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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
The ports and tour I went on were great but the Ship and the program and lunch were not as good as the other cruise I went on. 1) their events on board ship conflicted like I wanted to do Karaoke and I wanted to do Harry Potter Trivia but ... Read More
The ports and tour I went on were great but the Ship and the program and lunch were not as good as the other cruise I went on. 1) their events on board ship conflicted like I wanted to do Karaoke and I wanted to do Harry Potter Trivia but they conflicted and did not have another trivia of Harry Potter or other events. When we wanted to have lunch we had to go to the buffet instead of the dining room. This is both disturbing and the buffet did not change their menu. The shows were alright but not very good. When you got on and off the ship it went very quickly. The food was adequate for the type of ship but the choices were not good. This ship were not for all ages. there was not much to do if you were in the aging population like other ships. It was geared for a younger crowd. 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was my first Carnival cruise, travelling with a hosted singles group of 95, all ages. I enjoyed the cruise, but probably won't repeat on Carnival unless the itinerary is irresistible... it just didn't wow me. Embarkation ... Read More
This was my first Carnival cruise, travelling with a hosted singles group of 95, all ages. I enjoyed the cruise, but probably won't repeat on Carnival unless the itinerary is irresistible... it just didn't wow me. Embarkation at Long Beach is, frankly, a zoo. The cavernous dome that used to house the Spruce Goose has been re-purposed into a cruise terminal, and it's just awful. Plus, the fellow checking me in didn't seem to know how to apply Carnival gift cards to my Sail & Sign account. Once aboard, I had done enough research to expect the Joe Farcus over-the-top decor. Some of it grew on me (Mad Hatter, Gotham;) some of it I never did more than tolerate (Atrium, purple purple Bacchus.) I'm old enough to instantly equate cruising with luxurious elegance, so the Vegas-style glitz grates on me. My balcony cabin was certainly nice, plenty of storage space, and the steward was attentive. We didn't make any special requests outside of filling the ice bucket, but he always greeted me by name when we met in the hallway. Dining was adequate but not adventurous. I wasn't wowed by the food, although some of my companions were. Buffet offerings at Horatio's on Lido were dull, dull, dull... at Bacchus, a little more variety & creativity, but even there it wasn't very exciting. Service was uneven... some nights, prompt and attentive; other nights we sat and sat, waiting for our entrees. Also, no offerings after hours unless it's pizza. The bartenders, on the other hand, were awesome. Cocktail menus are wildly creative, and not just at Alchemy. The Cheers package is shockingly expensive, though, when compared to other lines. The shows were cheesy. Participatory games like Trivial Pursuit in the afternoon always seemed disorganized & chaotic. Comedians were pretty funny. Carnival positions itself as the "fun" line, and it certainly showed here... all the neon & excess of a Vegas hotel buffet, right down to the dancing servers. If that's your jam, then go for it. I prefer my fun with a side of elegance. 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
A friend asked my to go with her and 2 other ladies. I'd been on 6 other Carnival cruises prior to this one and have been on other cruise lines after those 6. I was really disappointed. One of the things that really bothered me ... Read More
A friend asked my to go with her and 2 other ladies. I'd been on 6 other Carnival cruises prior to this one and have been on other cruise lines after those 6. I was really disappointed. One of the things that really bothered me was that hand sanitizing was not mandatory for dining areas. On other lines, it is. The enteretainment was compareable to a high school production. There weren't even any set design just a handful of metal props they moved around. The cruise director wasn't very engaging. The crew had just returned from a 15 day Hawaiian cruise and were either too tired or just not interested in providing great service. 2 tenders for over 2000 guests. We were at least one hour late leaving port because of it. Stood in like for over half an hour to get on the tender and there were a sea of people behind us. I don't even want to elaborate on any details because it just makes me too depressed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2014
I am limited walking and partial vision person. I got great help with embarkation and disembarkation. I had been to Alaska 3 times already so I knew what to expect in Alaska. I had a balcony and enjoyed the view at time but at times the ... Read More
