50 Carnival Miracle Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

We loved everything about this cruise....except the comedian(so bad it was embarrassing- many people left halfway through his performance) and the Comedy Club hostess with her squeaky voice and her fake hair flips. The food experience was ... Read More
We loved everything about this cruise....except the comedian(so bad it was embarrassing- many people left halfway through his performance) and the Comedy Club hostess with her squeaky voice and her fake hair flips. The food experience was exquisite. Indrawan was our favorite waiter. Attentive, professional, and always smiling! The meals were delicious each day. The dining room was spectacular. The buffet stations on Lido Deck always had fresh, tasty food and smiling staff. The shore excursions were more about visiting the tour guide’s brother’s t-shirt and jewelry store. A lot of wasted time. Not enough time to properly look at the attractions. Were it not for the gamble of being left behind while doing non-sanctioned shore excursions, we would do exactly that. We could do much better for a lot less money. The performances in the theater were awesome. The staff there worked hard, and each night presented a great experience. Adam, the Cruise Director, did his very best to make sure we all had fun. The finale with the Lip Sync and the Passenger Song and dance show just proved that anyone can do a great job of entertaining with a little coaching and choreography. Sensational show! The Casino was better than I thought it would be. Didn’t make any money on the slots, but had some small wins to keep it exciting. Terrible sound system in the Casino, and smoky as usual. The poolside events on the Lido Deck were very loud, but they got a lot of people shaking and grooving. The DJ worked hard to make sure everyone was included. Bingo was a bust. Winning was almost impossible, and if it weren’t for Luis the Bingo Master, (who made it fun), it would have been a total waste. The Art sales and auctions seemed to be misplaced on the ship. It wouldn’t be my first choice of places to buy art, and then pack it or pay to have it shipped home. Fortunately, the Carnival Miracle is going into dry dock for refurbishment. It really needs some love! Lots of things need updating and painting. The deck furniture is uncomfortable and extremely noisy when you move it around. Not sure how to fix that, but it makes it hard to sleep while people on the next balcony are moving chairs around. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our second cruise on the Miracle. The last one was in 2015. We have been on 13 cruises. 5 cruises with Carnival. Poor maintenance shows all over this rusty old tub. CABIN: We had the beds arranged as two singles and the linens ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Miracle. The last one was in 2015. We have been on 13 cruises. 5 cruises with Carnival. Poor maintenance shows all over this rusty old tub. CABIN: We had the beds arranged as two singles and the linens did not match. Some of the pillowcases and sheets were old yellowed and stained. The vanity countertop trim varnish was peeling, chipped, and missing in many areas. There was a large buildup of dust on the threshold of the connecting door which obviously had not been cleaned for weeks. It finally got cleaned the last day of our 13-day cruise. The drawers under the couch were broken and misaligned which prevented them from closing. In the bathroom one new white towel hangs next to another yellowed thread bare towel. Some days the new towels were damp like they had not been dried completely. The sink was chipped and surface missing around the discolored drain ring. The collar around the sink faucet that indicates which handle direction is hot and cold was missing and exposing a build-up of sludge on the moving parts underneath. The toilet had a permanent discoloration ring of the plastic bowl. The shower water temperature would randomly go cold without touching any controls. The Veranda had extensive rust on the metal pieces and the rail had been varnished many times and they just let the varnish drip and run down the railing window where it then dried so that when you were seated on the veranda chairs it obscured the view outward. It appeared they just gave buckets of varnish to unskilled workers without any concern for doing a quality job. PUBLIC AREAS: The public open areas were cleaner than the cabin but wear and tear is very visible throughout the ship. The chair upholstery in most areas was stained and faded giving a drab appearance. The Phantom show theater was especially bad as the top of the seating was worn and discolored from repeated handprints and the seat cushions were worn and stained. The drink table edges were worn and chipped. The public area restrooms had no hand towels and only weak cold air fan type hand dryers. I noticed many people avoid washing their hands and just leave the restroom with dirty hands. DINING: We used anytime dining most nights. Servers were very friendly and the food was good most nights. The Lido buffet di not impress us. Breakfast was OK but lunch and dinner we avoided. Crowded with dishes prepared using cheap meats with thick gravies like the military; The only item in Lido that appealed were the desert cakes at lunch which were well made and delicious. Used the pool grill for most lunches where there never seemed to be a wait. I had a Rueben sandwich at the Deli one day and I was very pleased with it. ENTERTAINMENT: This was advertised as a JOURNEYS cruise that takes place on some Carnival ships that sail for 9 days or longer. When I looked up info about JOURNEYS cruises people spoke of interesting guest speakers, galley tours, special food and other interesting events. The only event I noticed was a 80’s Throwback theme of performers where people wore dress from the 70’s not the 80’s. In addition there was a midnight food presentation, but considering most passengers were in their 70’s I don’t think many people stayed up that late just to eat. One main theater performer who was very good was a Comedian/Magician named Peter Gross. He kept the entire theater in stiches with his crazy antics. I wish he had done a second show. SUMMARY: This was a dream of mine to be able to go through the Panama Canal. I only wish I had chosen another cruise line. We were told the ship is going into dry dock in February 2020 for repairs. The sad thing is you don’t have to go into dry dock to supply clean and quality linens or maintain clean comfortable cabins. We have crossed Carnival off our list for any future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We only could take two weeks off from work, so this was the cruise we chose. This was a repositioning cruise for the Miracle, but Carnival also billed it ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We only could take two weeks off from work, so this was the cruise we chose. This was a repositioning cruise for the Miracle, but Carnival also billed it as a Panama Canal cruise. PROS: Our stateroom (an obstructed view balcony) was large enough for two people and kept well cleaned and stocked by our excellent steward, Lindon. The obstruction of our view was not bad at all, and consisted of a lifeboat that came about up to our ankles. Our servers in the main dining room, Roxana, IWayan, and Indrawan, were excellent. The cruise had numerous sea days, which was very relaxing. The fun squad kept us busy with lots of trivia and games. Food was delicious, and there was plenty of fresh fruit and veggies. Minimal chair hogs and dinner lines, the cruise was not fully booked. Embarkation was fast and easy, about 10 minutes from curb to lido deck. This crowd was a little on the geriatric side with loads of diamond and platinum members. Everyone made it to the muster drill, and everyone made it on time after being ashore. We did the Chef's table, it was excellent and well worth the money. Singh and Helen at the service desk were very helpful. CONS: Carnival needs to take a look at their cruise passenger demographics before a cruise. This cruise was filled with senior citizens (there were only 11 children on board!) that were on a bucket list cruise. We went through the panama canal during mid-day (which was too hot for these seniors), people were understandably standing out on deck to see the locks, and Carnival could have provided some cooling measures like iced washcloths and cool drinks. I did see some cool drinks being handed out, but none never made it to the forward lido deck where there were about 250 passengers. Also, put some chairs out on the forward lido deck! We were standing for hours in the hot sun. With all the sea days, I would have appreciated some chairs out on the outside promenade deck. It's nice and quiet down there, and a great place for reading, but only if there's a chair there to sit on. Carnival advertised this cruise as a Panama Canal cruise, but we were given minimal information the actual day of the canal transit. They did have some sort of (pilot?) guy that made about 10 short announcements over the course of the 13 hour transit, but that was it. No guest speaker the night before that told us what to expect, or about the history of the canal, or any other speakers. There was one Academy of Fun guy, but he talked about space, astronomy, astronauts, etc. He was great, but it would have been more appropriate to talk about the canal that was on all of our bucket lists. Seriously, Carnival, what would it take to get some history buff speaker? Or a civil engineer? Debarkation was terrible, and I've never ever said that before in any of my reviews. Not sure if the ship arrived late or what, but debarkation started about an hour late. We didn't get off the ship until almost 11, and we were in the middle of the crowd. