Sail Date: July 2019
We had been on this same cruise route before but w a different ship. This cruise w the Carnival Miracle just felt way too crowded compared to the two other cruises that we have had. The layout and the flow of people was way too ... Read More
We had been on this same cruise route before but w a different ship. This cruise w the Carnival Miracle just felt way too crowded compared to the two other cruises that we have had. The layout and the flow of people was way too congested especially around the Buffett and the pool area & to see any shows you had to get there at least 30 min early. When we started out from Tampa to Cayman Islands there was horrible shaking vibrations that lasted almost all night. It was so bad that my granddaughter who is 11 got sick and had to come down to our room to sleep because our room was not as bad as theirs. They were in the room 8238 & we were in 7186. Our room did vibrate, but not as bad as theirs . They also had toilet problems with the toilet overflowing and continuously flushing late at night and no one would answer the phone and They had to go look for someone to help them. The carpet was soaked & water running out into the hall and nobody did anything until the next day to suck up all the water. All of their towels were wet and they did not get any replacements until room was cleaned the next day. Then they finally put a fan on it. Another disappointment was the Deli, On The other two cruises the deli was fabulous. This one was so slow the line was so long and the bread was all dried out and sandwiches were Not hot, the cheese was not even melted even though grilled. The good thing was that our Cabin was clean and was always in good shape. We did not get the early dinner time that we requested so we had to go to dining in a time, but we got really lucky and got a terrific waitress name From Romania. She was one of the hardest working waitresses we have ever had. We did not get the early dinner time that we requested even though we had kids with us, so we had to go to dining any a time, but we got really lucky and got a terrific waitress name Lydia from Romania. She was one of the hardest working & sweetest server-waitress7186 we have ever had on any of the ships. We love cruising but Thank Goodness this was not our first cruise or we would have never cruised again! Also on the last day they tell people to go to the Phantom theater on the third floor. When we got there there at 7:30 for the early flights, There was no one there to help anyone and people were going to the second floor fan in theater and also the third. There was a gentleman that works there that was so hateful to us and told us why would we go into a closed door room and was so hostile about it, I tried to tell him that this is where they told us to go. ( there was probably about six couples waiting also ) he was so hostile to us, We had never been spoken to like that from anybody on the cruise and I was so shocked that I told him that he was not going to ruin my last day of my cruise . Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Let me preface this review by disclosing that my wife and I are Platinum Level with Princess so that is our comparison. Although we were only Ruby level, the boarding process was quick and easy we arrived for our appointment right on ... Read More
Let me preface this review by disclosing that my wife and I are Platinum Level with Princess so that is our comparison. Although we were only Ruby level, the boarding process was quick and easy we arrived for our appointment right on time and were on board by 12:00 pm. We had a suite so we had early access to our cabin. The Lido deck was packed and so was the buffet so we grabbed a burger ate it really quick and went down and hung out at the Atrium Bar until about 1:30 when we headed to the room to see if luggage arrived so we could unpack. We received our checked luggage around 2:30 pm. We had a Vista Suite due to the price being awesome and it by far was one of the best rooms we have ever had on a ship. Would highly recommend this cabin type on the aft of the ship. Overall the cruise served it's purpose which was rest and relaxation. The ship was really old although we liked the décor. It did not have all the bells and whistles of the newer ships but we managed to keep busy enough. There wasn't a whole lot of quality activities on board. There’s no outside movie theater on this ship. The water slide looked like an antique and there were two pools for everyone and one pool in the Serenity area for the 21 and over area. All pools were packed and the adult only pool was dirty and full of drunks whom I never saw get out to go pee. The comedy entertainment was awesome. The live musical shows were awful. The lead female singer screeched like an owl on attack and there was no diversity in the cast. All white. They even had the nerve to try and do a Motown show with all white performers. Pretty tacky in today's day and age. Most people seemed to be interested in drinking and spending all their time in the Casino. We were disappointed that they did not have any "talks" on Pirates who sailed the Caribbean or of the history of the ports we were visiting. We have always seen these on Princess ships wherever we were traveling. We had the Anytime dining and were seated very quickly each time. However, once seated it took forever to get through dinner. The food was just ok. Nothing to write home about and nothing like the great food we have had on Princess. The buffet, pizza and grill was always crowded and it seemed they always had sections of buffet areas closed so everyone was crammed in the same place trying to get food. We went to the steak house for my birthday which was extra charge, but was awesome and definitely worth doing at least once. We did get the Cheers package and managed to get our money's worth for the cruise. It is a good option if you drink as there were many at the end of the cruise crying at guest services about their bar bills. (that is great entertainment if it is not you LOL) We booked our excursions through Carnival so that we didn't have any issues. The ship stays on eastern time even though you go through two time zones so it can be confusing when on shore. We did the Cayman Land and Sea, Princess Maya Resort, and the Lamanai Ruins tour. All were excellent and we would recommend. We had one booked for Cozumel but we were too exhausted from late nights and early rising so we turned the tickets in. The photographers were everywhere trying to get you to take pictures. They offer no digital package and waste so much paper printing every picture instead of using a photo card and monitors like at Disneyland or other theme parks. Very expensive to purchase photos. Don't do the photo studio unless you are ready to shell out thousands of dollars. The alchemy bar and the Gotham Bar were our favorites. You definitely have to go see Yudi at the Gotham Bar on deck 3 outside of the Bacchus. He is awesome, friendly and a blast to hang out with. Although there were many younger adults on the cruise, the dance floor at Frankenstein's was usually sparsely used. I think the most I counted were 8 people at one time. On Princess you could hardly find a spot to dance. Overall it was a sufficient vacation but continually felt like we were on a floating Motel 6 or Days Inn. Very much a younger crowd. We did not take the kids this time with us. We are willing to try Carnival again but it will definitely be on one of the newer ships with more bells and whistles.. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We were offered this cruise last minute because the Vista our of Galveston was canceled. We were offered cruise credit because of the cancellation, so we got a pretty good deal on our first cruise. The boarding process was really simple ... Read More