I am limited walking and partial vision person. I got great help with embarkation and disembarkation. I had been to Alaska 3 times already so I knew what to expect in Alaska. I had a balcony and enjoyed the view at time but at times the fog would show up and none of us could see the beauty of the outdoor mountains and trees. I had a good time on the ship meeting lots of fun people. It rained in Skagway... but I still enjoyed it. My main concern with CARNIVAL is that they are charging too much money for SINGLE/SOLO ME. I don't plan to book any more cruises with Carnival unless they charge me the single supplement fee. It was a lousy week to be in Alaska because of the rain, fog, entertainment, lousy comedians and the persons that had to be evacuated by helicopter and the other person was dropped off at some port according to what I heard. It is very normal for things to happen on a ship. It is like throwing my money away when that happens on a cruise ship. It ruined the cruise for some families on a budget and for me. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2014
A very romantic ship to cruise to Alaska {or any where on?}, a nice dinning experience with the Miracle many Buffets, Restaurants, Bars & Dinning rooms! My only caution - guard your plates - too make sure the waiters don't remove ... Read More
A very romantic ship to cruise to Alaska {or any where on?}, a nice dinning experience with the Miracle many Buffets, Restaurants, Bars & Dinning rooms! My only caution - guard your plates - too make sure the waiters don't remove them prematurely? My up graded cabin, an outside Obstructed life boat room was very nice with a sliding door railing access to fresh ocean air, CA. & AK. views! It was nice to wake up on a king size bed too an ocean view! I dinned early for access to later Adult Entertainments & Shows. You can bring one bottle of wine per customer, but keep it in your cabin ice box & don't take it to your dinning room table or they will charge you a $10 corking fee! The Sore Excursions were of good value & experience in all ports of call: I took the tram up the mountain with trails from the Juneau Harbor up to the Visitor Center: Good show & Stores, well worth the Views! The first & Last Miracle AK Cruises of the season visit the Glacier National Park, a great photo option! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
This was our second cruise on the Carnival Miracle. We had previously sailed on the Miracle in 2010, going out of Florida. This was my first cruise sailing out of California. I was sailing with my parents. We spent a couple of days in ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Carnival Miracle. We had previously sailed on the Miracle in 2010, going out of Florida. This was my first cruise sailing out of California. I was sailing with my parents. We spent a couple of days in Huntington Beach, visiting my brother and his wife, before the cruise. Sunday: We took a taxi from the Long Beach Airport. It was a flat rate of 45 dollars from the airport to the cruise ship terminal. The taxi dropped us off where the parking garage is, and that is where the porters take your luggage. We are VIP, so we got to wait in the Captain’s Lounge right outside the dome. Then we went through the dome, going through security and getting on the ship. We were on board at 12:45 PM. We ate lunch in Horatio's. It was Italian and they had strawberry cake pops. We were in cabin 8233, a balcony room. We had a view of the Queen Mary and the Dome. We got our luggage rather quickly and were able to unpack. We had the muster drill at 4 pm. I sat on our balcony and watched the sail away from Long Beach and Sunset over Catalina Island. We ate dinner in the Bacchus dining room at 6 pm at table 233, a table for 6. Service was really slow. Only us three showed up. I had fruit, sweet and sour shrimp, and Black Forest cake. We asked for table reassignment because the table was in the back of the dining room and not wheelchair accessible, like they say it is. We watched Up or Out game in the atrium, which involves trivia and the glass elevators, based on the show Cash Cab. We watched the ballroom dance class to a Michael Buble song and Game Show Mania in the Phantom Lounge. Monday: We ate breakfast in Horatio's. I love the Double Chocolate muffins. We were pretty close to the elevator and could go right up to the buffet from our room. We went and looked through the photo gallery and shops. We went to the Fun Ashore Talk and Shopping Talk in the Phantom Lounge. We ate lunch in Horatio's, which was serving American food. I had some cheesy potatoes with pot roast, with Key lime pie for dessert. It was our first Formal Night. My Mom and Dad got interviewed for the cruise weekly video, while we were waiting for the dining room to open. We got moved to table 209, a table