3 Helpful Votes
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
14-Panama Canal Journeys Cruise Room 7192, port side extended balcony, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 5 out of 5 Embarkation: Another wonderful Southern California day. Traffic at port was light. We arrived early as did many of ... Read More
14-Panama Canal Journeys Cruise Room 7192, port side extended balcony, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 5 out of 5 Embarkation: Another wonderful Southern California day. Traffic at port was light. We arrived early as did many of the 187 Diamond and 887 Platinum guests (52% of the passengers). Carnival was prepared by setting up additional VIP check in stations outside the normal reception building. Outside seating area was set up for us to wait in prior to embarkation to begin. The ship was late leaving port that evening. I think it was around 8:00 PM before they finished loading everything on board. Not that it affected our cruse that night but did affect our schedule in the long run. Overall the embarkation team did a great job and it went efficiently for the passengers. 9 of 10 Room 7192: Steward Luis had our room ready when we boarded. Wow! with so many Diamond and Platinum it was hard to believe they had it all ready in time. Luis and Putu timed everything well and took care of our special request. We can’t ask for any better than this. I highly recommend Luis and his team to anyone. 10 of 10 Meet and Mingle: Never knew win Meet and Mingle was held. There was no note in the room, didn’t find it in the fun times. Assigned Seating Bacchus Dining Room: Maître D’ Yusef “Miroslav Djurik” has become our favorite always going around and checking in with the guests. We emailed a week before and requested this table because of the location. Assigned table #171 Head Waiter Malawan, Team Waiters Christian and Louis. During the cruise we got to know our hard-working team. They were a new team and at first didn’t synchronize together well but by the end of the cruise they had it all together. Drink service had a little to be desired but was satisfactory. Normally DW and I do not do the Sea Day Brunch but on one occasion this cruise we were late getting up and decided to go. Overall the service was good but the food was cold. Not sure I would recommend. Special Dining Opportunities: Tasting; We were lucky enough to be invited to attend a tasting prior to dining one night. This was an experience! We met Maître D’ outside the dining room 45 Minutes early and escorted to the kitchen. Viben the Head Chef had all the dishes to be served that night prepared for us to sample. We started with the appetizers and finished with deserts. Some of the dishes I noticed on previous cruise menus but never ordered because it didn’t sound good. Now after tasting everything my mind has changed and will try some of the other dishes. Chef’s table; This was our first time to sign up for the Chef’s Table and was a little apprehensive about what it entailed. After signing all the necessary paperwork to enter the Kitchen we were escorted in and stood around a table tasting some of the special appetizers they had made up. Oh! how good, wonderful, delightful just don’t know how to describe it. Afterwards we exited the kitchen and went to the Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab Dance Club where a table was set up for us with assigned seating, 13 people. What a special meal Executive Head Chef Jerry Furtado, put together. After this you walk away knowing what true Artists the Chefs are. Steak House; we dined in the steak house on the last sea day. The service was mediocre this time. The staff didn’t seam to be as friendly and have the spring in their step. The Spinach salad had astringent taste we mentioned it to the head Chef and he let us know it was due to a replenishment stop in Costa Rica, 14 day cruise. Midnight Buffett; The fun times published it would be 11:00 to 12:00. I would assume we will be able to view and take pictures during that time. I showed up at 11:30 some passengers were already serving their self’s and the line was long. Next time I hope fellow cruisers will have the courtesy to acknowledge the given times for viewing and picture taking before eating. Everything included under the term dining on this ship was excellent and would rate it 9 out of 10. Door decorations: This cruise mostly adult passengers and we thought people would be respectful. I couldn’t believe someone would take our personalized magnet from the door, Guess they like our name. Others complained of decorations being stolen also. Shame! Sky Box: Dimitar Andrievki and Nebojsha are great in Sky Box. What a busy place during the playoff games. This two-service personal are great ambassadors for Carnival. Casino: The Casino on Carnival Miracle is one of the best of the fleet when you are nonsmoker. It still reeks yet it doesn’t have a cloud as you walk down the main hall. The Casino Hosts Vicky and Anna kept the action moving. Lenah from Zimbabwe was always on the floor to help and had a wonderful smile. One afternoon I was playing a slot machine and this young gentleman came up and was cleaning the area. Ports of Call: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Didn’t have an excursion scheduled for this port. I truly wish I would have scheduled (in time) the whale watching that was sold out. We decided to debark and spend a little time walking around the dock area, have a few beers, purchase a few nick knacks and enjoy people watching. Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala: This was another port we chose not to take an excursion. Debarked and stayed in the compound. There was live music, multiple bars, lots of trinkets and wifi if you purchased enough food and drinks. Early back on board for pool and ice cream. Puntarenas, Costa Rica: We took the excursion “Pacific Bus, Train and Boat” After a long bus ride through the town while listening to the tour director we arrive at the train. We boarded the train directly from the bus, found a seat with a fine air conditioner adjacent. Ok, it was an open window. The train ride took us thru forested areas, back yards and farms. This is an emerging country and you get to see a lot of poverty along the way. Narration had a little to be desired but it was somewhat informative. They served beer and water on board. Leaving the train and boarded the bus for a short ride to the river for a boat ride to view crocodiles and birds. This turned out to be the most enjoyable part of the excursion. At the end we were shown to a covered area to shop and taste coffee. Costa Rica may