got a suite with all the amenities that often come with it (laundry, spa, priority on and off the ship, etc), Our steward, Rogie, was awesome. ATTENTION: Not enough outlets in the rooms to charge all of our devices. We usually bring extension cords to we can charge our ipads and cellphones. But there was only one 120volt outlet and it was in the bathroom. We talked our steward into bring us a power strip with extra plugs. Make sure your extension cords are 3 pronged (grounded) Only critique: Who books a cruise and doesn't get onboard credit. Was supposed to have $200 onboard credit for spending, but never got it. This is not a deal breaker for me, but in principle I feel cheated and it leaves a bad last day carnival taste for me. Wouldn't blame the ship's staff at all when I inquired about it. They checked into this and got back to me very quickly, so they did their part. But Carnival seemed to weasel out of their commitment somehow and stated that there was not onboard credit deal. Of all of the cruises I book with, I don't think that I have every not had onboard credit. Again, not a deal changer for me considering I lost a lot more having fun in the casino, Advice: Watch the fine print if that was it was. I still don't know how this happened. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was my 6th cruise - 5th cruise with Carnival! This was my Husband's 1st cruise ever! We both had a phenomenal honeymoon! Our cabin was on the 1st floor Mid Ship and we didn't hear too much from below. We slept ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise - 5th cruise with Carnival! This was my Husband's 1st cruise ever! We both had a phenomenal honeymoon! Our cabin was on the 1st floor Mid Ship and we didn't hear too much from below. We slept very well, our cabin was clean, the toilet was a little slow to flush sometimes but we kind of found that funny (we have a weird sense of humor) At dinner, Carnival sat us with 3 other couples that we found we all had a lot in common(Thank you Carnival) Also, the food was amazing! We found the Shows were ok, the comedians were wonderful, and the games were fantastic (Hasbro game show, Love & Marriage show etc..) The gym was fantastic - I highly recommend the workout classes - Boot camp, Pilates, spinning...they are an extra fee but I thought it was worth it! When else do I get the time to workout for an hour with a professional? The activities were pretty good! Hairy man competition is a must see! The Ports were nice! I highly recommend booking the Salsa & Salsa excursion in Mazatlan! You definitely get your bang for your buck there! I would absolutely do this Cruise again! And ride the Camels in Cabo San Lucas this time! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Carnival's late May sailing to Alaska from Seattle had ideal timing, itinerary and pricing for our agenda. We booked a starboard balcony cabin and spent two pre-cruise days in Seattle, which included the Seattle Folk Life Festival, a ... Read More
Carnival's late May sailing to Alaska from Seattle had ideal timing, itinerary and pricing for our agenda. We booked a starboard balcony cabin and spent two pre-cruise days in Seattle, which included the Seattle Folk Life Festival, a ferry to Salty's on Alki Beach for fabulous copper river salmon, the Public Market, original Starbucks, old friends, and the monorail before a fast cab ride to Pier 91. Embarkation was a breeze, with the terminal in high gear and people moving onto the ship as fast as their suitcase wheels could fly. And of course, up to the Lido deck for the first of many food indulgences. We hung out on the adults-only Serenity Deck and enjoyed the afternoon sunshine and views of Seattle. Cabin ready on time, steward Samad introduces himself, all is shipshape. Seize the towels and back out to the deck for some bubbling hot tub and chat with fellow passengers. We chose the any time dining option for this cruise, a departure from our usual late seating, to allow for flexibility with music, shows, Alaska's late sunsets and shore visits. It was an excellent choice. We had ocean view windows every evening, and sighted whales on several occasions. We attended the opening night show and laughed uproariously at Cruise Director John Heald's emcee-ship. The first sea day was fairly typical, and we enjoyed the gym, deck, Captain's Celebration, live music, and too-much-food. The second full day was our tour of Tracy Arm Fjord. Although chilly on deck and mostly cloudy, we spent the entire day outdoors with cameras and binoculars glued to our faces as we saw porpoises, bald eagles, whales, a hint of a bear on the shore, waterfalls, icebergs and the Mendenhall Glacier. The ship's naturalist, Michele, made quiet announcements of sightings fore and aft, port and starboard. It was Deck Aerobics. No time to visit the buffet! We watched as ice pilots boarded the ship from a moving vessel--impressive! The ship sailed as far up the fjord as the ice would allow and then performed a 180 degree turn to head back down. The views came to us in that display. Our day in Tracy Arm Fjord had the feeling of being on a National Geographic expedition, which is something we would love to do. We also attended Michele's presentations in the theater, which were informative and interesting. We attended a cocktail party for gold members and above (there are also platinum and diamond levels) which was nice. I don't think we'll cruise often enough to reach any higher levels because although cruising is fun, it isn't the only kind of travel we enjoy, and it really has its drawbacks as well as advantages. We've been to similar events on Holland America and they're certainly pleasant. Food, drink and entertainment along with meeting fellow cruisers from all over the U.S. Friday was Skagway and a shore excursion that combined hiking and a raft trip. We saw bald eagles in their nests and the markings of bear claws on trees. We were both relieved and disappointed not to have seen a bear, because we think the experienced guide could have shepherded us safely through a sighting. Likewise our excursion in Juneau, which involved a highly successful whale watching voyage in Endicott Bay and a hike to Mendenhall Glacier. A bear pair had been sighted seconds before our arrival at the lake, but were gone by the time we made the scene. Again, our guide was knowledgeable and prepared. Back to the ship for a quiet day at sea with stunning views of Southeastern Alaska's towering snow covered mountains, whales in the water, fun things to do aboard the ship and as always, an abundance of tasty food, including brunch in the dining room and another trip to the ship's gym. We celebrated a birthday (his) and an anniversary (ours) on this vacation, and the cruise director marked the occasions by forwarding a bottle of champagne to our cabin along with a personal note. The comedy shows again were a hit and we made a point of attending as often as possible, both the family friendly and adults only sets. The live music in lounges was again a highlight for us on this cruise. We missed out on the Jazz Under the Stars, collapsing into bed before it began at 10:30 pm. The event also featured cigar smoking, with the seating carefully separated, but even so, any whiff of cigar smoke is nauseating. We had a leisurely last day, arriving in Victoria at 3 pm for a sunny tour of the town and a stop at a brewpub before a final evening aboard the ship. Debarkation in Seattle was as efficient as boarding had been, and we quickly found ourselves en route to the airport and homeward bound. We're following John Heald on facebook and his blog, which is good post-cruise entertainment.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
A very romantic ship to cruise to Alaska {or any where on?}, a nice dinning experience with the Miracle many Buffets, Restaurants, Bars & Dinning rooms! My only caution - guard your plates - too make sure the waiters don't remove ... Read More
A very romantic ship to cruise to Alaska {or any where on?}, a nice dinning experience with the Miracle many Buffets, Restaurants, Bars & Dinning rooms! My only caution - guard your plates - too make sure the waiters don't remove them prematurely? My up graded cabin, an outside Obstructed life boat room was very nice with a sliding door railing access to fresh ocean air, CA. & AK. views! It was nice to wake up on a king size bed too an ocean view! I dinned early for access to later Adult Entertainments & Shows. You can bring one bottle of wine per customer, but keep it in your cabin ice box & don't take it to your dinning room table or they will charge you a $10 corking fee! The Sore Excursions were of good value & experience in all ports of call: I took the tram up the mountain with trails from the Juneau Harbor up to the Visitor Center: Good show & Stores, well worth the Views! The first & Last Miracle AK Cruises of the season visit the Glacier National Park, a great photo option! Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We departed Long Beach terminal and though the line took approx. 1hr to process us, it was okay as we were able to visit with other folks in line. We found the common area's of the ship very clean, which we appreciated. Our balcony ... Read More
We departed Long Beach terminal and though the line took approx. 1hr to process us, it was okay as we were able to visit with other folks in line. We found the common area's of the ship very clean, which we appreciated. Our balcony room was comfortable and clean. The gym was great with lots of cardio equipment and adequate free weights with a seperate room for stretching etc. The gym was also kept very clean. We really enjoyed our evening dining experience thanks in large part to our team of waiters who were first class! With respect to weather as we sailed to Hawaii, we had hoped for far more warmth and sunshine. We had lots of wind and found we only had one good day going over to suntan. Wind one day fluctuated between 80-105km/h throughout the night. The return portion of the cruise also had lots of wind and cool weather daily, definitely not great for suntanning on the shipdeck.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We have cruised Carnival before, and have always been pleased. Sadly, this past cruise was a disappointment. We had purchased a Faster to the Fun (fttf) pass. We looked forward to getting aboard the ship early as promised and having our ... Read More
