137 Carnival Miracle Romantic Cruise Reviews

Enjoyed this ship overall. One of the best casinos/dealers I’ve experienced although the drink service there was virtually non-existent. Pools need to be refurbished. Cabin was in excellent shape for an older ship. Tampa was one of the ... Read More
Enjoyed this ship overall. One of the best casinos/dealers I’ve experienced although the drink service there was virtually non-existent. Pools need to be refurbished. Cabin was in excellent shape for an older ship. Tampa was one of the smoothest embarkations ever. Did not care for the entertainment on board. Never found a singer or band that knocked my socks off. If you want a ship for the tall water slides & fancy amenities, it may not be for you. If you like a good casino with plenty of tables & machines or you like the nightlife bar scene, this is a good option. Mahogany Bay & Cayman are really nice ports. If you go to Mahogony Bay, go to the far right side of the beach (nearest the ocean) - fantastic keyboard player that sounds like Ray Charles. He made our day. Our cruise was cut short due to hurricane Dorian. A lot of people on board were very upset that we skipped our last port and headed to Tampa. I believe Carnival made the right decision and I appreciate the way it was handled by refunding 1 day including all prepaid options we made. They can’t control the weather and cannot predict when & where a storm will go. Cmon people !!! We got home safe. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Let me preface this review by disclosing that my wife and I are Platinum Level with Princess so that is our comparison. Although we were only Ruby level, the boarding process was quick and easy we arrived for our appointment right on ... Read More
Let me preface this review by disclosing that my wife and I are Platinum Level with Princess so that is our comparison. Although we were only Ruby level, the boarding process was quick and easy we arrived for our appointment right on time and were on board by 12:00 pm. We had a suite so we had early access to our cabin. The Lido deck was packed and so was the buffet so we grabbed a burger ate it really quick and went down and hung out at the Atrium Bar until about 1:30 when we headed to the room to see if luggage arrived so we could unpack. We received our checked luggage around 2:30 pm. We had a Vista Suite due to the price being awesome and it by far was one of the best rooms we have ever had on a ship. Would highly recommend this cabin type on the aft of the ship. Overall the cruise served it's purpose which was rest and relaxation. The ship was really old although we liked the décor. It did not have all the bells and whistles of the newer ships but we managed to keep busy enough. There wasn't a whole lot of quality activities on board. There’s no outside movie theater on this ship. The water slide looked like an antique and there were two pools for everyone and one pool in the Serenity area for the 21 and over area. All pools were packed and the adult only pool was dirty and full of drunks whom I never saw get out to go pee. The comedy entertainment was awesome. The live musical shows were awful. The lead female singer screeched like an owl on attack and there was no diversity in the cast. All white. They even had the nerve to try and do a Motown show with all white performers. Pretty tacky in today's day and age. Most people seemed to be interested in drinking and spending all their time in the Casino. We were disappointed that they did not have any "talks" on Pirates who sailed the Caribbean or of the history of the ports we were visiting. We have always seen these on Princess ships wherever we were traveling. We had the Anytime dining and were seated very quickly each time. However, once seated it took forever to get through dinner. The food was just ok. Nothing to write home about and nothing like the great food we have had on Princess. The buffet, pizza and grill was always crowded and it seemed they always had sections of buffet areas closed so everyone was crammed in the same place trying to get food. We went to the steak house for my birthday which was extra charge, but was awesome and definitely worth doing at least once. We did get the Cheers package and managed to get our money's worth for the cruise. It is a good option if you drink as there were many at the end of the cruise crying at guest services about their bar bills. (that is great entertainment if it is not you LOL) We booked our excursions through Carnival so that we didn't have any issues. The ship stays on eastern time even though you go through two time zones so it can be confusing when on shore. We did the Cayman Land and Sea, Princess Maya Resort, and the Lamanai Ruins tour. All were excellent and we would recommend. We had one booked for Cozumel but we were too exhausted from late nights and early rising so we turned the tickets in. The photographers were everywhere trying to get you to take pictures. They offer no digital package and waste so much paper printing every picture instead of using a photo card and monitors like at Disneyland or other theme parks. Very expensive to purchase photos. Don't do the photo studio unless you are ready to shell out thousands of dollars. The alchemy bar and the Gotham Bar were our favorites. You definitely have to go see Yudi at the Gotham Bar on deck 3 outside of the Bacchus. He is awesome, friendly and a blast to hang out with. Although there were many younger adults on the cruise, the dance floor at Frankenstein's was usually sparsely used. I think the most I counted were 8 people at one time. On Princess you could hardly find a spot to dance. Overall it was a sufficient vacation but continually felt like we were on a floating Motel 6 or Days Inn. Very much a younger crowd. We did not take the kids this time with us. We are willing to try Carnival again but it will definitely be on one of the newer ships with more bells and whistles.. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose the Carnival Miracle simply because it fit our schedule, driving distance and the price was very good. The only down side was a great majority of the staff seemed disconnected. She's a great ship. I never felt crowded or ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Miracle simply because it fit our schedule, driving distance and the price was very good. The only down side was a great majority of the staff seemed disconnected. She's a great ship. I never felt crowded or rushed. The dining room food quality is down from our last cruise only 6 months ago but it was still very good. I only ate the buffet once for lunch. The comedy shows were very funny. I spent a lot of time at the casino bar with Mario the bartender. He always recognized me and suggested some great whiskies and taquilas I would've never tried. We didn't feel safe in Belize so we just took the tender to the port and haggled for a souvenir iguana. We went to Margaritaville in Grand Cayman. It was fun watching all the graduates getting hammered. Mahogany bay was nice but very crowded. Luckily we got beach chairs floats and a clam shell through the on board excursions so we had our pick as we got there ahead of the crowd. Cozumel was great as always. We did the all adult private beach house excursion. We will definitely do that again. It was by far the best of all the ports we visited. The Serenity deck is amazing. The bar opens at 9am. The pool bar opens at 7am. The Miracle is not a typical Carnival cruise ship. She's a little more adult focused but still has all of the Carnival fun stuff. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Embarkation in Tampa on the Carnival Miracle was the fastest and smoothest of our 10 cruises we have been on. We literally where on the ship enjoying buffet 15 mins after our Uber dropped us off at the port. No waiting at all - just ... Read More
Embarkation in Tampa on the Carnival Miracle was the fastest and smoothest of our 10 cruises we have been on. We literally where on the ship enjoying buffet 15 mins after our Uber dropped us off at the port. No waiting at all - just straight through. The boarding arrival appointment time is a great touch. Ours was 11:30-12:00. The ship is an older ship and is in need of a refurbishment to compare to some of the newer ships. The decor is to be appreciated and is themed. We like that most evening entertainment (casino, comedy and playlist shows) and fine dining were all on the same floor. Never had an issue getting loungers. However, pool and hot tubs areas where crowded (like usual). Family wise, I would not recommend this ship as it lacked kid deck activities (only one water slide, no splash pad, no bowling, etc) compared to other carnival ships. We ate in the main dining hall each night. Food and service was great. Ate buffet for breakfast and lunch everyday, did not take advantage of the restaurants during these times. Like all buffets stay away from peak times as it gets really busy. Food was good. Large selection and lots of seating. We had paid the extra for an extendable Balcony on deck 7, room 7165. Room was fine. Lots of storage. Unlike most ships our cabin boy only serviced our room in the morning. He just put your daily itinerary outside of our door in the evening, no turndown service. Cruise director, Frankie, was excellent and did his job well. Interacted a lot with cruisers and made activities fun. Playlist Productions - Heart of Soul (Motown) 2/10. Getaway Island (Beach theme) 6/10. 88 Keys (Rock & Roll Piano) 8/10. 80s POP 7/10. Went to the love and marriage show as always a blast. Great laugh! Highly recommend. 10/10. Went to carnival quest. This is new and our first time trying out this adult only activity. It gets pretty R rated but we had so much fun with friends 10/10! Lip sync battle 10/10. Piano bar with Tony was nice and relaxing. Dr. Frankenstein’s bar was cool. We only attended the R-18 shows. Mike Estime was 20/10 - Fantastic!! By far the best entertainment on the ship for us. Soooo funny! Tears rolling down my cheeks. Caroline Picard 9/10. Tony Esposito. 8/10. Myles Weber 7/10. As a birthday gift (be sure to get your travel agent to put it on your file) Carnival gave me a $50 credit to use at the Spa. I went and had a fire and ice pedicure and it was great. Of course the nail tech was trying to sell me moisturizers, scrubs and oils. She was trying to sell me all of her recommendations while I was trying to “relax”. I didn’t end up buying any products and I won’t be using the spa again. In Cozumel we did the Amazing Underground Caves through Costco Excursions. Highly recommend. It certainly was amazing! In Belize we did Athan Ha and Belize city tour through Costco Excursions. Guide was very informative and we enjoyed it. Nice half day excursion. In Honduras we just went to the right of the pier to the beach. Lounge chairs are free and you can pay nominal fee for wifi. For Cayman Islands, we just hung out on the ship as we have been there before. Quite the treat, serenity area, pool and hot tubs all to ourselves. Disembarkation was organized but took about a hour, which is the longest we ever had to wait. Overall, for the price paid we enjoyed the ship very much. Would we be rushing back on it again?!? Probably not until it has refurbishment as we have been on some of Carnival’s newer ships, but would not discourage anyone from trying the Miracle out. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as ... Read More
