38 Carnival Miracle Group and Theme 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
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, ... Read More
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, lunch and snacks, pizza pirate never disappointed, steakhouse was worth the $35, I reserved a table for us before the price increase, Chopsticks was a tasty treat. The ship is very easy to navigate and we loved the decor throughout the ship and she is still clean even though it is a older ship, there is a little rust here and there and I expected that. Our shore excursions were faster to the fun, Deluxe Beach, Catamaran Sail & Snorkel in Cozumel and Rays & Reef Snorkel in Grand Cayman, all of these excursions we outstanding and well worth the price, in Mahogany Bay we just walked to the beautiful beach and Tiki bar were we swam then had the really delicious jerk chicken with wonderful margaritas. We took the tender to the port of Belize were we did some shopping and had drinks along the way till we went back to the ship, it was a awesome trip and we will sail on her again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We joined a group with common interests for a 6-day Western Caribbean Cruise. I usually cruise with other lines and never in the Caribbean but made the journey because of the group and the chance to escape winter weather in January. We ... Read More
We joined a group with common interests for a 6-day Western Caribbean Cruise. I usually cruise with other lines and never in the Caribbean but made the journey because of the group and the chance to escape winter weather in January. We found the ship in fairly good shape—older and smaller than many, though I like the smaller ships. We found getting around a bit confusing with little direction, and the decor a little strange. Food was good to very good. Bitter and Blanc and Chocolate Melting Cake we’re favorites. Small portions were perfect for us. Of course, you can order more if you wish. The servers were excellent at our table. They knew on the second or third day, without being asked, each person’s preference in beverage and idiosyncrasies (extra butter, nothing with mushrooms). The cabin, 6186, was fine in size and convenience, the bathroom adequate. There was a bit of rust on the balcony and some wear here and there. The one (!!!!) wall outlet did not work well—my cell phone could not be charged there, and one day it did not work at all. Repair was immediate, though. We attended two comedy routines which we enjoyed. I normally enjoy the slots but found the casino much too smoky. We took only private excursions, and enjoyed them very much. Our favorite was Maya Chan in Costa Maya. Absolutely perfect weather was a great bonus, but the exuberance of the staff, privacy, and great food and drink made a wonderful day. I found the cruise a good value with no major problems. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was a group cruise for an international group onboard on Jan. 20, 2019 sailing out of Tampa. Embarkation was very fast and easy. Really enjoyed cruise with couple exceptions. Dining room late seating, service was very slow, and after ... Read More
This was a group cruise for an international group onboard on Jan. 20, 2019 sailing out of Tampa. Embarkation was very fast and easy. Really enjoyed cruise with couple exceptions. Dining room late seating, service was very slow, and after 35 cruises, when ordered more than 1 entree or appetizer, Have never had them deliver all the appetizers or entrees at same time. Made for a very crowded table, especially since at a 6 top. We had also requested to be with our group, but were put halfway across the dining room. Both travel agent and our Carnival rep had multiple booking numbers to tie reservations together, but didn't happen. Only other complaint was when you get a comedian the caliber of Just Judy, you need to move her to the main theater and not Punch Liners Club. She has been on Carnival for a long time, and you guys know she can fill the larger theater. Also, never saw more than a couple times our CD Savanna, and we had a Cruise Critic Meet and Greet on LAST day of cruise????? NEVER in 35 cruises, had that happen. Usually on first sea day so we could meet our fellow cruisers and hang out with them. She said she just learned about our meeting that morning, although we met the required 25 members 3 months ago. A good cruise, but not a GREAT one, but there is not a bad cruise, just some better than others. After this one, even though am platinum, may consider a different line for a change. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We went on our first cruise with a large group of friends. We met up in Tampa and took a shuttle to the port. Embarkation was very quick (faster to the fun) and a smooth process. We enjoyed walking around the ship and getting oriented ... Read More
We went on our first cruise with a large group of friends. We met up in Tampa and took a shuttle to the port. Embarkation was very quick (faster to the fun) and a smooth process. We enjoyed walking around the ship and getting oriented before the muster drill. The sail away party was a lot of fun and going under the bridge was quite a sight as well. We found the ship to be clean and our cabin was always maintained thanks to our steward, Wayan. He was most helpful and answered any questions we had. The activities on deck were fun to watch and we had a great time hanging out by the pool and gathering in the Alchemy Bar. Our wait staff in the Main Dining Room were amazing! Ali, our head waiter, and his team, were very knowledgeable and helped me with my choices so that I would have the best dining experience possible. Every staff member we encountered were friendly and helpful. I even saw some of the staff dealing with rude cruisers and I never heard them lose their professionalism. We missed a port in Mahogany Bay because of high winds. I was disappointed to not go on our excursion, but was glad the captain made the call and kept us safe. The other ports were great and our excursions were wonderful. We enjoyed the Altun Ha ruins in Belize and the Crystal Caves adventure in Grand Cayman. This was our first cruise but some of our group were diamond and platinum cruisers and they were just as pleased as we were. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I'm genuinely not a person who complains about anything. I'm such a simple person to please, and pretty laid back. With that said, this ship needs some major updating. Yes, there's a musky smell as soon as you enter the ... Read More