We have cruised Carnival before, and have always been pleased. Sadly, this past cruise was a disappointment. We had purchased a Faster to the Fun (fttf) pass. We looked forward to getting aboard the ship early as promised and having our luggage immediately. That didn't happen. We had to wait outside until almost 12:30. When we did start moving there was quite a bit of confusion as to what line we belonged in. There wasn't anyone checking in at the Priority Desk. Kind of a nightmare. However, when I called to complain, they immediately refunded the cost. There were others who were also refunded. Our room was a standard balcony. We had to call and ask them to chance the beds Into a king and the couch into a bed for my son, although our reservation clearly stated it. We were short a robe,no glasses/cups, and there were no beach towels. Once again, we had to call and ask. After that, the room was fine. We enjoyed the balcony, as there were whales and dolphins around us on more than one occasion. Sadly the service in the dining room was not up to par. We had anytime dining, and were seated immediately every night. We like our server the first night, and chose to eat with him each night. After night one, the 3rd person on his team was elsewhere, and there were only 2. Service was defiantly affected by that. The food was hit and miss. Most of the time it was average at best. Salmon was dry and veggies were oily. My son did love the nightly cold soups. I think the appetizers were probably the best part of the meal most nights. We did the brunch on the final sea days. Service was horrible. We waited for a very long time for everything. The servers at brunch didn't seem to really care. The ship itself was really pretty. We loved the decor. The entertainment ....not so good. My family and I always see the show, and some are always better than others. The musical variety shows were mostly sloppy, the comedians fair. A juggler comedian, Marcus, who we saw on an earlier cruise, was still the best show on board. There were plenty of trivia games, karaoke, and other activities. We participate in many and enjoyed them. We used the gym, and it was satisfactory. The cardio machines has display screens to enjoy during the workout. Some of them didn't work too well. We booked excursions independently. I highly recommend AmazeNCabo Race. So much fun. And we zip lined with Los Veranos. Also highly recommend to all! All and all it seems that Carnival has cut back throughout the ship. My family and I made the most of everything, and still had a wonderful time. Nothing was so bad that it spoiled the cruise. However, things certainly could have been better, and the trip would have been enhanced. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Husband and I wanted a year off from Christmas celebrations: no tree, no lights, no gifts. Church, music, dinner would be missed, but not the shopping and sales. Holiday week cruises are usually sky-high, so when we found the Miracle at a ... Read More
Husband and I wanted a year off from Christmas celebrations: no tree, no lights, no gifts. Church, music, dinner would be missed, but not the shopping and sales. Holiday week cruises are usually sky-high, so when we found the Miracle at a reasonable price, we booked. An easy drive to Long Beach the morning of the cruise brought us to the parking structure (convenient but pricey at $17/day) and the terminal shortly after 11 a.m. It was confusing to roll through the winter carnival but pleasant to check in on the Queen Mary, then back out to the marina to wait near the water for just a short time. When we saw others walking into the terminal, we followed, and were waved in. We had no wait and were on board the ship within minutes. A pleasant surprise in the Lido and on the Serenity Deck was waiters with trays of sparkling wine. We made ourselves at home in a cabana on the Serenity Deck and when we checked, our room was ready. Nice, sunny, clean and fresh air from the balcony. Friendly, efficient room stewards. We visited the Atrium bar en route to dinner and enjoyed live music. Our dining table was at the aft end of the room, and the rumbling from the engines was very distinct, so at the end of the meal we visited the maître d'hôtel station to request a change for the duration of the cruise. The next afternoon a card arrived in our room with a new table number. Monday was a sea day. We visited the gym and spent the day on loungers on the Serenity Deck, joining with other passengers in whale and dolphin sightings. You could see the Baja coast most of the way down (both our cabin and our favorite section of the Serenity Deck were on the port side). The only disadvantage was proximity to the buffet. Someone would go into the dining area, emerge with a plate of something tasty looking, and others would follow. This led to quite a bit of recreational over-eating. Fortunately for us, Tuesday was a Cabo day and we had booked a snorkel excursion through the ship so there were no delays getting a tender to the marina. A short walk to a catamaran and off we went across the water to enjoy whales spouting, fantailing and swimming about. We rode to Chileno Bay to snorkel from the boat, and enjoyed plentiful fish. We hoped the water would be a bit warmer in Puerto Vallarta, but it wasn't too cold. We saw more whales on our way back to the marina, and the crew amused everyone by dressing in wigs and pouring shots of tequila. On this excursion we got the closest we'd ever been to whales in the wild and it was awe inspiring. Our new table at dinner was in the front center of the dining room, with great company and excellent waiters. Our four new dining companions were platinum Carnival cruisers and each evening brought all sorts of lively conversation and food sampling. Wednesday there was no crowd pressure to tender to the marina, but we went at a reasonably early hour and walked ourselves down the sand to Lover's Beach for snorkeling. Others arrived via water taxi or catamaran, and a kayak vendor had brisk business. Entering the water from the sand with plenty of sun on the beach gave us snorkeling without a chill. We stopped at a café on our return to the ship to enjoy some Pacificos and a snack. We joked that we could have written a description of our do-it-yourself shore excursion and priced it at about $39. "Hiking, climbing, beach and snorkel adventure to Lover's Beach." The ship kept the Christmas observances to a mild roar. There was a special show with Santa for families at 4 pm, but plenty of live music for jazz lovers elsewhere on the ship. We attended most of the big musical shows and also the adult comedy sets. Slightly raunchy, but each of the four comedians that week was a seasoned pro. We kept in shape by visiting the gym, walking laps on the deck, and swimming in the ocean on the three port days. Thursday was Puerto Vallarta where we had booked another snorkel excursion, and off we went on a catamaran through the Bay of Banderas to the Marietas Islands. Many whales on our trips to and fro. The first stop was at a crowded atoll where we were to swim across a parking lot of large and small boats, then through a tunnel to a hidden beach. Imagine salmon swimming upstream with orange vests. Murky water and the danger of small craft starting engines as you made your way across the parking area. The second stop was almost all-to-ourselves, with excellent snorkeling in clear, warm water. Good food and drinks were served in the afternoon. It had rained early that morning in Vallarta but the clouds cleared as we steered across the bay and didn't return until we were almost back in port that afternoon. The seas were a little wavy on the trip across the bay and it occurred to me that maybe we weren't entirely safe out there as a wave swamped the entire front of the catamaran and soaked a lot of passengers' belongings, including my sneakers. But there were many smaller boats, including zodiac rafts, out looking for whales as well. Now it's back to the ship for two sea days. Friday was sunny and warm on the Serenity Deck, Saturday not so much. We lounged, we exercised, we read, we chatted and jacuzzied with fellow cruisers and tried to limit our trips to the buffet. Going to brunch in the dining room was a good option. We had gone to tea time just once on Monday, which was pleasant, and we often visited the "Taste Bar" at around 5 pm for a pre-dinner snack. Always, there was pre-dinner live music in venues scattered across the lower decks of the ship. The main entertainment on the Lido deck was via DJ, and we only observed that as we made our way across the ship or while doing laps around the deck in the evening. We slept very well in our bed beside the propped-open balcony door. Never any disturbances at night and very little cigarette smoking on neighboring balconies. I just read a review by a fellow passenger on this cruise whose cabin was on the 8th deck and who smelled cigarettes and garlic/onion cooking odors. I suspect that might be from the 9th deck smoking area beside the pool and from the buffet kitchens. That's something to remember when booking future cruises. We've always had balcony cabins on the 5th or 6th decks and not been bothered. And we're very glad no one near us chose to smoke cigars on a balcony. Summary: an excellent cruise with near-perfect weather and very pleasant passengers. Great service from cabin stewards and dining room waiters. Variety of appetizers and entrees at dinner gave us plenty of choices and opportunities to taste, share, and not finish anything that wasn't worth the calories. Using the stairs, walking the decks, visiting the gym and snorkeling in the ocean for three days netted a gain of just about two pounds. All in all, a successful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We cruised on the Carnival Miracle August 27 - September 3, 2013. The ship itself was very nice, clean, and well appointed. Although the dining room was over the top in decoration (UGLY). The deck on the back of the ship was rotting away, ... Read More
