3 Carnival Miracle Repositioning Cruise Reviews

This was a repositioning of the Miracle to its new home port of Tampa Fl. Carnival put the average age of passengers to be 67 and there were less than 20 passengers under 21. Since Carnival knew the age of their passengers they should of ... Read More
This was a repositioning of the Miracle to its new home port of Tampa Fl. Carnival put the average age of passengers to be 67 and there were less than 20 passengers under 21. Since Carnival knew the age of their passengers they should of been better prepared. The cruise started by leaving Long Beach hours late due to loading the ship. This set the ship arriving and leaving most ports late. You know a company that can turn a ship around on a dime knows how to load and unload a ship. They do 2 week cruises all the time. So it was poor planning on their side to get the ship loaded, or it was something else but they blamed it on tying to load the ship. We bought the trip to see a volcano in Guatemala through Carnival. Since we arrived over two hours late to the port we started our tour late. Disembarking was a nightmare. They let everyone off the ship at once. We were in line over a half an hour to get off. People were actually trying to get back on the ship when we were getting off after buy souvenirs on the dock. We ended up being toward back of bus. The tour guide could barely speak English. We were supposed to get food but they did not have enough for the back of the bus. They passes out information on Guatemala but did not have enough for the back of the bus. The information provided by Carnival did not prepare us for the trip. Some of the passengers must of researched the trip but about half the people did not research beyond what Carnival wrote up on the site they sold the tour on. Getting off the ship it was extremely hot and humid. The bus we had was on its last leg and the A/C did not work well. When we got to the area to walk up to the volcano it was about 60 degrees. We then discovered the hike was about an hour on a very sandy trail that was about a 25 to 30 degree incline. My wife and I made it about half way up and we asked how much more to the top and we were told we were only half way there. We ended up walking back to the bus, both really cold and I slipped and fell a couple times due to trail quality and that it was already getting dark. Others had to walk down the trail in total darkness. Other issues with Carnival was in Columbia. They let us disembark with two exits but only used one to let us come back on the ship with. We again waited in line in the direct sun. The crew were allowed to cut the line to get back on the ship. Remember average age was 67, so there were some very old people not in great health standing in the direct sun for a long time. Most issues I had were on how poorly organized the leadership on Miracle were. Don’t think I will sail on Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
SERVICE AND STAFF - Mayura and Gede were great cabin stewards. Any request was immediately taken care of, and our cabin was always neat and clean. Once a day cleaning was during our dinner seating and completely effective. Thanks a ... Read More
SERVICE AND STAFF - Mayura and Gede were great cabin stewards. Any request was immediately taken care of, and our cabin was always neat and clean. Once a day cleaning was during our dinner seating and completely effective. Thanks a million to our cabin team!! We had laundry done twice on the cruise and it was clean and carefully folded when returned by our stewards, We even got a nice note from I. Putu in the laundry thanking us for using the laundry. In the MDR, Our head waiter was Komang, with our team waiters Made and Vincent. They were very attentive, careful with our orders, and really fun to have around. Their presence at open seating at brunch were chances to see them outside of dinner, and they never failed to please. The cruise director was fun and kept things moving. The Captain and navigation staff were excellent in maneuvering the ship for the safety of the guests and crew. We went through 100 mph winds and huge waves with no damage and little discomfort to guests. We would love to sail with any and all or these crew members again. ENTERTAINMENT - Music, stage shows, comedians, jugglers... they were all great. Carnival booked excellent entertainment for our 14 day cruise. They even focused on rock and roll music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. After all, the average age on the cruise was 67, with many of us a bit older. OUR music!! FOOD AND DRINK - We mainly ate in the Main Dining Room, with several breakfasts and a couple of lunches in the buffet. The food we had was very good, and the variety was interesting even over a 14 day cruise. We did not feel the need to eat in the steakhouse as we were enjoying the food in the MDR. ONBOARD ACTIVITIES - W really enjoyed the "Journeys Academy of Fun" lectures, and the Panama Canal lecture. They were fun, informative, and covered an array of topics. Tom is an excellent speaker and obviously loves interacting with the guests. We loved the music all over the ship, and played trivia on sea days. We watched the playoff football games in the sports bar, and loved the stage shows in the evenings. Some days we just relaxed and read in quiet corners or in our cabin. The highlight, though, was the full transit through the locks at the Panama Canal. Just WOW! SHIP DESIGN AND CLEANLINESS - We love the older, mid-sized ships. They are easy to move around in, and the decor is reminiscent of old-time cruising. The Miracle could use a dry dock to add some of the newer restaurant venues, touch up paint, carpet, etc., but nothing is really in bad shape. The crew keeps it in really clean condition., even after the spills caused by the 12 - 15 ft waves and high winds we encountered. PUERTO QUETZAL, GUATAMALA - We took the 10 Best of Antigua, Guatemala with Lunch excursion. Moises was an excellent guide and made the best of our time. We arrived in port late due to the heavy overnight storm. Antigua is a lovely old city and worth another visit. Moises was a wealth of information on the history of Central America, the volcanoes in the country, and the Mayan history. I would love a longer tour with him. PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA - We took the San Jose National Theater and Lunch excursion. Our tour guide was Humberto and our driver was Jaime. They were great! The theater is gorgeous, with one of the 10 most beautiful ceilings in the world. We also went to the National Museum with a wonderful collection of Mayan gold and pottery artifacts. The tour is well worth the cost and we would do it again. PANAMA CANAL FULL TRANSIT - This was an amazing experience. No matter how many films or pictures you see, the transit is mind boggling. The lecture on the canal and history was a great introduction then we experienced the locks with 12" to 18" clearance. If you have the chance to do the transit, you won't be disappointed! CARTEGENA, COLUMBIA - We love Cartegena and were happy to stop there again. We took the Cartegena by Land and Sea excursion. Our guide was Raphael and the driver was Manuel. We got some history on the boat ride and saw the two forts guarding the bay entrance, but the noise made it difficult to hear. We then boarded a bus and went to the oldest fort in the city - amazing structure, but don't try this tour if you cannot walk on steep inclines through the fort in the heat. We had several older guests who had real problems. The city bus tour with good information about the city was enjoyable, but the stop at a high-end jewelry store was annoying. No one is going to shop for expensive jewelry when they are hot, sweaty, thirsty, and exhausted. You may want to ask your guide to go back to the ship early in stead of the shop if possible. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The quality and attention to detail on this vessel was really hard to improve. The staff were well mannered and accommodating.. even under pressure and stress.! Well done for the crew selection people! Love the way the crews origin is ... Read More
The quality and attention to detail on this vessel was really hard to improve. The staff were well mannered and accommodating.. even under pressure and stress.! Well done for the crew selection people! Love the way the crews origin is defined on their name tag!! The food was frankly the best I've ever had. There was so much variety and quantity I was hard pressed to try them all.. But..! So much wastage?? Hey Carnival!!... Couple of suggestions... 1) It'd be nice for some of the passengers [like me] who are interested in "Land sightings", general navigation and positioning info to be made available somewhere! 2) How can you charge nearly $100 for a tour of the engine room, galley and bridge??? I remember when P&O Orient Lines did it for free!!! C'mon Carnival!! For that money it can remain a secret!! The ships stabilizers were magic!! I created this Christmas Message based on the cruise! https://vimeo.com/198248987 Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
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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