Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as ... Read More
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as smooth or fast as a Royal Caribbean cruise I had recently taken, but was not horrible. We had a fifth deck balcony cabin that was spacious enough with a comfortable king bed. Our cabin steward, Lasmana, was fabulous and kept our cabin in great shape and was responsive to all of our needs. We ate in the main dining room for all but a couple of lunches and found the food to be consistently good and the waitstaff professional. The food was so good that we felt no need to eat anywhere else. We had chosen "your time" dining and as such, we were able to get to know several other couples over the course of the week. We very much enjoyed the breakfasts in the main dining room and would highly recommend the house made granola which was a great snack to take on excursions (we had brought our own ziplock bags). On sea days, we hung out on the Serenity Deck, over 21 only, and read our books and used the hot tub. We never had any problem getting a seat under the covered portion of the deck as long as we got there by mid-morning. As for entertainment, we really enjoyed the Daft Sailors in the Red Frog Pub and spent most of our evenings there. We did excursions in all four ports and enjoyed them all. We booked none of them through Carnival but all were very diligent about getting us back to the ship on time. We highly recommend Roatan by Land and Sea in Roatan which we booked through Vacations To Go. The only negative I can think of was the muster exercise, only because so many guests selfishly did not show to muster on time, which caused the rest of us to have to stand and wait for them to be paged repeatedly. This was frustrating for those of us who managed to get there as directed. Perhaps Carnival would do well to not open the bars until after muster since so many adults had trouble with this. Definitely take your own luggage off the ship as opposed to putting it outside the cabin door for the crew to take. We used the gym three times but the elliptical machines' touch screens were frustratingly non-responsive and clearly in need of updating, but we made the best of it. The weights portion of the gym was very good. We were often aware of the movement of the ship so would recommend prescription scopolamine transdermal patches if prone to seasickness. We wore them for the entire cruise and had no problem. Overall, we would highly recommend this ship and this itinerary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
The embarkation process was very easy once you get past all the traffic and chaos at the port leaving Tampa. One thing that we did not like is when we were getting dropped off the people that collect the bags were throwing them on a cart ... Read More
The embarkation process was very easy once you get past all the traffic and chaos at the port leaving Tampa. One thing that we did not like is when we were getting dropped off the people that collect the bags were throwing them on a cart which were falling all over the road and hit our car. When we went to give our bag to the person collecting them(which we were already iffy about after what we just witnessed) he said our bag was too big and we had to take it on the ship, so we were stuck carrying a 50lb bag for a few hours until rooms became available. The elevators were mostly all closed the first day so it took forever to get anywhere you needed to. Food was subpar, on elegant nights the food was somewhat better quality than casual nights. The portions are very tiny and most the food around the ship is greasy and fatty and overall just bad quality. Workers constantly will come around and bother you every 2 minutes asking if you want a drink and even when you say no they continue to bother you and when they finally stop they walk off with an attitude if you don’t get anything. Room service free food had little options and the quality was also bad. Lastly for the negative thoughts would be that the ports you have to tender at are very disorganized. People will cut in front of you to try and get on first and when they decided to do a sticker system for another port pretty much the same thing happens and everyone cuts you and your stuck waiting again. Staff should try and organize things more with something like two lines to stand on instead of everyone trampling one another in front of where they give them out. If your boat goes to Belize I would defiantly book an excursion because there is not much to do and taxis are so expensive . We went to the man made beach which was reasonably priced but the cabs will cost you an arm and a leg. There was never a dull moment on the ship in regards to entertainment so you will never be bored. Our cruise director, Leigh, was fantastic. Very entertaining and engages the guests in all the activities. The comedy shows were hilarious and our favorites were the Anthony Scott and Al Katz they had us laughing the whole show. We always got to our ports on schedule or a little before which was a plus because we were able to spend a lot of time on the islands. We booked a shore excursion through Carnival in Cozumel called “VIP Dolphin Swim Experience” and it was well worth the money and the service was fantastic. The trainer rodrigo was amazing with the dolphins and did awesome with our group! Lazer made sure everyone on our excursion was taken care of and he was very attentive so I would highly recommend both of these guys to deal with on your excursion! Overall we had a great time on our cruise entertainment wise but we are not sure if we would cruise with carnival again in regards to the negatives above. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward unfortunately was awful. He was never around and didn't clean during the set times. We are used to twice a day and we received one a day and varied between 11-6. Good comedy act's. Shows were just OK. We brought our college student daughter and she loved everything. Late night activities were good for her. She enjoyed the clubs. Ports and excursions were very good. We were not disappointed. Jolly Rogers in Roatan was the best. We also did snuba in Cozumel it was good but waiting for the boat ride back was a long wait. I really enjoyed the new disembarkation process. Although had to wait on ship thru customs was great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was cruise number 10 for us and one of, if not the best. We have previously sailed on Carnival, Royal Carribean, and Holland America. We found the Carnival Miracle to be in excellent condition, the service was top notch, and the food ... Read More
This was cruise number 10 for us and one of, if not the best. We have previously sailed on Carnival, Royal Carribean, and Holland America. We found the Carnival Miracle to be in excellent condition, the service was top notch, and the food was great probably 90% of the time. Only had a couple not so good dishes. The size of the ship is perfect. Not so big and not too small. Never felt crowded. Never waited in lines to disembark at ports or at buffet lines. Traveled with 2 small children who both had a great time. Camp Carnival staff was wonderful! Only complaints overall would be that the water slide has no water pressure so you get stuck all the time. My 6 year old who loves waterslides went on it once and didn't care to go back. And only one hot tub was hot the whole cruise which caused it to be crowded all the time. Overall we loved the ship, sad to see it go to the west coast later this year but we are excited that the Carnival Legend is replacing it which is the same class of ship but with all the new upgrades (Guys burgers, Blue Iguana, and Waterworks, etc). Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We choose this cruise for the dates and because it stopped in Roatan. Unfortunately due to high winds we were unable to stop in Roatan. No fault of Carnival. The food in the main dining room was hit and miss. Had some really good ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the dates and because it stopped in Roatan. Unfortunately due to high winds we were unable to stop in Roatan. No fault of Carnival. The food in the main dining room was hit and miss. Had some really good dinners and some so-so meals. The buffet was not great but the pizza was awesome. The ship is showing some wear but it did not stop us from enjoying our cruise. The ship was full but the only time it felt a bit crowded was on sea days. Even then there seemed to be ample loungers. We did the comedy shows a couple nights and enjoyed the shows. Our cabin was clean and had plenty of space. The bed was a bit hard. The service was great for the most part. A couple of times it was a bit slow in the main dining room. We did the steak house our last night and it was very good. We went to the Money Bar in Cozumel. In Belize we did the Snuba. Really would have liked to have more time for this excursion. We would definitely go on this ship again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Carnival Miracle...his was our third cruise and second with a couple who are our best vacationing companions. This is the FIRST time we've sprung for a balcony and man was it amazing! It will be hard to do another cruise WITHOUT the ... Read More
Carnival Miracle...his was our third cruise and second with a couple who are our best vacationing companions. This is the FIRST time we've sprung for a balcony and man was it amazing! It will be hard to do another cruise WITHOUT the balcony! Coffee and a croissant while watching the gentle ocean lap onto the ship - what could be better?! MUSTER DRILL - OMG what is so confusing about this drill?!! They need to fix this and fast. If muster is at 3:00 and only 30% of the ship arrives at 3:00, the ones who are there should be respected and the drill should commence! Those who are late should have to come at a different time. We literally waited 40 minutes for late arrivers. I told them I needed to sit down and went inside. Why in the world would you wait 40 minutes?! People were literally showing up at 3:40. So those of us who thought it was mandatory and showed up on time were punished. This was the biggest beef I had and thankfully it was at the start of the cruise and everything else was excellent. I do think Carnival needs to work on the logistics of the drill. Our cabin was #8222. Perfect cabin in every way, even had an extended balcony. We were directly below the dining room so it was quiet whenever quiet was important. We only saw our room steward one time but everything was always done and done right. We had early dining - we're older, that works for us. The first night the food was only "ok" on the first night and to be honest, we were a little concerned, but it got better after that. I was a little taken aback that you can no longer order a good steak if nothing else appealed to you. Now there is a $20 for each and every steak (as well as some other things.) There is skirt steak on the menu every night but that is just not a great cut and I really didn't like it. Also, breakfast is free for room service but there are many items that now have a charge for room service for all other times of day. I felt bad about that. I feel like Carnival is nickel and diming people. I have mixed feelings about the room service charge. Every hotel in the world charges for room