We were offered this cruise last minute because the Vista our of Galveston was canceled. We were offered cruise credit because of the cancellation, so we got a pretty good deal on our first cruise. The boarding process was really simple and we received our checked luggage in a timely manner. If I had it to do over again, I would not hang out on the Lido deck upon arriving like they suggested we do because the place was so packed that we had to stand along the wall to eat. Overall, we enjoyed our time at each port, but we’ve decided that any future cruises will not include Belize because of the lack of activities they have to offer and the very poor culture that is right at the port...very sad to see and even a little scary in some places. On board there was plenty to do to keep us entertained however we learned from experienced cruisers that the Miracle is the worst that Carnival has to offer. We didn’t have our children with us, but we did go and check out the kids department. I wasn’t overly impressed, but once again I honestly feel like the Miracle just wasn’t up to par like the other Carnival ships claim to be. There’s no outside movie theater or very many activities up top on this ship like the others either. One small mini golf and one water slide. I believe they had 2 pools for everyone and one extra pool for the 21 and over area. The comedy entertainment was just ok and the music shows every night felt like I was at a cheesy Branson, Missouri show. The main attraction of cruising in our opinion as we observed others was drinking and gambling so I guess if that’s your idea of fun definitely go on a cruise. Our best moments were spent just relaxing on an upper deck watching the ocean and sunset and our favorite port was Cozumel. We also loved the fact that we could at any time go and eat on the Lido deck and order whatever we wanted from the dining hall. We found that the food offered on the Lido deck was actually better than the fancier dining hall so the last couple of days we didn’t even step foot in the dining hall except for breakfast because their breakfast was better there. We found that most everything on board in the shops was way overpriced. They seem to really push people to buy their jewelry (which I questioned to myself if it was even authentic or not). They push coupon books by claiming that you’ll receive all these really nice free gifts at each port, but in all reality the freebies are super cheap items made in China. Really what they are doing is getting you in their stores at port to try and sell you outrageously expensive jewelry that feels cheap to the touch. Don’t get suckered in! Don’t waste any of your cruise time sitting in on seminars only to receive a cheap free gift. Save your money to buy authentic souvenirs from each port or to put towards excursions. Speaking of excursions...we noticed that most excursions you could find cheaper at port rather than buying through Carnival. But when buying through independent touring companies you’re risking being left behind if their van breaks down along the way or getting injured and carnival not being responsible. Carnival doesn’t honor their word either by giving you back 110% of your excursion fee if you find the same thing cheaper somewhere else. We encountered this at Chankanaab Park in Cozumel. That’s one excursion that we’d do differently when we return with the children. $38 per adult and I believe $33 per child for the snorkeling and buffet. We were quoted $40 for traveling expenses too. Mind you this doesn’t cover the unlimited alcohol, but when you aren’t a drinker why pay for it? I really had no complaints until it came to the photo studio. Now because this was our first cruise I wasn’t familiar with the fact that the studio is totally separate from the many photo props they have available on the ship. The photo prop stands charge $21.99 per 8x10 which is a little high but doable for a nice photo. However, we were lured into the photo studio and not told the prices beforehand. The photographer did about a 10-15 min session of taking pics then told us to come back the next day to look them over. Here’s the part that really is quite disturbing to me...the photographer printed out all of the pictures on quality water proof type paper and put them into a good sized album for us. She explained to us about how this was “our love story”. The pictures were beautiful and I was so pleased with the quality. THEN, she proceeded to put a music video up on the big screen of “our love story photos”. It was so beautiful that we both cried as we watched it. Mind you, this lady had no clue of our background and what it really took for us to be together and then 10yrs later make our actual honeymoon trip. She didn’t know why we were so over the moon happy to see that video, but she left the room to allow us to finish watching it, then came back later to talk prices. I’m sure the look on my face said it all when I read prices from $1k to $3k! I believe for the photo album and music video was going to be the highest at right over 3k. I asked her if I could purchase one 8x10 of my favorite photo but she denied my request by saying they offer packages only. We walked out very sad knowing that the photo album would be destroyed. I explained to my husband that it wasn’t fair that they play on people’s emotions like that then drop a huge bombshell on them. I found it very cruel and even a bit weird that she would take the time to put the book and video together before we even committed to liking our photos. It’s a waste of their time and money. Even more disturbing was that maybe an hour later, the photographer called our room and expressed how she was sorry about the way our meeting went. It quote, “made her uncomfortable”. Well it would make me very uncomfortable too if I had to do her job day in and day out trying to rip people off and seeing couples like ourselves walk out empty handed knowing that all the photos are going to be destroyed the next day and that they wouldn’t even allow us to buy one photo or to come down on the price for the album. She tried to give us a better deal over the phone which wasn’t much better than the first so I asked my husband to go back and talk to her without me. I didn’t feel like getting upset again seeing the pictures. He said she tried the same play on emotions type tactic by turning the video on again. He asked her to turn it off, made her our final offer for the book which was of course denied and then he politely told her to be blessed and left. We decided that we could get the same type of photos taken at JCPenney for less than a fourth of their price. They’d rather totally destroy someone’s treasured memories than to price bargain with anyone. I told my husband that it was a shame to end such a beautiful vacation on a note like that. I was happy the entire time except for that encounter. It showed me Carnival’s true colors. They are all about the money and nothing else. And maybe this is how most cruise lines are, but I guess I won’t know unless I try out a different one. My advice to first time cruisers is DO NOT get suckered into wasting your money on the ship. If you want a nice memorable photo, go to the photo props but do not step foot inside the separate photo studio. Spend your money ashore on a nice massage and authentic souvenirs while avoiding the many jewelry stores, don’t make eye contact with the jewelry store workers that are standing outside trying to lure you in. Just keep on walking and act like you are French or something by not responding to them. LOL! Price check all excursions before booking them through Carnival and choose wisely which ones would be safe to do through an outside tour guide or going directly to the site to view prices. Call ahead if need be. If you choose Carnival, my advice would be don’t choose the Miracle as we heard other experiences cruisers saying that the Miracle was a joke compared to others. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
Vilburn the casino host was so nice... attentive to all game play Great personality and Kim the casino bar server was the most attentive ever... knew when and what time to switch my drinks up and always brought me water... the whole ... Read More
Vilburn the casino host was so nice... attentive to all game play Great personality and Kim the casino bar server was the most attentive ever... knew when and what time to switch my drinks up and always brought me water... the whole casino bar staff was great... I smoke and it was a little smoky for those who don't smoke... MDR food was very good... Nick and Nora's steakhouse was 5 star... ate 2 meals there... Lido buffet was ok... Pizza was my go to late night 3am most nights... delish... tried all of them... shows,comedians bingo were All very good I would definitely recommend this cruise to anybody...the ship definitely needs updated restaurants and cabins... alot of rust.. but I didn't care I was happy as a clam just to be on vacation... Belize is not an easy tender port for anyone who cant walk up or down 30 steps...my.mom had to stay back... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I've cruised with Carnival before, we liked the itinerary, and the price was reasonable. The food was excellent and the wait staff and cruise director were great. Also, we really enjoyed the ship's entertainment. The spa and ... Read More
