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Sail Date: January 2018
Going through the Panama Canal was something that I always wanted to do, so this was the cruise for me. We have been to Miami before so we didn't do anything special before the cruise. Embarkation was totally smooth; ... Read More
Going through the Panama Canal was something that I always wanted to do, so this was the cruise for me. We have been to Miami before so we didn't do anything special before the cruise. Embarkation was totally smooth; Disembarkation.....not so much. Because of bad weather the ship had to slow down and we were late getting into Long Beach. Then, it took forever before they started calling groups to disembark. We had booked the Carnival Shuttle to take us to the airport and that was a complete disaster; they had long lines of people, but few buses available. Some people were beginning to panic about missing their flights because of getting into port so late and then not having a bus available. This was our 4th time on the Splendor, so we were familiar with the ship, and the decor doesn't bother me. Our cabin was fine; our Steward and his helpers were GREAT! The dining was more of a problem. We had Your Time Dining and didn't have to wait, but the waiters seemed to be rushing around and it took forever for our food to arrive. So, we ended up eating in the Lido buffet more than usual. And I had a problem with that. While they offered a good selection, it seemed to me that the hot food was NOT hot. By the time you got your plate to a table and started to eat, everything was definitely cold. And one night I woke up with severe cramps rolling through my stomach. After heaving up what was in my stomach and spending a lot of the rest of the night sitting in the bathroom, I felt pretty good the next day. The man putting on the Journeys programs has a lot of interesting things in his presentations, but.......he was on the cruise that we took from Vancouver to Hawaii, and the 2 programs we attended on this trip were the same as he did on the previous cruise, so we didn't go to the rest of his programs. The comedy shows were mostly good, although there was one "comedian" who really wasn't very funny. We booked our excursions through Carnival and learned a lot about each of the countries we visited. However, in Costa Rica, we had booked our tour for 8:15 to 12:30 (4 1/4 hours), because we had other plans for the afternoon. The afternoon before, we noticed that our tickets said the tour started at 9:30. When inquiring at the Excursions desk we were told that the tour times had been changed to 9:30 & 11:30. Then, to start with, all of the tours were late leaving the ship. It was 10:15 when we finally left, and we didn't get back to the ship until 5:30 (7 1/4 hours) The ship was supposed to sail at 5:00, but there were 3 busloads of people not back yet. At the alligator place, we were offered a banana and some cut-up watermelon, but other than that there was no place to get anything to eat in that 7 1/4 hours. And when we got on the train (the last leg of the tour), they came through with bottles of water, Coke & beer........which you had to pay for. I don't know how much of those problems were Carnival's and how much were the tour company's. And to add insult to injury......that same tour DID leave at 8:15. We had booked the tour a long time before some of the people who were on the 8:15, so I don't know why we were shifted to 9:30, or why we were told that the 8:15 had been cancelled. As I said, we learned a lot in the ports that we visited, so in general I enjoyed most of the cruise. But, as others have said in their reviews........why do they keep the interior of the ship so COLD? Everyone was wearing sweaters or jackets. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I have taken several cruises with Carnival and really wanted to do the Panama Canal. This may be my last cruise on Carnival, but it won’t be my last cruise. I am saddened because that means that I have to give up all my reward ... Read More
I have taken several cruises with Carnival and really wanted to do the Panama Canal. This may be my last cruise on Carnival, but it won’t be my last cruise. I am saddened because that means that I have to give up all my reward points, I am almost up to Platinum, but My disappointment in nearly every aspect of the cruise makes me sure that other companies can do it better. The staff were wonderful, but every night dinner took more than two hours to be served in the dining room, our room steward was always very late getting our room cleaned up, The buffet tables were ALWAYS dirty, and many times the lines were long to go or come from anyplace. The real problem is that there were simply not enough staff to do the job. All the staff we interacted with worked very hard, but when you are overworked, the overall experience you re trying to create suffers. I also have to say that this American Table menu gets old after just a few days. The food was ok, but it was certinaly not any better than a common chain food diner. There were too many sea days with nothing to really do, and the Fun Academy guy had many, many facts wrong. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We wanted a shorter but not 3 day cruise and to different places other than long beach port. Got to go with friends for first time and it was great to have people t do things with when hubby wanted to lounge on balcony. Galveston seemed a ... Read More