I'm genuinely not a person who complains about anything. I'm such a simple person to please, and pretty laid back. With that said, this ship needs some major updating. Yes, there's a musky smell as soon as you enter the ship. You become desensitized to it during your stay on the ship, but it's noticeable each time you return from your port stops. In the main dining room, some lights (grapes) are broken, and they need to be replaced. I'm soooooo not a prude or someone who gets easily offended, however, the half naked "angels" in the dining room or in various places on the ship made my children feel very uncomfortable. They are way more conservative than I am (I'm not), apparently, and they said they hated seeing them while they were eating but couldn't look away; they're 6 and 7 years old. Personally, I didn't care about that. Additionally, I'm confused to the whole ship name of "Miracle". It's called Miracle yet the theme within the ship is very Halloween or dark. From a marketing standpoint, I would rename the ship to Halloween, or something to do with those characters. Throughout the ship you have pictures or areas named after The Phantom, Mad Hatter, Frankenstein, and so on. How does that have anything to do with Miracles? If they ever update the ship, they should stick with the Halloween theme, update accordingly, and rename the ship to appeal to a niche because 'Miracle' makes no sense. Also, add a costume theme party because that's always super fun. Before guests board the ship, remind them to bring a costume! This ship has a great port itinerary, so it's a shame that it's not as great as it could be. It has some great potential if Carnival chooses to update it. They also have a lot of room on the Sun deck to make it more fun for family activities. Painting that awfully colored green slide would certainly be a start. Camp Ocean was great! Our kids wanted to go there every single day, even after a long day at the ports. They're obviously doing something really fun in there, and staffed with great counselors. We appreciated the cameras located inside Camp Ocean too. The entire staff onboard Miracle were spectacular, and so very hardworking. They worked tirelessly, so please tip. We prepaid gratuities, and still tipped in addition to prepaying. I made it a routine to look at their tags and their countries of origin, and ask them about it. They were always pleasant to speak to, and answer any questions. The cabins were fine, and nice to come back to after a long day. Great beds, and they put me to sleep instantly. Our balcony was spacious, and our cabin was good enough; no complaints about our room. Loved the Western Caribbean port stops, and we plan to choose a ship with the same exact ports because we loved them. Although, we won't be returning to the Miracle unless it get's updated. Rating this ship as a 3* is being generous, if I'm being honest. Dear Carnival: update Miracle because it has great marketing potential. You're Welcome. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
We wanted to visit Hawaii without a long flight over to the islands. This was a 15 day "Journeys" cruise out of Long Beach California. There were 4 sea days before the islands as well as 4 after. We enjoyed all the special ... Read More
We wanted to visit Hawaii without a long flight over to the islands. This was a 15 day "Journeys" cruise out of Long Beach California. There were 4 sea days before the islands as well as 4 after. We enjoyed all the special activities that Carnival had planned for those sea days. There were dance lessons, including hula, island crafts classes, seminars, cooking demonstrations & too much more to list. We enjoyed each & every port stop too. This was such a wonderful relaxing way to visit the islands. This was our 1st cruise as platinum guests. We enjoyed the easy embarkation & other perks of being platinum. Crew members were efficient & friendly. A special tribute was made for the veterans by the cruise director which was well received by all veterans & their families. We cannot wait to repeat this cruise, we had a lovely time. Worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I chose this cruise for the speacialty group sailing on it, but the ship was not exciting. The ship lacked the Spa amenities I was hoping for. The hot tubs were inconsistantly warm/luke warm/hot. Serenity was too small and always ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the speacialty group sailing on it, but the ship was not exciting. The ship lacked the Spa amenities I was hoping for. The hot tubs were inconsistantly warm/luke warm/hot. Serenity was too small and always crowded. Deck games and activities were limited and uninspiring. The food was great. Although I felt overwhelmed by the decor in the Bacchas dining room and the area our table was located was always stuffy and warm... the food was always an exploration of great taste and innovative pairings. I enjoyed discovering the Rare Finds most nights. The drinks were great, strong and creative. I expected them to be watered down cheap liquor, but they had premium liquors and were very generous with them. I especially loved the creative concoctions at Bar Alchemy. The Absynth drink is highly recommended. The casino was average. I would have prefered more slot options and less table options though, and the seating at the Casino bar was always limited despite there being a huge open space between the tables and the bar. I suggest more and comfortable seating. Although I love PreRaphaelite are, the ships's decor nearly bludgeons the scences... One week on the ship and my eyes were burning. The decor is waaaaay too much. Its gaudy and claustrophobic. This for a remodel! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Had a wonderful trip board the Miracle. Left Long Beach CA Aug. 26th, returned Sept. 2nd. We enjoyed our 2 days in Cabo San Lucas very much. Our ship was diverted from our 2nd port, Puerto Vallarta, due to a tropical storm. The schedule ... Read More
Had a wonderful trip board the Miracle. Left Long Beach CA Aug. 26th, returned Sept. 2nd. We enjoyed our 2 days in Cabo San Lucas very much. Our ship was diverted from our 2nd port, Puerto Vallarta, due to a tropical storm. The schedule was rearranged, a 2nd port was scheduled, and we continued on without a hitch. The entire crew was welcoming and gracious from the first day to the last. Dinner each night was especially enjoyable due to our fabulous wait staff Jovan and Natalino! Dinnertime quickly became our favorite time of day! My daughter and I haven't been able to make it through a meal yet without saying "ShowTime!":) Dian our stateroom steward as well as our Serenity pool waiter, (I feel terrible, I can't remember his name), deserve accolades as well. The bar has been set very high for such a wonderful crew! Thank you! Our trip far exceeded our expectations! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise for an annual Commodore's Cruise with our yacht club. 65 members and plenty of fun. Easy transportation to Long Beach Harbor for embarkation since we all reside within an hour commute. The Carnival Cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise for an annual Commodore's Cruise with our yacht club. 65 members and plenty of fun. Easy transportation to Long Beach Harbor for embarkation since we all reside within an hour commute. The Carnival Cruise Ships are all about value! 