4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I usually don't take the time to write reviews but after our recent cruise I couldn't help myself. Many of our friends gave us "the look" when they found out we booked with Carnival. Never having been on a cruise we weren't ... Read More
I usually don't take the time to write reviews but after our recent cruise I couldn't help myself. Many of our friends gave us "the look" when they found out we booked with Carnival. Never having been on a cruise we weren't selective about which cruise line. Mostly tried to find the best deal at the time we could go. Can't say we weren't a little nervous after people told us Carnival wasn't their top pick. Not sure why because my wife and I had an amazing time. Carnival is definitely a fun ship but not in a party way. The crew was extremely accommodating and enthusiastic the entire time. Their energy was infectious and made the week relaxing and fun. There was a variety of entertainment that kept us busy as well as lots of give-aways. The food was excellent and there was plenty of options for every taste bud. The Carnival Miracle is definitely a "inclusive" cruise with families, couples, and singles but the ship easily caters to all groups giving any type of traveler something to do. We will definitely cruise again with Carnival in the future and totally ignore "the look" from now on. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise based on the port that it left out of, the dates, and the ports visited. If it wasn't for the ports we visited this cruise would have been highly disappointing. We basically used the cruise as a means of transportation ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the port that it left out of, the dates, and the ports visited. If it wasn't for the ports we visited this cruise would have been highly disappointing. We basically used the cruise as a means of transportation to the places we wanted to visited. Embarkation went fairly smooth, but was delayed due to a wedding taking place before anybody could get on board. We were suite guests and had purchased faster to the fun as well, so were allowed to go to our room right away. We were in room 6260 which is a corner aft room with a wrap around deck. The room was large, with tons of storage, and a really great deck! Our room steward was also phenomenal. There was some significant shaking/rattling...like if a door, or closet door, wasn't closed completely it rattled a ton. The bed shook a LOT. This didn't bother us, but I could see if you were a light sleeper this could be super annoying. The muster drill took forever, was outside, and we were required to stand shoulder to shoulder in the heat for way longer than any other muster drill we've had to do. The common spaces, pool deck, and other ship areas were dated but fine and met our needs. The lido deck was an absolute disaster every single time we tried to eat there. There was never any food out and available. The lines were very long. I wanted a grilled cheese for lunch one day from the deli and waited 25 minutes. I wanted chicken fingers from the buffet another day and they were not ready. Tried the day after, and still not available. Because the food that people wanted wasn't readily available they would just wait until it was cooked, further backing up the lines. There were various food stations on the lido deck and there wasn't just one line you were waiting in, but typically two or three different lines. By the time you actually got the food you wanted, half of your food was cold. It was a very strange setup, and unlike anything I've seen before on a cruise ship. We did the anytime dining option for dinner and were pleasantly surprised that we never had to wait to be seated, and always got a great table for two. The service in the dining room was fairly good. However, the food was horrendous. Nearly inedible. My husband got mussels one night and 4 out of 8 of them were dead. The grilled chicken I got one night was boiled and disgusting. The vegetables served with every single meal were unseasoned and dry. I'm talking about carrots that were so dry they were white. No butter, no salt, no pepper. The food was extremely unimaginative. Like worse than food you get in the hospital. We did dine in the steakhouse one night and the food there was okay, but definitely not memorable. I was also surprised that the steakhouse was not more closed off from the pool/waterslide area. We would be eating and children would be running through the steakhouse soaking wet, barefoot, and with ice creams in hand. I ordered a cappuccino to have with dessert one night, we received our desserts, ate them, waited an additional 10 minutes and still no cappuccino, so we just got up to leave. Our server said- don't you want your coffee? Ya- I wanted it with my dessert 25 minutes ago... The cruise director Frankie was excellent. He was super funny and we attended a few things