1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2019
My daughter and son-in-law did a Carnival Cruise for their honeymoon two years ago in October and loved it so much they wanted us to join them on a Carnival Cruise. Hurricane Darian caused us to have to leave a day early but we had already ... Read More
My daughter and son-in-law did a Carnival Cruise for their honeymoon two years ago in October and loved it so much they wanted us to join them on a Carnival Cruise. Hurricane Darian caused us to have to leave a day early but we had already planned to arrive in Tampa that day and spend the night, so we just drove from NC as planned and boarded with absolutely no problems despite only having birth certificates and driver's licenses and my having a pacemaker. We got on board, purchased our lanyards and were told that we were going to have a free day due to having to board early and leave the area that night. It meant 2 sea days before an excursion but all drinks and food were covered by Carnival for the 1st day. We ate burgers at the grill (better than any fast food burgers) and when we went to our room, all our luggage was there. Our room had a balcony with a lifeboat just a floor below. The bed and pillows were very comfortable and the shelves in the bathroom and the size of the closets were big enough to easily store our things. I am glad I brought some folding travel hangers and a glow in the dark small flashlight as well as a small plug in extra 3 regular outlets and 2 outlets to charge our cell phones, hair dryer, curling iron and camera batteries. I may purchase a larger one with more outlets before cruising again. Almost every single staff member all over the ship was pleasant and helpful and most remembered our names from the start. Jeniper and Salai our room stewards, were great and Jeniper was especially sweet. Once we had experienced Roxana from Romania as a headwaitress, we asked for her each night at the Bacchus Dining Room. She treated us like royalty and was funny and very good with names. The food was good, especially in the Bacchus. There was a bar tender we liked a lot named Jerry (may not be his spelling) who would even call out to my husband, Tom, as we walked by on our way around the ship because they had an ongoing funny Tom and Jerry routine together. I enjoyed the Marriage Comedy show a lot but not the adult comedy show at Mad Hatter's Ball done by R.T. Steckel--too crass for me. Doug who played the baby grand at Sam's Piano Bar was awesome and the disco night at Frankensteins's We loved the Pixels photo opportunities and bought a good many. Loved earning points for prizes, especially the nice photo album and the Thumb drive. My favorite shore excursions were the VIP La Casa Beach Retreat in Cozumel and the Jolly Roger Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel with Lunch at Roatan. There was plenty of time to snorkel and to eat and to shop in each of those excursions and the people working the excursions were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I ran into a little problem with my own but new full face snorkel mask and the captain of the Jolly Roger was gentle and patient and fixed me right up for my 1st snorkeling experience. The food was delicious and the guys danced with us and were very watchful of us in the water, as well as making sure we all had all to drink we wanted. Jesus at the La Casa Beach House was friendly and the pina coladas there were the best I've ever tasted--not overly sweet like most in America are. The chef made two great salsas and guacamole with chips as we watched. In Belize, we did the River Wildlife Cruise and and Mayan Ruins of Altun Ha in Belize. I loved seeing the dolphins follow the boat, seeing the Howler monkeys, and the iguanas where we had lunch. Our Mayan guide was a good story teller. At 62, I did manage to climb to the top of the Sun god's pyramid and enjoy the view, but it was a bit challenging due to the humidity and the steps being irregular and crumbly. I wish I had had more time to shop in the little row of shops with locally hand carved wood items, but it took most of our time to climb the ruin and some of our party slowed things down before we could start when we had to wait on them to join us. My only complaint about the Grand Cayman Stingray Sandbar, Hell, and Turtle Center experience was that it was rushed. Once again, we had to wait for a family that was late and so our guide had to make up for the lost time. It was fun to handle the turtles and the gift shop at the Turtle Center was a nice one. The water was beautiful where we held the stingrays and it was a fun experience. Hell was rushed but I am glad we got to see it. Disembarkation went smoothly and, although we missed our pets and the rest of our families, we were sad it was all over. We definitely want to go back to Cozumel and go on the Jolly Roger Catamaran again someday! Carnival did not disappoint! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We have cruised 35+ times and enjoyed this trip as one of our best.. First, we love cruising out of Tampa. We really enjoy their valet parking. We wish other ports adopted this, it would hurt the "Off Site" parking. The cabin ... Read More
We have cruised 35+ times and enjoyed this trip as one of our best.. First, we love cruising out of Tampa. We really enjoy their valet parking. We wish other ports adopted this, it would hurt the "Off Site" parking. The cabin (and extended balcony) were very comfortable and Ray kept it clean and well stocked.. The first "sea day" we had, just for a moment, a rainbow that appeared to end in the water right outside our cabin... AND we are on the Miracle.. The steakhouse, Nick & Nora's (Topper fame) was one of the best (although stay away from the Wagu)... Chef Bijoy, was excellent as well as the hostess, Edina and server, Daria... This trip was extra nice as we did win a few jackpots in the casino. The staff there Christina, and Nozi, (and in the cage Maria and Presley) were extra attentive. The drink service, unlike other cruise line, was fast and delicious.... Thank you Miracle... Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Pros: Medium size ship is relatively easy to navigate. Generally polite staff throughout the ship. Most guests on Carnival are friendly, unpretentious people. Cruise director was pleasant and efficient. Two of the four ... Read More
Pros: Medium size ship is relatively easy to navigate. Generally polite staff throughout the ship. Most guests on Carnival are friendly, unpretentious people. Cruise director was pleasant and efficient. Two of the four comedians were very entertaining. One of the movies that was offered was excellent. Fresh fruit was available on Lido for most meals. Several dishes at the Lido buffets and main dining room were prepared well and had excellent flavor. A few desserts were works of art. There are several nice displays of decorative crystal in the ship stairwells. Shipboard shops had a couple of nice sales and sales staff were quite approachable and helpful. Debarkation at the end of the cruise was smooth and uneventful, despite long lines. Luggage was well organized and easily located in the terminal. And terminal personnel were helpful in their directions. Cons: Embarkation delays and difficulties, especially for the handicapped, as there were not enough wheelchairs to meet needs. 2-3 chairs per ship is too few when each trip takes half an hour or more to board each person and there are several dozen people waiting and more arriving all the time. Most staterooms are not available to guests until early to mid afternoon on embarkation day, so guests must lug their carryon baggage with them everywhere they go until then. There was a bad shudder (shaking) to the ship throughout the cruise. Is something wrong with the engines? Not many good choices for dining, activities or entertainment. Very limited offerings on the Lido deck for dinner. No wait staff on hand there in the evenings, either, to offer beverages or other services. Food was generally mediocre, either spiced the same or very bland, portion sizes in the main dining room sometimes varied wildly from one plate to another, sauces and dressings were often too thick to pour or use as a dip, options for ordering and free beverages were never offered by main dining room staff. Choices for pizza, outdoor grill and deli were fixed and too limited. Outdoor grill food was often overcooked, cold, dried out and inedible. One of the two soft serve machines was not functional during the entire cruise, creating long lines. No juices are offered on Lido for breakfast, only sugary drinks. Juice is offered only in main dining room, but the main dining room breakfasts were not cooked properly. Long lines for dining and entertainment venues. Gaudy, visually jarring decor in many of the public areas such as the main dining rooms, bars. Tiny uncomfortable "library" had few books, felt like a wasted space. Very heavy glass doors to some public rooms, making them inaccessible to some disabled