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as smooth or fast as a Royal Caribbean cruise I had recently taken, but was not horrible. We had a fifth deck balcony cabin that was spacious enough with a comfortable king bed. Our cabin steward, Lasmana, was fabulous and kept our cabin in great shape and was responsive to all of our needs. We ate in the main dining room for all but a couple of lunches and found the food to be consistently good and the waitstaff professional. The food was so good that we felt no need to eat anywhere else. We had chosen "your time" dining and as such, we were able to get to know several other couples over the course of the week. We very much enjoyed the breakfasts in the main dining room and would highly recommend the house made granola which was a great snack to take on excursions (we had brought our own ziplock bags). On sea days, we hung out on the Serenity Deck, over 21 only, and read our books and used the hot tub. We never had any problem getting a seat under the covered portion of the deck as long as we got there by mid-morning. As for entertainment, we really enjoyed the Daft Sailors in the Red Frog Pub and spent most of our evenings there. We did excursions in all four ports and enjoyed them all. We booked none of them through Carnival but all were very diligent about getting us back to the ship on time. We highly recommend Roatan by Land and Sea in Roatan which we booked through Vacations To Go. The only negative I can think of was the muster exercise, only because so many guests selfishly did not show to muster on time, which caused the rest of us to have to stand and wait for them to be paged repeatedly. This was frustrating for those of us who managed to get there as directed. Perhaps Carnival would do well to not open the bars until after muster since so many adults had trouble with this. Definitely take your own luggage off the ship as opposed to putting it outside the cabin door for the crew to take. We used the gym three times but the elliptical machines' touch screens were frustratingly non-responsive and clearly in need of updating, but we made the best of it. The weights portion of the gym was very good. We were often aware of the movement of the ship so would recommend prescription scopolamine transdermal patches if prone to seasickness. We wore them for the entire cruise and had no problem. Overall, we would highly recommend this ship and this itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Let me start by saying this was our 8th cruise with Carnival. We booked this one because the dates worked for us and our friends who flew down from NYC to sail with us. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. First let me state the pros. ... Read More
Let me start by saying this was our 8th cruise with Carnival. We booked this one because the dates worked for us and our friends who flew down from NYC to sail with us. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. First let me state the pros. Embarkation in Tampa was seamless and quick. We arrived at 11:15am and were on the Lido deck having lunch by 12:10. Valet parking was a great decision. Only $20 more that self park for the week All crew we encountered from cabin stewards, waiters/waitresses, photographers and entertainers were always going above and beyond to help or answer questions. The Cruise director, Leigh, was phenomenal. Funny as can be and was always visible and available to guests. Many other cruise directors only make themselves available part of the time and do not interact with guests as much as he did. Ship is easy to navigate and with only 1 restaurant on the 2nd floor you can pretty much go end to end on all floors. Entertainment was good. Shows were average. Comedians were great. Debarkation was fairly quick to get off the ship, but once in the terminal (Not Carnival's fault) there were only 2 customs officers for 2 ships with a total of about 5000 people. We grabbed a porter for a $20 tip and we moved faster through he line that everyone carrying their own luggage. If you have the opportunity do the "Chef's Table". It was a great experience and food was awesome. Different, but awesome.The $78 up charge was well worth it. It includes an 8 course meal, wine, appetizers and tour of the galley. Now the Cons: Food was mediocre at best. Dining room food was edible and some items were good. Buffet on the Lido was no better. The Pizza Pirate was popular and probably the best item during lunch and late nights. Food quality for the general ship population has substantially decreased over the last couple of years. We did do Nick/Nora's Steakhouse which on any ship is always a highlight. With an up-charge of $38 person the food was the best yet. I only question why the large up charge as if we are not eating in the dining room they are saving $$ on us there, and I can get a Surf/Turf dinner at a local equivalent quality steakhouse for less that that. But so be it. Food was excellent.( Only reason it's a con is due to the $38 up-charge) Another con was the Casino. Not big at all and as usual very smokey. You would think by this time if you are making this the only place inside the ship to smoke, there would be a better ventilation system. As on all ships the signs are there about not saving seats around the pool for more that 30 minutes, yet it is not enforced. People came out at 6am and placed towels and shoes on chairs and didn't return for a couple of hours. Either do not have the sign or enforce it with some teeth. Don't just bark. Of course there is not enough seats for everyone, even up on the upper sun decks. The final con is just my opinion. This is an older ship and is showing it's age. It was built on 2004 and refurbished in 2015. There is no rhyme or reason for some of the decor but that is just aesthetics.Even thought his ship holds 2100+ people, I think if it is going to continue to be full, they need to upgrade many thing throughout the ship.Otherwise take less guests as many of the corridors in the common areas were narrow and people were stepping all over each other. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this ship and itinerary for three main reasons - it was over our wedding anniversary, it sailed out of our home port of Tampa, and it stopped in Belize City. I want to start and end the review on a positive note, so I'll ... Read More
I chose this ship and itinerary for three main reasons - it was over our wedding anniversary, it sailed out of our home port of Tampa, and it stopped in Belize City. I want to start and end the review on a positive note, so I'll begin with our favorite bartender - Jakub. Jakub worked the bar at Nick & Nora's, was very passionate about his job, and obviously cared about our experience as passengers. We spent several hours sitting at his bar chatting to him over the course of the cruise. He quickly learned our preferences and asked our permission to initially play with some classic cocktails we ordered, and eventually create things just for us. He hit the mark every time. In fact, with our last dinner we simply asked our waiter to bring us whatever Jakub wanted to make us, confident that we'd love it. My only regret is that I couldn't convince him to defect to MSC Seaside for our summer cruise! I hope Carnival knows what they have in him. Miracle is an older ship, and while it does show in some areas, it's still in perfectly adequate shape. Most of the public areas were nicely furnished. The more colorful themed appearance of most areas of the ship may not be to everyone's taste, but it didn't cause us any concern. I'd say though that I probably preferred the more subdued, elegant style of Independence of the Seas, which we sailed last year. We only caught one comedy show on the ship, and enjoyed it. It was an 18+ show, and no punches were pulled. As such, some invariably found certain things offensive - we saw a few people pointedly walk out at certain jokes. Best advice is to stick to the family shows if you like your humor strictly-PC. I'm not sure if we just failed to figure out the schedule, but there didn't seem to be any broadway-type entertainment. Only the comedy and music. Best music on the ship was probably Amelia playing down in Alchemy. We didn't think too much of the variety music show in the atrium. The violin trio was ok, but their set seemed limited. The food was disappointing. The buffet was uninspiring to say the least. The sushi bar was ok, but limited opening times, and the second time we went the rolls were wrapped so poorly they fell apart as soon as picked up. Bacchus (main dining room) was not good, and the service was impersonal. One experience was enough to lead us to book every night at Nick and Nora's (steak house). N&N food was better, though I'd put it barely on par with the MDR on Independence. Menu wasn't very varied - I get that it's a steakhouse so there will several steaks, but if it's your only specialty restaurant on board, it needs more variety. Every steak (and even the lamb) was accompanied by Bearnaise and garlic confit - not a bad accompaniment, but if you are eating there every night it gets old. The way the menu was structured was odd. Choose a protein, choose a side. Perhaps it's just me, but in a restaurant I expect the chef to craft a coherent meal with sides that complement the protein. One food highlight was the 'art at the table' dessert, which added a little fun and drama to the meal, and was generally pretty tasty. The itinerary was very good, and we did a Carnival excursion in every port. In Cozumel we did the shopping and beach break, including Tequila tasting. Our guide Sylvia was knowledgeable and funny. In Belize City, we went to Lamanai, which was amazing. Cesar and his colleague (I forget her name, sadly) were very, very knowledgeable and gave us a good laugh on the coach ride. When we reached Lamanai, Cesar handed off to a Mayan friend of his to do the tour and it was great. I'm not sure how many more times I can use the word 'knowledgeable', but since this individual actually lived on site and aided in the excavation, I can't think of a better word. We docked in Roatan on valentine's day, and I can't think of a better way to spend the day. We did the horseback riding in the ocean, followed by snorkeling and a quick massage before we left. My apologies to our fellow excursionists, because although we were told the bus was going to be late and we had time, I'm not so sure it was. We got back to the bus to find everyone already in place... In Grand Cayman, we swam with stingrays and sea turtles. I'm not sure there are any superlatives that suffice. Swimming with the sea turtles was the highlight of my trip (well, aside from my beautiful wife, of course). Finally we had our third massage of the cruise (what can I say, we spoiled ourselves). Thanda and her colleague gave us probably the best couple's massage we've ever had, and it really put a bow on our anniversary vacation. Would I book Miracle again? If another ship weren't available, I wouldn't *not* book it, if you see what I mean. It was adequate. But with the food being bad enough to force specialized dining every night, that extra $38 per person per night could easily be put toward a ship/line with a better MDR experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
So , quick review on us , we are both widowed . My 20 something cruise my friends first cruise so we picked a NYE cruise to start out . I ordered flowers , decorations and wine to spruce up our Vista suite 5295 , which by the way was ... Read More
So , quick review on us , we are both widowed . My 20 something cruise my friends first cruise so we picked a NYE cruise to start out . I ordered flowers , decorations and wine to spruce up our Vista suite 5295 , which by the way was wonderful , great balcony and no vibration like some report … or very very little. So Interesting start was that the port was fogged in and we didn't get to board until after 8 pm or so . I marked down embarkation to a 4 because priority was so poorly marked that I ended up with the massed for like 30 minutes until we realized that there was priority line and zoom we were in and checked in and on the ship . Not blaming Carnival for the fog it is what it is , but they were herding people like cattle and I missed the priority line. Anyway muster at midnight and we were on our way . NYE was the next day I reserverd us a table at the steakhouse to make our night more special so we dressed up got pictures taken and had a wonderful dinner , the service was top notch as well as the food well worth the extra money . The next day we stopped at Cozumel having stopped there so many times I decided to book the Giving Back Excursion through Carnival , My fianceand I love to do volunteer work so seeing an orphange and actually being able to see how they live was right up our alley. Diego our guide was so on it he grew up in the area knew so much and then when we got there Carlos was our tour guide he had lived in the orpahanage for 15 years and was able to explain exactly how it works . Highly reccomend this tour. We skipped getting off at Belize in favor of a couples massage and wow they did a great job . We did the Swim with the Stingrays with Capt Marvin on Grand Cayman as I told my fiance its someting you have to do once . she was a bit skiddish but loved it . We walked around the Honduras did a little shopping . Overall the Miracle is in great shape for her age , my first time sailing this class of ship. Would highly reccomend if want to sail out of Tampa book this cruise , food , crew were all wonderful . Never any lines for food or shows or anything and the ship was sold out . Embarkation was a breeze we were off so early we were able to catch an earlier flight home on SW . Never Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My husband and I chose this cruise because of the ports we would visit. The ports minus Belize City, were very nice and the excursions we picked were great. The cave diving in Cozumel was amazing. Definitely recommend this. The food ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because of the ports we would visit. The ports minus Belize City, were very nice and the excursions we picked were great. The cave diving in Cozumel was amazing. Definitely recommend this. The food was horrible, from the dinning room to the buffet. No flavor and the food on the buffet was always dry, overcooked. If desserts were homemade then they should consider another baker because the desserts were terrible. Very disappointed with the food. Our best meals were what we ate on either excursions or while in port. Drinks from the bar, again not very good. If my husband and I wanted a good drink we had to go to the alchemy bar on the 2nd floor. If we were at the pool on the 9th floor it wasn't convenient at all. Serenity adult only pool, the seat cushion covers were satined and nasty. It didnt appear that they have been removed and washed any time soon. We wouldn't take this ship again at all. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our first cruise ever. We chose this one because of the Ports. We didn’t know what to expect we thought for sure there would be this long line of waiting to get on and this big procedure. It was simple, flowed smoothly and ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever. We chose this one because of the Ports. We didn’t know what to expect we thought for sure there would be this long line of waiting to get on and this big procedure. It was simple, flowed smoothly and we were impressed they were this organized. My friend and also travel agent booked this same trip as well. We did not go together it was just the husband and I but we seen her around the ship here and there. The ship seemed older to me but I have nothing to compare to. Her opinion when I caught up with her was this was the worst ship she’s ever seen and the decor was so old she didn’t like it. She stated that normally you enter and there is just this awe of main atrium and this didn’t have that so she said wished we could’ve experienced this as our first cruise. However as the cruise went along she said that this was the first time she’s ever seen a ship not so crowded and it was because of the ships unique layout. Most ships I guess have most of their “activity” in basically one area. She kept saying “where is everyone?” She liked that things were so spread out and said the ship was really growing on her and in the end loved it! Because I have nothing to compare to I thought I’d share what she told me as well. I never felt crowded at times almost felt like we were the only ones on the ship. Our cabin was fine. Nothing fancy but did what it needed. I expecting this small Area as I did lots of research on how to prepare. We did an interior room and had ample closet space. One down side is one plug in at desk only but sounds like the whole one plug is typical on all cruise ships. Our room stewardt Gilbert was amazing and so sweet! He knew our names the first night and every time he seen us would say our name and ask how we were doing. He asked if we wanted our room done once or twice. Once was fine as we spent very little time in our room pretty much only for sleeping. Dining well... here was probably the only downside of our whole cruise! I was not impressed by the food! Most times only 1 or 2 stations/buffers were open. He likes very simple foods and could’ve ate at the grill every single day. Every day was same thing (burgers, tenders, fries) he loved that they had that every day. They were only open until 6 though so that I as a bit disappointing. But was really disappointing was how dried out the hamburgers were!!! The first day they were great! The pizza I had the first night I thought was gross! Then I had a garlic piece a couple nights later and thought it was one of the best! Everyday after port I wanted the salad bar. Ports were hot and I wanted something lite but one day is was open and the other 3 it was not! Grrrr so hit and miss what was open and what wasn’t. Sometimes 6 stations were open sometimes 1. We ate in the main dining room only twice. He isn’t much for a fancy dining experience but I enjoyed it. If you want to try exotic foods here’s your chance! I however am just your normal steak and potatoes kind of girl. One night it was great the next it was so so. He ordered a cheeseburger lol we were in and out every time. We made sure we went the last night because they had a farewell dance and song. Was fun! As far as activities went we only did 3 things casino, comedy show and bingo. Comedians were good. We only attended adult shows. Bingo was pricey and we played only 3 cards costed 50$ we were undecided if we would ever do it again. The casino is where we spent 90% of our time. He likes the tables and I like the slots. He became a VIP member the first night and received all drinks for free for the rest of the week while in the casino. Unfortunately he doesn’t drink lol but the pit boss let him share with me. I only had 3 our whole cruise and they were good! If we cruise again we wouldn’t add on a beverage package for him. It was 70$ for the week just for soda. I didn’t order a package as I like water and if I wanted a