3,000 passenger cruises are affordable but you pay a price for crowds and and less quality! Our stateroom was Cabin 4180. Unobstructed, view balcony room. Balcony accommodated a cocktail table & 2 chairs. Balcony was pleasant but balcony doors are heavy and do bang shut quite loudly. Lots of closet space but king bed is definitely more narrow & not as long as CA King. The entire staff provided excellent customer service,mostly in dining & entertainment much more than guest services. We tried to get some info for on shore excursions & received little service so we did our own excursions on shore. Although we pre-paid for a cell service plan, our cell phones only worked occasionally at ports & had to retrieve emails only at ports. The app you download for the ship to keep in contact with friends rarely worked. I hate to give such a wonderful dining crew such a bad food score. The food in general at buffets and kiosks were a C-D. The Bacchus main dining room scores a C. The steak house was a bit better but costs an additional $35/pp to dine. The Chef's dinner was by far the best experience with a B score. Wine choice - red or white! The shows, comedian, piano bars, entertainment were excellent! Get to the comedy store early as it is standing room only! If you are a professional cruiser and accustomed to fine wine & dining, you will opt out for a more luxurious offering. But where else can you go for a week, all inclusive (yes we did the tip & drink package) for such a reasonable price! That's what you get...Value! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I choose this cruise because it left out of Long Beach and we just did not feel like flying this year. I was very disappointed, in the cleanliness of the ship as well as several of the crew members where very rude, Three times with ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it left out of Long Beach and we just did not feel like flying this year. I was very disappointed, in the cleanliness of the ship as well as several of the crew members where very rude, Three times with bartenders, one of them twice. Dining reservations messed up and they had received 5 calls prior to sailing to make sure that was taken care of right. Nasty, rude Maitre d and the assistant Maitre d was also uncaring and rude. Dirty Balcony, bad layout on the ship (which ok its and older design) Bad tender organization in Cabo. So many other things that I just could not justify for the price paid. I am a frequent cruiser and I expect good service and a clean ship. I had recently sailed with Carnival on the Inspiration, from that experience I thought Carnival had stepped their game up. Well, the Miracle felt like a bait and switch. The capper for me was when I returned and received my survey, believe me I told them how I felt. I really expected an email back or a call, just saying sorry. But Nope! Last time I sail with Carnival. Back to Royal Caribbean for me, and my groups of people I take with me. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our second "cousins cruise" on Carnival. This time there were 6 of us ladies, ages 49-65 with two cruise newbies. Since the Miracle was just returning from Hawaii, this was a 6 day cruise on the Mexican Riviera. After ... Read More
This was our second "cousins cruise" on Carnival. This time there were 6 of us ladies, ages 49-65 with two cruise newbies. Since the Miracle was just returning from Hawaii, this was a 6 day cruise on the Mexican Riviera. After this I believe they begin their 7 day itineraries. We had one stop in Cabo and one in Puerto Vallarta. Since I have a lot to say, I'm just going to hit on the pros and cons. Pro - Embarkation and Faster to the Fun: I can't say enough about Faster to the Fun. Get it if you can. We arrived at the Long Beach terminal by shuttle around 10:30 and someone checked our luggage at the curb. Then we walked over to a small parking area near the water and sat while everyone else who arrived early began standing in line. I don't remember the exact time, I think it was around 11:30 that they opened up the line and we pretty much walked right in. The only drawback was that two of our party did not purchase FFTF so they had to go through the long line that had already formed before boarding even began. The four of us that had FFTF went to our rooms first. Twice we reached areas where a crew member tried to turn us around but as soon as we said we had FFTF they let us right through. I don't think we got our luggage any faster, but I was prepared with what I needed in my carry-on. Con - Muster Drill: This was the worst muster drill I have experienced in 5 cruises (3 Princess, 2 Carnival). Apparently they were going to have a Coast Guard inspection on the next cruise so this was a practice run for that. They actually checked each of our names off a list as we entered our muster area. The entire drill took about an hour and a half. There is no way this would work in the case of a real emergency! Con - Cabo San Lucas tendering: After a day at sea, our first stop was Cabo. If you have been here, you know that Cabo is a tender port so you can't just walk off the boat. There was an announcement the day before that they would hand out stickers starting at 8am in the morning, the number on the sticker indicated the order you would leave the ship. Again, FFTF would have come in really handy here. But we didn't want to separate from the 2 people in our party who didn't have it so we got in line at 8am for our tender number. We stood in line for about 45 minutes before they started handing out stickers. We were number 16. We were supposed to be in Cabo at 9:30 but the first tender didn't leave until 10:30. I understand this may have been out of Carnival's control as they probably had to wait for clearance, but a status announcement would have been nice. We finally got off the ship at around 11:00. We found out later that people were removing their stickers and getting into the tenders before their numbers were called. We also talked to people the next day who didn't even get off the ship because their number was so high they would have had to turn around and get right back on. We were supposed to be in port until 4:00 but we were told the last tender would be at 3:15. With the way things were going we didn't want to risk it so we headed back at 2:30. Pro - Puerto Vallarta: The next day was Puerto Vallarta. We were in port from 9am to 9pm (back on ship by 8:30). 4 of us booked an excursion where we took a boat to a tiny village, then rode horses to a waterfall, then back to the boat which took us to a cove where we did some snorkeling, then yet another stop at a secluded beach for lunch, open bar, and beach time. This was a very enjoyable day. When we got back we had time to get back on the ship, freshen up, then take a taxi to the Malecon for a little stroll as the sun started to go down. Then back to the ship again in time for dinner. Pro - The Red Frog Pub and Four Part Groove. We quickly discovered the Red Frog Pub which is right outside of the theater where all the production shows are. The band "Four Part Groove" played there most of the time and we all thought they were really good and the lead singer was very personable. They had different themes some nights and would take requests. We just really enjoyed the music and the atmosphere, we danced a lot and I think seeing all of us "girls" out there inspired some of the other ladies to join us on the dance floor making it a good time for all. The band also hosted an 80's dance party on deck one night that was a lot of fun. Pro - Cruise Director and Crew: Cloe was the Cruise Director and she was really good. In fact all of the entertainment staff were fun and energetic. All of our interactions with our cabin stewart (I Nyoman), wait staff, room service, pretty much everyone was great. I know they must deal with