1,393 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

Ports are amazing, ship is falling apart! Mold in bathrooms, leaks all over the ship, food is sub par and entertainment is horrible! Staff has an attitude as if they are doing you a favor ....shows are bad and the pools close almost every ... Read More
Ports are amazing, ship is falling apart! Mold in bathrooms, leaks all over the ship, food is sub par and entertainment is horrible! Staff has an attitude as if they are doing you a favor ....shows are bad and the pools close almost every time the ship is in port. Rooms appear old , filthy and not in good shape...debarkation process is a nightmare....carnival really needs to dry dock this ship and redo it....will never do it again...what was intended to be a nice family thanksgiving cruise was less than that.....our children did not have a good time, and it took us 2 hours to get a table in the formal dining room with the my time dining plan...then an additional hour and a half to finish dinner...so a minimum of 3 hours just for dinner, which caused us to miss other activities in the evenings....We will definitely not ever do this ship again due to the condition of the ship itself and the poor service received. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Just got back today. I am a gold member. I've cruised Disney, Royal, and Carnival. Been crusing 15 years. We did have a good time because we make the best of what ever life throws. Kids had a blast. Paid $4000+ before stepping on ... Read More
Just got back today. I am a gold member. I've cruised Disney, Royal, and Carnival. Been crusing 15 years. We did have a good time because we make the best of what ever life throws. Kids had a blast. Paid $4000+ before stepping on ship. We live close to port. Carnival lost my business. The sauna , steam room, spa hot tub, kiddy pool, gym touch screens were broken the entire 8 day trip. Three pools and on port days only 1 open???? The forward 5th floor hall (both sides) toward kids club is was dripping the entire trip. They actually rigged a large water bottle(pic). Thank God I wasnt on that floor. Smelled of mildew. Bought 3 excursions. 2 through carnival one through Bolden. Passion Island had tons of seaweed. And we could not swim. The drinks were watered down. Food was good. The lady who met us at port did not tell us we could get a refund. She told us there was some seaweed and had us sign back of ticket. BUYERr BEWARE. When we got back I asked the excursions department why carnival didn't cancel. They asked me if the port lady told me there was seaweed. I told them yes..and she had me sign. They said , Well because u signed we can't refund you. ..and you could've changed beaches. They didn't seem to care that I was never told I could change beaches or that i ever had a choice and he was very cocky. Very rude. And BTW I never asked for a refund. I just asked why it wasnt canceled. The sting day turtle excursion was pretty awesome..except half of the time was spent traveling. Now the food. O m g when i tell you over tje years the food quality, and service has declined..it has. Any cruiser who has cruised for at least 8 years knows it. Thry have moved from classy dinning to low cost Cisco. Frozen pancakes frozen hash browns, fake chocolate. Cakes over filled with pectin. Food is not good anymore. The menu was boring and processed. Worst food I've ever experienced on a cruise. I guess they have to since people waste a enormous amount of food. People overeat to the point of illness..its really crazy. Thanksgiving dinner looked like vomit. Please teach the chef how to prepare a American Thanksgiving for a THANKSGIVING cruise. That was not even close. We left. I lived off fresh fruit and salads mostly. Kids club staff is amazing. My girls begged to go ti all the activities. Didn't use night owls. The entertainment was nice. Lots of 80's/90's activities. Highlights: Dr Sueus breakfast 80's trivia, build a bear, bingo, sunrises, Kids club workers,lip sync contest. , pizza workers Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Me and my family and some friends sailed out on november 11,2018 . We got the faster to fun pass as usual, the wait to get on was very quick and very organiized . The only bad thing was they lied about our luggage being at our room ... Read More
Me and my family and some friends sailed out on november 11,2018 . We got the faster to fun pass as usual, the wait to get on was very quick and very organiized . The only bad thing was they lied about our luggage being at our room when we got there we had to go find it. Other than that the room was very clean and so was the ship. The ship is layed out very different from any other shiip. Alot of people say it looks old fashion and needs up dating.but i think it looks awsome cause its not like the other ships. Most of the events are on the lower decks. The staff was more friendly than any other ship i went and there alot more organized. We all had a good time except in belieze to many beggers. They just didnt know when to stop. Cozumel was pretty and we enjoyed paridise beach just 3 dollars a person to get in after a short cheap taxi ride, costa maya is very very nice and in the next few years that will be one of the best places to travel to its up and coming and the people are super friendly .we took a tour of the place and it was only 39 dollars a person very nice and refreshing. Over miracle is a great ship older put great . Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My wife and I were invited on this cruise by a friend of hers whose family was having a mini family vacation. We try to do at least 1 cruise a year and this was our 9th overall. As "Fun Ships" go it was certainly more intimate ... Read More