We wanted a shorter but not 3 day cruise and to different places other than long beach port. Got to go with friends for first time and it was great to have people t do things with when hubby wanted to lounge on balcony. Galveston seemed a reasonable distance for us and worked out good, but will fly next time. The 17 hour drive from phoenix was killer. We stayed over night in Galveston and boarded the next day. The embarkation was smoothest and quickest I have ever had, they do a great job at that port. Debarkation was just as smooth. Kuddos to the port staff in Galveston!!!! Fauzi our steward was great, we asked for evening only and he still took care of us on port days twice. Anticipated all our needs. We did your time dining so did not have a regular waiter which I will not do again as I enjoy having the same waiter and team each night. But all was great never waited longer than 30 minutes any night. Most nights walked right in to the table. Steak house amazing as always, love the options and portions are huge. Overall, loved the Valor would love to go back during warmer weather, we boarded in 45 degrees and got off to colder. Cozumel was cold and windy so our excursion to Playa mia was short as we prepaid. They had closed down all water activities except the pools that were ice cold. Food was so so , not great but drinks were delicious and the waiters made sure you always had a full one. Progresso we did carnival excursion to Ushmal , amazing ruins and so much to see. Wish we had had much more time to see them. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
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Sail Date: November 2017
Late booking before a holiday week, four ports of call and weather were determining factors for this cruise selection. Initial embarkation at the terminal was horrible. Our driver dropped us off at the wrong terminal which wouldn't have ... Read More
Late booking before a holiday week, four ports of call and weather were determining factors for this cruise selection. Initial embarkation at the terminal was horrible. Our driver dropped us off at the wrong terminal which wouldn't have been so bad if the luggage attendants at the terminal had not been arguing and fighting for the next passenger to exploit for tips. All their arguing and impatience made them overlook our luggage tags that clearly read Carnival Glory, not Vista. We tipped our luggage handler very well there initially thinking he just jumped in and handled our bags for efficiency purposes. Bags were loaded up and we were pushed into the Vista line where we made it through several lines all the way to the top where we were told someone was already in our cabin. Not one person at the embarkation area figured this out and it was all over our boarding paperwork. We, the passengers figured it out. Had to go back down and dig our own luggage out of the luggage racks and wheel them to the next terminal (not tough, just annoying) because we got there and another luggage handler let us know tips are appreciated. At the very least, I would say there are also some security concerns with the check in agents at terminal D. The ship service however, was phenomenal. Our cabin stewards, waiters, waitresses, and deck servers were always on their game,smiling, knew us by first name and our favorite drinks. This ship was very clean, I never went anywhere without seeing the stairs being vacuumed, hand rails being wiped, light deck rust being painted, windows being washed, bathrooms being cleaned, and cups and dishes were always cleared up quickly by deck hands to open up seating and tables. Do not buy the wifi onboard. It's horrible. We plan on asking for a refund. We tried to load up the Carnival website at on one point, left for dinner to let it load, came back and the blue wheel was still turning. Come on Carnival! $25.00 a day for wifi better be wifi that works! The food on this ship was far better with the great dinner mates we were paired with and the exceptional service we received from our waiters and waitresses. There were plenty of food choices around the ship from daybreak to dining hours and beyond. Pizza pirate was okay...thin crust and average sauce made for a one time dining location during our cruise. Guys burger joint had excellent burgers and was by far one of the most popular restaurants for a quick, heavy, meal on lido deck. Blue Iguana taco bar had limited hours and the serving process wasn't as fast as the burgers. The breakfast burritos were okay. They did serve open face eggs ( huevos rancheros) which in my opinion were better than the burritos and more popular with other passengers because crew couldn't seem to keep up with demand for this breakfast option. Room service was fast, but room service food was clearly made en-masse before arrival. It served its purpose of a light snack before late dining at 8:15 though and fairly tasty. Overall ship entertainment was plentiful and the major shows were very well executed, with very nice sets and props. Every entertainer was in their element which made the shows more fun to watch. The clubs and bars are cold in the evening, be sure to bring a light sweater for evening entertainment. I really wanted to like the piano bar. The entertainer on our ship had a lot of