be an emerging country but they do have reasonable roads and traffic as good as many mid-sized American towns. Panama Canal: This was the day we all have been looking forward to. I was up before the sun having coffee and went out on Lido deck Forward to watch the approach. It blew me away seeing how large and many high-rise building are in Panama City as we entered the channel. Bridge of the Americas is definitely large and busy by anybody’s standards. As we approached the locks it was quite amazing to see the little row boat still being used to gather the lead ropes dropped from ship then taken to Mules. The entire process of putting a ship in that little Lock is just breath taking. We had as little as 18” clearance on each side. We entered first lock 8:30 AM. The entire transit took us about 8 hours. If you ever get a chance to go I highly recommend reading The Path Between Two Seas by David McCullough. It is the entire story of the building of the canal. Check that one off the bucket list! Sure would like to do it again. Cartagena, Columbia: This port we booked an excursion thru Carnival on the “Chiva Party Bus”. It was just what the name says, Chiva bus means all wood open air bus, party means plenty of rum and beer. Had a good time while they took us thru the city to the main tourist attractions. Three local musicians played while we drank and sang. We stopped twice along the way first Castillo San Felipe to see the fort and get the high-pressure sale from the local trinket peddlers. The second was at the Plaza De Las Bovedas where we took a walk up top to see the great views of the city and sea. Shopping here was a little better not as many high-pressure peddlers. Went threw the new part of town on our way back to port. Cartagena is a large city with lots of high rise building and expensive apartments. All and all I was taken back by the quantity of high rise buildings. Grand Cayman: Today is the only beach day we had on this cruise and was so anxious to get to the beach. We grabbed a cab at the port after tendering in and went to Royal Palms Grand Cayman where we booked a private cabana next to the pool. It was a special place, clean pool, swim up and walk up bars, DJ playing music, showers, clean restrooms, access to beach, great food and drinks. Little pricy over all but what isn’t in Grand Cayman. Misc. Cruise Particulars: The music at the alchemy bar prior to supper, the red frog pub in the evening, and on lido were enjoyable. The hot tubs need some work, one in the mid pool had half the jets not working, aft tub in serenity was way too hot. The only tub I enjoyed was the forward hot tub but it was next to the smoking area, go figure. Now Carnival needs to work on the hand sanitizers. When boarding the ship there is no reason that a functional hand sanitizer station cannot be set up prior to entering the ship or at least just after going thru the metal detector. Prior to entering any of the dining areas including lido hand sanitizer stations should be functional. Last but most memorable was the storm! 25 foot seas, with a apparent wind of 103 MPH, at 7:52 PM on 1/17/18 made for a “moving” ride. Over our past 23 cruises I have been through some heavy storms but this one I think was the strongest. Not the roughest but the strongest and largest swells. Must thank the Capitan for turning the ship into the wind and making the ride a lot more barrable for the passengers. Over all this was a great Cruise. Will rate it a 9 of 10 Read Less
3 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Embarkation was a breeze, however our ship left the port 4 hours late! We weren't really told why except we could see that all the food was still being loaded, hours after our scheduled departure time. Disembarkation was awful, we ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze, however our ship left the port 4 hours late! We weren't really told why except we could see that all the food was still being loaded, hours after our scheduled departure time. Disembarkation was awful, we stood in line for an hour. Twice our Seas ended up being quite rough, One night we endured 106 mph winds and 20 foot seas. Captain Luca and his Crew on the Bridge was terrific and kept us calm and safe, Bravo! 14 days is a long time at Sea, The fun Squad led by Adam the Cruise Director made the trip delightful. Edward as Grandma Bingo was Hilarious ! Good Job HR for finding appropriate Staff. I'm a 50 something, the fun squad were 20 & 30 somethings and the Average Cruiser was 70 something I'd say. I loved our "showtime" in the dining room, I got up and danced with the staff. A real Stand out for us in the dining room was Raul an excellent Waiter that took care of our every need. He will be retiring from Carnival in a few weeks because he has two small children, I'm sure he will be missed. Our Cabin was kept clean by "G" who tended our every need. The Captain's Table was an amazing Experience, starting out in the kitchen then to our large dining table. So many courses, two I missed at the end as the seas got rough and a few of us got sick and had to leave. It was in a Strange location, we dined in the night club " Frankensteins Lab" which got quite rocky as the seas came up. The food overall was good, Salad, Soups, Pasta and Desserts being the standouts. I wish we had dined at Nick and Nora's one night. Everyone guest we talked to said it was Amazing. The tours at the different ports were at hit or miss, the front desk has very little information. We weren't told what the weather be or the temperature at each port?! We booked a Trip to Antigua in Guatemala leaving the ship in shorts, arriving to our destination and it was 60 degrees! the Casino slots were so much fun being loose enough to get some play time, we saw 3 people win thousands! The best bar on the ship was the Alchemy Bar. The two Bartenders who ran the Bar were Sensational! Names? How can I forget? well the drinks were that good, I loved the Sidecar. The Spa was lovely and I got a great massage, I heard the ship will get another facelift and a pedi-spa... the ship really needs to look more modern and not like its in a time warp! the gym was cozy and never got over crowded. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
just back today from 7 day Mexico Riviera trip over Christmas. Service= Outstanding Room= Very Nice Spa/Exercise Room= Outstanding Food= Cruise avg. except for Steak House which is $70 extra and WORTH IT The deal breaker ... Read More
