1,425 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

The March 5 repositioning was excellent from Miami to the Miracle's new home (we hope) in San Francisco. Although there was some concern about the novel coronavirus, it was the best ship in the world to sail on. The Miracle was ... Read More
The March 5 repositioning was excellent from Miami to the Miracle's new home (we hope) in San Francisco. Although there was some concern about the novel coronavirus, it was the best ship in the world to sail on. The Miracle was coming off of 15 days in dry dock in Freeport with replacement of many furnishings and plenty of time for any residual virus to die (published studies say maximum of 3-day survival on surfaces depending on moisture and temperature). Cartagena had a beautiful old town and artisan market; very much worthwhile. The full Panama Canal transit was magnificent; worth every penny and extra days at sea. On the Atlantic side, we transited the three Gatun Locks up to Gatun Lake. On the Pacific side, went through Pedro Miguel Lock, then proceeded to the two Miraflores Locks. At the first one, we stopped briefly to board three (health?) officials. Then we stopped for over an hour at the final lock to disembark a passenger, who reportedly had immediate surgical needs, and his wife and the three officials. For the stop in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, we simply walked around the small town taking in the basic aquarium and plenty of shopping. We had a couple of beers at a nearby bar and used their excellent WiFi to check email. Next port of call was Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala where we booked the only excursion; "Top 10 Sights of Antigua with lunch". Manny was a very knowledgeable and understandable guide; he has a degree n anthropology and a Masters degree in tourism business. The ship skipped our scheduled port of call at Cabo San Lucas. We were denied permission to dock at the Miracle's future home port of San Francisco. For several days, we did not know where or if we would be given permission to dock. Finally, the port of LA allowed us to dock at San Pedro, one day earlier than our scheduled San Francisco termination port. All of the crew, especially the Cruise Director, were very emotional as we ended the cruise since they were unsure of the future of the cruise industry. The short term financial crisis and the long term health concerns over the cruise industry. Donald Trump's good friend and donor, Micky Arison, offered to use Carnival cruise ships to alleviate housing needs during the novel coronavirus crisis and the ships' hiatus from cruise itineraries. On the refurbished Miracle's first journey after dry dock, food, cabins, entertainment, and service were all very good. I was sad that there was no show band to play with the big theater productions. All music was pre-recorded and lacked the amazing sound of live musicians. The entertainment director said all ships had gone that route since it is almost impossible to find quality musicians who are willing to sign-on as ship staff for several months at a time. Importantly, for extra hygiene during this time of coronavirus concern, the staff added protocols for serving guests all food, including many condiments. This meant that staff had to work extra hours to man all of the stations that are usually self-serve. I am sure the extra protocols helped the ship to have no reported cases of novel coronavirus or flu on the entire sailing. Congratulations to staff and passengers for sanitizing hands frequently. Staff gently reminded guests at every opportunity to use the sanitizing stations all around the ship. The Miracle is an excellent ship with 2,500 passenger capacity. That is not too big, but big enough to have full staffing. It never felt crowded, except occasionally having to wait up to 10-15 minutes for a table for anytime dining. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We chose a aft balcony to come through the canal, hoping to enjoy the many sea days on the balcony and de-stress, relax and enjoy the break of the daily work grind. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN! We had oil droplets spewing from the funnel each and ... Read More
We chose a aft balcony to come through the canal, hoping to enjoy the many sea days on the balcony and de-stress, relax and enjoy the break of the daily work grind. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN! We had oil droplets spewing from the funnel each and every day and these oil drops were landing on us, destroying our clothes, and not able to sit out without enjoying a daily spray of oil. Our room Stewart was amazing. He was very upset that there was so much oil coming out of the funnel and he scrubbed the balcony each day and even though we did ask for evening service he would come and wipe it down just in case we wanted to try and go out on the balcony. The guest services team did not believe that this was Happening and basically called us liars until 5 different people at 3 different times came to check out what was occurring. They finally gave us “white” shirts to put on if we wanted to go out on our balcony as the Engineer that came as a last effort to disprove us, said “It is oil and he can’t fix it out at sea, as he can’t shut down an engine”. Needless to say, we basically had an aft balcony room that was officially now an ocean view room. Not only were we concerned about what we would breath in if we wore the “white” shirts they provided to us to wear, if we wanted to use our balcony, but also what was being spewed into our ocean as we cruised along spewing the oil droplets. Safety, health and environmental concerns. The sanitation effort on the crews part was exceptional, they all were working extra to ensure that the ship was disinfected continuously, minimizing the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus and ensuring we all stayed healthy. Absolutely Job Well Done! Food was excellent, and serving staff was excellent to. Room had some air conditioning issues and some foul smell coming from across the hall from were the crew was repairing the pool, as well as there was diesel smell coming from the water in the shower and sink. Coffee in the buffet had a diesel smell and I can officially say I was caffeine free for 2 weeks as the coffee smelt like diesel and tasted awful. Thank god for bottled water! We have sailed on Carnival Miracle before for a 15 day Hawaii cruise and she ‘was’ one of our favourite ships, so when we booked this cruise along with her just coming out of dry dock, we didn’t expect to have all the issues. Hopefully by her having to be guest free for a few weeks, will give the crew an opportunity to get her back up to her splendour and the shape she was before. We would recommend this ship if they get the issues fixed, as she is a beautiful ship with intimate spaces hidden away, and on deck 3 at the front of the ship, is excellent for star gazing. Highly recommend a full transit Panama Canal Cruise, as we did a partial transit previously and we enjoyed that one, but going from the Atlantic to the Pacific and seeing the full wonder of the sheer magnitude of the amount of work it took to create this Canal is a sight to see. Entertainment was the normal, same shows that if you are a frequent Carnival guest will know the shows. This is an area that Carnival is lacking in, is the shows, they need a refresh and a change. After 12 cruises with Carnival, we can pretty much tell you what the playlist lineup will be. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
The cruise itself was like many others. And a good time was had by all. I’m writing because of the amazing staff,..... When we were caught up in the coronavirus scare. When it was realised we had to find somewhere else to dock ... Read More
