Sail Date: March 2018
We went on this ship to Hawaii and always knew we would want to spend another cruise onboard this beauty. Very different decor than some of the other Carnival Ships. Very easy to navigate due to the size. We stayed on deck 1, the ... Read More
We went on this ship to Hawaii and always knew we would want to spend another cruise onboard this beauty. Very different decor than some of the other Carnival Ships. Very easy to navigate due to the size. We stayed on deck 1, the promenade with guest services, casino and comedy club was on deck 2, deck 3 was the shops and photo gallery. We love this layout where everything is spead out on two floors. It kept congestion to a minimum. The only drawback is that Carnival still allows smoking inside the ship in the casino and the casino bar. People covering their noses as they pass by, I heard many people bypass this floor altogether due to the smell. It would be great if they created a smoking area on one of the outside decks that was very nice for the smokers. The entertainment in the comedy club is fantastic. We do not like the "production type" shows and/or musicals so we cannot offer any feedback in those areas. We did eat at the steakhouse which the service was impeccable but my steak was not properly cooked and really not good at all. My husband's steak was cooked to perfection so we shared it. We took one piece of the cheesecake to our cabin which we put in the fridge and ate later in the evening. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
This was my first cruise and I took my teenage son with me. I know a good number of people that have been on them before and several really seemed to have enjoyed them. The first issue I had was a cancelled shore excursion I had ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I took my teenage son with me. I know a good number of people that have been on them before and several really seemed to have enjoyed them. The first issue I had was a cancelled shore excursion I had booked with Carnival prior to departure. I was told the amount of the excursion would be refunded to my card in 5-7 days and a new gift card for the rest would come in 10 days or less, in the form of a new gift card. This would have given me time to use the money on the cruise, but it has been a month and three phone calls, and so far I have gotten $3.94 on my credit card and nothing more. I am also told I will have to be refunded the rest ($156) to a new gift card only. I find it odd that a company that tracked every penny I spent before and during the cruise can't figure out how much they own me or how to pay it. The room was small, as expected, but in good condition. I had an extended balcony, but didn't see the advantage of it over a normal one, so it wasn't worth the extra price. The second issue came here. My son had an allergic reaction to the pillow and/or the blanket. The cabin steward was great though. He changed both out for us and even cam by the next day to see how we were doing. Great guy. Dinning was nice, with plenty of food to eat. We ate at the steak house on board, but it was way over priced for what we got. It was really no better than the regular dinning area, but cost $35 more per person. All the staff was at the restaurants were great though. Most of the entertainment seemed to be geared toward an adult crowd; multiple bars, a casino, art shows, and comedy shows. Other than a few musicians in the atrium bar, we were board during days at sea. My son was interested in the karaoke, but it was for 18 and up. There were two pools, but they were small and over crowded. I purchased a new excursion for the one that was cancelled, so we had one for each stop. For the most part, they were good, but always a bit rushed and unorganized. They didn't seem to stay onshore as much as the other cruise lines and wanted us back on ship 45 minutes prior to stated when I purchased the cruise. The new excursion was a day at the beach, which seemed a bit of a waste, as I can do the same with a drive instead of a cruise. The BOSS dive was good, but the jellyfish were out and made it a bit troublesome. The Mayan ruins were great to see, I had always wanted to see them. The last trip was also great, semi submerged ship and chocolate factory. Getting on and off the ship in Tampa is another issue. We were not treated very well in either case. They shore worker were very short with us and not very informative. Overall, I really don't see this as something I will do very often. It just isn't worth the price paid. Which makes the issue with getting a refund on an excursion they cancelled even more of a pain. When they finally decide to pay me the money, it will be on a card I may never use. Which means I'm out the $156, mostly because they waited so long to pay me the money they owed for cancelling the excursion. If they had paid me when they claimed they would, I could have applied it to the amount I spent on the cruise entertaining my son and I. Now, do I really want to spend another $3,000 on another cruise, so I can recover the $156? And, what is going to go wrong this time? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We went on this cruise for my 21st birthday and just got home from the cruise this past saturday (3/24) I have sailed with carnival before and have been on the Carnival Miracle back in 2009. I was very excited to go on this cruise because ... Read More
