3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I love Carnival cruises. The itinerary was what attracted us to this cruise. The ship was perfect and very clean. Dining room food was okay. Loved the Steakhouse. Lido deck food was good.....same stuff everyday but sufficient. ... Read More
I love Carnival cruises. The itinerary was what attracted us to this cruise. The ship was perfect and very clean. Dining room food was okay. Loved the Steakhouse. Lido deck food was good.....same stuff everyday but sufficient. We had a balcony with obstructed views and will definitely get one without obstructed views next time. Room was clean. Bed was comfy. One complaint.....cold shower in the morning ☹️ Disembarking was a nightmare. Due to fog, Tampa Port closed and we were on the ship until 9:00 that evening. Tempers were apparent a couple of times. The bar in the third floor continued to offer water and ice if needed. I have one recommendation, get the valet parking for a little over $20 more. When we finally made it out of customs and long lines, our vehicle was brought to us within 10 minutes. Overall a good trip and a fun time. I definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our embarkment was delayed because the Port of Tampa had been closed due to fog. So we were sent an email around 9 am asking us not to go to the port. We continued to get updates every 2 hours or so. Each said port was closed until ... Read More
Our embarkment was delayed because the Port of Tampa had been closed due to fog. So we were sent an email around 9 am asking us not to go to the port. We continued to get updates every 2 hours or so. Each said port was closed until around 4. Then the previous passengers had to get off before we could get on. Faster to the Fun paid off when everyone came to the port at the same time. After about 30 minutes we were able to get onboard. We went to the sit down restaurant for dinner and had a lifeboat drill at 11:30. That was the only part of our whole trip that was rough. The ports were all lovely, the weather was fantastic! Low 80s every day. Our staterooms were had plenty of room and so did the balcony. The rooms only have one outlet and we forgot our power strip. Darn it! Charging phones was a bit of a pain. The dining room food was average. The melting cake is great as always, the rest was ok. The service was usually good but not very fast. The deli turkey wraps and truffle fries were yummy! Sea day brunch was good. The room steward kept us cleaned up with fresh towels. The bartenders were good even with the beverage package. Tips help! The entertainment was fair. More activities would be fun. Not much to do at times as a family. The comedians were funny (Mike E. Winfield) was a hoot! Teenaged daughters had fun hanging out with each other and youngest (14) met some kids from the kids club. Kids club was hard to find. No straight shot there. Would definitely do a holiday (new Year's) cruise again. The celebration was a blast! Favors at main dining room table and tons of champagne on deck. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We choose this for christmas sailed dec. 23 - 31 of 2018 . This was also my first cruise and everyone was telling me what to expect,well it was not at all what they said . The ship was very out dated the rooms were at best average but they ... Read More
We choose this for christmas sailed dec. 23 - 31 of 2018 . This was also my first cruise and everyone was telling me what to expect,well it was not at all what they said . The ship was very out dated the rooms were at best average but they were clean and the bed slept well . The food on the ship was awful and we didn't get to choose what time we could dine they set us for the late dining and that meant we couldn't see the shows because they were at the same time or around the same time as the late dinning which was 8:15 pm i never eat that late , we ate there twice and watched them bring out food in covered dishes and they were set on a table off to the side for awhile before the waiters picked them up and served them to the tables not use to seeing that . there were a few things that were ok but not what we expected . The enertainment was ok but nothing special. Service was good the staff was very friendly and most helpfull. As far as the shore excursions ... That was a joke we were going to the zipline and cave tubing in belize getting off the ship and to the group off the ship was so unorganized and we waited forever it was 4 hours before we ever got to the place after we were to meet that morning they had to rush us thru the caves because we were so far behind schedule and then they run us thru the jungle to get to the zipline i really didn't think i was going to make it i was so out of breath . Our friend that was with us felt so bad that she had talked us into going on this cruise said that she had been on this same cruise 3 years prior and that this was so unorganized and not at all like 3 years ago and yes it was a christmas cruise. We spent right at $4000.00 and did not get at all what we expected for the money we spent .oh and by saturday we were so sick throat hurting bad and coughing non stop. Then we were expecting to port at 7am and did not get to port until 6pm and as i said we were both sick and also our friends that went with us because of the fog, i was so ready to get off that ship !!! i will not do it again lesson learned no more christmas cruises for us !!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Family cruise The specialty steak house food was no better than the dining room (and the dining room food was very good) ,the noise from the atrium was loud, people were screaming, and we could not even converse. We paid good money ... Read More
