3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as ... Read More
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as smooth or fast as a Royal Caribbean cruise I had recently taken, but was not horrible. We had a fifth deck balcony cabin that was spacious enough with a comfortable king bed. Our cabin steward, Lasmana, was fabulous and kept our cabin in great shape and was responsive to all of our needs. We ate in the main dining room for all but a couple of lunches and found the food to be consistently good and the waitstaff professional. The food was so good that we felt no need to eat anywhere else. We had chosen "your time" dining and as such, we were able to get to know several other couples over the course of the week. We very much enjoyed the breakfasts in the main dining room and would highly recommend the house made granola which was a great snack to take on excursions (we had brought our own ziplock bags). On sea days, we hung out on the Serenity Deck, over 21 only, and read our books and used the hot tub. We never had any problem getting a seat under the covered portion of the deck as long as we got there by mid-morning. As for entertainment, we really enjoyed the Daft Sailors in the Red Frog Pub and spent most of our evenings there. We did excursions in all four ports and enjoyed them all. We booked none of them through Carnival but all were very diligent about getting us back to the ship on time. We highly recommend Roatan by Land and Sea in Roatan which we booked through Vacations To Go. The only negative I can think of was the muster exercise, only because so many guests selfishly did not show to muster on time, which caused the rest of us to have to stand and wait for them to be paged repeatedly. This was frustrating for those of us who managed to get there as directed. Perhaps Carnival would do well to not open the bars until after muster since so many adults had trouble with this. Definitely take your own luggage off the ship as opposed to putting it outside the cabin door for the crew to take. We used the gym three times but the elliptical machines' touch screens were frustratingly non-responsive and clearly in need of updating, but we made the best of it. The weights portion of the gym was very good. We were often aware of the movement of the ship so would recommend prescription scopolamine transdermal patches if prone to seasickness. We wore them for the entire cruise and had no problem. Overall, we would highly recommend this ship and this itinerary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward unfortunately was awful. He was never around and didn't clean during the set times. We are used to twice a day and we received one a day and varied between 11-6. Good comedy act's. Shows were just OK. We brought our college student daughter and she loved everything. Late night activities were good for her. She enjoyed the clubs. Ports and excursions were very good. We were not disappointed. Jolly Rogers in Roatan was the best. We also did snuba in Cozumel it was good but waiting for the boat ride back was a long wait. I really enjoyed the new disembarkation process. Although had to wait on ship thru customs was great. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our 3rd cruise (2nd with Carnival). We have done Alaska and Eastern Caribbean so we wanted to do the Western Caribbean. Neither of our kids had been on a cruise so we were taking them, 2 of their friends, and my in-laws over fall ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise (2nd with Carnival). We have done Alaska and Eastern Caribbean so we wanted to do the Western Caribbean. Neither of our kids had been on a cruise so we were taking them, 2 of their friends, and my in-laws over fall break. The cruise itself had many areas where it excelled and many that were absolutely horrible! First, the size of the ship. It seemed to be rather small than other ships we have been on. It allowed you to see the same people all the time and really get to know the other cruisers. We had a lot of fun with our fellow passengers and made some friends. Downfall to the size was we definitely felt the boat rocking!!! We do not get sea sick thankfully but I know a lot of the other passengers did. Food was horrible! I really didn’t enjoy the food on our last carnival cruise either but this time it was downright disgusting. Even the other restaurants where the food cost extra was not that great. The pizza place and cereal was pretty much the only thing we would eat. Every morning the eggs were soupy! At Dinner the lasagna was made with a meat like paste. Tried to stay safe with salad and the dressings had a fishy taste to them. I am definitely not a picky eater by any means! We got off the ship and immediately went to McDonalds cause we were starving. The service was AMAZING! Our dinner servers were the best! They had a plastic cup of chocolate milk waiting for my 3 year old every night. They would even get her things not on the kids menu if she asked for them. They put on a singing and dancing show every night which the kids loved! Our room steward was AMAZING!!! He always remembered our names. When he would make our daughter’s bed he would tuck in her dolly that she slept with every night. Room was always sooooo clean and inviting to come back to after dinner. We had to use the self laundry room one day as one of the kids spilled a drink on their blankie. It was easy to use and fairly inexpensive. I ended up washing everything and now I don’t have to do laundry when I get home! The stops this time were very disappointing as well. The Eastern Caribbean was so beautiful it’s hard to compare to them but the Western side was downright scary! We went to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Grand Cayman. Cozumel was great! Very clean and kid friendly. Lots of excursions available but plenty to do without excursions too. Locals were friendly and helpful. Found some great deals on jewelry there. Belize was the biggest disappointment! The water was so choppy all the excursions were cancelled. We had to dock about 15 minute boat ride from the shore. As soon as we got the shore you are hounded by locals trying to take you on excursions or sell you stuff. We would tell them no thank you and they kept following us and wouldn’t leave us alone. As I was standing with my teenage son we saw a shop owner grab a woman and her daughter by the arms and try to pull them into a shop. The daughter was crying and scared and they would not leave them alone! At one point we got turned around at a shop and came out an exit that put us behind a large fenced off area from the rest of the tourist area. Once we were behind that fence we knew it was unsafe and we were in danger. We had a leash on the back of our 3 year old’s back pack and the locals were trying to get us to let go of her. A man in an obviously fake police uniform was trying to separate me, my son, his 2 friends from my husband and daughter. He said we needed to go into an unmarked building for “security check point” but that my husband and daughter could stay outside and go through a fence. We ended up going into the building as they had guns. It was a room with no security at all and just 2 regular men. They told us to just exit out the back and when we did we were back on the right side of the fence. We put 2 and 2 together and realized they were just scoping us out to see if there was anything they could steal. We went back to the boat immediately following this. Total time on that stop was maybe an hour at most. When we got back to the ship we saw on our Carnival Hub App that there was a “safety warning” posted about Belize. This was not posted before we got off the ship that morning or in any of the reviews about their stops. We would have never got off the boat there if that were the case especially with young kids! When we got to Roatan the winds were so high they couldn’t port the ship at all so we kept moving on. It wasn’t until later that morning that we saw a safety warning come on the carnival hub app as well about Roatan. This would have been well after we were off the boat again if we had stopped. Other than that our cruise was fun!! There was plenty of activities (some that cost extra but mostly free). Camp Ocean for the little one was very trustworthy and my daughter seemed to want to go there more than swim or hang out with her parents. Gave us time to ourselves but also gave her something to do in doors and out of the sun when she needed a break. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Despite the itinerary and best efforts by Cruise Director Adam, Sous Chef Singh, and many staff and crew, our cruise simply did not meet our expectations. The overall condition of the ship was far below the standards that we expect—the ... Read More
