6 Carnival Miracle Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

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 ship was very clean and the personnel were very cordial. the food had such a wide variety, and the pizza was so tasty. lemonade was available 24/7, the room was very well kept (thanks to Mel) and the halls/corridors we kept very ... Read More
the ship was very clean and the personnel were very cordial. the food had such a wide variety, and the pizza was so tasty. lemonade was available 24/7, the room was very well kept (thanks to Mel) and the halls/corridors we kept very clean with very few room service trays cluttering them. there were numerous events aboard to attend, so time flew by. the weather mother nature left us somewhat dreary, but the crew kept our spirits high, with help from the bartenders. I was confused a little between where to find the comedy club vs the MadHatter club, only to find this area has two names for the same club. the only other thing I hoped for was a bulletin board where we could leave messages for other cruisers. the hub chat was disappointing, some times IM's would be up to 6 hours late. but for only a few dollars for the entire cruise it was not a waste of money spent. Behind the fun tour was very interesting, and exciting. Jaime our entertainment director was awesome, and very well spoken. She kept herself visible at all times, I don't know when she slept. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Upon debarkation, our luggage was handled very poorly. We had bought a $50 bottle of tequila from Puerto Vallarta and had it bubble wrapped and taped and was put in our luggage. We wanted to debark by taking our own ... Read More
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Upon debarkation, our luggage was handled very poorly. We had bought a $50 bottle of tequila from Puerto Vallarta and had it bubble wrapped and taped and was put in our luggage. We wanted to debark by taking our own luggage but they didn't allow us to since we had too much to carry. We were forced to use their zone debarkation where they man-handle your stuff and toss it around like cavemen. This, in theory, was the more convenient choice. We took our luggage home by car (no flights) and opened up the luggage to give our loved one the gift we had promised to find the glass smashed inside the bubble wrap. Pomegranate liquor seeped through our clothing and destroyed them. Hundreds of dollars of clothing were ruined because someone from Carnival could not treat our property with care. We called Carnival customer service to see if there was anything they could do, since we didn't buy from their "recommended shop" they didn't cover it. Who buys from recommended shops anyway if you want something authentic? Their response was "You didn't open the luggage on Carnival property and report it upon debarkation, therefore we aren't liable for the damage." OK carnival.... Next time, I'll unpack on the curb like everyone else does? We got a "sorry, we can't do anything about it." No compensation, no maybe we'll discount your next cruise with us, nothing. We love cruising, but if you want quality customer service, Carnival is not the way to go. It's the last time we'll be going with them. We dropped over 2.5 grand on this trip including extra gratuities. They lost our business for life and/or any recommendations to their cruise line. SHIP: This was our first ship and even we could tell the ship was small. We explored its entirety the first day of the cruise. The only interesting decks were 2, 3 and of course the Lido deck. They kept everything clean but the decor was crazy. Imagine if you were on drugs and decided to be an interior designer then laced it with something when you designed the Bacchus Dining Room. We loved the Phantom Theater and the Mad Hatter's Lounge. The Serenity deck was also very nice, peace, quiet, hot tub, pool and a bar! FOOD: If you go out to eat a lot.. and I'm not talking Chili's, Denny's or McDonald's.. but if you're a foodie and try out new restaurants frequently, you will be entirely disappointed in the food on the ship. Sometimes I found myself craving fast food just to get it over with because the food on the ship was lacking. My favorite dish was the Flatiron Steak, their baguettes were very good and so were their croissants. Dessert-wise I would recommend the chocolate melting cake or the sorbets (although they were frostbitten they still tasted OK). We dined at Nick & Nora's Steakhouse one night and wished all their food was to that caliber. If you have the money, go here every day. You're not missing anything in the Bacchus Dining Room. By the way, they don't check the dress code at all (could be a good or a bad thing). But some guy came in a camoflauge scrubs top and cargo shorts with Jesus sandals. They let him in, so don't worry about dressing up. I didn't mind the guy, but just FYI for everyone wondering about dress code. Lido Deck food was worse than hometown buffet. Also think about the type of people who go on bargain cruises... I watched a guy drop tongs on the floor, pick them back up and put them in the serving tray then walk away. Maybe he missed the talk on germs when he was little. Room service food was worse than a 6 year old with an easy-bake. How can you get grilled cheese wrong??? (Soft bread that looked like it was toasted an hour ago w/3 slices of cheese, softened, not melted. You can still discriminate between slices.... really?) This made me sad. ENTERTAINMENT: The comedy was OK. They try to liquor you up with a lot of cheaper priced drinks to make you think everything is hilarious but they were too racist, even the family friendly show. We were planning on going to all of the comedy shows the last 2 nights of the cruise but the last 2 comedians were so bad that we went to 1 of each and decided they were too bad to sit through. There were 4 comedians throughout the cruise but the only good comedian on the ship was Lowell Sanders, the rest... crickets. Frankenstein's Lab was really cool. They had a disco-ish dance floor and a DJ and everybody who comes just wants to have a good time. No judging. We enjoyed that a lot! The casino is rigged. The arcade-like