just back today from 7 day Mexico Riviera trip over Christmas. Service= Outstanding Room= Very Nice Spa/Exercise Room= Outstanding Food= Cruise avg. except for Steak House which is $70 extra and WORTH IT The deal breaker was the 24x7 constant VIBRATION in our room like the spin cycle on a washing machine... it was everywhere from midship to aft... i heard multiple people commenting about this during the trip... for our room on Deck 8 odd numbered room midship with balcony it was extremely bad... when i asked about it at the Service Desk, was told it was common due to the wind... i smiled and realized i was not going to get a straight answer... i said it sounded like something due to the rudder or propeller shafts as it was clearly a drone vibration in sink with the engines and propellors... the waiter in the steak house confirmed it as it was very noticeable the nite we ate there... He said that he put down a desert bowl on top of a plate the previous nite and the rattle from the vibration could be heard thruout the restaurant so i know this is a confirmed issue.... i did not notice the vibration or noise on lower levels in the Front of the ship so maybe its just mid to Aft only... dont know but it needs to get fixed... wont be back on this ship again. sleeping was incredibly difficult and i had to take sleeping pills to survive the night. all in all as i said, if they fix this the ship , crew, food, experience is well worth it... i have never experienced this on other cruise ships... we are booking our cruise for next Christmas and will look elsewhere. hope they fix this. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
unless they fix this, we wont book the Miracle again. it was constant and hard to sleep... like the vibration of a clothes dryer that NEVER stopped we heard multiple people complaining about this. i noticed it was midship to aft ... Read More
unless they fix this, we wont book the Miracle again. it was constant and hard to sleep... like the vibration of a clothes dryer that NEVER stopped we heard multiple people complaining about this. i noticed it was midship to aft only. we ate at Nick & Nora's steakhouse last nite which was EXCELLENT and the table and plates were vibrating too. Even the waiter acknowledged it was an issue with plates rattling alot when they put desert bowls on top the serving plates. when i asked Customer Service I was told it was just the wind. Really? aside from this everything else was very good.. service, housekeeping, food, spa, entertainment, sushi, etc etc. all good. but the vibration made it hard to sleep and it was everywhere mid to aft it seems... in the front of the ship i did not notice it. i think its tied to the propeller and engine rotations because it keep perfect time... dont know. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We picked this cruise because we've always wanted to do a Mexican Riveria cruise and this one worked for our time off from work. We did not travel with any children or anyone else...just the husband and myself!! The Miracle is a ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we've always wanted to do a Mexican Riveria cruise and this one worked for our time off from work. We did not travel with any children or anyone else...just the husband and myself!! The Miracle is a smaller ship compared to the other ships we've sailed on, but it was still an amazing vessel. The cabin crew, wait staff, and all other employees were very helpful and friendly! Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. This was the first time that we purchased FTTF and it was worth it. We had a balcony room and it was nice to see the sea whenever we wanted from the comfort of our own room. It was also nice to see the sunsets/sunrise plus ports. The food on the ship was amazing. Most of our table had 3 lobsters on Christmas!! The entertainment was amazing. This cruise we also went to a couple of art auctions, it was a great experience and something that we will now look forward to on any future cruises! The ports we went to were: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Cabo: We did a third party excursion of whale watching and snorkeling around Land's End. The time difference between local time and ship time made us a bit late so we took a water taxi to catch up to the sail boat. We had a fun time and we were able to see some whales! Lands End is really pretty. The snorkeling...lots of people were in the water but it was very cool to almost cold water. I don't do cold water so I ended up staying on the boat. I prefer Caribbean water as it is warm. Mazatlan: Here we did the hop on/off bus and we had a great time! We got off first in old town and went and took pictures of the Cathedral We walked around a bit of the city and had fun. The next stop was new town and had shopping and eating places by the ocean. Went to a shrimp place and had the best shrimp!! Third stop was to see the cliff divers...I would skip this as there isn't much to see or do at this stop. I would spend my time at the other to stops. Puerto Vallarta: If you want to sit back and relax, go to Marriott resort. We hung out poolside and had drinks and food all day plus got to play in the inifinty pool. Although it was fun to see the areas and explore Mexico we definately like the caribbean better with the warm beautiful blue/green waters! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
What a wonderful experience from start to finish. The ship is a little old, but it still was beautiful. We tried out every restaurant and most of the bars as well. Our cabin steward made some of the most awesome towel animals, the bat ... Read More
What a wonderful experience from start to finish. The ship is a little old, but it still was beautiful. We tried out every restaurant and most of the bars as well. Our cabin steward made some of the most awesome towel animals, the bat hanging from the balcony door was my favorite. Everyone was very helpful. Staff was quick with a drink and quick to clear your dishes when you were finished with them. There were long lines for some of the restaurants, but they went very quickly. Serenity adults only bar and pool was wonderful considering the amount of children on the cruise. My only complaint is that it is too close to the waterslide so you could hear the kids screaming (and not in a good way) LOL. Our assigned dining was perfect and we only had to wait once, and it was a 10 minute wait, so not bad at all. We spent a lot of time in the Skybox Lounge watching sports. They have the BEST bartenders on the boat! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We booked a cruise for 22 of us : extended family for Christmas. Youngest was 11 and oldest 78. Overall it was a good venue for multiple ages of family. Unfortunately, they could not book all of our rooms together (we booked 8 months ... Read More