a lot of different types of people week in and week out, yet they always have a smile and a "hello" and are willing to help. Guest Services staff were the least friendly, but I suppose they deal the most with all the unhappy people so I imagine that takes a toll. Con - The Production Shows: I have to admit, I only sat all the way through one of them. They just didn't grab me this time. However, there were others in my group that liked them so maybe it was just personal taste. Pro and Con - The Food: On every cruise there is good and bad food. I have to say, the food on the Miracle was just average. Other than the Chocolate Melting Cake (of course), nothing really stood out. I didn't have anything that was really bad, but some of the others in my group had dishes they didn't care for. No problem, just eat something else. I do find it helpful to just ask the waiter if something is good or not, there was one thing I was thinking of ordering that the waiter told me wasn't very good so I appreciated that. Con - Disembarking without FFTF: I thought disembarking was a breeze. The four people in our group who had FFTF walked right off the ship after only a short wait. The other two, who had a later flight, were among the last to leave. They had to vacate their room at 8:30 but didn't leave the ship until 12:08! I don't know if this is normal, but 3 1/2 hours seems ridiculous. All in all, I do believe that attitude plays a huge part. We had good company in each other, and coming from 3 different states some of us hadn't seen each other in years. We did have fun and it was a great trip because we were all together. I would say the waiting at Muster, Cabo, and disembarkation for the two that didn't have FFTF, and the hit and miss food are what brought my review down to average. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have been going on a cruise for Thanksgiving for about 9 years now, always Carnival, mostly like the Spirit class ships, this was the second time on the Miracle. It was awesome, we had a great time, and will likely go again next year. ... Read More
We have been going on a cruise for Thanksgiving for about 9 years now, always Carnival, mostly like the Spirit class ships, this was the second time on the Miracle. It was awesome, we had a great time, and will likely go again next year. Smooth off and on the ship, our cabin was nice and our steward amazing (Deawa) We don't typically participate in much of the organized activities, so can't say much although Adam was nice, and everyone seemed to be enjoying the entertainment. I am a bit disappointed in all the cuts I see happening in the services, cabins cleaned only once a day unless you ask. No midnight buffet (not that we are hungry but that was such a beautiful display- it;s been gone for years tho). The upgraded 2.0 ships typically have Guys burgers.. which was sorely missed, as well as the mexican food option for tacos and burritos on the lido. I was hoping for the mongolian beef station, but alas not there either. No chocolate day. Also.. I know I know some don't like it, but I wish they would allow smoking on the balconies.. at least on the "smoking" side of the ship. I love a cup of tea a smoke in the morning and read in my robe... (oh you have to ask for those too. I travel with a group that are almost all Platinums and Diamonds.. I felt the perks were not as obvious for our loyalty. I will for sure be cruising next thanksgiving.. heck there are 30 of us. I understand however next year will be the Spender. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The ship is fairly large, there is so much to explore (on your own). The cabins aren't very spacious but are decent. The colors are very outdated. The beds are comfortable. The are many dining options, changing every day, the food is ... Read More
The ship is fairly large, there is so much to explore (on your own). The cabins aren't very spacious but are decent. The colors are very outdated. The beds are comfortable. The are many dining options, changing every day, the food is very good but you often get stuck eating the same food over and over. The entertainment was great, movies, clubs, parties were very fun. The service was good but not great. Depending on the time you order room service, it could take 10 minutes, it could take an hour or more. The pools are good but ARE SALT WATER. The pools are small, as expected. The water burns your eyes, as it is very very very salty. The ports are very nice and the docking is fairly fast. I did travel with children and they had a blast, loved every second. Also, depending on what deck you are and the part of the ship (mid, aft, etc.) they movement of the ship depends. The dining dinner and breakfast Buccas room is nice but does have a lot of movement. I would go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Generally I do not write reviews that comment about the short comings on a trip but this one can not go without comment. Embarkation: The cruise got started with several problems. First problems was the sign-in that was done in the ... Read More
Generally I do not write reviews that comment about the short comings on a trip but this one can not go without comment. Embarkation: The cruise got started with several problems. First problems was the sign-in that was done in the patio of terminal while it was raining and blowing close to 30 mph winds. Second problems was that sign in was incomplete so that meant that you had to go to a second sign in for you ID picture. The Cabin and Stewards on the ship is great especially the Stewart's who are friendly and efficient. Dining; The main dining room waiters Juan and Arnold were great but this however does no make up for the poor food that is served in the main dining restaurant. The menu item would be considered an international incident if Mexico new just how bad the few mexican dishes that are served and presented. The head chef should take some classes from the local taco vendor's to learn just how to prepare good mexican food. One example was the Chile relleno that was served on one of our dinner nights. The Chile pod was not cleaned and roasted and was stuffed with vegetables that do not have origins in Mexico. The outer crust was just that a dried up crust that would pass as adobe mortar. The other thing that is of note is that chips and salsa are not the only relish in the mexican food cuisine. Summary: Staff was great but food was a bust. The chef is not entirely to blame since he is not even from Mexico and has no heart for mexican food but in fact the carnival ship corporation bears the whole responsibility. Carnival has the idea that chefs from India know all about international foods. The corporation should try the foods and menu selections and see just what is being served. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We had not sailed on Carnival for about 6 years, and had left from the port in San Diego. Now they embark all their west coast departures (except Alaska) from Long Beach. The embarkation procedure was really terrible. The registration ... Read More