We went on this cruise for my 21st birthday and just got home from the cruise this past saturday (3/24) I have sailed with carnival before and have been on the Carnival Miracle back in 2009. I was very excited to go on this cruise because in 2009 I had a blast (i was 13 then). I was very disappointed with the ship, food, activities and especially the spa. The dining room was good food BUT it was so small.. we ordered fried oysters as an appetizer and got two..I ordered shrimp cocktail as an appetizer and got 5 tiny shrimp with less then a tablespoon of cocktail sauce. The servings were just ridiculously small, for a billion dollar company you'd think they could spare some more food on your plates. The ship itself was outdated, things needed maintenance, there were quite a few things we saw that needed to be painted or updated. Maybe that was just because we are a family who has dealt with boats and my boyfriend is a boat mechanic at a marina. It was just very outdated and needed maintenance. Our cabin lights were broke, the switch to the bathroom barely worked half the time so we just left the light on at all times to save the trouble of messing with it. The toilet seat was wobbly. The activities on board were so short. For example, the mega deck party was a half hour.. they played the most basic songs (typical party/dancing songs; cupid shuffle, wobble, etc.) We wanted to see this game night they did in a theater, we were late by 10 minutes and when we got there it was ending... they did a pup crawl on the first night because it was St. Patricks Day.. they went to 3 bars and stayed there for 5 minutes, I couldn't even finish a drink before moving to the next one. It was all rushed and to short. The Spa.. I was very upset and displeased (and will be complaining to carnival) about the spa. For my birthday I received a $50 gift card to the spa. I was very happy about this and went to schedule, the girl was helpful and i picked a "hot and cold mani and pedi" The girl when i scheduled it informed me it was a 2 hour mani/pedi where they massage your elgs up to your knees and arms up to your elbows with lotion, warm oil, hot stones and then put this icy hot stuff on and then your basic mani/pedi (nails trimmed, painted, etc.) It was $120.. so $70 for me after my gift card. The mani/pedi was just under 1.5 hours, the girl rubbed this exfoliating stuff on my legs and arms, rubbed water on them, then hot oil, then the stones and then icy hot. She never massaged just simply applied all these things. She filed my nails and slightly trimmed them and painted my nails. When I got back to the room i noticed my nails needed another coat or two (she never put base coat and barely applied top coat). When i gave them my gift card and sail and sign to pay I noticed she didnt charged me extra for tip, so i figured it wasnt included and left her a tip in cash. At the end of the cruise I received my statement for my sail and sign and noticed the spa charged me $88 dollars, meaning they charged me a $18 tip... $33 dollar tip between what they took and what I gave her in cash... I am very annoyed and mad that they did this. when I handed her the tip she should have stated they take a tip out (even if she thought i was tipping extra). the mani/pedi was not completely as advertised and I would and will never go to the spa there again.. NOT worth the money at all. The cruise was still fun, we made the best of it. But I would not travel on this ship ever again. Next cruise we take we will be cruising with another cruise line. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
The Miracle is still a decent ship, despite its age. Most areas are fairly well maintained, but there is room for improvement. Our only complaint about our cabin is that there was an odor in the bathroom that seemed to decrease slightly as ... Read More
The Miracle is still a decent ship, despite its age. Most areas are fairly well maintained, but there is room for improvement. Our only complaint about our cabin is that there was an odor in the bathroom that seemed to decrease slightly as the days went by. The reason we chose this ship was the itinerary (ports of call), and those were the highlight of our trip. We booked two excursions through Carnival, and two with top-rated independent tour agencies on TripAdvisor. Snuba (through Carnival) in Grand Cayman, Horseback riding, and visiting/holding monkeys, sloths, and birds in Roatan (independent), Lamanai ruins in Belize (independent), and the Mayan Ball Game (through Carnival) in Cozumel. On the ship, we enjoyed the various activities hosted by the Fun Squad, including the week-long Clue game, as well as the evening shows. Our cabin steward, Wayan, and our server in the dining room, Bernadette, were so friendly, personable, enthusiastic, and helpful, as was every other Carnival employee we encountered on the ship (I wish I could say the same for all Carnival customer service personnel in general). The Serenity deck was nice, and we appreciated the large number of cabanas available on Serenity and higher decks. Our cabin, 7114, was quiet, and we slept well. Our cabin thermostat worked well, but the common areas of the ship tended to be on the cool side and I needed a sweater or jacket in the evenings. This was our first time cruising with Carnival, and I found that I overpacked on dresses for the evenings. We found that many people dressed VERY casually in the main dining room, even on the formal nights. Most of the food was fantastic. There was just one lunch at the buffet where the chicken in the Asian cuisine was quite overcooked and dry, but everything else we had all week was delicious. We enjoyed the "Port of Call" items several nights on the dinner menu. We always ate breakfast at the buffet, and again, most of the breakfast food was good. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Our cruise week was during my daughter and her best friend's College Spring Break. Fortunately, the parents were invited :-) Positives: --Embarkation & Disembarkation: faster and smoother than any of my 6 other cruise ships ... Read More