for 3 in front of the dining room by the stairs. Our waiters were Zoran, Raymond, and Dudik. I had the strawberry bisque, prime rib, and diet banana gateau. The waiters performed "That's Amore." We had our photos taken against a red backdrop. We went to the Mad Hatter's ball to see the comedian, Stanley Ullman. He brought three kids on stage and asked them questions. The main show was Generations, a tribute to 1930's to 1980's. Tuesday: We ate breakfast at Horatio's, before getting on a tender. There are fifteen stairs to go down to the tender, so one of the workers had to carry Mom’s wheelchair while Dad and I held on to her. We tendered into Cabo San Lucas, Mexico around 10 am. This was my first visit to Cabo. We went shopping and Mom collected free charms from the jewelry stores. At the shopping talk, they gave us a treasure map to get stamped in various jewelry stories. The fourth and final one is clear downtown by the airport, so we were unable to get that one, due to our scheduled tour. We went on the Whale Watching and Coastal cruise for two hours, from noon till two. It was amazing! They took us past Land's End, Lover's beach, and the Arch. They gave us pineapple juice, potato chips, and Oreos. We saw humpback whales flap their fins and tails, and blow water out of their blowholes. After our tour, we got back on the tender to sail back to the ship. There was one really drunk lady in a bikini, crawling over people, licking the tender workers, and biting the finger of a guy who was trying to help her walk. She walked head first into the security poles. We were back on board the ship at 3 pm. We ate lunch at Horatio's and it was Caribbean food. I liked the beans with rice and the banana cream pie. We took a nap, while we were sailing away from Cabo. We ate dinner in the dining room. I had the fruit, the chicken breast, and warm fig and date cake. The waiters performed "Shake Shake Shake." We went and looked at our photos and the shops. We went and played, Guess that Song and Gender Showdown. I had a raspberry smoothie. We had to set our clocks an hour ahead. Wednesday: We docked in Puerto Vallarta at 8:30 am. This was my first visit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I watched us sail in and dock next to the Crystal Serenity. The port is right across from a Sam’s Club and a Walmart. Dad and I saw two stingrays swim between the cruise ships. We took a cab for 4 dollars a person and went shopping downtown at the Malecon, which is a boardwalk. Dad was supposed to go on a snorkeling and kayak tour to Los Argos, but it was cancelled due to lack of participants. We took a cab back into port. We had pizza for lunch, as the French food didn't seem that great. The pizza is thin crust and delicious. Mom and I watched the Crystal Serenity sail away and the pirate ship come back. We ate dinner in the Bacchus. I had peach soup, farfalle with turkey and peas, and bitter and Blanc. The main show was a Mexican Folkloric Show, with dancers and a mariachi band from Puerto Vallarta. We set sail at 9 pm, so we sat on the lido deck and watched the sail away from our room. Thursday: This was our second day at sea. We ate breakfast at Horatio's. We went and look at our photos and the shops. Mom's wheelchair kept setting off the security alarm in the photo gallery, for some reason. We had to sail back up to the bay of Cabo San Lucas to evacuate one passenger for medical reasons, so a tender had to meet us with a gurney. They took the passenger off and took him or her to the nearest hospital. We got to sail past Lover's beach and Land's End again and see some more whales. While we ate lunch, we saw the people dance for the Groove for St. Jude. They danced to the "Cupid Shuffle," "The Wobble," and "Cha Cha Slide." Lunch was Italian. I had some chicken fingers and vegetable pasta, with some fruit for dessert. We went and saw the Newlywed Game. It was our second Formal Night. We ate dinner in the Bacchus. I had the cherry soup, chateaubriand, and baked Alaska. The waiters performed "Gangnam Style." The comedian was Seth Buchwald. He did improv comedy with one of the social hosts and people from the audience. The main show was Ticket to Ride, the tribute to the Beatles. Friday: This was our third day at sea. We ate breakfast in Horatio's. We went and looked at our formal night photos and the shops. We ate brunch in the dining room, because we had a free drink coupon. I had the Mac n cheese with chicken, a peach smoothie, and a Caramel salted brownie with raspberries. Dad went on the backstage tour and got to see all the costumes and makeup areas. For dinner, I had the mango soup, chicken fettuccini, and the warm chocolate melting cake. Our waiters sang, “Leavin’ on a Fun Ship.” We went and listened to a band and a singer/songwriter, Tommy Green Jr. Saturday: When we woke up, we were back in Long Beach. We were in Zone 1. We disembarked the ship in the morning right after breakfast. We had to go through customs before we got our luggage. Right as you get out of the dome, there is small desk that says Transportation, where you can ask for a cab. We got to the airport at 10 am, and were able to check in our luggage early for our flight at 3pm. We ate lunch at the food court. The George’s Greek place is really good.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2013