soda we were each allowed to bring in a 12 pack each and I ordered water prior to the cruise. I wouldn’t do that again either well maybe 1 pack of water. I didn’t realize that water ice tea and lemonade were available all throughout the ship whenever I wanted. I would just bring a water bottle instead. However back to the casino I had so many people say don’t do it as they are not regulated but I did well. I ended up losing in the end but I’d win here and there and was enough to keep me playing for days. One day I put in 100$ and I played on that for 3 days with the up and downs. Because of his status we got cookies delivered to our room from the casino and just little perks like that because of his status. So if you’re big into gambling expect to have better treatment. Service from every single employee was outstanding!!! I can’t believe how these people get to know you on a first name basis and are always smiling and happy. They are stuck on this ship for 6 months at a clip and are always always happy!! The lido Restaurant/buffet never once did we have someone come pick up plates or ask if we needed something while we were eating in there. Maybe that’s how they all are though?? Ports: My travel agent says don’t ever book with the cruise line themselves they are always overpacked and you don’t Get one on one service. Shoretrips also gaurentees for you to be back to the ship on time. Cayman we did the stingray city plus omg what an experience!! Must do. We went to hell and turtle farm. Sting rays are in natural environment where as turtles are on a farm. Could’ve done without that part but was cool to hold a sea turtle! Honduras was a bit scary for us to do. We’ve heard so many bad things. The poverty is so bad there but we had a great time. We had a taxi driver who was our personal service man all day for 165$ we went ziplining, tour of city and included our taxi for as long as we wanted. He waited with us everywhere we went. We did pay to go to an exclusive resort which had security which was 20$ a person and then paid another 15$ each to snorkel. We have our own snorkel gear( get the full face ones if you don’t have them.. amazingggg!!) but we paid because he took us out a bit further over the reef and then given a life jacket each. Gear would’ve been included but like I said we had our own. The son who was maybe 8 and didn’t speak English but he would grab my hand and have us follow him. It was just us 2 on this boat and you could still see the resort. This was the only excursion (Honduras as a whole thst is) we didn’t pre book. I would never take a cruise and book an excursion once we get to port. The language barrier makes it to hard and you don’t know what you’re getting yourself no into. Belize this was a bit disappointing we booked the al tun ha ruins. The ride was an hour there and an hour back and we could spend as much time at the ruins we wanted. Because we didn’t book with carnival and did our own it was just us 2 and our tour guide. Wow that’s the way to go because then you’d see the busses come in with 50 people in a group and one tour guide. We had our own one on one and the price is exactly the same!! We didn’t see the water or beaches here. But heard they are amazing. Last Cozumel we did the Atlantis submarine and absolutely loved it. Only 3% of the population has ever been on one and we went 100 feet down. We could’ve seen more life but was still incredible. Because this only took up 2 hours we had lots of free time and chose to do this horse and buggy tour for 85$ that was outside the port. DO NOT DO THIS!!! He took us to his places and the slums of towns m.. this is where they tried selling you everything and took your picture and tried selling you everything. I would do it all again. Same ports and same ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because we never cruised on this ship. We were interested in something different. As we entered the ship we knew immediately this was a great choice. This ship was amazing! Yes she is older and doesn't have all ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we never cruised on this ship. We were interested in something different. As we entered the ship we knew immediately this was a great choice. This ship was amazing! Yes she is older and doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the new ships but she is gorgeous! From the ships hanging from the ceiling in the buffet area to the ceiling fans in the Gatsby's garden she was beautiful. The dining room was decorated with grape vines and hanging grape chandeliers that were just sexy. The food was great all over the ship and the crew was awesome too. The serenity deck you could grab your lunch walk out to the serenity deck and enjoy a peaceful lunch. The casino was usual we did not win but it was fun. The theater was elegant plenty of room to enjoy the shows. One negative... I wish they would bring back the orchestra in the show room. Hopefully we will get to sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The staff and bartenders were amazing (especially those at the casino or alchemy bars). The food in bacchus and lido was a little underwhelming overall; however, the private chefs table was fantastic and the steakhouse was probably one of ... Read More
The staff and bartenders were amazing (especially those at the casino or alchemy bars). The food in bacchus and lido was a little underwhelming overall; however, the private chefs table was fantastic and the steakhouse was probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten...not to mention the pizza being fantastic and open all the time. Comedy club acts were great, shows were pretty good. Frankie and the rest of the staff did a great job. Overall one amazing trip. All of the ports were great. I was disappointed with how they handled a river in Belize making it impossible to get to our Xunantunich excursion. They waited to tell us it had to be canceled after riding an early morning tender over, right before boarding the bus. Options were take their offer of full price transfer to another site 2 hrs away (but not the amazing xunantunich ruins) or head back to the ship. If they had told us earlier we could have slept in a bit and done one of the other ruins excursions or another excursion all together. We still had fun, but disappointed in how that was handled. Be sure no matter what you do that you do some excursion (carnival or private) where you visit sting ray city in the grand cayman. Yes it was crowded...but you HAVE to visit. That was an amazing experience that you will treasure. The boat is a little cheesy in decor, but who cares. The staff is amazing and this was a truly awesome trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Fifth cruise for me,first for my husband, third Carnival Cruise. Chose this one for our honeymoon as relatives live close so no need for transportation/hotel, and this fit in the time frame we were planning. Note- value was exceptional for ... Read More
Fifth cruise for me,first for my husband, third Carnival Cruise. Chose this one for our honeymoon as relatives live close so no need for transportation/hotel, and this fit in the time frame we were planning. Note- value was exceptional for this particular cruise. Embarkation well run. No complaints with Tampa. This is an older ship but still clean and you can see where there were updates done. Some of the decor is nothing short of gaudy, but not offensive. Could use some freshening and softening. Onboard guests had a nice range from baby to elders and all got along wonderfully/respectfully. Cabin average, bed very comfortable. Only one outlet most difficult. Steward service excellent. Food- meh, with the exception of the steak house. DO IT! We ended up having two dinners there; both fabulous. Main dining room okay- you need to like purple- the decor could definitely use an update, buffet hit or miss. Entertainment- live music okay, stage shows lacking, comedy very good. We liked the club, just had to stay on lower level as smoking is allowed on second. Frankie (cruise director) and his staff pushed shopping WAY too much, but otherwise did an outstanding job. Really, peddling watches is not an activity. Try more games. We made the mistake of taking late dining, which is usually our preference, but missed most of the activities/shows we would have usually gone to. Will take early dinner next time. Service- mostly good. As previously mentioned, steward (Made) was exceptional. Had bad experience with excursion desk, but they made up for it in the end. Cozumel: Swam with dophins- fun; was on the bucket list. Besides outrageously priced photos, great experience. We had the amazing caves booked, but won this the day before, so they let us swap. Costa Maya: did a non-Carnival beach club that was recommended (Yaya)- great day on a beautiful beach with good shopping Belize: Must have been on the same excursion as cheatdm to Xunantunich. Told last minute that the same river that other ruins excursions used was too flooded for us to get back from site (while we were all standing in front of the bus last minute). Alternate site beyond disappointing. Complained to Carnival excursion desk about how the tour company handled it with no sympathy (wish I had taken her name- she should not be behind that desk). Got call next day saying would refund 20%, they ended up refunding 100%. Roatan: Best excursion done at the Jungle ATVs. Great, great experience and staff is top notch. Nice beach club included also. Highly recommend. Grand Cayman: did not do excursion-my 3rd visit to Grand Cayman and been there, done that. Wonderful place if you like to snorkel, and stingray city always nice, just decided not to do it this time. Disembarkation took way too long- this was a customs issue, really, but did Tampa not remember that they had 2,000 people coming through that day? Only had 2 customs officers working. Hope that is not the norm. Cruise was more good than bad, but if you've been on any higher end ships you may be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Me and my family and some friends sailed out on november 11,2018 . We got the faster to fun pass as usual, the wait to get on was very quick and very organiized . The only bad thing was they lied about our luggage being at our room ... Read More
