Sail Date: September 2018
I have cruised with carnival many times and was pleased with this ship. It is older but refurfbished a couple of years back. Nick and Norah’s Steakhouse was on point. Although I missed having Guy’s Burgers, the grill offered ... Read More
I have cruised with carnival many times and was pleased with this ship. It is older but refurfbished a couple of years back. Nick and Norah’s Steakhouse was on point. Although I missed having Guy’s Burgers, the grill offered decent greasy burgers. The shows at night were okay... felt like due to size they were not as extravagant as bigger ships. If I have one complaint, it would be the WiFi. However, that has been my one complaint on any ship. I noticed it more towards the end of cruise. The last two days I could not recieve any messages from home which caused slight anxiety. Cruise director and staff were great: casino was very giving and great cruisers. The two story club was nice but they call it a early night compared to other clubs. Disembarkation in Tampa was a nightmare but that was of no fault to carnival. Still worth sailing!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
we picked this date to cruise because it worked well for our jobs. We were able to get the brother and his wife to join us. We all 4 had an amazing time.. We had Imade as our house keeping manager and we loved him. We chose to do ... Read More
we picked this date to cruise because it worked well for our jobs. We were able to get the brother and his wife to join us. We all 4 had an amazing time.. We had Imade as our house keeping manager and we loved him. We chose to do breakfast on our balcony every morning to start our days off slow and sweet. We did pool side play only on sea days. The piano bar and the comedy club were our hot spots nightly. Did not deal with smokers. That is important to us as non smokers. We did the chefs table one night and loved the experience. That is a must do event. We did the steak house two of our nights. Chose to always do dinning hall for our dinner. It is fun to dress up for dinner every night. The staff is amazing in the dinning hall. We chose to do jeep tour in Cozumel, parasailing in Roatan, cave tubing in Belize and jeep tour the Grand Cayman. We had a great experience on this ship. We even did a sleep out camp out on our balcony one night. It is just a great time to be together on a cruise. We saved big money and bought jewelry and watches. The ship offers great deals and sales. Come prepared to shop a little on board and off. We have already booked a new cruise and are planning on our daughters booking a room to join us. This is our new retirement playground. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked this cruise mainly for the itinerary - we live on the East Coast and have pretty much explored the Eastern Caribbean and wanted to see something else. Tampa seemed reasonably easy to get to (direct flight from Baltimore), and we ... Read More
We booked this cruise mainly for the itinerary - we live on the East Coast and have pretty much explored the Eastern Caribbean and wanted to see something else. Tampa seemed reasonably easy to get to (direct flight from Baltimore), and we went two days early to spend some time in the area, which was very nice. As for the ship, I didn't have high expectations, knowing Carnival's reputation amongst the cruising community, but the itinerary was great, the price very reasonable and I thought why the heck not, we are not very demanding and I'll go on pretty much any ship. Our last three cruises were all with Royal Caribbean - not necessarily out of brand loyalty, but they just worked for us as far as departure port, itinerary etc. - the last being being on a huge ship, namely the Anthem, which was a new experience for us but which we didn't love. So I was actually looking forward to a smaller ship, and it did not disappoint in that respect. Yes it was a bit old and slightly shabby looking in places, yes there were a few weird smells here and there and yes the decoration is a bit gaudy, but overall i have to say we really really enjoyed it! We had cabin 5107, which is all the way in the front and has an extended balcony, which was great - not only because it was much larger, but we had a lounge chair as well as two chairs (the normal balconies only have chairs - I much prefer being able to stretch out long!!). It didn't cost a lot more and was definitely worth it. The only downside was that there was almost always a smell of smoke - it must have wafted over from one of the public smoking areas, I think. We could even smell it in the cabin, which was unpleasant. As far as movement, we were afraid it would be rocky, being all the way in the front and there being some tropical storms around etc., but not so - there was only one night where we felt the ship move a little more (which I personally love but hubby doesn't). On the whole, we slept like babies!! The bed was so comfortable and the tiny vibration you get on a ship - I wish I had that at home!!!! Food was MUCH better than on Anthem - we enoyed every single meal. Choice was great and a lot of thought put into presentation. I should say that that only goes for the MDR - the food in the buffet restaurant was not great, but that didn't matter too much to us since we're not buffet diners anyway. Quite possibly the biggest surprise were the sandwich station - outstanding - and even better the pizza station - this actually tastes like Italian pizza!!! Why can they make that on a ship but nowhere on land in