Compared to other Carnival Ships the Miracle NEEDS HELP. The Food is not the best Unless you like DRY FISH, PASTA and DEEP FRIED. and the food service times are VERY LIMITED,(only lunch and only for couple of hours) on several occasions ... Read More
Compared to other Carnival Ships the Miracle NEEDS HELP. The Food is not the best Unless you like DRY FISH, PASTA and DEEP FRIED. and the food service times are VERY LIMITED,(only lunch and only for couple of hours) on several occasions parts of the the buffet dinning did not even open.( I am good on Chicken fingers, Pizza and Nachos for a very long time now.) The Pool areas were also being Cleaned and Down for repairs all the time also it seemed. They did keep the one outside pool open when it was 40 degrees, raining, and in ports while in Alaska. The crew had language barrier problems when you tried to ask a question and a supervisor had to be called in. Also while waiting to exit to ports the crew was playing around with one another (TV 14 and my personal note: get a ROOM already) BORDOEM will set in on this ship due to the lack of facilities for nightlife(piano bar and the other lounges). The George Lopez comedy club was just ok at best. I was hoping GEORGE LOPEZ would come out to SAVE the show but did not. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Just got back from a nice cruise on the Carnival Miracle. It was good but not perfect. EMBARCATION: Was a zoo as pier 88 had both the Miracle and the Norwegian Gem in port at the same time loading up. Was worried abut my baggage ... Read More
Just got back from a nice cruise on the Carnival Miracle. It was good but not perfect. EMBARCATION: Was a zoo as pier 88 had both the Miracle and the Norwegian Gem in port at the same time loading up. Was worried abut my baggage ending up on the right ship as the baggage tags are stapled on but I did get a baggage tag to put around the handle and it ended up on the right ship in the right cabin. Queues at security were long because of the two ship0s buyt onece through the Disdney type queue lines, Norwegian check in was jammed while we were directed to Carnival check in at the rear of the terminal. Took less than 5 minutes from there and I was on the ship. STATEROOM: Being the cheap person I am, I usuall book the cheapest accomodations. When I booked, they were pushing upgrades so I paid for an interior cabin and ended up with a balcony. Not that I sed the balcony but it was quite adequate for me, mnyself and I. No open fridge (I suppose you have to request the room steward to open it, there was somethng lockied therer but at the last moment because of weight I had decided not to bring my 12 pack of coke zero vanilla. Also did not have3 ice and probably should have aked. Other than that, cabin was keept quite clean. Thank you room personnel. FOOD: Well let me preface, the food on the whole was good but could hav e been better. Complaint? Buffet did not have a great amount of variety both for lunch and breakfast. Main dining room was pen fro brunch with the 2 minute comedy act at the top of each hour. Only a few stations for breakfast serving omlettesd (not that many toppings), scrambled eggs other kinds of eggs, home fries, some toasts but no things such as fresh fruits (at least I didn't see any) or smoked salmon or corn beef hash. Different kinds of cold cereals and a cake station. Same complaint about lunch buffet. A couple of stations with ethnic foods, always Asian sometimes Italian, American but not a huge variety. There was a sald bar, a deli (good sandwiches) and pizza. At the entrance between the pool area and the buffet there were good hamburgers, franks, onions, mushrooms, chili, french fries, chicken nuggets. Complain hardly anybody came around to serve drinks to enable me to take advantage of my unlimited soda card. Always ate dinner in main dining room and the menus were varied and good although portions were small but no complaints about food or service except one NY strip steak which was the toughest thing I ever tried to eat. I had the anytime dining and always tried to go around 1845 to have time to eat and see the early show. Staff was very accommodating and always gave me a second shrimp cocktail when I asked (but the shrimp were very skimpy; oh well). ENTERTAINMENT: The usual. Not bad. Not great. Nice show every night. Also adult only comedy acts after the shows. PORTS: Went to spacer center in Florida but quite frankly Nassau