that he put on. The other entertainment on the ship was highly lacking. The main stage productions were downright terrible. We turned around to see the look on other people's faces during the 1st night production and everyone clearly felt the same way. People were getting up and leaving about 10 minutes into it. The comedy was decent, and there was some really good acoustic music on board. We also played bingo a few times which was fun. We purchased the highest level internet package because we needed it for work, and it was completely unusable. Like couldn't read a single email because it wouldn't download. We were supposed to be able to use Skype, and definitely couldn't. Tried to use it all over the ship and it didn't work at all. Tried to post a single picture to Facebook and couldn't. We booked all of our excursions outside of the ship and if it wasn't for the beautiful places we visited and the wonderful people we met in Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Grand Cayman we would have been so disappointed. Overall, I will not be sailing Carnival again. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Carnival Miracle Cruise July 1, 2018 This was a fun cruise with sun-drenched days and drop-dead gorgeous seas! Embarkation: We arrived for our 11:30 ship boarding time at about 11:15 or so. By 12 noon we were onboard and up in the ... Read More
Carnival Miracle Cruise July 1, 2018 This was a fun cruise with sun-drenched days and drop-dead gorgeous seas! Embarkation: We arrived for our 11:30 ship boarding time at about 11:15 or so. By 12 noon we were onboard and up in the buffet lunching! Carnival and its team have embarkation down! You can literally be on deck by noon boozing it up if you want. Miracle: I’ve been fascinated by the design of Miracle and its chief design Sherpa, Joe Farcus. Miracle was the last in a pack of Carnival ‘Panamax’ Spirit class ships they produced in the early 2000’s. (Panamax ships being the largest ships able to transit the Panama Canal at the time of construction. These ships weigh in at just under 90,000 tonnes – or about the size of an American aircraft carrier.) Seems like Farcus stretched his theming inspirations for the Miracle. He settled not on anything particularly Miracle-inspired, but rather chose legends of fiction and mythology. Had he settled only on legends of mythology, perhaps the ship would have a more cohesive presentation. It seems in many public spaces that Farcus perhaps already chose a different theme and had to jerry-rig his inspirations. For example, the pathway featuring the ship’s shops is called the “Yellow Brick Road”. Are there any yellow bricks in the pathway through the shops? Nope! Only purple sparkly tiles. Not a single design reference to the road Dorothy and her cadre bravely travelled. The Metropolis Lobby is an interesting post-modern design with zany teal columns and a Godzilla-sized mural of lounging toga-clad women – but has absolutely no connection to Superman and his Metropolis. Same with the nearby Gotham Lounge. There are no Batman references, but rather interesting floor to ceiling copied paintings of 1800’s women and their sea-faring captain boyfriends. (No one on the ship was able to tell us anything about the work and there was no information online about it, but the series was fascinating but not related to the “caped crusader”.) Add these mismatches to the 2015 dry dock renovations by another design firm, and you get this unique hodge-podge of public spaces. The most successful of all the rooms may be the ship’s postmodern stair-wells which feature colorful modernist murals and glistening abstract Bohemian blown glass. The two most outlandish spaces Farcus created for the Miracle are its Bacchus Dining Room aft and the cavernous Phantom show lounge forward. Both spaces are a heartbeat away from resembling rooms from Casa de Liberace in Las Vegas and therefore guilty-pleasure inducing fun! Who can complain about a main dining room named after the god of wine featuring oodles of purple grape light fixtures – draping garlands, oversized chandeliers – amid plastic painted silver fluted columns festooned with embossed grape leaves? (Lest we not forget the haunting statues of nymph children floating in the entrance stairwell which resemble submerged creepy cadavers from shipwrecks past!) The Phantom Show Lounge is a treatise on Farcus’ penchant for using a motif and replicating it adnauseam. Over-sized fiberglass reliefs of Phantom of the Opera face masks hold back velvety draperies, a football team worth of muscled bare chested Nautilus statues support stained glass light fixtures and rows upon rows of naked female Clio goddess reliefs flaunting fiberglass breasts assault the senses. No wonder the ship’s nick-name is the “Boob Boat”. There are more sets of artistic naked breasts per passenger on Miracle than any ship afloat! Yet, seeing is believing. (At the point in his career when he