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Used to cruise Carnival all the time. Have cruised other boats in past few years. Will not go back to Carnival again after this experience. This boat needs to be completely redone or drydocked right away. It is dated, it is not ... Read More
Used to cruise Carnival all the time. Have cruised other boats in past few years. Will not go back to Carnival again after this experience. This boat needs to be completely redone or drydocked right away. It is dated, it is not maintained. It is dirty, dated and dull. Also, Carnival really missed the boat (pun intended) on the Panama Canal. They had no information leading up to the canal traverse. They had one guy on the boat during the canal trip and he was reading for WIKI. I know, because in the absence of any info, I read the WIKI to the people around me and he was reading the same stuff. Crew was excellent. Entertainment was good, but comedy club was way way way too crowded. Food in dining room was good. Food in buffet was not. Deli and wok lines were out the door most days. If people like that - get more of it and less buffet. Buffet food was not fresh, not warm and not good. Columbia party bus excursion was ridiculous. The booze was horrible and there really was very little info. Would not book again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Going to Panama canal was the highlight of our cruise...friendliest people onboard crew was excellent, dining room very slow ..plan on spending 2 hours there ...shows old school nothing fancy, bands in red frogs excellent mainly ... Read More
Going to Panama canal was the highlight of our cruise...friendliest people onboard crew was excellent, dining room very slow ..plan on spending 2 hours there ...shows old school nothing fancy, bands in red frogs excellent mainly female front/male front musicians excellent...being a musician vocalist I love good harmonies great songs, karaoke was magical fun with great bunch of people...drawback ..karaoke was 3rd to 5th day and I think they should had it from 1st day to last night since everyone enjoyed karaoke. Excessive amount of Bingo and trying to push selling jewelry which was a turnoff. Excursions were excellent. Embarkation smoothly and debarkation smoothly. Panama canal was interesting ..would have enjoyed getting off ship to view from outside or even excursion of panama the city. The ship dining room was very unusual colorful and enjoyed it. Miracle is nice sized ship not too big or not too small. Enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Cruising the Panama Canal was on my husbands bucket list so this cruise was a birthday gift for him and our 29 year old son. This was my 28th cruise with Carnival and the second time on the Miracle so I'm not new to evaluating what ... Read More
Cruising the Panama Canal was on my husbands bucket list so this cruise was a birthday gift for him and our 29 year old son. This was my 28th cruise with Carnival and the second time on the Miracle so I'm not new to evaluating what works and what doesn't on these ships. I've sailed pretty much every class as well. The Ship - So the Miracle is not the newest or my favorite. But it was a nice size and easy to navigate. Yes the crew is always working hard to keep it clean and updated. I see that on all the ships. We had a suite for the three of us and the balcony was extended and really nice. The cabin itself was nice as well. Very roomy for three adults and our ac worked just fine. The Crew and the Passengers - Probably one of my favorite of all cruises. The prior weeks cruise was spring break so they were thrilled to have a ship full of "old people" with tons of status treating them with respect and warmth. And I have to say - combine an eight day cruise with the cost of the Panama canal and you get an average age of 75 years old and 500 plus diamond and platinum members. Our steward Arnold, our dining staff Lydia and Rosi, the Alchemy Bartenders Jacob and Gabrial and Gabrial's wife by the pool couldn't have been friendlier. And it was not about extra tipping, the crew was just so eager to please. Maybe the nicest crew I've ever experienced. And finally the food. Well I am not a huge fan of the American Table menu on any ship these days but I can always find something I like. Was it fun? Well for my 29 year old he had to find his own fun as there were barely any other passengers even close to his age. But he did. And as far as the entertainment the house band was good as were the vocalists and violin trio. This was not one of those late night cruises for us by a stretch with the crowd on board but it was completely relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Cruised with my 20 YO Granddaughter. Had a great time despite having very few younger people on the ship. First time to Panama Canal. Tampa embarkation is a little more difficult to me having to park across the street but ok. Got right ... Read More
Cruised with my 20 YO Granddaughter. Had a great time despite having very few younger people on the ship. First time to Panama Canal. Tampa embarkation is a little more difficult to me having to park across the street but ok. Got right on the ship. Cabin was in good position on the ship but Cabin steward was not the best I ever had. Enjoyed the entertainment. Food was adequate but not anything to rave about. Both excursions that we took were fantastic. They cancelled one that we booked with Carnival so we took one from the port at Grand Cayman. The ship is in good shape and I liked the gaudiness. It reminded me of the good old days of cruising. Didn't miss Guy's Burgers, the grill took it's place and was good. Debarkation was easy. Off the ship with my own luggage and on the way home at 8:15. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The only the enjoyable thing on this cruise were the fellow passengers. Staff: Unless they were working for extra tips at the bar or trying to sell you something, they looked and acted miserable. Some practically falling over tired. ... Read More
The only the enjoyable thing on this cruise were the fellow passengers. Staff: Unless they were working for extra tips at the bar or trying to sell you something, they looked and acted miserable. Some practically falling over tired. Food: Im used to military gally food, and thats what they served. And it was the same food served in all four restraunts with only the $40 steakhouse having something different. Cabin: Average size but HOT! Air conditioning was working all over the ship, but not in our room, even the minifridge quit. We tried several times to get customer service to help without success. Slept with wet towels to try and stay cool. Entertainment was more focused on gambling/sales. Comedians and trivia hosts were trying their hardest but were at it for hours and ran out of good jokes. We ended up just playing drinking card games with other guests. Services were adverage, except for the hard sell for the spa/botox. Only had ome working ellipticle. DONT pay the $60 for the VIFP upgrade. Everyone who already sailed with Carnival gets it for free. So you dont get on or off the boat early, you wait for cabin to be called like anyone else. Just another ripoff. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Pre-cruise: We flew in the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Tampa downtown. Our stay was excellent and I would highly recommend. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had 11:30 to 12:00 check in time. We arrived right about 11:30 ... Read More