I've cruised with Carnival before, we liked the itinerary, and the price was reasonable. The food was excellent and the wait staff and cruise director were great. Also, we really enjoyed the ship's entertainment. The spa and the showers in the locker room were very nice. The ship itself is pretty warn out. Our stateroom was not clean upon arrival (we found clothing tags, contact lenses, hair extensions and other debris in our room upon arrival. Our in room safe didn't work, but after 2 phone calls it was replaced. (We had to contact your seward as the guest services phone number is never answered) The equipment in the fitness center is pretty old. Several treadmills were not even operational. The basketball court is above the space where they do yoga, and the kids giant slide is right near the adult only "Serenity Area"...poor planning? There were many children on the ship, often not supervised. We called to complain about yelling and crying during the night from the room next to ours...the parents were staying in a different room across the hall. One pool was closed during the last few days of our cruise, and the adult only pool didn't look very clean and was full of drunks. No serenity there. Finally, we could not hear the intercom system in our room, so we often missed out on directions. We had fun, but it certainly has room for improvement. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We honestly chose this cruise because we booked too late to get the ships and price we wanted out of Port Canaveral. I was very hesitant to book and worried because of the size of the ship. Most reviews were good, but I was concerned it ... Read More
We honestly chose this cruise because we booked too late to get the ships and price we wanted out of Port Canaveral. I was very hesitant to book and worried because of the size of the ship. Most reviews were good, but I was concerned it would be too old and small compared to what we were used to (Magic and Dream). We LOVED this ship! There were 6 of us. 4 adults and 2 17 year olds. The embarkation process was the easiest we’ve ever had. We had 11:30-12 boarding and arrived at 11:25 and were on the Lido deck by 11:50 at the latest. Disembarking was just as easy. 2600 passengers makes a huge difference. If I had smaller kids, I would probably not go on this ship. It had one older water slide and the mini golf was shoved in the front with the basketball court which makes it very hard to utilize while sailing and blazing hot when in port. There are more than enough bars on this ship and yes we had the Cheers and Bubbles drink packages. Last year on the Magic it was too difficult and crowded to get a soda. This year we had few if any lines at all! The dining staff greeted us by name the first night and every night thereafter. We had Your Time Dining and had different servers most nights. They would greet us by name during the day throughout the ship. The Alchemy Bar was a hidden gem for sure. The Red Frog Pub was abosuley fun and there’s a really nice Sports bar to watch games as well. The comedy club was great, but overly crowded even though I think it’s a bigger room than on the Magic. The decor may be a little dated for those who get worked up over that sort of thing, but we could care less. The room was identical to the Magic/Dream. Lobby area same. The Serenity pool and bar are awesome. I love the fact they have 2 pools (in addition to the Serenity Pool) on the Lido deck. We never lacked a lounge chair. You always have the chair hogs, but we rarely sit anyways. My husband and I already talked about going on this size ship again. The 2 17 year olds did go to Club O2 and met lots of new friends. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose the Carnival Miracle simply because it fit our schedule, driving distance and the price was very good. The only down side was a great majority of the staff seemed disconnected. She's a great ship. I never felt crowded or ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Miracle simply because it fit our schedule, driving distance and the price was very good. The only down side was a great majority of the staff seemed disconnected. She's a great ship. I never felt crowded or rushed. The dining room food quality is down from our last cruise only 6 months ago but it was still very good. I only ate the buffet once for lunch. The comedy shows were very funny. I spent a lot of time at the casino bar with Mario the bartender. He always recognized me and suggested some great whiskies and taquilas I would've never tried. We didn't feel safe in Belize so we just took the tender to the port and haggled for a souvenir iguana. We went to Margaritaville in Grand Cayman. It was fun watching all the graduates getting hammered. Mahogany bay was nice but very crowded. Luckily we got beach chairs floats and a clam shell through the on board excursions so we had our pick as we got there ahead of the crowd. Cozumel was great as always. We did the all adult private beach house excursion. We will definitely do that again. It was by far the best of all the ports we visited. The Serenity deck is amazing. The bar opens at 9am. The pool bar opens at 7am. The Miracle is not a typical Carnival cruise ship. She's a little more adult focused but still has all of the Carnival fun stuff. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We had a great time on the Miracle. The embarkation and disembarkation was easy and quick. The ship is in good shape but is ready for Dry dock. The only negative was ship vibrations and toilet water at times was messed up. Our room steward ... Read More
We had a great time on the Miracle. The embarkation and disembarkation was easy and quick. The ship is in good shape but is ready for Dry dock. The only negative was ship vibrations and toilet water at times was messed up. Our room steward was outstanding as were our wait staff in the dinning room. The 2.0 upgrades should make this ship one of the best. We did get some art and the staff was very helpful. The production shows were very good and Frankie the CD was a ball of energy. The bands and singers on this ship are solid. The piano man was maybe the best we have seen. I wished they would have had a few more contest and activities. The Carnival App needs some work. I would suggest a location tab for finding members of your group and a notification ding to help with the chat. In all, it was a very good trip and we would cruise the Miracle again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Where do I start? Cruise Director Frankie was awesome. He is high energy and seemed to be everywhere. Giving tips, seeing cruisers off for their excursions, welcoming them back, MC-ing just about everything and providing updates though ... Read More
Where do I start? Cruise Director Frankie was awesome. He is high energy and seemed to be everywhere. Giving tips, seeing cruisers off for their excursions, welcoming them back, MC-ing just about everything and providing updates though out the day. Look, this cruise was by far the best cruise my 10 y.o. daughter and I have been on. I could write a book on how well run this ship and crew were but don't have the space here. Looking back after a month I'd say the crew leadership made the difference, i.e., Frankie and the ship's officers. Both were out in force the whole cruise providing full oversight and leadership down to the smallest detail. As prior military I recognize and credit the effectiveness of the first rate leadership performance on this ship as being what set it apart from other ships we've sailed on. Frankie and the officers were everywhere. Very impressive. Some details: -At full capacity (2600+) but hardly any lines (imo great ship design and planning). We never waited more than 5 mins for My Time dining even when the line was 20+ long we were in in 3 or 4 mins. Everything my daughter wanted to do we were able to do without waiting. She didn't get picked for The Game Show but we played (and won) Trivial Pursuit and Sorry events. In classic Carnival style we just looked at the tear-off planner and said "hey, you wanna to this, it's starting in 10 mins" and off we went. We always got in and were never disappointed with the quality of the entertainment. The staff were fantastic. -Nothing was in short supply or ran out, not even the 24/7 soft serve ice cream. -Dining room staff were fantastic. One evening we came in for dinner before going to The Game Show. We told our waiter Kasimir (tall, bald, eastern european) we had 15 mins before the show. He said order everything at once and he will bring it out and not to worry we'd make the show. I counted. He had everything on the table in under 2 mins. Two courses for my daughter and one for myself. We made it to the show on time. Just wow! -Very clean ship and crew was doing touch ups and detailing work even though it's going into dry dock later this summer. Shows a high level of dedication to passenger experience. I could go on and on but this ship was just perfect on the 2 June sailing. I credit the cruise director and the officers most. They set and enforce the standards. I thought about it and I think Carnival's 'Fun Secret' is the cruise director has much more authority than on other cruise lines. He interacts with the passengers constantly and picks up on deficiencies much quicker than crew members so issues can be resolved before they become bigger issues other passengers experience. I didn't see this in action because there were NO ISSUES on this cruise but it is my hunch based on seeing Frankie interact with passengers and officers responding to anything and everything. On other cruise lines the offices are hardly ever seen and it shows in the crew's performance. On Miracle's 02 June cruise I saw officers out and about moreso than any of the other 5 cruises we've taken. On the worst cruise we ever went on, HOTS June '18, the officers were basically absent until the 5th day of the cruise when they came out to fix deficiencies. And there were a lot on that cruise. We like the smaller ships. We've been on a mega ship and will never go on one again. They're a gimmick and hopefully a fad. We love the Miracle but unfortunately it's not going to be in Tampa much longer. I've already booked our next 3 Carnival cruises, up to Jan '21. I've decided we will only cruise with Carnival from now on. Time is too short to take chances and Carnival has never disappointed. You know it's a good ship when you can't wait to get back on the ship from an excursion. Bottom line: I took a 7 day cruise on the Miracle and when I returned I felt like I was away from work for six months. A month later I'm still relaxed. Now, THAT is what it's all about.