We cruised on the Carnival Miracle August 27 - September 3, 2013. The ship itself was very nice, clean, and well appointed. Although the dining room was over the top in decoration (UGLY). The deck on the back of the ship was rotting away, was was a bit of a concern as well. The staff on the ship, as far as waiters, and room stewards, were all very friendly, helpful, and quite accommodating. I enjoyed many aspects of the cruise. The food however, was just awful. It was at best "institutional cuisine". Not "international cuisine." Reminded me of gross hospital food. Even "Nick and Nora's" (the specialty restaurant) was good but not great. Most of the desserts looked pretty, and appetizing, but were just nasty in taste and texture, (especially the cheesecake), it had the texture of rubber and slime. One more thing. The "any time dining" is a nightmare. We ended up having to wait 10 to 30 minutes each and every time we went into the dining room. I found that to be an irritation. The are people stacked up all over the place trying to get into the dining room. I felt the itinerary, although good, was not really thought out well. There was too much time on the ship, and not enough time in most of the ports. We were in Skagway forever (and it is a tiny place, but the other stops which were really more interesting, Juneau, Ketchican, and Victoria were way, way too short. They could have shortened the Fiord and Skayway a lot to make time in the other ports. It seemed to me that most of what Carnival Cruise lines is interested in is to promote was their gift shops on board as well as all of the shops they own in the ports of call. It was pretty irritating. All in all, I would give this cruise a 6 at most. It wasn't awful, but there certainly could be some big improvements made that would make it GREAT. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
My mother (52) and I (28) cruised to Alaska on the Carnival Miracle July 16  23. We both had a wonderful time, and I cant wait to go back to Alaska. Overall, the trip was amazing, and I would highly recommend Alaska to anyone who ... Read More
My mother (52) and I (28) cruised to Alaska on the Carnival Miracle July 16  23. We both had a wonderful time, and I cant wait to go back to Alaska. Overall, the trip was amazing, and I would highly recommend Alaska to anyone who hasn't been. I have a few complaints about the ship and itinerary. If I do an Alaskan cruise again, I might choose a different cruise line for these reasons, but overall it was a wonderful trip. Seattle & Embarkation  We arrived in Seattle the day before the cruise, and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express downtown Seattle. This was my first trip to Seattle, and I fell in love with the city. I would have liked to have another day in Seattle to explore the surrounding area. The weather was perfect and the hotel was within walking distance of Pikes Place Market and the Space Needle. I recommend both attractions. Pike Place Market was crowded but a must see. I loved all the fresh fruit and flowers. The Space Needle was amazing. I was hesitant at first because I figured it was an overpriced tourist trap, but I was wrong. We went at sunset and the views were spectacular. Once up to the top, we had as long as we wanted to explore and take pictures. The Space Needle did not close until midnight. I would highly recommend going up at night, because the views are much better. Embarkation was easy compared to past cruises I have been on leaving from Florida. The agents were very friendly and the process was very smooth. We left our hotel at checkout time and arrived on the ship around noon. Our rooms were ready early and were able to board the ship and go straight to lunch on the Lido deck. Tracy Arm Fjord  Tracy Arm Fjord and the Sawyer Glacier were absolutely breathtaking. I was amazed at how close the ship came to the glacier. I enjoyed most of the day sitting on my balcony but also spent some time on the deck. The views were amazing and I took hundreds of pictures. This was my first time seeing a glacier, and I was in awe. I was also impressed how well the Captain navigated the boat through the narrow passage and close to the glacier. We were told that the ship got closer to the glacier that day than ever before due to favorable weather conditions. Carnival offered an excursion to get on a smaller boat and get up closer to the glacier. This was not really necessary because the cruise ship got so close to the glacier, but it would have been a nice trip although cold. The onboard naturalist, Michelle, was wonderful. If you book this trip, I highly recommend you attend all the naturalists presentations. If you miss them, they are usually replayed throughout the day on the stateroom TVs. She was very knowledgeable and interesting. It was obvious that she is passionate about what she does, and I could have listened to her all day. She also made announcements throughout the cruise, especially in Tracy Arm. I do not know if an onboard naturalist is common for Alaskan cruises, but I was very impressed with Carnivals efforts to educate their passengers about the areas wildlife and geography. Skagway - Skagway was a great port, and I think I enjoyed it the more than the others because we had more time there. I enjoyed our excursion, Ultimate Yukon and White Pass Railroad Adventure. We boarded a bus which took us into the Yukon Territory in Canada, explored the area, ate a BBQ lunch, and took the train back into Skagway. The scenery was breathtaking and our bus driver gave us plenty of opportunities to take photos. The excursion was long and I was exhausted when we returned, but I was happy to have time to shop and explore Skagway before the ship left port at 9:30 p.m. Juneau  We did the best of Juneau excursion, which included a whale watching boat trip, a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier, and a salmon bake. The excursion was nice, but a little rushed due to lack of time in the port. We had to be back on board by 3:30, which was not enough time to explore Juneau. The whale watch was great. We got very close to several humpbacks and the onboard naturalist was very knowledgeable. The Mendenhall Glacier was beautiful, but I wish we had more time there. I really wanted to do the 2 mile hike near the glacier and behind the waterfall, but we only had 45 minutes there. The salmon back was nice. The grilled salmon was very fresh and tasty. Once our excursion was over, we had to go straight back to the ship. There was no time to explore the rest of the city because the ship left so early. Ketchikan  I was slightly disappointed with Ketchikan. I did not book an excursion but choose to explore the port and shop instead. We had to be back on board by 1:30, which was far too early to explore the surrounding area. My mother took the excursion to the totem pole museum and she said it was okay but nothing special. There are plenty of shops in Ketchikan and I enjoyed shopping for an hour or so, but after a while it becomes apparent that all the stores are selling the same kitschy souvenirs. As usual, there are way too many of the jewelry stores heavily promoted by the cruise ships. I avoid Diamonds International and the like at all costs, but if this is your thing you will enjoy this town. Ketchikan is a quaint little fishing town that is quite charming if you can ignore all the touristy stores associated with the cruise ships. Victoria  I was very disappointed with the Victoria stop. We werent permitted to get off ship until about 8:00 p.m. and had to be back on board by 11:30. I have read that this stop is required by law. Otherwise, I do not see why this port is included. Dont get me wrong, Victoria is a beautiful city, but there is not much to do so late in the evening. We took a taxi to the castle (not sure of the name). It was beautiful, but it was closed and we couldnt get inside. From there we took another taxi downtown but everything was closed. Our taxi drivers gave us a good mini-tour of the city, which was nice. Carnival offered a few excursions in Victoria, but nothing that interested me. The Ship & Stateroom  I was very impressed with the ship and our cabin. We had a balcony on the fourth floor. The balcony was very nice, although not necessary if you dont mind spending a lot of time on the deck. I spent a lot of time reading on the balcony. I usually covered up with a blanket as it was chilly but not too cold. Our stateroom was nice and larger than on other cruise ships. There was plenty of closet space, a nice dressing area, and a large vanity in the bathroom. Our stateroom attendant, Vassar (?), was excellent. I was impressed that he knew our names by the second day of the cruise. Our room was a little too noisy some nights due to people in the adjoining rooms opening and closing their balcony doors. Food - The food onboard was disappointing. When I vacation, I look forward to the food almost as much as the destination. In general, I avoid buffets and usually try to eat in the formal dining room on a cruise as much as possible. However, food in the Lido deck buffet was often better than the formal dining room on this trip. The buffet on the Lido deck was better than most cruise ship buffets and offered a wide variety, although I was disappointed in the freshness of vegetables and selection of fruit (melon and citrus only). I ate in the main dining room once for lunch and was very disappointed. The buffet for lunch was much better. I ate in the main dining room every evening, except the night we were in Victoria. I usually ate the buffet or room service for lunch and had room service for breakfast. The pizza was very good and the room service was nice, although the menu was very limited. The food in the main dining room was the worst I have had on a cruise. The seafood wasnt fresh. Everything tasted as if it had