Despite the itinerary and best efforts by Cruise Director Adam, Sous Chef Singh, and many staff and crew, our cruise simply did not meet our expectations. The overall condition of the ship was far below the standards that we expect—the ship simply needs a complete overhaul. The amount of maintenance required throughout the ship was obvious to all—it should head to dry dock now. Rust was evident everywhere! Our railing needed to be stripped and re-sealed (many, many months ago). Lights were out throughout the horribly decorated dining room which looked more like a weird funeral parlor than an inviting dining room. The Mad Hatter’s Ball Room was likewise ridiculously designed and entirely too small and I efficiently structured to fit the audiences for the Punchliner Comedy Club. Unfortunately, there was one comedian who couldn’t buy a laugh in multiple shows...far below our standards. Also, most of the singing hear onboard was horrible—aren’t these singers seriously vetted before arrive onboard to sing? The food was mediocre at best, save Chef Singh’s Chef Table, which was excellent—however there was an unexpected additional fee (we believe a gratuity) that was never discussed or seen in written form. We also had two gratuities of nearly $100 each added automatically to our account that showed up on the bill at the last day as we were leaving the ship. This was not expected—we have always left cash for the room steward and helper, as well as the dining room staff. We had already tipped the dining room staff the night before too.... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise for its ports of call....overall the cruise was just ok...the rooms and ship itself are in serious need of updating and a complete overhaul~I have never been on a ship (with any cruise line) that vibrates as much as ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its ports of call....overall the cruise was just ok...the rooms and ship itself are in serious need of updating and a complete overhaul~I have never been on a ship (with any cruise line) that vibrates as much as this ship did....the crew members were rude, almost as if they were doing us a favor~our stateroom refrigerator did not work, the wake up call system on the ship was broken according to our steward, thus a knock on the door each morning when they showed up! Security on this ship is a joke....they are of no help! One person only working each buffet line , so be prepared to wait 20 to 30 minutes just to get food! Best food and service we got was OFF the ship in the ports! Carnival seriously needs to dock this boat, refurbish it, and do some employee courtesy training.....Disembarkation was a complete NIGHTMARE! I would be sooo upset if i had paid what other passengers stated they had paid for this cruise! Food was redundant, service horrible, long lines and let me tell you if you have a problem, guest services are rude and simply do not care! The worst service i have ever gotten on any cruise line or ship! when i called carnival upon my return home to report the issues we had, they could have cared less. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
The vibe of the ship was not for spring break or families. Cruise Director Adam said we "failed to do our research about the Miracle Ship" We had no idea this would not be the same as all the other many Carnival ships we had ... Read More
The vibe of the ship was not for spring break or families. Cruise Director Adam said we "failed to do our research about the Miracle Ship" We had no idea this would not be the same as all the other many Carnival ships we had been on. The dining was so slow it was painful. It took over an hour from when we sat down to get our food or drinks and we were not finished until 10:30 pm most nights and when we complained. Adam said it was our fault. Really? He was rude and dismissive. He repeatedly shared how this Miracle only has kids 2 weeks a year and that is to much and he could not help us in any way. It was ridiculous to have him in charge and be so dismissive when we were cruising with a large group and have done so many times. He told us HIS priority was to the VIP's and people who have cruised 50+ times and not us. Well we are the next generation of cruisers, but we won't continue to cruise with Carnival if that is how we are treated! There were very few "family" activities on this ship compared to other Carnival ships. He threw out it was Carnival policy, but when we pointed out it happens on other ships, he said well not on "my" ship... What does that mean? We were very disappointed there was not Karaoke in the late nights for family fun, nor was there a large movie screen out by the pool or anywhere late nights for us to get together. Sure there was comedy, but not appropriate for the younger crowd at a 9pm show.And all shows/events were only 30min Adam said we didn't do our research, but the cruise itinerary is not listed online of the day to day activities... so how would we know this would be different? Very disappointing, because I rarely complain and to be dismissed when I did speak up, it made me mad! The ship had an odor to it.. Right when we boarded in Tampa I noticed it. Esp in the Casino. It was horribly smoky in that entire area. The cabin cleanliness was so-so. There was a stain in my sink when I arrived and used my own clorox wipes to wipe it down and the stain went away.... We never saw our room steward. All the services which are offered on other ships are not on this one. Ex: If you buy liquor and the ship "holds" it for you. It is your responsibility to pick it up yourself on the last day. No delivery service here. Also, beach towels are in your room and your responsible for them. The room steward does not replace them if they are wet. The person by one of the three pools was impossible to find. AND when you get back on the boat after port. NO one is there to give you a clean towel either! It was insane. There was very little info on the daily events brochure left in your room nightly, and the ones you get about your port the next day.... You won't find those in your room either! You only can get one as your getting off the boat! Not anywhere else! Also, from someone who has cruised multiple times, it was frustrating to never know are we in port or tendering and from what deck. The lack of information communicated was frustrating to say the least. Esp when your trying to meet your family and friends and make a plan the night before without any information. The ports were all good. The tender lines were long and no one was giving any directions. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
To echo others, whose opinions I didn't take seriously enough, this boat SHAKES. CONSTANTLY ( except in port). The incessant vibration of the ship is felt all day every day in every part of your body. I imagine this must be ... Read More
To echo others, whose opinions I didn't take seriously enough, this boat SHAKES. CONSTANTLY ( except in port). The incessant vibration of the ship is felt all day every day in every part of your body. I imagine this must be uncomfortable for those with broken bones. Other than that, the ship is standard Carnival. For whatever reason, this ship seems shorter as I hit my head at least 4 times on signs etc. Older ship with older ship looks, problems, rust, etc. Elevators worked. Food was OK. Service has slipped somewhat. Buffet food was good and dining room was same food mostly. The two formal nights has great dinners. Our excursion was about 45 minutes late getting back to the boat in Belize but luckily it was booked through Carnival so they waited for us. The river cruise and Belize Zoo with lunch was a great trip. Do the Jaguar encounter at the zoo. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We went on this cruise for my 21st birthday and just got home from the cruise this past saturday (3/24) I have sailed with carnival before and have been on the Carnival Miracle back in 2009. I was very excited to go on this cruise because ... Read More
We went on this cruise for my 21st birthday and just got home from the cruise this past saturday (3/24) I have sailed with carnival before and have been on the Carnival Miracle back in 2009. I was very excited to go on this cruise because in 2009 I had a blast (i was 13 then). I was very disappointed with the ship, food, activities and especially the spa. The dining room was good food BUT it was so small.. we ordered fried oysters as an appetizer and got two..I ordered shrimp cocktail as an appetizer and got 5 tiny shrimp with less then a tablespoon of cocktail sauce. The servings were just ridiculously small, for a billion dollar company you'd think they could spare some more food on your plates. The ship itself was outdated, things needed maintenance, there were quite a few things we saw that needed to be painted or updated. Maybe that was just because we are a family who has dealt with boats and my boyfriend is a boat mechanic at a marina. It was just very outdated and needed maintenance. Our cabin lights were broke, the switch to the bathroom barely worked half the time so we just left the light on at all times to save the trouble of messing with it. The toilet seat was wobbly. The activities on board were so short. For example, the mega deck party was a half hour.. they played the most basic songs (typical party/dancing songs; cupid shuffle, wobble, etc.) We wanted to see this game night they did in a theater, we were late by 10 minutes and when we got there it was ending... they did a pup crawl on the first night because it was St. Patricks Day.. they went to 3 bars and stayed there for 5 minutes, I couldn't even finish a drink before moving to the next one. It was all rushed and to short. The Spa.. I was very upset and displeased (and will be complaining to carnival) about the spa. For my birthday I received a $50 gift card to the spa. I was very happy about this and went to schedule, the girl was helpful and i picked a "hot and cold mani and pedi" The girl when i scheduled it informed me it was a 2 hour mani/pedi where they massage your elgs up to your knees and arms up to your elbows with lotion, warm oil, hot stones and then put this icy hot stuff on and then your basic mani/pedi (nails trimmed, painted, etc.) It was $120.. so $70 for me after my gift card. The mani/pedi was just under 1.5 hours, the girl rubbed this exfoliating stuff on my legs and arms, rubbed water on them, then hot oil, then the stones and then icy hot. She never massaged just simply applied all these things. She filed my nails and slightly trimmed them and painted my nails. When I got back to the room i noticed my nails needed another coat or two (she never put base coat and barely applied top coat). When i gave them my gift card and sail and sign to pay I noticed she didnt charged me extra for tip, so i figured it wasnt included and left her a tip in cash. At the end of the cruise I received my statement for my sail and sign and noticed the spa charged me $88 dollars, meaning they charged me a $18 tip... $33 dollar tip between what they took and what I gave her in cash... I am very annoyed and mad that they did this. when I handed her the tip she should have stated they take a tip out (even if she thought i was tipping extra). the mani/pedi was not completely as advertised and I would and will never go to the spa there again.. NOT worth the money at all. The cruise was still fun, we made the best of it. But I would not travel on this ship ever again. Next cruise we take we will be cruising with another cruise line. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Though I am a Princess girl, I cruised with a friend who is a Carnival fan. She won. The dining room food was excellent, as were the waiters, but the buffet was stingy. The carver meat was always stringy, tough and overcooked. The choices ... Read More