guests. Entertainment venues were too small for most shows/comedy performances. Serenity adult area at the stern of the ship was anything but serene — packed with people, chaotic and noisy. An assault on the senses. No anniversary celebration was offered despite it being listed on our dining room slip and general cruise documents. Very disappointing. Dining room service spotty, some tables were skipped for dessert, ignored for beverage refills, etc. Spa services refused to supply a price list -- prices for each service had to be "negotiated" separately. No prices were ever listed for "specials," either, only "$$ off." Choice of stateroom service (morning or evening) was ignored by stewards, leading to daily inconveniences. "Chocolate Extravaganza" was mostly cakes. Main dining room sometimes opened late due to poor scheduling of staff meetings, stressing staff as well as guests. Slow dining room service often meant guests would have to leave before dessert to make it to the other end of the ship early enough to find seating for scheduled entertainment. Popular entertainment was often scheduled in conflict with dinner and other one time entertainment so something had to be missed. Why not have some matinees? Several entertainment activities and presentations were too childish for most adults. Because of the location, relatively few guests could get a view of the ice carving demonstration. Some port tender boats were exceedingly slow and/or poorly maintained, making for uncomfortable rides and long waits to get ashore as well as to return to the ship. No tender ports had seating in the onshore waiting areas for those wanting to return to the ship. Drinking water for returning guests was provided at one tender port but was located beyond the security ropes out of reach of guests. The Western Caribbean itinerary is always the same out of Tampa, limiting its appeal. Much of the musical entertainment was mediocre to poor, amateurish. Too many cutbacks in recent years-- no bathrobes or bath amenities in staterooms, no birthday or anniversary celebrations, no sea day teas, stained towels and threadworn bedding, ragged carpets, burned out lightbulbs, fewer stateroom stewards to service rooms which makes staterooms inaccessible to guests for 6-8 hours every day. Stateroom "categories" are practically meaningless except for location within the ship. A "large" stateroom can be very tight with little space for storage. Although we paid hundred$ extra, it was the smallest stateroom we've had in over 20 cruises. Room safe can be accessed only with a magnetic strip type card, not a keyed in code that could be used by spouse or fellow roommates. Guests cannot hear ship-wide announcements when inside the stateroom. There should be an option for this. Yet all guests were awakened in the middle of the night by an in-stateroom announcement about a private medical emergency. Announcements made in noisy public areas such as the Lido buffets and outdoor decks could not be understood at all. Also, music piped into many parts of the ship was so loud that it drove away guests. There were persistent problems with the toilets throughout the ship -- dirty water, non functioning, etc. A couple of times the electricity in the stateroom went out. There is no dedicated movie theater, no outdoor movie screen and no schedule or guide for the limited television channels. No access to the stateroom folio account or daily schedule/menus through the television, either. Most of the few movies that were offered were aimed at juveniles. Water slide was dry and nonfunctional during our cruise. No explanation given. Never enough chaise lounges or other seating near the pools to meet demand. Poltergeists apparently took over one elevator, leading to trapped guests not being able to get where they wanted to go and then opening the door only extremely briefly so guests could not safely exit, either. Sales in the atrium are never a good idea -- too many shoppers in way too small a place. People actually fought to get to the only available side of a table of t-shirts. Shipboard bar drinks were generally not well made and were much higher in price than on several other cruise lines, as well. No encouragement or urging for guests to wash their hands and use hand sanitizers, especially in the dining venues. As a result, most guests did not do so, spreading their germs/illnesses everywhere, to the detriment of all. Lots of coughing and sneezing passengers aboard the ship. Some venues (Mad Hatters Ball) were so cold the staff supplied guests with blankets to watch movies. No popcorn, though. Constant heavy "mist" spewed into the air of the Phantom Theater for theatrical atmospheric purposes smelled bad and caused coughing amongst the guests. This mist was not turned off regardless of whether it was appropriate for the entertainment production. Poor ventilation in and near the casino made for unpleasantly smoky conditions throughout that deck and beyond. Raffles in the shipboard shops (must be present to win) were held during the late evening when most guests would be at dinner or attending entertainment productions/events. Folio charges and credits were issued per guest instead of per stateroom, even though only one credit card was on file to cover the account. This meant that each guest listed on the account had to make individual purchases to cover their individual credits instead of one large purchase being allowed to absorb the entire group's or couple's credits. There should instead be an option to group the credits on the same account. Some shipboard charges, such as gratuities, are not added to the passengers' account until the last day of the cruise, creating unrealistic expectations for passengers and naturally followed by long lines at the Front Desk. Only a two hour window (9-11 p.m.) was allowed for setting luggage in the hallway for pick up the night before debarkation, leading to missed entertainment on the final night of the cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I flew in the night before the cruise, then we used an Uber to get to the port. No problems at all. The embarkation went smoothly and we were on our way to fun quickly. We ate lunch at the buffet on Lideo. Lideo is ... Read More
My husband and I flew in the night before the cruise, then we used an Uber to get to the port. No problems at all. The embarkation went smoothly and we were on our way to fun quickly. We ate lunch at the buffet on Lideo. Lideo is where we ate breakfast and lunch most days. The food was okay but I have found that the food is not as good as it was when we first started cruising many years ago. That being said, there is something for everyone. So if you don't like one thing just try something else. We really enjoyed dinner in the dining room each night. Our table mates became friends over the week. The servers were great and so friendly. We did pay extra to eat in the steak house one night and it was so good!! Definitely worth the extra $$. Our inside cabin was a good size and the bathroom was bigger then on most ships. Our room was taken care of by Marvin and he did a great job. Carnival services the rooms once a day now instead of twice. Which is fine with us. There was a lot of entertainment on the ship. Something for everyone. This was a Halloween cruise so there was several themed things going on. There were singers preforming in different areas of the ship each night and most of them were very good. We went to two performances in the theater one wasn't so good but the other one was great! We didn't go see any of the comedians preform. The itinerary was very good for this ship. I hurt my knee the day we were leaving on the cruise. So there were two ports that we didn't get off the ship. This is the first time we have ever stayed on the ship on port days. I was surprised that several people did the same thing. We did take a taxi tour in Roatan which was very eye opening. A very poor country. Our driver was a very nice young man who had three small children. He said that even though it was still a poor island the cruise ships had brought a lot of jobs. He had even made enough money to buy a small piece of land to someday build a small house. In Cozumel we took a taxi to a small beach area and just relaxed in the sun and water. Overall we were pleased with the ship, service, ports, food and entertainment. The price was a very good price point. We retired this year so we were able to cruise when the deals were good. It was a enjoyable week and we would cruise on the Miracle again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was a good cruise only spoiled by lack of shade for the sun loungers, No real news channels, and no Guinness. Cozumel was missed because of hurricane Michael. As usual Muster was a nightmare with passengers collapsing in the heat ... Read More