potential, but preferred passengers buy him shots instead of giving tips. An hour- two hours into the piano bar evening, proved to be more talking by the pianist who encouraged cruise goers to get up and sing songs they didn't know while he played, turning the piano bar into annoyingly, boring karaoke. The Alchemy bar, right next door to the piano bar, is far more worth your money for an eclectic cocktail than wasting it at the piano bar. The drink menu here is very diverse and the people watching in this spot is prime. The excursions overall were okay and very expensive for long waits on other passengers, local guides, and issues like old busses with flat tires (we had to unload 60 people from our Belize excursion bus, onto another to get back to the ship after an already long day to get to the excursion). Be prepared for "tip fatigue" and the same speech from every tour guide requesting you to "share something". Plan a tip budget. If you are tip generous, be prepared to give tips to at least three-six people for every excursion you book through Carnival. If you go to Honduras, and have safety fears in third world countries,stay in the confines of Mahogany Bay. Roatan is packed with "tourism safety" according to our cabbie. Every western union, gas station and major tourist point were flanked with at least two armed guards carrying M-4's. Clearly, there are good reasons only cruise passengers are allowed in Mahogany Bay, where Carnival branding and influence dominate. Any chance you get to book excursions without Carnival (especially in Grand Cayman) is well worth the time and effort to avoid long lines, waiting on other passengers, tip-fatigue, unnecessary expense and to avoid sub-par guides expecting a quick hand out. My fiancé and I travelled together for this cruise. I really enjoyed Carnival service and entertainment. There were lots of kids on this cruise and the prices were budget friendly for a diverse passenger clientele. I will definitely recommend and cruise Carnival again, but will avoid cruises that include Belize and Honduras as ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
It was supposed to be Eastern Carib but because of hurricanes we were rerouted. Wish we were given a choice to go or opt out for a later time. We were not given any choice. Also it was a re-positioning from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, We ... Read More
It was supposed to be Eastern Carib but because of hurricanes we were rerouted. Wish we were given a choice to go or opt out for a later time. We were not given any choice. Also it was a re-positioning from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, We didn't get on ship till 5/530 so we missed almost a whole day since we are usually on board around 1130/12. Good: The Crew (waiters Pura,Imade Adiana Minnie) The food was excellent along with the service in the dining room Clean ship Good entertainment /good VIP party Bad Rooms are small even though we are Platnium members we had a small room on lowest deck. NO UPGRADES Really small pools for such a large ship The ship was packed so crowded Worse It rained everyday and we were unable to get off the ship or go on any excursions. We got off for an hour in Cozumel and got soaked. Rotan Hondouras had mudslides and high winds and rain and were unable to get outside of the ship. We could not tender in Grand Cayman due to rough seas. The only port we could get out of the ship and walk around is Belize and it was not a good port. Still raining. Weather is not carnivals fault but maybe we could have been rerouted to a place for at least one day where it wasn't raining and miserable. We really did not have a good time packed on the full ship with no opportunity to explore ports. Will probably not go on Carnival again. Felt we were not treated well. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Choose cruise because my sister and I wanted to have one week with no worries and to have as much fun as we could. We danced a lot, and actually lost two pounds while on the cruise not even trying to. The music was fun and upbeat. My ... Read More
Choose cruise because my sister and I wanted to have one week with no worries and to have as much fun as we could. We danced a lot, and actually lost two pounds while on the cruise not even trying to. The music was fun and upbeat. My sister and I went to the club almost every night. We swam with the dolphins and had our own private beach in Nassau Bahamas. The crew was amazing, everything from the people who cleaned your room to the people who put on the fun activities to the people who cleaned up after our meals. Everyone there always had a smile on their faces and always said "good morning" "good afternoon" or asked how our day was going. Our dining was amazing we had some pretty good waiters. The food was great, the entertainment was great, the pool was salty and warm :) I would go again YES !!!!! Here are some names of the people I remember from the crew... Grinzz- DJ fun crew Lee- fun crew I Wayne- bedroom services Louie, Rita, Angelito - Dining services Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
I can only do short cruises any more because I am on Dialysis.. we have done about 30 cruises in the past.. this one seemed like fun with a short stop in Cozumel... problem started when Hurricane Nate showed up... Cozumel got cancelled ... Read More