My wife and I were invited on this cruise by a friend of hers whose family was having a mini family vacation. We try to do at least 1 cruise a year and this was our 9th overall. As "Fun Ships" go it was certainly more intimate without feeling like you're right on top of other passengers. We purchased the FTTF package so we were boarded and in our stateroom on the 8th floor very quickly. We actually saw very little of Wayan our room steward but he did a great job keeping our room well tended too. The crew and entertainment staff did a good job. The shows were hit and miss as far as performance and singing but let's face it, it's not broadway and some of the shows were entertaining. Food wise it is a mixed review from me, the main dining room (Bacchus) was average to below average for this cruise, we have always had very good experiences with both the food quality and the dining staff but both were disappointing this go around. We did however go to Nick and Nora's Steakhouse and this was the best Steakhouse Experience we've had. The service and the food were both spectacular and if you get a chance, order the "Art at the Table" for dessert. All in all it was a great trip and we enjoyed the ship very much with the exception of the dining room but that wasn't going to spoil our overall experience. I'd sail this ship again. As far as the ports of call and our experience. We did the ATV Experience in Cozumel which was so much fun, we did zip lining and cave tubing in Belize which is our typical go to and never disappoints. In Roatan we sailed the Jolly Roger to go snorkeling and the catamaran and crew were both incredible as was the food. Finally in Grand Cayman we met up with some friends we met on the excursion in Roatan and we went in on a taxi to take us to the Rum Cake locations and of course to Hell. During the ride our driver also pulled over to show us other points of interest and gave us history of the island. Finally one point i'd like to make, Carnival has a newer tradition of honoring Veterans which is great and I enjoy, on this particular cruise they helped those of us that are or were in the Marine Corps celebrate the 243'd Marine Corps Birthday by setting up a get together. We turned it into a part birthday celebration and Veterans Day Celebration. Thank you Carnival!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Tampa We flew into Tampa a day before the cruise. We had dinner at the Columbia Restaurant which was amazing. I would definitely recommend eating here! Uber to the restaurant but took the trolley back to our hotel (Embassy Suites ... Read More
Tampa We flew into Tampa a day before the cruise. We had dinner at the Columbia Restaurant which was amazing. I would definitely recommend eating here! Uber to the restaurant but took the trolley back to our hotel (Embassy Suites Downtown). Embarkation was easy! We booked a suite so we were on the boat before noon. So disappointed that the Miracle did not have a Guy’s Burger or Blue Iguana Cantina. Plenty of good food otherwise but still missed our regular go to lunch. Ordered a Miami Vice to make us feel better. Our suite (8271) was very nice…lots of room to stretch out and loved the oversize balcony with chaise lounge. Fun Day at Sea Slept in and then went to the main dining room for brunch. We had some art credits so we went to the art show and purchased two paintings. Dinner then drinks at the Alchemy bar. Spent a little time in the casino but it became so smoky that we had to leave. Cozumel, Mexico Celebrated hubby’s 50th birthday in Cozumel. We booked the Jeep & Snorkeling tour through carnival. The jeeps were not in great shape, several check engine lights on and the radio did not work, but the air conditioner did work so we were happy. We enjoyed the tour and headed back to Cozumel for a little shopping and a celebration drink at Three Amigos. Dinner that night at the Steakhouse, always a good choice. Belize Not a fan of the tender from the ship to Belize…it is a bit long. I would think anyone with motion sickness would have issues. I don’t but I was feeling a bit queasy by the time we hit the mainland. We booked a Cave Tubing excursion through Carnival. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the lunch that was included. We did a little shopping at the port and headed back to the ship. We booked anytime dining but we have noticed that the time to get served and eat takes longer and longer. We are going to try early dining on our next cruise. Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan We booked Tabyana Beach Break with Gumbalimba Park – Birds/Monkeys. We were a bit disappointed in Gumbalimba Park. From the description it looked like we would have interaction with a sloth but that didn’t happen. Our guide pointed one out to us that was in the tree top. We enjoyed the birds and monkeys but could have skipped everything else. When it was time to head to the beach a lady in our group decided at the last minute she was going to buy photos and we had to wait 15 minutes for her. Not happy about that. We finally made it to Tabyana Beach and it was amazing (as always). We had a guide take us out through the coral, to the drop off, and back in. Best $20 spent all trip. Next time we will just go straight to the beach and skip everything else. My in-laws went scuba diving at this stop and they had an amazing dive (booked through Carnival). We ended up just eating at lido this night. Grand Cayman We booked a jet ski tour through Fat Fish Adventures. There were three of us and our guide (Noel) who rode the jet skis 6 miles out to Sting Ray City. The water was amazing and there were so many stingrays. We each got to feed the rays and hold them. So much fun! We hopped back on the jet skis to move to a snorkeling spot. Saw lots of different fish and even an eel. Back on the jet skis and went to Star Fish Island to. Spent a little time shopping in port and then back on the ship. I would definitely recommend this tour. Fun Day at Sea We spent most of this day just relaxing in our room/balcony. Tampa Disembarkation was so easy. We carried off our own luggage and were out of customs before 9:00. Shared a van to the airport and headed home. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The decor on this ship is just bizarre! It needs a whole remodel. This was my fifth Ship i have cruised on with Carnival and i have to say my least favorite. The enterainment was awful they had serveral different bands that just didnt meet ... Read More
The decor on this ship is just bizarre! It needs a whole remodel. This was my fifth Ship i have cruised on with Carnival and i have to say my least favorite. The enterainment was awful they had serveral different bands that just didnt meet the standards Carnival had on past ships. We were very bored on this ship. They did the 80's Rock /glow party on the Lido and we had to leave because the band butchered all the songs. The DJ would have done way better! Even the playlist entertainment wasnt as good as in the past but that was there last time together, the new ones that arrived on the last night were way better. The food even seemed to be lacking on this ship! Dinner every night was very bland. There wasn't the variety on this ship like some of the other ships . Pizza place and the deli seemed to have the best food but that gets old after 7 days! Most of the staff was very friendly! Our Dinner servers were great Dante and his crew did an awesome job trying to make us happy. Our room steward Myrene was very friendly and accommodating to our needs/wants! And the comedians were hilarious Billy and Kim. Carnival should really think about dry docking this boat for a complete remodel and food upgrade. I will not book this ship again. And in the future i will do my research on the ship before booking, just wish i would of done that this time, but didnt realize Carnival had some lower end ships out there! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We booked this cruise because it went to the ports of interest of our party. Also, it was a good bang for the buck. When I booked this cruise I advised my travle agent that I wanted a quiet cabin, Preferably a deck with staterooms above ... Read More