Pre-cruise: We flew in the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Tampa downtown. Our stay was excellent and I would highly recommend. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had 11:30 to 12:00 check in time. We arrived right about 11:30 and were onboard shortly after noon. We didn't have to even sit in the terminal to wait. The Miracle isn't the newest ship with all the latest things. That was fine with me as the goal was relaxation. Live the ship size and layout. One dining room so you can cross the ship on all decks. Ship is clean and does have some of the 2.0 upgrades. Food was good to excellent. MDR dinner was fine. There were a few entrees that weren't great, but the wait staff quickly brought something else. Steakhouse was excellent. If you get a reservation for the right time, you can watch the sun set at dinner. Lido was good. I also loved the new deli sandwiches. Entertainment was a highlight of this cruise. We attended all the shows and they were great! The cast was also very approachable and interacted a lot with the audience. Go see the Daft Sailors in the Red Frog Pub. They were excellent and it was the place to be for both guests and crew. Leigh the CD and his staff were personable and energetic. With 4 sea days, it could have been easy to get bored and they kept everyone engaged and entertained. Ports: Limon, Costa Rica- We did the sloth tour through Carnival. This isn't the fanciest port. There is a large craft market near the dock. There are no Diamonds International if that's what you're looking for. The sloth tour was excellent. We drove about 45 minutes on an air conditioned bus to the sloth sanctuary. The tour guide spent that time teaching us about Costa Rica and the area. First, they gave us time to use the restrooms. Then we had about 20 minutes in the gift shop. Prices were reasonable and they take USD. After that, we split into two groups to see the rescued sloths in two different rooms. It was amazing and very educational. We then went on a canoe ride through the canals to see animals. We saw sloths, howler monkeys, geckos, a crocodile and more. The canoe guide was very good at spotting animals and waiting for us to take pictures. We took the bus back to the port. We skipped the planned fruit stand stop due to there being too many buses there already. We had time to shop after the tour. The craft market was crowded, but people were friendly. There is wifi, but I had trouble getting it to work. Panama Canal- This was basically like a sea day. There was a historian onboard to explain everything to us as we went through the canal. If you want to see from the front of the ship, get there early because it was crowded. A lot of people watched from balconies. They also had a makeshift store on lido for t-shirts and souvenirs. A lot of the souvenirs went quickly. There were t-shirts available in the fun shops until the end of the cruise. Shops and casino were open while we were in the canal. They also showed movies in Mad Hatter's lounge during the afternoon. Grand Cayman- We did not do a tour here as we've been before. We got off the ship and just did some shopping with a stop for lunch. Do bring smaller bills if you can as we found some places didn't have a lot of USD to give change. If you go to the right from where you tender in (after you leave the gated area) and walk down a ways, there is a small craft market where you can buy things like jewelry, coin purses, art, etc... Prices there were way more reasonable than at the little stands near the port. Special note: We did an ashes scattering on this cruise and they were amazing. A crew member from guest services and security officer met us and escorted us to an aft crew area. They told us where we could scatter and gave us as much time as we needed. They also provided us with the coordinates later. Debark: We were not in a hurry so we picked the latest tag. Debarkation was a little delayed due to only having two customs officers. Things went much quicker once they got a few more. Once off the ship and through customs, we flagged down a porter and got our checked bags. He directed us to a shuttle to the airport for 8 dollars per person. A taxi would have cost 28 dollars. Tips: Bring a glass with a lid for drinks on lido. Great to fill up and take to the bar after dinner. A string backpack is great to use around the ship on sea days or in port. A lanyard made things so much easier. Bring extra plugs so that you can charge more than one thing at a time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our first 14 day Journeys cruise. Ship was Carnival Miracle. Departure port - Tampa. Panama Canal partial crossing. Ports - Cozumel, Limon, Panama Canal/Gatun, Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao, Montego Bay. Did a cruise package at ... Read More
This was our first 14 day Journeys cruise. Ship was Carnival Miracle. Departure port - Tampa. Panama Canal partial crossing. Ports - Cozumel, Limon, Panama Canal/Gatun, Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao, Montego Bay. Did a cruise package at Country Inn & Suites in Brandon. Very good package with room, hot buffet breakfast, 14 days parking and to/from port shuttle. Embarkation went well. Disembarkation was not as smooth and took much longer. This was a couple's trip. Shore excursions: 1- COZUMEL - "by land and sea", good experience in underwater glass windowed boat and bus exploration trip. Both guides were excellent. Chocolate, then Tequila tours were very interesting. 2 - PANAMA CANAL - Locks were very interesting, then anchored in Gatun Lake before returning through locks back to sea. 3 - Limon - "Caribbean train/boat/bus", tour was excellent and guides for each segment were very informative. 4 - CARTAGENA - Interesting harbour entrance and docking right next to operating container port. Did not do a shore excursion here. 4 - Aruba - "Best of Aruba Island Tour", on air-conditioned bus. Tour was excellent. Bus driver/guide was most informative and had many humourous anecdotes and stories. 5 - Curacao - "Discover Curacao Island Tour". This tour featured a bus that, although air-conditioned, was very narrow inside with very cramped seating. The tour guide spoke very quickly and presented a challenge to understand. She stopped at a museum first, which was interesting but went on far too long. We stopped at a Curacao Blue Liqueur production facility, which was interesting, but we were rushed through the site too quickly. 6 - Montego Bay - "Give back to the Community Tour". This was a good tour as far as the sights go, and the stop at a primary school where the children came outside to sing for us was a real treat, most enjoyable. However, the bus driver drove too fast on narrow roads, which was a bit unnerving. The commentary by the guide was sporadic and there was none on the rapid return to the ship. Before leaving on the tour we were delayed by a couple arriving late, and before returning were delayed by the guide not returning, timely, to the bus. The stop at the plantation for lunch was interesting. The ship, Carnival Miracle, an interesting name as a miracle was needed to repair the ship and refurbishing was sorely needed. Stateroom and other areas of the ship needed repainting as some rust was visible. We had a brief power blackout in the stateroom and toilets that didn't work for a few hours during the night. We had a light switch that didn't work. Wiring and plumbing repairs were carried out during the trip, in stateroom corridors. Our TV remote didn't work, upon arrival, and needed to be replaced. The rear serenity area was used often by us and was very relaxing. However, there was a serious soot problem later in the voyage that caused the pool and hot tub to be closed as soot was floating on the surfaces. One woman passenger remarked to me that she suffered a facial burn from the stacks emissions. The food areas were set up well with quite plentiful seating areas. The quality and variety of foods served was quite good. The food in the formal dining room was excellent and the service was superb. The surroundings in the dining room were quite dated and needed up-grading. We had a balcony room and have found this type of stateroom offers more floor space which is most welcome. The entertainment offered was quite good, although we didn't attend shows every evening as our dining time was later. We have booked a similar cruise from Tampa for next year leaving within a day of this cruise. We are travelling next time on the Carnival Legend. We are hoping it to be a more amenable environment than the Miracle. I would have given the overall rating of this cruise 4, instead of 3, stars had the ship not had the issues mentioned. We enjoy our Carnival cruises and look forward to our up-coming one. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We choose this cruise because it left from Tampa (closest to our home) and visited the Panama Canal, along with other ports we have not been to. The weather (Dec. 2-16) was perfect! Shorts and short-sleeved shirts were fine for the day, ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it left from Tampa (closest to our home) and visited the Panama Canal, along with other ports we have not been to. The weather (Dec. 2-16) was perfect! Shorts and short-sleeved shirts were fine for the day, while long pants and long sleeves were desired in the evening. This was a "journey" cruise which we had not heard of before. There was a lot to do on board! Many trivia and other games filled our days. Entertainment was good in the evenings. If you like karaoke, there were many opportunities to show off your talent. Different decades were highlighted on sea days. Frankie, our cruise director, and his staff were fantastic! The ship was decorated for Christmas, and many of the cruisers came out with their Christmas outfits all the time. Room doors were decorated more than normal, too. There were very few children on board (maybe 7), probably because it was a 14 day cruise. We did not play in the casino, but it was a very large room and filled all the time. Unfortunately, this made that area of the ship very smokey, and one susceptible to breathing issues might have a problem. The food was okay. I was excited to see lobster at two of the gala nights (no extra fee). I thought the main dining room was a bit dark; it would have been nice to have a little more lighting, especially since the main color was purples. By the end of the cruise, I was bored with the lido food (which maybe was a good thing since everyone was eating too much)!!! I remember from past cruises that the waitstaff and room stewards used our names and greeted us every night; ours didn't do well in that department; maybe they were just overworked. I loved having breakfast on our balcony each morning. Having room service bring us a few things kept us from eating too much. It was nice to relax with the waves lapping while reading or playing my ukulele. As far as the ports, we didn't get off the ship in Cozumel since we've been there before. Costa Rica was disappointing, maybe because we didn't opt for any excursions. Cartegena was surprisingly nice: right off the ship there was a bird aviary with birds, flamingos, monkeys, and other creatures among the tropical plants. Aruba was wonderful! We got on the city bus ($5 roundtrip) and spent the day at Palm Beach, then shopped when we got back to town. Sat at a bar and got free wi-fi (with the purchase of a drink). Curacao is always fun. It was the most decorated for Christmas. Walked over the moving bridge to town and did a lot of walking and shopping. Last stop was Montego Bay, another disappointing port, a few 'huts' of souvenirs. Oh, the Panama Canal was different ... took most of the day. It was hot sitting in the front of the ship. A man was announcing the history of the canal which was nice. My husband enjoyed going through and seeing how the locks worked. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and departing from our home port. Great selection of port of calls with a partial Panama Canal Transit. Cruise went smooth and overall the service on the Miracle was above average. Only ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and departing from our home port. Great selection of port of calls with a partial Panama Canal Transit. Cruise went smooth and overall the service on the Miracle was above average. Only issues were minor. Food selection could be better and the Cruise Director was below average compared to other ships. Cruise Director appeared to want to be the center of attention all the day. Great cruise overall, the Miracle is an older ship but is smaller and the floor plan is perfect. Ship was kept very clean at all times and crew members were very friendly. It was nice to sail on a smaller ship for a chance. No problems ordering a drink, seeing the shows, or getting a lounge chair poolside. Carnival did a good job with this 14 day journeys cruise and have no issues with the Miracle its self. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Drove to Tampa on Friday and Stayed at the Quality Inn Cruiseport.Airport. Reasonable price for stay. Room was ok and breakfast was actually good. Good location as many eating locations are close and shopping around it. Seemed like a ... Read More
Drove to Tampa on Friday and Stayed at the Quality Inn Cruiseport.Airport. Reasonable price for stay. Room was ok and breakfast was actually good. Good location as many eating locations are close and shopping around it. Seemed like a secure area. It did provide a shuttle to cruiseport and I think had a park, cruise shuttle at hotel. Sat drove to port and parked a Cruise4Park. reasonable price and had shuttle constantly to the port which is less than mile away. embarkment was one of worst i have had due to problems getting last paasengers did not get off until 1230. Getting through line was simple and quick. You were given your room key as in past when you checked in,not put in mailbox. after this had two hour wait to get on. Muster drill was pretty disorganized, we got to stand in Tampa sun for twenty minutes with nothing going on then a two minute demonstration. after that a normal first day First two and half sea days were normal. entertainment was good and usual days at sea. Dining rooms opened on time or early usually . Had Chopsticks which was good, normal choices rotated days Seemed to have more omelette stations than other ships and the ones i had were good. The desert section was not very good, location was congested and small, which blocked traffic and selections were not as good as others., salad bar seemed smaller than others but selection was good. Dinner early seating was ok. Meals were often late and cold, Carnival brass has not tried waiting in dining rooms on this ship . Staff was overworked with number of people they had to serve and on more than one night had to leave to help somewhere else. Limon was first port, I left boat and got a taxi tour which which was more reasonable than Carnival and took me where ever i wanted to go. It was slowed by a strike in the town which caused problems with many tours as buses got stuck in traffic. Panama Canal was second day. Really interesting process to watch boats go into locks and out and repeat the process going back after cruising a lake. The process was narrated and history and facts were given. Third port was Grand Cayman. Just walked and shopped here. TEnder process was quick and efficient on and off the boat. The Miracle is a smaller ship with a different layout than most other ships. Shops and Casino were on second and third floor same as dining rooms. Had i guess what you can call literary them on walls. Has walking tack on floor 11 and has floor ten marked for walkers as well. Serenity area was one of the best i have seen even though you could almost always find a lace there. Think this was because it was an older crowd. Had a interior cabin with French Doors looking at lifeboats, It was fine ,plenty of room and closets. Was kept clean and had a fridge that worked. The safe was not digital you used a card to open.Normal bathroon size wise. Dining Early Seating. Food was not as good as normal cruises I have been on (23) . Service was slow as servers had too many people to serve and food was often late in coming down and was cold when we got it. Breakfast in lunch on deck were basically the same as other ships not great not bad, seating as normal at busy times was hard to find. Staff was always attentive and helpful in all dining. Entertainment was good . Shows were good and normal shows, Had comedy shows each night which usually filled up quickly most of the time. The cruise director Frankie was better than most of those i have encountered. He was around the ship and interacting with passengers constantly. I would take this trip again if conditions were rightly.. Debarkation was good and bad. started badly as more people leaving early and the direction was crowded leaving the dining room after getting to the gangplank it moved smoothly and customs was very fast. My ride from parking lot was waiting and i was on my way home ten minutes after leaving the ship Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because of seeing the Panama Canal. The Miracle is a small ship by today's standards. The embarkation at the Tampa port was long and tedious, taking an hour and half to get aboard. On board, there was only on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of seeing the Panama Canal. The Miracle is a small ship by today's standards. The embarkation at the Tampa port was long and tedious, taking an hour and half to get aboard. On board, there was only on place to get lunch at the whatever it's called buffet. A friend wanted a sandwich from the station that makes custom sandwiches. It took him 35 minutes. I