the US?? I could have just eaten pizza all day - it was utterly delicious!! You just need to keep an eye on the line, or else you'll be there forever. Another thing I really liked was that a) overall drinks prices are more reasonable than on RC and b) the Red Frog Pub Happy Hour (which they had on two port days-I thought this was every port day but not so, alas). You can literally get drinks for HALF PRICE, and if you get a bucket of beers, you can take them with you anywhere else on the ship or to keep in the fridge in your room! The one day, i got a pitcher of rum runner for little over ten bucks, and it was REALLY good!! I think it's awesome that Carnival offers this - never heard of a Happy hour on board a ship. Along with the two bottles of wine you may bring onboard, you can save a lot of money that way. i am SO glad we didn't get the drinks package, it would not have been worth it (and I like to drink!!) Contrary to what i've been reading, both embarkation and disembarkation in Tampa were pretty easy and quick - esp. embarkation. No probs and the staff in Tampa were all super nice! Not like on the East Coast.... So, in conclusion - as far as "Carnival is the Walmart of cruising" goes - true, it's not very posh but I really really enjoyed this cruise and will most certainly cruise with Carnival again - I found most people to be friendly and relaxed, which is what I like when I'm on vacation. And if it's affordable on top of all of that - what's not to like??? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We went on this cruise as my husbands 25th Carnival and my 26th. He loves the Miracle so off we went. We visited Roatan, Belize, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We were in cabin 8255. ( Do not book this cabin...every thing in the cabin ... Read More
We went on this cruise as my husbands 25th Carnival and my 26th. He loves the Miracle so off we went. We visited Roatan, Belize, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We were in cabin 8255. ( Do not book this cabin...every thing in the cabin shakes! ) While we enjoyed the cruise due to friends being on there, We did notice that Carnival has gone down hill in food offering and shows. Over all we had a good time. Roatan was touring with Victor Bodden. We saw the monkey farm, the Iguana sanctuary, the Cameo factory and toured the island. We enjoyed this very much. Belize was cave tubing through Carnival. We really enjoyed it. Cozumel..we ate at Chalos Restaurant and went to Europea Liquors to pick up some creme tequila. Very good food at Chalos. And found the tequila we were looking for! Grand Cayman...we went on the Rays, Reef and Rum Point tour with Nativeway. We had a blast. Overall, We enjoyed the cruise. We had dinner on deck 3. We ate by the window on port side. The entire back of the ship was vibrating...before and after going through the remnants of a Tropical depression. The band in the Red frog pub was good. The cruise director was fun. We had an amazing wait team for dinner. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We wanted to see the Panama Canal which was the best part of the cruise. The canal portion was well done with an on-board historian who explained the building of the canal as we passed through various locks. The two land tours were a ... Read More
We wanted to see the Panama Canal which was the best part of the cruise. The canal portion was well done with an on-board historian who explained the building of the canal as we passed through various locks. The two land tours were a waste of money. Limon, Costa Rica was a depressing and dirty city. Nearly all the residential homes had not only iron fencing around them but there was razor wire on top of all the fences. While the Cayman Islands were prettier, our guide loved to hear himself talk and talk. He ended up taking us to sleazy shops where he would get a cut of what his tour people spent. The ship was nice enough and very clean looking if older decor. The meals were good with plenty of choices both at the buffet and in the dining room. We had one steak dinner at Nick and Nora's which was exceptional---both service and food. It was worth the extra $35pp. Our main complaint was the very loud sound systems in the theater and at nearly all the bars. Our ears could not tolerate going to any of the shows. The drinks were outrageous, too. One night we had two glasses of house merlot with dinner for which we were charged $27.50. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because of seeing the Panama Canal. The Miracle is a small ship by today's standards. The embarkation at the Tampa port was long and tedious, taking an hour and half to get aboard. On board, there was only on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of seeing the Panama Canal. The Miracle is a small ship by today's standards. The embarkation at the Tampa port was long and tedious, taking an hour and half to get aboard. On board, there was only on place to get lunch at the whatever it's called buffet. A friend wanted a sandwich from the station that makes custom sandwiches. It took him 35 minutes. I ended up with hot dogs most of the time as it usually was the shortest line. The main challenge in the buffet was hunting down an available table. The dining room must be a training ground for staff as we continually got the wrong order. Why can't the dining room be open for lunch in order to alleviate the buffet overflow? The four of us had "anytime" or whatever it's called. I have to admit that a couple of times we were assigned