This was a good cruise only spoiled by lack of shade for the sun loungers, No real news channels, and no Guinness. Cozumel was missed because of hurricane Michael. As usual Muster was a nightmare with passengers collapsing in the heat whilst we all waited for no shows. We never saw the comedy show because of lack of seats why cant they move it to the main theater. Belize continues to be a nightmare with passengers struggling to get on and off the tenders. Entertainment was fair, only one contest at poolside on the first day at sea, other 2 days nothing. Shows at night not Broadway by any means, but I had been told that on European cruises they don't invest the money on shows because of the long day excursions. But having passengers volunteer to be karaoke stars and perform for the last night show was a little lame. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the sail date worked best for our needs. The ship is well worn and disappointing. We had a balcony state room and it was in need if updating and repair. Part of the hooks on the curtains were ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the sail date worked best for our needs. The ship is well worn and disappointing. We had a balcony state room and it was in need if updating and repair. Part of the hooks on the curtains were missing or torn off and the carpet was well worn. The were nicks and dents in the counter and wood work. The dress code in the dinning room was not enforced people wore athletic shorts and tops and jeans to the evening meals. The shows were very amateurish and juvenile We went but walked out eveynight was not worth viewing. The food at the buffet was not up to par at anytime. There were extremely long waits. People were saving lounges on the deck for hours that you never seen occupied. Why have rules and dress codes if they are not going to be enforced. We have been on numerous cruises and ships. We have been on several different cruislines and this one was very disappointing. Would not recommend!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Our ship was full capacity. A friend tried to book the cruise, and couldn’t, as it was already full. Embarking was smooth. It didn’t take that long. Carnival staff kept you moving. This can’t be said for our disembarkation, ... Read More
Our ship was full capacity. A friend tried to book the cruise, and couldn’t, as it was already full. Embarking was smooth. It didn’t take that long. Carnival staff kept you moving. This can’t be said for our disembarkation, which I’ll mention later. Food Buffets For basic dining, you can visit Horatio’s Lido Cafe — the buffets on the 9th floor. You don’t need to worry what time you go, or what you’re wearing. I did notice alot of the same food items, for example, soups or desserts, that we saw on the menu in the main Bacchus Dining Room — I’m sure alot of the same food comes out of the same kitchens. For the most part, the buffets at Horatio's Lido Cafe offer a good selection, but you WON’T get higher-end items like stuffed mushrooms, shrimp, escargot, etc for dinner. In the morning, you also have to ask for special items, like strawberries or grapes, which they keep behind the counter. It’s hard to know what they have hiding in the fridges behind them, so I guess the only way is to ask? Because they don’t advertise it. It seems the only way people found out they have strawberries is because they saw someone else with them on their food tray. And I happened to be standing behind someone that asked for the grapes — that’s the only reason I knew they had any. Dining Room The next step-up in dining, is the Bacchus Dining Rooms. You will find “higher-end” items like escargot, stuffed mushrooms and shrimp on the menu (you will NOT see these items at the Horatio buffets). You’ll also see hard ice cream on the menu, which you can’t get at the buffets — only soft ice-cream from the machine. Another note, they will serve lobster in the Bacchus dining room, but I think only for one night of your cruise — so take advantage of it when it’s offered! The dining rooms do have a “dress code”, but it’s not strictly enforced - I wore a nice t-shirt a couple times. I think they have the dress codes, honestly, for people who hop out of the pool with nothing but flip-flops and their tight bikini on, and expect to go eat at the dining room. And believe me, I see some of these people walking around the ship half-naked. As long as you're “covered up” in someway, you’ll be fine. We were travelling as 3 couples. We made the decision for another couple to join us at set-time dining at 7:45 pm. They felt that was way too late to be eating, but they joined us anyways. And the other couple had chosen “any time dining”. We tried dining with the “any-time” couple on the 3rd floor dining room, and we were rejected by the staff. They told us we had set-time dining at 7:45pm on the 2nd floor, and wouldn’t seat us. I suppose the good thing for set-time dining, is you get to have the same staff serve you, who get to know your names, and know what your favourite drinks are, and you get to know them — it’s more personable. Also at 7:45 pm, you walk into the dining room with no waiting — your table is set and empty waiting for you. “Any-time dining” doesn’t mean you just walk in anytime and start eating. I believe you have to wait for an available table, just like at any other restaurant. And the wait for a suitable table (for a table of 7) probably also adds time. And our ship was full capacity. So both choices of set-time and “any-time” have their pluses and minuses. So if you’re travelling with a group, make sure everyone is on the same page. Also know that the dining room time you select is inflexible once you’re on the cruise ship. I’m sure ours was even more so, because it was a full ship. Nick & Nora’s Steakhouse The next step-up in dining is “Nick & Nora’s” steakhouse — an additional charge of $35 USD per person. We visited twice. We went the first night, as it was my sisters birthday. I had made reservations weeks in advance. And we did receive a complimentary bottle of wine for being their the first night of the cruise — although we already had the “Cheers drink package”. lol. The food was fantastic. And you always get surprised with food items they serve. My brother liked “Nick & Nora's" so much, he immediately made reservations for the last night of our cruise. Most of the tables in this restaurant are smaller, so getting reservations for a table of 7 people was slightly harder. It’s a good idea to make reservations soon. Both times when we were there, there were many empty tables — in fact, the place seemed kinda empty. Also, by the second visit, we noticed several items on their menu you could get in the Bacchus dining room — for free. Of course, you couldn’t get the steaks. But if you wanted to, you could order steaks in the Bacchus dining room for $20 USD — still cheaper than the $35 USD for N&N’s. Personally, for myself, I think going to Nick & Noras once was good enough. The food in the Bacchus dining room is really good. The main difference with alot of the food items is simply presentation. For example, the Caesar salad isn’t any better in the steakhouse than it is in the Bacchus Dining Room — it might just be presented differently. Only other difference is Nick & Nora’s ambience is nicer, and the wait staff are better looking. lol. I have some comments about certain food items. I went on a Carnival cruise in 2012. At that time, they had homemade lemonade served in metal pitchers. It was so good — with real lemons and real sugar. Now in 2018, I noticed they were gone, and only Nestle “lemonade" from a machine. Blech. It’s just not the same and there is no comparison. Thumbs down. I also recall in 2012, on their dessert menu, was the “Chocolate Lava Cake”. It’s still on the menu, but just goes by a different name “Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake”. It’s so good. But watch out, it’s decadent. I checked out the recipe online, and it does contain lots of butter :) Spoil yourself one night. It’s OMG good! Highly recommended for dessert. My only other comment about food, is that the menu seemed like there were less menu options since 2012. To be fair, i’m not sure whether it’s because we were on a different cruise ship, or a longer cruise length, etc. But it was slightly less options than what I remember. Evening entertainment. Because of our later dining room time of 7:45pm (this was my sisters idea who prefers to eat late) we would miss alot of the shows. So the only shows I caught were comedy shows later at night at 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. The comedians were good and made me laugh. There was typically two comedians each night. All the nights we went, it was standing room only, so get there early to get seats. The live musicians were good, for the most part. I liked the solo guitar/vocalists the best. My only comment is this -- I realize the cruise is going into the Caribbean, but I think people still like the music they were brought up with. I just don't care to hear pop songs covered with a steel pan drum, or spanish/reggae songs that I can't understand. I never did get to the bar "Frankensteins Lounge", but I guess