We had not sailed on Carnival for about 6 years, and had left from the port in San Diego. Now they embark all their west coast departures (except Alaska) from Long Beach. The embarkation procedure was really terrible. The registration is outdoors, and it was cold, rainy and windy. We were supposed to have special needs assistance, the S.N. department emailed me that we should contact the "special needs desk" when we arrived at the port; there was no such desk, or any representatives either. The "special needs line" was at least 150 to 200 persons long when we arrived, and moved at a snail's pace. I went to the head of the line to see what was the problem, and there was ONE person doing the check-in. There were not nearly enough wheelchairs for the passengers who had been promised this service. We decided at that point that we would never, ever sail out of this port again. Not a great start to a much anticipated good time. Once the Carnival representatives woke up & decided that it wasn't a good idea to leave us out in the inclement weather, and no place to sit, we were escorted inside, cleared security, and the process was completed pretty quick. It might have been expedited by the fact that my husband (who was in a motorized scooter) was directed into a line that wasn't wide enough for it to go thru, and he rolled over one of the stanchions that hold the divider belts. The scooter immediately fell on it's side with my husband on it. That brought attention from lots of people immediately, couldn't get us out of there and to our stateroom quick enough....... After that horrible start, we did enjoy most everything about our cruise. The stateroom was very, very nice. It was a Premium Balcony, Cat. 9B. Very large, plenty of room for the scooter, 2 large closets with shelves in each, more drawers for other storage. We actually had one drawer that wasn't used at all. The bathroom was small, but had a shower only, we like that rather than having to get over the high sides that cruise ship tubs seem to have. The veranda was also very roomy, 2 hi-back chairs, and a lounge chair. We would have liked a larger table - the one we had was just a very small stool. Our room steward, Joel, was very accommodating, brought more items as soon as we asked. And, the towel animals were great. Dining was also very good. We had asked for a table for 2 that would accommodate my husband's scooter. The table was for 2, but it wasn't conveniently located - he had to back into the side of it, then turn his chair to face the table. It still took up space in the walking area beside us, there were many other tables that he could have just driven directly beside it, no maneuvering. The food choices were different every night, enough variety that we could order many items that we had never tried, and wanted to. All the food was really good. The specialty steakhouse was definitely worth the extra fee. We went the first night to avoid the usual confusion in the MDR. The waitstaff were quick, and always got our orders correct; the hot items were hot, and the cold ones were cold. The Lido "buffet", was arranged with many "stations" so that you didn't have to stand in long lines (Asian, Deli, Salad Bar, Daily theme, Grill, etc). That was good thinking. However on sea days, it was very crowded and hard to find a table. There were supposed to be food items related to the area where we were cruising, but there really wasn't much that we could see. A Mexican buffet (during regular hours) would have been nice. We were slightly disappointed with the entertainment, this cruise was advertised as a "Journey", which supposedly had "local entertainment" - we thought this would be singers, dancers, Mariachi bands, etc. from the different Mexican ports, but there was no Mexican music at all that we could hear - not only no live performers, but the music over the loud speakers was all Caribbean reggae. We did attend the Production music/dancing shows. We were amazed at the performers stamina and enthusiasm. Very much enjoyed them. We didn't take any excursions - there weren't any that would be able to accommodate a motorized scooter, and the Mexican towns aren't really set up for them to get around. There were several that we could get off the ship where the port had a special area for people to shop, have lunch, and take pictures. Enrichment activities seemed to be limited to a naturalist who spoke about the various sea animals (dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions) and they were enjoyable, but we would have liked to hear about the culture and history of the various areas of the costal states. Disembarkation was pretty smooth. We were directed to a lounge for special needs passengers to wait for our number. There was a representative who was keeping a list of the people, and their baggage numbers. The only hold-up was a lack of "pushers" to assist the wheelchair passengers to the luggage & security area. This was complicated by a break-down of the only escalator to the luggage floor for the regular passengers. They had to negotiate a flight of stairs carrying their hand luggage (some of it was really big). But we were out by about 10:30, not too bad. In summary, after we survived the miserable embarkation, we had a very good time, nothing to seriously complain about. We would sail Carnival again, if they renovated that port area, but would not go to the same one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
As a quick bit of information I've cruise with Carnival 2 times before (including on the Miracle in 2005) and also with NCL, Princess, HAL, RCI and MSC. This cruise was part of a wider trip to the west coast of the states and was ... Read More
As a quick bit of information I've cruise with Carnival 2 times before (including on the Miracle in 2005) and also with NCL, Princess, HAL, RCI and MSC. This cruise was part of a wider trip to the west coast of the states and was the best Hawaii round trip itinerary out of all the major players (Princess, HAL and Celebrity) as it's the only one that does 5 ports in Hawaii instead of 4. It was however more expensive than the average Carnival cruise due to this reason ! The cruise itself was amazing, 4 days at sea (very choppy but weather was ok), 5 Hawaiian ports (Maui - Whale watching , Ohau - Island tour and Pearl Harbour, Kauai - Island tour, Kona - Zodiac tour and Hilo - Volcano bike tour) 4 days at sea (Calm and good weather) and half a day in Ensenada Mexico (Odd place, but fine for shops and bars). Hawaii was an awesome place, better than the Caribbean islands with so much to do ! I'm already planning my return trip in a few years time. Over to the summary of the cruise..... The good things: - Cabin was a good size, kept clean and tidy with good stewards. Balcony was a nice size too. We were mid ship Balcony deck 6 - I like the Gym and spa facilities on the Miracle as they are plentiful and free of charge to use as well (Including Sauna and Steam room!) - Disembarkation was smooth and very well done - We docked on time or early to pretty much all ports and it was smooth on all of them. Even Kona where we had to tender (Although we did book a trip through Carnival for this port as we heard about the tender issues before. Only port that we used Carnival for though due to cost!) - Breakfast and Lunch buffet were generally good with a good choice and nice flavor - Lounges , bars and relaxation areas are great on the Miracle. Better than on most other ships, even the big NCL