4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Pre-cruise: We flew in the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Tampa downtown. Our stay was excellent and I would highly recommend. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had 11:30 to 12:00 check in time. We arrived right about 11:30 ... Read More
Pre-cruise: We flew in the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Tampa downtown. Our stay was excellent and I would highly recommend. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had 11:30 to 12:00 check in time. We arrived right about 11:30 and were onboard shortly after noon. We didn't have to even sit in the terminal to wait. The Miracle isn't the newest ship with all the latest things. That was fine with me as the goal was relaxation. Live the ship size and layout. One dining room so you can cross the ship on all decks. Ship is clean and does have some of the 2.0 upgrades. Food was good to excellent. MDR dinner was fine. There were a few entrees that weren't great, but the wait staff quickly brought something else. Steakhouse was excellent. If you get a reservation for the right time, you can watch the sun set at dinner. Lido was good. I also loved the new deli sandwiches. Entertainment was a highlight of this cruise. We attended all the shows and they were great! The cast was also very approachable and interacted a lot with the audience. Go see the Daft Sailors in the Red Frog Pub. They were excellent and it was the place to be for both guests and crew. Leigh the CD and his staff were personable and energetic. With 4 sea days, it could have been easy to get bored and they kept everyone engaged and entertained. Ports: Limon, Costa Rica- We did the sloth tour through Carnival. This isn't the fanciest port. There is a large craft market near the dock. There are no Diamonds International if that's what you're looking for. The sloth tour was excellent. We drove about 45 minutes on an air conditioned bus to the sloth sanctuary. The tour guide spent that time teaching us about Costa Rica and the area. First, they gave us time to use the restrooms. Then we had about 20 minutes in the gift shop. Prices were reasonable and they take USD. After that, we split into two groups to see the rescued sloths in two different rooms. It was amazing and very educational. We then went on a canoe ride through the canals to see animals. We saw sloths, howler monkeys, geckos, a crocodile and more. The canoe guide was very good at spotting animals and waiting for us to take pictures. We took the bus back to the port. We skipped the planned fruit stand stop due to there being too many buses there already. We had time to shop after the tour. The craft market was crowded, but people were friendly. There is wifi, but I had trouble getting it to work. Panama Canal- This was basically like a sea day. There was a historian onboard to explain everything to us as we went through the canal. If you want to see from the front of the ship, get there early because it was crowded. A lot of people watched from balconies. They also had a makeshift store on lido for t-shirts and souvenirs. A lot of the souvenirs went quickly. There were t-shirts available in the fun shops until the end of the cruise. Shops and casino were open while we were in the canal. They also showed movies in Mad Hatter's lounge during the afternoon. Grand Cayman- We did not do a tour here as we've been before. We got off the ship and just did some shopping with a stop for lunch. Do bring smaller bills if you can as we found some places didn't have a lot of USD to give change. If you go to the right from where you tender in (after you leave the gated area) and walk down a ways, there is a small craft market where you can buy things like jewelry, coin purses, art, etc... Prices there were way more reasonable than at the little stands near the port. Special note: We did an ashes scattering on this cruise and they were amazing. A crew member from guest services and security officer met us and escorted us to an aft crew area. They told us where we could scatter and gave us as much time as we needed. They also provided us with the coordinates later. Debark: We were not in a hurry so we picked the latest tag. Debarkation was a little delayed due to only having two customs officers. Things went much quicker once they got a few more. Once off the ship and through customs, we flagged down a porter and got our checked bags. He directed us to a shuttle to the airport for 8 dollars per person. A taxi would have cost 28 dollars. Tips: Bring a glass with a lid for drinks on lido. Great to fill up and take to the bar after dinner. A string backpack is great to use around the ship on sea days or in port. A lanyard made things so much easier. Bring extra plugs so that you can charge more than one thing at a time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We joined a group with common interests for a 6-day Western Caribbean Cruise. I usually cruise with other lines and never in the Caribbean but made the journey because of the group and the chance to escape winter weather in January. We ... Read More