there was more "modern" music there? I don't know. Call me crazy, but i'm picky with my music. Other thoughts. Alot of people are addicted to their Facebook feed and messaging and can’t live without a smartphone/internet — even for a 7 day cruise. And it’s apparent when you get on the cruise ship. Alot of people end up paying for the wifi internet packages. It was $35 USD for the week to use popular websites like Facebook, etc usage for the week. And even more $$ for internet usage. Carnival has an App that is free to download. It’s basically an app to know what’s going on in the ship — shows, events, specials, etc, and read up about user policies, information about the ship, ports, etc. But there is still the printed paper ship itinerary if you don’t have a smartphone or tablet. I did find the app to be more helpful, as it shows you what’s happening right now, or coming up on the ship. Normally I don’t wear a watch. And because I like to travel light without carrying much, I didn't bother bringing my ipod/tablet/smartphone, so I never knew the time. Advice — get a watch for a cruise! Especially a cruise that has short port stops, as you or someone you know will be paranoid about the time throughout the entire day. I wasn’t paranoid, but several travel companions were… constantly, “What time is it? We only have blah blah minutes left to get back to the ship….”. I heard this 3 thousand times. The other confusion for time was that "ship time" is always different then local time or the time on your phone. Get a watch and you don't have to worry about getting the time wrong! Our cruise last year was on NCL in hawaii, with port stops of 2 days on each island, so we weren’t so focused on the time -- you could relax without worrying about rushing back to the boat before the last tender leaves. I don’t even remember us worrying about the time at all. But when your itinerary is only 6-7 hours at a port, you will need to know the time! Keep your smartphone handy, or get a watch! Excursions We bought 2 excursions through Carnival. Belize Sharks, Rays, Barrier Reef Snorkel & Island Escape This excursion starts out early. You have to tender to Belize City port from the Miracle. Then you wait maybe 15-25 minutes at Belize City port and you get on a fast smaller boat that travels about 45 minutes to the small island of Caye Caulker. Caulker has a population of about 2000 people. It’s sand is blindingly white. And it’s quaint. You won’t find any commercial franchises or big corporations on this island. And that’s what gives it it’s charm. Hand-painted signs. Mom & Pop shops and Bed &Breakfasts. Stray dogs. Life is slow. I love it. If you’re a photographer like me, you will go crazy with glee, as this small island is all photo opportunities and eye candy from every angle. The snorkelling was fun. That morning I hadn't put on sunscreen, as I’ve heard sunscreen ingredients can be damaging and harmful to the reefs. I believe Hawaii has even introduced a law to ban them! I saw other people slather sunscreen lotion on before the dive, but I didn’t. Oh well. The Shark and Ray alley was good as well. Where the boat stops is shallow. It’s maybe only 3-4 feet deep, with a sandy bottom. I decided to go barefoot, as I didn’t have enough time to find my water-shoes that morning. There is the odd larger seashell on the ocean floor that you’d want to avoid stepping on with bare feet. You can clearly see them through the clear sea water. There aren’t many of them, and I didn’t have any problems — but just be aware of them if you decide to go barefoot. As an aside, I did see a private company offer an almost identical excursion for $30 USD cheaper. Carnival does offer a “110% price guarantee” (that they only reimburse with cruise credits), but you must fill out the form 1 week prior to your cruise disembarkation. Well, we only booked the excursion 6 days in advance, and when I noticed the other cheaper competitor, it was 5 days before. So, we were no longer valid to get the “price guarantee”. If you want to visit Caye Caulker privately, you can with water taxis from Belize City port (much cheaper than the cruise excursion), they leave frequently almost every hour or so. Some people like to book through the cruise line for an extra sense of security you won’t be left behind. But on our private excursions we’ve never had problems. Cozumel Deluxe Beach, Catamaran Sail & Snorkel The Catamaran company is “Fury Catamarans”. Where we snorkeled was a very strong ocean current. I’m undecided whether I liked the strong current, because if you wanted to observe something on the sea floor for awhile, you had to swim against the current. Yes, I had the odd fin and leg in my face from “over crowding” from all the other snorkelers, but it wasn’t as bad as it’s made to sound. You can always choose the back of the crowd of snorkelers, or keep to the sides if you don’t want to feel crowded in the water. The beach we stopped at is managed/owned by Fury as well? They had the big inflatable floating toys in the water, like the slide, etc. I’m Canadian, so it’s a little jarring to see companies actually “own” beaches privately. In Canada, none of our beaches can be privately owned — they are all public. So I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the privatization of beaches going on in the Caribbean. I’m undecided whether it’s a good idea or not, especially when it’s owned by a big corporation (like Mahogany Bay). What this means, is you can not enjoy a beach for free — you must PAY to enjoy it. To be fair, the Fury beach WASN'T crowded, which was enjoyable (probably cause it cost money to use it). There were empty beach chairs everywhere. And you could actually enjoy the water toys without a lineup or hogs. For $75 USD, i’m not sure I’d give this excursion high marks. I can’t drink because I have I have a heart condition, so the free maragaritas wasn’t a plus. And the snorkeling equipment is the cheapest you could buy off Amazon for $20 and own it yourself. If you want a burger, you gotta pay for it yourself — $11 US. And you never go out of sight from the cruise ship — you’re just down the coast a little. And the biggest sin — playing loud spanish pop music the entire time. Uggh. lol. I’m not sure i’d rush to do this excursion again. Roatan, Honduras We did one excursion privately, not through Carnival. It was Rony’s Tours on Roatan, Honduras. It was good. I found him online with his own website. We went to Daniel Johnson's Monkey & Sloth Hangout. They also have big beautiful parrots there. While in Roatan, I would have liked to check out “Little French Key” Island, but there is only so much you can do in one day. The day we were in Roatan, it was very hot. Our tour van had air-conditioning, but it was still hot. It made some of my fellow companions cranky, irritable and bitchy. Just being honest. They kept complaining how hot they were and they wanted to go back to the ship. We left early back to the ship and cut our tour short because of them. Uggh. Since we had extra time, a friend and I checked out Carnival’s “Mahogany Beach”. I didn’t know what to expect, as there were two cruise ships in port. I was expecting it to be crowded. But since it was already later in the day, with less than 2 hours before the ship leaves, people were already leaving the beach, making their way to the ship, which meant the beach was fairly empty already. We heard from one couple that they came to Mahogany beach earlier on in the day, but it was so crowded, they left back to the ship, and came back again. By that time of the day, we could put our bags on hundreds of empty chairs without having to pay for it, and got a swim in the uncrowded beach and ocean. We did not have to pay for the beach, but you have to walk the distance, which is maybe only a 10-15 minute walk. There are benches and seat-swings along the way. Cayman In Grand Cayman, we took a cab, and the cab driver gave us some choices where we wanted to go. My sister took the first choice -- it was to Royal Palms beach club with a cover charge. When you get there, we noticed everything was extra charges. Want a lounge chair? Umbrella? Cabana? All extra charges and pretty expensive. Disembarkation from Carnival Miracle We were excited to get off the ship, as we were driving to Orlando that day. We were already out of our rooms by 8:15 am. I had grabbed the luggage tag numbers “8” the day before, so we were expecting to be off by 9:30am-10:00 as it stated. Nope. We waited and waited. They had called the mobility issue/handicapped people to disembark first. And it’s like it took forever. I think we were called off the ship finally by 11:00 am. And then we had to go through customs. It seems the problem was with customs — they only had 3 people working to process 3000 people! When we got close in line to the customs officer, he got up and took a bathroom break for 5 minutes! I think we were finally out of there by 12:00 noon. Horrible experience. Tons of lineups, standing in line and waiting. From what I also heard, many people missed their air flights. This was not Carnivals fault — it was the U.S. customs authority. But, you could argue it's slightly Carnival's fault, as they keep booking these cruises starting and ending on a Sunday -- when people don't want to work. All around, I enjoyed the Carnival Miracle cruise very much! Hopefully I’ve given some tips and advice from my experience. If you’ve made it to the end, thanks for reading! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I did not know what to expect after hearing good and bad on Carnival. So, I did what I always do, I decided to take a chance. I'm so glad I did. I will make a few recommendations first. Get your cruise booked months in advance. Book ... Read More