We booked a cruise for 22 of us : extended family for Christmas. Youngest was 11 and oldest 78. Overall it was a good venue for multiple ages of family. Unfortunately, they could not book all of our rooms together (we booked 8 months in advance) and we were spread all over the ship. This didn't help the "family cruise" feel. We all had balconies which were good sized. Room steward was very good and attentive. Food was okay: not spectacular but fine for a cruise. Ship was very crowded because of the holiday so you had to get out early to get a pool chair and it often felt overwhelming in the Lido deck dining areas. Entertainment was cruise good. Nothing to write home about - in fact, the activities that involved the guests themselves were the best shows and Carnival ought to think about doubling those and getting rid of a few paid dancing and singing shows.. Activities on the ship were a bit redundant after 3rd day at sea. Dinner was good/staff attentive and helpful. Food good but not great..:but was fun to sit with 22 of us altogether. Drinks were $9-10/drink..so added up quickly. OR you could pay $400.00 for the week (15 drink limit per day ) but had to include days in port (couldn't buy a 3 day drink pass for instance): so unless you drink a lot, absolutely not worth it. Issues with the HUB chat and activity app; often times not working to chat with other family members. Would be ok if it were free, but it was $5.00 for cruise. Again, not that it was expensive but another thing Carnival should offer it's guests for free: and save on all the wasted paper they put in your room on a daily basis- just give out the paper stuff for the folks who don't want to use the app. Guest service lines were the most frustrating of all. Understaffed always and long waits: up to 30 minutes. (I waited 5 times in that line over questions re: the app, charges, being charged wrong etc) Charge summaries are available on the app (great!) but they only give what you are spending..not the credits you have, so you never see a real bottom line of what you owe unless you go to the customer service line (30 min) and get a paper read out. Just silly things that could be easily changed and make the customer experience a happier one. (or if you have to wait for 30 min to get a question answered, hand people a free drink coupon for heaven's sake! No one comes on vacation to spend 30 minutes in a line to get a question answered!) Ports were good: Cabo is over priced: and not enough time to do much: so good day to shop and go back to the ship. Mazatalan had a rushed feeling and the people weren't very friendly which we found odd for Mexico. Were I to do that day again, I would do a day pass at a hotel and use the pool. (go for the El Cid. Most of the hotels will sell you a day pass if you walk in and ask). Beaches in the ports were cold to swim: and the pool on the ship was cold too. Loved Puerto Vallarta but didn't feel like we had enough time there. I think we may skip the cruise next time and just hit puerto vallarta.! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We do our Christmas cruise, and enjoy the time, ports, and weather! This is our 6th Mexican Riviera cruise, and had another great time. We were cruising with a first time cruiser, and one who had not had a good experience on a long ago ... Read More
We do our Christmas cruise, and enjoy the time, ports, and weather! This is our 6th Mexican Riviera cruise, and had another great time. We were cruising with a first time cruiser, and one who had not had a good experience on a long ago cruise. The ship is always clean. The service is always great! There are a lot of families, but nothing annoying. Never had any issues with anything being out of service. We ate more in the dining room this time, and were very pleased with the food and service. Sea Day Brunch is an ABSOLUTE must! The awesome Maitre D (Yussef) got us a table for 4 for dinner and that was great! The dining/galley staff (Richard, Kadek, Anil, Ashok, Vibin, Jerry), were always there at the perfect times. We were invited to a tasting in the galley, which was an amazing experience! We did hit the steakhouse which never fails to please- well worth the small extra charge! Being with another couple, we spent more time out of our suite, and found a great band at the Red Frog Pub- Liverpool- which could play anything from the 60's to present. There was always a great crowd there. Valisha, Shervet, and Elvis always provided great service. Our Suite was always immaculate. Our steward, Rodel, definitely earned our respect! All in all, another great cruise. We will miss the Miracle, but look forward to being on the Splendor again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
This is a smaller ship so therefore less people and I had a great time. The Christmas activities were really nice. My cabin stewards were great despite the amount of cabins they were servicing, and my cabin was well serviced. Room ... Read More
This is a smaller ship so therefore less people and I had a great time. The Christmas activities were really nice. My cabin stewards were great despite the amount of cabins they were servicing, and my cabin was well serviced. Room service was on time and very friendly. The dining room staff were awesome and super fast delivery of food or drinks. I am booked back on this same ship next Christmas The cabin is an accessible one which I need as a am an above knee amputee. The roll in shower works really well with a nice big bench. There are plenty of grab bars around the bathroom as well. There was plenty of space for my wheelchair to get around the cabin. The only down side to it is if you are restricted completely to a wheelchair you would have problems getting out on to the balcony. There is a large step to climb over to get out there. With my prosthetic leg on this was not a problem but it would have been nice to roll out there in my wheelchair. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
The cruise itself was decent. Lots of pros and cons, some of which are listed below. The reason for the 2-stars is the poor post-cruise experience. I pre-purchased the "premium" 6-day internet package for $89 since it promised ... Read More