was a dump.; We got there late (11 AM which was the scheduled arrival) and it was on the Sunday of the NFL playoffs. Got off the ships, walked a couple of blocks, bought a Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt and thought the whole scene was a dump. Of course those who went to Atlantis might differ. Freeport was a waste of time. Got off the ship, walked around and went back on the ship to go swimming. DISEMBARCATION: Well they have the free walk off first but do it by floor. Then the zoned but my complaint was that I had no choice which zone they put me in; one of the very last. Did not get off the ship till about 11 AM. On most other cruises I have been on, you chose your zone bu going to customer relations the days before the end of the cruise. At least I had little trouble finding my baggage. Was it a bad cruise? Not in the slightest but I can be a very picky eater! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Took the Miracle out of NYC on an 8 night cruise to Orlando/Nassau/Freeport on January 25, 2013. Easy embarkation, very organized. Overall we found the ship to be very clean and neat. We felt Carnival was very cheap with food; 2000+ people ... Read More
Took the Miracle out of NYC on an 8 night cruise to Orlando/Nassau/Freeport on January 25, 2013. Easy embarkation, very organized. Overall we found the ship to be very clean and neat. We felt Carnival was very cheap with food; 2000+ people taking off on a ship are going to be hungry; they were making personal size pizzas one at a time as we sailed down the Hudson. At 4 p.m., you can expect passengers are going to be hungry. We had an balcony cabin mid ship; plenty of storage space, ample room in closets, shelves in bathroom. We were comfortable. Dinner in the Bacchus dining room (we had early seating) was very good. There was enough variety to choose from every night. The brunch menu was a bit weak; we enjoyed lunch more on Deck 9 where they had a deli offering, a pizza/Italian offering, an Asian buffet, and a dessert bar too. We had room service for breakfast every morning; yogurt, cold cereal, fresh fruit, and coffee (we kept it as healthy and fairly light as possible). Most times the breakfast room service was missing something on the tray (one day silverware, one day coffee cups, one day wrong coffee order...). All in all, I felt Carnival was skimping on food and access to it. Most buffets on Deck 9 were closed for the most part in the evening not opening until 11:30 p.m. If you were hungry prior to that, a limited room service menu was your only answer. Our cabin steward was a great guy. He worked very hard to ensure we had the extra few items we asked for (extra towels and fresh ice). Plus he made great towel animals :) Several folks on the trip complained there wasn't enough to do; we didn't seem to find that to be a problem but then again we didn't have an expectation to be constantly entertained by Carnival. We saw most of the shows. We skipped the "Legends" show which is made up of passengers playing roles of Madonna, Elvis, etc. Our expectation here was that Carnival should be hiring professionals to entertain us; not passengers so we skipped that show. Obviously Carnival couldn't control the weather. I thought it odd some folks blamed Carnival for a rocky ride home and closing off outside decks. The winds were 50+ MPH on the last full day at sea... hello???? I wore a patch; didn't get sick and I'm usually very queazy. The TV in the room was a little too high to the ceiling, making it a bit uncomfortable. Bed was comfortable; couch not-so-much. Still room was very clean at all times. Casino was pretty good; well lit, pretty roomy, and the smoke was annoying but not too bad. I was able to tolerate it enough to play at the 3-Card Poker Table and did well. I didn't play $1/2 No Limit poker although I was tempted. I thought the rake was too high but better than the casino's riiculous cut for the poker tournament ($150 buy in) which I ruled out completely. Lots of drinking going on; I had two glasses of wine the entire trip at dinner; I thought the price of wine was very reasonable. One could really ring up a big bar bill since there's alcohol available EVERYWHERE and waiters happy to bring you all kinds of concoctions! :) Corey the Cruise Director was funny; really enjoyed his personality. Great guy! Loved the wait staff's nightly dance during dinner in the Bacchus room! Some of those guys have moves!! :) All in all, loved the ship. Was really pleased overall and would sail again on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
My Mother and I decided to book a last minute cruise on the Miracle after finding a great deal on the Carnival website. This was my Mother's 8th time sailing with Carnival and my first cruise ever. We live in Canada and the cruise was ... Read More