Family cruise The specialty steak house food was no better than the dining room (and the dining room food was very good) ,the noise from the atrium was loud, people were screaming, and we could not even converse. We paid good money twice for the steak house, and both times were very disappointed and upset to pay good money and not even hear each other at the dining table. The steak house should be closed off to enjoy a relaxing dinner, not listening to shouting from the atrium. When fog detained the ship from docking, Carnival turned off their Carnival app, and we had to way of communicating with the family,and there was no WIFI offered. Carnival performers were ok, there we no big name entertainers, comedians were good. Nothing for teenagers aged 18 and 20 to do except mini golf and table tennis, and video arcade, which was overpriced and should have been included in the cost of the cruise. Teenagers don't have that kind of money to dump into the arcade, and that's all that was offered. They're not dance kids where there was a teenage nightclub for socializing. They enjoy camping, hiking, swimming:pool was overcrowded, or closed . Shops are typical overpriced jewelry and cheap $10 items. We took our own shore excursions, not from Carnival so I didn't rate that category. Ports of call were enjoyable..Cozumel, Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cayman Islands. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this cruise because of itinerary (western Caribbean) and timing (Christmas week). I had never travelled on Carnival before, usually having sailed on higher end ships, Holland America and Azamara. I don't drink that much and ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of itinerary (western Caribbean) and timing (Christmas week). I had never travelled on Carnival before, usually having sailed on higher end ships, Holland America and Azamara. I don't drink that much and so didn't get the drinks pkg. One bottle of wine each brought in and consumed in the cabin, One included with the first night's dinner in the steak house, and one more purchased with onboard credits seemed quite adequate for us. The steak house served an excellent 3 course surf and turf meal. The main dining room served Ok meals, but sadly lacked adequate vegetables, even when I asked for more, it was always a small portion of just broccoli and one night there was none available at all. Tea and coffee were not offered automatically.. The lido buffet also didn't offer much variety, same food every day. Waiters didn't come around with drinks and cutlery had to be picked up as you started the buffet line, the tables were not preset. Also clearing the tables seemed to take longer than I was used to. Photographers were in our face everywhere on the ship, interrupting meals and blocking pathways. There was entertainment of the musical variety everywhere , loud music wafted throughout and interfered with other activities. The evening shows were fine, but the timing was different. The early show started at 7.30, making for a rush from the dining room after a 6pm start Embarkation went smoothly for us, as we had a later arrival. Debarkation however was chaotic. We were fogged in and delayed, debarkation didn't start until 6pm. Not the fault of the ship of course, but folks were scrambling to get access to phones and internet to rebook flights. We missed our 11.45 AM flight, but in the end, without our even asking, Carnival booked and paid for a hotel room and a new flight the next day. We took private tours so can't comment on that, but going ashore seemed to be handled smoothly. The inroom safe worked not on a combination code , but by sliding a credit card across a card reader. This meant that only one person could use it, and that card had to be carried around the ship, because you couldn't lock it inside the safe, quite inconvenient. The ship is decorated in a dazzling OTT style, this combined with Christmas decor was quite "dizzying". This might have been a fun excursion for me 20 years ago, but now I prefer a more dignified, upscale experience. I will not be booking on this ship again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
When I researched the Carnival Miracle, I read that it didn't have all of the "bells and whistles" that the newer ships had. I didn't think too much of it and booked that ship. I have to say that this ship was my ... Read More
