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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
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 me ... 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 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
Carnival Miracle Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 3.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.4

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