The cruise itself was like many others. And a good time was had by all. I’m writing because of the amazing staff,..... When we were caught up in the coronavirus scare. When it was realised we had to find somewhere else to dock because we could not get back to san francisco, the guest services dept and rest of crew rearranged transport for everybody from san pedro , worked all night to get their approx 2000 passengers safely to their selected destinations. The members of staff were helpful, patient and very professional. We were independent travelers and the situation was scary. even the ancillary staff remained cheerful and courteous despite themselves , being far from home, and facing a very uncertain time ahead. We managed to get back to the uk eventually , but i cannot praise carnival and the crew members of the “ miracle “ enough. So very well done. and thank you adam for keeping our spirits up ! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We loved everything about this cruise....except the comedian(so bad it was embarrassing- many people left halfway through his performance) and the Comedy Club hostess with her squeaky voice and her fake hair flips. The food experience was ... Read More
We loved everything about this cruise....except the comedian(so bad it was embarrassing- many people left halfway through his performance) and the Comedy Club hostess with her squeaky voice and her fake hair flips. The food experience was exquisite. Indrawan was our favorite waiter. Attentive, professional, and always smiling! The meals were delicious each day. The dining room was spectacular. The buffet stations on Lido Deck always had fresh, tasty food and smiling staff. The shore excursions were more about visiting the tour guide’s brother’s t-shirt and jewelry store. A lot of wasted time. Not enough time to properly look at the attractions. Were it not for the gamble of being left behind while doing non-sanctioned shore excursions, we would do exactly that. We could do much better for a lot less money. The performances in the theater were awesome. The staff there worked hard, and each night presented a great experience. Adam, the Cruise Director, did his very best to make sure we all had fun. The finale with the Lip Sync and the Passenger Song and dance show just proved that anyone can do a great job of entertaining with a little coaching and choreography. Sensational show! The Casino was better than I thought it would be. Didn’t make any money on the slots, but had some small wins to keep it exciting. Terrible sound system in the Casino, and smoky as usual. The poolside events on the Lido Deck were very loud, but they got a lot of people shaking and grooving. The DJ worked hard to make sure everyone was included. Bingo was a bust. Winning was almost impossible, and if it weren’t for Luis the Bingo Master, (who made it fun), it would have been a total waste. The Art sales and auctions seemed to be misplaced on the ship. It wouldn’t be my first choice of places to buy art, and then pack it or pay to have it shipped home. Fortunately, the Carnival Miracle is going into dry dock for refurbishment. It really needs some love! Lots of things need updating and painting. The deck furniture is uncomfortable and extremely noisy when you move it around. Not sure how to fix that, but it makes it hard to sleep while people on the next balcony are moving chairs around. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Warm weather cruise in both the Pacific and Atlantic. Staff was ...as usual, outstanding. The ship was set to be refurbished at the end of this cruise. It needed it. Really could have been discounted because of the needed repairs. ... Read More
Warm weather cruise in both the Pacific and Atlantic. Staff was ...as usual, outstanding. The ship was set to be refurbished at the end of this cruise. It needed it. Really could have been discounted because of the needed repairs. Carnival has really fallen off in quality since we started with them nearly 35 years ago. Food quality and entertainment need upgraded. It would have been good to have had an expert on board or a movie prior to going through the canal to tell the story of the canal. The company needs to cater more to the group on the ship...only say two families with children as most folks were at least 55. Having the comedy start at 11 was past many bed times. Hate the game show entertainment...cheap. Wish the frequent cruiser program crossed with the sister company lines. Making everyone wait for the emergency drill at the start of the cruise while trying to roundup a few is wrong. Freeze their cruise card and then they have to attend later or assess a fee. Do not like the excursions for shopping when the only places allowed to shop are specific and no time to shop on your own. Love to have more big screen movies and in room movies. Get Fox News and ESPN in the rooms. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise for the length (15 Days) and the destination (Hawaii). Boarding the ship in San Diego was extremely organized, once you got through security. The security line was pretty much a free-for-all. I read reviews about ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the length (15 Days) and the destination (Hawaii). Boarding the ship in San Diego was extremely organized, once you got through security. The security line was pretty much a free-for-all. I read reviews about the ship being in bad shape. Yes, it's an older ship that was weeks away from dry dock, but the ship was in great shape! Very clean and all public areas were in excellent condition and working order. We had an interior cabin (it was a casino comp...so we dealt with it! LOL) and made it work. It was very small, but as long as we kept it picked up and used all the drawer/cabinet space , it was fine. The service throughout the ship was wonderful! Very friendly crew everywhere we went, and always greeted with a smile! Our cabin steward, Genjah, kept our cabin in perfect order. It seemed like whenever we left and came back to our room, no matter the time of day, our cabin had been cleaned and organized! The entertainment was okay, not the best, but we enjoyed ourselves. With a total of eight sea days, there's only so much you can do. We brought some games and books along to keep us occupied...and out of the casino! LOL As far as Hawaii goes, our ports of call could not have been better! (Maui, Oahu/Honolulu, Kaua'i, Hilo) The only excursion we booked through Carnival was a snorkeling excursion in Maui. This was advertised as a snorkeling with turtles, which it was not; but the snorkeling was beautiful...and on the way back to the island we saw so many whales! It was a highlight! The rest of our excursions were booked on our own and we had no problems getting back to the ship on time, with all but one of them picking us up right at the ship. The only real disappointment was the food. It was not terrible, but sometimes lacked flavor. The Steakhouse was wonderful, but the Chef's Table was disappointing. We've done other Chef's Tables and the menu and quality was much better. I believe Carnival has cut back on this and would do well to redo the menu. The main dining room was again...just okay; but our service could not have been better. Debarkation was a little long, but that was due to the amount of Platinum and Diamond guests on the ship. We always give ourselves plenty of time to get to the airport, so this is never a big deal to us. Overall, the ship and crew on Carnival Miracle really made this trip special, and we would do it all over again!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Although an older ship due for dry dock, the Miracle was still a lovely, clean, and inviting ship to be on. (I do hope that they replace the mattresses in the cabins, though, during the dry dock. They weren't very comfortable). The ... Read More