Though I am a Princess girl, I cruised with a friend who is a Carnival fan. She won. The dining room food was excellent, as were the waiters, but the buffet was stingy. The carver meat was always stringy, tough and overcooked. The choices were thin. Throughout the ship, pastries, in fact most baked goods, tasted more like packaged goods. The room was big enough. The bed was narrower than a twin, but extremely comfy. The bedding and pillows, excellent. Lots of storage space. Tacky "couch" was uncomfortable, just a hidden extra bed. Tiny TVs. Entertainment was just OK, though the comedians did a great job, especially considering this was Easter break and they had to play to an audience with both kids and adults. Kids seemed well corralled, so kudos to the kid counselors. Adults had few choices in day activities unless they wanted to go to Carnival infomercials or trivia or gamble. No good lecturers. Our room was not ready when we arrived. I had to ask them to clean the bathroom counter and still had to clean it again myself. Disgusting! Glasses in the room were always nasty. Called for hangars, and the room steward said he was on break and would bring them tomorrow. He also complained about the number of rooms he had to clean. OK...but I still paid full price. I don't want to hear the arguments and complaints. He can take that up with Carnival. The doors to the balconies, public restrooms, and to decks, were really heavy and hard to open. Frequently there were dirty dishes, and food on the floor in elevators, that was still there hours later. I thought this ship traveled rougher than other ships I've been on, and the engine vibration seemed worse. So, I would cruise on this ship again, because I LOVE cruising. But it sure would be far down on my list of choices. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I wanted to do a seven day cruise with a family of four without having to fly out of the area to catch a cruise. I read a comment from one previous guest who said that Carnival is the Motel Six of the cruise line. After returning from a ... Read More
I wanted to do a seven day cruise with a family of four without having to fly out of the area to catch a cruise. I read a comment from one previous guest who said that Carnival is the Motel Six of the cruise line. After returning from a Mexican Riviera cruise I would have to disagree. My family and I enjoyed our time on and off the ship. The facilities were adequate and the staff were helpful and pleasant for the most part. My advice to the future guest of this itinerary is to keep an open mind and make the best of your vacation experience. My son enjoyed his camp activities while my daughter who was in an older group was so so. The gym was nice and the jogging path on the upper deck was nice as well. The food gets all after day three but you have to take advantage of the port calls and try to try the local food. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We did not have a say in selecting this cruise. Our daughterinlaw set it up as a family group cruise. We were generally "satisfied" but I'll elaborate. Our last two cruises were on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Carnival ... Read More
We did not have a say in selecting this cruise. Our daughterinlaw set it up as a family group cruise. We were generally "satisfied" but I'll elaborate. Our last two cruises were on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Carnival finishes a poor third behind NCL in first place and Royal in second. Food OK, very good in the main dining room. Layout of buffet confusing and chopped up. Norwegian a clear winner. Room, very good. Nice layout and the best cruise ship bathroom we've experienced. Shower big enough for 6'2" me although water pressure could have been better. Bed, great. TV average. Steward did a good job. Took only one excursion which was billed as a Tequila factory tour of two distilleries but both were as much shopportunities as they were informational or interesting tours. Someone is making a lot of money in addition to shopping commissions for delivering potential customers to these two distilleries. Entertainment: On both NCL and RC we looked forward to terrific entertainment, night after night. This was not the case on Miracle. Entertainment was done "on the cheap" with staff dancers the most prominent headliners rather than outside entertainers. There were two comedians; we only attended one of them and he was marginally funny. Embarkation and debarkation were outstanding as we purchased "Faster to the Fun" upgrade for $69.95. We were on board before one PM and debarkation took only a few minutes after the higher grade premium passengers were off. We visited the casino constantly and were very pleased with the variety of slots and the conduct overall of personnel. Also, the machines were not packed in so tight which made it easy to avoid the smokers. I felt the machines must have been set up with very reasonable house edge because at some time on almost every day I could have quit "ahead" for the trip. I ultimately did lose a couple of hundred dollars but enjoyed the play very much as did my wife. My "poor" rating for value, below, is in comparison with a similar cruise in 2009 which was more enjoyable at half the price, and a seventeen day Panama Canal transit cruise on NCL from SF to Miami in October of 2015 at exactly twice the cost but with gratuities and premium dining included. By comparison this cruise was very poor value. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I went with my family of 4 and 9 other friends. It was my first Carnival cruise and my wife's second. I hadn't heard great things about Carnival. I heard it called the Motel 6 of cruising. My expectations weren't high for ... Read More
I went with my family of 4 and 9 other friends. It was my first Carnival cruise and my wife's second. I hadn't heard great things about Carnival. I heard it called the Motel 6 of cruising. My expectations weren't high for the cruise. Well I was pleasantly surprised. From day one of the cruise the service was outstanding! I have been on 3 other cruise lines and must say that Carnival Miracle provided me with the best service.Most of the employees on board were happy and friendly. They really seemed to enjoy their jobs. We had different servers every night in the main dining room and they were all great. They were very accommodating and efficient. No request was was denied and was done with a smile. If you wanted 3 appetizers before your meal they didn't look at you like you were bothering them. Our room steward "Harry" was great also. Our room was always clean and neat. He took care of our laundry requests quickly. The food in the main dining room was excellent. It was equal to or better than the other 3 cruise lines I have cruised on. Buffet breakfast was just as any other cruise line. Made to order omelettes or eggs, scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon, sausage etc. No complaints with breakfast either. There were a variety of selections for lunch. Freshly cooked burgers and dogs which I didn't try. Fresh made to order deli sandwiches which i really enjoyed. Excellent rueben panini. The pizza was really good also. NY style thinness. The prosciutto and arugula was my favorite. There was Asain and other ethnic choices available also. A nice variety to keep people happy. Thanks for a great cruise Carnival Miracle. All 13 of us felt the same way about the entire week! Our only complaint was taking a Pirate themed excursion in Puerto Vallarta. a six hour excursion with only 1.5 hours on the beach. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was supposed to be a fun Spring Break trip for my family but it was the worst vacation we have ever taken! Both myself and my husband got food poisoning from food we ate on the ship! We returned home dehydrated and very sick! This ... Read More
This was supposed to be a fun Spring Break trip for my family but it was the worst vacation we have ever taken! Both myself and my husband got food poisoning from food we ate on the ship! We returned home dehydrated and very sick! This was the first and last Carnival cruise we have been on! We cruised with Norwegian three times and Disney once. We were not impressed with the Miracle. The ship was filthy! We had an extended balcony cabin, 8275, looking off the back of the ship. The 21 and over area was one deck above us and we woke up to throw up on our balcony and napkins. They stayed there until the end of the cruise. This was the roughest ride we ever had on a ship! It was so rough that it opened cabinets, made things fall off tables and rolled us out of bed. The ride was rough going down and returning. I'm not sure if it was because we were on deck 8 or because we were in an aft facing cabin. There was a constant vibration from the engines and then rolling back and forth. There really wasn't much choice on restaurants. There was one restaurant and then the buffet. I didn't like how the buffet was set up. There were small stations set up but you had to walk around a lot to look at what was available. Not every station was open for lunch or dinner and this was a sold out cruise so lines were long. We ate at the restaurant twice but the menu was the same with only 4 entrees changing. I was just used to more choices on NCL. I ate a corned beef sandwich from the deli and threw up for 18 hours. My husband had a Caesar salad from room service and was violently ill with vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours. When we told our room steward he said that a lot of people were sick. What I thought was a plus, 24 hour launderette, turned out to be a minus because the machines left brown stains all over our white clothes. I was surprised that the Port of Long Beach doesn't have inside facilities. You check in and then wait outside for hours. It was cold when we arrived and we sat on cold concrete waiting. Overall, the Carnival Miracle was a dated, dirty ship. We will not cruise with Carnival again because of how sick we were and it was not as good as NCL. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