and RCI ships ! - Entertainment was generally good with a few good shows, singers and dancers and a great band in the Red Frog pub ! - Staff were all very helpful and friendly The not so good / bad: - Embarkation at Long Beach was awful, took nearly 2 hours due to long queues everywhere ! Not sure if this is due to the port or Carnival. But definitely needs working on! - Evening buffet was practically non existent and very poor !!!! - Not enough food or meal choices. Main dining room menu was not that great and with such a poor evening buffet and a $35 steak house it left you stuck in the evening on a 15night cruise ! NCL and RCI cater much better for the evenings Now onto why I will never sail with Carnival again.... Hygiene ! Firstly, on every other cruise I've been on (14 of them) they have religiously enforced the washing of hands every time you get on the ship and when you enter the restaurants and buffet. Not once did we get asked to wash our hands !!! on a 15 day cruise !! There were a few machines to sanitize your hands, but not many ! and often placed out of the way. To make matters worse our group (of 10) noticed on numerous occasions both men and women going to toilet and not washing their hands, people using their hands to grab buffet food and even putting it back !!! Then finally to compound matters 4 of our group got food poisoning / Noro Virus. Where they lost 24hrs of their cruise (2 of them missing Maui as they couldn't get off the ship). We were 90% sure it was food poisoning as it happened on the Lobster evenings and if it was Noro Virus then their room mates should have caught it too which they didn't ! We spoke to others on the ship and came across at least 10-15 other guest who had caught the virus or food poisoning, missed ports or been confined to their cabin ! Speaking to another guest who had spoken to the crew they had been told that Noro Virus was rife on the ship ! I can see why.... no enforcement of cleaning hands compounded by dirty, grubby and unhygienic guests !! Who I'm sure would be the first to complain if they got sick. Whether it was the cruise lines fault, the Chef's fault or the clienteles fault, we won't be cruising with Carnival again ! Will be sticking to Princess and NCL. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Let me start by saying this was our first time visiting the Hawaiian islands for both of us. We booked our trip almost a year in advance to assure we'd get a spot. This was the famous "Halloween" trip to Hawaii. We had ... Read More
Let me start by saying this was our first time visiting the Hawaiian islands for both of us. We booked our trip almost a year in advance to assure we'd get a spot. This was the famous "Halloween" trip to Hawaii. We had previously taken the cruise to Mexico in 2012 and enjoyed the trip. The Good: We ate in the Bachhus dining assigned seating most of the trip.There was always a new selection of dinner/dessert items and everything was delicious, well cooked and seasoned. We got to know our wait staff and they were very good at serving us professionally. Breakfast was always the same except for a couple of entrees which were served every couple of days. We didn't eat much as for lunch but I did sample some of the different cuisines and they were decent. Thin crust pizza was good and you could get different varieties. The Gym was well stocked with free weights, machines, Jacuzzi, steam, sauna. The Serinity Deck was a great place to relax, read and meet wonderful people. We didn't take in many shows this time but did go to the Comedy shows and the comics were funny. It was nice to see people actually winning in the casino this trip as I don't recall many winners on the Mexico trip. Our room was always addressed when we left our room card on the door. I didn't have to ask for towels/bedding. All our excursions went smoothly except the Kona stop. Because the swells were rocking the ship and tenders it was difficult for many older folks to get their sea legs and get in/out of the tenders. I didn't miss my sub ride fortunately. The weather was never much of a factor to and from Long Beach and it never rained the whole time we were in the islands. It was beautiful! Now the bad : Caranival should figure out how to speed up embarkation. There were many older people having to stand for long periods and in exposed sun. Unfortunately they can't board you until the ship has been cleaned. I get it. Carnival needs to improve the television Direct TV. If your TV says it has 20+ channels then please show them. The TV was constantly showing repeat carnival stuff and most of the time the other channels weren't coming in. It's Direct TV (SATELLITE) How does the ship fail to get a signal in the middle of the ocean and no bad weather!! Some of us just want to relax in our rooms and watch TV. One Major Issue with this problem was that your sports bar could not show the opening game of the WORLD SERIES!!! The Miracle had some previous issues with propulsion vibration. I don't know how bad it was before they dry docked the ship earlier this year to fix it, but the ship still has vibration issues. Our bed vibrated the entire time we were under power. You do get use to it and it didn't seem to effect sleep, but that's just me. We were mid-ship 6th floor. Overall, We had a good time on board and the staff and crew were great to us. Thank You Carnival for an overall enjoyable experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I planned this trip for my mother's birthday and Mother's Day celebration. It was a 7 night, 8 day cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Getting on the ship was simple, but getting to our cabin...was a ... Read More
I planned this trip for my mother's birthday and Mother's Day celebration. It was a 7 night, 8 day cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Getting on the ship was simple, but getting to our cabin...was a bit up in the air. There was no one around to guide us to where we needed to go, but eventually, we found our cabin. The daily activities were awesome. There was always something fun to do around the clock, and something for all ages. Some of my favorite activities were Karaoke, Comedy Night and HASBRO The Game Show! Not a dull moment. Dr. Frankenstein's Lab (night club) was fun, however, there could have been a better DJ. The staff was really nice, and would greet you every time you walked by, and most made it their business to remember your name! Our Cabin Steward WILLIAM (Deck 5 MIDSHIP) was amazing!!! Very sweet guy! The food was DELICIOUS. There may have been one or two nights where it was just okay as far as options, but for the most part, the meals were on point. All of the dinning staff were great and fun. Our waiter EKA was entertaining, with a friendly approach! Overall, I enjoyed every inch of this ship, all the activities, sports bar, customer service, hospitality and accommodations. I would definitely recommend this cruise line to others, and will make sure my next cruise is with Carnival! Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my 2nd cruise ever, both on Carnival. The ship was perfect - particularly for the price. I really enjoyed the serenity, adults-only deck. There were many families on the ship, and it was nice, as a childless traveler, to have ... Read More