When I researched the Carnival Miracle, I read that it didn't have all of the "bells and whistles" that the newer ships had. I didn't think too much of it and booked that ship. I have to say that this ship was my least favorite. I have also been on Sunshine and Pride...and will be on Breeze July '19. I didn't think that I would miss Guys Burgers, but I totally did lol. This ship is older and just wasn't as fun as the previous ships I went on...but that is just my opinion. I went with my best girlfriend and we stayed in a Balcony room #8228. The room was wonderful but the balcony was a little dirty. We had a balcony room on the Sunshine and that was dirty as well. Not sure why. Service was great and we had no problems getting new towels or anything like that. Dining was spectacular. We went to the Main Dining Room each night. We requested the same serving team each night because they were so friendly and really made us feel special. The only thing that I could complain about was the elevators. There were multiple times when the elevators would just stop working. We would be in the elevator and it would start and then take us right back to the floor we left on. During one of the last nights of the cruise, my friend and I were walking past an elevator and we heard banging and yelling coming from one of the elevators. We stopped and tried to open the elevator, but it was stuck. I went to get help and the staff who was helping did not seem too concerned that there were people stuck in the elevator. It took so long for maintenance to come help. I am not sure how long it took for the people to get out of the elevator. Hopes are that this does not happen often haha. Other than that one incident and the "bells and whistles" of the ship, everything was great. Service was amazing and I cannot wait to go on my next cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Family cruise for the holiday that met the time slot for everyone. Also a cruise we could drive to. This ship looks tired and has the ugliest decor/interior of any ship we have been on with Carnival and we are Platinum. Parking across ... Read More
Family cruise for the holiday that met the time slot for everyone. Also a cruise we could drive to. This ship looks tired and has the ugliest decor/interior of any ship we have been on with Carnival and we are Platinum. Parking across the street was OK and we experienced the best embarkation due to the new time slots. We were in our room at 11:30 am which was our boarding time. We did the dining room for three evenings and the food was the best on last night of the trip. The buffet was normal Carnival food. Breakfast is the same every day with long lines at both omelet stations. Staff were all very helpful and friendly. Best we have experienced with Carnival. Public areas were kept clean and we did not experience empty drink glasses left setting. Staff was quick to pick them up. Enjoyed the live band by the pool in the afternoon. Glad to see this brought back. The Serenity area on this ship was the best we have experienced. Disembarkation: Faster to the Fun and Platinum and Diamond people are staged in the dining room level 3. This caused a massive jam up when disembarking the ship due to too many people now having priority. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Cruised out of Tampa on this cruise December 14th, 2018. Getting to the boat is pretty simple in Tampa. Parking located directly across from the terminal. Plenty of valets, and others looking to help you for a tip. Check in at the ... Read More
Cruised out of Tampa on this cruise December 14th, 2018. Getting to the boat is pretty simple in Tampa. Parking located directly across from the terminal. Plenty of valets, and others looking to help you for a tip. Check in at the terminal was easy and quick. There are a couple of escalators to navigate, so be warned if you have carry on luggage. The cruise itself was sort of a let down. The wait times in the dining room once you were seated seemed long. (It took 2 hours to complete dinner once seated, which is VERY long, especially when you are sitting with strangers). The food was just so-so. It honestly made me miss food such as Outback and Olive Garden. Ordered a 14 oz NY strip medium rare one night, received a ribeye medium. Did not send it back as the wait time was already long enough. I did order up the filet mignon and lobster the last night, it was much better, but still overcooked. No Guy's burger joint on this boat, you have regular sliders and dogs. The burgers (sliders) were in one word: NASTY. Overcooked. I spent 6 years in the Navy, and anyone who spent any time in the Navy can eat one and close their eyes and it will take them back to their Navy days....and that is NOT a compliment! Food on the Lido deck was OK, the pizza was OK. Had some sort of lamb shoulder one night at the carving station, I honestly thought they were serving deer meat the wild taste was so strong. Could not eat it. Ice cream was pretty good, on par with soft serve ice cream. Breakfast was by far the best meal of the day. Overall, the ship appeared in good shape. I was impressed with the cleanliness. The decor looked a bit cheap, as it does on most cruise ships. Several pieces of decor looked gaudy, and out of place. One negative was the water slide did not operate the entire cruise. No splash pads on this boat either. The serenity deck/lounge area is pretty small, with only 1 small pool, and 1 hot tub. Tub temp was good. Crowded, though, as all cruises are. The cushions on the loungers and hammocks and pods seemed to smell like