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This cruise was a chance for our entire family to enjoy a cruise together. We booked this a few weeks after we got off the Carnival Glory in 2018. This was our 12 year old son's 1st cruise and our 19 year old daughter's 3rd ... Read More
This cruise was a chance for our entire family to enjoy a cruise together. We booked this a few weeks after we got off the Carnival Glory in 2018. This was our 12 year old son's 1st cruise and our 19 year old daughter's 3rd cruise, but 1st one in 13 years. This was also a chance to do a full family vacation before our daughter goes off on her own. Why the Carnival Miracle? - We wanted a cruise that would allow us to go after our kids were out of school, but back before our daughter had to report to her Summer job. We happen to like Carnival and also had not sailed on a Spirit Class ship. We had done cruises on Fantasy class (Carnival Inspiration) and Destiny class (Carnival Destiny) ships, so this helped us get on a different class of ship. Pre Cruise- We flew into Tampa the day before from DFW. Had a great flight and we went mid day so congestion in the airport was minimal. We stayed at the Tampa Airport Marriott and had a quiet room that looked out the back of the hotel (only taxiway back there). We took an Uber to Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant and had a great diner with relatives. Food and drinks are great, but make sure to get a reservation. We did take an Uber back to the airport, but had to work in a stop at Target to get a replacement piece of luggage as one of the wheels exploded on the the way from baggage claim to the hotel. Embarkation Day- We took advantage of Carnival's airport shuttle to the pier. Went down to baggage claim and found the agent and waited about 15 minutes for a bus. Bus was new, clean and nice room and our driver got us to the port in 20 minutes. We had Faster To The Fun and curb to the FTTF waiting area took all of 5 minutes. Got a chance to meet Captain Carnival as he welcomed all the guest by area (Platinum & Diamond, Suites, FTTF, General boarding) We got there by 10:45, so only had to wait 15 minutes. They started letting people on the ship at 11AM. The called FTTF and we were on the ship by 11:15!! When we got on the ship, we went straight to our cabin and dropped off our things and went for lunch. DW had an issue with a spa appointment prior to sail away due to new staff coming on board that were not trained yet, that we got cleared up after sailaway. Muster drill went well as it was overcast and everyone seemed to be at their stations, with the exception of a few who ended up getting their own "Special" muster drill exercise. 1st Impressions - Carnival Miracle 1st sailed in 2004 and has gone through a few upgrades and a partial Funship 2.0 upgrade. Ship was done in classic early 2004 decor that has been taken care of and has aged well. While some areas could use some more tender care, overall I was happy with the condition of the ship. Miracle is slated for drydock when it repositions later this year. The theme throughout the ship was cool and the eleven-story atrium with a ruby-red glass ceiling was awesome! Cabin- We had cabins 7321 & 7325 on Verandah Deck 7 on the starboard side of the ship near the aft. These were category 8D. Spirit class ships do have a small cooling refrigerator that worked well on keeping our water cool. Both cabins were in good shape and well maintained. Flat screen TV and hair dryer in the room. Room has 1 110v and 1 220v outlet. Would be nice if they add an extra outlet during next drydock. We had maintenance open the panel between the two balconies and it made for a nice place for everyone to hang out. Our room steward James did a nice job of keeping our room in tip top shape. He made sure that we had our ice bucket filled twice a day and that made us happy. Food- MDR - We had early seating in the Bacchus Dinning room about midway toward the Starboard side of the room on a 4 top. Our service in the main dining room was done very well. We ate in the MDR most mornings and five out of the seven evenings (see below for other two). Carlos and his team took great care of our family. They made sure that we had all we needed and even took time to give our kids some extra attention. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday and they made sure she got a small cake and a song. All dishes were well done and if we asked for an extra item, no trouble at all. Steakhouse - We did the Nick & Nora's Steakhouse first night so we could take advantage of the free bottle of house wine. The restaurant is located right under the whale tale in the red glass area.Food was fantastic and worth the price. Service was a little lacking, but that may have been due to a slight understaffing. Enjoyed the red glass roof as it provided a nice lighting of the area. Chef's Table - This is started in the galley and the formal dinner is done in Frankenstein's laboratory. Multiple course dinner with wine flowing throughout the dinner. They have slowed the pace of service which allowed us to enjoy the dinner vs our chef's table the previous year on Glory. Great food experience and met some great people. Only slight issue was that the event started a little late, but the group got a chance to see a couple get engaged in the Metropolis Lobby. Pizza Pirate - Outstanding pizza every time, all the time. The Grill - my DW and I thought that the burgers had a very good taste and would give Guy's burgers a run for the money if it was just the burgers on their own. Guys wins due to the options available. Lido General - It's Lido food. was ok to eat but not my 1st option if the MDR is open. Entertainment- The 88 Keys show was well done. Music around the ship was good. There was a steel drum duo that played on deck, but it was odd that they had them play near the Alchemy Bar. Frankie was a great Cruise Director and kept everyone engaged. Sea Day- Sea days were fine. The Lido was a little crowded at lunch. If you wanted a quiet place, they were available. Never felt crowded overall. Tea time was a nice change and we enjoyed it. Ports of Call - Grand Cayman - quick and smooth tender ride. Did explore Grand Cayman by sea and land. The sea part of the excursion our boat did not have air conditioning that worked and trip was cut short. The land part was very good and we had a great tour guide/driver. Went to the Turtle farm, HELL, and a rum cake place. When we got back on the ship, the excursion desk was already processing a refund for the boat portion of the trip (Good job Carnival) Roatan - day at the beach and shopping in the port. Belize - Visit to Altun Ha. Great location to learn about Mayan Ruins. Tour guide was very informative about the site and ride over. On the ride back, she let everyone rest as it was very humid and hot. She was available to answer questions on the way back Cozumel - Shopping day. We went downtown and found some vanilla. Shopped back at the pier. Smoking - There was smoke in the casino and that did not seem to drift out into other areas very much. Seemed odd that there was smoking on the middle back pool area on one side. Disembarkation - We had FTTF and we had group 2. We had breakfast in the MDR , went back to our cabins and were on the upper floor of the MDR awaiting our permission to get off. only took about 20 minutes and we were off the ship. Cleared customs quick on got right on a shuttle back to the airport. Overall thoughts - Nice itinerary and getting in and out of Tampa was very easy. Miracle is a slightly older ship, but has held up well and was a nice mid sized ship. With the expected drydock coming up, I'm sure she will keep going for years to come and I would look forward to taking another cruise on her in the future! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We had an absolutely wonderful time on the Miracle. We purchased Faster to the Fun for the first time, and it was completely worth it. The priority embarkation and debarkation, the dedicated guest services line, and the priority tender ... Read More