designed Miracle, rather than making his ships resemble long-lost movie palaces of old, one wonders if Farcus was more interested in seeing just what the hell he could get away with.) Famed architect Phillip Johnson once said that successful architecture gives one a good feeling in the tummy. One may need a few antacid tablets to endure the Miracle. Ship Shape: Yes, there are nicks and scrapes about the ship. It is not new. But one must look past these imperfections and enjoy Farcus’ jaw-dropping design choices. That said, we had problems with our cabin air conditioner not cooling properly, television remotes not working, refrigerator not chilling. These are things that should have been addressed long-before we opened our door, but were not. Who likes to deal with such things on vacation? Better-trained cabin stewards should be taught to ensure all things in a cabin are working properly. Sail Away Gifts: Ugh! Champagne served warm?! No ice bucket in sight! No champagne flutes! Just a warm bottle of champagne sitting lifeless on the counter. If one orders champagne and chocolate strawberries for sail away, one would expect the champagne chilled in a bucket of ice with accompanying glasses! And the chocolate strawberries were delivered AFTER sail away – long after the champagne had been consumed, hours out of harbor – barely before bedtime! Just order a bottle from a bar when you go on board and you can get it with the ice and glasses. Less hassle than calling around trying to get it for your cabin. We also happened to order the Cruise the Vineyard package. We chose the basic package for five wines and I believe the charge was around $130. We did this before we arrived on the ship via Carnival’s phone number. Cruise the Vineyard is not offered online. Ordering in advance of boarding does not give a discount on the package and it caused confusion on-board. The bartenders and wait staff on the ship were expecting us to have tickets for the wine – submit a ticket to the staff and select from the menu of wines provided. But we did not know about the tickets in advance, and did not receive the tickets and so we had a devil trying to explain to staff – even with providing a photo of the receipt of the wine purchase – that we were entitled to order. Next time, we’ll just order on-board and things will be much smoother. We were allowed to carry our bottles around the ship and had some delightful sail-away happy hours at interesting vantage points on the ship at sunset. Food: We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of food on Carnival! The daily buffet had lots of choices. Was there a bit of recycling going on with main dining room leftovers becoming creative stir fry dishes the next day – or maybe it was a coincidence? We had over 2600 guest on board and lines did form. The Pizza Pirate and sandwich stations had the slowest lines. The pizza is okay – a bit bland – unfortunately, they never had pizzas ready to go. Since there are only about four types of pizza available, one would think they could have pizza ready – instead the line was slow and almost always backed up. Main dining room: What impressed us was the variety of offerings for carnivores and the delicious flavors. Each night there were so many tempting options, we found ourselves double-ordering appetizers and entrees and eating every bite! The fish was very tasty. Pasta was spot-on with genuine Italian flavors. Some beef cuts were not the best. I can see how folks may decide to pay the extra fee for a truly good cut of meat. A disappointment was the vegetarian entrees. There was scant little. Every night the same “Indian Vegetarian” with rice and beans. Why not serve meatless pasta as well? There were vegetarian appetizers, but it was very hard to piece together a good meal for a vegetarian some nights. That said, we were not expecting to enjoy Carnival food as much as we did in the main dining room. It really became a cruise highlight for us. Chef’s Table: We loved meeting the chefs and cooks and going behind the scenes into the galley to see how they create so many tasty meals onboard. The ship’s galley was spotless, well-air-conditioned and massive. (I was expecting to feel the heat of the ovens, but not so.) I wanted to see the waiters go up the escalators to the dining room above, but that wasn’t a part of the tour. The galley cooking demonstration and amuse bouches were fantastic. After we left the galley we were seated in Frankenstein’s Lab nightclub at an over-sized table above the colored-light dance floor. A two-storied statue of Frankenstein loomed over us, appropriately attired in an apron and chef’s hat. We were served course after course of Carnival’s most demanding and innovative menu. Before the meal, your room will be called and you will be asked if you have vegetarians or certain dietary restrictions in your party. They created a different menu for the vegetarians that was very pleasing. With