When thinking about this cruise, my mom and I were a little bit apprehensive about going on Carnival during Spring Break. But, we easily justified it using these two reasons. 1. We survived Carnival Breeze over Christmas with 1,500 ... Read More
When thinking about this cruise, my mom and I were a little bit apprehensive about going on Carnival during Spring Break. But, we easily justified it using these two reasons. 1. We survived Carnival Breeze over Christmas with 1,500 kids. 2. Spring Break seems to stretch weeks upon weeks so it was unlikely the entire USA would be off during the week we selected. As it turns out, we had nothing to be apprehensive about. Pre-Cruise: We stayed one-night prior at the Hyatt Centric The Pike (Long Beach). While the views from the hotel rooms aren't anything to write home about (stay at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach or another high rise hotel for that) the great staff, great rooftop, modern vibe, comfortable room and super convenient location well made up for it. Embark: We were in a Suite, so suffice to say embarkation was very smooth for us. Those who are not Diamond, Platinum, FTTF or Suite guests, embark may not have been as smooth, however we didn't hear any grumblings. There looked to be long lines and several large groupings of guests, but general embarkation did start immediately after those mentioned priority groups. I'd say FTTF is easily worth it's price, and not just for embarkation. Ship: This was my first time sailing on the Spirit class so I was very curious to see how I would like Miracle, especially having read that the Spirit-class was a favorite of repeat CCL cruisers. Long story short, I loved it! I found the flow to be very good and it was an easy ship to learn where everything was. Particularly surprising was the amount of seating available on Deck 2 and 3. Yes, the décor is over the top, but not as over the top as some of the other Carnival ships. I actually quite liked most of it. The purple glow of the dining room was fascinating to me, the atrium/lobby bar seemed to be wider and bigger than other ships and the beautiful Alchemy Bar with its sophisticated, more upscale décor would not have been out of place on a ship costing twice the price. Awesome drinks and staff there. I'd venture to say the only thing I really didn't enjoy was the "separated" Lido Pool areas. Granted, smaller ship smaller area, but after the sprawling and often tiered pool decks of others in the fleet, the Lido Deck pool areas here seemed claustrophobic and hectic. I'd completely forgotten that the more midship pool has a retractable dome. Now Serenity, this is the place to be. Having the whole aft pool area as Serenity was a huge plus, but it does get crowded. And fast. Pleasing to report though is that the staff, amongst their other duties, were actively policing as best they could those who had saved chairs and then left them unused for an extended period of time. More than once, we saw personal articles removed by the staff for storage at the main towel stand. Speaking of crowds onboard, we rarely encountered many. Horatio's casual restaurant on Lido deck of course had some slight lines at peak times and the Punchliner Comedy Club was bursting at the seems once, but otherwise everyone seemed to spread out quite well. There is a lot of deck space around the funnel and aft of the funnel, however most of the deck chairs available in the area immediately in front of the funnel were sadly broken. I also appreciated how the photo stations/backdrops were only off to the very sides of the atrium on deck 2, creating less of a traffic jam. Suite: A Grand Suite was our quarters for the cruise, and it was spacious, comfortable, and featured a TON of storage. The balcony was quite large too and having two sets of floor to ceiling windows made the room seem even larger. The Suite featured a separate vanity area outside the bathroom, in addition to a large bathroom with two sinks and a bidet. Two lamps by the bed(s) featured two USB charging ports each, which was a pleasant surprise as I know outlets and charging ports have been few and far between on most CCL ships. The suite air conditioning was virtually non-existent the first few days, then suddenly worked very well for 2 days, and then disappeared again for the last two days. While the weather was warm overall, it wasn't an oppressively hot cruise so to speak especially the first and last sea day, or otherwise we would have raised a bit more concern than we had already. Truth be told, my mom was happy without the a/c as she nearly froze in the dining room every night. In the end, this category of stateroom is awesome. Food: Typical Carnival fare, good food, some items very good, but overall not necessarily memorable. I always think that any meal I don't have to cook myself is pretty good. :) The dining room menu certainly has a variety of options should your first choice not work out. It's always a plus when you can say the hot food came out hot. The items on the menu that are inspired by the ports of call and region you are sailing I thought were creative, however I personally didn't sample any. The famous Carnival melting cake was inconsistent as one night it was perfectly done and the next night it was chocolate soup. I guess you have to ask for it "well done" if you don't like chocolate soup. :) It's worth mentioning now that the dining room is one area where the air conditioning is working perfectly. The further back your table was, the colder it was. As we were almost at the very back, the waiters actually started serving my mom coffee right when she sat down. LOL The dining room was really the only area on the ship where it seemed overly chilly. Horatio's restaurant on Lido Deck had no big surprises. Food was fine with a fair amount of variety, however Chopsticks seemed to be the most popular station for lunch. I missed Cucina del Capitano, but knew this wasn't onboard before we booked. The pizza was good, but could have used a bit more tomato sauce or a touch more cheese. The thin style crust is great. As I witnessed adults eating it at 830am, it must have pleased more than just a few palates. Nick and Nora's steakhouse was an excellent experience in all regards and having the restaurant located "in" the funnel is dramatic and gorgeous, as is the see-through stairway that leads up from the Lido. Definitely one of my favorite features of Miracle. Service: Overall, excellent. Being addressed by name and the remembering of our drink orders/preferences was fast and probably higher than past Carnival cruises. Another thing which was fast: the service in the dining room. Actually, it was almost TOO fast. You were barely in your seat before your order was being taken. On one occasion, my mom barely had the menu in her hand before a waiter asked for her order. Despite her verbally fumbling to make a selection, he didn't go anywhere or offer to come back. I'd say that from sitting down to when you received your main entrée the time span was about 30 mins, and that's even with having an appetizer and soup or salad. Maybe I'm a fast eater or maybe this is how everyone prefers things, but this was true of our entire section, even larger tables of 8. Everything came out fast; these guys weren't messing around. That being said, our dining room team was fantastic. Remesto, Danny and Jose were super friendly, approachable, and fun. Also a nice touch was the Maitre'D coming around twice during the cruise to each table to introduce himself and make sure everything was ok. Drink service during dinner was also very good, however this cruise there was no peddling of shots in those colorful shotglasses after dinner as we've experienced before. Bartenders and Bar Servers across the ship very friendly, with special recognition to the team of Elena and Vera in the Alchemy Bar and Bar server Yoki who served us in the dining room and was often by the midship pools . Service in Horatio's on Deck 9 was friendly as well, but seemed a bit lacking as oftentimes tables took a while to be cleared. This also was the case for most open decks. There just didn't seem to be the amount of crew to tidy things up, however by no means was the ship dirty or disgusting. All in all, the crew seemed happy. Entertainment: One thing Carnival seems to excel in consistently is the quality of the live music onboard. For the most part, this cruise was no exception. The band that played in the Red Frog regularly from Australia that also played for the 80's deck party had the crowds literally begging for more. The duo in the Alchemy Bar I thought were perfect for that setting. The Latin duo was enjoyable too. That being said, many of the bands started late and stopped early, at least compared to their set times as listed in the Fun Times. The Fun Times would list a set from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, however oftentimes the band would start at about 6:05pm and end at about 6:45pm. If the sets are only to be about 45 min, I think the Fun Times should accurately reflect this. It was slightly disheartening to arrive at a bar at 645pm thinking you had 15 more minutes of