1,393 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because of seeing the Panama Canal. The Miracle is a small ship by today's standards. The embarkation at the Tampa port was long and tedious, taking an hour and half to get aboard. On board, there was only on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of seeing the Panama Canal. The Miracle is a small ship by today's standards. The embarkation at the Tampa port was long and tedious, taking an hour and half to get aboard. On board, there was only on place to get lunch at the whatever it's called buffet. A friend wanted a sandwich from the station that makes custom sandwiches. It took him 35 minutes. I ended up with hot dogs most of the time as it usually was the shortest line. The main challenge in the buffet was hunting down an available table. The dining room must be a training ground for staff as we continually got the wrong order. Why can't the dining room be open for lunch in order to alleviate the buffet overflow? The four of us had "anytime" or whatever it's called. I have to admit that a couple of times we were assigned to tables where our servers were Jessie, Myat (sp?) and Mallinan (sp?). They were excellent, prompt and had the correct meals. The other days were not up to par. On the days at sea there were really very few activities. Eating and trivia were the main activities. The entertainment was average. In Limon, Costa Rica we were supposed to go zip lining. Because of a protest against the government our bus sat in traffic for an hour an a half before they were told to return to the ship. As earlier excursion were delayed, the Carnival staff did know of this and should have cancelled before we left. By the way as you exit from the ship into Limon, you are greeted by a bunch of vendors selling "authentic" stuff. I decided to go through this and into the small cruise terminal to Liimon proper. When I saw the razor wire et al I decided not. We do have high praise for the cabin attendant who was discrete and very friendly. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We wanted to see the Panama Canal which was the best part of the cruise. The canal portion was well done with an on-board historian who explained the building of the canal as we passed through various locks. The two land tours were a ... Read More
We wanted to see the Panama Canal which was the best part of the cruise. The canal portion was well done with an on-board historian who explained the building of the canal as we passed through various locks. The two land tours were a waste of money. Limon, Costa Rica was a depressing and dirty city. Nearly all the residential homes had not only iron fencing around them but there was razor wire on top of all the fences. While the Cayman Islands were prettier, our guide loved to hear himself talk and talk. He ended up taking us to sleazy shops where he would get a cut of what his tour people spent. The ship was nice enough and very clean looking if older decor. The meals were good with plenty of choices both at the buffet and in the dining room. We had one steak dinner at Nick and Nora's which was exceptional---both service and food. It was worth the extra $35pp. Our main complaint was the very loud sound systems in the theater and at nearly all the bars. Our ears could not tolerate going to any of the shows. The drinks were outrageous, too. One night we had two glasses of house merlot with dinner for which we were charged $27.50. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose this cruise for the itinerary only. Ship was only superficially clean, poor maintenance overall. We had a balcony cabin and could see rust on the davit that held an emergency boat , worried that it would not hold weight of ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary only. Ship was only superficially clean, poor maintenance overall. We had a balcony cabin and could see rust on the davit that held an emergency boat , worried that it would not hold weight of passengers if an emergency. 1 woman collapsed during safety drill, crew stood frozen and were unsure what to do- passengers assisted her, took approx. 15 minutes for medical to assist her. Appeared to have shortage of staff, especially in dining room, improper place settings at tables, only 2 nights with table cloths. Wait time between courses were unreasonable, dirty dishes sat for long periods because staff was so short, though I didn't blame staff, they did their very best. No coffee available on the lido deck in every area that it was supposed too, broken equipment, cracked vinyl on some chairs on the lido deck buffet area. Lost lights in our room at least 3 days in a row for periods of time, 1 time my husband was in shower in the dark... Neighbors had no a/c for 3 days.... Limited entertainment, not a lot to do during the day for activities. Same old, same old... Feel insulted that Carinval appear to care so little for it's ships and passengers... Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise strictly because of the dates and itinerary. We made a big mistake and would never choose this cruise ship again. First of all, we booked last minute, so we were very limited on a balcony cabin to choose from and all ... Read More
We chose this cruise strictly because of the dates and itinerary. We made a big mistake and would never choose this cruise ship again. First of all, we booked last minute, so we were very limited on a balcony cabin to choose from and all of them were obstructed view. But because it was on our anniversary and we wanted to see the Panama Canal, we just booked it. The cabin was ok and we knew going into the trip it was not exactly as we normally cruise, but we accepted that. However, the ship smelled moldy and there were constant water drips and wet carpet from the duct work and ac overhead in the hallways. Buckets sitting around trying to catch the water the entire 8 days. We were on Deck 5. The 4 biggest complaints I had were 1. The smells, 2. the food and 3. all the smoke you had to walk through to get to other places in the ship. 4. Internet is mostly non-existent. I do not want to have to walk through a very smoky smelly very stinky casino to have to get to the other side of the ship. The smoke smells drifted up through the atrium and it was awful. This is not a good ship to be on if you have issues with smells. Between the smoke and the mold it was not pleasant. The food was absolutely the worst that I have ever