I did not know what to expect after hearing good and bad on Carnival. So, I did what I always do, I decided to take a chance. I'm so glad I did. I will make a few recommendations first. Get your cruise booked months in advance. Book your parking (if driving)in advance. Read the reviews on the tours, in advance. Get your passport squared away. There are some cruise ticket holders for sale on line, if you want them. Get your cruise tickets just before you leave. You can book your land tours in advance but you pay when you book. That may be good for budgeting. Get your camera batteries charged just before you leave. Bring your phone chargers, dramamine and Bug repellent. Finally, they allow you to bring a case of soda and a bottle of wine p/p. I really recommend this one. Okay so the cruise. Trip scheduled to go to Cayman, Mohogany Bay Honduras, Belize and Cancun. First stop, Cayman, we booked the Stingray city and Reef snorkeling trip. Awesome. Allot of time spent with the stingrays. Everybody got a chance to pet and even kiss the rays. We had a chance, at the end, to eat local food before boarding the ship again. Next stop, Mohogany Bay. We booked the Private Island with lunch. This little Island is a sanctuary for animals found in need of help. They nurse them back to health and release them back to the wild. They also have a Mayan Temple and an arena. The Food, Animals and Temple were all way batter than expected. Next, Belize. Mayan ruins and River boat tour. Wow. An actual Temple from way back. Again, Awesome. This tour was the best. Lunch place is provided and you have to buy your lunch for about $10 buck. Affordable and good local food. Lastly, Cozmel and the Secret River tour and lunch. Awesome. Very informative and really cool. Literally. I don't want to spoil all the fun for you so I will not speak about everything at each place. I will say that I highly recommend all 4 of these tours. They were the highlight our land trip. Ok, now the ship. The Miracal was fantastic. The service was fenominal. Cabin Stewart was great. Food was great. I recommend the Steak house and the Chefs Table highly. These are must do. You have never had a meal like the Chefs table offers. Well worth the money. In all, everybody was genuinely interested in knowing if you are having a great time and what can they do to assure you are. Every thing about this trip was fantastic. I can't wait to take another trip. I asked many people on board, if this was their first or tenth trip. Many said this is multiple trips on Carnival and they only travel on Carnival. I asked, why? Cost, fun, service, ships, crew and bang for the buck. I'm going Carnival again. Are you? I heard so many different comments, good and bad, on Carnival, I was not sure what to expect. So, as I often do, I decided to take a chance. (People are so fickle). First off, I would recommend getting in town the day before. I heard some people talk about delayed flights, traffic etc. They were stressed. Also, get all your stuff, tickets, passports, etc before time. The day of the cruise was a very nice experience. We arrived at the pre arranged time and everything went as expected. We dropped off bags and I parked with, again, the pre reserved valet. They took my car and we were off to our vacation. We followed direction and went to check in. Unlike the airport, this TSA experience was pleasant. 1 - 12 pack of soda p/p and a bottle of wine p/p is allowed. I recommend this. We continued to the check in desk and that went off without a hitch. So far so good. We were then called and allowed to board. Here we go. Once on board, they directed us to the bar. Imagine that. Starting off with a drink. We were later allowed to go to the room. We unpacked and chilled out for a bit. We got underway and prepared for lunch. For our first meal on board, it was pretty good. We later went to customer service to confirm our tours. We booked 4 tours before our trip but you really don't have to do that. You can wait till you arrive to book land tours. I recommend reading the reviews on each tour. It will help you make a good choice. I did that and found 4 tours that were highly recommended. Booking ahead of time also helps with budgeting money. You can pay for this before the trip. As you will find out, they require a credit card be tied to your on board account. That is how you charge evening on board. We walked around the shop and learned our way around the ship. We ran into the SPA people. If you don't want to spend a ton of money, run away. They are very good sales people and you will be caught up in the excitement of getting a great treatment We later checked in for dinner at the main dining room. It took me 3-4 days to figure this out but you can order everything on the menu or even seconds. Now you know. As for the food, wow, very good dinner. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Our first cruise. We went with cruise experienced friends. Overall, it was a great trip. If you drink alcohol, I encourage you to buy the drink package. The cabin was on Deck 7 with a balcony. The room was clean and housekeeping ... Read More
Our first cruise. We went with cruise experienced friends. Overall, it was a great trip. If you drink alcohol, I encourage you to buy the drink package. The cabin was on Deck 7 with a balcony. The room was clean and housekeeping staff were amazing. Bring a small power strip because the older ships have few outlets. Food was great every day. Comedians were funny. Excursions: We did too many. Next cruise we will limit it to one. Cozumel MX - Cozumel Country Club golfing - Fantastic Mahogany Bay Roatan, Honduras - The beach was absolutely beautiful and staffed perfect. Belize - Mayan Ruins - We spent 4 hours riding on a bus through the country side. This tour was not worth it (the money or the time). If we had known that it was going to be so long and boring, with only a flash of incredible sites, we would have skipped it. My advice, don't waste your time or money on this excursion. Try something else. You would be better off laying on the beach. Grand Cayman - Coral Garden & Stingray City Sandbar - I never thought I would let a Stingray touch me, but interacting with several of them at once was truly amazing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
This is a smaller ship so therefore less people and I had a great time. The Christmas activities were really nice. My cabin stewards were great despite the amount of cabins they were servicing, and my cabin was well serviced. Room ... Read More
This is a smaller ship so therefore less people and I had a great time. The Christmas activities were really nice. My cabin stewards were great despite the amount of cabins they were servicing, and my cabin was well serviced. Room service was on time and very friendly. The dining room staff were awesome and super fast delivery of food or drinks. I am booked back on this same ship next Christmas The cabin is an accessible one which I need as a am an above knee amputee. The roll in shower works really well with a nice big bench. There are plenty of grab bars around the bathroom as well. There was plenty of space for my wheelchair to get around the cabin. The only down side to it is if you are restricted completely to a wheelchair you would have problems getting out on to the balcony. There is a large step to climb over to get out there. With my prosthetic leg on this was not a problem but it would have been nice to roll out there in my wheelchair. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We wanted to visit Hawaii without a long flight over to the islands. This was a 15 day "Journeys" cruise out of Long Beach California. There were 4 sea days before the islands as well as 4 after. We enjoyed all the special ... Read More
We wanted to visit Hawaii without a long flight over to the islands. This was a 15 day "Journeys" cruise out of Long Beach California. There were 4 sea days before the islands as well as 4 after. We enjoyed all the special activities that Carnival had planned for those sea days. There were dance lessons, including hula, island crafts classes, seminars, cooking demonstrations & too much more to list. We enjoyed each & every port stop too. This was such a wonderful relaxing way to visit the islands. This was our 1st cruise as platinum guests. We enjoyed the easy embarkation & other perks of being platinum. Crew members were efficient & friendly. A special tribute was made for the veterans by the cruise director which was well received by all veterans & their families. We cannot wait to repeat this cruise, we had a lovely time. Worth every penny. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