music, only to sit down and 2 minutes later have the band leave. When they were playing, we certainly enjoyed the music offered by most everyone onboard. In terms of the Playlist Production shows, we had seen most of them before but did attend Heart of Soul, which was enjoyable but modified to singing only due to rough seas. We found the singers to be capable during this show and the audience seemed to feel the same. The Punchliner Comedy Club shows definitely still live up to their R/X rating. Jeff "Big Daddy" Wayne was SO funny and easily the most popular comic over the course of the cruise. In fact, I believe it was his show that caused the lounge to bust at the seams one night. The shows were spaced far enough out this cruise so that the line forming and holding back of crowds was not necessary. No one was cleared out in between shows, but there was a longer wait if you wanted to hang around for the next one. The performances in the dining room by the waiters are always fun and it's great to see them take a breath and let their hair down for 3 minutes or so. You'd be surprised at how well the person delivering your food can really move once the music starts. Ports: This cruise featured two days in Cabo and one long day in Puerto Vallarta. I loved this arrangement. Tendering the first day in Cabo was busy at first (again, the Suite guests, FTTF etc helps with this tremendously) but the second day there didn't seem to be an early rush at all. In fact, Day 2 Cabo we walked right down the stairs and right on the tender. We did our own thing in port, with the exception of us taking the Rhythms of the Night tour in Puerto Vallarta. What a great experience this was. Excellent show, a much wider variety of food than I expected, a beautiful setting and surprisingly good food at that. My mom wondered how long it took them to set out and light all the votive candles. Ship's time was different than Puerto Vallarta time, so it was a bit more like Rhythms of the Afternoon. The tour left promptly at 3pm ship time, meaning you had to be on the pier at 2:45pm, so those wanting to explore Puerto Vallarta fully may not feel they have sufficient time to do both things. I'd do the tour again in a second though. The ride to and from the show is about an hour each way, and wasn't particularly smooth, so those who are prone to motion sickness should prepare accordingly. The booze flows freely, although I'm not convinced the rum punch actually contained rum. :) Oh, and if the huge Spring Break crowds weren't onboard Miracle, they were in Cabo. One section of Medano Beach was packed with college-aged kids dancing and carrying on. It was like what you would see on TV. (MTV Spring Break specials from the 1990's? Remember those? There ya go). Luckily, the beach in Cabo stretches forever, so you could avoid the craziness if you wanted to, but maybe not the vendors. :) Actually, the vendors weren't that pushy. Debark: Debark started later on this cruise than past cruises as by 7:15am we weren't even docked yet, although we were close. Using the Suite benefits, we were off literally within 10 minutes of debark starting so I can't comment on this much more. However, I must say Customs was ready for us. There must have been 7-8 officials ready to go. YES, 7-8!! What a welcome change. (Yes, I'm looking at you Florida ports). Summary For us, it was another great Carnival cruise and the price IS right! Was it absolutely perfect in every single regard, no. But, it's vacation, so time to have fun and time to be at ease and relax. Go with the flow. I always have said if you expect things to be 110% perfect at every moment onboard, you should probably just stay home or you might be disappointed. :) While there were some kids running around the corridors a few times and ice cream on the stairs once, it wasn't a Spring Break madhouse by any means. I also did notice staff members several times telling children to not run. A majority of the fellow guests were families and a few groups of college-aged or just past college-aged people. To me, Carnival provides a great value and is a solid, reliable product with itineraries for everyone. I always tell people "don't knock it until you try it." We've done the higher end lines too and are perfectly comfortable on Carnival. Otherwise we wouldn't keep coming back. They do provide the FUN and we'd happily sail Carnival again and Carnival Miracle. I truly believe Carnival doesn't get the credit they rightly deserve. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I have to say Carnival Miracle was a good experience, however, there were so many things that my husband and I did not expect, we are not sure if we would book a cruise again. The day of travel leaving from Long Beach California my ... Read More
I have to say Carnival Miracle was a good experience, however, there were so many things that my husband and I did not expect, we are not sure if we would book a cruise again. The day of travel leaving from Long Beach California my husband and I had traveled a long way, and so wanted to have a little snooze. As soon as we laid down we heard a plethora of running foots steps obviously from a young child, jumping off what we thought was the bed onto the floor, and the metal on metal sound of the deck chairs being pushed around. The noise was non stop making us think the kid must have been on a sugar high or something. We waited for 15 to 20 minutes for the kid to run out of energy, but he or she did not. Finally I called our room steward. He said he would take care of it, but a half hour later the kid was still going spastic. Finally I called guest services and with in five minutes there was no more noise. We did hear the kid thumping every once in a while through out the cruise, but no where near as much. The art work on the ship was exquisite. Our steward greeted us by using our first name everyday and cleaned our room for us making our bed up with clean sheets every day, and left a folded towel display that was different every day which was a real treat to look forward to. I am claustrophobic and hate elevators, but the ships elevators were so roomy and worked without any glitches I felt just fine using them. The multiple food items looked fantastic, but sadly were not very good. The fruit was flavorless, the drinks in the dispensers tasted watered down so much it was like tasting lightly flavored water. The coffee was so strong we had to add hot water to it. The chocolate milk had good flavor but was grey in color when poured into a drinking cup. The pork roasts were full of fat and were so tough they were hard to chew. One time we decided to have some sub sandwiches made for us. The gentlemen making them did not understand English very well and made both our sandwiches the same. They ran out of mayo while making our sandwiches and when another man came back out of the kitchen with a fresh bottle, they just poured the fresh mayo into the same stainless steel container. Clearly there was little understanding of what safe handling of food was. I realized that we were not the only ones dissatisfied with the food. So much food was wasted everyday, enough to feed double the amount of people on board, if not more. The food in the restaurants were not much better, and what was good was served in very small portions. We had the unfortunate opportunity to have had the same waiter twice. He was absolutely horrible, could barely speak English, and brought our main course with out clearing our appetizer plates first. I ordered a hot drink that came after my dinner was served, and it was cold. And this waiter received a share of the 15% gratuity I feel we were forced to pay. There were two waiters, however, who did give us fantastic service and gave us a free dessert which normally had to be purchased because we celebrating our honeymoon. The photography company on board, Pixels, captured wonderful pictures of us with the best quality of photos I have ever seen. The one real down side was the smoking, especially in the casino. I believe smokers went to the casino instead of going outside because it was a bit breezy during that sailing and much warmer inside. We avoided going anywhere near it, but the smoke eventually filled the entire ship. The onstage entertainment was disappointing. The singers were clearly lip sinking and the very first act was actually a work out session? The comedians were ok, but it seemed they were having a competition with each other to see who could swear the most. Our fist excursion was snorkeling in cabo san lucas. It was amazing. Hannah and Jose showed us around the sea of Cortez then Hannah told us that Hump Backed Whales were still hanging around and found two of them for us. The whales swam so close to our boat on their own. We were all amazed. Then the first site we went to snorkel we found thousands of fish that were so many different colors. They came very close to us but never touched us. The second site of the coral reef was not so great though. But I would do it again because everything else was so great. The second excursion "Land and sea" in Mazatlan was a complete waste of time and money. We did arrive late in Mazatlan due to fog, but our tour guide was only out for money. We were supposed to have time for shopping but we did not. We were supposed to look at a sea market, instead the tour guide jumped out of the bus, grabbed a giant prawn, showed it to us, jumped back out to return the shell fish and proceeded to wipe his hands on his clothes. The restaurant we were scheduled to go for lunch at was completely unprepared for our arrival and it took an hour for us to get our food. The cliff diving was a joke. We arrived to find a 12 year old boy who was most likely skipping school to dive off of a tall pillar on the beach into the ocean. I would not recommend this excursion to anyone. Plus we thought we had to wait until we arrived home to call carnival to complain and were told we should have went to the excursion desk on board the ship immediately after to make a complaint. Also, we were told we would not be receiving any refunds. We did not schedule an excursion in Puerto Vallarta. Instead we caught a city bus to the city center. We purchased many items and had a very good time. We had lunch at a small cafe that made the best guacamole we have ever tasted. When we grew tired, we saw a city bus that was heading to Wal Mart. Wal mart was right across the highway from the ship yard, and so for 20 pesos about 15 cents we returned back to the ship. The locals were fantastic, and one very nice Mexican man let us know which bus stop to get off at. We of coarse shopped at Wal Mart too and bought some very nice short sleeved dress shirts for about $3.00 each. The final two days at sea were very windy. I became extremely sea sick and did not have much of an appetite. Good thing i guess as most of the food was terrible anyway. I do feel though that we were pampered. The staff was mostly wonderful. I feel though that for what we got out of it, it was not worth the amount we paid. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was a spring break cruise. So, if all you care about is a cheap accommodation, "all you can eat" processed food with 24/7 availability, sugary umbrella drinks, public and private areas where you can tell the space is a ... Read More