the food at such a high level, the table service was not what it could have been. Wines were not paired with courses, rather one was asked – before one even saw the menu – whether one wanted red or white as you were seated. (Wines, including the pre-dinner champagne were serviceable, but nothing note-worthy.) Water glasses went unfilled. No attempt was made to serve each guest at the exact same time, which can be so dramatic. The time between courses lingered. In fact, the final preparation for certain courses after they left the galley and were placed on a staging table in the nightclub caused many of the dishes to die before they reached our table. The meal went on so long, we had four of our table-mates actually leave before the dinner was complete. A bit more training with wait staff would add to the enjoyment of the evening. With that said, it was an extremely interesting and delicious experience! Come hungry. Kudos to the whole staff who worked so hard to make our night enjoyable! Chef’s Table caution – if you have members in your party who are fussy eaters or don’t particularly enjoy unique combinations of foods, this is not an experience for them. A woman at our table looked positively tortured when spectacular presentations were placed before her. Later, when we headed back to our cabin post-meal, we encountered the same woman sheepishly carrying a big wedge of pizza back to her cabin. You like what you like. If exotic isn’t your thing, don’t go through the trials and expense of this dinner. Cabin 4197: A legendary French Door Interior Cabin! Yes, we had problems with the AC not cooling properly. (The repair staff came out the next day and did something to make it work better.) The refrigerator was barely cooling. We swapped out multiple remote controls before one worked. There were dings on some of the veneers to the cabinets. Remarkably, the bathroom looked like it was built yesterday – not a ding or wear in site! I enjoyed the pleasant water color prints in the rooms even if the colors felt a little Golden Girlish. For a value option – a few hundred dollars less than the cheapest balcony – we really enjoyed the cabin and agreed the light and ocean views were better out of this cabin than just a standard outside porthole room. Plus, one could open the French Doors to get a feel for temperature and the sound of the waves if one wanted. (There is a caution sticker on the doors, but the seas were calm and we enjoyed peeking out.) You can see the horizon from this cabin – however, there is quite a bit of rigging for the lifeboats. So if you are looking for the French door cabins which have the wide view between lifeboats, you will be disappointed. You will have a view but it is much more limited – but better than other cabins in the same category which only have a view of the lifeboats and the water below. Ports and Excursions: This was a laidback booze and beaches sort of cruise for us. We didn’t choose any of the excursions offered by Carnival or our travel agent and decided to create our own. Cozumel: We still believe the Chankanaab National Park has some of the most spectacular vistas of any island in the Caribbean or Gulf. Members of our party wanted to do snorkeling from the shore, so making another visit to Chankanaab was essential. Here is what you do to save money and beat the crowds: Get off the ship and head through the shops to the awaiting taxis. All the drivers speak English if you need it. All the prices are preset in US dollars. It was $12 per cab to Chankanaab from our particular ship terminal. Once at Chankanaab you pay an entrance fee of $21 US. (They take cash or credit card) This will give you use of the park for the day. If you want to get snorkel gear, there are several cabanas on the shoreline (each is an independent vendor) who will rent gear for $15 a day. By taking a taxi we wound up being just about the first people to arrive at the park and had snorkeling virtually all to ourselves for some time. Later we hung out at the open-aired palapa bar and soaked in the sun and drop-dead gorgeous sea views with our favorite cocktails. Taxis are always waiting to take you back to the terminal. Puerto Maya: We just shopped in the terminal area – which resembled a Disneyfied Epcot-like take of a Mexican village. Maybe we should call it McMayan architecture. Then we headed to the pool (no charge) with a swim up bar. (Such a life!) It was like Spring Break for middle-aged people! Big-bellied guests gyrated – Coronas and frosty pina coladas in hand – to water aerobics classes backed by Katy Perry beats. If you just want to chill and enjoy being on vacation – this port is a fun spot. You’ll feel like you’re in college again – just with a few extra pounds! Roatan: We had rain this day, but managed to enjoy visiting the McCaribbean plaza and oogling at the Tanzanite jewelry and bargain shopping for t-shirts before the showers came. Since we had overcast skies, it