Our cruise week was during my daughter and her best friend's College Spring Break. Fortunately, the parents were invited :-) Positives: --Embarkation & Disembarkation: faster and smoother than any of my 6 other cruise ships --Impeccable service: in the stateroom, dining room, guest services, etc --Jolly Roger Catamaran & Snorkeling excursion: highlight of the week! --Outstanding diversity of ports: Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize & Cozumel, Mexico --Cruise Director: quick witted, great energy and quite likable --Nick & Nora's Steakhouse: The only predictably good quality dining experience --Our Ocean Suite was outstanding with double sinks & nice shower in the bath; separate dressing area; sitting area; large balcony, two large closets and a bar. Negatives: --Worst singers/bands ever!: particularly the Reggae Duo and cocky UK singer. Fire them!--Lip Synch Battle: set up to favor the male contestant. Re-think it, 'cause it was unfair. --Smoked-filled Casino: unbearable for non-smokers; heard countless complaints!! --Long tender lines and ride to Belize: better to stay on the ship that day. --Prohibited items list: the ship staff confiscated our electrical outlet strip and two extension cords, although they were not listed as prohibited. --Parking at Port Of Tampa: there was no clear instruction on which parking option/place was best. Terrible start; too dang confusing!! --Insufficent nice eateries: Carnival needs to take a page out of NCL's playbook --Least affluent clientelle of any of the other 6 ships I've cruised. Some passengers simply wore their "best T-shirt" to dinner on formal nights --Belize City Tour & Airboat Ride excursion was a yawner. Long run for a short slide! --The Ship's Captain and his senior staff were invisable. But, the ship sailed & returned ok --"Cruise the Vineyards--Wine package" was a rip-off. Advertised as $168 for 5 bottles; paid $192. Once you pay for it, they mask the wine prices. Never get your value! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
My husband and I chose the Carnival Miracle, 2 weeks prior to its departure date of March 3. It was the 7 day western caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. Even though it was short notice, everything went ... Read More
My husband and I chose the Carnival Miracle, 2 weeks prior to its departure date of March 3. It was the 7 day western caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. Even though it was short notice, everything went really well. The only glitch was the Bubbles drink package. It had been purchased when we booked the cruise but it did not show up on our account. It took about 2 hours, along with several other guests who were missing it, to get it corrected. Carnival gave us two $9 drink vouchers for our troubles. I have celiac and follow a gluten free diet. While there are many food options, there were only a couple of choices that were labeled gluten free. There was only one kind of bread and it was very, very bland. The pasta choices were available at the evening dining but its only substitution was gluten free spaghetti no matter what the dish. Dessert options were fruit, ice cream, and a delicious chocolate cake. I chose the cake 3 times because it was so good! It would have been nice to have seen more things labeled for guests with special dietary requirements or food allergies such as sugar free, dairy, nuts, or gluten. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Let me start by saying we are Carnival Platinum and have taken MANY cruises and are loyal to this brand. This was NOT a good experience. If this is NOT your first cruise read on... Let's start with the ship itself. The Miracle is a ... Read More
Let me start by saying we are Carnival Platinum and have taken MANY cruises and are loyal to this brand. This was NOT a good experience. If this is NOT your first cruise read on... Let's start with the ship itself. The Miracle is a smaller ship with only one dining room and an awkward layout. Although there are some 2.0 upgrades, many features that we enjoy like Guy's Burger Joint, The Blue Iguana, and the twister slides are not there. Being frequent cruisers, we were hoping that since this was a smaller ship they would make up for that fact by adding some new activities or entertainment on board and this was NOT the case! There was very little to do on sea days and the embarkation from Port of Tampa seemed disorganized. As a matter of fact, this seemed like a practice run compared to the other Carnival cruises we have taken. Cabin: We had an interior which is usually okay for the 3 of us, but to have my 19 year old on an upper bunk was a bit cumbersome to say the least. The room had a really weird musty smell and the carpet and vanity seat was badly stained. The usually amenities like a bathrobe and laundry bags had to be requested. They have also switched to asking if you want your room made up both day and night, whereas this used to happen automatically. Also, for some strange reason things we used were not replaced-water glasses, beach towels, or soap. Our bed was made but my daughter's was not on several occasions Service: Dining room service was bleak. We waited 15 minutes at the Sea Day brunch to even get coffee. The waiter that came over said our waiter was in the galley, but he would try to get us served instead.A simple breakfast took about 45 minutes to arrive. The portions are now minuscule and some of the times our dinner was cold. The wait staff at dinner was always slow and they seemed miffed that my husband had to get up and get his own water that was sitting on a pedestal for at least 15 minutes. Salad bar has been scaled down a lot and buffet was not very tasty. One night I ordered mussels as an appetizer, and of the 6 microscopic mussels that came out, 2 were empty shells! Does anyone even look at the food? A