Although an older ship due for dry dock, the Miracle was still a lovely, clean, and inviting ship to be on. (I do hope that they replace the mattresses in the cabins, though, during the dry dock. They weren't very comfortable). The crew was amazing--helpful to elderly and disabled and very friendly and accommodating. The activities and entertainment was varied and enjoyable. Some of the comedians were just so-so, but others were great, so evened out. I would not rave about the food. It was just okay in both the Lido and the Dining Room. The best meals were at the Sea Day Brunch. Hawaii ports offered plenty to do, although several of them were not the most scenic - we docked in industrial terminals. I will definitely consider sailing on this ship again after it is refreshed. It was so easy to figure out the layout and get to all the venues with very little crowding and few lines. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was my second cruise and it was a day longer than last time and even better than my Carnival Cruise from last year. The service was excellent, the staff was always helpful and engaging and the room was perfect. I loved the activities ... Read More
This was my second cruise and it was a day longer than last time and even better than my Carnival Cruise from last year. The service was excellent, the staff was always helpful and engaging and the room was perfect. I loved the activities and all that was provided for us guests; I took advantage of everything I could and enjoyed every minute. The gym was clean and had all the equipment I would need to stay on track with my exercise plan. Meal time was always delicious and the nightly dance routines were so much fun to participate in. It was a perfectly relaxing time away for me and my husband. Not only did we enjoy all the amenities on the ship, we thoroughly enjoyed the excursions that we purchased for our time in Cabo. Purchasing the excursions ahead of time was easy and convenient. We are ready for our next cruise already. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise for two reasons first because it was departing San Diego (our hometown) and second because it was going to Cabo. We choose a 1:00 pm check in and it was so easy. We did not have to wait in any lines, our bags were ... Read More
We chose this cruise for two reasons first because it was departing San Diego (our hometown) and second because it was going to Cabo. We choose a 1:00 pm check in and it was so easy. We did not have to wait in any lines, our bags were checked and we were able to go to our cabin and put our carry on luggage away. We were surprised on the size of our cabin, it was a lot bigger than expected and the bathroom was also large with a lot of counter space and little shelves to place our toiletries. There were three closets and and two small dressers a mini fridge and a desk with four small and one large drawer. Next we explored the ship and put our names in for the raffle at the Spa ( which we were given a tour of by Spa staff ). We joined in the Sail Away party as we departed. This was a high energy party with dancing and a Conga line led by the Cat in the Hat and Thing one and Thing two. There were cruisers of all ages ( we are 55 and 58 ), everyone we having fun. We had dinner in the dining room a few times which we joined strangers for dinner and made new friends. Then we chose to have the buffet for dinner, and we liked that better because it was faster and we did not want to miss out on any of the fun. We participated in the Lip Sync Battle auditions and the Scavenger Quest Game ( do not miss playing this if you have the chance, it was a riot ) . We did the Luxury Sail and Snorkel excursion. This was amazing we saw so many whales I lost count ( actually jumping out of the water ). The crew was outstanding, we actually sailed. We also spent a lot of time in the casino and earned free drinks and a bottle of wine. The staff on ship were very helpful and polite going the extra mile when asking for directions by escorting us to the location. I loved the Serenity Adult area, it was so relaxing. The clam shells with a few extra towels make for the perfect place to spend a day at sea. The entertainment team was great they were able to pull everyone together and make connections. Brilliant ! We did have to go to Medical due to a slip and fall accident in which there was a sore ankle. Guest services picked up my friend with a wheelchair and took her to medical, after hours. The Medical staff was very thorough and gave her ankle an ex ray. There was a sprained ankle . Security checked out where she fell and took a report. Of coarse the was not any charges. We are booking this cruise again. The Miracle is going to dry dock for a face lift very soon and adding a couple new places on the ship. I look forward to my next Cabo cruise on her. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The cruise was chosen by a friend because of the destinations and the price. I had never been to Cabo San Lucas nor Escenado but picking the right cruise line and the right cabin mate is essential. We had an oceanview cabin (1137) which ... Read More
The cruise was chosen by a friend because of the destinations and the price. I had never been to Cabo San Lucas nor Escenado but picking the right cruise line and the right cabin mate is essential. We had an oceanview cabin (1137) which was just enough room for the both of us. Made' our cabinet stewart took excellent care of us and ensured that every need was met, whether it was additional towels or simply opening the door when we both had our arms full. The Miracle is an older ship but it was ok. The decor was the most outdated to me but the crew made up for it. The Lido deck was small and a little off centered compared to the other carnival ships that I've been on like the Fantasy, Inspiration, Sensation, Glory, ect. Alex in the Bacchus (restaurant) was very attentive and ensured after a small hiccup the first night that the other 5 nights were wonderful. The food was ok but nothing to write home about. The Entertainment was so so, I've seen better on the other ships. Burgers on the lido deck were awful so I stuck to the deli and the restaurant. The burgers seemed to have been made earlier that day and just left on a warmer. If possible get on one of the ships with Guy'S Burgers, no won't be disappointed. Cabo San Lucas was really nice with beautiful beaches. Our first day we did the Top 10 Best of Cabo which was our 2nd choice since Explore Cabo: Sightseeing, Tacos, Tequila, & Shopping tour was full. For $60 it was acceptable but there wasn't a lot of time to walk around and shop it you wanted to get something to eat. Since we were there for 2 days we decided to do the tour day 1 @ 10am. On day 2 we decided to walk around downtown on our own where we explored the shops at the dock and inside the city with a couple of hours at the beach which was about a 30 minute walk from the cruise dock. Day 3 was at Ensenada which was ok but the vendors at La Bufadora Adventure where exhausting. You couldn't turn around without having 3 or 4 people coming at you at the same time to buy something. I had to pretend to have a hearing problem just to make it down the street which made that whole experience my least like of the whole cruise. Needless to say we didn't even get to see the blow hole "blow". Tide didn't get high enough. The 2 days at sea were okay but again my cabin mate and I got a long splendidly so it was nice. The gym on the Miracle was one of the better ones I had ever experienced on any of the carnival ships but it could have had more room to move around. The staff at the Guest Service desk were amazing. Would I go again, for the right price, absolutely. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I chose this ship for a short family vacation and trial run with the kids and my husband at cruising. We took the 3 day Ensenada cruise out of San Diego. The ship is old, the food is not fantastic, there are not a lot of things for kids to ... Read More