body oil, sweat, and suntan lotion. I declined to use one, only opting for a towel. Bar service was good throughout the ship. My wife and I had the Cheers! program, and one of the outside waiters at the Serenity deck brought me a bottle of water with each drink. His words were...if you drink alot of alcohol, you need alot of water. No charge for the waters. A very nice touch, and I wish I could remember the waiter's name. Entertainment was fair to good. The shows were OK, the comedians were hilarious. I attended 2 shows, and my wife 3. The last show was during heavy seas, and the cast did the best they could possibly do, given the sea conditions. My wife and I thought the cruise director Frankie could have done much more to make the cruise more enjoyable. During the welcome aboard show he did some kind of fist bump with a passenger, and when he did he spoke the word "boop". He then used the word "boop" at the end of each passenger address he did over the speaker system, which my wife and I found very annoying. The cabin was the retreat from the hustle and bustle of the cruise. We had an extended balcony room, # 8220, and the only problem I seemed to have (my wife and our friend found it fine, however) was the AC. It just didn't seem to get cold enough. Room was very clean, had a mini fridge, nice bathroom, nice carpet, spacious balcony, and a safe. Plenty of storage space with 3 stand up wardrobes. My side of the bed did seem to have a slight sag in the mattress, my wife found her side very comfortable. Was not overly problematic. Met the steward, Raymuind, the morning of the first at sea day. Had never seen me, but he know mine, my wife's, and our friend's name. Kudos. Left him a nice cash tip for a job well done at the end of the cruise. We did have a mechanical problem the third day in, a boiler explosion down in the engineering space that turned out to be a ruptured boiler tube. Problem seemed to be handled professionally, and an actual emergency was called. We were scheduled to go to Grand Caymen the last port day, but the weather was too rough, so we had an additional sea day. Rough seas that night, ship took a few deep rolls ini the middle of the night. The last sea day the three of us took the "Behind the Fun" tour, which was pricey at 99.95 a person, but I felt it was a pretty good value. Saw parts of the ship you don't normally see, and got some free drinks, a BTF lanyard, and some free photos. Return to Tampa and disembarkation was relatively smooth, with the customary passengers in a hurry to get off. Hilarity often happens at that time, if you know where to look! All in all I had a nice time, but I felt the cruise as a whole was a little lackluster. My wife thought so also. My wife and I were cruising with a friend who stayed in our cabin, so there were 3 in our cabin. (Cabiin is the equivalent of a junior suite on the smaller vessels). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our first 14 day Journeys cruise. Ship was Carnival Miracle. Departure port - Tampa. Panama Canal partial crossing. Ports - Cozumel, Limon, Panama Canal/Gatun, Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao, Montego Bay. Did a cruise package at ... Read More
This was our first 14 day Journeys cruise. Ship was Carnival Miracle. Departure port - Tampa. Panama Canal partial crossing. Ports - Cozumel, Limon, Panama Canal/Gatun, Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao, Montego Bay. Did a cruise package at Country Inn & Suites in Brandon. Very good package with room, hot buffet breakfast, 14 days parking and to/from port shuttle. Embarkation went well. Disembarkation was not as smooth and took much longer. This was a couple's trip. Shore excursions: 1- COZUMEL - "by land and sea", good experience in underwater glass windowed boat and bus exploration trip. Both guides were excellent. Chocolate, then Tequila tours were very interesting. 2 - PANAMA CANAL - Locks were very interesting, then anchored in Gatun Lake before returning through locks back to sea. 3 - Limon - "Caribbean train/boat/bus", tour was excellent and guides for each segment were very informative. 4 - CARTAGENA - Interesting harbour entrance and docking right next to operating container port. Did not do a shore excursion here. 4 - Aruba - "Best of Aruba Island Tour", on air-conditioned bus. Tour was excellent. Bus driver/guide was most informative and had many humourous anecdotes and stories. 5 - Curacao - "Discover Curacao Island Tour". This tour featured a bus that, although air-conditioned, was very narrow inside with very cramped seating. The tour guide spoke very quickly and presented a challenge to understand. She stopped at a museum first, which was interesting but went on far too long. We stopped at a Curacao Blue Liqueur production facility, which was interesting, but we were rushed through the site too quickly. 