the port for embarkation was not organized, no one seemed to know what to do and did not get the priority people on board in a timely manner like being herded the disembarkation to Cabo was total chaos kept calling more people down ... Read More
the port for embarkation was not organized, no one seemed to know what to do and did not get the priority people on board in a timely manner like being herded the disembarkation to Cabo was total chaos kept calling more people down befor even had 1st group off the ship not enough tenders no one seemed to know what they were doing nor did they know how to accomplish the goal of getting folks off the ship in an orderly fashion the massages were great - very relaxing and very helpful for detoxing and for exfoliating and for stress reduction - did not appreciate always tying to sell the products at a very inflated price Loved the sauna room and the steam room appreciated the lemon and the orange flavored water in the relaxation room the cabin was quit good, always kept neat & clean able to rest in the room load speaker was not piped into room except for wen having safety drill. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary and not wanting to fly all the way to Hawaii. We stayed on the Queen Mary the night before in Long Beach which was great. The port was well organized and we didn't have to wait long to ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary and not wanting to fly all the way to Hawaii. We stayed on the Queen Mary the night before in Long Beach which was great. The port was well organized and we didn't have to wait long to board. We did have priority boarding because we had a suite. The ship is a bit dated and a little shabby but we really enjoyed the trip overall. We met some amazing people. We did the Chef's Table which I highly recommend. The chefs Jerry and Anthony were wonderful. The food in the buffet and restaurants was generally better than I expected. The steakhouse food and service were excellent and well worth the extra $$. Our cabin suite 6163 was spacious and we loved the big bathroom. There were 2 closets and a ton of storage. There were a lot of sea days and time to relax. The Serenity deck was a disappointment because it was packed every day when the weather was nice. The pubs and comedy entertainment were very good. The magic show with Bobby Borgia was great also. The ship's décor is over the top and quite amusing. The staff were generally very nice and helpful. There were some tender glitches in Kona and some spotty service but overall it was a wonderful vacation. Our cabin steward Rodel was very attentive as were the guest service staff. The itinerary was wonderful, we got to see sunsets every time we left the islands in Hawaii. This cruise only had 30 children on board which was very unusual; we enjoyed that it was mostly adults. The only excursion we booked through Carnival was Germaine's Luau in Oahu and it was pretty awful. That was the low point of the trip. This was Miracle's last trip to Hawaii and we would definitely do it again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The embarkation was actually painless...quick and easy. Of course it was head for the lido until our room was ready. Still can not understand why Carnival Corp. can not have a buffet set up in the dining room as well, on embarkation day. ... Read More
The embarkation was actually painless...quick and easy. Of course it was head for the lido until our room was ready. Still can not understand why Carnival Corp. can not have a buffet set up in the dining room as well, on embarkation day. Would make sense and get the people in and out! Our room was ready on time and luggage arrived in a timely manner. Carnival still does not understand that the muster could be done in the theater and people would pay more attention than standing outside on the deck forever. Princess does this as well as Holland...at least we're inside. Adam the cruise director was in awe of Alaska and I believe it made us appreciate it through new eyes....this was our 3rd Alaskan Cruise. He did get rather testy (actually angry) at a cruiser during an debarkation at a port of call. The first Port of call it took forever to get off the boat and after 3 days the natives were restless. The second port Icy Point Strait, we all lined up early and of course there was a long wait because of it. I've no idea what the cruiser said to him but Adam went off on him/her saying if they'd followed instructions they wouldn't be waiting in line so long. Only defense was that instructions came after we had gotten in line. Dining was haphazard at best...they need a new supplier of beef....toughest pieces of meat, I've ever eaten (or tried to) It was advertised 2 formal nights but they actually had 3...which was fine. The team doing the shows was down to 6 and a lot of lip synching was done...The team was better than the specialty acts...definitely not Carnival's usual quality. Service??? The only day on the lido that someone was actually in the buffet with coffee and juice on a cart was throwback Thursday.....next to the last day of the cruise. I've never had trouble understanding wait staff but several of these I had to ask questions over and over. Ivan and Chen were the absolute best waiters. The girl in the theater on the last day ask me for a tip and I ask her if the 15% didn't apply (we each got a free drink on the last day) and she said yes. I also saw handicapped people pushing their own walkers and wheelchairs up steep ramps.....no cruise staff trying to help. The ramps were very steep and hard to walk up and down.....they finally covered one because the rain was making it so slick. I understand the tide has a lot to do with the steepness but slick and steep don't equate. We only booked one excursion off the boat and it was ok a whole lot more expensive than other sites but I couldn't find any for Icy Point Strait. We saw a tribal dance made up of high school students....very good This also included a rain forest tram. Frankly the guide was boring......it was overbooked in my opinion. We had 4 cars if you were in 2-4 you couldn't ask questions and by the time you got to the item he was telling you about, he was on to another thing that was in his view. We loved Sitka and the Fortress of the Bear.....got a tour after we arrived in Sitka. Icy Point Strait was also where we saw the most Bald Eagles. Skagway we booked thru Viatar and did a glass blowing and Jewell Gardens tour....wonderful. We really liked the narrative of the Park Ranger during our excursion through Glacier Bay National Park and the narrative of the naturalist as we left Sitka. Ketchikan was where we did another Viator tour..Totem Bight. I've left feedback on the Viatar site for each of the tours. The ship itself....the theater was nice...none of those ridiculous steps...the wide ones where you walk 2 or 3 steps and then another step..this was a nice gradual ramp. The dining room had paths....no dodging or scooting around other dining patrons. We had anytime dining which we are usually loath to do but this time we only waited twice for a table and they had a very nice bar area where you could wait. We did specify that we would share or dine alone.....think that helped us to get seated easily. This was the initial 14-day Carnival Cruise out of Long Beach to Alaska and I think we were probably the lab rats.....I'm sure they'll improve as they continue to do these. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was a seven-day cruise roundtrip from Long Beach, California with visits to Puerto Villarta and Cabo San Lucas. Hubby and I are experienced cruisers (close to 50 cruises). Until this cruise, we thought that there could never be a ... Read More