was cooler and we enjoyed strolling through the thicket of jungle to the beach areas. There is snorkeling here at the end of the beach by the pier. Rain showers with lightning forced a call for folks to clear the water. We hung out at a bar for a while but then made our way back to the ship for food and a lazy siesta. Grand Cayman: We visited this port before and knew we wanted to snorkel again. There is a fantastic spot to see a colorful array of fish and you don’t have to pay a fortune. One takes a tender to shore. From there walk to the right along the shore several blocks. You will come across a snorkel shop and a larger dive shop called Eden Rock. Either place rents gear for $15. The seas had more chop and current here, so it isn’t for the novice. But the views are lovely! From the shore, we swam out to the dive spots and enjoyed watching the divers below us navigate the crevices and caves of the reef, their bubbles rising to tickle our bodies. There is one of those inflated trampoline things anchored out in the water you can use to take a break. The day we were there, a school of about a dozen Tarpon fish each over six feet long surprised us. They were clumped together under the inflatable trampoline. Their size, and resemblance to sharks startled us. Tarpon are harmless toothless creatures, but out of the murk of the seas they creeped us out. We decided to calm our nerves with chips and salsa and a local beer at a seaside restaurant. Afterwards, we poked our heads into the shops along the shore. Our favorite shop was a place called Artifacts. They have coins and china and silver from shipwrecks for sale! It was like going into a little museum. They also sold lovely matted water color paintings from local artists. The shipwreck coins could be purchased for some very reasonable prices – some as low as $20. Definitely a great spot to shop if you are looking for something unique and not the standard t-shirt and maracas fare. They take US dollars and credit cards. Entertainment: The main theater dancers and singers approached each performance with gusto. The shows were packed with foot-tapping medleys of favorites. Like all ensemble casts, some members were stronger than others – but their overall enthusiasm was palpable. Staging in the Phantom Show Lounge was of a higher level than ships of similar size. 3-D projections (with guests donning glasses), stage floors rising and falling, pyrotechnics exploding at finales added pizazz. Below the Phantom, the Mad Hatter comedy club was packed each night. A standout was comedian Cee Jay Jones who was a true pro and absolutely hilarious. Shows in both the Phantom and Mad Hatter are timed so you can go from one venue to the next to catch both acts. The Alice in Wonderland décor of the Mad Hatter will make your teeth hurt. So many hearts, like an eight year old’s birthday party. The fiberglass heads of the Mad Hatter which flank the sides of the club bear a remarkable resemblance to Joe Farcus, the ship’s Mad Designer! Thank goodness for dimmable lighting! The Best Space on the Ship: The Serenity Pool. Pull up a cozy clamshell cabana on the aft of the ship overlooking the sea! Let the gentle new-agey bossa nova Astrud Gilberto (Girl from Ipanema) tunes sooth your spirit! Attentive waiters ensure you are never wanting for a delicious tropical beverage. A little warm? Try the plunge pool or let the jets of the Jacuzzi massage your back. I love pools decks on the back of cruise ships! There is something so delightful looking out onto the wide open sea, the frothy wake churned by the ship’s screws fading onto the horizon. Carnival got it right making this space 21 and over. They got it right with everything. There is even a chair hog guy (I feel we must create a more upscale French word for this position – maybe garde des chaises longues). He clears items from chairs and cabanas left unattended. Overall, we had a wonderful time on this cruise! It was exactly what we were hoping for with some elements even surprising us with their quality. The Miracle deserves a make-over as soon as possible, adding the other upgrades which have become standard on the rest of the Carnival fleet. With that said, it was a really enjoyable cruise! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this particular cruise based on the dates & destination. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It was not the particular ship that we would have chosen. However, it was within reasonable driving distance. The ships ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise based on the dates & destination. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It was not the particular ship that we would have chosen. However, it was within reasonable driving distance. The ships decor was very eclectic. There were parts that were beautiful and others that were not. But, we had a great time. The staff and crew were so nice. You could tell that many of them loved their jobs. Juan our head waiter, Nithin an awesome photographer and Dan in the playlist cast to name a few. The playlist cast were talented and the shows were very enjoyable. Plus the cast were very friendly. Our favorite port was Grand Caymen. We took a cab to Royal Palms to gain entrance to Seven Mile Beach. Cost was very reasonable. In Belize, we went on the Lamanai Ruins excursion. It was great. I would highly recommend it, Overall, this was a great cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