6 - Montego Bay - "Give back to the Community Tour". This was a good tour as far as the sights go, and the stop at a primary school where the children came outside to sing for us was a real treat, most enjoyable. However, the bus driver drove too fast on narrow roads, which was a bit unnerving. The commentary by the guide was sporadic and there was none on the rapid return to the ship. Before leaving on the tour we were delayed by a couple arriving late, and before returning were delayed by the guide not returning, timely, to the bus. The stop at the plantation for lunch was interesting. The ship, Carnival Miracle, an interesting name as a miracle was needed to repair the ship and refurbishing was sorely needed. Stateroom and other areas of the ship needed repainting as some rust was visible. We had a brief power blackout in the stateroom and toilets that didn't work for a few hours during the night. We had a light switch that didn't work. Wiring and plumbing repairs were carried out during the trip, in stateroom corridors. Our TV remote didn't work, upon arrival, and needed to be replaced. The rear serenity area was used often by us and was very relaxing. However, there was a serious soot problem later in the voyage that caused the pool and hot tub to be closed as soot was floating on the surfaces. One woman passenger remarked to me that she suffered a facial burn from the stacks emissions. The food areas were set up well with quite plentiful seating areas. The quality and variety of foods served was quite good. The food in the formal dining room was excellent and the service was superb. The surroundings in the dining room were quite dated and needed up-grading. We had a balcony room and have found this type of stateroom offers more floor space which is most welcome. The entertainment offered was quite good, although we didn't attend shows every evening as our dining time was later. We have booked a similar cruise from Tampa for next year leaving within a day of this cruise. We are travelling next time on the Carnival Legend. We are hoping it to be a more amenable environment than the Miracle. I would have given the overall rating of this cruise 4, instead of 3, stars had the ship not had the issues mentioned. We enjoy our Carnival cruises and look forward to our up-coming one. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We choose this cruise because it left from Tampa (closest to our home) and visited the Panama Canal, along with other ports we have not been to. The weather (Dec. 2-16) was perfect! Shorts and short-sleeved shirts were fine for the day, ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it left from Tampa (closest to our home) and visited the Panama Canal, along with other ports we have not been to. The weather (Dec. 2-16) was perfect! Shorts and short-sleeved shirts were fine for the day, while long pants and long sleeves were desired in the evening. This was a "journey" cruise which we had not heard of before. There was a lot to do on board! Many trivia and other games filled our days. Entertainment was good in the evenings. If you like karaoke, there were many opportunities to show off your talent. Different decades were highlighted on sea days. Frankie, our cruise director, and his staff were fantastic! The ship was decorated for Christmas, and many of the cruisers came out with their Christmas outfits all the time. Room doors were decorated more than normal, too. There were very few children on board (maybe 7), probably because it was a 14 day cruise. We did not play in the casino, but it was a very large room and filled all the time. Unfortunately, this made that area of the ship very smokey, and one susceptible to breathing issues might have a problem. The food was okay. I was excited to see lobster at two of the gala nights (no extra fee). I thought the main dining room was a bit dark; it would have been nice to have a little more lighting, especially since the main color was purples. By the end of the cruise, I was bored with the lido food (which maybe was a good thing since everyone was eating too much)!!! I remember from past cruises that the waitstaff and room stewards used our names and greeted us every night; ours didn't do well in that department; maybe they were just overworked. I loved having breakfast on our balcony each morning. Having room service bring us a few things kept us from eating too much. It was nice to relax with the waves lapping while reading or playing my ukulele. As far as the ports, we didn't get off the ship in Cozumel since we've been there before. Costa Rica was disappointing, maybe because we didn't opt for any excursions. Cartegena was surprisingly nice: right off the ship there was a bird aviary with birds, flamingos, monkeys, and other creatures among the tropical plants. Aruba was wonderful! We got on the city bus ($5 roundtrip) and spent the day at Palm Beach, then shopped when we got back to town. Sat at a bar and got free wi-fi (with the purchase of a drink). Curacao is always fun. It was the most decorated for Christmas. Walked over the moving bridge to town and did a lot of walking and shopping. Last stop was Montego Bay, another disappointing port, a few 'huts' of souvenirs. Oh, the Panama Canal was different ... took most of the day. It was hot sitting in the front of the ship. A man was announcing the history of the canal which was nice. My husband enjoyed going through and seeing how the locks worked. Read Less
Carnival Miracle Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.5 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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