service but cruising was always different. The only thing we ordered was a pizza and paid $5 for it. Valarie Storm - the Comedian - was HILARIOUS! I would go to see her if she came to our city. I still chuckle when I think about her routine. Kyle, one of the solo musicians, was very good. We saw him in Alchemy and Red Frog Pub. There was one band that was really good but, unfortunately, I can't remember their name. One afternoon we did Tea Time in Bacchus dining room. I thought it was relatively funny that it's "tea" time and they CHARGE $1.00 for the good tea!!! Yet they are giving out 4-5 different desserts and 2 kinds of little sandwiches. Cut down the amount of sweets and let people have the stinkin tea!! It's called "tea time" not "dessert time!!" I thought that was ridiculous. Service was wonderful at every turn. It did seem as though they were short staffed but we didn't "suffer" because of it! We did two trivia events...Seinfeld and the Beatles. It was a lot of fun and Oscar, the MC, was very funny. Excursions. I booked three excursions on this cruise all through Viator. They were excellent. Our favorite was in Belize. We hired a guide for a "Taste Bud Explosion Tour" and it was so fun! The tour company was Royal Beliazian Ambassadors and the owner, Percy, was our guide. He took us to fun food spots that he frequents. Best excursion by far. I highly recommend it. We had a three hour driving tour, learned a lot and ate a lot! Cozumel was Mr. Sanjos. Not my favorite day resort but it was still fun. Had a massage on the beach and ate and drank as if tomorrow may not come. It was fun. Isla Roatan we also did a day resort with a guided tour of some of the island. It was fun but very crowded and not really worth it. We would have been better just getting the tour of the island and going back to the ship. Grand Cayman I didn't book anything but we ended up booking a 2 hour tour on a bus. It was ok. Next time we'll go to the beach. Favorite hang outs...Alchemy Lounge is relaxing. We would go there right before dinner every night. Red Frog Pub has a happy hour special some days...it's $11 for a pitcher of a drink! That's a deal! We did not get the bubbly program because both people in the cabin have to purchase it and that would have been an additional $850!! That's crazy to us so I purchased drinks - up to 5 per day. My husband did get the soda package for $70. I'm not sure he got his money's worth of that but we did it. Debarkation was easy. We were at the airport by 9:30 am with a flight out at 12:55 pm. It was perfect for us. We really enjoy cruising. It's not overly expensive and we get to enjoy the sun, sea and have fun all the time. We have only done Carnival Cruises and I'm ok with that. Why leave a good thing?! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Let me start by saying this was our 8th cruise with Carnival. We booked this one because the dates worked for us and our friends who flew down from NYC to sail with us. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. First let me state the pros. ... Read More
Let me start by saying this was our 8th cruise with Carnival. We booked this one because the dates worked for us and our friends who flew down from NYC to sail with us. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. First let me state the pros. Embarkation in Tampa was seamless and quick. We arrived at 11:15am and were on the Lido deck having lunch by 12:10. Valet parking was a great decision. Only $20 more that self park for the week All crew we encountered from cabin stewards, waiters/waitresses, photographers and entertainers were always going above and beyond to help or answer questions. The Cruise director, Leigh, was phenomenal. Funny as can be and was always visible and available to guests. Many other cruise directors only make themselves available part of the time and do not interact with guests as much as he did. Ship is easy to navigate and with only 1 restaurant on the 2nd floor you can pretty much go end to end on all floors. Entertainment was good. Shows were average. Comedians were great. Debarkation was fairly quick to get off the ship, but once in the terminal (Not Carnival's fault) there were only 2 customs officers for 2 ships with a total of about 5000 people. We grabbed a porter for a $20 tip and we moved faster through he line that everyone carrying their own luggage. If you have the opportunity do the "Chef's Table". It was a great experience and food was awesome. Different, but awesome.The $78 up charge was well worth it. It includes an 8 course meal, wine, appetizers and tour of the galley. Now the Cons: Food was mediocre at best. Dining room food was edible and some items were good. Buffet on the Lido was no better. The Pizza Pirate was popular and probably the best item during lunch and late nights. Food quality for the general ship population has substantially decreased over the last couple of years. We did do Nick/Nora's Steakhouse which on any ship is always a highlight. With an up-charge of $38 person the food was the best yet. I only question why the large up charge as if we are not eating in the dining room they are saving $$ on us there, and I can get a Surf/Turf dinner at a local equivalent quality steakhouse for less that that. But so be it. Food was excellent.