ended up with hot dogs most of the time as it usually was the shortest line. The main challenge in the buffet was hunting down an available table. The dining room must be a training ground for staff as we continually got the wrong order. Why can't the dining room be open for lunch in order to alleviate the buffet overflow? The four of us had "anytime" or whatever it's called. I have to admit that a couple of times we were assigned to tables where our servers were Jessie, Myat (sp?) and Mallinan (sp?). They were excellent, prompt and had the correct meals. The other days were not up to par. On the days at sea there were really very few activities. Eating and trivia were the main activities. The entertainment was average. In Limon, Costa Rica we were supposed to go zip lining. Because of a protest against the government our bus sat in traffic for an hour an a half before they were told to return to the ship. As earlier excursion were delayed, the Carnival staff did know of this and should have cancelled before we left. By the way as you exit from the ship into Limon, you are greeted by a bunch of vendors selling "authentic" stuff. I decided to go through this and into the small cruise terminal to Liimon proper. When I saw the razor wire et al I decided not. We do have high praise for the cabin attendant who was discrete and very friendly. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We wanted to see the Panama Canal which was the best part of the cruise. The canal portion was well done with an on-board historian who explained the building of the canal as we passed through various locks. The two land tours were a ... Read More
We wanted to see the Panama Canal which was the best part of the cruise. The canal portion was well done with an on-board historian who explained the building of the canal as we passed through various locks. The two land tours were a waste of money. Limon, Costa Rica was a depressing and dirty city. Nearly all the residential homes had not only iron fencing around them but there was razor wire on top of all the fences. While the Cayman Islands were prettier, our guide loved to hear himself talk and talk. He ended up taking us to sleazy shops where he would get a cut of what his tour people spent. The ship was nice enough and very clean looking if older decor. The meals were good with plenty of choices both at the buffet and in the dining room. We had one steak dinner at Nick and Nora's which was exceptional---both service and food. It was worth the extra $35pp. Our main complaint was the very loud sound systems in the theater and at nearly all the bars. Our ears could not tolerate going to any of the shows. The drinks were outrageous, too. One night we had two glasses of house merlot with dinner for which we were charged $27.50. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose this cruise for the itinerary only. Ship was only superficially clean, poor maintenance overall. We had a balcony cabin and could see rust on the davit that held an emergency boat , worried that it would not hold weight of ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary only. Ship was only superficially clean, poor maintenance overall. We had a balcony cabin and could see rust on the davit that held an emergency boat , worried that it would not hold weight of passengers if an emergency. 1 woman collapsed during safety drill, crew stood frozen and were unsure what to do- passengers assisted her, took approx. 15 minutes for medical to assist her. Appeared to have shortage of staff, especially in dining room, improper place settings at tables, only 2 nights with table cloths. Wait time between courses were unreasonable, dirty dishes sat for long periods because staff was so short, though I didn't blame staff, they did their very best. No coffee available on the lido deck in every area that it was supposed too, broken equipment, cracked vinyl on some chairs on the lido deck buffet area. Lost lights in our room at least 3 days in a row for periods of time, 1 time my husband was in shower in the dark... Neighbors had no a/c for 3 days.... Limited entertainment, not a lot to do during the day for activities. Same old, same old... Feel insulted that Carinval appear to care so little for it's ships and passengers... Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise strictly because of the dates and itinerary. We made a big mistake and would never choose this cruise ship again. First of all, we booked last minute, so we were very limited on a balcony cabin to choose from and all ... Read More
We chose this cruise strictly because of the dates and itinerary. We made a big mistake and would never choose this cruise ship again. First of all, we booked last minute, so we were very limited on a balcony cabin to choose from and all of them were obstructed view. But because it was on our anniversary and we wanted to see the Panama Canal, we just booked it. The cabin was ok and we knew going into the trip it was not exactly as we normally cruise, but we accepted that. However, the ship smelled moldy and there were constant water drips and wet carpet from the duct work and ac overhead in the hallways. Buckets sitting around trying to catch the water the entire 8 days. We were on Deck 5. The 4 biggest complaints I had were 1. The smells, 2. the food and 3. all the smoke you had to walk through to get to other places in the ship. 4. Internet is mostly non-existent. I do not want to have to walk through a very smoky smelly very stinky casino to have to get to the other side of the ship. The smoke smells drifted up through the atrium and it was awful. This is not a good ship to be on if you have issues with smells. Between the smoke and the mold it was not pleasant. The food was absolutely the worst that I have ever had on any cruise. I have been on 5 different cruise lines and this was terrible. The best thing on the cruise was a tuna salad sandwich brought to our cabin. It is probably the only cruise ship I have been on that I actually lost weight.. LOL! I enjoy cruising and I am so glad that I have had very good experiences on many other cruises,because if this had been my only cruise I would never cruise again. We even paid for the Steakhouse and it was very bad. We always go to the "extra cost" restaurants because they are always very good, however this was TERRIBLE!!! I ordered a Filet Mignon It was so tough I could not eat it. I ate one small bite, and simply could not eat it. It tasted like liver or a very tough sirloin. It was 2 hours before a waitress came over to check back with us, and said you didn't like it. I said no it was way overcooked and tough... she looked at it and said I am so sorry I will let the chef know, maybe dessert will make up for it.... I said really??? She said do you want another one, and I said no, I don't have another 2 hours to wait. The restaurant was over half empty and they were so understaffed they could not take care of the very few customers they had. It was not worth the extra money at all. Don't waste your money on pre-paid internet packages. It is mostly non-existent. I had paid for pre-paid PREMIUM internet. It was worse than old dial up 25 years ago! I complained about it and was told that on this ship there was only 1 speed. I have asked for a refund since it was false advertisement. The front desk has requested that I get one, not sure yet if I have received it. I am glad we got to see the Panama Canal, but it was the worst ever! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose this cruise for the itinerary--Limon, Costa Rica; Panama Canal partial transit; and Grand Cayman's beaches--and to share a cruise with my cousin and her husband. One of the best itineraries since my husband and I enjoy our sea ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary--Limon, Costa Rica; Panama Canal partial transit; and Grand Cayman's beaches--and to share a cruise with my cousin and her husband. One of the best itineraries since my husband and I enjoy our sea days. It was eight days. Love Carnival's Sea Day brunches. Staff was friendly and always helpful. The Carnival Miracle is a beautiful ship, and I could see some of the changes since we sailed on her Christmas 2011. Large and good-feeling Punchliner room. Good time of year to travel--lots of retirees, not so many children, teens, or college folks. Debarkation from ship was fine; just the Tampa staff had us in long lines, moving extremely slow. Customs staff dwindled from about six stations to only one station open; this particular agent spent time casually talking to and laughing with a couple. All in all, one of our best cruises on Carnival! Thanks!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Consideration for handicapped passengers is necessary and appropriate, consideration for nonhandicapped passengers is also necessary. During debarkation and shore excursions utilizing tender boats, handicapped personnel with family ... Read More