This was a spring break cruise. So, if all you care about is a cheap accommodation, "all you can eat" processed food with 24/7 availability, sugary umbrella drinks, public and private areas where you can tell the space is a petrie dish of germs, public bathrooms where out of control guests get "sick" on a nightly bases and a ship that is badly in need of a refresh-then this boat and cruise company is for you! The decor of the boat feels like a bad Tim Burton nightmare with garish colors and gold accents all over the boat. The main dining room, Bacchus is an over the top grape themed space with waiters that are more focused on moving the masses through their daily food gorge than providing customer focused service with quality meals. The Gym is made up of out of date equipment, most of which do not work. And if you think the wifi will keep you connect to work while on the cruise, forget it. Even if you purchase the most expensive package, it only works in certain parts and not at all if your room is on the ends of the ship. And if you go to Customer Service to address the issue, their response "yep, we know it does not work everywhere and too bad". If I had to do it all over again, I would not have gone on this cruise. Everyone in our group of 20 people had stomach issues with the food at some point in the cruise. Mexico seemed clean by comparison! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Do not travel or trust carnival cruises. They do not honor their "Best Price Garuantee." I found a cheaper price and followed the process but never heard back from them - ever! My room was filthy; chewing gum stuck under the ... Read More
Do not travel or trust carnival cruises. They do not honor their "Best Price Garuantee." I found a cheaper price and followed the process but never heard back from them - ever! My room was filthy; chewing gum stuck under the table and dried liquid streaks down the cupboard wall. I was charged money incorrectly and they told me it would take 3 to 4 working days to credit my account. Only after getting my bank involved it took 30 days and ONLY after constant contact, I finally got my money ($1400!!). My room was left open all day while i was on my day excursion. Shocking! The bath had little black hairs on the sink. The room didnt have robes and the safe didnt work.. when i called to query this I was asked "Are you sure? Did you check?" Carnival said sorry about the door being left open. I will NEVER cruise with carnival again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Embarkation: We were traveling with my father, who is temporarily in a wheelchair. Embarkation was very easy. They took us to a special check in desk for disabled people. We waited maybe 10 minutes, then headed up and were on board. ... Read More
Embarkation: We were traveling with my father, who is temporarily in a wheelchair. Embarkation was very easy. They took us to a special check in desk for disabled people. We waited maybe 10 minutes, then headed up and were on board. From getting dropped off at the curb to being on the ship took 30 minutes max. Cabin: Our family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children (ages 4 and 7) shared an obstructed view balcony cabin (5237). The cabin itself was a standard carnival cabin, which is a good thing. They are big, have lots of storage and are well laid out, even for a family of 4. The bathroom was good sized, with great water pressure in the shower. Our stateroom was in poor condition. There were nicks and scratches all over the wood trim, scuffs on the ceiling and burnt light bulbs that were never replaced. Our cabin steward didn't help our impression of the cabin. On our first day, I noticed some cheerios under the desk that were still there on the last day! Our cabin steward was friendly the two times we saw him during our cruise, but he seemed to do the bare minimum possible. My kids got the floor sandy after our day in Cabo and it was still there 2 days later. Dining: Five stars for the dining room! I emailed the Maitre D' ahead of time to request a private table for our party of 6 as well as an easily accessible table for my dad in a wheelchair. We got a table right in the middle of the dining room, close to the entrance. It was great for all of us. The food was excellent. We enjoyed the American Table menu. There was a lot for more adventurous eaters as well as plenty for the meat and potatoes type of eater. The service was great. I could tell our team had a lot of experience and they really delivered seamless service. I appreciated the pacing of dinner. We were out of there after an hour and a half every night, including having dessert and coffee. On a side note, I feel like Carnival might be pushing their servers a bit too hard by increasing the number of tables per server. Our server was so busy with us and all the other tables, that they had very little time to chat with us. We ate at Nick & Nora's one night and were very disappointed. The food was excellent, but everything else was not. To start, we dined at 6 and the restaurant was nearly empty. Nick & Nora's is a huge space, way bigger than almost any other specialty restaurant we have eaten at on a cruise ship. Instead of spreading out the diners a little, they seated EVERYONE in a small little section off to the side. We were elbow to elbow with our neighbors in a restaurant that was 80% empty. When we were seated there was no explanation of the menu other than to bring some raw steaks by our table to show us the different cuts. When the server came to take our order my wife tried to order 2 appetizers (one of them being a soup), no salad and a steak. The server scolded my wife and replied "That's not how it works. You have to order 1 appetizer, 1 salad and 1 entree." I totally get the 1 entree rule and don't have a problem in the world with it. I have eaten at dozens of specialty restaurants on multiple different cruise lines and have never been told I could only order one appetizer. While the food was good, the service left a bad taste in our mouth. Entertainment: Five stars for the comedians. We really liked how they switched out the comedians halfway through the cruise. All the comedians we saw were quite funny. Carnival really does comedy right. The production shows were fair to mediocre at best. They were better when they had dedicated singers and dancers. Apparently, they switched the casts and shows out towards the end of the cruise. The second to last night, they had a new show with the new cast. It was a piano man themed show. It was great! Noticeable better than the previous 3 shows both in content and talent. Kids Club: Our 4 and 7 year old children had fun in the kids clubs. The kids clubs on this ship aren't nearly as big as on Royal Caribbean or Disney, but they get the job done. The staff was friendly and the check in/check out process was easy. Conclusion: We really enjoyed this cruise. It was our first time on Carnival's mid sized ships and we all enjoyed the layout of the ship. We would definitely cruise on the Miracle again! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I guess I was spoiled by the supreme food and service of a Celebrity Panama Canal cruise. This was my 3rd cruise. They only get an average 3 star rating from me. Food was not that great in dining room or in the buffet. In the dining room ... Read More