games are super-rigged. They had weird min/max bets, $6/500 instead of 5/2000? I'm sure there's a sneaky reason behind that. Best show on the ship was the Marriage and Love show. Super hilarious. Don't miss this. Worst show on the ship was the Talent Show. They should just call it "Glorified Karaoke Night." Glorified because you have a 10-piece band instead of an audio recording of a song. Nobody had another talent other than singing and/or playing the guitar. SERVICE ONBOARD: By far the only/best thing I can say about this cruise. You are treated like kings and queens on the cruise. Everyone remembers your name and gives you 110% of their attention when you need something. Our room steward (Pande) was THE BEST. They clean your room at least twice a day and always greet you with a smile. The dining room staff was extremely professional and memorable. The cruise director (Troy Linton) was a really friendly looking guy but he kind of needed to censor himself sometimes. He'd make adult jokes and not realize it. There was also a point in the cruise when we were in our staterooms changing our clothes and we heard "PSST. (5 sec pause) PSSSSST (pause again)" we thought there was someone hiding in our closet and flipped out. Trying to throw on a blanket or jump under the sheets. The pssst's were followed by an announcement and we nearly pissed ourselves. Other than that, he did a good job with announcements and organizing things.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I will note that our cruise was an Atlantis cruise (a gay cruise charter) and so I am unable to review certain elements that were provided by Atlantis, rather than Carnival. Embarcation: We paid for the "Faster to the Fun" ... Read More
I will note that our cruise was an Atlantis cruise (a gay cruise charter) and so I am unable to review certain elements that were provided by Atlantis, rather than Carnival. Embarcation: We paid for the "Faster to the Fun" upgrade and were able to bypass the line. I can't suggest this enough. Carnival's embarcation process is as dehumanizing and stressful as a TSA checkpoint on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. People stood in line for three hours. Some people almost missed the ship even though they were there two hours prior to departure. Staff were rude and pushy and barked orders at us if we so much as took a wrong step. I certainly would expect better of a company that operates these cruises on a weekly basis. Physical Accommodation/Cabin Amenities: The ship is comfortable and stable. Air conditioning in the cabin keeps them very comfortable even in very hot and humid weather. The cabins, while smaller than a standard hotel room, are spacious enough. Our extended balcony faced aft and offered us a small "extra room" when one of us wanted to watch TV but the other wanted to just read. Water pressure was good and both hot and cold water were readily available (although our sink's cold water was a bit of a trickle). There is a mini-bar that is freely accessible (in case you need to bring any refrigerated medications or such). Our cabin was located at the extreme rear and there was a bit more movement so far from the ship's center of gravity and a small amount of vibration from the propellers/diesels, but this actually helped me sleep. My only complaint is that the main lights in the cabin are achingly bright, but there are smaller lights that can be turned on to offer a less actinic glare. Decor/Public Rooms: The decor is almost impossible to describe, but it is absolutely *hideous.* There is an eye-watering cacophany of clashing color, bizarre fixtures, nonsensical themes (a Spartan warrior here, a pirate captain there, Atlas holding up a light fixture over here, a reference to Dr. Strangelove over here, lights that look like multicolored pepper grinders hanging from the ceiling, random faux-Italian frescoes). We couldn't stop laughing at it. That said, once embarcation was over, we didn't feel like the ship was crowded (it felt really crowded during embarcation, but that's to be expected). Elevators usually came quickly and made minimal stops. There were adequate whirpools (although the ship could use one or two more). The gym is nice, but lacks open floor space for stretching. The theater is nice, but the decor is distracting from the show. I don't use the casinos. Entertainment: Was organized by Atlantis, not Carnival. So I won't review it. Service: Our cabin steward was top-notch, friendly, personable, and quickly learned our habits. They make the keeeUTEst little towel animals for you to find at turn-down. On the other hand, dining room service was spotty. I once ordered a drink and it was delivered when I was almost finished with the main course. Sometimes appetizers were delivered only seconds before the main course and then the waiter would have to vanish with the main course only to bring the now-lukewarm dishes back later. The other REALLY annoying thing was the bar waiter. On one night, I was pestered four times IN THE SAME MINUTE by four different waiters about whether I wanted a drink. And when I say "pestered," I mean tapped on the shoulder and conversation interrupted. It was extremely annoying and they have no way to signal to other waiters that a given table is not interested in a drink right now. The service was so obtrusive that I actually complained. Apparently a lot of us did and it got better on subsequent nights. Shore excursions: We only did the Eco-Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas, but it was quite fun if you like snorkeling. Saw a lot of cool stuff. I heard fantastic things about the zipline adventure in Puerto Vallarta, but we didn't do it. Food: Ranged from adequate to at times wholly inadequate. It was cheap, often swimming in greasy gravies and there were very few healthy options. Fruit was often under-ripe and melons sometimes still had bits of rind attached, while pineapple slices weren't even cored. Tomatoes at the salad bar were over-ripe and almost inedible. The dining room food was slightly better, but still unpredictable and the portions were small. There was one night where I went to bed hungry because the food was so inadequate that I couldn't eat it (and I promise I'm not a picky or snobby eater). I cannot recommend this ship and next time I will be happy to pay a bit more to enjoy a better experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Okay, so maybe the disappointment wasn't "miraculous" but it was disappointing. I've been on 2 previous Carnival cruises, and this is our first "Grand Suite" (though we did a smaller suite on another ship). ... Read More