We booked this cruise because it went to the ports of interest of our party. Also, it was a good bang for the buck. When I booked this cruise I advised my travle agent that I wanted a quiet cabin, Preferably a deck with staterooms above and below. No restaurants,Party decks,etc . Well, I guess my agent didn't listen. I was the deck below the Lido deck and it was very noisy for two evenings from 11PM til Midnight. Due to my age and overall health I'm not able to stay awake after 10PM unless awakened by loud music as was the case here. The food was just OK. Steak was tough except for filet,veggies were almost raw,Salmon was dry,Mahi Mahi had quite a bit of brown meat which i cut off before cooking. The entertainment was good, but most nights it was a musical show of some sort. No magicians,No Ventriloquists. Only music and two game shows one of which was music related. I do like musical shows but also enjoy Magicians and Ventriloquists. One thing that seemed a bit odd. At the port shops in Cozumel I purchased an item for One dollar and they requested my license. At first I merely showed it from my wallet. The clerk requested I remove it and hand it to her. I must have been in a daze because I handed it to her and she proceeded to type in ALL ( I think) information on it. I don't know what the purpose was but I will NEVER do that again for a one dollar cash purchase. Embarkation and Debarkation went smooth. Service was excellent Crew was friendly. Ship and stateroom was clean but some outside rust which I had never seen on Royal Caribbean. There was one guy that truly stood out. He conducted most of the afternoon games. His name is Edgar. He is courteous,funny and performs his job very well..He will probably a cruise director in the next year or two.The cruise director we had (Frankie) was very good as well. Purchased the tour to Hell and 3 hours of beach time. IT was hot and crowded at the beach and took a taxi back to the ship after about an hour at the beach.They should have given us some time in the town of Grand Cayman. One last thing, I sprained my ankle while walking up the gangplank at the beginning of the cruise due to one of the flaps on the ramp. I went to their medical facility was charged a $125 consultation fee plus $100 for an ExRay, Plus another misc charge which brought my bill to $265. I think the cruise line should have covered that but that was not to be. Live and Learn. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Choose this cruise because the departure port was close to home - Tampa. First let me say that I've been on a number of Carnival cruises and usually enjoy the food. This ship seems to be the exception. Ship was smaller and didn't ... Read More
Choose this cruise because the departure port was close to home - Tampa. First let me say that I've been on a number of Carnival cruises and usually enjoy the food. This ship seems to be the exception. Ship was smaller and didn't have the typical Lido configuration of Guy's, Blue Iguana, large buffet, etc. Instead there were about 6 small, crowded little stations, mostly serving the same food every day - inedible chinese, hockey puck hamburgers, strange tasting Mexican, etc. The chefs seem to be from India or southeast Asia and the spices used were very different. Most Italian dishes did not contain any sort of basil or spice normally associated with Italian food. The pizza was good and the deli sandwiches were ok if you didn't mind standing in line for over 1/2 hour to get one. Desserts, usually my favorite, were hit and miss. One day there were only cookies and several times the cakes tasted stale. Dining room food was only slightly better. Toward the second part of the cruise there were long waits for food at dinner. My pet peeve on this ship was that the entire starboard side of the outdoor areas seemed to be for smokers and many times the smoke carried over to the other side. Had to avoid the second deck as the smoke was always spilling out of the casino. Ports were ok, service was good, entertainment below average. No I would never book this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Generally like carnival cruises. Days at sea had no breakfast or lunch in dining room just brunch. No room service last day. Only TV was CNN, two cartoon channels, sorry movies on that channel. Food was tasteless but lots of it. ... Read More
Generally like carnival cruises. Days at sea had no breakfast or lunch in dining room just brunch. No room service last day. Only TV was CNN, two cartoon channels, sorry movies on that channel. Food was tasteless but lots of it. Staff was outstanding. Best room steward in last 25 cruises. Wanted to eat in the dining room for all meals but was at Lido more times than I wanted - to wait in long lines, limited menus and lack of staff. Saunas were not hot, steam was not enjoyable and inside hot tub not hot enough. Tours were too expensive and not anything I wanted to do more than once. Liquor on ship was more expensive than buying at home and saw no deals at all. Getting off ship at Tampa was the worse experience I have had in 50 cruises. Only three custom officials for the whole ship. Had a luggage tag 1 and took more than two hours to get off ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We knew nothing about the Miracle but it fit into the timing that we were looking for and the Port of Tampa is not that far away. Embarkation was tedious for us as handicapped we are used to priority boarding; which translates as going ... Read More