to tables where our servers were Jessie, Myat (sp?) and Mallinan (sp?). They were excellent, prompt and had the correct meals. The other days were not up to par. On the days at sea there were really very few activities. Eating and trivia were the main activities. The entertainment was average. In Limon, Costa Rica we were supposed to go zip lining. Because of a protest against the government our bus sat in traffic for an hour an a half before they were told to return to the ship. As earlier excursion were delayed, the Carnival staff did know of this and should have cancelled before we left. By the way as you exit from the ship into Limon, you are greeted by a bunch of vendors selling "authentic" stuff. I decided to go through this and into the small cruise terminal to Liimon proper. When I saw the razor wire et al I decided not. We do have high praise for the cabin attendant who was discrete and very friendly. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Drove to Tampa on Friday and Stayed at the Quality Inn Cruiseport.Airport. Reasonable price for stay. Room was ok and breakfast was actually good. Good location as many eating locations are close and shopping around it. Seemed like a ... Read More
Drove to Tampa on Friday and Stayed at the Quality Inn Cruiseport.Airport. Reasonable price for stay. Room was ok and breakfast was actually good. Good location as many eating locations are close and shopping around it. Seemed like a secure area. It did provide a shuttle to cruiseport and I think had a park, cruise shuttle at hotel. Sat drove to port and parked a Cruise4Park. reasonable price and had shuttle constantly to the port which is less than mile away. embarkment was one of worst i have had due to problems getting last paasengers did not get off until 1230. Getting through line was simple and quick. You were given your room key as in past when you checked in,not put in mailbox. after this had two hour wait to get on. Muster drill was pretty disorganized, we got to stand in Tampa sun for twenty minutes with nothing going on then a two minute demonstration. after that a normal first day First two and half sea days were normal. entertainment was good and usual days at sea. Dining rooms opened on time or early usually . Had Chopsticks which was good, normal choices rotated days Seemed to have more omelette stations than other ships and the ones i had were good. The desert section was not very good, location was congested and small, which blocked traffic and selections were not as good as others., salad bar seemed smaller than others but selection was good. Dinner early seating was ok. Meals were often late and cold, Carnival brass has not tried waiting in dining rooms on this ship . Staff was overworked with number of people they had to serve and on more than one night had to leave to help somewhere else. Limon was first port, I left boat and got a taxi tour which which was more reasonable than Carnival and took me where ever i wanted to go. It was slowed by a strike in the town which caused problems with many tours as buses got stuck in traffic. Panama Canal was second day. Really interesting process to watch boats go into locks and out and repeat the process going back after cruising a lake. The process was narrated and history and facts were given. Third port was Grand Cayman. Just walked and shopped here. TEnder process was quick and efficient on and off the boat. The Miracle is a smaller ship with a different layout than most other ships. Shops and Casino were on second and third floor same as dining rooms. Had i guess what you can call literary them on walls. Has walking tack on floor 11 and has floor ten marked for walkers as well. Serenity area was one of the best i have seen even though you could almost always find a lace there. Think this was because it was an older crowd. Had a interior cabin with French Doors looking at lifeboats, It was fine ,plenty of room and closets. Was kept clean and had a fridge that worked. The safe was not digital you used a card to open.Normal bathroon size wise. Dining Early Seating. Food was not as good as normal cruises I have been on (23) . Service was slow as servers had too many people to serve and food was often late in coming down and was cold when we got it. Breakfast in lunch on deck were basically the same as other ships not great not bad, seating as normal at busy times was hard to find. Staff was always attentive and helpful in all dining. Entertainment was good . Shows were good and normal shows, Had comedy shows each night which usually filled up quickly most of the time. The cruise director Frankie was better than most of those i have encountered. He was around the ship and interacting with passengers constantly. I would take this trip again if conditions were rightly.. Debarkation was good and bad. started badly as more people leaving early and the direction was crowded leaving the dining room after getting to the gangplank it moved smoothly and customs was very fast. My ride from parking lot was waiting and i was on my way home ten minutes after leaving the ship Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise strictly because of the dates and itinerary. We made a big mistake and would never choose this cruise ship again. First of all, we booked last minute, so we were very limited on a balcony cabin to choose from and all ... Read More
