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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Tampa
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 4
    Roatan
  • Day 5
    Belize City
  • Day 6
    Cozumel
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Tampa

Carnival Miracle

Carnival Miracle - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Midsize ship with ample elbow room and lots of cabins with balconies

Cons

Lacks some of Carnival's (now) standard upgrades

Bottom Line

Appealing ship for Carnival regulars, but short on dining options for longer cruises


Cruise Reviews

7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation in Tampa on the Carnival Miracle was the fastest and smoothest of our 10 cruises we have been on. We literally where on the ship enjoying buffet 15 mins after our Uber dropped us off at the port. No waiting at all - just ... Read More
Embarkation in Tampa on the Carnival Miracle was the fastest and smoothest of our 10 cruises we have been on. We literally where on the ship enjoying buffet 15 mins after our Uber dropped us off at the port. No waiting at all - just straight through. The boarding arrival appointment time is a great touch. Ours was 11:30-12:00. The ship is an older ship and is in need of a refurbishment to compare to some of the newer ships. The decor is to be appreciated and is themed. We like that most evening entertainment (casino, comedy and playlist shows) and fine dining were all on the same floor. Never had an issue getting loungers. However, pool and hot tubs areas where crowded (like usual). Family wise, I would not recommend this ship as it lacked kid deck activities (only one water slide, no splash pad, no bowling, etc) compared to other carnival ships. We ate in the main dining hall each night. Food and service was great. Ate buffet for breakfast and lunch everyday, did not take advantage of the restaurants during these times. Like all buffets stay away from peak times as it gets really busy. Food was good. Large selection and lots of seating. We had paid the extra for an extendable Balcony on deck 7, room 7165. Room was fine. Lots of storage. Unlike most ships our cabin boy only serviced our room in the morning. He just put your daily itinerary outside of our door in the evening, no turndown service. Cruise director, Frankie, was excellent and did his job well. Interacted a lot with cruisers and made activities fun. Playlist Productions - Heart of Soul (Motown) 2/10. Getaway Island (Beach theme) 6/10. 88 Keys (Rock & Roll Piano) 8/10. 80s POP 7/10. Went to the love and marriage show as always a blast. Great laugh! Highly recommend. 10/10. Went to carnival quest. This is new and our first time trying out this adult only activity. It gets pretty R rated but we had so much fun with friends 10/10! Lip sync battle 10/10. Piano bar with Tony was nice and relaxing. Dr. Frankenstein’s bar was cool. We only attended the R-18 shows. Mike Estime was 20/10 - Fantastic!! By far the best entertainment on the ship for us. Soooo funny! Tears rolling down my cheeks. Caroline Picard 9/10. Tony Esposito. 8/10. Myles Weber 7/10. As a birthday gift (be sure to get your travel agent to put it on your file) Carnival gave me a $50 credit to use at the Spa. I went and had a fire and ice pedicure and it was great. Of course the nail tech was trying to sell me moisturizers, scrubs and oils. She was trying to sell me all of her recommendations while I was trying to “relax”. I didn’t end up buying any products and I won’t be using the spa again. In Cozumel we did the Amazing Underground Caves through Costco Excursions. Highly recommend. It certainly was amazing! In Belize we did Athan Ha and Belize city tour through Costco Excursions. Guide was very informative and we enjoyed it. Nice half day excursion. In Honduras we just went to the right of the pier to the beach. Lounge chairs are free and you can pay nominal fee for wifi. For Cayman Islands, we just hung out on the ship as we have been there before. Quite the treat, serenity area, pool and hot tubs all to ourselves. Disembarkation was organized but took about a hour, which is the longest we ever had to wait. Overall, for the price paid we enjoyed the ship very much. Would we be rushing back on it again?!? Probably not until it has refurbishment as we have been on some of Carnival’s newer ships, but would not discourage anyone from trying the Miracle out. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This was an April vacation cruise for our 9 year old Grandson to visit the Grand Cayman Sea Turtle Research farm and have some fun in different countries. We booked a cruise on Carnival Miracle out of Tampa Florida. Being a Mini-suite ... Read More
This was an April vacation cruise for our 9 year old Grandson to visit the Grand Cayman Sea Turtle Research farm and have some fun in different countries. We booked a cruise on Carnival Miracle out of Tampa Florida. Being a Mini-suite guest, we had some "perks" which included priority embarkation, debarkation - little things that in theory made things better. The embarkation process was very good - I have to give Carnival credit for making that happen. The rest of the cruise was not to the same level. It all started with the Muster Drill which is mandatory before the ship leaves port. To say this was a giant circular firing squad would be understatement. The crew didn't seem to have a handle on what to do, the drill was disorganized, the management staff seemed confused directing crew members here and there, a lot of rushing around - it was not the most confidence boosting process to say the least in that if it had been a real emergency, I'm not at all sure the crew would have been able to get guests off the ship in a timely and safe manner. Having mobility issues, myself, wife and Grandson we were directed to be in the "handicapped" area which, as it turned out, was not the proper area to be in - the person who gave us that information (a white hat "supervisor") directed us to the wrong place. This of course meant that we weren't accounted for at the proper location. Eventually, we were "found" and were checked in, but our Grandson needed a wrist band which he was given. We found out a day later that he had been given the wrong wrist band with the wrong location which we corrected at Guest services. Having had this start to the trip, we were less than impressed, but it was what it was - onward and upward. We returned to our stern mini-suite and met our room steward Alit who was great - very friendly, helpful and really enjoyed interacting with our Grandson - he was entertaining and just a great guy. Unfortunately, Alit was the highlight of the trip - seriously. The mini-suite itself was interesting in that it gives an impression of being "roomy", but it most definitely isn't. Our bed was "king sized" and