Consideration for handicapped passengers is necessary and appropriate, consideration for nonhandicapped passengers is also necessary. During debarkation and shore excursions utilizing tender boats, handicapped personnel with family members (if they choose to accompany the handicapped person(s)) should be attended to "after" the non-handicapped passengers have deboarded the ship/boat. This particular cruise had an average age of 61 years of age. Wheelchairs, walkers, scooters and walking canes were in an abundance. Scooters were left parked at times in the cabin hallways, next to slot machines, and pool areas creating a traffic hazard should an evacuation be necessary. A handicapped scooter would not pass through the width of a typical cabin doorway. Is not they're a limited number of handicapped cabins on a ship? Anyone who utilizes a "handicapped" placard on their personal vehicle should be considered handicapped on a cruise ship and treated appropriately. I suspect some people boarded the ship not claiming handicapped status. However, the number of scooters and wheelchairs in common areas created some traffic congestion. Again I don't want to be overly critical of handicapped personnel but need to consider and evaluate the amount of space on a ship to accommodate scooters and wheelchairs is necessary and a safety measure for everyone on board. The dining, activities, service, cabin, entertainment, staff, were all good. The services both in the cabin and around the ship were very good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because of the port of departure and the destination (Tampa to Panama Canal with ports of call in Costa Rica and Grand Cayman Island). Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We had a fantastic time. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the port of departure and the destination (Tampa to Panama Canal with ports of call in Costa Rica and Grand Cayman Island). Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We had a fantastic time. We loved the ship. It's beautiful and has a cozy, warm charm to it. The food and service were superb. We especially enjoyed the Alterr Band in the Red Frog Pub who were terrific with their excellent performances of classic rock hits, especially lead guitarist, Sonny! All of the stewards/waiters/servers/ nearly everyone we met working on the ship were friendly, cordial and happy to go out of their way to make everything nice as can be. In Costa Rica, we booked the Carnival excursion to the Veragua Rainforest Eco Adventure with the Canopy Zip Line experience. This was well worth the $165, as the guide - Edgar Blanco - and all the staff and support along the way did a fantastic job of accommodating our group. Although we were disappointed not to have seen the wildlife we had hoped to, Edgar did spot a sloth on our way back, had the driver pull over and gave us time to take some photos. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of his country, and exudes great passion for the work being done in the study and sustaining of the country's rainforest, its wildlife, culture, etc. In Grand Cayman Island, we booked an excursion directly with Stingray Sailing (Chip) (www.stingraysailing.com), based on another reviewer's recommendation, and this also was well worth the $65. We had a great catamaran ride out to the sandbar, swimming with and feeding the stingrays, snorkeling at a coral reef, and then sailing back in. Highly recommend booking directly with www.stingraysailing.com. As for the ship itself, beautiful! If I had one negative to say, it's that the drinks are very expensive and highly recommend you purchase a in-stateroom beverage package to enjoy adult beverages. Also, do NOT carry the allotted bottles of wine or canned beverages in your checked luggage. Have them with you in your carry-on bags, as they will be removed from the checked-in luggage. Visiting the Panama Canal was a wonderful experience, although as we started into the locks, it began to rain, so have a rain poncho cover and/or umbrellas just in case. Fortunately, the rain did not last long and overall, our day at Panama Canal was beautiful. Can't say enough for the ship. Loved everything about it. Look forward to our next Carnival cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This trip was awesome. We did a partial Panama Canal trip. The person brought on board was knowledgeable and helpful. Explained every step thru the process. The staff was great. Ship was a little worn but nothing that affected our ... Read More
This trip was awesome. We did a partial Panama Canal trip. The person brought on board was knowledgeable and helpful. Explained every step thru the process. The staff was great. Ship was a little worn but nothing that affected our trip. The band in the Red frog pub was the best ever. The Alterr band had the bar packed every night. We booked excursion thru Carnival both were good the Costa Rico one has just too much packed into the time frame it caused us to be over an hour late back to the ship but there were still other buses behind us. Food was good hate no table clothes other than formal night but that is Carnivals new way. Dinner was at 5:30 instead of 6 not sure why but the older people lined up at 5 like they weren't to get a seat every night. All in All a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was a repositioning of the Miracle to its new home port of Tampa Fl. Carnival put the average age of passengers to be 67 and there were less than 20 passengers under 21. Since Carnival knew the age of their passengers they should of ... Read More
This was a repositioning of the Miracle to its new home port of Tampa Fl. Carnival put the average age of passengers to be 67 and there were less than 20 passengers under 21. Since Carnival knew the age of their passengers they should of been better prepared. The cruise started by leaving Long Beach hours late due to loading the ship. This set the ship arriving and leaving most ports late. You know a company that can turn a ship around on a dime knows how to load and unload a ship. They do 2 week cruises all the time. So it was poor planning on their side to get the ship loaded, or it was something else but they blamed it on tying to load the ship. We bought the trip to see a volcano in Guatemala through Carnival. Since we arrived over two hours late to the port we started our tour late. Disembarking was a nightmare. They let everyone off the ship at once. We were in line over a half an hour to get off. People were actually trying to get back on the ship when we were getting off after buy souvenirs on the dock. We ended up being toward back of bus. The tour guide could barely speak English. We were supposed to get food but they did not have enough for the back of the bus. They passes out information on Guatemala but did not have enough for the back of the bus. The information provided by Carnival did not prepare us for the trip. Some of the passengers must of researched the trip but about half the people did not research beyond what Carnival wrote up on the site they sold the tour on. Getting off the ship it was extremely hot and humid. The bus we had was on its last leg and the A/C did not work well. When we got to the area to walk up to the volcano it was about 60 degrees. We then discovered the hike was about an hour on a very sandy trail that was about a 25 to 30 degree incline. My wife and I made it about half way up and we asked how much more to the top and we were told we were only half way there. We ended up walking back to the bus, both really cold and I slipped and fell a couple times due to trail quality and that it was already getting dark. Others had to walk down the trail in total darkness. Other issues with Carnival was in Columbia. They let us disembark with two exits but only used one to let us come back on the ship with. We again waited in line in the direct sun. The crew were allowed to cut the line to get back on the ship. Remember average age was 67, so there were some very old people not in great health standing in the direct sun for a long time. Most issues I had were on how poorly organized the leadership on Miracle were. Don’t think I will sail on Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
14-Panama Canal Journeys Cruise Room 7192, port side extended balcony, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 5 out of 5 Embarkation: Another wonderful Southern California day. Traffic at port was light. We arrived early as did many of ... Read More