I guess I was spoiled by the supreme food and service of a Celebrity Panama Canal cruise. This was my 3rd cruise. They only get an average 3 star rating from me. Food was not that great in dining room or in the buffet. In the dining room the fish was dry and overcooked every night I had it (4X), and had no sauce, spices, or flavor. The baked potatoes were the best part of the meal, but they were tiny and when asked to have the sour cream on the side, they did not want to do so. The other three dishes I tried were just as unmemorable. Plus the buffet hours are not very good. I like to eat my lunch late. All the different stations close by 3:00 PM, which is about the time I need to eat since my dinner seating was not until 8:15 PM. So that left me with the choice of pizza or pizza. Went to their afternoon tea, and that was the biggest joke of all. I received less than a quarter of a sandwich with the thinnest slice of cucumber on it, and if it had anything else I could not taste it. Then a tiny piece of french bread with a little salmon, one tiny macaroon, and a decent size portion of some kind of yellow sponge cake that tasted just like a dirty sponge, so I couldn't eat it. Then you had to pay extra for tea. I went only once because it was not worth my time to go back. General entertainment in public areas was cheesy, and consisted of trivea, bean bag throws, dj at the kids pool. I was used to live music, and beautiful buffets at the pool on Celebrity. The show times were not conducive with the 8:15 dinner seating. I never got to see the big stage show so can't voice my opinion on that. We tried to make it for the comedy shows after dinner, by the time we got there all the seating was taken. So why wouldn't they just put the comedy in the theater instead which has more seating. Lots of people got turned away (Mostly all the people from the late dinner seating). We even tried ordering our dessert with our dinner right away to see if the meal would go faster...did not make a difference. Booked the Canopy zip line in Porta Vallerta, and was lead to believe it would be about 13 or 14 zip lines, but in truth it was only 7, and had things that were on the xtreme that did not interest me. When I got my bill there was a cafe charge on there for the last sea day that I never had. I only bought coffee once on day two, and only two drinks from the bars (I am not a drinker), and the one tea from the afternoon tea, so of course I noticed it. Seems like a very odd mistake to make, so makes me wonder if they just pad the bill on people. The drinkers probably wouldn't notice a few extra drink charges. The front desk removed it without question, which was smart because I would have made them cough up my signature. I recommend you keep very close accounting if you go on this. Our room was fine except for the engine or motor noise. It was a first floor ocean view. Our room steward was great. Learned our names the first day, always friendly, always keeping the room clean giving us fresh towels, towel animals, ice, what ever we wanted. Surprised in this day and age, that there were no seat covers in the public restrooms. I also don't think I would do a spring break cruise again, too many kids. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
After reading all the negative reviews, we were surprised. Yes, the Miracle is an older ship and need a facelift, but overall it was nice and we had a good time. We arrived the day before our cruise and was at the pier by 11 am and ... Read More
After reading all the negative reviews, we were surprised. Yes, the Miracle is an older ship and need a facelift, but overall it was nice and we had a good time. We arrived the day before our cruise and was at the pier by 11 am and boarded by 12 noon. Once on board we headed to the Lido deck to have lunch. There wasn't much food to select from to our likes, but it was okay. We were able to get into our cabins by 1 pm. To our surprise, the room was much larger than newer ship cabins and it had plenty of drawer and closet space for two people. (A+). Dining room staff was wonderful and our cabin stewart, Ali, was a gem. We missed Guys Burger but the burgers they served on the Lido deck was good. We ate in the dining room on Sea days for breakfast and in the Main DR for dinners. We saw a couple of shows in the Theater which were pretty decent and one comedy show. Overall, the cruise was great and we would go on the Miracle again. it's up to you to enjoy yourself! Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This is our 2nd Carnival cruise (1st on Conquest in 2014). We live San Francisco and wanted a proper vacation for Spring break for me, DH, and 2 daughters, without the hassle of flying, so this cruise seemed a good choice. Drove down to ... Read More
This is our 2nd Carnival cruise (1st on Conquest in 2014). We live San Francisco and wanted a proper vacation for Spring break for me, DH, and 2 daughters, without the hassle of flying, so this cruise seemed a good choice. Drove down to Longbeach the day before, which took about 7 1/2 hours with rush hour traffic. We stayed at the Hilton in Longbeach, which had a park and cruise package. Very nice room with Harbour views, indoor parking and a lovely, modern space. Shuttle service was chaotic on embarkation day because a lot of hotel guests were heading to terminal with only one shuttle. We ended up taking a cab for $12 for the 4 of us. Embarkation: We got to terminal about 12:30, and was busy but not crazy. We had faster to the fun, so got through lines quickly, but the regular line was moving as well. The terminal at Long beach definitely needs to be renovated. Just a big empty space with no appeal and very bare bones. Went straight to our room to drop off carry ons and rooms were ready and met our very friendly steward Putu. We had two connecting cabins on deck 7, forward. We had a balcony connecting to an interior, which was a great set-up with young children. We had their inside room decorated with the Dr. Seuss decor. Went up to Lido and grabbed lunch from the buffet, then off to Camp Carnival to get kids checked in to get their wristbands. We pre-recited them online, which saved time. The decor of the ship was a mixed bag of styles and some of it was dated. The atrium was impressive and good place to hang out and have a drink. My favorite spaces decor wise were the Alchemy bar, Nick and Nora's Steakhouse, the library, and Sam's Piano Bar. Loved the Moroccan look in the piano bar. Bacchus dining room was a bit much with the crazy purple grape lights, which was distracting. Also the Mad hatters and Frankensteins nightclub were too campy and over the top. The ship isn't as big and the Conquest but it is long. Going from the forward where our room was to the dining room and bars was quite the hike. Overall layout was good and the ship didn't feel crowed (except Lido at bkfast and lunch). Avoided the casino, because of the smoke but had to walk through it all the time to get to dining room. Food: I liked the food for the most part and had some really great meals. We had my time dining. We did the Chef's table, which was a truly excellent experience with amazing food with 7 courses, as well as an informative galley tour with many little hors d'oeuvres. Also ate at the Steakhouse. We had the surf and turf- loved the lobster but the filet was a little overdone. The whipped potatoes, creamed spinach and apple dessert were so good. Overall a delicious experience. For breakfast we tried everything - continental room service, Lido buffet, Sea day brunch, Seuss at Sea breakfast, and the dining room. Breakfast in the dining room on our 1st port day was the most enjoyable without crowds of the Lido deck but still lots of choices and great service. Miracle got the American table menu and honestly, after all the negative reviews, was surprised how much I liked it. I even liked the look of the bare tables and didn't miss the table cloths. Can't remember everything I ate but many good options. Some of my favorites were the fried oysters, ox tongue appetizers, port of call selections, root vegetable pie and portobello mushroom entree. The salmon from the grill was also very good.Tried the Indian Veg, and while very good, not my favorite Indian dishes. The low calorie strawberry cake and the bbq chicken flatbread were not good at all. Loved the coconut lime cake. Liked the famous chocolate melting cake but a bit too rich and dense for me. The Lido was fine for food but selections sometime limited, especially in evening. The food was good but basic. Ling lines for pizza and Asian food. When the Lido dining area was packed, would eat in Serenity deck, which was much calmer atmosphere. It was breezy and cool going out of LA so didn't spend much time on pool deck. The Serenity was crowded and only really ate there. The lounge chairs seemed a bit worn and stained but every one was occupied. We hung out in Red Frog Pub and Sam's piano bar, saw the 80's lounge show, which was fun, and saw one of the comedy acts. He was funny but a bit too blue for my tastes and some people left early. Liked the Piano bar a lot- just a fun space and one night, the dancers from the shows performed with the piano player. Because our 1st sea day was on Easter, they had a service in the Atrium, which was well attended and very nice. For the kids, they spent quite a bit of time in Camp Carnival, and we dropped them off after dinner each night. They also had a family meet and greet and an Easter party in the Frankenstein long nightclub. We did the dining room 3 nights with them, fed them from the buffet the other nights and then had our own dinner later. They also saw a magic show on board, a kids dance troupe from Canada, and of course the Seuss at Sea parade and breakfast They loved the breakfast and enjoyed taking photos with the characters. hey were ver sad to leave the ship and want to go again. We enjoyed all the port stops, especially Cabo. No excursion booked there since nothing seemed very young kid friendly or worked time wise. We took a glass bottom boat to see the Arch and Lovers /Divorce beach for a very reasonable rate, then they dropped us off at Medano beach. We had lunch reservations at the Office restaurant and met friends who were staying at a resort there. Lots of fun, lots of partying spring breakers, and a good beach for splashing around. All around fun day and getting the tender back was no problem. We did Carnival excursions for the next 2 ports. Took the Sierra Madres tour in Mazatlan and wish we had more time in that port. A good tour with a very informative guide. Next time would like to hang out more in town and beaches, and try the local seafood. Did the Caletas beach excursion in Puerto Vallarta, and afterwards, went to town to buy tequila and souvenirs. Although it was still Spring break and lots of families, very few venues ever felt crowded on the ship and the atmosphere had a nice vibe but pretty relaxed in my opinion. Lots of friendly people. We really liked the staff and level of service on this ship. Everyone we met was very friendly and professional, and worked hard. Our room steward Putu was great with the kids and the room was always clean and turned down each night. The dining room staff was very good and we only had to wait for a table on the last night. While a few slip ups on drink orders, overall no major complaints and found the service more prompt and friendlier than our last cruise. I liked our cruise director Saffie- great energy and a bit quirky. We had the Cheers package and not sure we drank our money's worth but was able to order whatever we wanted like the $25 Pyrat rum at the Red Frog or a $20 glass of Piper Heidseick , and other pricey cocktails, as well as coffee bar or the fancy tea. The Art of tea was actually really good BTW. Getting off the ship wasn't that bad with FTTF, We were off the ship by 9:30, took the hotel shuttle back to our car and was on the road before 10. There was a lot to do on board and we barely scratched the surface. Overall a very nice vacation that we all enjoyed with excellent service and staff. Highly recommend it. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We had saved for this cruise for a long time. It wa our 3rd cruise but the first with our young children. We purchased the Faster to the Fun pass which supposedly sent us to a shorter embarkation line and our room and luggage were supposed ... Read More