as I tend to stay on the outside wall side of our rooms, there was no room for me to get in and out the side of the bed - which at 73 can become an "issue" in the middle of the night if you get my drift. I literally had to crawl off then end of the bed, use the facilities, then crawl back which....well, it wasn't a lot of fun. Also interesting was the lack of 120 VAC outlets - there weren't any. Well, there was one, but it didn't work. All the lamps had USB ports which is an interesting change from the last ship we were one. Fortunately, I did have USB cables with me for all the devices we had, but a lack of 120 VAC I couldn't not charge my shortwave radio which was disappointing. However, the room itself seemed to be in decent condition given the age of the ship. The Miracle is definitely showing her age. Most of the common areas, including the theater, the upholstery was showing wear and tear. Carpeting in places was worn (but not through), two of the elevators in the stern had a mind of their own it seemed being very temperamental when more than four people were onboard. These elevators would go up, then down or just refuse to move occasionally - one learned to avoid those two affected elevators creating a traffic issue at times outside the Bacchus dining room. The forward restrooms near the theater entrance were horrible - the commodes refused to flush at times and the rooms themselves were dirty and clearly over used as there weren't enough towels to use after washing hands. The excursions were OK - our main purpose was to take our Grandson to the Grand Cayman Sea Turtle Research facility and that kept him fascinated the whole time he was there. Cozumel was a great excursion with the Mayan games, dancers and the other side shows. The only "issue" was Belize - that was flat out the worst of the excursions. Frankly, Carnival should have given Belize a pass - the sea state was awful, boarding the tenders was extremely dangerous and the access point for the tenders was low to the water requiring a rather hazardous trip down wet, slippery stairs with minimal personnel to assist those who may have needed assistance. The half hour tender trip into Belize City was rough and given my back and hip issues, not a lot of fun. We did the Top Ten Belize excursion and it was ok - not great, but ok. Camp Ocean was a hit with our Grandson so that was a plus - he liked the counselor and the kids were kept entertained which at his age (9 Years) is an accomplishment. Overall, the Lido deck buffet was adequate, but the service end was lacking in "service". Dirty dishes sat on tables for lengthy periods of time, there seemed to be a lack of personnel to clean off tables, clean tables, etc. The food was nothing to write home about - its pretty sad when the one highlight on the buffet was pepperoni pizza. It was certainly not up to the standards we've had on other Carnival ships. Dining was another issue. In the past, Carnival's dinners were more than adequate - again, not high end dining, but certainly acceptable. This time, the dinners were - well frankly, horrible. Either under cooked or over cooked - never consistent. For instance, I had the vegetable lasagna and it was a congealed mass of cheesy fat, not hot, but barely warm - just not good. Prime rib is one that I normally enjoy, but I like my meat medium - it came out well done and was shoe leather tough. The salad was good, but it's hard to screw up a salad. Debarkation was a disaster for us. We were given debark information from Guest Services that directly contradicted what we were told originally when we boarded. We were not given debarkation priority because of this misinformation. Again, it seemed as if the left hand had no idea what the right hand was doing. Overall, it would appear that the Miracle is having some personnel issues and perhaps some middle management issues. We have been on more than one Carnival cruise being Diamond level customers so when I say that by comparison to other Carnival cruises, this one rated the lowest of all - it has it's good/great points, but those were directly related to the excursions (with the exception of Belize). This appears to be an issue with Carnival as the trips we've taken each has been a little less enjoyable than the previous. Given our experience with this cruise, we feel that sticking with Princess or Royal Caribbean would be better. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was the absolute worst cruise we have ever been on. Severe lack of entertainment. Music was horrible no bands just violins an acoustic singers that were awful . Same soundtrack of 80s music throughout the entire cruise no ... Read More
This was the absolute worst cruise we have ever been on. Severe lack of entertainment. Music was horrible no bands just violins an acoustic singers that were awful . Same soundtrack of 80s music throughout the entire cruise no variation . Deck party was a joke because there's no room on the deck for a party . Cruise director was not visible and engaging as on other cruises I have been the cruise director was available and around all the time it seems like. Common areas were always empty. This ship is old, dirty, and in serious need of extensive refurbishment. There was consistent problems and maintenance going on every single day which was very inconvenient. The food was very subpar. The grill food was absolutely awful I don't know what they make their hamburgers out of that they don't taste real that's for sure. Lots of kids running all over the place almost knocking people over nothing is ever said to them about it. Dining room staff sneezing into their hands and then serving food. Guest Services is useless they don't address issues when they happen and say I'm sorry. Belize is a waste of port. Nothing to do except shop, rude people, and overpriced. Ship went through some windy weather so a lot of seasick passengers, the ship rolled and slammed for three nights straight. I don't know if it's missing stabilizers or something but it should not have done that as large of a ship as it is. Fellow passengers were not very happy with this ship. The main pool was closed for 5 days out of a 7 day cruise. Kids all over the whirlpool with swim masks on and 0 supervision. Water slide is old old old and boring. I would definitely not waste my time and money on another cruise on the ship. I have been on many Carnival Cruises as well as other Cruise Lines and this was the worst. Beware of Shandy in the Anthony's Key Resort gift shop in Roatan if you go on the dolphin encounter Excursion she's very rude and condescending. However, the dolphin encounter was absolutely amazing highly recommended I just wish we had would have had extra time with the dolphins. Overall the staff was less than friendly and looked miserable. Read Less
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