This was a seven-day cruise roundtrip from Long Beach, California with visits to Puerto Villarta and Cabo San Lucas. Hubby and I are experienced cruisers (close to 50 cruises). Until this cruise, we thought that there could never be a bad cruise. We stand corrected! From beginning to the end, this was a subpar experience. Embarkation We arrived early so we could relax in the lounge and have a cup of coffee prior to embarkation. When Carnival first moved to the Long Beach from San Pedro, there was a separate check-in lounge inside the terminal for suite, minisuite and priority passengers. The lounge then resembled the airy lobby of an upscale hotel, furnished with comfortable and attractive sofas and chairs. There was coffee, juice, sodas, water, and a large variety of snacks. Now, the lounge is located outside the terminal, resembles a stuffy Quonset hut and is furnished with uncomfortable, straight backed chairs crowded into every available space. There is no coffee, water or snacks. When I inquired why, the attendant told me that they couldn’t solve the “ant” problem. We walked over to the Queen Mary, paid the $10 admission so we could have breakfast inside. Our other option was a food truck located by the parking garage. The Cabin Since this was a short cruise, we opted for an unobstructed view balcony on Deck Four. Usually, everything is spic and span. The balcony furniture had been wiped down, but was not quite clean. The glass was so smudged that it detracted from the balcony view. The last time I saw so much rust on a balcony was thirty years ago on a P&O cruise ship that was decommissioned after that cruise. It was day four or five when the workers washed down and cleaned the balcony thoroughly. The Food What food? Gone was the “eat at the buffet almost anytime.” It was more like “when is the buffet open?” That is unless we wanted pizza or a deli sandwich. Not something I wanted every day. When the small buffet was open, the variety was not there. Same food every day. The room service menu was another shock. The things that used to be free, like chicken wings and French fries now came with a surcharge. Sort of puts a bad taste in your mouth. Pun intended. The restaurant dining has always been our favorite until this cruise. The food and service has always been very, very good if not excellent. This cruise, not so much. On the whole, the hot food was just warm and slightly overcooked. On the first formal night, I chose the lobster tail and shrimp. Without asking if I wanted it, another lobster tail was put on my plate. Rather than have it go to waste, I asked for a container so I could put it and the remainder of my meal in the cabin refrigerator. For the first time on any cruise, including several other Carnival cruises we were told no; it was not allowed. It got worse later in the week when I was ill. Nothing contagious, but I didn’t feel like getting dressed for dinner. My husband went to the dining room to get something for me to eat. The maitre’d told him that it was not allowed even though I had done the exact thing when my husband had the flu on another Carnival cruise. The maitre’d then told my husband that he had to “call his supervisor” for permission. I finally got something to eat, but not without my husband becoming very insistent. One positive memory was the officer (the head of bar services from Florida). He absolutely loved his job and we could tell. He cared the passengers and was very cordial to us and polite to his employees. It was refreshing. Disembarkation This was the best part of the cruise. Unfortunately, after talking to some of my fellow passengers, it seems that our experience on this cruise is becoming more the norm on Carnival line ships in the corporation’s attempt steer passengers to its more costly lines: Princess, Costa, Seabourn, Holland America, Cunard an Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Close to home for my Birthday Cruise~~~ My fight was delayed so I boarded with no one in front of me, no line, I'll be late more often :) The ship is showing it's age, especially the atrium, dark, dull & dingy is what I ... Read More
Close to home for my Birthday Cruise~~~ My fight was delayed so I boarded with no one in front of me, no line, I'll be late more often :) The ship is showing it's age, especially the atrium, dark, dull & dingy is what I think it is...needs to be painted a light color and needs new lighting too it's just so blah no one seemed to be spending any time in there at all...bar is boring...please do something to liven this place up. Best part is watching the glass elevators go up and down...that's entertainment???? yikes!! Casino was awful, saw one woman win in 7 days...gee maybe they were just quiet about it! I played slots and they just took and took and took, pitiful. Even the "special spins" were so measly $25.00 ??...add a zero or two! Your machines are robbing us and then you have a pitiful reward for someone who is "lucky" enough to have their name drawn for a spin of the wheel. Not very much entertainment, nothing was really drawing a crowd...needs improvement. Took this cruise because it was close to home and I considered it my birthday cruise... Thanks for the wine, cookies, water bottle, and $12. photo gift card. I think this was my 6th Carnival cruise...my favorite was on the brand new Carnival Spirit in May 2001. So new in fact that we were the first to stay in our balcony cabin and when we boarded the ship the cabin number was reversed with the inside cabin across from us and they had to take a screwdriver to put the numbers in the right places. Fun memory, we knew we had paid for a balcony not an inside... it did prove we were the first passengers to be in the cabin. This was my 54th cruise, I would live on a ship if I could~~~ but not this one :) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I had never been on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. This made cruise number 13 for me aboard Carnival ships. I enjoyed the cruise although the ship is older and smaller than some of Carnival's other ships. The decorations were a bit ... Read More
I had never been on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. This made cruise number 13 for me aboard Carnival ships. I enjoyed the cruise although the ship is older and smaller than some of Carnival's other ships. The decorations were a bit weird with all of that grape theme throughout the restaurants. The food was good. The entertainment was a waste of time. The vast majority of personnel aboard the ship were very nice. The lady who was the casino manager clearly had no idea what she was doing. The dealers were friendly. The pit boss and especially the casino manager need to be transferred to the pizza parlor. The bar service at the gambling tables was very slow. Do your gambling in Las Vegas or other locations as the casino on board the ship is just a joke. The only blackjack table that had 3/2 odds was the Fun 21...Regular blackjack was 6/5. Not worth your time! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This cruise was for my husbands birthday, a couple friends came with us. We had a great time, the service was pretty amazing too. There were never really any waits for drinks. The highlight of the cruise certainly was the cruise ... Read More
This cruise was for my husbands birthday, a couple friends came with us. We had a great time, the service was pretty amazing too. There were never really any waits for drinks. The highlight of the cruise certainly was the cruise director staff. Chloe the cruise director is like the energizer bunny. That girl never stops and is at almost all shows, events and games. J-swift was so incredibly awesome, friendly, outgoing and funny, we had a great time at bingo with her. The entertainment was like most other ships, kind of cheesy, but fun and upbeat. The ports were fun as well. We had two days in Cabo. I don't understand why they don't stay docked overnight. We had to board the ship and cruise around over night and returned in the morning. Puerta Vallarta was an even better port and time. There are plenty to do at both ports. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
What can I say? This was a wonderful cruise. The service was excellent. The food was excellent. I especially liked the Nick and Nora steakhouse – it was amazing! There was lots to do on the ship , Never boring. I had the best mac & ... Read More
What can I say? This was a wonderful cruise. The service was excellent. The food was excellent. I especially liked the Nick and Nora steakhouse – it was amazing! There was lots to do on the ship , Never boring. I had the best mac & cheese I've ever had during the brunch at Sea. The Dr. Seuss breakfast was a lot of fun and well worth the five dollars. Shows were entertaining as were the comedians. I enjoyed playing my favorite slot in the casino – jackpot party. Lots of places to get away for quiet to just sit and watch the ocean or read. I especially enjoyed seeing an occasional whale or dolphin from the ship. Some new things for me on the cruise was the Clue Game, hunt for little ducks, the oversized Hasbro games and the Dr Suess Breakfast. The Platinum Perks were good but not always well executed- sent to unnecessary long lines, given 10 and 11 tags delaying getting our bags at the end, only one laundry bag in room, could only use my drink coupon at breakfast and lunch in dining room. The Platinum Party and the Cruise CRITIC meet and mingle were both very nicely done. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We went to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta. Never went to those places before and I'm glad I did. It was a great experience. The ship was very nice, although as always there is room for improvement! Embarkation ... Read More