I can only do short cruises any more because I am on Dialysis.. we have done about 30 cruises in the past.. this one seemed like fun with a short stop in Cozumel... problem started when Hurricane Nate showed up... Cozumel got cancelled and the cruise turned into a 4 day cruise to nowhere... however we were happy to hear part way thru that Carnival managed to arrange a stop in Key West...very nice Getting on the ship was very easy and the port people were wonderful.. I was a little upset that Carnival makes no special attempts to handle people with disabilities.. I have a little 3 wheel scooter and it honestly was quite difficult to get around in many areas of the ship.. including getting off and on at KeyWest. The scooter would not fit in the room and we were told it could not be parked in the hallway... (which I do understand) but we found a nice little corner by the elevators and parked there.. (nobody ever complained) I was also very happy with the Service people in the dining room when they always let me ride the cart to the table then they took it and parked it in a safe place and were more than happy to go get it when we were done eating.. our Waiters and wait staff were amazing.. the food was delicious in EVERY place we ate.. especially loved the burgers at Guys Burgers... Yum.. Our room attendant was very cool and helpful with all our needs... Then only thing I have to complain about was the condition of the ship.. lots of dust everywhere.. rust on the deck and just overall upkeep was lacking.. I must stress again that everyone on the ship was doing an amazing job.. the entertainment and food were excellent.. but the ship needs an overhaul.. Thanks for listening.. Ken Donner Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first time on a Carnival Ship, having only sailed with P&O before. This was a relocation cruise with the ship heading to Australia for it's summer season and we joined the ship in Honolulu. Boarding was a breeze, very ... Read More
This was our first time on a Carnival Ship, having only sailed with P&O before. This was a relocation cruise with the ship heading to Australia for it's summer season and we joined the ship in Honolulu. Boarding was a breeze, very smooth indeed but our luggage took around 4 hours to reach our cabin. We took that time to locate friends and walk around and get a feel of the ship. The decor is a little overwhelming in areas, there is a lot to take in. The ship was not due to leave port until 11.30pm and most people were having a few drinks, some quite a few. Everyone was aware that we would be required to participate in the emergency drill but as the evening dragged on a lot of people put their children to bed and a lot of adults also retired for the evening, we did the same thing at 10.15pm only to have the alarms go off at 10.30 for the drill. We got out of bed and joined the crowds at our muster station,not everyone was in a jolly mood, there were mothers being told to go back to their cabins and get their sleeping children out of bed as attendance for ALL passengers was compulsory. I believe that this drill should have been done by 9.00pm it was badly handled. We then had 17 days sailing to Sydney. Positives: The food. We ate at the restaurant for breakfast and dinner and had lunch at the buffet. I can't recall any bad meals, especially in the restaurant, the food was always first rate. The Staff. The waitstaff and Bar staff were all excellent, as was our room steward I wayan who look after us so well. The entertainment. Some was ok some was not. Kylie in the Piano Bar was great, some of the shows were good some ordinary. One Magician was bad. Overall the entertainment was ok. The Weather. Ports of Call. Papeete and Bora Bora were great, Moorea excellent, Noumea also was much improved on our last visit, Suva, well that will be in the negatives. Negatives: No announcements, after the emergency drill, were broadcast in your cabin so if you were in your cabin you missed out. Ridiculous. Kids in Bars up to 10pm. The Red Frog Pub could have had a great atmosphere, live music almost every night, great staff and all ruined by bloody kids yelling, crying, smashing the shuffleboard pucks back and forward while their parents sat and drank. There were enough on board activities for kids to not have them ruining adults evenings. There is only one exclusive adults only area on the ship and it shut at 8pm while kids are still in bars at 10pm. Go Figure. Tendering: Getting off the ship by tender was badly organised, standing in cabin ways for 45 mins is absurd. Carnival should have someone spend some time with P&O and see how it's done. Suva as a Port of Call: I heard no announcements as to how awful Suva can be, maybe I was in our cabin when they were made. It was bad 40 years ago and it ain't improved folks. Why cruise lines go there is a mystery. Some passengers were mugged, we were warned by a bus driver about scams but heard nothing from Carnival. Disorganisation at Noumea: Lines of people on the wharf waiting for buses but not knowing if the buses were shuttles or booked tours. You cannot walk out of the port area so you must wait for a bus and there was one perhaps two staff directing people. It was a joke. There should be a rating between Very Good and Average as overall it's what this cruise was. Read Less
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