been frozen. The steaks were tough. I was disappointed they did not offer more fresh seafood and produce from the area. The salmon served in the main dining room was Atlantic salmon, which was quite odd considering we were in the salmon capital of the world. Compared to prior cruises, I feel like Carnival has really cut the quality of the food considerably. Our servers were good, but not nearly as attentive or personable as others on past cruises. The best meal I had on board was the comedy brunch, which was served on the final Victoria day. If you go on this cruise, do not miss the brunch. Its only offered once, but it was very good. The comedy skit during brunch only lasted a few minutes but I didnt mind because I came for the food not the comedy. Overall, the food wasnt horrible, but it left a lot to be desired. I got the impression Carnival has severely sacrificed quality in attempting to cut costs. I did not eat in the Steak House, because the reviews I read prior to the cruise did not recommend it for the added money. I went to one cooking demonstration at the steak house and the food samples were pretty good, but don't the demonstration wasn't very informative. I don't drink soft drinks but my mom purchased a soda card. She was disappointed that it did not include sodas with room service. If you drink a lot of water like me you may want to pack or purchase a water bottle so you don't have to walk to the lido deck every time you need a glass of water. I bought a few alcoholic drinks but they were more expensive than I remembered from past cruises. It had been several years since I had cruised and was surprised to see that Carnival now added a mandatory gratuity and tax to all drink purchases. I maybe wrong but I dont think this was the case on past cruises. The added tax and gratuity made drinks rather expensive (some as much as $11.00, and I dont drink premium liquor). I dont mind paying gratuity, because I always tip when I order a drink and it saved me from carrying cash. However, I dont understand why drinks are taxed when other items onboard, including bottled liquor, are sold duty free. Entertainment  I watched a few of the nightly shows on board and went to the adult comedy several times. The comedy was okay, definitely adults only in content. The shows left a lot to be desired, but probably about what you can expect on a cruise ship. I was very impressed with the presentations of the onboard naturalist (see discussion of Tracy Arm above). There were always activities at night before and after dinner. I was a bit disappointed in the lack of activities after lunch. There was not much to do after lunch and usually ended up taking a nap out of boredom. Spa & Gym  The gym was very nice. It was very modern, clean, and there was plenty of equipment. I took a yoga class on board and it was somewhat disappointing. The instructor was nice but yoga was obviously not his specialty. The instructor didnt bother to take off his shoes (if youve ever done yoga, you understand). I did not use the spa, but my mother got a facial and enjoyed it. Some Notes on Packing and Weather  We traveled in the middle of July and the weather was great. This area is one of the rainiest areas in North America, so expect rain. We were rather lucky and only had a bit of rain in Ketchikan. The temperatures can fluctuate greatly. We experienced temperatures from the upper 50s to the mid 70s F. The coldest day was in Tracy Arm Fjord. I was usually comfortable in a light jacket or sweatshirt and pants. Gloves were nice when I was taking photos on deck and during the whale watching trip, but not necessary. Dont worry too much about packing rain jackets, as they are really cheap in the ports (around $20.00 for a nice water resistant jacket). I packed an umbrella but never used it, but it may have been handy had there been more rain. There are two formal nights on board, but for the most part people were dressed more casually than on previous cruises. I saw far more cocktail and sundresses than formal full-length gowns and more men in polos or dress shirts and sports jackets than suits or tuxes on the formal nights. I brought far more dressy clothes than necessary. Keep in mind that you will be spending several days almost entirely on the ship (the day you board, the first day at sea, the day in Tracy Arm, and most of the Victoria day). I wore yoga pants (or sweat pants) and sweatshirts on the days on ship and changed to dress pants, jeans, or skirts for dinner. Jeans were fine for dinner except on formal nights. I recommend packing more casual, lounge attire than anything else. I wore jeans and light sweaters while in port and took a light jacket. There is a very casual feel on the boat and in the ports. I would recommend bringing a couple of nice outfits but not anymore. Bring a nice camera with a good zoom and a large memory card, because you will want to take hundreds of pictures and will want a really good optical zoom. I brought two cameras, one larger one with big lens and a smaller one I could throw in my purse or pocket. I never carried the smaller one because the scenery was so amazing I wanted to get the best pictures possible. If you invest in anything before the trip, invest in a nice camera if you don't already have one. I wish that I would have packed binoculars, especially in Tracy Arm Fjord. They were sold on the ship, but I did not think about buying them until it was too late. Overall Impressions  I had a wonderful time on this cruise. I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and cant wait to plan a trip back to the area. The cruise was a great way to get an overview of the area and see several different places. I was disappointed with the early departures from Juneau and Ketchikan and the short nighttime stop in Victoria. Definitely consider the times in each port when comparing cruises. In the end, I felt like I wasted a lot of time on ship getting to Alaska and getting back to Seattle and had limited time actually on land. If I did it again, I would probably do a one-way cruise so there is more time in Alaska. The cruise ship was very modern, clean, and tastefully decorated, but I think Carnival has cut too many corners with the food, and to some extent the entertainment. The naturalist was very informative. Do not miss her presentations if you want to learn about the area. If you want to see Alaska and enjoy a good leisurely cruise, I fully recommend Carnival Miracle. If you are adventurous and want to explore Alaska as much as possible or if you are a foodie, you might want to consider other options. If you havent ever been to Alaska, I recommend going regardless of which cruise you choose. There is so much to see and do.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
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
This was my fifth cruise and my third on Carnival. So far, Carnival is by far my favorite cruise line. I have never written a review before, and I decided to now because I am tired of hearing and reading complaints about it being a ... Read More
This was my fifth cruise and my third on Carnival. So far, Carnival is by far my favorite cruise line. I have never written a review before, and I decided to now because I am tired of hearing and reading complaints about it being a low-class, low-budget cruise line. In my experience, Carnival is far from that! I cannot say enough about the entire experience, and the great service! I took my two adult daughters on this cruise with me to celebrate our February birthdays. We chose this one because it left from New York and went to Cape Canaveral and the Bahamas. I cannot say enough about the overall service of Carnival. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, and above all - fun. We all thought the food was fantastic (both buffet and dining room), and the daily drink specials were great -- we especially loved the blowfish! We loved the trivia, the Asian classic rock band was phenomenal, and the shows in the Phantom and Mad Hatter lounges were all good - Ticket to Ride was really well-done! I can't say enough about what a great vacation this was (both my daughters say this was their best vacation ever!) and I feel bad about the bad press Carnival has been getting lately. I, for one, will definitely cruise again with Carnival and I want to thank them for making our vacation memorable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
1. getting on: no power due to left overs from hurricane sandy. port staff and cruise staff were helpful. 2. getting in: security and checkin were typical. no issues. its not rocket science folks, anyone that complains that ... Read More
1. getting on: no power due to left overs from hurricane sandy. port staff and cruise staff were helpful. 2. getting in: security and checkin were typical. no issues. its not rocket science folks, anyone that complains that they were treated badly or freaks out when they don't get their bottle of wine put in their hands 2 seconds after flinging their Id at the staff rudely, deserve what they get. 3. food: buffet food during first day is always amusing. crowded and long lines. get a table first, and send all but one party out for the food. Its not rocket science. 4. dinning room: we arrived between 6 and 6:15 every day, and were promptly served. requests for stuff not on the menu were always provided. (typically, more veggies, less starch. 5. Michael (our dinner waiter) was also the 'coffee station' guy. we miss him already. 6. room: room was fine for storage and being super clean: however, there was constant under the floor noise. sounded like either Ducts being banged on, wheels rolling around or scraping. I think some insulation was needed. couldn't hear our neighbors at all. 7. shows: all were funny and entertaining. 8. booze. folks that are 10+ cruises and still act shocked that their beer was $6? no one medically needs booze, just stop complaining. however, the drinks were fun and good. LI Ice teas will mess you up! 9: arcade and casino. no comments, didn't use either. 10: excursions: didn't do any. 11: club o2 and club carnival were both very heavily used and my kids both had a great time. If you can get to the 9th deck forward at night, do it. the stars on a clear night are just absolutely amazing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