We joined a group with common interests for a 6-day Western Caribbean Cruise. I usually cruise with other lines and never in the Caribbean but made the journey because of the group and the chance to escape winter weather in January. We found the ship in fairly good shape—older and smaller than many, though I like the smaller ships. We found getting around a bit confusing with little direction, and the decor a little strange. Food was good to very good. Bitter and Blanc and Chocolate Melting Cake we’re favorites. Small portions were perfect for us. Of course, you can order more if you wish. The servers were excellent at our table. They knew on the second or third day, without being asked, each person’s preference in beverage and idiosyncrasies (extra butter, nothing with mushrooms). The cabin, 6186, was fine in size and convenience, the bathroom adequate. There was a bit of rust on the balcony and some wear here and there. The one (!!!!) wall outlet did not work well—my cell phone could not be charged there, and one day it did not work at all. Repair was immediate, though. We attended two comedy routines which we enjoyed. I normally enjoy the slots but found the casino much too smoky. We took only private excursions, and enjoyed them very much. Our favorite was Maya Chan in Costa Maya. Absolutely perfect weather was a great bonus, but the exuberance of the staff, privacy, and great food and drink made a wonderful day. I found the cruise a good value with no major problems. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was a group cruise for an international group onboard on Jan. 20, 2019 sailing out of Tampa. Embarkation was very fast and easy. Really enjoyed cruise with couple exceptions. Dining room late seating, service was very slow, and after ... Read More
This was a group cruise for an international group onboard on Jan. 20, 2019 sailing out of Tampa. Embarkation was very fast and easy. Really enjoyed cruise with couple exceptions. Dining room late seating, service was very slow, and after 35 cruises, when ordered more than 1 entree or appetizer, Have never had them deliver all the appetizers or entrees at same time. Made for a very crowded table, especially since at a 6 top. We had also requested to be with our group, but were put halfway across the dining room. Both travel agent and our Carnival rep had multiple booking numbers to tie reservations together, but didn't happen. Only other complaint was when you get a comedian the caliber of Just Judy, you need to move her to the main theater and not Punch Liners Club. She has been on Carnival for a long time, and you guys know she can fill the larger theater. Also, never saw more than a couple times our CD Savanna, and we had a Cruise Critic Meet and Greet on LAST day of cruise????? NEVER in 35 cruises, had that happen. Usually on first sea day so we could meet our fellow cruisers and hang out with them. She said she just learned about our meeting that morning, although we met the required 25 members 3 months ago. A good cruise, but not a GREAT one, but there is not a bad cruise, just some better than others. After this one, even though am platinum, may consider a different line for a change. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We have always done land all-inclusives and wanted to give cruising a shot to get to some of the smaller destinations that we wouldn't want to spend a week at. Pre-cruise we were expecting smaller rooms, no storage, medicore food, ... Read More
We have always done land all-inclusives and wanted to give cruising a shot to get to some of the smaller destinations that we wouldn't want to spend a week at. Pre-cruise we were expecting smaller rooms, no storage, medicore food, and having to budget our drink allowance during a 24 hour period. We went with a balcony as we would also request a balcony on land. The room was certainly not as big as a resort but for the amount of time you spend in your room, there was ample room... as long as you weren't in the bathroom. The bathroom was not the place you were going to change clothes! We also found that there was twice the amount of storage area than one would find at a resort. Slide those suitcases under the bed to keep them out of the way. The food was very American and there was never a point where we didn't have food available to us. A resort definitely provides for better dining but we found we had no desire to pay for any optional dining giving the food in both the buffet and sit down. We went with anytime dining as we are on vacation and don't want to be bound by schedules. It worked for us and we never had a wait unless we went to the sit down when one of the assigned dining times was just beginning. Not knowing what to expect, we both purchased the Cheers package. We are the type that enjoys good coffee, some frozen drinks in the sun during the day, resting and then spending the evening socializing past the stroke of midnight with a drink in hand. The coffee at the buffet was just as good, if not better than the coffee for purchase. I'm talking plain black coffee, not the candied cup of hot caffeine. Drinking 15 drinks a day is much more difficult then expected, especially on days at port. Still top shelf tall rail drinks were $10.25 each... 5 of those per day and you have paid for the package. Throw in the cost of the GOOD wine on the menu, energy