Okay, so maybe the disappointment wasn't "miraculous" but it was disappointing. I've been on 2 previous Carnival cruises, and this is our first "Grand Suite" (though we did a smaller suite on another ship). That was our first disappointment. We paid a lot for the upgrade and the room was not in good shape. The carpet was very worn and had many stains. Even the couch had stains on it. I think what bothered me most is that we were in some of the regular balcony rooms, and the carpeting in those rooms looked fairly new. That was not the VIP treatment we were promised. Food - I found the Lido deck buffet food less tasty and less varied than on past cruises. I love Asian food, but there was basically only one or two (at most) entrees offered, and they were never anything that I would call "typical" (like orange chicken or kung pao, etc.). So although I looked almost every day, I never ate anything from that station. The room service menu has shrunk considerably. No hamburgers and no fries - what's up with that? Very poor selections. Main dining room meals were mostly good (loved the eggs Benedict at brunch) but the desserts were very plain and bland. Our servers were the usual excellent wait staff that we've come to expect in the main dining room. So we were glad for that, and tipped heavily the last night. We went to the Steakhouse one night (Nick and Nora's) but just as soon we hadn't. It wasn't that great. One of our steaks was very thinly sliced and seriously overcooked - not sure why a steakhouse chef would have even sent it out. I wouldn't recommend it. Didn't love the "comedy brunch" concept. The comedians weren't that funny to begin with and the "teasers" they would do at brunch were more intrusive than entertaining in my opinion, which leads me to... Entertainment - never thrilled with this on Carnival, but we saw some BAD shows. The comedians were just ok, but the ventriloquist was AWFUL. He had no material. The one "show" we went to see was a Beetle's review...very "high school musical" to me. Some of the individual entertainers were good. Piano player, one guy with a guitar who was often at the Atrium bar, and a band I saw a couple of numbers from in the Jazz Lounge - they were all good (and of course, not the ship's staff but privately contracted). LGBT Friends of Dorothy Meetings - these are a common thing on all Carnival ships as I understand it. They are advertised in the Fun Times at a specific time in one of the bars. It's just an opportunity for LGBT passengers to find each other and socialize, so the place doesn't really matter - any bar is good. These have always gone very smoothly on the other Carnival ships we've sailed. Well, the first 3 meetings were held in the piano lounge, but as the piano player missed the ship, it wasn't staffed. It was open, 6 or 8 of us gathered, but no bartender, even after we called guest services and asked. We were told they don't staff "private functions" (which this wasn't) and that the bar manager didn't have staff to cover (well, if the piano player had made the ship, wouldn't the piano bar have been staffed?) Very disappointed how this was handled. Had it been just one night, I might have been more forgiving, but it was 3 times, and here is what really gets me: when we picked up a piano player in the Bahamas and the piano bar opened, we talked to the bartender - turns out, she's not a bartender but a bar server filling in. Why couldn't they have done that for our group? We've never had issues with these meetings on other Carnival ships. In fact, the staff seemed to enjoy working where we met. On the Triumph we met in the Wine Bar every night and had the same bartender. On that cruise, our meetings quickly grew so that we ended up with nearly 30 people by the last night of a 5 night cruise! Carnival missed the chance to sell a number of drinks on the Miracle. Bed - Why do some ships pay attention to the bed preference (together or not) and others don't? Miracle staff set up our room with two singles, when we expressed in our Online Check-In that we wanted one King. Good things - all of the main dining room wait staff, our steward (awesome!) the piano player (Hailey), most of the bar servers. While we had a good time, it wasn't as good as it could have been. While I may go on another Carnival cruise, I won't go on the Miracle again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Boarding the ship was first rate. We sailed through the boarding process in less than an hour from start to finish. our room was clean as was the rest of the ship, however the Miracle does need some updating on furnishings, ... Read More
Boarding the ship was first rate. We sailed through the boarding process in less than an hour from start to finish. our room was clean as was the rest of the ship, however the Miracle does need some updating on furnishings, mattress', furniture in the public areas were quite worn. The ship is easy to get around on, the pools small, outside decks wide and easy to get around on. Positives: friendly wait staff, best soups and desserts of any cruise, coffee seemed to be better than in the past, very clean. Negatives: Food got boring after 8 days at sea, shows could have been a little better. way to much smoke in the Casino to enjoy gambling for any length of time.Ice cream machines were more like frozen milk and very watery. Departure for us was a nightmare as we were chosen along with several others to have immigration go thru our luggage while on board. Several of us were asked to wait on board while our passports were taken and then lead down into a holding area where we waited to have our luggage inspected. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
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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