The cruise itself was decent. Lots of pros and cons, some of which are listed below. The reason for the 2-stars is the poor post-cruise experience. I pre-purchased the "premium" 6-day internet package for $89 since it promised the fastest internet speed. When I got on the Miracle on the 1st day, the internet was pretty much unusable. I screen-shot an internet speed test as proof in anticipation that I'll be refunded. I intermittently checked back online over the next few days. While some webpages loaded, it would take minutes to do so. On a couple occasions, the internet was fast enough. But most of the time, it was spotty and frustrating. And so rather than try my luck with it, I decided to shut down my laptop and enjoy the cruise. I emailed customer service as soon as I got back on land. The response they gave was surprisingly thoughtless. They questioned why I didn't report it to guest services. And in the same paragraph also explained how the internet can be unstable due to "itinerary and possible disruption from weather patterns and various obstructions." So what is it? Either Carnival is accusing me of lying. Or the internet can be unstable. Either way, they declined the refund request. On an otherwise enjoyable vacation, my final touch point with Carnival was a sour one. After spending thousands of dollars on this vacation, they are letting a negligible $89 unusable purchase leave a bad taste in my mouth. I will not be back as a Carnival customer Pros (on-board only) - the comedy shows and entertainment were fun, and the wait staff at the restaurants were also good entertainers (a one-song dance by the waiters at dinner) - Lunch and dinner on the 2nd floor were pretty good. Portions were small, but you could order more than 1 entree or appetizer per person - Housekeeping staff were very cordial and we appreciated the extra touches like towel animals - Decent gym Cons - food in Lido was something to be desired. It wasn't bad, but started becoming cringe-worthy by the 6th day - super-crowded lines all the time. At restaurants, at debarkation, entry/exit at ports, etc - pools were quite small and frigid cold - Terrible post-cruise experience as explained above. Not good to have the last touch point with the customer be such a poor one. Otherwise this review would have been 4 stars And because I'm not a fan of Carnival now, let me also give this piece of advice. Don't buy excursions through them. In Cabo, there are more than enough vendors and water taxis to do whatever you want. And they're negotiable. In Puerto Vallerta, you can look ahead of time at their excursions and then just contact the vendor directly. They will be more than happy to give you a discount if you book direct with them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We wanted to visit Hawaii without a long flight over to the islands. This was a 15 day "Journeys" cruise out of Long Beach California. There were 4 sea days before the islands as well as 4 after. We enjoyed all the special ... Read More
We wanted to visit Hawaii without a long flight over to the islands. This was a 15 day "Journeys" cruise out of Long Beach California. There were 4 sea days before the islands as well as 4 after. We enjoyed all the special activities that Carnival had planned for those sea days. There were dance lessons, including hula, island crafts classes, seminars, cooking demonstrations & too much more to list. We enjoyed each & every port stop too. This was such a wonderful relaxing way to visit the islands. This was our 1st cruise as platinum guests. We enjoyed the easy embarkation & other perks of being platinum. Crew members were efficient & friendly. A special tribute was made for the veterans by the cruise director which was well received by all veterans & their families. We cannot wait to repeat this cruise, we had a lovely time. Worth every penny. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We and three other couples choose this trip because we like a lot of sea days, wanted to see Hawaii again without the grueling flight, and considered it a great value. We flew in from Pittsburgh on a direct flight to LAX a day early - ... Read More
We and three other couples choose this trip because we like a lot of sea days, wanted to see Hawaii again without the grueling flight, and considered it a great value. We flew in from Pittsburgh on a direct flight to LAX a day early - somewhat surprised how many others on this flight were also on this cruise. We stayed at the Queen Mary, which was fun, historic, and very close (walking distance.). Everyone in our group was retired except for myself. I am 68, my wife 64 and we were in the younger 25% of this cruise. I thought we were on a Holland cruise again. My wife and I are Diamonds, two other couples got FTTF, and the fourth couple did not think it was worth the money. I have to say that on this cruise, they were probably right. At the Diamond lunch we talked to the Hotel manager, and he said that there were 78 Diamonds, over 700 Plats, and over 250 FTTF. The ship only holds about 2100 people, so if you add in the Suites, about half of the passengers were priority at some level. We all had the earliest check-in time of 12:30, so we arrived at noon thinking that we would get right on the ship. It was a little disorganized, and they were already into the zones. We got into a LONG priority line, whereas the regular line seemed to be moving very rapidly. We all managed to get on about the same time, with the non-FTTF friends only about 10 minutes after the FTTF friends. We were all able to go right to our cabins because it was after 1:30 by the time we made it on the ship. The food on this cruise was very good. Our friends who do not cruise as often as we do thought it was fantastic. We all agreed, however, that the deserts were a disappointment (with a few exceptions.) The Chocolate melting cake was okay, but how many nights in a 15 night cruise do you want the same desert. We loved the Key Lime Pie at lunch, however - but they only had it once. Pizza was great. No Guys, but the burgers were okay, and we liked the chicken fingers which are not available on most ships with Guys. We loved this ship. Yes it was old, but there were plenty of places to get by yourself, a sensible layout, almost no line (except at GS and tendering) and a wonderful staff. We always enjoy Spirit class vessels over the larger mega-ships and there over-crowded public areas. Entertainment was exceptional. Greta comedians, good shows (especially the Magician and hypnotist) and one of the best rock bands that I have ever heard on a ship called the Liverpool pub band. Three brothers and a life-long friend playing some great stuff. Large enthusiastic crowds every night. Lots of trivia, etc. Always something to do. We all had Deck 4 partially-obstructed view French balconies. A great value. Not much of a view, but a large room with a couch and doors you could open and tase the salt sea. We chose morning service. Not crazy about