drinks, bottled water, etc and we ended up doing better with the package albeit not because of the alcohol. Service was decent. I think having to prepay gratuity really takes out some of the service incentives for those working. Granted we could (and did) tip over and above but for the most part, everyone was served equally slow. Scanning the ship card and signing receipts is painful every time you order. Service can't be fast with a system like that. The entertainment tried really hard and it was good the first couple of nights but honestly it was like going to see a high school performance. We opted for the comedy club as the cruise went on. Funny!!! Even the family shows were great! We tried doing excursions with both Carnival and privately. There were benefits to both but we found that the reputable tour operators will be very good at paying attention to time to make sure you get back onto the ship on time. The ship excursions are big so we definitely preferred the smaller more intimate excursions. Overall, we will definitely cruise again simply for the value of getting to many places at once but this ship was UGLY. They definitely need to work with an interior designer to revamp the decor. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Service in restaurants, bar, activities, was excellent. Our head waiter, Dejan, and his team of Anselmo and Hamid were courteous, efficient and entertaining. Table #360 Crew was always helpful and polite. I was acknowledged by the crew ... Read More
Service in restaurants, bar, activities, was excellent. Our head waiter, Dejan, and his team of Anselmo and Hamid were courteous, efficient and entertaining. Table #360 Crew was always helpful and polite. I was acknowledged by the crew except by the ones in white shirts! I think it’s a case of, do as I say, not as I do. The windows on the ship were filthy, so my ocean view wasnt enjoyable. I didn’t want to complain because I would probably be offered a reduction on my gratuities for the staff instead of a refund from Carnival’s funds. I didn’t want managements lack of staff to impact the feeding of the staffs families. I’m happy that it was only 2200 persons on board because I couldn’t imagine the line up for embarkation and disembarkment. Once we were in Bacchus dining room for breakfast, one of our party had given her order, then all staff in dining room disappeared for a drill. We searched for food ourselves, then gave up and left. We thought we saw them circling ship in a tender boat, practising some drill. She’s still waiting for breakfast Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This ship was worse than sailing in a row boat. We were mid ship on the 6th floor in a suite and all day and night this ship shook and tugged in the water like it had a bad engine. The room steward had several rooms to take care of. ... Read More
This ship was worse than sailing in a row boat. We were mid ship on the 6th floor in a suite and all day and night this ship shook and tugged in the water like it had a bad engine. The room steward had several rooms to take care of. This may be the reason for frowning when we said we wanted our room cleaned twice a day. It was very never completely cleaned or dusted. The food in the restaurant was as good as any 3 star quality restaurant. Our waitress and head waiter were awesome. Very helpful and prompt with their service. We sat at a table for 8 and everyone received our food at the same time and promptly. The only things that I can say that were a pleasant part of this sailing are the staff/food in the restaurant, and the embarkation/disembarking went very smoothly. Not enough to want to sail on the Miracle again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I love Carnival cruises. The itinerary was what attracted us to this cruise. The ship was perfect and very clean. Dining room food was okay. Loved the Steakhouse. Lido deck food was good.....same stuff everyday but sufficient. ... Read More
I love Carnival cruises. The itinerary was what attracted us to this cruise. The ship was perfect and very clean. Dining room food was okay. Loved the Steakhouse. Lido deck food was good.....same stuff everyday but sufficient. We had a balcony with obstructed views and will definitely get one without obstructed views next time. Room was clean. Bed was comfy. One complaint.....cold shower in the morning ☹️ Disembarking was a nightmare. Due to fog, Tampa Port closed and we were on the ship until 9:00 that evening. Tempers were apparent a couple of times. The bar in the third floor continued to offer water and ice if needed. I have one recommendation, get the valet parking for a little over $20 more. When we finally made it out of customs and long lines, our vehicle was brought to us within 10 minutes. Overall a good trip and a fun time. I definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our embarkment was delayed because the Port of Tampa had been closed due to fog. So we were sent an email around 9 am asking us not to go to the port. We continued to get updates every 2 hours or so. Each said port was closed until ... Read More