We had saved for this cruise for a long time. It wa our 3rd cruise but the first with our young children. We purchased the Faster to the Fun pass which supposedly sent us to a shorter embarkation line and our room and luggage were supposed to be ready and delivered when we boarded. The check in line was long but not 2hrs so I think we probably made out ok there. Our room was ready but it took a little more time to get our luggage, but still within reason. Because it had been 8 years since our last cruise I was VERY excited to be there and did not think anything could kill my high but I was wrong. On our first day at sea we grabbed our blue towels from the room and hit the (ice cold) pool. While in the pool with our children, someone walked off with our towels. Not thinking much of it, I went to report it to the pool towel guy, David. I was dumbfounded by his arrogant response. He told me that the towels were my responsibility and that since we lost them I would have to be charged $22/pc for them. I assured him that we did not throw them overboard, that someone had probably just grabbed and used them but he insisted that we should have kept our eyes on the towels. At one point I thought to myself, "this guys is joking with me right?" He wasn't. As a parent, all I heard was "Carnival towels are more important than the safety of your children in the pool." After that, my euphoric "cruise goggles" came off and every flaw was annoyingly apparent. Let's start with the biggest one (besides the rude towel guy), the food. It was pretty bad. Lunch and dinner at the buffet were almost intolerable for me. The meat was impossible to cut and there was no selection of hot food. Pizza seemed to take forever. Breakfast was a mixed bag. The eggs were gawdawful. It was some sort of mixture that tasted batter like. They may have used the same stuff for the made-to-order omelet which my husband only made the mistake of ordering once. The french toast was good though. In the main dining room the food was better but again no selection. Both my husband and I ended up ordering the same thing many nights because there wasn't much to choose from. The service varied from night to night but was never horrible. The kids enjoyed Camp Carnival (my oldest more than my youngest) but they both ended up having an "accident" once each that went unnoticed (lots of kids so I guess I can understand). We left a bag of backup clothing for this very reason for my youngest on the first day we dropped him off and by the 3rd day they had lost it, never to be found again which was really disappointing. i got a pedicure at the spa that left my big toe injured and scabbed. I did find it weird that there weren't more hand sanitizer stations present and they never asked any adults to wash their hands. They did however ask the kids to do so every time they were about to enter Camp Carnival which was good. It was also impossible to find any trash cans onboard for half eaten, dripping all over and abandoned ice cream cones. Overall we had a great family vacation and we will be cruising again, but I really feel like we can do better than Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
We had 2 adults and 2 kids, 4 and 7. This is my 3rd cruise, 1st with Carnival. We got in at Long Beach at 2pm (I know, we cut it very close.) We did book the cruise transfer just in case if our plane may be delayed. Cruise transfer ... Read More
We had 2 adults and 2 kids, 4 and 7. This is my 3rd cruise, 1st with Carnival. We got in at Long Beach at 2pm (I know, we cut it very close.) We did book the cruise transfer just in case if our plane may be delayed. Cruise transfer was on time and very comfortable. I booked this cruise early March after reading about March drydock for Fun Ship upgrades. We were especially interested in the Suess in Sea activities and the Game show as both of my kids loves Cat in the Hat and the games. Carnival website listed those as "Coming Soon" for Miracle at that time. All the press releases and the Carnival website made me believe that those activities will be available for our sail. I do understand that things could change and activities may not be ready as planned. However, Fun ship 2.0 is not a new concept for Carnival. It's been around for more than a year. It really should be ready to roll after drydock. It was a big disappointment. Activies: Sea Day 1: This day was fine as it's the first day. We just explored around. Cabo: We stayed overnight at a resort for the night. PV: Booked the excursion from the cruise ship - Las Caletas island. This was the best day on this cruise ship. The island was very fun for kids. The kids did zipline and animal encounter. But time is short on the island. We only have one hour left at the beach for water activites after zipline. 2 Sea Days: Our last 2 sea days were awful. There was nothing to do for adults and kids. Mini golf was closed for both days as it was windy. The upper decks are always windy and cold when ship is in motion. Pool water is never heated. Waterslide is always cold to use. This is a family trip where we wanted to do things together. We were not interested in Kids club. However, we ended up sending them there for two hours each day so they don't just stay in cabin and play with ipad as there is nothing else they could do on ship. We did try to make it to towel folding class. It was just too crowded and no place to even sit and fold. Food: We were assigned late dining. When we cruised with NCL last time, dinner buffet choices were plenty. We didn't feel the need to even go to main dining room. So our original plan was just to do buffet most of the time so we can catch the 1st show and go sleep when kids needed to. However, they had only one station open at buffet, plus salads, pizza(24hr) and deli. After 3 days of buffet, we just couldn't take it anymore. We are paying $$$ not to go hungry on a cruise. They would not accommodate us for anytime dining or early dining. We tried very hard to make it to main dining the last 3 days. Food was a little better, though my 4 yr old fall to sleep on the dinner table. Late dinner means we have to stay up late for the late show. We were just tired by then. We want to have fun and enjoy the ship. However, we just felt tired at night and nothing to do during the day. We were so happy to get off the ship. Show: The night shows at the main stage were all very good. We enjoyed them all other than the last a few were late shows, we could barely open our eyes. That's where the one of the stars comes from. Service: Another star added for service. Decor: Some of the decor around the ship is not appropriate for kids. There are a lot of paintings with half naked people. One is right at dining room entrance. They really should have done something at drydock to replace those. Summary: We will probably not sail with Carnival again for a few years. The cruise just didn't leave us much good memory. We were hungry on a cruise. We are planning an Alaska cruise this year and a Caribbean cruise for next Feb. We will definitely be going with another line. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
Shabby rooms. Poor housekeeping. Needs remodeling. It's the "Motel 6 of the 7 Seas". Went to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. Due to an ambush of local police with a local gang shooting 15 of them dead the day before we arrived, ... Read More
Shabby rooms. Poor housekeeping. Needs remodeling. It's the "Motel 6 of the 7 Seas". Went to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. Due to an ambush of local police with a local gang shooting 15 of them dead the day before we arrived, our shore excursion in PV was cancelled. We traveled a long ways to do nothing. The food is also a disappointment. True buffet quality and I don't mean that in a good way. Room service also got our order wrong every single time. If we take another cruise, it would be on a better liner. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We are Platium members and have cruised over 20 times with Carnival and this ship is in very poor condition. From the Pee stains that have embelished the bathroom stateroom floor to the poor quality food everywhere except for Nick and ... Read More
We are Platium members and have cruised over 20 times with Carnival and this ship is in very poor condition. From the Pee stains that have embelished the bathroom stateroom floor to the poor quality food everywhere except for Nick and Noras steak house. This ship is to have supposed to have been refrubished in 2008 but all I can see is in the Alchemy lounge where it seems to be new.The no Smoking decks on all the balconies have further made the cruise more difficult as we are are smokers. Nothing special about this cruise avoid it if you can. 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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