I chose this ship for a short family vacation and trial run with the kids and my husband at cruising. We took the 3 day Ensenada cruise out of San Diego. The ship is old, the food is not fantastic, there are not a lot of things for kids to do as on the newer ships, and they seem short-staffed. We did manage to make the most our of the experience and make memories. However, I couldn't imagine being on this ship for the Alaska or Hawaii itinerary. We had one of the Vista Suites and the kids had an interior room. Our room was just old and outdated looking, the closet doors didn't slide, the drawers weren't easy to open, and the balcony was pretty dirty. On every cruise I have ever been on, steak and lobster are included in the dinner on formal night, apparently this is not the case anymore. If we wanted that it was a $20 up charge in the main dining room, very disappointing. We also got the Bubbles package. I drink but my husband doesn't drink a lot of alcohol or soda; however, he does drink Propels. Carnival was supposed to switch the Pepsi products in January so I bought the Cheers package. Our cruise was on January 3rd and was the last cruise with Coke products...lucky us. There were no sugar free/low carb drinks offered other than sodas and energy drinks. Our kids (boys) spent most of their time on the basketball court. We tried to play a game of darts in the Red Frog but there was one dart left...kind of makes for a boring game. There were a few "big" football games on during the cruise and the Sports Bar was the only place that had them on. It was packed, stuffy, and only had one bartender! Not sure why they couldn't have turned it on in more places? Service at the main dining room seemed to be slower on this cruise than I had experienced in the past. It didn't matter if there were 11 people at our table or 2. I sat at several bars without even being acknowledged and eventually got up and left. I've never experienced this before either. Needless to say, my husband hated it and will never cruise again. I'm looking forward to booking more cruises in the future with the kids and I doubt I'll be cruising with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I just wanted to post some thoughts on the Miracle. We sailed her on a short 3-day out of San Diego, leaving last Friday and returning yesterday morning. This is technically my 4th cruise overall- the first was on Royal Caribbean so ... Read More
I just wanted to post some thoughts on the Miracle. We sailed her on a short 3-day out of San Diego, leaving last Friday and returning yesterday morning. This is technically my 4th cruise overall- the first was on Royal Caribbean so many years ago I can't remember it, then the Carnival Imagination (or Inspiration... I get them confused) almost 4 years ago, Ruby Princess in March 2019, and then this one. We tried an inside cabin for the first time to see if I could stand it (prior cruises all had at least a window) and we knew it would be a "booze cruise" type experience but we just wanted to get away for the weekend. We flew from PHX to SAN and walked the 2.2 miles from the airport to the cruise terminal (we were carrying only regular sized backpacks so no luggage to speak of). Overall, I do prefer the decor of the Ruby Princess to either of the Carnival ships I've seen. I thought the Princess atrium/piazza was more elegant and so was the Princess theater. I did not care for the Phantom theater or the Mad Hatter area on Miracle at all. The entertainment on Miracle was, IMO, far and away better than what we saw on the Ruby. Those 8 young people sang and danced their hearts out and they were really very good- no off key notes or half-hearted performances. We saw an 80's rock and roll type show, a "piano" (keyboard) heavy show, and a 60's beach party type show. All three were very very good. The Alchemy Bar (recommended by several on a Carnival social media group I visit) was not decorated in a very exciting manner but it had unique drinks that my husband appreciated (well, he appreciated being able to get one with Absinthe, which I despise), and we enjoyed the bar staff very much. That was the one lounge we kept going back to. The interior room was fine and I didn't get claustrophobic. We were in 6201 which was a middle-ish deck in the middle-ish of the ship. The only downside (and this surprised me as I thought we were high up enough to avoid any such thing) was that there was a constant, yet intermittent (if that makes sense) vibration that I could feel when I was trying to sleep. It actually felt like my husband's leg was twitching... about 3 times in a row, pause for a couple seconds, and then it did it again. I have trouble falling asleep with that type of movement, so that was a minor annoyance. Out of three nights, we had dinner in Nick and Nora's Steakhouse the first night (that was unplanned... the first night comes with a bottle of wine. We don't drink wine so we had planned to take it with us and give it away to some young couple but we weren't allowed to remove it from the restaurant so that was a bust). Our steaks (cowboy something for my husband and the filet for me) were VERY good. The sides (mac and cheese, fries with smoked paprika, and garlic rapini) were just OK. We got the "art" dessert and had an enjoyable time with that although flavor wise, I would not get it again. Second night we had the Chef's Table dinner. We aren't sure if they were a bit disorganized or perhaps inexperienced- but we had a good time. I was not expecting to eat in Frankenstein's Night Club but that's where we were! I might do it again on a different ship. We never got around to eating in the MDR which was OK with me because we went to visit it and I found the decor to be a bit over the top, which was an ongoing theme with me. Still, most of the decor was better than the black ceilings and neon on my last Carnival cruise! Overall we had a really good time and we would do that cruise on that ship again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
So incredibly nice to leave from San Diego! We had a very relaxing time. If you are looking for negative you will find it. Staff was so nice and helpful. Food was good, we ate in dining room and buffet. We both found plenty to eat ... Read More
So incredibly nice to leave from San Diego! We had a very relaxing time. If you are looking for negative you will find it. Staff was so nice and helpful. Food was good, we ate in dining room and buffet. We both found plenty to eat that we liked and a few things we did not. We enjoyed the salad bar and the pizza was delicious! My husband thought the gym was the nicest he has experienced on a ship.Embarkation was simple, organized, and efficient, debarkation was very quick as long as you listened to instructions and were patient. Cabin was nice, balcony for us was key to relaxation! We would definitely go with Carnival again. Variety of activities available onboard for all ages. We walked around Catalina and did not exit ship in Ensenada. Fun to watch people who did though! Yes, the ship was showing some wear and tear but the crew was working hard everyday to keep it clean. We have cruised Disney, Princess and Holland America. They all have pros and cons. I hope Carnival and other cruise lines continue departure from San Diego. OH if you like to have a straw with your cocktail you need to pack your own! ( or pay $6 for five straws ) Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Carnival Miracle did a great job and this was one of our favorite cruises. We've been on Royal Caribbean several times,and 5 on Carnival.The negative reviews made me weary,YET,they were proven to be sooo wrong. Embarkation ... Read More