Me and my family and some friends sailed out on november 11,2018 . We got the faster to fun pass as usual, the wait to get on was very quick and very organiized . The only bad thing was they lied about our luggage being at our room when we got there we had to go find it. Other than that the room was very clean and so was the ship. The ship is layed out very different from any other shiip. Alot of people say it looks old fashion and needs up dating.but i think it looks awsome cause its not like the other ships. Most of the events are on the lower decks. The staff was more friendly than any other ship i went and there alot more organized. We all had a good time except in belieze to many beggers. They just didnt know when to stop. Cozumel was pretty and we enjoyed paridise beach just 3 dollars a person to get in after a short cheap taxi ride, costa maya is very very nice and in the next few years that will be one of the best places to travel to its up and coming and the people are super friendly .we took a tour of the place and it was only 39 dollars a person very nice and refreshing. Over miracle is a great ship older put great . Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The decor on this ship is just bizarre! It needs a whole remodel. This was my fifth Ship i have cruised on with Carnival and i have to say my least favorite. The enterainment was awful they had serveral different bands that just didnt meet ... Read More
The decor on this ship is just bizarre! It needs a whole remodel. This was my fifth Ship i have cruised on with Carnival and i have to say my least favorite. The enterainment was awful they had serveral different bands that just didnt meet the standards Carnival had on past ships. We were very bored on this ship. They did the 80's Rock /glow party on the Lido and we had to leave because the band butchered all the songs. The DJ would have done way better! Even the playlist entertainment wasnt as good as in the past but that was there last time together, the new ones that arrived on the last night were way better. The food even seemed to be lacking on this ship! Dinner every night was very bland. There wasn't the variety on this ship like some of the other ships . Pizza place and the deli seemed to have the best food but that gets old after 7 days! Most of the staff was very friendly! Our Dinner servers were great Dante and his crew did an awesome job trying to make us happy. Our room steward Myrene was very friendly and accommodating to our needs/wants! And the comedians were hilarious Billy and Kim. Carnival should really think about dry docking this boat for a complete remodel and food upgrade. I will not book this ship again. And in the future i will do my research on the ship before booking, just wish i would of done that this time, but didnt realize Carnival had some lower end ships out there! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Had a wonderful time overall. It was pretty much a laid back week. Food was awesome. Servers was great. We had the best dinner servers. The only down fall was our cabin was a extended balcony which we enjoyed but we was located under a ... Read More
Had a wonderful time overall. It was pretty much a laid back week. Food was awesome. Servers was great. We had the best dinner servers. The only down fall was our cabin was a extended balcony which we enjoyed but we was located under a kitchen galley. They worked all day and night and we heard every move they made. They had machines going all day and night so we didn't get any sleep. We complained to guest services but they claimed no other rooms were available. They did offer a $300 on board credit but when you spent $1700 that was not enough to make up for the damages. I'm quite sure the whole boat was not booked. All we wanted was an enjoyable cabin even if we had to get an inside room. It made our honeymoon less enjoyable. Our cabin was 8237. This cabin should not be sold to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
we picked this date to cruise because it worked well for our jobs. We were able to get the brother and his wife to join us. We all 4 had an amazing time.. We had Imade as our house keeping manager and we loved him. We chose to do ... Read More
we picked this date to cruise because it worked well for our jobs. We were able to get the brother and his wife to join us. We all 4 had an amazing time.. We had Imade as our house keeping manager and we loved him. We chose to do breakfast on our balcony every morning to start our days off slow and sweet. We did pool side play only on sea days. The piano bar and the comedy club were our hot spots nightly. Did not deal with smokers. That is important to us as non smokers. We did the chefs table one night and loved the experience. That is a must do event. We did the steak house two of our nights. Chose to always do dinning hall for our dinner. It is fun to dress up for dinner every night. The staff is amazing in the dinning hall. We chose to do jeep tour in Cozumel, parasailing in Roatan, cave tubing in Belize and jeep tour the Grand Cayman. We had a great experience on this ship. We even did a sleep out camp out on our balcony one night. It is just a great time to be together on a cruise. We saved big money and bought jewelry and watches. The ship offers great deals and sales. Come prepared to shop a little on board and off. We have already booked a new cruise and are planning on our daughters booking a room to join us. This is our new retirement playground. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We booked this cruise mainly for the itinerary - we live on the East Coast and have pretty much explored the Eastern Caribbean and wanted to see something else. Tampa seemed reasonably easy to get to (direct flight from Baltimore), and we ... Read More
We booked this cruise mainly for the itinerary - we live on the East Coast and have pretty much explored the Eastern Caribbean and wanted to see something else. Tampa seemed reasonably easy to get to (direct flight from Baltimore), and we went two days early to spend some time in the area, which was very nice. As for the ship, I didn't have high expectations, knowing Carnival's reputation amongst the cruising community, but the itinerary was great, the price very reasonable and I thought why the heck not, we are not very demanding and I'll go on pretty much any ship. Our last three cruises were all with Royal Caribbean - not necessarily out of brand loyalty, but they just worked for us as far as departure port, itinerary etc. - the last being being on a huge ship, namely the Anthem, which was a new experience for us but which we didn't love. So I was actually looking forward to a smaller ship, and it did not disappoint in that respect. Yes it was a bit old and slightly shabby looking in places, yes there were a few weird smells here and there and yes the decoration is a bit gaudy, but overall i have to say we really really enjoyed it! We had cabin 5107, which is all the way in the front and has an extended balcony, which was great - not only because it was much larger, but we had a lounge chair as well as two chairs (the normal balconies only have chairs - I much prefer being able to stretch out long!!). It didn't cost a lot more and was definitely worth it. The only downside was that there was almost always a smell of smoke - it must have wafted over from one of the public smoking areas, I think. We could even smell it in the cabin, which was unpleasant. As far as movement, we were afraid it would be rocky, being all the way in the front and there being some tropical storms around etc., but not so - there was only one night where we felt the ship move a little more (which I personally love but hubby doesn't). On the whole, we slept like babies!! The bed was so comfortable and the tiny vibration you get on a ship - I wish I had that at home!!!! Food was MUCH better than on Anthem - we enoyed every single meal. Choice was great and a lot of thought put into presentation. I should say that that only goes for the MDR - the food in the buffet restaurant was not great, but that didn't matter too much to us since we're not buffet diners anyway. Quite possibly the biggest surprise were the sandwich station - outstanding - and even better the pizza station - this actually tastes like Italian pizza!!! Why can they make that on a ship but nowhere on land in the US?? I could have just eaten pizza all day - it was utterly delicious!! You just need to keep an eye on the line, or else you'll be there forever. Another thing I really liked was that a) overall drinks prices are more reasonable than on RC and b) the Red Frog Pub Happy Hour (which they had on two port days-I thought this was every port day but not so, alas). You can literally get drinks for HALF PRICE, and if you get a bucket of beers, you can take them with you anywhere else on the ship or to keep in the fridge in your room! The one day, i got a pitcher of rum runner for little over ten bucks, and it was REALLY good!! I think it's awesome that Carnival offers this - never heard of a Happy hour on board a ship. Along with the two bottles of wine you may bring onboard, you can save a lot of money that way. i am SO glad we didn't get the drinks package, it would not have been worth it (and I like to drink!!) Contrary to what i've been reading, both embarkation and disembarkation in Tampa were pretty easy and quick - esp. embarkation. No probs and the staff in Tampa were all super nice! Not like on the East Coast.... So, in conclusion - as far as "Carnival is the Walmart of cruising" goes - true, it's not very posh but I really really enjoyed this cruise and will most certainly cruise with Carnival again - I found most people to be friendly and relaxed, which is what I like when I'm on vacation. And if it's affordable on top of all of that - what's not to like??? Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I am dissatisfied with Carnival Miracle, they are so hungry for your money. I prepaid for everything on the cruise and 2 days after getting off the cruise 9/02/2018, after paying for extra things on the boat and customer service said you ... Read More