We had an absolutely wonderful time on the Miracle. We purchased Faster to the Fun for the first time, and it was completely worth it. The priority embarkation and debarkation, the dedicated guest services line, and the priority tender were worth every penny. Embarkation was very easy and quick. We did get immediate access to our rooms around 12:30, but our luggage wasn't expedited. I'm glad we could get to our rooms once aboard because there was not a seat to be found anywhere on Lido for lunch, so we took our meals to our rooms. Food was good, not great, but our servers Nicanora and I Gusti were excellent. We finally made a reservation in the Steakhouse, and it was such a wonderful experience. I didn't quite expect the level of culinary excellence that was there. Such a treat! Our stateroom was comfortable, and we had an Aft Balcony. I will say that on this ship you can feel a lot more of the movement and vibration than you can on other ships, and the aft balcony exacerbated that. Our steward gave excellent service Grand Cayman - Stingray City with Captain Marvin - awesome experience, great crew. Must do! Roatan - Manawakie Park and Little French Key with Rony's tours. Rony was great and highly professional. Loved Manawakie park and spending time with the monkeys and sloths and learning about the island's culture. Little French Key is simply a slice of paradise. We spend almost four hours here and rode horses, but it really wasn't enough time. Belize - Cave Tubing/Altun Ha with Altournative Belize/King David - favorite excursion of the trip. David got us to the river before anyone else, and it was simply breathtaking. Altun Ha is such a beautiful piece of Mayan history. Cozumel - Spent the day at Mr. Sanchos. First time here, and it will not be the last. Our waiter Hector was hilarious and kept things coming. If you've never had a fish pedicure, do it! Entertainment - We only went to the last production show, but it was actually pretty good. The best performer on the ship was Martin in the piano bar. So talented and very funny. Two of the three comedians we heard were good, the other one not so much. Debarkation was the most painless I've experienced. We were only sad that our week was over. The only negative of the trip was the movement of the ship. My daughter has never had an issue on any ship, but she felt nauseated off and on throughout the week (she does have an underlying condition that I think was triggered). Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We have always found Carnival's Spirit-class ships (Spirit, Miracle, Legend, & Pride) to be just the right size to provide big-ship comfort with small-ship service and a superb design that includes ample space in all of the key ... Read More
We have always found Carnival's Spirit-class ships (Spirit, Miracle, Legend, & Pride) to be just the right size to provide big-ship comfort with small-ship service and a superb design that includes ample space in all of the key common areas (lido deck on sea days, main show room, etc.). The Miracle certainly delivered on this cruise. The staff prided itself in outstanding service and delivered accordingly. Clearly a winning combination of talented, dedicated staff and outstanding leadership. We knew what to expect at the ports of call, having been to all of them many times. What made this cruise exceptional, however, was the time spent aboard, not ashore. The entertainment staff was talented, our room steward was superb, and our dining staff provided outstanding service. We had the opportunity to interact with several of the ship's senior officers, and it quickly became clear why service across-the-board was top-notch. This was certainly one of our most memorable cruises in the Caribbean. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation in Tampa on the Carnival Miracle was the fastest and smoothest of our 10 cruises we have been on. We literally where on the ship enjoying buffet 15 mins after our Uber dropped us off at the port. No waiting at all - just ... Read More
Embarkation in Tampa on the Carnival Miracle was the fastest and smoothest of our 10 cruises we have been on. We literally where on the ship enjoying buffet 15 mins after our Uber dropped us off at the port. No waiting at all - just straight through. The boarding arrival appointment time is a great touch. Ours was 11:30-12:00. The ship is an older ship and is in need of a refurbishment to compare to some of the newer ships. The decor is to be appreciated and is themed. We like that most evening entertainment (casino, comedy and playlist shows) and fine dining were all on the same floor. Never had an issue getting loungers. However, pool and hot tubs areas where crowded (like usual). Family wise, I would not recommend this ship as it lacked kid deck activities (only one water slide, no splash pad, no bowling, etc) compared to other carnival ships. We ate in the main dining hall each night. Food and service was great. Ate buffet for breakfast and lunch everyday, did not take advantage of the restaurants during these times. Like all buffets stay away from peak times as it gets really busy. Food was good. Large selection and lots of seating. We had paid the extra for an extendable Balcony on deck 7, room 7165. Room was fine. Lots of storage. Unlike most ships our cabin boy only serviced our room in the morning. He just put your daily itinerary outside of our door in the evening, no turndown service. Cruise director, Frankie, was excellent and did his job well. Interacted a lot with cruisers and made activities fun. Playlist Productions - Heart of Soul (Motown) 2/10. Getaway Island (Beach theme) 6/10. 88 Keys (Rock & Roll Piano) 8/10. 80s POP 7/10. Went to the love and marriage show as always a blast. Great laugh! Highly recommend. 10/10. Went to carnival quest. This is new and our first time trying out this adult only activity. It gets pretty R rated but we had so much fun with friends 10/10! Lip sync battle 10/10. Piano bar with Tony was nice and relaxing. Dr. Frankenstein’s bar was cool. We only attended the R-18 shows. Mike Estime was 20/10 - Fantastic!! By far the best entertainment on the ship for us. Soooo funny! Tears rolling down my cheeks. Caroline Picard 9/10. Tony Esposito. 8/10. Myles Weber 7/10. As a birthday gift (be sure to get your travel agent to put it on your file) Carnival gave me a $50 credit to use at the Spa. I went and had a fire and ice pedicure and it was great. Of course the nail tech was trying to sell me moisturizers, scrubs and oils. She was trying to sell me all of her recommendations while I was trying to “relax”. I didn’t end up buying any products and I won’t be using the spa again. In Cozumel we did the Amazing Underground Caves through Costco Excursions. Highly recommend. It certainly was amazing! In Belize we did Athan Ha and Belize city tour through Costco Excursions. Guide was very informative and we enjoyed it. Nice half day excursion. In Honduras we just went to the right of the pier to the beach. Lounge chairs are free and you can pay nominal fee for wifi. For Cayman Islands, we just hung out on the ship as we have been there before. Quite the treat, serenity area, pool and hot tubs all to ourselves. Disembarkation was organized but took about a hour, which is the longest we ever had to wait. Overall, for the price paid we enjoyed the ship very much. Would we be rushing back on it again?!? Probably not until it has refurbishment as we have been on some of Carnival’s newer ships, but would not discourage anyone from trying the Miracle out. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was an April vacation cruise for our 9 year old Grandson to visit the Grand Cayman Sea Turtle Research farm and have some fun in different countries. We booked a cruise on Carnival Miracle out of Tampa Florida. Being a Mini-suite ... Read More