We knew nothing about the Miracle but it fit into the timing that we were looking for and the Port of Tampa is not that far away. Embarkation was tedious for us as handicapped we are used to priority boarding; which translates as going aboard when we arrive at the terminal - this did not happen and the "Captain's Lounge" was a joke - - it was just a cordoned off area with lemon water in a jug - - no complementary drinks or sacks. We do not go to the dining room and eat all of our meals at the buffet - - first night was prime rib and the rest of the meals did not disappoint until the last night and we simply shrugged it off and had pizza. On the first sea day the forward and mid ship whirlpools were closed for "super chlorination" and as we later found out, neither one worked. Very poor. Our room steward was Myrene and she was always available for our needs. She always called us by our first name and gave us towel animals that we had never gotten before (we are Platinum); so this was nice. We watched our Red Sox beat up on LA and win the series. The guy that was next to us (Ben) really was excitable and I am surprised my right shoulder wasn't black and blue. I'm just glad the last game wasn't the 18 inning affair. Taking the elevator on this ship was by far the easiest of any other ship we have been on. No sardine action at all. We were on the ship for Halloween and the party was very good. One of the comedians wasn't and the shows (on Carnival as a whole) were not very good. As a long time Carnival cruiser we have watched the shows go down hill over the years. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My husband and I flew in the night before the cruise, then we used an Uber to get to the port. No problems at all. The embarkation went smoothly and we were on our way to fun quickly. We ate lunch at the buffet on Lideo. Lideo is ... Read More
My husband and I flew in the night before the cruise, then we used an Uber to get to the port. No problems at all. The embarkation went smoothly and we were on our way to fun quickly. We ate lunch at the buffet on Lideo. Lideo is where we ate breakfast and lunch most days. The food was okay but I have found that the food is not as good as it was when we first started cruising many years ago. That being said, there is something for everyone. So if you don't like one thing just try something else. We really enjoyed dinner in the dining room each night. Our table mates became friends over the week. The servers were great and so friendly. We did pay extra to eat in the steak house one night and it was so good!! Definitely worth the extra $$. Our inside cabin was a good size and the bathroom was bigger then on most ships. Our room was taken care of by Marvin and he did a great job. Carnival services the rooms once a day now instead of twice. Which is fine with us. There was a lot of entertainment on the ship. Something for everyone. This was a Halloween cruise so there was several themed things going on. There were singers preforming in different areas of the ship each night and most of them were very good. We went to two performances in the theater one wasn't so good but the other one was great! We didn't go see any of the comedians preform. The itinerary was very good for this ship. I hurt my knee the day we were leaving on the cruise. So there were two ports that we didn't get off the ship. This is the first time we have ever stayed on the ship on port days. I was surprised that several people did the same thing. We did take a taxi tour in Roatan which was very eye opening. A very poor country. Our driver was a very nice young man who had three small children. He said that even though it was still a poor island the cruise ships had brought a lot of jobs. He had even made enough money to buy a small piece of land to someday build a small house. In Cozumel we took a taxi to a small beach area and just relaxed in the sun and water. Overall we were pleased with the ship, service, ports, food and entertainment. The price was a very good price point. We retired this year so we were able to cruise when the deals were good. It was a enjoyable week and we would cruise on the Miracle again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our 3rd cruise (2nd with Carnival). We have done Alaska and Eastern Caribbean so we wanted to do the Western Caribbean. Neither of our kids had been on a cruise so we were taking them, 2 of their friends, and my in-laws over fall ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise (2nd with Carnival). We have done Alaska and Eastern Caribbean so we wanted to do the Western Caribbean. Neither of our kids had been on a cruise so we were taking them, 2 of their friends, and my in-laws over fall break. The cruise itself had many areas where it excelled and many that were absolutely horrible! First, the size of the ship. It seemed to be rather small than other ships we have been on. It allowed you to see the same people all the time and really get to know the other cruisers. We had a lot of fun with our fellow passengers and made some friends. Downfall to the size was we definitely felt the boat rocking!!! We do not get sea sick thankfully but I know a lot of the other passengers did. Food was horrible! I really didn’t enjoy the food on our last carnival cruise either but this time it was downright disgusting. Even the other restaurants where the food cost extra was not that great. The pizza place and cereal was pretty much the only thing we would eat. Every morning the eggs were soupy! At Dinner the lasagna was made with a meat like paste. Tried to stay safe with salad and the dressings had a fishy taste to them. I am definitely not a picky eater by any means! We got off the ship and immediately went to McDonalds cause we were starving. The service was AMAZING! Our dinner servers were the best! They had a plastic cup of chocolate milk waiting for my 3 year old every night. They would even get her things not on the kids menu if she asked for them. They put on a singing and dancing show every night which the kids loved! Our room steward was AMAZING!!! He always remembered our names. When he would make our daughter’s bed he would tuck in her dolly that she slept with every night. Room was always sooooo clean and inviting to come back to after dinner. We had to use the self laundry room one day as one of the kids spilled a drink on their blankie. It was easy to use and fairly inexpensive. I ended up washing everything and now I don’t have to do laundry when I get home! The stops this time were very disappointing as well. The Eastern Caribbean was so beautiful it’s hard to compare to them but the Western side was downright scary! We went to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Grand Cayman. Cozumel was great! Very clean and kid friendly. Lots of excursions available