( Only reason it's a con is due to the $38 up-charge) Another con was the Casino. Not big at all and as usual very smokey. You would think by this time if you are making this the only place inside the ship to smoke, there would be a better ventilation system. As on all ships the signs are there about not saving seats around the pool for more that 30 minutes, yet it is not enforced. People came out at 6am and placed towels and shoes on chairs and didn't return for a couple of hours. Either do not have the sign or enforce it with some teeth. Don't just bark. Of course there is not enough seats for everyone, even up on the upper sun decks. The final con is just my opinion. This is an older ship and is showing it's age. It was built on 2004 and refurbished in 2015. There is no rhyme or reason for some of the decor but that is just aesthetics.Even thought his ship holds 2100+ people, I think if it is going to continue to be full, they need to upgrade many thing throughout the ship.Otherwise take less guests as many of the corridors in the common areas were narrow and people were stepping all over each other. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We sailed Carnival a lot but quit a few years ago. It had gotten to the point that the food and service was terrible. Then on a whim last year we booked a short cruise with them. Lots of fun so we tried the Carnival Miracle. The ... Read More
We sailed Carnival a lot but quit a few years ago. It had gotten to the point that the food and service was terrible. Then on a whim last year we booked a short cruise with them. Lots of fun so we tried the Carnival Miracle. The food has improved in our opinion both on the buffet and dining room. We had anytime dining and had good service and horrible service. The horrible service was four of the seven times we had dinner. The teams had empty tables and ignored us from the start. Service was so slow we approached one of the "suited guys" as he walked around-he blew us off and literally shrugged his shoulders. But the good service was good. The buffet staff have improved greatly since our return to Carnival. Tables cleared, cleaned and very friendly. The buffet staff were great in our opinion. The crew were all very friendly and always smiled and nodded. Finally they have increased the deck drink servers that circulate around the ship. Better service.. Our cabin and cabin staff were very good-room was always cleaned well and very personal attitude, like ours was the only room he had. Leigh the cruise director was outstanding-period. Best director in all our years of cruising. Production shows were terrific. Only issue with the entertainment was the piano bar guy. He was gross and vulgar ALL the time. As usual- other guests were the most problem- the committed chair hogs and you never see anyone in them. And the people who feel that the cruise is only theirs and are pushy and rude. All in all-Carnival is coming back to having FUN SHIPS and improving things. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because it sailed from Tampa and was less expensive than other cruises for this time and itinerary. However it was a very disappointing cruise in many ways. It started in the terminal. Everything was so ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it sailed from Tampa and was less expensive than other cruises for this time and itinerary. However it was a very disappointing cruise in many ways. It started in the terminal. Everything was so disorganized. Passengers were going every which way. Then the computers went down which slowed the progress even more. We dined a few nights in the Bacchus formal dining room. Our wait staff was very "silly", not professional at all. They were also very slow in service. We were at early dining and for seven consecutive nights, we missed the shows in the Phantom Theater because it took approximately two hours for dinner. Time was also wasted on three nights where the wait staff stood on tables and danced around instead of serving tables. And not once was our table ever served dinner at the same time. A few would get their food, and the rest would wait several minutes before they were served. It didn't matter much, however, because the food was always lukewarm at best. We resorted to eating on the Lido Deck for part of the cruise, but even then, some of the venues closed up and we were limited to only one or two options. We did not receive our wake-up calls, and almost missed a shore excursion because of it. We finally had to set our own cell phones to wake up. We were not able to connect to anything on our cell phones because some passengers were told in the terminal how to set up the Carnival app and we were not. The cruise never really had sales in the Fun Shops either. The few items they did discount, were not were having to start with. I will think long and hard before sailing with Carnival again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, ... Read More
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, lunch and snacks, pizza pirate never disappointed, steakhouse was worth the $35, I reserved a table for us before the price increase, Chopsticks was a tasty treat. The ship is very easy to navigate and we loved the decor throughout the ship and she is still clean even though it is a older ship, there is a little rust here and there and I expected that. Our shore excursions were faster to the fun, Deluxe Beach, Catamaran Sail & Snorkel in Cozumel and Rays & Reef Snorkel in Grand Cayman, all of these excursions we outstanding and well worth the price, in Mahogany Bay we just walked to the beautiful beach and Tiki bar were we swam then had the really delicious jerk chicken with wonderful margaritas. We took the tender to the port of Belize were we did some shopping and had drinks along the way till we went back to the ship, it was a awesome trip and we will sail on her again in the future. Read Less
Carnival Miracle Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.5 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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