having to decide and I wonder how the had the nerve to increase gratuities and reduce service. But our Room Steward was effient and nice. We are going on this same ship and room in February, and are looking forward to seeing him again. I know that I could have chosen twice a day, but they work so hard that I did not have the heart to do so. Two things that I was not happy about was the Guest services line and the Tendering. I relate both of these to the exceptional number of priority people on this ship. Our friends who had FTTF and us had to wait a long time in lines at GS while the regular lines went a lot faster. This was due to the fact that they had two or three people on the regular line but only pone at the FTTF line. Sometime the FTTF line was actually longer than the regular line, yet they never moved another person over. It was no big deal though. we would just return later, or wait it out. Our FD TTF friends were not happy, however. They actually paid extra for this and had the non-FTTF cabin get taken care of way before they did on one occasion. I told them they could relate their issue with GS, but they said they were not going back in that line again. Ports were wonderful - but what else would you expect from Hawaii. We rented cars in each port and did out own excursions - saved a lot of money. The only exception was Kona where we used the $10.00 hop-on bus. Good choice there. Leaving the ship was easy. We had a late flight and just waited until the last call and walked right off. No customs form on this port Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This is cruise we were looking forward to for a couple of years. Cruised from Long Beach terminal and was surprised how easy is was to embark. Past reviews painted this terminal as a nightmare, not so and we did not have FTFUN! We stayed ... Read More
This is cruise we were looking forward to for a couple of years. Cruised from Long Beach terminal and was surprised how easy is was to embark. Past reviews painted this terminal as a nightmare, not so and we did not have FTFUN! We stayed on the Queen Mary the night before and was awed by the ship features. fabulous. The Miracle is an older and smaller ship but that is part of the charm. We previously sailed the Breeze, Dream, which were larger ships. As usual, Carnival did not let us down. Our cabin steward was Luis and he did a great job taking care of us. Our server were Airnars, Blanka, and Marie. They are the reason we continue to use Carnival. They were personable, fun, caring and love their jobs. After one night they knew our names and our likes.Entertainment was pretty good. The hypnotist on the main stage was awesome. Our excursions on all our ports were great. Also the weather in Hawaii was a sunny 80 all the time were were there. We had an early flight and was concern about making the airport on time (1:15 pm flight), but no problem. We did a self disembarkation and we were at the airport by 10:30 pm. We can hardly wait for our next adventure with Carnival Cruise Lines. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
My husband and I have taken many cruises on Carnival, the ship its self was what we excepted, but the trip over and back from Long beach was not what we excepted. It was cold and windy couldn't be on our balcony without a jacket, give ... Read More
My husband and I have taken many cruises on Carnival, the ship its self was what we excepted, but the trip over and back from Long beach was not what we excepted. It was cold and windy couldn't be on our balcony without a jacket, give me the Caribbean. The entertainment was great but days at sea and no sun was tuff. The food was nothing to write home about except the Pizza and Sushi. Sushi was worth the extra price. The stake house was worth the $35 price tag, was disappointed we thought that we would get a free bottle of win on the first or second day some how I read it wrong the free bottle was only offered on the first night of sailing we went the second night but it was still a great value. Service was great in all aspects of the ship, we did find the Alchemy Bar not as friendly as we have on other ships. The first two ports of call were disappointing, we docked in a shipping yard with nothing abound took an execution to a beach on both days, both beaches great, but the ship didn't leave until 11:00 P.M. and there wasn't much to do. We did take a Free Shuttle to Walmart, it was a $30 fee for a cab so we took the shuttle and walked around down town Honolulu, we found a bar called the Floating Pagoda it was great. The third island had a beach right by the ship it was great the same with Kona the beach is right by the ship and it was amazing. If you like to sunbath on your days a sea don't take this cruise. I probably will never go to Hawaii again by ship but it was a trip to remember. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We spent 2 days in Long Beach prior to boarding the ship. The free bus around Long Beach was very useful - really did not need a car. We had flown into LAX and then took Uber to the Queen Mary. Uber was a great experience - our first ... Read More
We spent 2 days in Long Beach prior to boarding the ship. The free bus around Long Beach was very useful - really did not need a car. We had flown into LAX and then took Uber to the Queen Mary. Uber was a great experience - our first time using this service. Recommend it highly - cost was less then cost of the shuttles. Had never been on the Miracle, but had traveled on the Legend 2 times. Liked the size of the ship. We felt the décor of the ship was "different" but not horrible. The crew decorated the ship for the holidays and it was impressive. We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday décor and the celebrations. This was our first time being Platinum and we enjoyed the "special" treatment. Embarkation was a treat - buffet was not crowded. We do Any Time Dining and shared a table all but one time - it was a great way to meet different individuals and enabled us to have interesting conversations. Entertainment was wonderful - the dancers/singers were great and very personable. Thoroughly enjoyed the offered enrichment on this Journey cruise - Nancy the naturalist, Steven Katkowsky, Academy of Fun, the juggler's, mentalist's, the Hawaiian representatives - they all made sea days and evenings fly by... Adam and the Fun Squad made trivia, games, and events around the ship so much fun. Dining and Lido staff were attentive and friendly. Sea Day Brunches are always enjoyable. Dining staff "shows" were fun. We rented cars in all but 2 ports. We rented from Dollar - the cars