14-Panama Canal Journeys Cruise Room 7192, port side extended balcony, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 5 out of 5 Embarkation: Another wonderful Southern California day. Traffic at port was light. We arrived early as did many of the 187 Diamond and 887 Platinum guests (52% of the passengers). Carnival was prepared by setting up additional VIP check in stations outside the normal reception building. Outside seating area was set up for us to wait in prior to embarkation to begin. The ship was late leaving port that evening. I think it was around 8:00 PM before they finished loading everything on board. Not that it affected our cruse that night but did affect our schedule in the long run. Overall the embarkation team did a great job and it went efficiently for the passengers. 9 of 10 Room 7192: Steward Luis had our room ready when we boarded. Wow! with so many Diamond and Platinum it was hard to believe they had it all ready in time. Luis and Putu timed everything well and took care of our special request. We can’t ask for any better than this. I highly recommend Luis and his team to anyone. 10 of 10 Meet and Mingle: Never knew win Meet and Mingle was held. There was no note in the room, didn’t find it in the fun times. Assigned Seating Bacchus Dining Room: Maître D’ Yusef “Miroslav Djurik” has become our favorite always going around and checking in with the guests. We emailed a week before and requested this table because of the location. Assigned table #171 Head Waiter Malawan, Team Waiters Christian and Louis. During the cruise we got to know our hard-working team. They were a new team and at first didn’t synchronize together well but by the end of the cruise they had it all together. Drink service had a little to be desired but was satisfactory. Normally DW and I do not do the Sea Day Brunch but on one occasion this cruise we were late getting up and decided to go. Overall the service was good but the food was cold. Not sure I would recommend. Special Dining Opportunities: Tasting; We were lucky enough to be invited to attend a tasting prior to dining one night. This was an experience! We met Maître D’ outside the dining room 45 Minutes early and escorted to the kitchen. Viben the Head Chef had all the dishes to be served that night prepared for us to sample. We started with the appetizers and finished with deserts. Some of the dishes I noticed on previous cruise menus but never ordered because it didn’t sound good. Now after tasting everything my mind has changed and will try some of the other dishes. Chef’s table; This was our first time to sign up for the Chef’s Table and was a little apprehensive about what it entailed. After signing all the necessary paperwork to enter the Kitchen we were escorted in and stood around a table tasting some of the special appetizers they had made up. Oh! how good, wonderful, delightful just don’t know how to describe it. Afterwards we exited the kitchen and went to the Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab Dance Club where a table was set up for us with assigned seating, 13 people. What a special meal Executive Head Chef Jerry Furtado, put together. After this you walk away knowing what true Artists the Chefs are. Steak House; we dined in the steak house on the last sea day. The service was mediocre this time. The staff didn’t seam to be as friendly and have the spring in their step. The Spinach salad had astringent taste we mentioned it to the head Chef and he let us know it was due to a replenishment stop in Costa Rica, 14 day cruise. Midnight Buffett; The fun times published it would be 11:00 to 12:00. I would assume we will be able to view and take pictures during that time. I showed up at 11:30 some passengers were already serving their self’s and the line was long. Next time I hope fellow cruisers will have the courtesy to acknowledge the given times for viewing and picture taking before eating. Everything included under the term dining on this ship was excellent and would rate it 9 out of 10. Door decorations: This cruise mostly adult passengers and we thought people would be respectful. I couldn’t believe someone would take our personalized magnet from the door, Guess they like our name. Others complained of decorations being stolen also. Shame! Sky Box: Dimitar Andrievki and Nebojsha are great in Sky Box. What a busy place during the playoff games. This two-service personal are great ambassadors for Carnival. Casino: The Casino on Carnival Miracle is one of the best of the fleet when you are nonsmoker. It still reeks yet it doesn’t have a cloud as you walk down the main hall. The Casino Hosts Vicky and Anna kept the action moving. Lenah from Zimbabwe was always on the floor to help and had a wonderful smile. One afternoon I was playing a slot machine and this young gentleman came up and was cleaning the area. Ports of Call: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Didn’t have an excursion scheduled for this port. I truly wish I would have scheduled (in time) the whale watching that was sold out. We decided to debark and spend a little time walking around the dock area, have a few beers, purchase a few nick knacks and enjoy people watching. Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala: This was another port we chose not to take an excursion. Debarked and stayed in the compound. There was live music, multiple bars, lots of trinkets and wifi if you purchased enough food and drinks. Early back on board for pool and ice cream. Puntarenas, Costa Rica: We took the excursion “Pacific Bus, Train and Boat” After a long bus ride through the town while listening to the tour director we arrive at the train. We boarded the train directly from the bus, found a seat with a fine air conditioner adjacent. Ok, it was an open window. The train ride took us thru forested areas, back yards and farms. This is an emerging country and you get to see a lot of poverty along the way. Narration had a little to be desired but it was somewhat informative. They served beer and water on board. Leaving the train and boarded the bus for a short ride to the river for a boat ride to view crocodiles and birds. This turned out to be the most enjoyable part of the excursion. At the end we were shown to a covered area to shop and taste coffee. Costa Rica may be an emerging country but they do have reasonable roads and traffic as good as many mid-sized American towns. Panama Canal: This was the day we all have been looking forward to. I was up before the sun having coffee and went out on Lido deck Forward to watch the approach. It blew me away seeing how large and many high-rise building are in Panama City as we entered the channel. Bridge of the Americas is definitely large and busy by anybody’s standards. As we approached the locks it was quite amazing to see the little row boat still being used to gather the lead ropes dropped from ship then taken to Mules. The entire process of putting a ship in that little Lock is just breath taking. We had as little as 18” clearance on each side. We entered first lock 8:30 AM. The entire transit took us about 8 hours. If you ever get a chance to go I highly recommend reading The Path Between Two Seas by David McCullough. It is the entire story of the building of the canal. Check that one off the bucket list! Sure would like to do it again. Cartagena, Columbia: This port we booked an excursion thru Carnival on the “Chiva Party Bus”. It was just what the name says, Chiva bus means all wood open air bus, party means plenty of rum and beer. Had a good time while they took us thru the city to the main tourist attractions. Three local musicians played while we drank and sang. We stopped twice along the way first Castillo San Felipe to see the fort and get the high-pressure sale from the local trinket peddlers. The second was at the Plaza De Las Bovedas where we took a walk up top to see the great views of the city and sea. Shopping here was a little better not as many high-pressure peddlers. Went threw the new part of town on our way back to port. Cartagena is a large city with lots of high rise building and expensive apartments. All and all I was taken back by the quantity of high rise buildings. Grand Cayman: Today is the only beach day we had on this cruise and was so anxious to get to the beach. We grabbed a cab at the port after tendering in and went to Royal Palms Grand Cayman where we booked a private cabana next to the pool. It was a special place, clean pool, swim up and walk up bars, DJ playing music, showers, clean restrooms, access to beach, great food and drinks. Little pricy over all but what isn’t in Grand Cayman. Misc. Cruise Particulars: The music at the alchemy bar prior to supper, the red frog pub in the evening, and on lido were enjoyable. The hot tubs need some work, one in the mid pool had half the jets not working, aft tub in serenity was way too hot. The only tub I enjoyed was the forward hot tub but it was next to the smoking area, go figure. Now Carnival needs to work on the hand sanitizers. When boarding the ship there is no reason that a functional hand sanitizer station cannot be set up prior to entering the ship or at least just after going thru the metal detector. Prior to entering any of the dining areas including lido hand sanitizer stations should be functional. Last but most memorable was the storm! 25 foot seas, with a apparent wind of 103 MPH, at 7:52 PM on 1/17/18 made for a “moving” ride. Over our past 23 cruises I have been through some heavy storms but this one I think was the strongest. Not the roughest but the strongest and largest swells. Must thank the Capitan for turning the ship into the wind and making the ride a lot more barrable for the passengers. Over all this was a great Cruise. Will rate it a 9 of 10 Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
