5 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Mexican Riviera

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
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
Carnival Miracle Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 3.9
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 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.4

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