This was my 2nd cruise ever, both on Carnival. The ship was perfect - particularly for the price. I really enjoyed the serenity, adults-only deck. There were many families on the ship, and it was nice, as a childless traveler, to have an area on the boat where I could be away from the kids if needed. In particular the crew on this ship was really fantastic. They really seemed to want to engage and get to know guests. I'm still friends with a couple of them via Facebook and stay in touch from time-to-time. They were really amazing. I traveled with a very large group (100+ people) and they accommodated our needs. The weather didn't participate on our sea days, so that was unfortunate, but certainly not something that Carnival could control, obviously. I would recommend this ship. As of the time I'm writing this review, I've cruised with Carnival three times. There was one really bad ship (Triumph), one ok ship (Spirit), but the Miracle was really quite amazing in comparison to the other two. The food on this ship was pretty good. The entertainment was satisfactory, I enjoyed it. The cabin steward was particularly good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Just to warn you, this is going to be a long review, so settle in. We were three sisters, traveling together, all in our 50s and 60s....well, two in our fifties and one in her sixties, but I'm not telling which one! Two of us have ... Read More
Just to warn you, this is going to be a long review, so settle in. We were three sisters, traveling together, all in our 50s and 60s....well, two in our fifties and one in her sixties, but I'm not telling which one! Two of us have cruised with Carnival before, for one, this was her first cruise. For all of us, this was our first trip to Hawai'i. Okay, enough about us. Now, on to the trip. Embarkation was at the port of Long Beach. We drove from Phoenix to Long Beach the day before and stayed in the Hotel Current. (Thanks, Cruise Critic members for that tip!) It's a beautiful hotel and what used to be a Continental breakfast is now a full breakfast, with eggs, sausage, bacon, waffles, etc. The cost is $149 per room, per night for their cruise package. Part of this package is that they provide a free port shuttle to and from the hotel to the port, and they allow you to park your car at the hotel for the duration of the cruise. When I later heard what people had paid to park at other hotels or at the port, ($17-$20 per night) I realized what a great deal this was! Embarkation at the port was somewhat less organized than I've been used to sailing out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale, but not too bad. Our room was already ready for us and we were in it within an hour or so. Then up to the Lido deck for lunch at Horatio's. Let me just interject here that I don't understand people who criticize the buffet food by saying it's the "same thing every day." I guess technically this is true, but there's EVERYTHING on the buffet! Particularly good was the Asian station which was featuring delicious, fresh seafood in one of their dishes. Of course, Lido was crowded. Just expect that. It's the only dining option for lunch on embarkation day. However, we had found a table pretty quickly. Our suite was great. Very compact, of course, but plenty of storage space. More than we really needed and two of us do not know how to pack light. The marble bathroom was awesome, with a whirlpool tub. We were excited to have an extended balcony, including a chaise lounge, which saw a lot of use on the sea days! Rony was our room steward, and he was great. He knew us by name and provided so many little extra touches that made the cruise special. (By the way, this is one reason I prefer Carnival to so many other lines: the staff are always friendly.) Our cabin was at the rear of the ship, so there was some vibration from the engines, but it was not significant and it never bothered us. Okay, about the cruise. This itinerary has 8 sea days. If you don't like sea days, fly to Hawai'i and cruise the POA, but don't complain about sea days. We happen to LOVE sea days, so we were in hog heaven, as my mom used to say. There was more to do and a greater variety of activities on this cruise than on any other I've been on, and this was good planning on Carnival's part. We particularly enjoyed the daily nature talks from a real, live naturalist Carnival had contracted with. She was knowledgable and funny and we thought this was one of the best parts of the trip. Carnival had also contracted with folks to do Hawai'ian crafts on the journey out, and this was a favorite activity. They made some adorable stuff too: leis and shell bracelets and so forth. Unfortunately, they underestimated the interest in this activity and people were lining up an hour beforehand to get in the class. Seeing the interest, the Miracle crew themselves tried to conduct similar classes on the way back. Not the same. We weren't much on shows, so not much to comment there, except to say that one of us did see a show and liked it okay. Not sure which show it was, so this is probably not too helpful. Sorry. They did have some good movies, including "Gravity" and "Blended", which we enjoyed. One of us loves trivia contests and was excited to discover that they pretty much had back-to-back trivia contests of various kinds, in one lounge or another, all morning long. This person often persuaded the other sisters to join her and I will say that medals and the coveted ship-on-a-stick were won! In terms of food, we thought it was wonderful. We had the early sitting and Stefan, Pedro and Dennis, our waiters took excellent care of us. They remembered who liked her water glass kept full, who liked peppermint tea at the end of the meal and who liked decaf. They were the best! As per usual, the left side of the menu has staples that never change throughout the cruise: things like Southern fried chicken, flank steak and shrimp cocktail. The right side of the menu has the daily specials, an unusual "Didja Ever" appetizer, and "Comfort Food." Some of the treats on the right side were: filet mignon, Duck a l'Orange, lobster, escargot, venison spring rolls, alligator in phyllo dough and Osso Buco. Speaking of phyllo dough, the dessert chef was a genius! The things he could do with that phyllo dough! Memorable desserts included a fruit "lasagna", which was a layer of phyllo covered with orange creme sauce, then another layer of phyllo topped with fresh fruit. And his apple pie with phyllo dough was heavenly! Mouth watering! But my favorite dessert was something called Bitter and Blanc. I really can't describe it, except to say that every time the word "bitter" chocolate appeared in the menu, it was really dark chocolate. Okay, enough about the food. It's making me hungry, except one comment. Whenever I heard people complain about the food, I wanted to say, "Really? You eat better than this at home?" Okay, I said it. Now I feel better. So on the way to the islands, the ship had to alter it's route because there was a storm, nicknamed the "Pineapple Express" that was tracking from Hawai'i to California. This put us about 5 hour behind schedule and the captain made the decision to head for Hilo on the Big Island instead of Maui, as was originally