My Mother and I decided to book a last minute cruise on the Miracle after finding a great deal on the Carnival website. This was my Mother's 8th time sailing with Carnival and my first cruise ever. We live in Canada and the cruise was leaving from NYC. We decided to fly to NYC the day before the cruise left just in case of flight delays (something I strongly recommend as a former travel agent). Everything was smooth sailing as far as getting on board was concerned. The line up for security and such was long, but moved quickly. Being that my Mom was a past guest, we were upgraded from our 4th deck interior room to a 8th deck balcony for only $200 - well worth it! The cabin was great - 2 SUPER comfortable single beds, a coach, 2 closests, washroom and of course, the balcony. It was not huge, but held two chairs and a table with us very well. It was really nice to have the view and be able to sit in your jammies in the morning enjoying room service breakfast and sailing into port. I was nervous about our first 2 days as they were at sea and I wasn't sure about how rough the Atlantic would be. Turns out it was fine! Actually less rocking than once we got in the Caribbean. There was lots to do on those 2 days at sea. An amazing show at night - fun things by the pools and of course, the food! WOW - SO delicious. We ate in the dining room every evening at the last sitting (8:15) Carnival does now offer early dining at 6, late dining at 8:15 or anytime dining (5:45-9:30) - which we would choose next time. The late dining was great though as after a day of exploring ports, you don't need to rush back and get ready for dinner. The food was really great though - salads, shrimp, crab cakes, steak, lobster - you name it. Dress code - The dining room dress code was really not enforced at all. Lots of people in sneakers, shorts, etc. Still, I think it is nice to be a little more presentable during a three course dinner! The Buffet is for the more casual diners. While the Buffet is not 24/7, the juice machines, along with pizza and ice cream machines are. I was never hungry. Pools - There were three main pool areas, each with a small, 4 ft 6" pool and a small hot tub. The middle area was where the stage and music was, and the aft and forward ones were quieter. For the reader, deck 10 (sun deck) is nice and quiet to just lay out. Shows - I was pleasantly surprised at how talented the dancers and singers were! They were very entertaining. I wasn't crazy about the comedian or hypntoist shows, but it was all in good fun. You can always head down to Frankensteins to dance, or to one of the other bars to relax and listen to some music. Overall, I LOVED this cruise. The decor could be a little tacky, but who cares? It was really clean and the staff couldn't do enough to help you. The three ports in 8 days was just enough as the days at sea were really relaxing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2010
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and because they've maintained their reputations as the "fun ships" I stuck with them this time around. I was attracted to this cruise because of the extra night, and the "out ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and because they've maintained their reputations as the "fun ships" I stuck with them this time around. I was attracted to this cruise because of the extra night, and the "out there" feel of Panama, Costa Rica, and Belize. Looking around the embarkation area, I realized that I picked the wrong port for a single guy going on a cruise. 2/3 of the people were seniors, and the rest were couples, or singles who were too young for my age group. This fact was affirmed by some of the staff who said that Ft. Lauderdale attracts the seniors, where Miami attracts those with a steady pulse (which meant that was the last time I'd be going out of Ft. Lauderdale). Sure enough, about a half hour after the nightly shows (12:00 AM), you could hear pins dropping on the ship. The nightlife was completely and utterly devoid. The crew tried to liven it up one night by taking over the disco, but tanned guys in uniforms made the single customers look bad, and the few single ladies that were there gravitated towards them (they are on vacation though, so I don't blame them for that). One night the staff took over the disco completely and barred paying guests from it. That, for me, was completely unacceptable. We paid to be on the boat, if they want to party amongst themselves exclusively, they should of picked an off-hours bar or something like that...but taking away an option for the paying customers is not the smart (and customer friendly) way to go. The only other place available that night was the late-night bar on the top deck, in the adults section, out in the wind...but of course, all the seniors had gone to bed, and you could almost here pins dropping up there as well, between the wind gusts... Being a single traveller, you kind of