Carnival Miracle did a great job and this was one of our favorite cruises. We've been on Royal Caribbean several times,and 5 on Carnival.The negative reviews made me weary,YET,they were proven to be sooo wrong. Embarkation was smooth. Service in all areas was great. Balcony Cabin was very clean,very comfortable beds,good towels. Food was awesome!! Main Dining Room did a fabulous job! Public areas were very clean and well maintained.Very cool decor thru out ship. Casino was fun and very large. Spa-The best massage ever had.(didnt go into port,so pampered myself all day) Good choices for music areas for which you can choose from. New Years Eve was sooo fun and festive-champagne was served,hats,etc,Live Music ! We will go back on the Carnival Miracle.(She'll be in dry-dock in Feb) Kudos to Carnival! Note-We love to cruise and fell blessed to be able to enjoy cruising. Ignore the negative reviews-so not fair,especially since we had over 15 to compare to. Hubby isnt easy to please,and was extremely content with all aspects of this cruise,and insisted I write our review. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My wife and I picked this cruise despite the fact we swore we wouldn’t sail with Carnival again after our last trip a couple years ago. Compared to NCL and RC, we just weren’t impressed with our last cruise. But we booked because we ... Read More
My wife and I picked this cruise despite the fact we swore we wouldn’t sail with Carnival again after our last trip a couple years ago. Compared to NCL and RC, we just weren’t impressed with our last cruise. But we booked because we wanted a quick weekend getaway on the cheap. Well we got what we paid for. First off, if you have even slight concerns about motion sickness, avoid this ship at all costs. It has no stabilizers so you can feel every wave. Even with my bonine pills, I still had occasional moments of queeziness. The ship is relatively small compared to others I’ve sailed. So the entertainment options were kind of limited. The pools are not really that kid friendly and there aren’t a lot of things available to entertain kids, so it’s not an ideal family cruise compared to others we’ve been on. They had a water slide but it’s not accessible from the main pool deck so you can’t keep a close eye on the kids if you want to sun bathe while they slide. The dining was mediocre at best. The main dining room had pretty standard options each night. The “Featured Vegetarian” entree was the exact same dish all three nights. Not great for my wife. Seriously? They couldn’t come up with 3 different entrees? I had a pork chop on the first night which was tough and dry. The other dishes were decent but nothing compared to the elegant dishes I had on NCL and RC. Breakfast room service was a bit of a joke. We normally order it out of convenience but their offerings were extremely limited if you didn’t want an extra charge. We could get fruit, cereal, danishes, yogurt cups, juices, and coffee. Basic Continental breakfast. No hot plates. One of our bananas was half mush and the melons were all under ripe and flavorless. We went to the main dining room after the first morning. Much better options, which were quite good. The stateroom was clean, with the one exception of a leftover sock in one of the cabinets. The air conditioning was impossible to adjust. We had a thermostat but it didn’t appear to do anything. Always chilly in our room. And it was incredibly noisy. Constantly sounded like we were on an airplane. It was that loud. The ship is in desperate need of a makeover though. Lots of salt-wear on deck rails, chipped paint, etc... The mandatory safety briefing was not great. They communicated relatively well but never gave us a warning for when the alarms would sound. They just blasted in our tiny stateroom and scared us to death! Just give us a heads up. My one real complaint was regarding their prohibited items policy. We have packed a small power strip for every cruise we’ve ever taken, including our last Carnival cruise. This time they confiscated it before we embarked. I pointed to their website policy that says power strips are an exception (they said with careful use, whatever that’s supposed to mean) but they refused to return it until the end of the cruise. They had no explanation for why I was allowed to use it on our last cruise, nor why it was such an objectionable item. They basically just said, sorry not sorry. The stateroom only had one US compatible receptacle. How are we supposed to charge two phones and two watches at night? Again, the ship is out-dated. With regard to entertainment, the only show we saw was one of the comedians. We went to the PG show so it seemed he felt restricted in his act considering there was a 10 yr old in the front row. He wasn’t all that great to be honest, but in fairness he had a pretty quiet crowd. We did listen to a few musicians at random times. They were alright. Nothing spectacular. Found it funny when we went to a bar that advertised “acoustic jams” and were greeted by a blues musician playing electric guitar. Must be that “new” acoustic all the kids are talking about! He wasn’t bad though. As usual, there was lots of attempted upselling for photos, drinks, art auctions etc... Pretty typical in our experience. We did actually buy a couple of photos from the studio photographer on the Cruise Elegant night. She did a nice job. The prints were overpriced but good quality. Speaking of Cruise Elegant night, the dining room was not strict on the dress code for that evening. There were plenty of guests in T-shirts and jeans. We took one excursion but it wasn’t booked through the cruise line so I’ll rate it separately. Overall, we made the most of it. Easily our least favorite of all our cruises but for the price it wasn’t awful. We spent plenty of time relaxing. Not much on deck due to chilly temperatures but still pretty comfortable. If you are a local resident to the Miracle’s embarkation point, it might be a nice weekend booze cruise. But not worth an expensive flight and long term vacation expectations. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Upon hearing that Carnival was beginning to leave from San Diego, my family decided it would be a great first cruise for 5 year old twins. We took a New Years cruise to fit in winter break. My husband and I have cruised previously ... Read More