I am dissatisfied with Carnival Miracle, they are so hungry for your money. I prepaid for everything on the cruise and 2 days after getting off the cruise 9/02/2018, after paying for extra things on the boat and customer service said you owe "0" I get a charge my bank statement for $267.00, really. Two days after I'm off the cruise and was told everything was paid, I thought you cant leave the ship without paying your tab. On top of this the Internet package you pay for stinks, the excursion we booked was misleading and we had to cancel it, I will not be cruising again with Carnival. The crew were great very accommodating and friendly, I had no problem with them. My last cruise I did not have these issues. I do not want to go on a cruise where I feel like they only care about how much money they can suck out of your wallet. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We decided on this ship based on the ease of getting to Tampa and the itinerary (Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay, & Grand Cayman). We also do not like the larger class ships, so this felt comfortable to us. It is a Spirit class ship. ... Read More
We decided on this ship based on the ease of getting to Tampa and the itinerary (Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay, & Grand Cayman). We also do not like the larger class ships, so this felt comfortable to us. It is a Spirit class ship. It started off a little rough, due to the internet being down and they could not get the previous guests off so we could board, so the Faster to the Fun was more Faster to the Waiting Area. Still, once on board, our cabin was ready although our luggage was not there as promised. Still, we were able to drop off the carry on, put our mixers in the fridge and head off to Lido to lunch. Once fed, got a couple drinks...thank God they had a decent craft beer selection....and back to the cabin to survey our balcony. Our balcony was fantastic, basically as large as our cabin. We spent a lot of time on the balcony, when our noisy neighbors were not around, as it is so relaxing to sit and listen to the waves roll by. Our cabin steward, Marvin, was friendly and good at his job. He really made us feel welcome and took care of our needs. Ice was replenished regularly for fresh drinks in the cabin. John Heald sent us a nice gift for our anniversary, and the Gold status got us some bottles of water that lasted us through the cruise. The cabin and the ship overall were in decent shape. Yes, she showed a little age, but so would you if you were abused day in and day out! The MDR was nice, but the service a little off as our head waiter went down part way through the cruise and the trainees assisting were not as skilled. We watched another team do an amazing job though, so I think it was just luck of the draw. On deck 2 aft, there was quite a bit of vibration that leads me to believe a prop or shaft is not as it should be. The food was decent, but in my opinion what used to be standard in the MDR now is an up charge from the steak house most evenings. The dancing dining staff gave us a laugh. The Lido deck staff did okay, but the food sometimes left a little to be desired. After one breakfast there, we dined in the MDR for breakfast therafter and were much happier. My wife ate gluten and dairy free fairly easily. The deli menu looks tasty, but the preparation and presentation is not as good. The Alchemy bar did the best job of making a Manhattan, with the Atrium bar a close second. The rest of the bartenders appeared clueless. My wife fell in love with the Mango Magic in the Red Frog, which was fine with me as many times they were on happy hour and I got 2 Stouts for the price of 1. They even let me carry out unopened cans so I could enjoy on the balcony. Titus was a fantastic waiter there, good with patrons of all ages. Overall, the entertainment was good, but 2 of the 4 comics were mediocre. Odessa and Andy played violins, but they were very unique with the mix and enjoying to hear. Karaoke from the Red Frog often made our ears bleed even when a deck above, some folks just have no business being given a microphone and alcohol! The cruise director, Andy, was a riot. He entertained from the time we boarded to the time we walked off, literally. He was more approachable and friendlier than any other CD we have encountered. We did not book any excursions through Carnival, but we did visit every port at least briefly. In Cozumel, we dove with Liquid Blue, a local shop the we highly recommend as we have been diving with them for 3 years now and the crew is awesome and the owners treat you like family. In Belize, we just visited the locals outside the port area a little, and sampled a local brew, Belikin that I liked both the ale and the stout. I Mahogany Bay, we shopped for some quick souvenirs and jumped back aboard to enjoy the Serenity Deck. On sea days it was anything but serene, but in port it was peaceful. Our last stop was Grand Cayman. After a little shopping, we went to Hemingway's Beach Club as it will no longer be around. Labor Day weekend was the last hoorah since a developer taking over a large portion of Grand Cayman has other plans for it. A quick word about the Casino. Too much smoke. If you walked the path thru it, as you must to traverse deck 2, smokers could not be considerate and smoke deeper in the casino but always right at the tables next to the path. My wife enjoys the slots, but allergies prevent her from spending any time there, so take note Carnival, you do lose some gamblers because of allowing smoking in all parts of the casino. In summary, the staff of the Carnival Miracle was one of the friendliest we have encountered and the ship was enjoyable even with out the Blue Iguana and Guys Burgers. The itinerary is a standard one, but 4 ports on a 7 day cruise is always nice. The port was very easy off, but when there was more than 1 ship the traffic is a little congested. We still would recommend this and would cruise it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Had a great time on Carnvial MIracle. We did have an issue with a odor in our bathroom for majority of our cruise. Our cabin steward tried his best to get rid of this ordor that was coming up from the drains. Along with his supervisor and ... Read More
Had a great time on Carnvial MIracle. We did have an issue with a odor in our bathroom for majority of our cruise. Our cabin steward tried his best to get rid of this ordor that was coming up from the drains. Along with his supervisor and guest services. The other issue was that that there is not one single sugar free option for deserts, whether it is at the buffet, steak house or dining room. I asked one of the managers on the Lido deck and he stated that it is available per request. We did request it and the women never came back out. With all the passengers on board you would think that there would be sugar free options. Besides these issuess, we did have a great time. All the ports we visited were wonderful. We did book several shore excursions thru Carnival and in Hondarus I booked directly with LIttle French Key, which I suggest that everyone should go visit. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Carnival Miracle Cruise July 1, 2018 This was a fun cruise with sun-drenched days and drop-dead gorgeous seas! Embarkation: We arrived for our 11:30 ship boarding time at about 11:15 or so. By 12 noon we were onboard and up in the ... Read More
Carnival Miracle Cruise July 1, 2018 This was a fun cruise with sun-drenched days and drop-dead gorgeous seas! Embarkation: We arrived for our 11:30 ship boarding time at about 11:15 or so. By 12 noon we were onboard and up in the buffet lunching! Carnival and its team have embarkation down! You can literally be on deck by noon boozing it up if you want. Miracle: I’ve been fascinated by the design of Miracle and its chief design Sherpa, Joe Farcus. Miracle was the last in a pack of Carnival ‘Panamax’ Spirit class ships they produced in the early 2000’s. (Panamax ships being the largest ships able to transit the Panama Canal at the time of construction. These ships weigh in at just under 90,000 tonnes – or about the size of an American aircraft carrier.) Seems like Farcus stretched his theming inspirations for the Miracle. He settled not on anything particularly Miracle-inspired, but rather chose legends of fiction and mythology. Had he settled only on legends of mythology, perhaps the ship would have a more cohesive presentation. It seems in many public spaces that Farcus perhaps already chose a different theme and had to jerry-rig his inspirations. For example, the pathway featuring the ship’s shops is called the “Yellow Brick Road”. Are there any yellow bricks in the pathway through the shops? Nope! Only purple sparkly tiles. Not a single design reference to the road Dorothy and her cadre bravely travelled. The Metropolis Lobby is an interesting post-modern design with zany teal columns and a Godzilla-sized mural of lounging toga-clad women – but has absolutely no connection to Superman and his Metropolis. Same with the nearby Gotham Lounge. There are no Batman references, but rather interesting floor to ceiling copied paintings of 1800’s women and their sea-faring captain boyfriends. (No one on the ship was able to tell us anything about the work and there was no information online about it, but the series was fascinating but not related to the “caped crusader”.) Add these mismatches to the 2015 dry dock renovations by another design firm, and you get this unique hodge-podge of public spaces. The most successful of all the rooms may be the ship’s postmodern stair-wells which feature colorful modernist murals and glistening abstract Bohemian blown glass. The two most outlandish spaces Farcus created for the Miracle are its Bacchus Dining Room aft and the cavernous Phantom show lounge forward. Both spaces are a heartbeat away from resembling rooms from Casa de Liberace in Las Vegas and therefore guilty-pleasure inducing fun! Who can complain about a main dining room named after the god of wine featuring oodles of purple grape light fixtures – draping garlands, oversized chandeliers – amid plastic painted silver fluted columns festooned with embossed grape