have to make your own fun, at least to start, until you get to know a few people. Actually, you initially make your fun at the poolside bars and in the disco trying to meet people. I went through about a dozen margaritas in the first two days, sprinkled with some beers inbetween. The running tally is available to the bar staff at all times, and I heard through a couple of people, after a couple of days, that they were judging me on it. I was on vacation, and just came off a hellish two weeks at work before, where my even making the cruise was in serious jepardy (I even had to work much of the first day I was on the boat after receiving a phone call). Anyway, I just wanted to completely unwind. They should make an effort to get to know the person before they rush to judge. For that, they also lost marks. As I unwinded, I also slowed down...by the last few days I only had a couple of beers... The ships pools are slightly bigger than a hot-tub, and there's three of them. The policy is no diapers in the pools at any time, but it was totally not enforced. So after watching a few people dip their diaper covered babies in the water through the week, I made sure only my legs came in contact with the water. The adults pool was probably the only one remotely clean, but it also was slightly bigger than a hot tub. As far as the positives: The room stewards were great; the food was awesome; the two "big shows" were impressive (the rest were filler, but still entertaining); they had things going on all day (much of which was less than interesting though - trivia, and a hairy chest contest - come on, try getting original); the band in Frankie and Johnnies was very good (they even played an awesome rendition of Stairway to Heaven); the casino was fun (but the three guys running it, standing there in a row, glaring at the customers all night kind of creeps you out). Also, on the morning of disembarkation, the staff in the main restaurant were somewhat less than top-shelf over breakfast. It was obvious they just wanted you out at that point...my entire table had raised eyebrows... Would I go on this boat again ?...probably not. By todays standards it's getting small and dated, and the on-board options/venues are too limited. Fort Lauderdale for an active steady-pulse scene (20-40's) is not the place to be...stick with Miami if you want to have anything to do after midnight. I am booked on the new Carnival Dream next labour day, so I'm hoping their brand new super-sized ship will be more to my preferance. I still have faith in Carnival, but the staff needs to keep their mouths shut about customers, come up with some original day-time activites, and not close the only disco on the ship so they can party in it themselves... Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Recently divorced, I chose to go on my first cruise alone. I felt like I needed to do something just to please me. What a great choice this was. From the embarkation (a fun photo just before boarding), finding my room, exploring the ship, ... Read More
Recently divorced, I chose to go on my first cruise alone. I felt like I needed to do something just to please me. What a great choice this was. From the embarkation (a fun photo just before boarding), finding my room, exploring the ship, the endless food, casino, exotic ports and friendly fellow travelers, I had the time of my life and become addicted to cruising. I truly enjoyed the solo cruising but couldn't help thinking over and over again that I wish my grown children and grandchildren could experience the wonders I was taking in. This cruise was in April and by November of the same year I went on my 2nd cruise taking my son Robert, his family my daugher and her boyfriend (seven in all). AND AGAIN in the spring of 2010 took my other son and his family (seven of us in all). Wow I love it so much I wanted everyone else to have the same fun and share it with them. Now back to this trip...The ship is just overwhelming, in a good way! The first sight of it made my heart skip a beat. I had never seen a cruise ship (only in pictures) let alone cruise on one. The embarkation was a breeze but I was on a high from seeing the ship and anticipating the fun that lay ahead. My photo taken in the terminal before boarding has me smiling from ear to ear! Once on the ship it was one wonderful new thing after another. The room was tiny but perfect. The night before cruising a fellow worker who is an avid cruiser talked me in to upgrading to a balcony and I am so happy I did. There is nothing like having your own slice of paradise when you want a moment alone by not cooped up in an inside suite. I am a forever balcony fan! The muster drill was even fun as a first timer, but I must admit I find them nothing more than a necessity now that I have four cruises under my belt. Once the muster drill was completed it was time to find food, drink and