My family of four had two rooms on the ship, midship balcony 7215 for myself and my wife and midship inside 4129 for my two sons. I had read about complaints about vibration complaints in the back of the ship, so we tried to pick rooms a ... Read More
My family of four had two rooms on the ship, midship balcony 7215 for myself and my wife and midship inside 4129 for my two sons. I had read about complaints about vibration complaints in the back of the ship, so we tried to pick rooms a little bit forward. No issue with vibration for us. We all were happy with our rooms, no problems, very clean, and as on practically every cruise and cruise line I have ever been on, the room attendants were great. Always have to give them the extra tip, besides what they get from the built-in tips, as they outshine everybody else on the crew.The room was clean, comfortable, and had enough storage. The bathroom was a typical ship bathroom, small but adequate.Carnival has changed the room cleaning from twice a day to once a day, a little disheartening, but I had read about it on these boards before hand, so I was prepared for it. We adapted to the change.On the first day my cabin steward asked me which I preferred, so we went with the morning cleaning. I suppose you could throw a few extra bucks at the cabin stewards and get them to come twice a day If that is a deal breaker for you, but as I say, we adapted. This is an older ship, so very few bells and whistles. There is a slide at the back of the ship, but my family never experienced it. Despite its age, the ship is in good condition and kept up well. Library is practically nonexistent, so if you're thinking Holland America library, you will not be happy. Internet was abysmal, don't pay for it unless you absolutely, positively have to have it ( I do, because I own my own business and have to be in contact with my employees even on vacation). Wasn't really impressed with the casino or its service either, but those were the only two negatives about the whole cruise.I'm not really sure if the casino staff works for Carnival, or if they are contractors, but they're not the friendliest bunch. I was in the casino almost every day, but still not impressed. Maybe I'm spoiled by Mohegan Sun! I see a lot of criticism about Carnival food when I read the reviews on CC, but we found the food very good to excellent. Went to the Statehouse twice, definitely worth the $35 it cost. Ate in the main dining room several times, we could not get an early fixed seating time, so we did the flexible time dining, first time for us. Basically they seat fixed dining on the second deck, and flexible dining on the third deck, as the restaurant has a two-story design over those two decks. No problem getting seated quickly, the only night that would have been a problem was the formal night, there was a wait that night, but we ate in the steakhouse that night anyway, so were not affected. We always were served in a prompt manner and the food was hot and good. Usual dining time from start to finish was about an hour and a half. Dining begins at 5:45, and we usually ate at right about that time, if that helps you decide when to go. Lido was a typical cruise buffet, often busy and sometimes hard to get a table, but relatively clean and the food was good and hot. We did not experience room service, since we found all of the dining venues to be just fine. Bottom line was no complaints about any of the dining. The "vibe" of the ship is a little more subdued than your typical Carnival cruise. This is probably a result of this ship being older without the newer style toys/amenities that cruise lines are adding to their ships. My youngest son is 15, and I was a little worried about him missing the things that are on a Royal Caribbean ship, as an example (rock walls, Flo Rider, etc.). He adapted just fine, spending a lot of time in the teen club, making friends, staying up late, raising Cain with all of his buddies. The other three of us were perfectly happy with an older boat, and the more relaxed and subdued atmosphere. If you are a big time Carnival party animal, this might not be your boat. Some people have commented on the decor of the ship being kind of weird. I would have to concur with this, but I'm not a person who spends a lot of time looking at or thinking about the decor, so it did not affect our cruise. I would say the decor is not for everyone, and not really