leaves? (Lest we not forget the haunting statues of nymph children floating in the entrance stairwell which resemble submerged creepy cadavers from shipwrecks past!) The Phantom Show Lounge is a treatise on Farcus’ penchant for using a motif and replicating it adnauseam. Over-sized fiberglass reliefs of Phantom of the Opera face masks hold back velvety draperies, a football team worth of muscled bare chested Nautilus statues support stained glass light fixtures and rows upon rows of naked female Clio goddess reliefs flaunting fiberglass breasts assault the senses. No wonder the ship’s nick-name is the “Boob Boat”. There are more sets of artistic naked breasts per passenger on Miracle than any ship afloat! Yet, seeing is believing. (At the point in his career when he designed Miracle, rather than making his ships resemble long-lost movie palaces of old, one wonders if Farcus was more interested in seeing just what the hell he could get away with.) Famed architect Phillip Johnson once said that successful architecture gives one a good feeling in the tummy. One may need a few antacid tablets to endure the Miracle. Ship Shape: Yes, there are nicks and scrapes about the ship. It is not new. But one must look past these imperfections and enjoy Farcus’ jaw-dropping design choices. That said, we had problems with our cabin air conditioner not cooling properly, television remotes not working, refrigerator not chilling. These are things that should have been addressed long-before we opened our door, but were not. Who likes to deal with such things on vacation? Better-trained cabin stewards should be taught to ensure all things in a cabin are working properly. Sail Away Gifts: Ugh! Champagne served warm?! No ice bucket in sight! No champagne flutes! Just a warm bottle of champagne sitting lifeless on the counter. If one orders champagne and chocolate strawberries for sail away, one would expect the champagne chilled in a bucket of ice with accompanying glasses! And the chocolate strawberries were delivered AFTER sail away – long after the champagne had been consumed, hours out of harbor – barely before bedtime! Just order a bottle from a bar when you go on board and you can get it with the ice and glasses. Less hassle than calling around trying to get it for your cabin. We also happened to order the Cruise the Vineyard package. We chose the basic package for five wines and I believe the charge was around $130. We did this before we arrived on the ship via Carnival’s phone number. Cruise the Vineyard is not offered online. Ordering in advance of boarding does not give a discount on the package and it caused confusion on-board. The bartenders and wait staff on the ship were expecting us to have tickets for the wine – submit a ticket to the staff and select from the menu of wines provided. But we did not know about the tickets in advance, and did not receive the tickets and so we had a devil trying to explain to staff – even with providing a photo of the receipt of the wine purchase – that we were entitled to order. Next time, we’ll just order on-board and things will be much smoother. We were allowed to carry our bottles around the ship and had some delightful sail-away happy hours at interesting vantage points on the ship at sunset. Food: We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of food on Carnival! The daily buffet had lots of choices. Was there a bit of recycling going on with main dining room leftovers becoming creative stir fry dishes the next day – or maybe it was a coincidence? We had over 2600 guest on board and lines did form. The Pizza Pirate and sandwich stations had the slowest lines. The pizza is okay – a bit bland – unfortunately, they never had pizzas ready to go. Since there are only about four types of pizza available, one would think they could have pizza ready – instead the line was slow and almost always backed up. Main dining room: What impressed us was the variety of offerings for carnivores and the delicious flavors. Each night there were so many tempting options, we found ourselves double-ordering appetizers and entrees and eating every bite! The fish was very tasty. Pasta was spot-on with genuine Italian flavors. Some beef cuts were not the best. I can see how folks may decide to pay the extra fee for a truly good cut of meat. A disappointment was the vegetarian entrees. There was scant little. Every night the same “Indian Vegetarian” with rice and beans. Why not serve meatless pasta as well? There were vegetarian appetizers, but it was very hard to piece together a good meal for a vegetarian some nights. That said, we were not expecting to enjoy Carnival food as much as we did in the main dining room. It really became a cruise highlight for us. Chef’s Table: We loved meeting the chefs and cooks and going behind the scenes into the galley to see how they create so many tasty meals onboard. The ship’s galley was spotless, well-air-conditioned and massive. (I was expecting to feel the heat of the ovens, but not so.) I wanted to see the waiters go up the escalators to the dining room above, but that wasn’t a part of the tour. The galley cooking demonstration and amuse bouches were fantastic. After we left the galley we were seated in Frankenstein’s Lab nightclub at an over-sized table above the colored-light dance floor. A two-storied statue of Frankenstein loomed over us, appropriately attired in an apron and chef’s hat. We were served course after course of Carnival’s most demanding and innovative menu. Before the meal, your room will be called and you will be asked if you have vegetarians or certain dietary restrictions in your party. They created a different menu for the vegetarians that was very pleasing. With the food at such a high level, the table service was not what it could have been. Wines were not paired with courses, rather one was asked – before one even saw the menu – whether one wanted red or white as you were seated. (Wines, including the pre-dinner champagne were serviceable, but nothing note-worthy.) Water glasses went unfilled. No attempt was made to serve each guest at the exact same time, which can be so dramatic. The time between courses lingered. In fact, the final preparation for certain courses after they left the galley and were placed on a staging table in the nightclub caused many of the dishes to die before they reached our table. The meal went on so long, we had four of our table-mates actually leave before the dinner was complete. A bit more training with wait staff would add to the enjoyment of the evening. With that said, it was an extremely interesting and delicious experience! Come hungry. Kudos to the whole staff who worked so hard to make our night enjoyable! Chef’s Table caution – if you have members in your party who are fussy eaters or don’t particularly enjoy unique combinations of foods, this is not an experience for them. A woman at our table looked positively tortured when spectacular presentations were placed before her. Later, when we headed back to our cabin post-meal, we encountered the same woman sheepishly carrying a big wedge of pizza back to her cabin. You like what you like. If exotic isn’t your thing, don’t go through the trials and expense of this dinner. Cabin 4197: A legendary French Door Interior Cabin! Yes, we had problems with the AC not cooling properly. (The repair staff came out the next day and did something to make it work better.) The refrigerator was barely cooling. We swapped out multiple remote controls before one worked. There were dings on some of the veneers to the cabinets. Remarkably, the bathroom looked like it was built yesterday – not a ding or wear in site! I enjoyed the pleasant water color prints in the rooms even if the colors felt a little Golden Girlish. For a value option – a few hundred dollars less than the cheapest balcony – we really enjoyed the cabin and agreed the light and ocean views were better out of this cabin than just a standard outside porthole room. Plus, one could open the French Doors to get a feel for temperature and the sound of the waves if one wanted. (There is a caution sticker on the doors, but the seas were calm and we enjoyed peeking out.) You can see the horizon from this cabin – however, there is quite a bit of rigging for the lifeboats. So if you are looking for the French door cabins which have the wide view between lifeboats, you will be disappointed. You will have a view but it is much more limited – but better than other cabins in the same category which only have a view of the lifeboats and the water below. Ports and Excursions: This was a laidback booze and beaches sort of cruise for us. We didn’t choose any of the excursions offered by Carnival or our travel agent and decided to create our own. Cozumel: We still believe the Chankanaab National Park has some of the most spectacular vistas of any island in the Caribbean or Gulf. Members of our party wanted to do snorkeling from the shore, so making another visit to Chankanaab was essential. Here is what you do to save money and beat the crowds: Get off the ship and head through the shops to the awaiting taxis. All the drivers speak English if you need it. All the prices are preset in US dollars. It was $12 per cab to Chankanaab from our particular ship terminal. Once at Chankanaab you pay an entrance fee of $21 US. (They take cash or credit card) This will give you use of the park for the day. If you want to get snorkel gear, there are several cabanas on the shoreline (each is an independent vendor) who will rent gear for $15 a day. By taking a taxi we wound up being just about the first people to arrive at the park and had snorkeling virtually all to ourselves for some time. Later we hung out at the open-aired palapa bar and soaked in the sun and drop-dead gorgeous sea views with our favorite cocktails. Taxis are always waiting to take you back to the terminal. Puerto Maya: We just shopped in the terminal area – which resembled a Disneyfied Epcot-like take of a Mexican village. Maybe we should call it McMayan architecture. Then we headed to the pool (no charge) with a swim up bar. (Such a life!) It was like Spring Break for middle-aged people! Big-bellied guests gyrated – Coronas and frosty pina coladas in hand – to