make myself familiar with my surroundings. That was more than I could ever have imagined. It actually took me several days to find my around, I got a map of the deck plan and lived by it the first few days. There is always something to do. Every morning you get a newsletter delivered to your room called the Fun Times. There is a list of all the 'happenings'. Bingo, trivia challenges, scavenger hunts, card games, crafts, movies, drink mixing contests, jeopardy, newlywed game, male v.s. female contests etc... Just too many to name. Some I watched but many I participated in! I found myself many days having to choose between a few that over-lapped on time. I hate to admit it but I even got back on the boat early at one of the ports so I would be able to make it to a commercials trivia game! I had so much fun and even won a couple of plastic 'ship-on-a-sticks'!!! Room 8125 is on the Starboard side with a nice view of the bridge, I could even see the navigational monitors from my balcony. The next room midship Rm 8127 set back a few feet not allowing them to see the bridge so I felt priviledged to have the view that I had. A balcony is a must. I truly believe the few extra dollars are worth it. Now on to the Excursions and Ports!!! Our first stop was Colon, Panama and the Panama Canal. I was in awe at the sight. It was interesting to hear all the information surrounding the history of the canal and to actually see a ship pass through it with literally only a few inches on each side, seeing all the ships waiting for their turn at navigating the canal. After having studied it in elementary school and high school it was incredible seeing the whole process and putting all that information in perspective. I signed up for kayaking (my 1st time ever, at age 52!) on Lake Gatun, the lake at the top of the Panama Canal. I had so much fun and only capsized once! It was only minimally difficult righting my kayak and getting back atop. I can't fully describe what a great experience it was. I can tell you I have kayaked twice since then an anticipate doing more times! In Puerta Limon, Costa Rica it was Easter Sunday and the predominately Catholic community was very quiet, most shops closed down. I took a bus tour to some ruins/caves and nature habitat that was entertaining then went back to the ship early to partake in my favorite activity, trivia. I don't feel as if I can give a fair evaluation of the city/port due to the religious holiday. BTW, I went to mass on board the ship on Easter Sunday and enjoy it. I always like to attend mass when on vacation, it broadens your horizons to see other takes on this time honored rite. (FYI: My favorite being mass in Kauai, Hawaii.) Our last port was in Belize. Again I stepped all the way out of my box and ziplined through the rainforest tree tops. It was exhilirating! We first had group instruction and then climbed to the high point and proceded to zipline about 8-10 times and 1 40ft rappell back into the cave that we started in. I have to assure you I never felt so safe. The guides were very good, I was never afraid. I can also tell you I was most afraid that I wouldn't be able to do it due to my age and size (I'm no Barbie) but neither of those factors ever entered into the equation. There as even a couple in their 70's who completed the excursion without any untoward occurances. Since this was my first time on a cruise and I didn't have the security of another person with me, I booked all my excursions through Carnival. I didn't want to be stranded alone in a foriegn country. Plus the fact I had never travel to any of the port and was in unfamiliar territory so wanted the comfort of knowing I was in competent hands. Now that I have been and have seen the types of tours that are available outside the cruise ship realm I would be comfortable taking a non cruise tour, but I would recommend doing some research ahead of time on tripadvisor.com or on your specific cruise ship review forums. As for the ship, I found the main showroom entertainment to be a bit cheezy, the comic show were good, the activities were varied, something fun for everyone. I ate dinner one night Nick and Nora's Steakhouse, I found to be a bit pricey. But then again I was alone so the experience would have been more fun if I would have had someone to share it with. The food was good, the service was slow but then again if I had company it probably would have been perfect timing. And as a side note, I had a good time by myself but would not recommend it to most people. The price of a cabin is based on double occupancy so the room was quite expense considering. In closing I can't possibly say enough good about my 1st time cruising! Carnival made it so good that I have gone on 3 since and am always planning a next trip. :-) Read Less
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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