but plenty to do without excursions too. Locals were friendly and helpful. Found some great deals on jewelry there. Belize was the biggest disappointment! The water was so choppy all the excursions were cancelled. We had to dock about 15 minute boat ride from the shore. As soon as we got the shore you are hounded by locals trying to take you on excursions or sell you stuff. We would tell them no thank you and they kept following us and wouldn’t leave us alone. As I was standing with my teenage son we saw a shop owner grab a woman and her daughter by the arms and try to pull them into a shop. The daughter was crying and scared and they would not leave them alone! At one point we got turned around at a shop and came out an exit that put us behind a large fenced off area from the rest of the tourist area. Once we were behind that fence we knew it was unsafe and we were in danger. We had a leash on the back of our 3 year old’s back pack and the locals were trying to get us to let go of her. A man in an obviously fake police uniform was trying to separate me, my son, his 2 friends from my husband and daughter. He said we needed to go into an unmarked building for “security check point” but that my husband and daughter could stay outside and go through a fence. We ended up going into the building as they had guns. It was a room with no security at all and just 2 regular men. They told us to just exit out the back and when we did we were back on the right side of the fence. We put 2 and 2 together and realized they were just scoping us out to see if there was anything they could steal. We went back to the boat immediately following this. Total time on that stop was maybe an hour at most. When we got back to the ship we saw on our Carnival Hub App that there was a “safety warning” posted about Belize. This was not posted before we got off the ship that morning or in any of the reviews about their stops. We would have never got off the boat there if that were the case especially with young kids! When we got to Roatan the winds were so high they couldn’t port the ship at all so we kept moving on. It wasn’t until later that morning that we saw a safety warning come on the carnival hub app as well about Roatan. This would have been well after we were off the boat again if we had stopped. Other than that our cruise was fun!! There was plenty of activities (some that cost extra but mostly free). Camp Ocean for the little one was very trustworthy and my daughter seemed to want to go there more than swim or hang out with her parents. Gave us time to ourselves but also gave her something to do in doors and out of the sun when she needed a break. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We went on our first cruise with a large group of friends. We met up in Tampa and took a shuttle to the port. Embarkation was very quick (faster to the fun) and a smooth process. We enjoyed walking around the ship and getting oriented ... Read More
We went on our first cruise with a large group of friends. We met up in Tampa and took a shuttle to the port. Embarkation was very quick (faster to the fun) and a smooth process. We enjoyed walking around the ship and getting oriented before the muster drill. The sail away party was a lot of fun and going under the bridge was quite a sight as well. We found the ship to be clean and our cabin was always maintained thanks to our steward, Wayan. He was most helpful and answered any questions we had. The activities on deck were fun to watch and we had a great time hanging out by the pool and gathering in the Alchemy Bar. Our wait staff in the Main Dining Room were amazing! Ali, our head waiter, and his team, were very knowledgeable and helped me with my choices so that I would have the best dining experience possible. Every staff member we encountered were friendly and helpful. I even saw some of the staff dealing with rude cruisers and I never heard them lose their professionalism. We missed a port in Mahogany Bay because of high winds. I was disappointed to not go on our excursion, but was glad the captain made the call and kept us safe. The other ports were great and our excursions were wonderful. We enjoyed the Altun Ha ruins in Belize and the Crystal Caves adventure in Grand Cayman. This was our first cruise but some of our group were diamond and platinum cruisers and they were just as pleased as we were. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We had a wonderful time on our first family cruise. The price was allowed us to take this vacation. We were sad to miss a port due to hurricane Michael but our captain did a great job keeping us safe. Thanks to Frankie and all of his staff ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on our first family cruise. The price was allowed us to take this vacation. We were sad to miss a port due to hurricane Michael but our captain did a great job keeping us safe. Thanks to Frankie and all of his staff for a great time. The kids loved playing on deck and the trick or treating was a bonus. Our dinner staff, Liza and Ni Luh tested is like family! Our swim with the dolphins and sting ray city excursion in Grand Cayman were enjoyable for the family. The shuttle was air conditioned and because we booked through the ship we were able to catch a water taxi without having to get a number. We were also able to easily rebook when our port got cancelled and our shore excursion as a result. We are looking forward to our next trip. Thanks to all for a memorable trip! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was a good cruise only spoiled by lack of shade for the sun loungers, No real news channels, and no Guinness. Cozumel was missed because of hurricane Michael. As usual Muster was a nightmare with passengers collapsing in the heat ... Read More
This was a good cruise only spoiled by lack of shade for the sun loungers, No real news channels, and no Guinness. Cozumel was missed because of hurricane Michael. As usual Muster was a nightmare with passengers collapsing in the heat whilst we all waited for no shows. We never saw the comedy show because of lack of seats why cant they move it to the main theater. Belize continues to be a nightmare with passengers struggling to get on and off the tenders. Entertainment was fair, only one contest at poolside on the first day at sea, other 2 days nothing. Shows at night not Broadway by any means, but I had been told that on European cruises they don't invest the money on shows because of the long day excursions. But having passengers volunteer to be karaoke stars and perform for the last night show was a little lame. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This old, rusty bucket is small and it vibrates all the time. The crew, for the most part, can't wait to get transferred to another vessel. The food is awful with the exception of Nick and Nora's Steakhouse. N&N has great ... Read More