SERVICE AND STAFF - Mayura and Gede were great cabin stewards. Any request was immediately taken care of, and our cabin was always neat and clean. Once a day cleaning was during our dinner seating and completely effective. Thanks a ... Read More
SERVICE AND STAFF - Mayura and Gede were great cabin stewards. Any request was immediately taken care of, and our cabin was always neat and clean. Once a day cleaning was during our dinner seating and completely effective. Thanks a million to our cabin team!! We had laundry done twice on the cruise and it was clean and carefully folded when returned by our stewards, We even got a nice note from I. Putu in the laundry thanking us for using the laundry. In the MDR, Our head waiter was Komang, with our team waiters Made and Vincent. They were very attentive, careful with our orders, and really fun to have around. Their presence at open seating at brunch were chances to see them outside of dinner, and they never failed to please. The cruise director was fun and kept things moving. The Captain and navigation staff were excellent in maneuvering the ship for the safety of the guests and crew. We went through 100 mph winds and huge waves with no damage and little discomfort to guests. We would love to sail with any and all or these crew members again. ENTERTAINMENT - Music, stage shows, comedians, jugglers... they were all great. Carnival booked excellent entertainment for our 14 day cruise. They even focused on rock and roll music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. After all, the average age on the cruise was 67, with many of us a bit older. OUR music!! FOOD AND DRINK - We mainly ate in the Main Dining Room, with several breakfasts and a couple of lunches in the buffet. The food we had was very good, and the variety was interesting even over a 14 day cruise. We did not feel the need to eat in the steakhouse as we were enjoying the food in the MDR. ONBOARD ACTIVITIES - W really enjoyed the "Journeys Academy of Fun" lectures, and the Panama Canal lecture. They were fun, informative, and covered an array of topics. Tom is an excellent speaker and obviously loves interacting with the guests. We loved the music all over the ship, and played trivia on sea days. We watched the playoff football games in the sports bar, and loved the stage shows in the evenings. Some days we just relaxed and read in quiet corners or in our cabin. The highlight, though, was the full transit through the locks at the Panama Canal. Just WOW! SHIP DESIGN AND CLEANLINESS - We love the older, mid-sized ships. They are easy to move around in, and the decor is reminiscent of old-time cruising. The Miracle could use a dry dock to add some of the newer restaurant venues, touch up paint, carpet, etc., but nothing is really in bad shape. The crew keeps it in really clean condition., even after the spills caused by the 12 - 15 ft waves and high winds we encountered. PUERTO QUETZAL, GUATAMALA - We took the 10 Best of Antigua, Guatemala with Lunch excursion. Moises was an excellent guide and made the best of our time. We arrived in port late due to the heavy overnight storm. Antigua is a lovely old city and worth another visit. Moises was a wealth of information on the history of Central America, the volcanoes in the country, and the Mayan history. I would love a longer tour with him. PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA - We took the San Jose National Theater and Lunch excursion. Our tour guide was Humberto and our driver was Jaime. They were great! The theater is gorgeous, with one of the 10 most beautiful ceilings in the world. We also went to the National Museum with a wonderful collection of Mayan gold and pottery artifacts. The tour is well worth the cost and we would do it again. PANAMA CANAL FULL TRANSIT - This was an amazing experience. No matter how many films or pictures you see, the transit is mind boggling. The lecture on the canal and history was a great introduction then we experienced the locks with 12" to 18" clearance. If you have the chance to do the transit, you won't be disappointed! CARTEGENA, COLUMBIA - We love Cartegena and were happy to stop there again. We took the Cartegena by Land and Sea excursion. Our guide was Raphael and the driver was Manuel. We got some history on the boat ride and saw the two forts guarding the bay entrance, but the noise made it difficult to hear. We then boarded a bus and went to the oldest fort in the city - amazing structure, but don't try this tour if you cannot walk on steep inclines through the fort in the heat. We had several older guests who had real problems. The city bus tour with good information about the city was enjoyable, but the stop at a high-end jewelry store was annoying. No one is going to shop for expensive jewelry when they are hot, sweaty, thirsty, and exhausted. You may want to ask your guide to go back to the ship early in stead of the shop if possible. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Embarkation was a breeze, however our ship left the port 4 hours late! We weren't really told why except we could see that all the food was still being loaded, hours after our scheduled departure time. Disembarkation was awful, we ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze, however our ship left the port 4 hours late! We weren't really told why except we could see that all the food was still being loaded, hours after our scheduled departure time. Disembarkation was awful, we stood in line for an hour. Twice our Seas ended up being quite rough, One night we endured 106 mph winds and 20 foot seas. Captain Luca and his Crew on the Bridge was terrific and kept us calm and safe, Bravo! 14 days is a long time at Sea, The fun Squad led by Adam the Cruise Director made the trip delightful. Edward as Grandma Bingo was Hilarious ! Good Job HR for finding appropriate Staff. I'm a 50 something, the fun squad were 20 & 30 somethings and the Average Cruiser was 70 something I'd say. I loved our "showtime" in the dining room, I got up and danced with the staff. A real Stand out for us in the dining room was Raul an excellent Waiter that took care of our every need. He will be retiring from Carnival in a few weeks because he has two small children, I'm sure he will be missed. Our Cabin was kept clean by "G" who tended our every need. The Captain's Table was an amazing Experience, starting out in the kitchen then to our large dining table. So many courses, two I missed at the end as the seas got rough and a few of us got sick and had to leave. It was in a Strange location, we dined in the night club " Frankensteins Lab" which got quite rocky as the seas came up. The food overall was good, Salad, Soups, Pasta and Desserts being the standouts. I wish we had dined at Nick and Nora's one night. Everyone guest we talked to said it was Amazing. The tours at the different ports were at hit or miss, the front desk has very little information. We weren't told what the weather be or the temperature at each port?! We booked a Trip to Antigua in Guatemala leaving the ship in shorts, arriving to our destination and it was 60 degrees! the Casino slots were so much fun being loose enough to get some play time, we saw 3 people win thousands! The best bar on the ship was the Alchemy Bar. The two Bartenders who ran the Bar were Sensational! Names? How can I forget? well the drinks were that good, I loved the Sidecar. The Spa was lovely and I got a great massage, I heard the ship will get another facelift and a pedi-spa... the ship really needs to look more modern and not like its in a time warp! the gym was cozy and never got over crowded. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Carnival Miracle Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.5 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 1.5 3.5
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.4

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