My partner and I and another couple just came back from Carnival Miracle Cruise that left out of NYC and went to San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, & Grand Turk. Overall, we had a good time. Here are the Pros and Cons to our trip as ... Read More
My partner and I and another couple just came back from Carnival Miracle Cruise that left out of NYC and went to San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, & Grand Turk. Overall, we had a good time. Here are the Pros and Cons to our trip as I saw them. Pros: - Ship was nicely decorated and very clean. - Our room was very clean and always adequately re-cleaned twice a day. - Our floor steward was excellent and very helpful, polite, and friendly. - The food & service at the buffet restaurant and main dining room was satisfactory. - The Steak House restaurant superseded our expectations in terms of the food and service. - The cruise director was very entertaining and helpful. Cons: - The new serenity area for adults only in back of the ship was a nice touch for those of us trying to relax and be away from the screaming children; however it was too small to accommodate the over two thousand adult guests. We wished there were more areas like this on the ship to relax away from the noise. People were arguing for chairs and hammocks. I saw several arguments over chairs and hammocks. When my friend got off one hammock to take a dip in the pool, someone just came and pulled his stuff off and lied down on the hammock with no courtesy for my friend's things. - The shows were ok but needed better themes. All the shows were bland although singers and dancers did their very best to entertain and some were very talented. - Leaving out of NYC, I was surprised to see some guests were very low class with their behaviors at the buffet lines and the situation with getting chairs at the adults only serenity area. This is no fault of the cruise line but perhaps the cruise staff could have helped keeping these people in line. San Juan was beautiful. We didn't book any excursions because we decided to just enjoy Old San Juan. There is so much to do and see there on your own. St. Thomas was very nice. We didn't take any of the cruise ship excursions there either. Instead, we took a taxi on our own to the capital for some shopping. Also, we took a taxi to the ferry to visit Trunk Bay Beach in St. Johns. It was spectacular with white sand and crytal clear water. One of the best beaches in the world. The driver also took us to some scenic routes for pictures. We did a lot on the virgin islands at a low cost on our own. We did everything for about $50 per person which is a lot less than the ship excursions which did less for double or triple the amount of $$$. We were a little disappointed with Grand Turk. Not much to do there but we DID the ship excursion POWER SNORKLING which was well worth the money. The coral reefs and fish were amazing. The tour people were great as well. The island itself was a bit disappointing though. It looked very poor and underdeveloped. The port area was nice though with beach, pool, restaurant, and shopping all there near the ship. No excursion really needed on this island. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
I will make it nice and easy for everyone that reads this by putting this under headings. I will probably post pictures and a more detailed review in the main forum. Food - Really really good, and I am a foodie. Very few dishes were ... Read More
I will make it nice and easy for everyone that reads this by putting this under headings. I will probably post pictures and a more detailed review in the main forum. Food - Really really good, and I am a foodie. Very few dishes were not to my liking, the breakfasts were definitely the worst part but the dinners in the MDR were amazing! We had anytime dining and we never had a wait. On another note the chocolate buffet was a disappointment. Room - I liked it, not as small as I was expected so that is a plus! Big balcony which I also liked. The steward was in our room at least 2 times a day making towel animals and making the beds...he would even fold my clothes if I left something on the floor. Boat - Needs bigger pools, they are really tiny, also unless you wake up at 6am you will not get seats in the serenity area. It was always packed! The inside of the boat was nicely decorated very "gaudy" but I did not mind it. A lot of bars and the casino was good but was always really smokey. Entertainment - Lacking I have heard of the blue man group etc being on cruise ships so my expectations were high...and they were not met. It was not horrible but after the first night we only went back to one show. Misc - The ports were good however we could have used a lot more time at all of them!!!! Docking at 7am and leaving at 3pm is just not enough time. Overall - We had a lot of fun and will be cruising again! However we will probably try a different boat with more ports and longer stays at each....however if you want a relaxing cruise with more sea time than ports I would definitely suggest this boat! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
This is my 8th Cruise and 5th on Carnival and my husbands 3rd cruise. I must start by saying it was my favorite ship. It was most like a merge of Carnival meets RCL beautiful ship with a unique charm and theme to it. It is a smaller ship ... Read More
This is my 8th Cruise and 5th on Carnival and my husbands 3rd cruise. I must start by saying it was my favorite ship. It was most like a merge of Carnival meets RCL beautiful ship with a unique charm and theme to it. It is a smaller ship with only 2100 passengers and thought that was so much better then some of the larger ships such as the Splendor or the Glory. I felt the ship was more quaint due to its size and the lines for different activities including the buffet were much less annoying then on some of the larger ships. It was a much quieter cruise and it was nice. We had an obstructed balcony room we booked late and it was one of the few options available with a balcony. At first we were not so sure about it but after being in the room it was not so bad we could see slightly off to the left side to the water but the rest you cannot look down just out but it was cool anyways (life boat comes up to bottom of floor). We are scuba divers and it was a great place to leave our equipment to dry off or to have a glass of wine and read a book. We are in fact booking the same room next year on a cruise out of NYC. We save money and it works for our needs.. we just like to see the ports as we come in and leave...:) So looking forward to next year. The food was good..would definitely recommend Nick and Noras was most excellent! The buffet had decent selections however was not so impressed with the pizza bar as the pizza was kinda of icky and the service was not so great.. dinning room was nice had nice service and meet some nice couples. Spa was nice had a nice massage take advantage one day while being in port as you will save money on the services. The Ports were great.. In Grand Turk we scubaed was an excellent experience although was not so impressed with Oasis divers dive shop. We did get a t shirt from the shop, grabbed a shot a jacksshack which is right next door and then watched flow rider at margarittaville...where the drinks are crazy expensive $15.oo bucks for two beers.. nuts.. La Romana was not someplace we spent much time at.. We managed to meet some others that wanted to do the Cigar Factory tour and did that. I would recommend this as it is amazing that everything is had done there.. It is an operation that you would never see in the states was very interesting. Aruba was cool did the wreck dive there had a great time. then wandered around town had some dinner. I should mention that all but the restaurants and bars close at 8PM. If there is something you want to see do it before 8. Then Curacao we booked our own excursion there and did a dive with the dive bus and had a great experience. I would definitely recommend them should you be a scuba diver was cool.. The town itself looks really cool in pictures but it seemed to us that it was a bunch of outlet type shops you can find anywhere in the states. There were no great deals there. The food was over priced. We actually ate on the ship and then wandered around again. I would love to visit there again but skip the shopping district. Most likely do more diving and explore the mountain areas of the island. All and all great trip and cannot wait til our cruise next year! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
This was our eighth cruise, our seventh on Carnival. We selected this cruise because it goes to some different ports than we've seen before and we really wanted to go to Aruba because many friends have gone there. I think because ... Read More