This old, rusty bucket is small and it vibrates all the time. The crew, for the most part, can't wait to get transferred to another vessel. The food is awful with the exception of Nick and Nora's Steakhouse. N&N has great food and world class service and was the only nice thing on this ship. The casino is so smokey that it is not fit to walk through let alone stay and gamble. I guess this saved me a bit of money. The food in the main dining hall is passable for breakfast but was so bad the one dinner we experienced that we opted to pay the extra to eat at the Steakhouse every other night. We had coffee sent to the cabin the first coupld of mornings but it was so bitter that the rest of the week we walked to the coffee bar and the very nice barista made something more acceptable. The Chef's Table experience was nice, but just showed that they have the talent to make good food, just not for the ship's capacity. The topper for my cruise was that I purchased some liquor on Caymen, a hard to find brand. And while a letter made it to my cabin stating that they had it and it would be delivered later that evening, it was lost, and thought to have been misdelivered. Tough for me as I've been getting the runaround for a couple of days not trying to get the purchase price refunded. I won't ever sail on this rust bucket ever again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I have cruised with carnival many times and was pleased with this ship. It is older but refurfbished a couple of years back. Nick and Norah’s Steakhouse was on point. Although I missed having Guy’s Burgers, the grill offered decent ... Read More
I have cruised with carnival many times and was pleased with this ship. It is older but refurfbished a couple of years back. Nick and Norah’s Steakhouse was on point. Although I missed having Guy’s Burgers, the grill offered decent greasy burgers. The shows at night were okay... felt like due to size they were not as extravagant as bigger ships. If I have one complaint, it would be the WiFi. However, that has been my one complaint on any ship. I noticed it more towards the end of cruise. The last two days I could not recieve any messages from home which caused slight anxiety. Cruise director and staff were great: casino was very giving and great cruisers. The two story club was nice but they call it a early night compared to other clubs. Disembarkation in Tampa was a nightmare but that was of no fault to carnival. Still worth sailing!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We had faster to the fun, so getting on was very easy and fast, cabin was ready when as soon as we got on. Marvin did a great job taking care of our cabin all week, we had anytime dining we only had to wait a few min. Two time for a ... Read More
We had faster to the fun, so getting on was very easy and fast, cabin was ready when as soon as we got on. Marvin did a great job taking care of our cabin all week, we had anytime dining we only had to wait a few min. Two time for a table,jesses and his team took of us all week, they were all wonderful. This was a great time we are ready for our next cruise in feb,2019. Disembarkment was slow but i don't think there was any thing carnival could do about this , it is just part of coming back home to u.s.a. This was a 7 day cruise my next one is only 5 days so it may be a little short we will fine out in feb. Glad to be going back on another carnival ship. Hope you all have as fun as we did. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We choose the Miracle because we had taken it the year before to the Mexican Riviera & loved it. We were a "little" disappointed this time. The ship is in need of sprucing & the food could be improved. However, The dining ... Read More
We choose the Miracle because we had taken it the year before to the Mexican Riviera & loved it. We were a "little" disappointed this time. The ship is in need of sprucing & the food could be improved. However, The dining room was always great & and the "At Sea Breakfast" wonderful with fun choices. The Lifeboat drill REALLY NEEDS to be improved. Older people were left standing in the sun, some passing out and others needing assistance while we WAITED AND WAITED FOR "no shows". Something needs to be done about this. They should be fined or dealt with in a way that does not punish the people who show up on time. Rooms are nice and kept really clean. Something happened at disembarkation and it was a nightmare. Will never know what happened. Even Miracle staff were saying they did not understand what was happening. It took HOURS. Going ashore was easy and orderly. We only took one excursion offered by the ship. Isle Passion in Cozumel. VERY disappointing. Way too long a walk, older people should be advised. Food was chincy. Drinks were way watered down like kool aid. The worst part was the beach. I have been to Cozumel before and the beaches were WONDERFUL. This one had so much sea weed and the water unclear. I realize this is beyond Carnival's control, but maybe they should be picking a different beach. The cruise director told me I would be fine going to Royal Palms alone in Grand Cayman. It is a lovely beach, however...I was given a menu with prices clearly stated and when they brought the food they tried to charge me more, saying the menu was not US dollars. I told them to keep the food! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Had a wonderful time overall. It was pretty much a laid back week. Food was awesome. Servers was great. We had the best dinner servers. The only down fall was our cabin was a extended balcony which we enjoyed but we was located under a ... Read More