This was an April vacation cruise for our 9 year old Grandson to visit the Grand Cayman Sea Turtle Research farm and have some fun in different countries. We booked a cruise on Carnival Miracle out of Tampa Florida. Being a Mini-suite guest, we had some "perks" which included priority embarkation, debarkation - little things that in theory made things better. The embarkation process was very good - I have to give Carnival credit for making that happen. The rest of the cruise was not to the same level. It all started with the Muster Drill which is mandatory before the ship leaves port. To say this was a giant circular firing squad would be understatement. The crew didn't seem to have a handle on what to do, the drill was disorganized, the management staff seemed confused directing crew members here and there, a lot of rushing around - it was not the most confidence boosting process to say the least in that if it had been a real emergency, I'm not at all sure the crew would have been able to get guests off the ship in a timely and safe manner. Having mobility issues, myself, wife and Grandson we were directed to be in the "handicapped" area which, as it turned out, was not the proper area to be in - the person who gave us that information (a white hat "supervisor") directed us to the wrong place. This of course meant that we weren't accounted for at the proper location. Eventually, we were "found" and were checked in, but our Grandson needed a wrist band which he was given. We found out a day later that he had been given the wrong wrist band with the wrong location which we corrected at Guest services. Having had this start to the trip, we were less than impressed, but it was what it was - onward and upward. We returned to our stern mini-suite and met our room steward Alit who was great - very friendly, helpful and really enjoyed interacting with our Grandson - he was entertaining and just a great guy. Unfortunately, Alit was the highlight of the trip - seriously. The mini-suite itself was interesting in that it gives an impression of being "roomy", but it most definitely isn't. Our bed was "king sized" and as I tend to stay on the outside wall side of our rooms, there was no room for me to get in and out the side of the bed - which at 73 can become an "issue" in the middle of the night if you get my drift. I literally had to crawl off then end of the bed, use the facilities, then crawl back which....well, it wasn't a lot of fun. Also interesting was the lack of 120 VAC outlets - there weren't any. Well, there was one, but it didn't work. All the lamps had USB ports which is an interesting change from the last ship we were one. Fortunately, I did have USB cables with me for all the devices we had, but a lack of 120 VAC I couldn't not charge my shortwave radio which was disappointing. However, the room itself seemed to be in decent condition given the age of the ship. The Miracle is definitely showing her age. Most of the common areas, including the theater, the upholstery was showing wear and tear. Carpeting in places was worn (but not through), two of the elevators in the stern had a mind of their own it seemed being very temperamental when more than four people were onboard. These elevators would go up, then down or just refuse to move occasionally - one learned to avoid those two affected elevators creating a traffic issue at times outside the Bacchus dining room. The forward restrooms near the theater entrance were horrible - the commodes refused to flush at times and the rooms themselves were dirty and clearly over used as there weren't enough towels to use after washing hands. The excursions were OK - our main purpose was to take our Grandson to the Grand Cayman Sea Turtle Research facility and that kept him fascinated the whole time he was there. Cozumel was a great excursion with the Mayan games, dancers and the other side shows. The only "issue" was Belize - that was flat out the worst of the excursions. Frankly, Carnival should have given Belize a pass - the sea state was awful, boarding the tenders was extremely dangerous and the access point for the tenders was low to the water requiring a rather hazardous trip down wet, slippery stairs with minimal personnel to assist those who may have needed assistance. The half hour tender trip into Belize City was rough and given my back and hip issues, not a lot of fun. We did the Top Ten Belize excursion and it was ok - not great, but ok. Camp Ocean was a hit with our Grandson so that was a plus - he liked the counselor and the kids were kept entertained which at his age (9 Years) is an accomplishment. Overall, the Lido deck buffet was adequate, but the service end was lacking in "service". Dirty dishes sat on tables for lengthy periods of time, there seemed to be a lack of personnel to clean off tables, clean tables, etc. The food was nothing to write home about - its pretty sad when the one highlight on the buffet was pepperoni pizza. It was certainly not up to the standards we've had on other Carnival ships. Dining was another issue. In the past, Carnival's dinners were more than adequate - again, not high end dining, but certainly acceptable. This time, the dinners were - well frankly, horrible. Either under cooked or over cooked - never consistent. For instance, I had the vegetable lasagna and it was a congealed mass of cheesy fat, not hot, but barely warm - just not good. Prime rib is one that I normally enjoy, but I like my meat medium - it came out well done and was shoe leather tough. The salad was good, but it's hard to screw up a salad. Debarkation was a disaster for us. We were given debark information from Guest Services that directly contradicted what we were told originally when we boarded. We were not given debarkation priority because of this misinformation. Again, it seemed as if the left hand had no idea what the right hand was doing. Overall, it would appear that the Miracle is having some personnel issues and perhaps some middle management issues. We have been on more than one Carnival cruise being Diamond level customers so when I say that by comparison to other Carnival cruises, this one rated the lowest of all - it has it's good/great points, but those were directly related to the excursions (with the exception of Belize). This appears to be an issue with Carnival as the trips we've taken each has been a little less enjoyable than the previous. Given our experience with this cruise, we feel that sticking with Princess or Royal Caribbean would be better. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was the absolute worst cruise we have ever been on. Severe lack of entertainment. Music was horrible no bands just violins an acoustic singers that were awful . Same soundtrack of 80s music throughout the entire cruise no ... Read More
This was the absolute worst cruise we have ever been on. Severe lack of entertainment. Music was horrible no bands just violins an acoustic singers that were awful . Same soundtrack of 80s music throughout the entire cruise no variation . Deck party was a joke because there's no room on the deck for a party . Cruise director was not visible and engaging as on other cruises I have been the cruise director was available and around all the time it seems like. Common areas were always empty. This ship is old, dirty, and in serious need of extensive refurbishment. There was consistent problems and maintenance going on every single day which was very inconvenient. The food was very subpar. The grill food was absolutely awful I don't know what they make their hamburgers out of that they don't taste real that's for sure. Lots of kids running all over the place almost knocking people over nothing is ever said to them about it. Dining room staff sneezing into their hands and then serving food. Guest Services is useless they don't address issues when they happen and say I'm sorry. Belize is a waste of port. Nothing to do except shop, rude people, and overpriced. Ship went through some windy weather so a lot of seasick passengers, the ship rolled and slammed for three nights straight. I don't know if it's missing stabilizers or something but it should not have done that as large of a ship as it is. Fellow passengers were not very happy with this ship. The main pool was closed for 5 days out of a 7 day cruise. Kids all over the whirlpool with swim masks on and 0 supervision. Water slide is old old old and boring. I would definitely not waste my time and money on another cruise on the ship. I have been on many Carnival Cruises as well as other Cruise Lines and this was the worst. Beware of Shandy in the Anthony's Key Resort gift shop in Roatan if you go on the dolphin encounter Excursion she's very rude and condescending. However, the dolphin encounter was absolutely amazing highly recommended I just wish we had would have had extra time with the dolphins. Overall the staff was less than friendly and looked miserable. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Going to Panama canal was the highlight of our cruise...friendliest people onboard crew was excellent, dining room very slow ..plan on spending 2 hours there ...shows old school nothing fancy, bands in red frogs excellent mainly ... Read More