We went to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta. Never went to those places before and I'm glad I did. It was a great experience. The ship was very nice, although as always there is room for improvement! Embarkation process at Long Beach definitely has to be improved. Mimic Miami! That should be all. They have plenty of space. Add counters at the airport (as in Miami too). Horatio's buffet is a mess and on embarkation day not all the stations were open! Everybody is hungry and it is the only place to eat! Variety of food at the buffets was not as good as in other Carnival ships. Hamburgers buns were not fresh and fries were cold. Lemon juice, is the only free option after breakfast, why??? The safety brief at the emergency location is still a disaster. Employees just push people next to each other without explaining anything. I don't think people will know what to do if don't take time to watch the TV version on their rooms. Otherwise, I love the ship configuration with most of the public places at the lower levels. Still wondering how it will be to sleep at the Riviera deck close to the Frankenstein disco as music was really loud. There is only one dining room but it is huge and beautiful. Well organized. Food is great and employees seems really happy there. I did not go the steak house but order from the dining room ($20) and steak was delicious! I had cabin 4216 on the main deck at the back. Great location, although you feel a lot of vibration on bed. Couldn't figure out why. Did not feel vibration at dining room below my cabin. At Cabo, the Arch was almost in front of my balcony. It is my first time with a balcony. It was good but pray for good neighbors. You could hear conversations and not everybody close doors the same way! Shows at the Phantom Theater were good but short. Stand up comedy was the best and Elizabeth and the LGBT crowd at the piano bar was very good too. Pools were not as crowded as in other ships. There are three. Hot tubs were crowded as in any other ship. Water slide was great but only open twice within the seven days on board... One thing that really bother me was the difference between the ship time and the land time in Mexico. Although a tour guide insisted the tours always follow ship-time that was not what we experienced. Also some of the excursion tickets sold by Carnival indicated meeting time at port while others have meeting time on board. If on port please proceed to tenders or port; otherwise your will be seating down wasting time waiting for a call it will never be done. Don't do line to get numbers for tenders, your ticket will get you out. I'm telling you this because no announcement was ever done to this effect. Only negative for beautiful host Cloe! I think I sound a little negative but it is just looking for improvement. I had a great time on board, and in the places visited. Mexico is great. I like Puerto Vallarta the best, although panoramic views in Cabo are amazing and we got to see an amazing sunset in Mazatlán! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My title sums it up. I thought it would be nice to have 4 days before and after visiting Hawaii. It did not think about the fact we may have to skip a port or 2. Even that did not seem too bad until it happened. In Honolulu, we were told ... Read More
My title sums it up. I thought it would be nice to have 4 days before and after visiting Hawaii. It did not think about the fact we may have to skip a port or 2. Even that did not seem too bad until it happened. In Honolulu, we were told we could not get into the next stop because of bad weather at that port. We were told that we could have a 2nd day in Honolulu. OK That seemed reasonable, BUT we would not have as long on shore. OK Then we found out the cruise had no excursions for the 2nd day. We left the ship on the second day thinking there would be trips offered at the pier. NO there was only one option, a free ride to the mall if we listened to a 20-minute talk on jewelry. NOTHING else. No guidance to where we might find an excursion, not even a line of taxis looking for a fare. This happened again at Kona. This time we needed to be back on the ship by 1 PM. There were a couple of early excursions offered on the ship but by the time we were ready to leave the ship it was too late to go anywhere with assurance we would be back on time. We shopped at the nearby shops and bought a few things we did not need. Wow, that was exciting. The ship was cold inside and out. We did not use our balcony. No swimming for most of us. There were a few brave souls. It was too windy to use the mini-golf or walk the upper deck. I really got bored. My husband got motion sick and lost his lunch. And there was a cold or flu going around the ship. They ran out of cold medicine in the Fun Shop and I was up for hours coughing. Even with trip insurance I was told it would cost about $50.00 from the ships doctor. So I decided to see the doctor as my cold got worse. It was after 9 PM so he was off duty and because we would be disembarking the next morning he would not be available. Oh, well. It was just a cold. I believe it was my poor planning to go to Hawaii in the winter. The water was cold, the sea was rough, and the on board temperature was cold. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was our third Carnival Cruise.We were with our best friends and had cabins in the aft next to each other.I had ordered a bottle of champagne online so we could have a toast when we got to our cabins.The bottle was on the counter but ... Read More
This was our third Carnival Cruise.We were with our best friends and had cabins in the aft next to each other.I had ordered a bottle of champagne online so we could have a toast when we got to our cabins.The bottle was on the counter but not on ice.I asked our cabin person if we could get a ice bucket for our champagne. He said he didn't have any. The bottle sat on the counter the whole trip and at the end I wrapped it up and took it home in the suitcase.The other negative thing was that after going to guest services to sign papers to unlock our balcony so we four could visit, it never happened. We understand security reasons for not unlocking it, but couldn't they just tell us up front instead of going through the motions and never saying anything? The positive things and there were many, sort of outweigh the bad. We loved the Serenity Deck. I Gede was a friendly happy drink waiter.He greeted us by name and felt like a friend.The food was GREAT in the main restaurant. The lobster cost extra but was so worth it! We loved all the ports and had a good time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was our fourth cruise with carnival. We really enjoyed our royal caribbean cruises but don't think the extra $$$ers are worth it so we go carnival as they are much more affordable for our income. Always wanted to visit pearl ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise with carnival. We really enjoyed our royal caribbean cruises but don't think the extra $$$ers are worth it so we go carnival as they are much more affordable for our income. Always wanted to visit pearl harbor and love spending time out on the open seas so this cruise choice was a no brainer for us. Embarkation was easy and pretty quick. The balcony cabins used to be serviced twice a day and we miss that as now it is made up only once a day:( the cabins are very adequate and the bed was very comfortable. The shower could have been sanitized a little beter but was ok. The food choices in the dining room were not as diverse as on past cruises but were ok. The dining room staff we had was excellent. Ibrahim, tajana and sandro was an excellent team with sandro being an excellent team leader. It was very obvious that he really loves his job. THANK YOU SANDRO:) THE BREAKFAST BUFFET WAS GREAT WITH FIVE STARS GOING TO THE OMLET MAKERS:) THE BURGER BAR WAS ALSO AWSOME:) the shows were not as many as on past cruises but the quality was awsome for the most part. The singers and dancers really work hard and the performances show. Thank you:) the hypnotist (don't know his name, sorry to say) show was awsome., one of the best shows i have ever seen. The take two duo of raul and carol were excellent. Hawaii was great. Our cruise director jamie was awsome. Overall the ships crew was very friendly. No problems at all. one thing i really didn't like was our stop in ensenada mexico. Couldn't take five steps without being pestered by vendors, street people and store and restaurant owners trying to get you to go into their place of business. Were warned ahead of time by a mexican bus driver not to buy things from the children on the street trying to sell gum to tourist as they make so much money that way that they don't go to school. I couldn't wait to get back on the ship. The shore excursions in hawaii. Although quite good were rather pricey. I recommend booking with private tour companies to save money. this was the cruise of a lifetime for my wife and i. Thank you carnival. Read Less
Carnival Miracle Ratings
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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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