water aerobics classes backed by Katy Perry beats. If you just want to chill and enjoy being on vacation – this port is a fun spot. You’ll feel like you’re in college again – just with a few extra pounds! Roatan: We had rain this day, but managed to enjoy visiting the McCaribbean plaza and oogling at the Tanzanite jewelry and bargain shopping for t-shirts before the showers came. Since we had overcast skies, it was cooler and we enjoyed strolling through the thicket of jungle to the beach areas. There is snorkeling here at the end of the beach by the pier. Rain showers with lightning forced a call for folks to clear the water. We hung out at a bar for a while but then made our way back to the ship for food and a lazy siesta. Grand Cayman: We visited this port before and knew we wanted to snorkel again. There is a fantastic spot to see a colorful array of fish and you don’t have to pay a fortune. One takes a tender to shore. From there walk to the right along the shore several blocks. You will come across a snorkel shop and a larger dive shop called Eden Rock. Either place rents gear for $15. The seas had more chop and current here, so it isn’t for the novice. But the views are lovely! From the shore, we swam out to the dive spots and enjoyed watching the divers below us navigate the crevices and caves of the reef, their bubbles rising to tickle our bodies. There is one of those inflated trampoline things anchored out in the water you can use to take a break. The day we were there, a school of about a dozen Tarpon fish each over six feet long surprised us. They were clumped together under the inflatable trampoline. Their size, and resemblance to sharks startled us. Tarpon are harmless toothless creatures, but out of the murk of the seas they creeped us out. We decided to calm our nerves with chips and salsa and a local beer at a seaside restaurant. Afterwards, we poked our heads into the shops along the shore. Our favorite shop was a place called Artifacts. They have coins and china and silver from shipwrecks for sale! It was like going into a little museum. They also sold lovely matted water color paintings from local artists. The shipwreck coins could be purchased for some very reasonable prices – some as low as $20. Definitely a great spot to shop if you are looking for something unique and not the standard t-shirt and maracas fare. They take US dollars and credit cards. Entertainment: The main theater dancers and singers approached each performance with gusto. The shows were packed with foot-tapping medleys of favorites. Like all ensemble casts, some members were stronger than others – but their overall enthusiasm was palpable. Staging in the Phantom Show Lounge was of a higher level than ships of similar size. 3-D projections (with guests donning glasses), stage floors rising and falling, pyrotechnics exploding at finales added pizazz. Below the Phantom, the Mad Hatter comedy club was packed each night. A standout was comedian Cee Jay Jones who was a true pro and absolutely hilarious. Shows in both the Phantom and Mad Hatter are timed so you can go from one venue to the next to catch both acts. The Alice in Wonderland décor of the Mad Hatter will make your teeth hurt. So many hearts, like an eight year old’s birthday party. The fiberglass heads of the Mad Hatter which flank the sides of the club bear a remarkable resemblance to Joe Farcus, the ship’s Mad Designer! Thank goodness for dimmable lighting! The Best Space on the Ship: The Serenity Pool. Pull up a cozy clamshell cabana on the aft of the ship overlooking the sea! Let the gentle new-agey bossa nova Astrud Gilberto (Girl from Ipanema) tunes sooth your spirit! Attentive waiters ensure you are never wanting for a delicious tropical beverage. A little warm? Try the plunge pool or let the jets of the Jacuzzi massage your back. I love pools decks on the back of cruise ships! There is something so delightful looking out onto the wide open sea, the frothy wake churned by the ship’s screws fading onto the horizon. Carnival got it right making this space 21 and over. They got it right with everything. There is even a chair hog guy (I feel we must create a more upscale French word for this position – maybe garde des chaises longues). He clears items from chairs and cabanas left unattended. Overall, we had a wonderful time on this cruise! It was exactly what we were hoping for with some elements even surprising us with their quality. The Miracle deserves a make-over as soon as possible, adding the other upgrades which have become standard on the rest of the Carnival fleet. With that said, it was a really enjoyable cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this particular cruise based on the dates & destination. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It was not the particular ship that we would have chosen. However, it was within reasonable driving distance. The ships ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise based on the dates & destination. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It was not the particular ship that we would have chosen. However, it was within reasonable driving distance. The ships decor was very eclectic. There were parts that were beautiful and others that were not. But, we had a great time. The staff and crew were so nice. You could tell that many of them loved their jobs. Juan our head waiter, Nithin an awesome photographer and Dan in the playlist cast to name a few. The playlist cast were talented and the shows were very enjoyable. Plus the cast were very friendly. Our favorite port was Grand Caymen. We took a cab to Royal Palms to gain entrance to Seven Mile Beach. Cost was very reasonable. In Belize, we went on the Lamanai Ruins excursion. It was great. I would highly recommend it, Overall, this was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was an anniversary cruise that we booked late. Things were nice and clean, but the food quality (in particular) was much less than the last time we sailed with Carnival. Also, more things are additional charges. The internet was ... Read More
This was an anniversary cruise that we booked late. Things were nice and clean, but the food quality (in particular) was much less than the last time we sailed with Carnival. Also, more things are additional charges. The internet was terrible (we needed it for work) and we paid for the premium internet access. Better internet would have made the cruise more enjoyable because we would have had to spend less time trying to do simple tasks online. We were rarely able to use it in the cabin and had to go to public areas just to login. Lido deck food was much less impressive than in the past. The restaurant dining food quality has decreased as well. Room service is no charge only during certain hours with very limited options. I think the hours were something like 6am to 10pm and everything was at a fee outside of those hours. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The cruise was substandard- improper equipment, smokey environment throughout the ship with poor if any exhaust system, murky pool water, impolite mechanics/technicians, poorly working stateroom air conditioning and the list goes on. If ... Read More
The cruise was substandard- improper equipment, smokey environment throughout the ship with poor if any exhaust system, murky pool water, impolite mechanics/technicians, poorly working stateroom air conditioning and the list goes on. If Carnival ever sends an email stating there are 'unavoidable routine maintenance issues' that cause the ship to be docked a couple days, here is what that meant for us. Propeller issues(took 3x to dock the ship), divers removing propeller parts, exposed pipes with water dripping all over the ship, large industrial fans drying out carpet, blowing germs in the air, smell of sewage when flushing, poorly working cabin a/c. This is NOT routine maintenance. Carnival refuses to refund any amount, but instead offers on board credit and a discounted future cruise. WHY would anyone want to cruise again with them when they don't stand behind their "product or service" ? Stated that since nobody else had complained about the a/c in our cabin, that part of our complaint was basically invalid. On board, we were refused a fan because they were only for medical necessity- so we had to purchase 2 fans for both of the staterooms. We also had to keep the curtains closed so the cabin would not heat up-when checked, it was deemed 'satisfactory' by ship standards of course. I don't go on a cruise to keep my curtains closed.I work hard for my money and do not want to throw thousands of dollars away again. When I purchase a product, it is with certain expectations. Carnival would have fared better to keep its customers happy by a partial refund to me rather than placating with on board credit and future discounts. The excursion ticket time was incorrect on Carnivals side, left us waiting and extra hour in terrible heat and then the excursion was cut an hour shorter because of schedule changes. Carnival would not refund that money either. Carnival offered cruises last minute for $65 pp for gamblers, but cannot afford to compensate me fairly for valid dissatisfaction and to keep my business. The staff was mostly pleasant, but obviously stressed from the beginning, doing the best they could do. The food was good, dining service was slow but pleasant. Customer service on the phone when called to 'complain' was poor. I actually had no desire to ask for a refund, but was hoping for an understanding ear and maybe a small discount. When the CS stated that they could not do anything because no one else had complained...and was completely disassociated from the emotion of how terrible this cruise was, then is when I went from disappointed, wanting to give feedback, to mad and wanting reimbursement-not moneys toward a future cruise that I am not inclined to want spend my hard earned money on. PLEASE look at all cruise lines prior to booking with a company who does not stand behind their name. Especially do not cruise the 'Miracle' ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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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