scheduled for our first port. In addition, we would be landing in the afternoon, rather than the morning. Unfortunately, most people who had purchased the cruise ship excursions for Hilo were out of luck due to this change, and all but 3 of the 14 ship excursions originally scheduled for Hilo were cancelled. Fortunately, we had purchased excursions with an outside company: Mauka Makai Adventures. I made a call to them and they were happy to accommodate us. It even worked out better because now we were able to see a twilight tour of the volcanoes which was much more dramatic. And now I want to tell you that this company and the people who run it, Josh and Jill Grotkin, were really a high point in our trip. We had two days with them, one on Hilo and one on Kona. They provided a totally individualized tour for us. Josh was our guide and you just could not find a better guide. He was friendly, flexible, outgoing, and so knowledgeable about his beautiful island. He took us to see so many wonderful places and explained so much that we began to truly fall in love with the Big Island. It turned out to be fortunate that we had booked most of the excursions with outside companies. They could be more flexible with changes in scheduling. Also, when you disembark the ship, if you have an excursion with an outside company, you are given priority status and allowed to disembark first. That was nice. Other excursions will be reviewed in the ports section. Let me backtrack a bit and tell you that one of the most exciting moments on the trip, for me, happened just as we were pulling into Hilo. I was sitting on the balcony, just staring at the ocean, when BOOM!!!... a Humpback whale breached full length, right where I was looking, just ahead of the ship! I started yelling to my sisters, and we all crowded on the balcony. No more breaching, but we did see what appeared to be two whales swimming and spouting right next to each other. We assumed they were a mother and calf. We did see other whales on our Kona excursion with Josh, but seeing that breach was SO exciting! One thing that was unfortunate was with 2 days left in the cruise we woke up and were startled to see the hall outside our cabin had apparently turned into a river, complete with little waves! It turned out a pipe had burst and much of the port side of deck six was flooded to a greater or lesser degree. For us, some water did come in to the cabin and make portions of the carpet wet. The crew, though, I have to admit, was absolutely fantastic and the inconvenience was minor. After the leak was stopped, the crew was there with wet vacs and powerful fans to dry out the carpet. The biggest inconvenience was that the fans were really loud. But we didn't stay in the cabin much during the day anyway. Official looking crew members were very solicitous and came several times a day to inquire how the carpet was drying. Plus they credited us over $400, so that took away a lot of the pain. Nice. Disembarkation was very smooth. Apparently, there was some delay with the customs officials clearing the ship, but once that was done, we were off the ship very quickly. One thing I did like about the process at Long Beach was that you went through customs first and then picked up your luggage. This is different than at Miami and greatly expedited the speed at which we were able to go through customs. All in all, we had a great time and felt the cruise to be wonderful. We fell in love with Hawai'i and hope to be able to go back some day. If we do, I will remember to book with outside companies!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
There are no bad vacations...only varying levels of memories and laughter. There were 9 of us meeting at the Long Beach terminal for an anniversary cruise for our niece and nephew. 5 of us drove out the day before and stayed at the Quality ... Read More
There are no bad vacations...only varying levels of memories and laughter. There were 9 of us meeting at the Long Beach terminal for an anniversary cruise for our niece and nephew. 5 of us drove out the day before and stayed at the Quality Inn near Long Beach Airport with a Stay and Park package while 4 flew in from Boston. Keep a small rolling travel bag with you and have a bathing suit and change of cloths with you just in case your luggage arrives late. It is also helpful for rolling around your soft drinks, water and wine that you are allowed to bring on board at no charge. We arrived at the Terminal at 12:45pm. Embarkation was fairly quick and smooth in comparison to previous cruise (this was #14 and our 4th on the Miracle). Our connecting balcony cabins on deck 7 were ready so we proceeded to change into bathing suits and go to deck 9 for lunch and then to Serenity, the adult only pool area, deck 9 aft. There are swings and pods for sunning or sleeping but get there early every day as they do quickly. They actually put time out slips on the beautiful lounge pods so people could not claim them with a towel and leave for hours. 30 minutes to grab a bite or go to your cabin or the bathroom was enough time. They also have plenty of regular lounges and lots of comfy couches and chairs that are shaded! There is a bar there also. We went there every day as we had no young children in our group. There are two other pools for kids and families. The food is exquisite. I have a Gluten allergy and I was super impressed with all the choices and that my meals were pre-ordered each day made in a special kitchen and excellent. They have gluten free pizza made to order, pasta, breads. I had made my own bread and brought it with me but I did not need it! Everything I had was perfect. They also have Gluten free beer and hard cider. Our dining service team of Wyan, Erick and Nipaporn were the best. With 9 people ordering multiple appetizers and sometimes multiple meals, they always smiled and gave excellent service. Of course we all tipped them extra for the extra work involved. We also enjoyed breakfast/brunch in the dining room almost every day because being waited on is preferable to buffet style always. Also, the steak & eggs (lean filet mignon) and the boneless pork chop or eggs Benedict were so worth it. Our room steward Ashley was incredible. He was the most attentive we have ever experienced. Our room was stocked with ice and clean towels. He greeted us by name and smiled always. While the ship is older now and getting tired, it was always clean and attractive. They are putting it in dry dock this January for an overhaul. The comedians were funny but we didn't go to the shows. The trivia and activities are plentiful. We played bean bag toss (Corn Hole) every day and sometimes twice a day. The casino was hopping but I only dabbled a very little as I don't think people win much. I played table games and did leave up $65 after losing $20 in machines That was it for me. Everyone in our group had a good cruise and while on board we booked our Hawaii cruise. They were giving a $200 on board credit if you booked. You do have the ability to change your itinerary or travel day if you want. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
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
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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