We chose this cruise strictly because of the dates and itinerary. We made a big mistake and would never choose this cruise ship again. First of all, we booked last minute, so we were very limited on a balcony cabin to choose from and all of them were obstructed view. But because it was on our anniversary and we wanted to see the Panama Canal, we just booked it. The cabin was ok and we knew going into the trip it was not exactly as we normally cruise, but we accepted that. However, the ship smelled moldy and there were constant water drips and wet carpet from the duct work and ac overhead in the hallways. Buckets sitting around trying to catch the water the entire 8 days. We were on Deck 5. The 4 biggest complaints I had were 1. The smells, 2. the food and 3. all the smoke you had to walk through to get to other places in the ship. 4. Internet is mostly non-existent. I do not want to have to walk through a very smoky smelly very stinky casino to have to get to the other side of the ship. The smoke smells drifted up through the atrium and it was awful. This is not a good ship to be on if you have issues with smells. Between the smoke and the mold it was not pleasant. The food was absolutely the worst that I have ever had on any cruise. I have been on 5 different cruise lines and this was terrible. The best thing on the cruise was a tuna salad sandwich brought to our cabin. It is probably the only cruise ship I have been on that I actually lost weight.. LOL! I enjoy cruising and I am so glad that I have had very good experiences on many other cruises,because if this had been my only cruise I would never cruise again. We even paid for the Steakhouse and it was very bad. We always go to the "extra cost" restaurants because they are always very good, however this was TERRIBLE!!! I ordered a Filet Mignon It was so tough I could not eat it. I ate one small bite, and simply could not eat it. It tasted like liver or a very tough sirloin. It was 2 hours before a waitress came over to check back with us, and said you didn't like it. I said no it was way overcooked and tough... she looked at it and said I am so sorry I will let the chef know, maybe dessert will make up for it.... I said really??? She said do you want another one, and I said no, I don't have another 2 hours to wait. The restaurant was over half empty and they were so understaffed they could not take care of the very few customers they had. It was not worth the extra money at all. Don't waste your money on pre-paid internet packages. It is mostly non-existent. I had paid for pre-paid PREMIUM internet. It was worse than old dial up 25 years ago! I complained about it and was told that on this ship there was only 1 speed. I have asked for a refund since it was false advertisement. The front desk has requested that I get one, not sure yet if I have received it. I am glad we got to see the Panama Canal, but it was the worst ever! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
This was a 6 day cruise over Labor Day with stops at Cozumel, Belize, and Costa Maya. We are platinum cruisers on Carnival and Princess – ages 68 and 64. Our last Carnival cruise was on the Legend from Tampa in 2014. We chose the ... Read More
This was a 6 day cruise over Labor Day with stops at Cozumel, Belize, and Costa Maya. We are platinum cruisers on Carnival and Princess – ages 68 and 64. Our last Carnival cruise was on the Legend from Tampa in 2014. We chose the cruise primarily for the price and we had airfare credits we needed to use. We flew into the Tampa airport from Kansas City and took a cab to our hotel, the Marriott Waterside which is about ½ mile from the cruise terminal. The cab ride cost $28. The Marriott is a fine full service hotel. Our package included breakfast and transportation to the cruise terminal. This hotel has a great outdoor area on the water and large common area inside. The morning of the cruise (Sunday) I walked to cruise terminal around 8am and it appeared as though people were leaving the ship. I assumed everything was going fine. We had selected 12:00 noon as our check-in time. During our last cruise from Tampa, it took maybe 10 minutes total to board the ship. It took nearly 30 minutes for our shuttle to travel the ½ mile from the hotel to the cruise terminal because of the traffic . . . cruisers dropping off their luggage at the terminal. After arriving at the terminal and riding the escalator to the check-in area there was a huge line – actually two lines. One line for those with priority and with for those without priority and the lines weren’t moving. Finally, about 12:10 the doors opened and the priority line began moving. However, during the wait, passengers would arrive on the elevator which was near the front of the line and those passengers would merge into the line meaning they were now ahead of those who were already waiting. This was very frustrating. Once we made it into the terminal we were directed to the platinum/diamond check-in and only one couple was ahead of us. I asked the agent what had happened and she told us that for the past several cruises the terminal had been short of immigration officers which had delayed the debarkation process of the previous cruise. We were on the ship by 12:45. We did notice there were many people sitting in the different zone areas – I assume they had shown up before their scheduled check-in time and were asked to wait. The first evening we dined in the Steakhouse . . . the first thing we noticed was the menu had changed slightly . . . several items were no longer offered . . . escargot, crab cake, and our favorite – lobster ravioli. The food and service was very good. Evidently business is off . . . the Steakhouse offers a free