Going to Panama canal was the highlight of our cruise...friendliest people onboard crew was excellent, dining room very slow ..plan on spending 2 hours there ...shows old school nothing fancy, bands in red frogs excellent mainly female front/male front musicians excellent...being a musician vocalist I love good harmonies great songs, karaoke was magical fun with great bunch of people...drawback ..karaoke was 3rd to 5th day and I think they should had it from 1st day to last night since everyone enjoyed karaoke. Excessive amount of Bingo and trying to push selling jewelry which was a turnoff. Excursions were excellent. Embarkation smoothly and debarkation smoothly. Panama canal was interesting ..would have enjoyed getting off ship to view from outside or even excursion of panama the city. The ship dining room was very unusual colorful and enjoyed it. Miracle is nice sized ship not too big or not too small. Enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Cruising the Panama Canal was on my husbands bucket list so this cruise was a birthday gift for him and our 29 year old son. This was my 28th cruise with Carnival and the second time on the Miracle so I'm not new to evaluating what ... Read More
Cruising the Panama Canal was on my husbands bucket list so this cruise was a birthday gift for him and our 29 year old son. This was my 28th cruise with Carnival and the second time on the Miracle so I'm not new to evaluating what works and what doesn't on these ships. I've sailed pretty much every class as well. The Ship - So the Miracle is not the newest or my favorite. But it was a nice size and easy to navigate. Yes the crew is always working hard to keep it clean and updated. I see that on all the ships. We had a suite for the three of us and the balcony was extended and really nice. The cabin itself was nice as well. Very roomy for three adults and our ac worked just fine. The Crew and the Passengers - Probably one of my favorite of all cruises. The prior weeks cruise was spring break so they were thrilled to have a ship full of "old people" with tons of status treating them with respect and warmth. And I have to say - combine an eight day cruise with the cost of the Panama canal and you get an average age of 75 years old and 500 plus diamond and platinum members. Our steward Arnold, our dining staff Lydia and Rosi, the Alchemy Bartenders Jacob and Gabrial and Gabrial's wife by the pool couldn't have been friendlier. And it was not about extra tipping, the crew was just so eager to please. Maybe the nicest crew I've ever experienced. And finally the food. Well I am not a huge fan of the American Table menu on any ship these days but I can always find something I like. Was it fun? Well for my 29 year old he had to find his own fun as there were barely any other passengers even close to his age. But he did. And as far as the entertainment the house band was good as were the vocalists and violin trio. This was not one of those late night cruises for us by a stretch with the crowd on board but it was completely relaxing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Cruised with my 20 YO Granddaughter. Had a great time despite having very few younger people on the ship. First time to Panama Canal. Tampa embarkation is a little more difficult to me having to park across the street but ok. Got right ... Read More
Cruised with my 20 YO Granddaughter. Had a great time despite having very few younger people on the ship. First time to Panama Canal. Tampa embarkation is a little more difficult to me having to park across the street but ok. Got right on the ship. Cabin was in good position on the ship but Cabin steward was not the best I ever had. Enjoyed the entertainment. Food was adequate but not anything to rave about. Both excursions that we took were fantastic. They cancelled one that we booked with Carnival so we took one from the port at Grand Cayman. The ship is in good shape and I liked the gaudiness. It reminded me of the good old days of cruising. Didn't miss Guy's Burgers, the grill took it's place and was good. Debarkation was easy. Off the ship with my own luggage and on the way home at 8:15. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The only the enjoyable thing on this cruise were the fellow passengers. Staff: Unless they were working for extra tips at the bar or trying to sell you something, they looked and acted miserable. Some practically falling over tired. ... Read More
The only the enjoyable thing on this cruise were the fellow passengers. Staff: Unless they were working for extra tips at the bar or trying to sell you something, they looked and acted miserable. Some practically falling over tired. Food: Im used to military gally food, and thats what they served. And it was the same food served in all four restraunts with only the $40 steakhouse having something different. Cabin: Average size but HOT! Air conditioning was working all over the ship, but not in our room, even the minifridge quit. We tried several times to get customer service to help without success. Slept with wet towels to try and stay cool. Entertainment was more focused on gambling/sales. Comedians and trivia hosts were trying their hardest but were at it for hours and ran out of good jokes. We ended up just playing drinking card games with other guests. Services were adverage, except for the hard sell for the spa/botox. Only had ome working ellipticle. DONT pay the $60 for the VIFP upgrade. Everyone who already sailed with Carnival gets it for free. So you dont get on or off the boat early, you wait for cabin to be called like anyone else. Just another ripoff. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The embarkation process was very easy once you get past all the traffic and chaos at the port leaving Tampa. One thing that we did not like is when we were getting dropped off the people that collect the bags were throwing them on a cart ... Read More
The embarkation process was very easy once you get past all the traffic and chaos at the port leaving Tampa. One thing that we did not like is when we were getting dropped off the people that collect the bags were throwing them on a cart which were falling all over the road and hit our car. When we went to give our bag to the person collecting them(which we were already iffy about after what we just witnessed) he said our bag was too big and we had to take it on the ship, so we were stuck carrying a 50lb bag for a few hours until rooms became available. The elevators were mostly all closed the first day so it took forever to get anywhere you needed to. Food was subpar, on elegant nights the food was somewhat better quality than casual nights. The portions are very tiny and most the food around the ship is greasy and fatty and overall just bad quality. Workers constantly will come around and bother you every 2 minutes asking if you want a drink and even when you say no they continue to bother you and when they finally stop they walk off with an attitude if you don’t get anything. Room service free food had little options and the quality was also bad. Lastly for the negative thoughts would be that the ports you have to tender at are very disorganized. People will cut in front of you to try and get on first and when they decided to do a sticker system for another port pretty much the same thing happens and everyone cuts you and your stuck waiting again. Staff should try and organize things more with something like two lines to stand on instead of everyone trampling one another in front of where they give them out. If your boat goes to Belize I would defiantly book an excursion because there is not much to do and taxis are so expensive . We went to the man made beach which was reasonably priced but the cabs will cost you an arm and a leg. There was never a dull moment on the ship in regards to entertainment so you will never be bored. Our cruise director, Leigh, was fantastic. Very entertaining and engages the guests in all the activities. The comedy shows were hilarious and our favorites were the Anthony Scott and Al Katz they had us laughing the whole show. We always got to our ports on schedule or a little before which was a plus because we were able to spend a lot of time on the islands. We booked a shore excursion through Carnival in Cozumel called “VIP Dolphin Swim Experience” and it was well worth the money and the service was fantastic. The trainer rodrigo was amazing with the dolphins and did awesome with our group! Lazer made sure everyone on our excursion was taken care of and he was very attentive so I would highly recommend both of these guys to deal with on your excursion! Overall we had a great time on our cruise entertainment wise but we are not sure if we would cruise with carnival again in regards to the negatives above. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as ... Read More