Had a wonderful time overall. It was pretty much a laid back week. Food was awesome. Servers was great. We had the best dinner servers. The only down fall was our cabin was a extended balcony which we enjoyed but we was located under a kitchen galley. They worked all day and night and we heard every move they made. They had machines going all day and night so we didn't get any sleep. We complained to guest services but they claimed no other rooms were available. They did offer a $300 on board credit but when you spent $1700 that was not enough to make up for the damages. I'm quite sure the whole boat was not booked. All we wanted was an enjoyable cabin even if we had to get an inside room. It made our honeymoon less enjoyable. Our cabin was 8237. This cabin should not be sold to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the sail date worked best for our needs. The ship is well worn and disappointing. We had a balcony state room and it was in need if updating and repair. Part of the hooks on the curtains were ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the sail date worked best for our needs. The ship is well worn and disappointing. We had a balcony state room and it was in need if updating and repair. Part of the hooks on the curtains were missing or torn off and the carpet was well worn. The were nicks and dents in the counter and wood work. The dress code in the dinning room was not enforced people wore athletic shorts and tops and jeans to the evening meals. The shows were very amateurish and juvenile We went but walked out eveynight was not worth viewing. The food at the buffet was not up to par at anytime. There were extremely long waits. People were saving lounges on the deck for hours that you never seen occupied. Why have rules and dress codes if they are not going to be enforced. We have been on numerous cruises and ships. We have been on several different cruislines and this one was very disappointing. Would not recommend!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
we picked this date to cruise because it worked well for our jobs. We were able to get the brother and his wife to join us. We all 4 had an amazing time.. We had Imade as our house keeping manager and we loved him. We chose to do ... Read More
we picked this date to cruise because it worked well for our jobs. We were able to get the brother and his wife to join us. We all 4 had an amazing time.. We had Imade as our house keeping manager and we loved him. We chose to do breakfast on our balcony every morning to start our days off slow and sweet. We did pool side play only on sea days. The piano bar and the comedy club were our hot spots nightly. Did not deal with smokers. That is important to us as non smokers. We did the chefs table one night and loved the experience. That is a must do event. We did the steak house two of our nights. Chose to always do dinning hall for our dinner. It is fun to dress up for dinner every night. The staff is amazing in the dinning hall. We chose to do jeep tour in Cozumel, parasailing in Roatan, cave tubing in Belize and jeep tour the Grand Cayman. We had a great experience on this ship. We even did a sleep out camp out on our balcony one night. It is just a great time to be together on a cruise. We saved big money and bought jewelry and watches. The ship offers great deals and sales. Come prepared to shop a little on board and off. We have already booked a new cruise and are planning on our daughters booking a room to join us. This is our new retirement playground. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We booked this cruise mainly for the itinerary - we live on the East Coast and have pretty much explored the Eastern Caribbean and wanted to see something else. Tampa seemed reasonably easy to get to (direct flight from Baltimore), and we ... Read More
We booked this cruise mainly for the itinerary - we live on the East Coast and have pretty much explored the Eastern Caribbean and wanted to see something else. Tampa seemed reasonably easy to get to (direct flight from Baltimore), and we went two days early to spend some time in the area, which was very nice. As for the ship, I didn't have high expectations, knowing Carnival's reputation amongst the cruising community, but the itinerary was great, the price very reasonable and I thought why the heck not, we are not very demanding and I'll go on pretty much any ship. Our last three cruises were all with Royal Caribbean - not necessarily out of brand loyalty, but they just worked for us as far as departure port, itinerary etc. - the last being being on a huge ship, namely the Anthem, which was a new experience for us but which we didn't love. So I was actually looking forward to a smaller ship, and it did not disappoint in that respect. Yes it was a bit old and slightly shabby looking in places, yes there were a few weird smells here and there and yes the decoration is a bit gaudy, but overall i have to say we really really enjoyed it! We had cabin 5107, which is all the way in the front and has an extended balcony, which was great - not only because it was much larger, but we had a lounge chair as well as two chairs (the normal balconies only have chairs - I much prefer being able to stretch out long!!). It didn't cost a lot more and was definitely worth it. The only downside was that there was almost always a smell of smoke - it must have wafted over from one of the public smoking areas, I think. We could even smell it in the cabin, which was unpleasant. As far as movement, we were afraid it would be rocky, being all the way in the front and there being some tropical storms around etc., but not so - there was only one night where we felt the ship move a little more (which I personally love but hubby doesn't). On the whole, we slept like babies!! The bed was so comfortable and the tiny vibration you get on a ship - I wish I had that at home!!!! Food was MUCH better than on Anthem - we enoyed every single meal. Choice was great and a lot of thought put into presentation. I should say that that only goes for the MDR - the food in the buffet restaurant was not great, but that didn't matter too much to us since we're not buffet diners anyway. Quite possibly the biggest surprise were the sandwich station - outstanding - and even better the pizza station - this actually tastes like Italian pizza!!! Why can they make that on a ship but nowhere on land in the US?? I could have just eaten pizza all day - it was utterly delicious!! You just need to keep an eye on the line, or else you'll be there forever. Another thing I really liked was that a) overall drinks prices are more reasonable than on RC and b) the Red Frog Pub Happy Hour (which they had on two port days-I thought this was every port day but not so, alas). You can literally get drinks for HALF PRICE, and if you get a bucket of beers, you can take them with you anywhere else on the ship or to keep in the fridge in your room! The one day, i got a pitcher of rum runner for little over ten bucks, and it was REALLY good!! I think it's awesome that Carnival offers this - never heard of a Happy hour on board a ship. Along with the two bottles of wine you may bring onboard, you can save a lot of money that way. i am SO glad we didn't get the drinks package, it would not have been worth it (and I like to drink!!) Contrary to what i've been reading, both embarkation and disembarkation in Tampa were pretty easy and quick - esp. embarkation. No probs and the staff in Tampa were all super nice! Not like on the East Coast.... So, in conclusion - as far as "Carnival is the Walmart of cruising" goes - true, it's not very posh but I really really enjoyed this cruise and will most certainly cruise with Carnival again - I found most people to be friendly and relaxed, which is what I like when I'm on vacation. And if it's affordable on top of all of that - what's not to like??? Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We went on this cruise as my husbands 25th Carnival and my 26th. He loves the Miracle so off we went. We visited Roatan, Belize, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We were in cabin 8255. ( Do not book this cabin...every thing in the cabin ... Read More
We went on this cruise as my husbands 25th Carnival and my 26th. He loves the Miracle so off we went. We visited Roatan, Belize, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We were in cabin 8255. ( Do not book this cabin...every thing in the cabin shakes! ) While we enjoyed the cruise due to friends being on there, We did notice that Carnival has gone down hill in food offering and shows. Over all we had a good time. Roatan was touring with Victor Bodden. We saw the monkey farm, the Iguana sanctuary, the Cameo factory and toured the island. We enjoyed this very much. Belize was cave tubing through Carnival. We really enjoyed it. Cozumel..we ate at Chalos Restaurant and went to Europea Liquors to pick up some creme tequila. Very good food at Chalos. And found the tequila we were looking for! Grand Cayman...we went on the Rays, Reef and Rum Point tour with Nativeway. We had a blast. Overall, We enjoyed the cruise. We had dinner on deck 3. We ate by the window on port side. The entire back of the ship was vibrating...before and after going through the remnants of a Tropical depression. The band in the Red frog pub was good. The cruise director was fun. We had an amazing wait team for dinner. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Drove to Tampa on Friday and Stayed at the Quality Inn Cruiseport.Airport. Reasonable price for stay. Room was ok and breakfast was actually good. Good location as many eating locations are close and shopping around it. Seemed like a ... Read More
Drove to Tampa on Friday and Stayed at the Quality Inn Cruiseport.Airport. Reasonable price for stay. Room was ok and breakfast was actually good. Good location as many eating locations are close and shopping around it. Seemed like a secure area. It did provide a shuttle to cruiseport and I think had a park, cruise shuttle at hotel. Sat drove to port and parked a Cruise4Park. reasonable price and had shuttle constantly to the port which is less than mile away. embarkment was one of worst i have had due to problems getting last paasengers did not get off until 1230. Getting through line was simple and quick. You were given your room key as in past when you checked in,not put in mailbox. after this had two hour wait to get on. Muster drill was pretty disorganized, we got to stand in Tampa sun for twenty minutes with nothing going on then a two minute demonstration. after that a normal first day First two and half sea days were normal. entertainment was good and usual days at sea. Dining rooms opened on time or early usually . Had Chopsticks which was good, normal choices rotated days Seemed to have more omelette stations than other ships and the ones i had were good. The desert section was not very good, location was congested and small, which blocked traffic and selections were not as good as others., salad bar seemed smaller than others but selection was good. Dinner early seating was ok. Meals were often late and cold, Carnival brass has not tried waiting in dining rooms on this ship . Staff was overworked with number of people they had to serve and on more than one night had to leave to help somewhere else. Limon was first port, I left boat and got a taxi tour which which was more reasonable than Carnival and took me where ever i wanted to go. It was slowed by a strike in the town which caused problems with many tours as buses got stuck in traffic. Panama Canal was second day. Really interesting process to watch boats go into locks and out and repeat the process going back after cruising a lake. The process was narrated and history and facts were given. Third port was Grand Cayman. Just walked and shopped here. TEnder process was quick and efficient on and off the boat. The Miracle is a smaller ship with a different layout than most other ships. Shops and Casino were on second and third floor same as dining rooms. Had i guess what you can call literary them on walls. Has walking tack on floor 11 and has floor ten marked for walkers as well. Serenity area was one of the best i have seen even though you could almost always find a lace there. Think this was because it was an older crowd. Had a interior cabin with French Doors looking at lifeboats, It was fine ,plenty of room and closets. Was kept clean and had a fridge that worked. The safe was not digital you used a card to open.Normal bathroon size wise. Dining Early Seating. Food was not as good as normal cruises I have been on (23) . Service was slow as servers had too many people to serve and food was often late in coming down and was cold when we got it. Breakfast in lunch on deck were basically the same as other ships not great not bad, seating as normal at busy times was hard to find. Staff was always attentive and helpful in all dining. Entertainment was good . Shows were good and normal shows, Had comedy shows each night which usually filled up quickly most of the time. The cruise director Frankie was better than most of those i have encountered. He was around the ship and interacting with passengers constantly. I would take this trip again if conditions were rightly.. Debarkation was good and bad. started badly as more people leaving early and the direction was crowded leaving the dining room after getting to the gangplank it moved smoothly and customs was very fast. My ride from parking lot was waiting and i was on my way home ten minutes after leaving the ship Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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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