bottle of wine on several nights. Our waiters told us that the main dining room menu also changed effective with this cruise. Escargot and crab cakes weren’t offered on this cruise . . . gone were many of the chilled soups, and some vegetarian offerings such as black bean enchilada and polenta. Although I believe the quality has declined, our meals were good and I thought the sugar-free deserts were very good. The only disappointment were the steak tacos. Our service in the main dining room was excellent. We do miss the table cloths. We did notice that on the cruise elegant nights, diners were admitted wearing shorts and flip-flops and diners were admitted as late as one hour after service began. Prior to the cruise we emailed the Maitre’D and requested a specific table . . . we were pleased that he assisted us. Our cabin was an extended balcony cabin on the upper deck and it was in excellent condition and the air conditioning worked fine. On the first evening our cabin attendant brought us each a complimentary bottle of water and told us we could opt for morning or evening service. We told we were accustomed to service twice a day and he took care of our cabin twice a day. He did an excellent job and we tipped him extra. Even at that we felt bad because he was cleaning 30+ cabins daily. We thought the ship’s interior was in excellent condition. All the carpeted areas seemed to look good. There was some rust and oxidation on the exterior and the exterior glass surfaces seemed stained. There seemed to be a lot of smokers on this cruise and there was smoking in more locations than I remember. I don’t recall the Lido tables on the starboard side of the forward pool area being a smoking area before. There was smoking all over the sun deck and in the casino. Smokers would use the casino as a smoking lounge even when it wasn’t open for gambling. We thought the entertainment was very good. We attended the Motown themed show, the 80’s show, and the beach themed show and enjoyed them. We also enjoyed the guitarist, the violinist (duet & trio), and the husband wife singers performing in the atrium and the alchemy bar. We took the exclusive VIP Chacchoben drive at Cost Maya. We enjoyed this tour primarily because it was a small group. We did not leave the ship at Belize and just walked around at Cozumel. It was very hot. One reason we took this cruise was to tour Chichen Itza. Carnival listed a Chichen Itza tour for Cozumel on its website. However, after booking the cruise, it was not offered for our cruise – I don’t believe any tours to the mainland were listed. I visited the excursion desk and asked them and they told me they offered it but it was cancelled due to no interest. It probably was too hot anyway. I have this tour scheduled on a Holland America cruise in November and it costs $60 more. Leaving the ship was very frustrating. Platinum/Diamond were told to meet in the dining room at 8:30. No one was checking cards and I saw blue cards, ruby cards, gold cards. We exited onto the promenade at the aft area of the ship. It was quite a line and before we made it to the gangway, the next group began exiting the ship at the atrium area and merging into the line. Once we made it across to the terminal side, the line became a double line. It took us two hours to make it through immigration – there were only three or four agents present. We took a cab to the airport – it cost $25 and made our 12:30 flight with no problem. The flight attendants did say that our flight would not be full – some cruisers were going to miss their flight. We enjoyed this cruise and will cruise Carnival again. The service provided by crew made this cruise enjoyable. I thought about booking the Legend Panama Canal cruise for October 2019. The price for that cruise is $1,000 more than either of our two Panama Canal cruises on the Pride and Miracle. I am not willing to pay more for less after considering the reductions in service. We are old school and miss little things like table cloths and twice a day cabin service. Carnival needs to do a better job managing the embarkation and debarkation process. Carnival management knew ahead of time there would be a shortage of immigration officers. They owe their cruisers an orderly process. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I am dissatisfied with Carnival Miracle, they are so hungry for your money. I prepaid for everything on the cruise and 2 days after getting off the cruise 9/02/2018, after paying for extra things on the boat and customer service said you ... Read More
I am dissatisfied with Carnival Miracle, they are so hungry for your money. I prepaid for everything on the cruise and 2 days after getting off the cruise 9/02/2018, after paying for extra things on the boat and customer service said you owe "0" I get a charge my bank statement for $267.00, really. Two days after I'm off the cruise and was told everything was paid, I thought you cant leave the ship without paying your tab. On top of this the Internet package you pay for stinks, the excursion we booked was misleading and we had to cancel it, I will not be cruising again with Carnival. The crew were great very accommodating and friendly, I had no problem with them. My last cruise I did not have these issues. I do not want to go on a cruise where I feel like they only care about how much money they can suck out of your wallet. 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 4.0
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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