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as smooth or fast as a Royal Caribbean cruise I had recently taken, but was not horrible. We had a fifth deck balcony cabin that was spacious enough with a comfortable king bed. Our cabin steward, Lasmana, was fabulous and kept our cabin in great shape and was responsive to all of our needs. We ate in the main dining room for all but a couple of lunches and found the food to be consistently good and the waitstaff professional. The food was so good that we felt no need to eat anywhere else. We had chosen "your time" dining and as such, we were able to get to know several other couples over the course of the week. We very much enjoyed the breakfasts in the main dining room and would highly recommend the house made granola which was a great snack to take on excursions (we had brought our own ziplock bags). On sea days, we hung out on the Serenity Deck, over 21 only, and read our books and used the hot tub. We never had any problem getting a seat under the covered portion of the deck as long as we got there by mid-morning. As for entertainment, we really enjoyed the Daft Sailors in the Red Frog Pub and spent most of our evenings there. We did excursions in all four ports and enjoyed them all. We booked none of them through Carnival but all were very diligent about getting us back to the ship on time. We highly recommend Roatan by Land and Sea in Roatan which we booked through Vacations To Go. The only negative I can think of was the muster exercise, only because so many guests selfishly did not show to muster on time, which caused the rest of us to have to stand and wait for them to be paged repeatedly. This was frustrating for those of us who managed to get there as directed. Perhaps Carnival would do well to not open the bars until after muster since so many adults had trouble with this. Definitely take your own luggage off the ship as opposed to putting it outside the cabin door for the crew to take. We used the gym three times but the elliptical machines' touch screens were frustratingly non-responsive and clearly in need of updating, but we made the best of it. The weights portion of the gym was very good. We were often aware of the movement of the ship so would recommend prescription scopolamine transdermal patches if prone to seasickness. We wore them for the entire cruise and had no problem. Overall, we would highly recommend this ship and this itinerary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was cruise number 10 for us and one of, if not the best. We have previously sailed on Carnival, Royal Carribean, and Holland America. We found the Carnival Miracle to be in excellent condition, the service was top notch, and the food ... Read More
This was cruise number 10 for us and one of, if not the best. We have previously sailed on Carnival, Royal Carribean, and Holland America. We found the Carnival Miracle to be in excellent condition, the service was top notch, and the food was great probably 90% of the time. Only had a couple not so good dishes. The size of the ship is perfect. Not so big and not too small. Never felt crowded. Never waited in lines to disembark at ports or at buffet lines. Traveled with 2 small children who both had a great time. Camp Carnival staff was wonderful! Only complaints overall would be that the water slide has no water pressure so you get stuck all the time. My 6 year old who loves waterslides went on it once and didn't care to go back. And only one hot tub was hot the whole cruise which caused it to be crowded all the time. Overall we loved the ship, sad to see it go to the west coast later this year but we are excited that the Carnival Legend is replacing it which is the same class of ship but with all the new upgrades (Guys burgers, Blue Iguana, and Waterworks, etc). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward unfortunately was awful. He was never around and didn't clean during the set times. We are used to twice a day and we received one a day and varied between 11-6. Good comedy act's. Shows were just OK. We brought our college student daughter and she loved everything. Late night activities were good for her. She enjoyed the clubs. Ports and excursions were very good. We were not disappointed. Jolly Rogers in Roatan was the best. We also did snuba in Cozumel it was good but waiting for the boat ride back was a long wait. I really enjoyed the new disembarkation process. Although had to wait on ship thru customs was great. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We choose this cruise for the dates and because it stopped in Roatan. Unfortunately due to high winds we were unable to stop in Roatan. No fault of Carnival. The food in the main dining room was hit and miss. Had some really good ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the dates and because it stopped in Roatan. Unfortunately due to high winds we were unable to stop in Roatan. No fault of Carnival. The food in the main dining room was hit and miss. Had some really good dinners and some so-so meals. The buffet was not great but the pizza was awesome. The ship is showing some wear but it did not stop us from enjoying our cruise. The ship was full but the only time it felt a bit crowded was on sea days. Even then there seemed to be ample loungers. We did the comedy shows a couple nights and enjoyed the shows. Our cabin was clean and had plenty of space. The bed was a bit hard. The service was great for the most part. A couple of times it was a bit slow in the main dining room. We did the steak house our last night and it was very good. We went to the Money Bar in Cozumel. In Belize we did the Snuba. Really would have liked to have more time for this excursion. We would definitely go on this ship again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Let me start by saying this was our 8th cruise with Carnival. We booked this one because the dates worked for us and our friends who flew down from NYC to sail with us. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. First let me state the pros. ... Read More
Let me start by saying this was our 8th cruise with Carnival. We booked this one because the dates worked for us and our friends who flew down from NYC to sail with us. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. First let me state the pros. Embarkation in Tampa was seamless and quick. We arrived at 11:15am and were on the Lido deck having lunch by 12:10. Valet parking was a great decision. Only $20 more that self park for the week All crew we encountered from cabin stewards, waiters/waitresses, photographers and entertainers were always going above and beyond to help or answer questions. The Cruise director, Leigh, was phenomenal. Funny as can be and was always visible and available to guests. Many other cruise directors only make themselves available part of the time and do not interact with guests as much as he did. Ship is easy to navigate and with only 1 restaurant on the 2nd floor you can pretty much go end to end on all floors. Entertainment was good. Shows were average. Comedians were great. Debarkation was fairly quick to get off the ship, but once in the terminal (Not Carnival's fault) there were only 2 customs officers for 2 ships with a total of about 5000 people. We grabbed a porter for a $20 tip and we moved faster through he line that everyone carrying their own luggage. If you have the opportunity do the "Chef's Table". It was a great experience and food was awesome. Different, but awesome.The $78 up charge was well worth it. It includes an 8 course meal, wine, appetizers and tour of the galley. Now the Cons: Food was mediocre at best. Dining room food was edible and some items were good. Buffet on the Lido was no better. The Pizza Pirate was popular and probably the best item during lunch and late nights. Food quality for the general ship population has substantially decreased over the last couple of years. We did do Nick/Nora's Steakhouse which on any ship is always a highlight. With an up-charge of $38 person the food was the best yet. I only question why the large up charge as if we are not eating in the dining room they are saving $$ on us there, and I can get a Surf/Turf dinner at a local equivalent quality steakhouse for less that that. But so be it. Food was excellent.( Only reason it's a con is due to the $38 up-charge) Another con was the Casino. Not big at all and as usual very smokey. You would think by this time if you are making this the only place inside the ship to smoke, there would be a better ventilation system. As on all ships the signs are there about not saving seats around the pool for more that 30 minutes, yet it is not enforced. People came out at 6am and placed towels and shoes on chairs and didn't return for a couple of hours. Either do not have the sign or enforce it with some teeth. Don't just bark. Of course there is not enough seats for everyone, even up on the upper sun decks. The final con is just my opinion. This is an older ship and is showing it's age. It was built on 2004 and refurbished in 2015. There is no rhyme or reason for some of the decor but that is just aesthetics.Even thought his ship holds 2100+ people, I think if it is going to continue to be full, they need to upgrade many thing throughout the ship.Otherwise take less guests as many of the corridors in the common areas were narrow and people were stepping all over each other. Read Less
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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