bright spot was the Pizza Pirate, where you could get a fresh pizza made to order. The steakhouse (Nick and Nora's) was excellent, and worth the $35 cover per person, though I wished they would have asked before serving us a few bottles of San Pellegrino which there was obviously a cost for. Around the ship service was not much better, no smiles and hellos like there used to be from staff. I had an early spa appointment on one morning and went I went up the front doors to spa were closed and when someone showed up to open them, it was the acupuncture guy who couldn't find my appointment for a while. Laundry also took a few days to be returned at the beginning of the cruise, and came back with a really weird smell. Entertainment: We went to a few shows and they are sorely lacking in this area. There is no "set" for the productions, there were only about 6 dancers, and there was no other types of entertainment. C'mon Carnival, look at the options on Royal and NCL. There was NO theater or any fun activities except for the tired old "hairy chest" and "Love and Marriage Game". I will admit though, Hasbro the Game Show was fun and they need more things like that. If you cruise frequently, you want something a little more exciting than Bingo and Trivia! Shore Excursions: Booked a few of these ahead of time and would recommend 12 meter sailing in Cozumel and Jolly Roger catamaran in Roatan. Shore excursions are always decent, though a bit pricey. Platinum Perks: We were supposed to have priority seating for dinner, but that never happened and were told we would have to see the maitre'd. He was not very polite and informed us that although we are Platinum and it says we have priority, there were other people who booked the cruise before us so we would have to stick with our late dining. This caused us to miss a few of the activities that we actually wanted to do. Laundry also took a very long time (3 days) to be returned and they never gave us new bags with repeatedly asking, even though that is a perk of being Platinum. The gift this time was a set of headphones which were okay I guess. Conclusion: I called their Customer service line to voice my complaints and was told that my concerns would be "shared internally" (whatever that means) and that it would help with future guest services. Barely a "sorry" and NO offers to make it right. For this reason, this will most likely be our last Carnival cruise. I know this was long but I hope it helps someone! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
February has been a good time for us to go on a cruise and this February was great as well. Embarkation was very efficient. Tampa has its act together. I really liked this ship. It was so easy to get around and there were plenty of ... Read More
February has been a good time for us to go on a cruise and this February was great as well. Embarkation was very efficient. Tampa has its act together. I really liked this ship. It was so easy to get around and there were plenty of public places to sit and visit. Our cabin was a barely obstructed view balcony which served our needs very well. The best dining for us was in the steakhouse with the included bottle of wine. I also enjoyed the breakfast meals whether through room service, on the Lido or in the dining room. Lunch on the Lido was also fine. I was somewhat less impressed with the dining room menus for dinner. There was a good variety of entertainment and activity choices for young and old. On this cruise there were fewer children and more seniors probably due to the fact that it was a seven night cruise and that it was not yet spring break. We were pleased with the service on this ship. We visited four ports. Although I am not a beach person, I did enjoy sitting on a lounge chair in the shade at the beach at Mahogany Bay in Roatan. I would consider sailing again from Tampa on a different cruise or on this ship with a larger family group. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We prefer smaller ships and Miracle did not disappoint. Nice public areas. The comedy shows were very good. Make sure to show early to get good seats. Main shows were well done except for last show for "Soul Classics". The ... Read More
We prefer smaller ships and Miracle did not disappoint. Nice public areas. The comedy shows were very good. Make sure to show early to get good seats. Main shows were well done except for last show for "Soul Classics". The entertainers definitely did not have "soul" so it was pretty silly to see a bunch of white singers and dancers trying to sing and dance to 'soul" classics. otherwise all of the shows were very good. Sea days were full of activities if you wanted to participate. We prefer the "Serenity" area but it was often filled up with no available loungers or chairs. Carnival might want to look at increasing the size of "Serenity" on all ships since every ship we have been on in recent years seem like that part is so popular that passengers are not able to find room. We loved all the Western Caribbean ports. We've been to all of them before and never use Carnival excursions. The disembarkation experience was not good. We did self disembarkation.There were two lines after leaving the ship. One for an elevator and one for an escalator. We got stuck in the elevator line and spent 30+ minutes waiting to get down to Emmigration. One problem is mobility challenged people having to use the elevators in addition to all the other passengers. Perhaps there could be a dedicated elevator for wheelchairs or there should be a designated time for all self disembarking wheelchair passengers. Overall we really enjoyed Carnival Miracle and would definitely sail on her again! 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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