This was our eighth cruise, our seventh on Carnival. We selected this cruise because it goes to some different ports than we've seen before and we really wanted to go to Aruba because many friends have gone there. I think because of the different itinerary and perhaps because it was 8 days it was not the first cruise for most people on board and also it was not their first Carnival Cruise. There were many Platinum Status customers on-board. It was not a "wild" group but it wasn't totally "quiet" either. This was our first time with an Extended Balcony. I liked the extra room but unless I got it as a free upgrade I would not go out of my way for it. We were on the 8th deck and I think I would have preferred the 6th or 7th (we could hear them moving chairs on the Lido deck above, it wasn't annoying but we could hear it). I think the housekeeping and dining room staff spoke better English than on previous cruises. Staff was very good but I felt a little sorry for the cruise director, Malcolm- he was from the Bronx and the group was largely from the mid-west and his "NYC shtick" didn't get the laughs, This ship was a little smaller than others we have been on, It's been retrofitted to include some of Carnival's newer features, this is generally for the good but some items just didn't seem to fit -- for example Camp Carnival appeared to have venues on several different decks. The old adults only swim area has been turned into the "Serenity Deck". This is good because the different decor keeps the kids away. My number one complaint is that you can't hear the ship-wide announcements in the cabins. I think this almost can be considered a safety hazard but at the very least it was annoying. It was hard to know when the ports were clear to disembark and especially the last day it was impossible to know when it was your turn to leave. There was fair to good participation in trivia games, etc. The comics were good and most of the shows were filled to capacity and people were turned away. The shows were the same old same old -- I thought they were supposed to change them every two years but we have not seen a new show in ages. Port Everglades can be crowded. On a typical Sat/Sun there can be 8 ships in port. Plan to arrive slightly before or after the masses but if you do have a line just be patient. We rented to and from the port from Hertz and had a good experience getting to and from their office at the nearby Crown Plaza. I participated in the Cruise Critic Roll Call and we met Sunday morning. It was fun to put faces to the names and then to have people that we "met" before the cruise to socialize with on the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Just back from the 8 day Carnival Miracle Cruise to Grand Turk, La Romana, Aruba and Curacao. 15th cruise, 13th with Carnival. 52 year old male, 50 year old female, married. 7th deck, aft, port. First, arrival at Port Everglades via our ... Read More
Just back from the 8 day Carnival Miracle Cruise to Grand Turk, La Romana, Aruba and Curacao. 15th cruise, 13th with Carnival. 52 year old male, 50 year old female, married. 7th deck, aft, port. First, arrival at Port Everglades via our own car. Dropped my wife of at the terminal and then just right next door to the second floor of the parking garage. Parking at Port Everglades is $15 per day; cash or credit card. Inside and into the VIP line, carry on scanned and to the VIP area. Somewhat busy in the VIP section and had to wait about 15 minuets. On board and at the cafeteria area for lunch. Total time 20 minutes. Our room was on the 7th deck and very nice, Suchart Tochot was our cabin steward and very very good. He parked his cart just outside our door, if we ever needed anything it was right there. The room was always clean and taken well care of. Greeted every time by him and his assistant by name. One day they threw my wife's hand fan away. We wondered all afternoon what had happened to it. Without saying anything they somehow found it and returned it to her bedside table that night. First day at sea was great as the weather for the entire trip was outstanding. Walked the ship and checked things out. First port was Grand Turk. Been there before and saw some of the island. This time we stayed right at the port. This is one of our top 3 destinations. The port is beautiful and well maintained. No one bothers you here to make purchases, sell you pot or braid your hair. Interesting exhibits on the space program. Free chairs on the beach, great swimming and snorkeling. The shops are well done and of course the Margaritaville area with pool, food and beverages. There is a flow rider there if you so desire. DO NOT buy the specialty drink in the plastic yard cup...it was $21, seriously. Our next stop was La Romana. DO NOT get off the ship. There is just one store at the port. Everyone must take a cab to get anywhere. DO NOT go into the "town" area. Without a doubt, this was the worst experience of our 15 cruises. Plenty of armed military everywhere. You think they hassle you on other islands, this is by far the worse destination we have ever experienced. It was so bad that when we returned that night there was a 2 page questionnaire in the room about our experience. It was very difficult to find anyone that did not agree. Would have been a great cruise if they had gone to Bonaire or anywhere else instead. Off to Aruba where he have now found our favorite island. In the port was a tourism booth that did a nice job promoting the island. They also were able to answer all questions in a clear and precise manner. We caught a bus for about $1.40 each and traveled to the hotel area. It was beautiful and we spent the day at one of the hotels using their beach, having drinks and swimming. Everything was located there; floats, jet skis, water skiing, fishing boats...everything! We then walked down the roadway killing time waiting for the bus trip back to port. Great island restaurants as well as all the familiar places; Ruth's Chris Steak House, Benihana, Senior Frogs... The local shops, "carts," were very nice, no hassles. Each one had electric and a phone line so they could process your credit card. This island definitely wants your business and wants you to come back. They even gave us a DVD on the island at the tourism booth. The other thing we enjoyed was the 11.5 hours of port time. SAFE! CLEAN! NO MILITARY! NO HASSLES! NO ANNOYANCES! Curacao was our final stop and it was beautiful when we pulled into port. The ship docks right beside the road. This was also a new port for us and we found it to be close to Aruba in our liking. Nice shops across the port as well as where we docked. We took a cab ride to a hotel and spent the day there. Again, similar to Aruba with no one hassling us, safe, clean and no military presence. Check out the pontoon bridge. I was impressed when we left that one of the locals was on the bridge blowing a horn and yelling, "thank you for coming to our island." Two sea days followed where we relaxed and enjoyed the ship and our cabin. This was a great cruise except for La Romana. *The life boat drill was very quiet and attention was paid to every word spoke...wonder why...Costa? *Don't miss the Sushi Bar. *Everyone was well dressed and no noticeable dressing issues in the MDR. *Ship was very clean, new flat panel TV's, new carpet in the public areas, not sure about the rooms. *Made some new friends *Awesome spa and gym. *Go to Tea Time just once. *Do the Steak House and do not eat lunch before dinner. *Head Waiter Pocholo, was outstanding. Always smiling, funny and singing. Best waiter ever. *Comedians were very good. *Serenity area was crowded and seat saving was ridiculous. Seats saved for hours with no one using them. One day people saved them and left the ship. When they came back they must have been tired and grabbed there stuff some 5 hours latter and left. One day a lady had pulled 4 of the "clam shell" seats together and tried to save them for her friends...did not go over well with her fellow cruisers. *Carnival needs new shows...we have seen "ticket to ride" 5 times. *Food quality has diminished considerably. If this is your first cruise it will be impressive...15th cruise, BOORING! *8 great days...one bad stop, La Romana. *Cruise Director, annoying. *Miracle will be repositioned, going to New York, LA, Seattle and Hawaii. If you have the chance, get on this ship, it is our favorite. With this new itinerary we will probably never see it again unless we do Alaska. *The crew was fantastic, management staff a little stand offish. *Serenity Hot Tub Out of service first night as well as the pool. Another day the pool was closed. Main pool closed due to a bio haz mat issue. Pools close early and hot tubs closed frequently. Enjoyed the cruise but wish they would stop with the little cuts. Charge me an extra $50 and make it all right again! Again, if Carnival could just tweak a few things they would almost be the perfect cruise line! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We have been on 30 cruises so this wasn't our "first rodeo". We are senior citizens that love to dance (any kind of dancing, but especially ballroom). We selected this cruise because of the itinerary and to be with our 3 ... Read More
We have been on 30 cruises so this wasn't our "first rodeo". We are senior citizens that love to dance (any kind of dancing, but especially ballroom). We selected this cruise because of the itinerary and to be with our 3 grown children who flew in to join us. First I will cite the Pros: The food was better than what I expected. Our cabin steward was excellent. Very unobtrusive, but available if you needed him. Our room was very comfortable and we had more than enough room for everything we brought with us. Our waiters in the main dining room were also very good considering the amount of tables they now have to handle. We loved the fact that the Maitre'D actually spoke at night and was part of the entertainment. We had no problems getting on and off the ship. Now for the Cons: Our dining seating was messed up even though we booked the cruise in April and want 6pm dining. They assigned us Your Time Dining. Our kids who we dropped off at the ship while we parked the car (which took almost 2 hours, but that is another story not Carnival's fault), took care of getting the "last" table in the main dining room. The entertainment (shows) were average fare at the two shows we went to. We usually do not attend shows because my husband will fall asleep during them. We tend to want to be a little more active at night. That is where our problems began! This ship did not plan their other entertainment venues well. They would have Karaoke where the dance floors were set up. Or they would have the ship's 9 piece band on a dance floor(Jeeves) where they take up the whole floor. Or they would leave the biggest dance floor empty for nights on end (Frankie and Johnnie's empty 3 nights in a row. Or the advertised entertainer would not appear. Or if you asked the group or guitarist to play a song they would not be able to. Or the times we attemped to listen/dance to the band in F&J's, they were so loud you couldn't stand it. Or they put 5-6 photo booths in the Atrium where there was music playing, but so many people had to walk on the dance floor to get thru there that you couldn't dance! Even the disco/nightclub was limited in what they would play. Mostly latin (which we love) or techno. But almost every night there as no dancing til almost 10pm. The captain's cocktail party on formal nite was $1 off all drinks and no dancing before dinner Who plans like this? I went to the front desk to ask if I could play my own CD's in F&J's and they said first there would be a $50 hr charge to have a technician there to put it in. I should pay $50 to provide entertainment that they should be providing to begin with? Then they said that the music wasn't "approved." Never had a problem like that on past ships we have been on. I had brought my own CD player with speakers but had a problem playing it. I finally had a conversation with the Cruise Director, Malcolm, and he said he would put some piped music into F&J's. We went in their later and it was pretty much undanceable and their were too many people using it to smoke cigarette and cigars that you could not stand it. Why not just make the casino a designated smoking area so the rest of the ship could be relatively smoke free? I sum up this cruise as being "All dressed up and no place to go." If you didn't want to go to a show, gamble, do karaoke, or get you portraits done, you were pretty much out of luck! So like I said at the beginning, dancers, beware! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Recently spent 8 days on the Carnival Miracle. First time on Carnival.....and my last. The cabin was quite spacious and adequate. Nothing special but OK. The service was good overall, no complaints there. The food was alright, nothing ... Read More
Recently spent 8 days on the Carnival Miracle. First time on Carnival.....and my last. The cabin was quite spacious and adequate. Nothing special but OK. The service was good overall, no complaints there. The food was alright, nothing special and frequently lukewarm. Nick and Nora's (the specialty restaurant) was a big disappointment. The steak had a lot of gristle in it so I gave up trying to carve out something edible...left most of it uneaten. We went to a couple of seminars that the spa offered concerning detoxification and herbal medicine and quickly realized it was just a ploy to try to sell you acupuncture or some other spa service. The entertainment was quite enjoyable, a nice surprise. The biggest issue on the cruise was the number of smokers on board and the places they could smoke (pretty much the starboard side of the boat). People in surrounding cabins (balcony) smoked frequently so it was often unpleasant to sit on our balcony. The cruise clientele comprised mostly of morbidly obese smokers. Not my cup of tea!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
This is my third time cruising with Carnival. I went with my parents and my grandmother. Our cruise was from 7/1/11 to 7/9/11. Embarkation: One of the reasons we chose this cruise was because it departed from New York, and being ... Read More
This is my third time cruising with Carnival. I went with my parents and my grandmother. Our cruise was from 7/1/11 to 7/9/11. Embarkation: One of the reasons we chose this cruise was because it departed from New York, and being from New Jersey, we didn't have to fly. We got to the cruise terminal around 10:15. Check-in was a pretty smooth process. The ship was late on debarking that day, so we had to wait over 2 hours before people started boarding the ship. It got pretty crowded, and many people had to stand. Other then the long wait, embarkation was a pretty smooth process. Ship's Features: I consider myself an athletic person, so one of the things I wanted to do on this cruise was play some basketball and go to the gym. I have been playing basketball since I was 6 years old, and I was highly disappointed when I saw the basketball court. The court was no more than 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. And they placed the basketball hoop on the wide side, so the court was actually only 20 feet long and 40 feet wide. They also put up netting around the court to prevent anything from flying overboard. The problem was the netting was a maximum of 12 feet high, meaning it was really difficult to shoot the basketball without hitting the top netting. Additionally, the hoop was approximately 8 ½ feet high. This didn't really bother me, because that meant I could dunk with ease, but some basketball fans may be turned off by this. The gym wasn't much better. When I first saw the gym, I was confused. I saw a bunch of treadmills, but where were the machines? After walking a bit, I turned, and up a flight of stairs, were the machines, all crowded together. There were even machines on the side of the steps. I went to use the gym once and it was packed. There is hardly any room in the machine area to move around. It feels like the person who designed this ship forgot about the gym and just threw it in at the last second. Moreover, quite a few of the treadmills were broken. I counted at least 4 treadmills that were out of order as I walked by. Other than the gym and the basketball court, the rest of the ship was pretty nice. There is a lot of decoration that can be a bit much to take in at first, but you get used to it. The theater is large (three stories high) and can hold a good amount of people. Unlike other ships, there are plenty of elevators to go along. I would say that there are around 12-15 elevators on board. Also, one of the things you don't have to worry about is lack of chairs on the upper deck. There are plenty, and you are almost always guaranteed a chair, even though it may not be by the pool. Cabin: I got an ocean view cabin, and I was pleasantly surprised. The room was bigger than other rooms I have been in. I have been in rooms where the shower was so small, I found my elbows hitting the walls as I struggled to turn around. No problem here, there was amble room to move around in the shower. The bed and pillows were comfortable, and we had a small sofa, table, and chair. There was plenty of lighting in the room. Our cabin steward was Sak, and he is a nice guy. In the evenings after coming back from dinner, we were greeted with monkeys, seals, and rabbits in the form of towel animals. Food: I was pleasantly surprised by the food. I was on the Carnival Liberty in the past and I had fond memories of their Chinese food, and the Chinese food on the Miracle was no different. Every day they offered different dishes, including seafood, pork, beef, and chicken. They had white rice, fried rice, noodles, egg rolls, and soup of the day. The Lido buffet also offers a deli where you can have sandwiches made for you, a dessert section with cakes and jello, and a 24 hour pizza station. There is also an ice-cream machine outside. Every afternoon (from like 5 PM - 8 PM), there is a sushi stand that is open. There is a Japanese chef there making sushi for the passengers to eat. The rolls he made were unique, I have never seen most of them before (the only one I recognized was California roll), but they are good nonetheless. I recommend trying the sushi; it is free, after all. Dinner at the Bacchus Dining Room was great. There was a variety of appetizers and entrees to eat every night. Some of the memorable dishes were the fried chicken tenders (appetizer), fried shrimp (appetizer), chicken noodle soup, salmon, and chateaubriand. For desserts they offered ice cream, sherbets, a few specials every night, and a "Spa Carnival" option (which means diet). Our waiter was Valentino, and he served our meals in a timely manner. The Matre D was Prasad, and he was really kind in changing our dining time from late to early seating. Every night, a bit after 7, Prasad would announce into the microphone, "Gentlemen...it's showtime." A few minutes later, the waiters would stop what they were doing and dance/sing for us. This show every night put a smile on our faces and showed that the waiters were hard working people who were not only waiters, but entertainers as well. Ports/Excursions: We visited three ports: Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. The first port we went to was Grand Turk. Grand Turk is a small island, and the beach is located right next to the ship (about a 5 minute walk). I did the FlowRider excursion at Grand Turk, and it was great! Tip: Sign up for the early time. I did the 8:30 excursion and there were 8 people, compared to the 9:30 excursion which had 18 people. Half Moon Cay is Carnival's private island, and it's beautiful. The water is a perfect turquoise color, just like the water in the Corona beer commercials. The sand was really soft; it felt like you were walking on clouds. As expected, the island was jam-packed, but there are enough chairs for everyone. However, if you want a good seat, be sure to get there early. We rented a clam shell ($20) and it was totally worth the purchase. It provided us shade and was just enough to squeeze three chairs inside. I signed up for the Horseback riding excursion in Half Moon Key. It was a great experience. First, the trainers picked a horse for us and informed us how to steer the horse/stop it/tell it to go. The first part of the ride was on the land and on the beach. Then, we dismounted, got on another horse, and went into the water. I have never ridden a horse before, and I found the experience fun. Just remember to hold on to the saddle for your life, or else you can fall off easily. The last port was Nassau. Because there were three cruise ships docked there, the streets were a bit crowded. The main attraction of Nassau is the Atlantis resort, but we have already been there so we opted to do clear-boat kayaking instead. Although the water was a bit rough, kayaking was fun. The boat was clear, so we could see the water directly underneath the boat. However, we didn't see any fish. Nassau has a few streets lined with shops, so in the afternoon we checked it out. There were shops where you could pick up souvenirs for friends, jewelry shops, and even a