were fine, our recommendation is that you do not use Dollar's toll free number...the reliable information on this number leaves a lot to be desired. Did an excursion in Kauai - NaPali Cruise and Snorkel. This was a wonderful tour. Snorkeling was limited due to high winds and waves but traveling along the NaPali coast line was terrific - got to see tail of one whale, spinner dolphins and a sea turtle. While on Oahu we snorkeled at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve - this is a great place to see lots of fish - no standing on the coral reefs but it is an easy place to snorkel right from the shore. This was our first time to Ensenada - we got off the ship for a short period of time and walked along the main "shopping area" - but have decided we will not do it again - not a place we wish to see again. We would definitely do this cruise again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Excellent! Went to Mexican Riviera on Miracle with my adult daughters and had a fantastic time. Love all the activities. The comedy club comedians were great as were the shows, loved the 80's themed show and activities on Thursday. ... Read More
Excellent! Went to Mexican Riviera on Miracle with my adult daughters and had a fantastic time. Love all the activities. The comedy club comedians were great as were the shows, loved the 80's themed show and activities on Thursday. Keeping connected with each other on the Carnival Hub app as well as the features of the app, such as the ship map, daily itinerary and dinner menus, port information, etc. was very beneficial. In regards to customer service, I have never seen such excellence by all! This was my 3rd cruise and while customer service has always been very good, the customer service on Miracle was over the top. In particular, our servers at dinner: Ayu, Gusti, and Ray, were absolutely incredible. They remembered our names from the 1st night and had our drinks on our table ready for us when we arrived at our table every night. A great vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
the port for embarkation was not organized, no one seemed to know what to do and did not get the priority people on board in a timely manner like being herded the disembarkation to Cabo was total chaos kept calling more people down ... Read More
the port for embarkation was not organized, no one seemed to know what to do and did not get the priority people on board in a timely manner like being herded the disembarkation to Cabo was total chaos kept calling more people down befor even had 1st group off the ship not enough tenders no one seemed to know what they were doing nor did they know how to accomplish the goal of getting folks off the ship in an orderly fashion the massages were great - very relaxing and very helpful for detoxing and for exfoliating and for stress reduction - did not appreciate always tying to sell the products at a very inflated price Loved the sauna room and the steam room appreciated the lemon and the orange flavored water in the relaxation room the cabin was quit good, always kept neat & clean able to rest in the room load speaker was not piped into room except for wen having safety drill. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
the price and date was right for us. Faster To The Fun was a great option and we were lucky to get it. The best cooked salmon and lobster I have had on any cruise! Loved the cold fruit soups and vegetarian curries. Just wish they had ... Read More
the price and date was right for us. Faster To The Fun was a great option and we were lucky to get it. The best cooked salmon and lobster I have had on any cruise! Loved the cold fruit soups and vegetarian curries. Just wish they had creme caramel or more creme brulee! I ordered low sodium meals and I would get the menu the day before each day, to order my meals. I was very impressed. We loved the "Your Time Dining" as we could go when we wanted, which tended to be early anyway. And we always shared, we could request the same table each time for the server. The shore excursions that we picked for the ports were a really good choice. Horseback riding in Cabo, Salsa & salsa in Mazatlan was so much fun. And the Rhythms of the Night show in Puerto Vallarta was amazing. THE perfect setting! As good as Cirque De Soleil, I think we drank too many drinks on the boat over there! The food was great and the crew entertained us on the way back! Also the Behind The Fun tour is worth it. Only 2 tours with 16 guests per tour so sign up as soon as you get on borard to avoid disappointment! Spa was way overpriced as usual but then it is not owned by the cruise line, so as expensive as any spa on any ship. Don't get dragged in to their promotions. When I can get a massage at home $25 - $39.00 why would I pay 199.00 just because I am on vacation? The entertainment was good but it was the same dancers every night with just different music themes, I personally did not like the style of dancing. I thought we would have different acts and not the same cast every night. Although the mechanics of the stage were impressive. Punchliner Comedy Club PG shows were good and 1st 3 adult comedians were good, but did not like the last one who picked on audience members constantly and was not in good taste at all. While it can still be adult content the "F" word does not have to be every second word!! It can be just as funny without it. Yes, I know we were warned not to stay if we were easily offended, but really!! Only thing I found difficult was the smoking as it seemed to permeate trhoughout the ship at times. Wish they could have an enclosed glasssed off area to enclose the smokers, and no smoking in the casino!!! we avoided Deck 2 so as not to go throught the smoke! Lee our Cruise Director was awesome so was Sarah B our Comedy Club hostess, loved the cat ears!! So many little nooks and crannies to relax in and be quiet if you wanted to. May not have found them all in only 7 days! Wish we could have stayed on to go to Hawaii!! We will sail this route again! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Overall we had a good family vacation. The good: We had the late dinner, food was delicious. All of Edsel’s (waiter) recommendations were a hit. The sea day brunch was not the best, the service was slow and blah. We were much happier ... Read More