Our embarkment was delayed because the Port of Tampa had been closed due to fog. So we were sent an email around 9 am asking us not to go to the port. We continued to get updates every 2 hours or so. Each said port was closed until around 4. Then the previous passengers had to get off before we could get on. Faster to the Fun paid off when everyone came to the port at the same time. After about 30 minutes we were able to get onboard. We went to the sit down restaurant for dinner and had a lifeboat drill at 11:30. That was the only part of our whole trip that was rough. The ports were all lovely, the weather was fantastic! Low 80s every day. Our staterooms were had plenty of room and so did the balcony. The rooms only have one outlet and we forgot our power strip. Darn it! Charging phones was a bit of a pain. The dining room food was average. The melting cake is great as always, the rest was ok. The service was usually good but not very fast. The deli turkey wraps and truffle fries were yummy! Sea day brunch was good. The room steward kept us cleaned up with fresh towels. The bartenders were good even with the beverage package. Tips help! The entertainment was fair. More activities would be fun. Not much to do at times as a family. The comedians were funny (Mike E. Winfield) was a hoot! Teenaged daughters had fun hanging out with each other and youngest (14) met some kids from the kids club. Kids club was hard to find. No straight shot there. Would definitely do a holiday (new Year's) cruise again. The celebration was a blast! Favors at main dining room table and tons of champagne on deck. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
New Years Cruise from Tampa with family Our first cruise so nothing to compare but Mum has been on many and her opinion was similar to ours Embarkation was late due to fog in Tampa port closed so nobody’s fault although was ... Read More
New Years Cruise from Tampa with family Our first cruise so nothing to compare but Mum has been on many and her opinion was similar to ours Embarkation was late due to fog in Tampa port closed so nobody’s fault although was disappointed finally got on the ship about 9 hours late Cabins a little tired but everything in working order indies cabin fine for us who wantS to spend time in their cabin only slept and showered there Entertainment could have been better Mum said other ships offered much more quality in their shows miracle were average also a lacK of sail away party’s on deck All the ports were great although I preferred it when no tenders was needed Food was excellent lido Lways something you could eat busy at times main dining room plenty of choice from the menu Staff were all friendly and helpful Would definitely choose the Western Caribbean again Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
So , quick review on us , we are both widowed . My 20 something cruise my friends first cruise so we picked a NYE cruise to start out . I ordered flowers , decorations and wine to spruce up our Vista suite 5295 , which by the way was ... Read More
So , quick review on us , we are both widowed . My 20 something cruise my friends first cruise so we picked a NYE cruise to start out . I ordered flowers , decorations and wine to spruce up our Vista suite 5295 , which by the way was wonderful , great balcony and no vibration like some report … or very very little. So Interesting start was that the port was fogged in and we didn't get to board until after 8 pm or so . I marked down embarkation to a 4 because priority was so poorly marked that I ended up with the massed for like 30 minutes until we realized that there was priority line and zoom we were in and checked in and on the ship . Not blaming Carnival for the fog it is what it is , but they were herding people like cattle and I missed the priority line. Anyway muster at midnight and we were on our way . NYE was the next day I reserverd us a table at the steakhouse to make our night more special so we dressed up got pictures taken and had a wonderful dinner , the service was top notch as well as the food well worth the extra money . The next day we stopped at Cozumel having stopped there so many times I decided to book the Giving Back Excursion through Carnival , My fianceand I love to do volunteer work so seeing an orphange and actually being able to see how they live was right up our alley. Diego our guide was so on it he grew up in the area knew so much and then when we got there Carlos was our tour guide he had lived in the orpahanage for 15 years and was able to explain exactly how it works . Highly reccomend this tour. We skipped getting off at Belize in favor of a couples massage and wow they did a great job . We did the Swim with the Stingrays with Capt Marvin on Grand Cayman as I told my fiance its someting you have to do once . she was a bit skiddish but loved it . We walked around the Honduras did a little shopping . Overall the Miracle is in great shape for her age , my first time sailing this class of ship. Would highly reccomend if want to sail out of Tampa book this cruise , food , crew were all wonderful . Never any lines for food or shows or anything and the ship was sold out . Embarkation was a breeze we were off so early we were able to catch an earlier flight home on SW . Never 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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