Burger King. Entertainment: Overall, the entertainment on the cruise was great. We went to see the shows every night. The best shows were the production shows by the Miracle dancers and singers. My favorite show was called Generations, where they danced and sang to songs from different eras. It is evident from watching the shows that the dancers and singers put all their effort and energy into providing an entertaining and fun experience for the passengers. There was also a juggler/comedian named Marcus Monroe. He was entertaining and funny and did some crazy things. The only show my family and I did not like was the magician named Bob. It took him one hour to do 4 tricks, and 2 of those tricks were lame. He spent the majority of the time just prolonging the trick and trying to make the audience laugh a bit. Most of his attempted jokes are corny, and sadly, they were better than his tricks. In the unfortunate event that Bob the magician is performing on your cruise, please, do not go see him. You will save one hour of your life. We were supposed to have a July 4th party outside on the Lido deck, but because of the inclement weather, they were forced to move it to the atrium. This is the only time the weather affected us in a negative way. We were blessed to have great weather for the majority of the cruise. Debarkation: The debarkation process was o.k. We were luggage number 26 at first, but we went to Guest Services and got it changed to tag number 11. We got off the ship around 10:30, and proceeded to the luggage area to pick up our luggage. The problem was, our luggage wasn't in the designated spot where all the other number 11 luggages were. So we spent 10 minutes scrounging around until we finally located our luggage. My luggage was with luggage tag 14. Going through customs was pretty quick. The only negative part of debarkation was that our luggage was misplaced with the wrong numbers. Shoutouts: This section is just some shoutouts for a few select people that specifically made this vacation memorable. First, a shoutout to photographers Emina, Mari, and Tanya. They are professional and always take great photos. I highly recommend you take some photos with them, especially on formal nights. I guarantee you will not be disappointed with their work. Also, they are very nice and are willing to talk to you. Overall they are very nice people and great photographers as well. My family ended up buying many photographs from them. Also, a shoutout goes out to Malcolm "Woo Hoo" Burn. He is full of energy and always has a smile on his face. He entertains the crowd and is a great cruise director. Overall: Overall this was one of the better cruises I have been on. The ports were great and offer fun activities for all types of people. We were lucky to have good weather the majority of the time. The employees were nice and helpful, especially the photographers. The only negative remarks I have are the gym's equipment should be fixed (broken treadmills), and Bob the magician was a waste of time seeing. But overall, the cruise was great, enjoyable, and memorable! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We arrived at the bus for the ride up to Manhattan about 06:20am Saturday morning Sept 5th at the Susquahanna Valley Mall in Sunbury, Pa - met up with the folks runnin the show, and we were all onboard by 7am on our way to Manhattan, we ... Read More
We arrived at the bus for the ride up to Manhattan about 06:20am Saturday morning Sept 5th at the Susquahanna Valley Mall in Sunbury, Pa - met up with the folks runnin the show, and we were all onboard by 7am on our way to Manhattan, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel along the way for breakfast, and arrived at the cruise terminal before 12 noon Embarkation was seamless as usual, we had to wait a little longer than usual to board do to the late arrive of the Miracle, seems the night before they had a medical emergency and a passenger had to be air lifted off the ship and transported to a hospital We boarded the Miracle by 1pm, and had our first DOD in hand on the Aft Lido deck area soon after while waiting to have the First Meet & Greet, we met carnival connection & cruise critic members there and had drinks & lotsa laughs Muster drill went well, and then we all awaited the Sail Away Party to begin, it was a nice sail down the Hudson River this time compaired to last years sailing, as some of you may remember, last year we went out when hurricane Hanna was making her arrival up the east coast, so this time we didn't have the white caps in the Hudson, or the 25ft seas the first nite out LoL The 2.5 seas day down to the Caribbean were wonderful, weather was beautiful, and we relaxed and worked on our tans, and enjoyed all the fun that is there for your enjoyment We choose the new "Open Seating" dinner option on this cruise, it worked out good for the 4 of us, we went to dinner between 6:30 & 7:00pm each nite, gave us plenty of time on our port days and the same on the sea days to be able to relax, take an afternooner, then be ready for the nights activities, we found a wait staff crew that were awesome on our 3rd nite, and we ended up requesting them the rest of the cruise, all worked out just fine The Head waiter was Roberto ( upper level - table 315 section ) This cruise, just like last year had a band from the Scranton area of PA called "Double Cross" playing on the mid-ship stage, these guys are Awesome ( Scooter - Fran - Ron & John ) are the band members -- here is a link to there website à http://www.doublecrossmusic.net/index2.html Our CD was Malcom Burn ( Wooo Hooo ) Malcom was a fun CD and kept things active and interesting throughout the entire cruise The shows were good as usual, the comedians & magician were good as well, and the FOOD was Great - the deck parties were fun too We found our head waiter ( Earl from Costa Rica ) from last year still aboard, and damn if he didn't remember us right from the start cause he asked where the other 6 cruisers were that went with us last Sept LoL, so we had some time to play catch up with what we all had been doing since last year We also ran into one of our waiters "Maynor from Guatemala" that we had onboard the Freedom when we did our last B2B in the beginning of the year, He also remembered us as well, these guys are good, cause you figure they serve 1000's of passengers week after week, and still remember the ones that actually take the time to get to know them -- So Take the Time to get to know all of your staff, cause you never know when you will see them onboard another Fun Ship We talked with Maynor and he told us the section he was working in the dinning room for breakfast, so needless to say, Sioux & I went to his section 4 mornings for our breakfast, and to catch up on the fun times we had before Our head Room Steward "Duncan from St Vincent" was awesome, his attention to detail was right on, plus he enjoyed staging the Fur kids several times a day we never knew what to expect once he had been in the cabin as you can see from the pics The band "Music Unlimited" were also onboard as part of the entertainment staff, these 4 guys are Awesome, If you have seen them preform before, you know what i'm talking about, we partied to there music on several nites in Frankie & Johnnies, and also at the Mexican Fiesta deck part The ports of Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay ( pronounced Key) and Nassau were all good Grand Turk we walked off the ship up the pier and right into the cruise center, walked to the beach, grabbed our chairs and enjoyed the sun & some snorklin, after an hour or so we walked over to Margaritaville and went to the pool, had our Cheeseburger in Paradise along with rum punches, and Landshark's Half Moon Cay was the best for snorklin, the beach was awesome, plus we checked out the "Private Oasis" This stop we were tendered in, and that was a very smooth operation The ship provided food and drinks and had everything setup in one of there buildings, there were several large covered buildings with picnic tables setup for you to eat & enjoy the music & surroundings We rented one of the Clam Shell shelters ( $15.00 for the entire day ) was good to be able to get out of the sun, think the temp there that day was around 95 to 98 degrees Nassau, we opted to go to the Sheraton Hotel and do the Day Pass "$25.00 pp, which encluded the pools & beach areas, it was a $15.00 ( flat rate )Taxi charge to Cable beach where the hotel is located, no hassles coming and going Unfortunately that was the Only day we had bad weather, when we arrived the sun was out and it looked like it was going to be another fun day of sun & snorklin, BUTT mother nature thru us a curve ball, and with an hour or so the heavens opened up and the Rain came - next time I'll find out the local weather before we go there LoL The 2.5 days back up to Manhattan from the Caribbean were also very good, sunny days & party nights Debarkation was also a snap, we had zone 6 tags, the rest of the cruisers that chartered the bus were zone 24, so we had plenty of time to have another breakfast with our friend Maynor, took our time getting off the ship, Went thru Customs then proceeded to our luggage area, grabbed a porter, and had our bags loaded in the bus by 10:30, we departed the terminal by about 11:30, and back out to our camp by 3:00pm, This encluded a short stop along the way for potty calls & drinks All in All the Cruise was another Great time, now were counting down the Days till we all Play on the Dream ( 129 BUTT who's counting ) with the rest of our MHWC family, and like Joe ( Cujo ) says, "the Caribbean wont be the same after those cruises" I have posted pics on the MHWC forum for everyone, so take a look and enjoy, we sure did So this is our short BUTT sweet review of our Sept 5th Miracle cruise, if you have any specific questions about the Miracle please let us know, and don't forget to look at the Pics Happy Cruisin, Tom & Sioux Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
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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