Upon hearing that Carnival was beginning to leave from San Diego, my family decided it would be a great first cruise for 5 year old twins. We took a New Years cruise to fit in winter break. My husband and I have cruised previously (including on Carnival). Embarking was pretty quick and straightforward. We had one of the first embarkation times and made it fairly smoothly on. Getting off the boat was unexpectedly quick if you checked luggage. We were off the boat hours before we anticipated we would be. Spa To take advantage of a discount emailed to me, I had booked a massage for 3pm on embarkation day. Well, turns out kids club does not open on embarkation day until 8pm. There was no way of knowing that before getting on the ship. Then I go to the salon to find out that since the 3pm was in the middle of the safety drill, the massages had to be rescheduled. As I was at the desk, I was not the only one who had prebooked online showing up and being rescheduled. Why would we even be allowed to book at that time if they could not perform services? The staff did work to find a time that evening for the massage, but it was at a higher rate than what I had prebooked for. I was not told that at the time of booking either. The massage was nice, but I really disliked the sales pitch before and after. I stayed away from the salon the entire time following that. Kids Club The kids club was honestly what we were most excited about. Problem is, the hours were always varied. We'd drop our kid off and be told that it closes at a random time for an activity (that was not previously posted). It was a little frustrating in that regard. I had my kids there for one late night (New Years) and picked them up close to 1 am. Instead of droopy kids calmly watching a movie or something, they were running and jumping around. It was hard getting them to sleep that night. My kids had only warm feelings about the kids club. They made a request to not go one day, but when they went they had a good time. Overall, I'd say it was an average experience for them there. Food We ate in the main dining room most nights with some buffet trips. We never did any specialty dining (partly because of the lack of information for when I could drop my kids off prior to sailing). I was really disappointed that my kids received the same menu every night. The adult food was fine, nothing too special. But if the adults have tacos on the menu, how hard is it to make a kid's special of a taco? Hamburgers, hot dogs, spaghetti, and chicken nuggets were pretty much their only choices. One night we walked by where the kids club was dining and they had better meal choices for kids there. I was not impressed. We also did the Green and Ham character breakfast. The characters coming in were fun, but we also saw them for pictures later in the cruise and would not have had to pay for it. The meal options were pretty much the same thing you'd get on the buffet, except "green eggs and ham". That was buffet scrambled eggs dyed green and Canadian bacon. My husband ordered it, and it was meh. Pretty much I paid $20 for my kids to eat cereal and take pictures with characters they saw again for free two days later. For something we were excited about, it was a disappointing experience. New Year's Celebration The party was pretty fun with fun wearable giveaways (like light up glasses) and complimentary toasting champagne. They did combine all the parties at the end which made for a packed lido deck for a count down. Overall Impression I had some specific criticisms that I pointed out, but overall it was an okay cruise. They kids had fun. Their favorite items were all you can eat soft serve and the mini-golf course. They also really loved the on board Build-a-Bear activity, complete with Carnival themed clothing options for the dolls. If you do that, line up early. My husband and I were able to enjoy some peace and quiet, which is what we really wanted from the trip. It was a budget cruise and felt like it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to do something special for birthdays in the family, two of them in December during the cruise. We headed to Hawaii but might as well have flown. 4 sea days there and back were horrible. The second we stepped on deck, we ... Read More
We wanted to do something special for birthdays in the family, two of them in December during the cruise. We headed to Hawaii but might as well have flown. 4 sea days there and back were horrible. The second we stepped on deck, we smelled cigarette smoke, as smoking is permitted on Deck 2, indoors. There is really no way around it if you want to go to the casino, trivia events, or get on or off the ship. When we went to our stateroom, we found the toilet smelled disgusting, as it had not been cleaned because of the short turnover time between the last cruise and ours. They scrubbed it the next day and it was okay. The housekeepers are over worked, so they also get into such a routine they don’t check for when you run low on toilet paper or shampoo. We learned the Carnival Fun Hub app was also disappointing. We paid $5 per person for a chat feature that rarely worked. The app crashes more often than it works. Most importantly, we were told we would reach Oahu, Maui, Kona, and Hilo at given times. However, the organization was horrible. We left the ship 2 hours late each day, except for the last. We needed to leave the ship using tenders at Kona, but no one announced that we needed to obtain tickets to get off the ship or where to get them. A couple had their excursions cancelled because they couldn’t get off the ship on time even when prioritized. They weren’t allowed off the ship early, but had to take a ticket and wait, but they were not told this; they heard it from a fellow passenger. The Bacchus dining room is poorly lit and garish, it is filled with a theme of round purple lights and grape leaves everywhere. The gym is located in the front of the ship on Deck 9, one of the bumpiest places on the ship. Everyone on the treadmills was walking slowly or running while holding on. Being on a stationary bike was like biking while drunk. The entertainment on board was over much yet not enough. Every sea day, there were “wellness seminars,” trivia, games, lectures about Hawaii, or bands playing. There were different shows at night. They paid attention to the fun aspect much more than other aspects. The Carnival Miracle also has Park West Gallery on board, advertising marked up prices for so-so artists and their “hand embellished” art. These are printed paintings with dabs of paint added to them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We were visiting our son in San Diego and decided that instead of renting a place, we would all go on a Mexican Riviera cruise. The embarkation and debarkation were smooth and fast, even with no FTTF available. The shows, food in MDR, ... Read More
We were visiting our son in San Diego and decided that instead of renting a place, we would all go on a Mexican Riviera cruise. The embarkation and debarkation were smooth and fast, even with no FTTF available. The shows, food in MDR, ports, and entire experience was amazing. Our favorite was the Rhythm of the Nights in PV. We loved it so much we booked another cruise on the Miracle for next December. The service was phenomenal. I loved the layout of the ship. You didn't have to walk up over and down to get to the dining room! We ate in the steakhouse and the food was superb. We especially liked the Alchemy Bar and the drinks and service there. It is a good place to wait before going in the MDR. There are many places to sit quietly and get away from the crowds (although in my opinion there were no crowds). The casino was smoky though, so be aware when walking through. I highly recommend the Miracle if you like a small, cozy atmosphere for sailing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I just got back from Mexican Riviera my 3rd time on this particular cruise and second time on the Miracle. Since it has been 2 years cruising with Carnival I don't know if it was the Ship or if Carnival has just gotten majorly cheap ... Read More