for us. Just ignore it. We experienced the nightly entertainment and the comedy club. Both were adequate, not great, not terrible. If you want to go to the adult shows at the comedy club, you better get there early as it was always packed. Of the four ports, we enjoyed Cozumel the most, then Roatan, with Belize and Grand Cayman taking up the rear. Still, a good time was had in all four ports, just that we felt the two beach days in Cozumel and Roatan were the highlights. we will one of the lucky ones to be able to get a cabana in Roatan, which I highly recommend. The latter two destinations are tender ports If that matters to you. Embarkation in Tampa was easy and fast, debarkation was slower and a little bit more of a pain in the neck. Carnival is using a reservation system for embarkation, they give you a time they want you to arrive at. It seems as if that smooths things out. Rooms are not ready on the ship until 1:30, so keep that in mind if you are scheduling your embarkation time on their website. As far as debarkation, if you can get off the boat late, the later the better. I would say 10 AM would be a good time if you can do it. We had a late flight and had to kill time anyway, so we walked next door to the aquarium. I had pre-purchased tickets online, saving me a few bucks. The aquarium is not that impressive, average at best, that it will chew up two hours. They can store your luggage for you, which was a help. Despite some of my nitpicking at the beginning of this review, I would rate this cruise as a great value for the money. It's not Celebrity, it's not a high-end type of cruise or cruise ship, but it is very enjoyable, especially when you factor in the cost. Maybe it's just because I like cruising, but having been on Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Celebrity, and Norwegian, I find that every cruise line has its own personality, its own pluses and minuses. The trick for me to a great cruise is to figure out what the cruise line and the specific boat does well, and stay close to those things, and avoid the things that are negatives because they will sink your vacation if you dwell on them. The Carnival Miracle has plenty of pluses, you should have no problem finding things that make you happy on this ship. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Semi- organized review with random remarks. Embarkation smooth with lots of check in lines- brought one bottle per carryon- they do check to make sure only one per person. Opened them at dinner in dining room with no corkage fee ... Read More
Semi- organized review with random remarks. Embarkation smooth with lots of check in lines- brought one bottle per carryon- they do check to make sure only one per person. Opened them at dinner in dining room with no corkage fee Our Family: Interior 4E 7159, 63,69 All roomier than expected 59 and 63 could be cooler- steward asked us to pick morning or evening for service- not 2x a day as other cruises.Room only one outlet Sister had balcony on 5th deck 5215 and said it was shabby Sister had balconies on 8th deck and said they were great. 8222 was an extended deck, I believe. Bars were slowww 6pm dining went well- group of 18- needed MatreD to help add two more-Gobi came through with a smile and laughs- came around to find us to see if we were ok. Wait staff was super friendly (Rudy, Marcos, Elsa) learned all our names and used them every time they saw us in the restaurant and around the ship. First formal night- waiters danced Some cruisers were in tuxes and gowns some in capris and polos Lobster tail was small ask for three! Striped Bass was dry Mahi Mahi was good creamed spinach was very good. We bright on bottles of Asti that we opened at dinner- no cordage fee Dancing in red frog and Frankenstein’s was good- piano bar was laid back, 70,80’s rock and roll show was excellent - venues were not crowded Swimming on sea day was crowded as expected Cozumel no excursion bought but found a hotel only 5 minute walk away that charged only $21/person with $12 credit for food and drinks, snorkel gear, covered chairs and pool. We could see cruise ships from this location- rocky beach but water was good with fish to be seen. Hotel name is El Cid. Took bike ride back to ship- they just asked for good tip. Belize- tender to pier. Then Lamanai ruins- bus was converted school bus but was comfortable- long hour half drive with tour guides talking loudly whole time- some info not needed- river cruise next- 25 min- to ruins- pier had some souvenirs and drinks and bathrooms. We walked up low stone steps but it was very humid. Saw monkeys in canopy-went to three sites and a Mayan ball court. All were fascinating. Lunch back at pier- buffet chicken, rice and beans, plantain, fruit punch and ordered drinks and bottled water- saw crocodile in water-in way back- got back to tender pier with about half hour to shop. 80s show excellent Mahogany Bay Roatan Hondorus - bought $35 excursion for beach package- worth it and fun Day- chair lift was peaceful and water was glorious- in eyesight of ship. Grand Cayman Allure catamaran and stingray encounter- clearest water ever seen Quest- hysterical, Love and Marriage Game was fun. Frankie cruise director was great. Debarkation- carried luggage left at 8:45 waited for fam deck 2- made us go down elevator long wait. Shuttle to airport- worth it We loved our week on the Miracle. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Our family had been on carnival years ago and vowed never to do it again. Because they have cruises out of Tampa close to where I live we decided to give the line another try. I'm glad we did. We had a marvelous time. The food was good, ... Read More
Our family had been on carnival years ago and vowed never to do it again. Because they have cruises out of Tampa close to where I live we decided to give the line another try. I'm glad we did. We had a marvelous time. The food was good, the itinerary was great, and we really enjoyed the comedians. Everyone on board was very gracious especially our cabin steward. All of the servers in the restaurant were fantastic. My only real complaint is the Decor on board. It truly needs to be updated. While the cabins are fine, the dining room, comedian lounge, pool areas and other public places are sadly outdated. I had read that many parts of the ship had been rehabilitated. But really only a few places look modern including the shops, the sports bar and a few other locations. Carnival has done a good job to make a vacation enjoyable and relaxing with just the right touch of shore excursions. Another point to make, is we were somewhat disappointed in the stage productions. They seemed amateurish. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This was an anniversary cruise that we booked late. Things were nice and clean, but the food quality (in particular) was much less than the last time we sailed with Carnival. Also, more things are additional charges. The internet was ... Read More
This was an anniversary cruise that we booked late. Things were nice and clean, but the food quality (in particular) was much less than the last time we sailed with Carnival. Also, more things are additional charges. The internet was terrible (we needed it for work) and we paid for the premium internet access. Better internet would have made the cruise more enjoyable because we would have had to spend less time trying to do simple tasks online. We were rarely able to use it in the cabin and had to go to public areas just to login. Lido deck food was much less impressive than in the past. The restaurant dining food quality has decreased as well. Room service is no charge only during certain hours with very limited options. I think the hours were something like 6am to 10pm and everything was at a fee outside of those hours. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Service and Staff were amazing and so nice, from the wait staff, cleaners and entertainment staff. All work 6 days a week many many hours per day. Cabin- good size, we had a balcony which we loved, not sure if I would have enjoyed a ... Read More
Service and Staff were amazing and so nice, from the wait staff, cleaners and entertainment staff. All work 6 days a week many many hours per day. Cabin- good size, we had a balcony which we loved, not sure if I would have enjoyed a port hole. A tight bathroom, but it did the job! Beds were very comfy. We were 8247 very close to the adult pool and buffet dining. Dining- the dining room for the set time seating was in my humble opinion a little over the top, 20 years ago it would have been a wow factor, but today too much on the eyes. Our set time was 6 or 8, 6 was too early but dining at 8 got you into the comedy club or the shows at 8:15. Just a note- I thought the food was very good, you would never go hungry. Drinks - we got the drinks package and whilst it was 56 USD a day pp it included, pop, vitamin water, monster energy drinks, specialty coffee and premium brand drinks, the cucumber with a kick of spicy vodka is amazing. The boys Martin and Lucian ran the Alchemy bar and they have some beautiful drinks- they will make you anything and have some beautiful wines. There were 2 Elegant night during our 7 day cruise- the first night everyone dressed up but only 70% dressed up. Whilst it was nice to dress up, there was no real "special-ness" attached to dressing up, fireworks would have been nice, or a special meeting with he staff and the same entertainment that shut down at 11pm, except the nightclub that stayed open every night til 2-3. Entertainment - all was good, the band that played in the Frog were AMAZING, the comedy was good and the nightclub was for the younger Read Less
Carnival Miracle Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
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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