Overall we had a good family vacation. The good: We had the late dinner, food was delicious. All of Edsel’s (waiter) recommendations were a hit. The sea day brunch was not the best, the service was slow and blah. We were much happier with the Lido breakfast. Lunch at Lido was real good, great selection. Our 7 year old really enjoyed the kids club, he came back with so much to tell of all the fun activities they had! We also enjoyed tea time, it was very nice. People were friendly, the club and dancing on Lido deck was a blast. And what we enjoyed the most was listening to Sabor Latino in the Atrium lobby. They were talented and full of energy, really enjoyed their music! The entire family danced. The bad: The WiFi stinks. It’s a rip off. When we informed guest services about our wi fi not working, Oscar gave us a credit and told us he was leaving it on. That was a lie. He shut it down, so we learned later. Went back and Oscar was gone, of course, Neena was extremely cold and rude and implied that we were lying about what Oscar had said that he was leaving it on. She did turn it back on but only after being prompted by her supervisor. Cabo San Lucas we took a water taxi to Santa Maria beach which is beautiful however it should have been disclosed to us that you actually have to swim, quite a distance to get to shore, which ruined it for those in our party who could not swim that far, or swim at all. Mazatlan was a pleasant surprise. We found a driver who, for $20 per person, took us in an air conditioned van on a historic tour and then we ended up at Las Flores resort where our 7 year old played in the pool all day, our teenagers parasailed and jet skii’d on the beach, the grandmas enjoyed the calm beach, and all while my husband and I had chips, guacamole and pina coladas. After all this fun, our driver took us to a restaurant where we sat on a patio with a nice ocean view, the freshest seafood, and thr BEST mango margarita. Puerto Vallarta we hired 2 taxis for $30 per person, they set us up with an Zipline/Atv tour. We went to el Eden which was beautiful, and while the kids zip lined we enjoyed the scenery along with good guacamole and chips. Afterward they took us to Mismaloya beach where we sat at a restaurant right on thr beach. That was our highlight of the trip! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Went on cruise with a group of 6 girl friends. Had been several years since cruising with carnival. Missed the entertainment variety. Enjoyed the comics but would have enjoyed more variety. Food always looked good but lacked ... Read More
Went on cruise with a group of 6 girl friends. Had been several years since cruising with carnival. Missed the entertainment variety. Enjoyed the comics but would have enjoyed more variety. Food always looked good but lacked flavor. It seamed everyone was nice and helpful but little extra effort was made to make the trip special. Even the specialty Steak house was a disappointment. Their food was also lacking in flavor. Service wasn't as good as in the dining room. But the atmosphere was pleasant. The biggest disappointment was the hub app. It sounded like a great idea. Paid the $5 and found out that during the week my friends and I were able to contact each other by chat only a few times. Usually ship wifi not available. One time a text came in to friends phone that had been sent the day before. Really needs work. Especially if they are going to charge cruisers. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Nine years ago was my very first cruise was on the Miracle when it sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale. I actually preferred the Miracle ship compared to the Dream that I was on last. However, after being on it twice and it rolling back and ... Read More
Nine years ago was my very first cruise was on the Miracle when it sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale. I actually preferred the Miracle ship compared to the Dream that I was on last. However, after being on it twice and it rolling back and forth I have to say the larger Dream was much more stable in the water. Things have changed for Carnival cruises. If you are a 20 something looking to party and know the latest club music then this is the place for you. The theater show consisted of some dancers lip singing and some other no worth your time shows. 9 years ago, the Broad Way acts in the theater were first class! I honestly believe they set the time for dinners to dissuade people from going to the Theater. We had the late seating 8:15. Shows started at 7:30 and 9:30. Previously they always timed the shows so you could attend one show in the theater each evening. Now if you are into Comedy acts they are bringing in some big hitters. However, they are only two 30-minute shows. The formal dining room food has gone downhill. Who ever heard of Au Jus being brown gravy? The staff was professional as usual. Nevertheless, the food quality including in the steak house has gone down from 5 stars to about 3 stars if that. We usually go in a group of 40 to early 50 year olds whom like to have a decent time. When you say you are having 80's Night and only thirty minutes of 80's music is played in the dance club then we have a problem. Previous cruise on the Dream was kind of the same. They advertised 80's Night but it was only 80's Motown music. DJ refused to play anything else. Summary, If you like the newest and greatest that’s being played in the dance clubs then you will love Carnival. Overall – From my first Carnival Cruise (9 years ago) to last weeks. I am disappointed. Time to try another cruise line. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
The crew was very friendly and always willing to help you with anything. I had FTTF, and it was nice to drop off my carry on bags/beverages before heading off to eat. It also came in very handy at the Guest Services desk. The Muster Drill ... Read More
The crew was very friendly and always willing to help you with anything. I had FTTF, and it was nice to drop off my carry on bags/beverages before heading off to eat. It also came in very handy at the Guest Services desk. The Muster Drill was a train wreck and took what seemed like 45 minutes. The cabin was a balcony obstructed (deck 5)...and the lifeboat didn't obscure the view enough to care. The food was really good as was the service. The Serenity was fabulous though not always serene, but getting there literally at the crack of dawn is a must if you want a wicker cabana. It was annoying how many people put their stuff down and didn't return for hours on end, but the staff was good about removing their stuff if they were gone long. As usual, there were those who didn't honor the dress code for the MDR, but I was certainly glad I didn't see anyone in a bathrobe in the buffet this time!! 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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