I just got back from Mexican Riviera my 3rd time on this particular cruise and second time on the Miracle. Since it has been 2 years cruising with Carnival I don't know if it was the Ship or if Carnival has just gotten majorly cheap but this wasn't my normal Carnival experience. The food was horrible, the selections in the dining room were sad, our service was deplorable and the ship was dirty. I have been a Carnival supporter for 20 years and I had to eat my words this time which is very sad to me. Like I said I don't know why it was this bad, I would like to say it was the Ship is old and they put the worse people on it but I have no idea. Someone said it was going in for repairs soon that is why they moved it to San Diego but the repairs we were told that they were going to do by the crew wouldn't make any difference in what I saw. If Carnival is changing practices by cutting crew and the food to try and save money then we have a problem because it showed. This ship is going all the way to Hawaii and I feel really bad for those people they will be starving by the time they get there and bored out of their minds. Fun Ship this wasn't! If you are going on this ship soon be ready, you will need to eat in the fine dining steak house if you want a decent meal and good service, when you get ready to come back on board from a port day they only have 1 line and 1 scanner so you will be standing in line for 30-45 minutes with no place to sit down. Everyone that serves you has a bad attitude and they literally have nothing to shop for in the tiny store they have on board. 2 weeks before Christmas even zippo! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our second cruise with Carnival. Our experience was beyond expectations. Our cabin steward Henry was very accommodating and helpful. I had requested some bathrobes and said the next day would be fine. When we came back from brunch ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Carnival. Our experience was beyond expectations. Our cabin steward Henry was very accommodating and helpful. I had requested some bathrobes and said the next day would be fine. When we came back from brunch there they were. Our cabin was on the Panorama deck, room 8250. It was a perfect location. One flight of stairs up and we were on the serenity deck enjoying some drinks and peace and quiet. Our first night we dined and Nick and Nora’s. The atmosphere, service, and food was way beyond our expectations. So much so that we booked an additional reservation for the end of our cruise. The main dining room was awesome. Our head waiter Eduardo was always smiling and making sure we were completely satisfied with our dining experience. We requested his section for all of our breakfasts and dinner meals. Our favorite bar was by far the Alchemy Bar. Katie was totally entertaining and always smiling. The only negative we experienced was in the Red Frog Pub on karaoke night. We were sitting at a table and the female server had an attitude with us because we would not buy the more expensive larger drinks they offered. I had to go to the bar to order a drink fir my wife and myself. Other than that the entire cruise was exceptional. We are planning on a 5 day cruise next year followed by the 15 day Hawaii cruise in 2021. Carnival Miracle will akways be our ship of choice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
1. The staff drill that began at 9:30am one day and featured extremely loud alarms and constant talking IN OUR STATEROOM completely terrified our two year old and woke us all up. It was completely unnecessary and we had no warning. 2. ... Read More
1. The staff drill that began at 9:30am one day and featured extremely loud alarms and constant talking IN OUR STATEROOM completely terrified our two year old and woke us all up. It was completely unnecessary and we had no warning. 2. The entire ship smelled like cigarette smoke. It really agitated my family's asthma during the cruise. A lot of people smoke in the casino with open airways to the rest of the ship, and I'm pretty sure they also smoke in their rooms because we smelled strong smoke smells everywhere, including the Camp Ocean area. 3. The boat is difficult to maneuver around. Camp Ocean makes us walk from one end of the ship to the other through many hallways. Very hard with a toddler. They could at least have an elevator or staircase that goes up to it. Also, the Lido deck food area has an inconvenient set-up. 4. The buffets and dining room are not open long enough and usually only briefly open for breakfast and dinner. Most of the time, it was a struggle to find any food except pizza and sandwiches. 5. Camp Ocean does not follow their own scheduled times and activities. A few times when we went to drop off during open hours, they were closed. And at times when the schedule said arts, crafts, party, fun activities, games, etc, it was always just "kids choice" which means unstructured free play with toys or watching a movie. My kid does that all the time at home. I was hoping for something different on board. Also, the room looks super boring. Same color blue carpet, walls, and ceiling with very low lighting. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The itinerary was what we wanted, which we enjoyed. I found they nickeled and dimed you more than other ships I have been on. Really to charge you for distilled water. It's an inexpensive cruise and that's what you're ... Read More
The itinerary was what we wanted, which we enjoyed. I found they nickeled and dimed you more than other ships I have been on. Really to charge you for distilled water. It's an inexpensive cruise and that's what you're getting. We usually travel Royal and we can see a definite difference in service and quality of food. The lobster night (my husbands favorite) was a total disappointment. The first one he got was just ok and the second one was mushy, not tasty at all. He couldn't even finish it. Over cooked. Which was a real disappointment for him. The other nights the food was from just okay to good. Never once did I walk out of the dinning room to say wow totally enjoyed that. I think we will be sticking to Royal from now on. Never saw our room steward. Our waiter was very nice and friendly but for someone who has worked on the ship for 10 years, the level of service wasn't there. The entertainment was good. No real complaints with that. The comedian did get a bit raunchy for my liking, I always say a good comedian doesn't have to resort to voguer or be raunchy to be funny. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My wife and I are not seasoned cruisers, having been on the Carnival Splendor and MSC Divina prior to our cruise on the Miracle. However, the friendliness of the staff and customer service on both of our Carnival cruises far outpaced the ... Read More
My wife and I are not seasoned cruisers, having been on the Carnival Splendor and MSC Divina prior to our cruise on the Miracle. However, the friendliness of the staff and customer service on both of our Carnival cruises far outpaced the experience on MSC. The ship itself is mid-sized, easy to find your way around, and never seemed crowded. However, signs of age are everywhere, and a drydock is much needed. We saw some neon lights out, a lot more rust on the railings than on prior ships, and just general signs of age. It's not always easy to describe, but you know it when you see it and can kind of feel it as well. Upsides to the ship are the aforementioned customer service, Carnival's adult retreat Serenity Deck, the hidden and quiet gem Gotham Bar on Deck 3 outside of the dining room, the Alchemy Bar on Deck 2, the Red Frog Pub, and the Skybox Sports bar which was great for watching football. Downside is the overall quality of the food, and the ridiculous amount of cigarette smoke emanating from the casino which permeates all of the public areas around it. (When will a cruise line finally get the balls to eliminate smoking onboard altogether? Safety and health hazard, not to mention just absolutely disgusting.) The cabins are clean and well serviced, and the entertainment that my wife and I partake of is generally music, Classic Rock if we can find it. We aren't much for the Las Vegas type shows and did not attend one on this ship. We have been in Cabo before and did not go ashore, it's not worth the tender ride. Mazatlán was disappointing and kind of dirty, we didn't enjoy the day there. Puerto Vallarta is great, we took a taxi to the Malecon and had drinks and lunch at a great restaurant called Bar Oceano. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Embarkation was amazing. We purchased FTTF just a few days prior to sailing. We were on the ship by and had access to our cabin 7233 immediately. Our luggage was not delivered until later. Our first dining room experience left us ... Read More
Embarkation was amazing. We purchased FTTF just a few days prior to sailing. We were on the ship by and had access to our cabin 7233 immediately. Our luggage was not delivered until later. Our first dining room experience left us more than a little apprehensive about further meals. We were served cool entrees. My chicken breast was so hard I could barely cut through it. I asked for bearnaise sauce in hopes to cover the dryness. My first dish was cool. The second dish was cool and had a dried texture. I ended up only eating the cheese place I ordered for dessert. The wine we ordered didn’t arrive until after our meals were completed. We complained bitterly, it was so disappointing to the 4 of us to have something wrong with each meal. The waiters, maitre’d and food manager all came to our table to say that would make it right. The next dining experience was much better with warm food and our bottle of wine being taken off our Cheers tab. But the following 2 nights were back to cool meals, armour plated fried chicken and not to forget the non existent dress codes with tshirts and baseball caps. We opted out of the last night because we were NOT going to give them a tip. Our anniversary dinner at Nick and Noras was fabulous. The food was so good and amazing. I wish we could have eaten there each night. I would suggest they lower the lighting uniformly, as our table was lit up like a football game while others enjoyed a lovely soft ambiance. The steak and lobster was supreme as was the service. We were each given a complimentary glass of champagne as well as a delicious dessert and 4 spoons! It was a wonderful celebration. Our cabin steward, Julius was attentive and always had our cabin cleaned before noon where our next door neighbors, and travel companions had a different experience with another cabin steward. We were delighted to see they actually policed the lounges in the Serenity pool area. On the 1 1\2 days we had weather that cooperated there were a number of towels and personal items being stored at the pool desk. This practise gave everyone an opportunity to to enjoy some sun and relaxation. We played bingo once but found the cost high for the wins. We went to the Piano bar once and felt the entertainer lacked true musical experience. Our favorite entertainers were 3 women from Poland. They are M3Strings. They play a cello, violin and base violin. All are orchestra trained and their performance proves it. Just a delight to listen to their large array of music from rock to pop to classical. We listened to them at either the Atrium bar (loved the service Darius) and in the Alchemy bar each night. The activity coordinator was certainly not someone I would recommend. Many times when we were forced to listen to her, she made mistakes or mispronounced English words. My goodness English is English whether you are in Australia or New Zealand! When we sailed from PV we were told the ship had no more avocados (but still on the menu at the deli each day), clamato juice and worstershire sauce. It just goes to show Carnival is running short staffed because these items should not have been missed. PVallarta has an abundance of retail outlets to stock up the ship for 2 more days. It told us they didn’t care. I would like to mention the thin bathroom towel which were not always white and often stained. All in all I would give this cruise a 5. You get what you pay for and Carnival was a lot cheaper than other lines. The four of us loved our balcony being opened up. When a neighbor smoked the situation was immediately dealt with. Unfortunately we never did find out who was smoking the pot! The cruise line alerted us that the balconies would be washed while in port. I really don’t know what they did but we still had bird droppings and dirt on our balcony and floor gutters were still full of debris and the glass was still green around the edges. I am not an active cruiser. I have been on 3 cruises in my lifetime. 2 were HAL, and 1 was Pride of America (Norwegian). I am used to cleanliness, great food and consistency. We chose this cruise and line because it was a convenient flight from Vancouver and allowed us to be on ship to celebrate our 40th anniversary. It wasn’t expensive compared to other cruise lines and now I know why. I will never cruise with this line again because of the reasons stated. Because we rarely cruise, I would rather spend more and know I am going to enjoy my self in all aspects of my vacation. We realized 2 weeks before sail time that our ship docked at 9am (according to its published itinerary) and we had booked flights home at 12:15. That was one reason why we bought the FTTF package so we could help our debarkation a bit. Our travel agent talked to Carnival and they were somewhat hopeful we could still make our flight. We hired a private van to meet us after going through customs so we could again get to the airport fast. Surprise. We docked at 7 am. Guest services had told us to go to the upper level of the Baccus dining room to wait while others were told to wait somewhere else. Everyone was confused. We did get off the ship fast and customs was a one question and then we were on our way to LAX at 8:45. All that worry for nothing. Why did the ship say 9 am docking in the first place? I have no regrets about this cruise. But I won’t sail with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Overall this cruise was very good but there were a few issues. The biggest issue was debarkation in Kona. The ship used their lifeboats as tenders. They were disorganized and many passengers were unable to get off the ship due to the ... Read More
Overall this cruise was very good but there were a few issues. The biggest issue was debarkation in Kona. The ship used their lifeboats as tenders. They were disorganized and many passengers were unable to get off the ship due to the short time in this port. I will recommend that if anyone is going to both Kilo and Kona that they just stay on the island overnight as the two ports are less than 2 hours drive from each other. Dining was good at dinner but breakfast and seaday brunch service was slow and many of the entrees were not hot and sent back to the kitchen. Seaday brunch menu was also recently changed and no longer includes pancakes and waffles. Cabin was good except for the fact that the balcony glass was filthy and you could not look see through it. That said, our cabin steward (Ida) was awesome! They played Hawaiian music for the entire 14 days so be prepared. After a few days most of the passengers were begging for some good old elevator music. Out of the two shore excursions that we booked in advance one was canceled and the other was modified. The modification made it impossible for us to complete our tour, which was a huge disappointment since we probably never get back to Hawaii. Embarkation and debarkation were both fairly smooth. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Carnival Miracle Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 3.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness & Recreation 3.5 N/A
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 1.5 N/A
Service 4.0 4.4
Value for Money 4.5 N/A

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