had on any cruise. I have been on 5 different cruise lines and this was terrible. The best thing on the cruise was a tuna salad sandwich brought to our cabin. It is probably the only cruise ship I have been on that I actually lost weight.. LOL! I enjoy cruising and I am so glad that I have had very good experiences on many other cruises,because if this had been my only cruise I would never cruise again. We even paid for the Steakhouse and it was very bad. We always go to the "extra cost" restaurants because they are always very good, however this was TERRIBLE!!! I ordered a Filet Mignon It was so tough I could not eat it. I ate one small bite, and simply could not eat it. It tasted like liver or a very tough sirloin. It was 2 hours before a waitress came over to check back with us, and said you didn't like it. I said no it was way overcooked and tough... she looked at it and said I am so sorry I will let the chef know, maybe dessert will make up for it.... I said really??? She said do you want another one, and I said no, I don't have another 2 hours to wait. The restaurant was over half empty and they were so understaffed they could not take care of the very few customers they had. It was not worth the extra money at all. Don't waste your money on pre-paid internet packages. It is mostly non-existent. I had paid for pre-paid PREMIUM internet. It was worse than old dial up 25 years ago! I complained about it and was told that on this ship there was only 1 speed. I have asked for a refund since it was false advertisement. The front desk has requested that I get one, not sure yet if I have received it. I am glad we got to see the Panama Canal, but it was the worst ever! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a 6 day cruise over Labor Day with stops at Cozumel, Belize, and Costa Maya. We are platinum cruisers on Carnival and Princess – ages 68 and 64. Our last Carnival cruise was on the Legend from Tampa in 2014. We chose the cruise ... Read More
This was a 6 day cruise over Labor Day with stops at Cozumel, Belize, and Costa Maya. We are platinum cruisers on Carnival and Princess – ages 68 and 64. Our last Carnival cruise was on the Legend from Tampa in 2014. We chose the cruise primarily for the price and we had airfare credits we needed to use. We flew into the Tampa airport from Kansas City and took a cab to our hotel, the Marriott Waterside which is about ½ mile from the cruise terminal. The cab ride cost $28. The Marriott is a fine full service hotel. Our package included breakfast and transportation to the cruise terminal. This hotel has a great outdoor area on the water and large common area inside. The morning of the cruise (Sunday) I walked to cruise terminal around 8am and it appeared as though people were leaving the ship. I assumed everything was going fine. We had selected 12:00 noon as our check-in time. During our last cruise from Tampa, it took maybe 10 minutes total to board the ship. It took nearly 30 minutes for our shuttle to travel the ½ mile from the hotel to the cruise terminal because of the traffic . . . cruisers dropping off their luggage at the terminal. After arriving at the terminal and riding the escalator to the check-in area there was a huge line – actually two lines. One line for those with priority and with for those without priority and the lines weren’t moving. Finally, about 12:10 the doors opened and the priority line began moving. However, during the wait, passengers would arrive on the elevator which was near the front of the line and those passengers would merge into the line meaning they were now ahead of those who were already waiting. This was very frustrating. Once we made it into the terminal we were directed to the platinum/diamond check-in and only one couple was ahead of us. I asked the agent what had happened and she told us that for the past several cruises the terminal had been short of immigration officers which had delayed the debarkation process of the previous cruise. We were on the ship by 12:45. We did notice there were many people sitting in the different zone areas – I assume they had shown up before their scheduled check-in time and were asked to wait. The first evening we dined in the Steakhouse . . . the first thing we noticed was the menu had changed slightly . . . several items were no longer offered . . . escargot, crab cake, and our favorite – lobster ravioli. The food and service was very good. Evidently business is off . . . the Steakhouse offers a free bottle of wine on several nights. Our waiters told us that the main dining room menu also changed effective with this cruise. Escargot and crab cakes weren’t offered on this cruise . . . gone were many of the chilled soups, and some vegetarian offerings such as black bean enchilada and polenta. Although I believe the quality has declined, our meals were good and I thought the sugar-free deserts were very good. The only disappointment were the steak tacos. Our service in the main dining room was excellent. We do miss the table cloths. We did notice that on the cruise elegant nights, diners were admitted wearing shorts and flip-flops and diners were admitted as late as one hour after service began. Prior to the cruise we emailed the Maitre’D and requested a specific table . . . we were pleased that he assisted us. Our cabin was an extended balcony cabin on the upper deck and it was in excellent condition and the air conditioning worked fine. On the first evening our cabin attendant brought us each a complimentary bottle of water and told us we could opt for morning or evening service. We told we were accustomed to service twice a day and he took care of our cabin twice a day. He did an excellent job and we tipped him extra. Even at that we felt bad because he was cleaning 30+ cabins daily. We thought the ship’s interior was in excellent condition. All the carpeted areas seemed to look good. There was some rust and oxidation on the exterior and the exterior glass surfaces seemed stained. There seemed to be a lot of smokers on this cruise and there was smoking in more locations than I remember. I don’t recall the Lido tables on the starboard side of the forward pool area being a smoking area before. There was smoking all over the sun deck and in the casino. Smokers would use the casino as a smoking lounge even when it wasn’t open for gambling. We thought the entertainment was very good. We attended the Motown themed show, the 80’s show, and the beach themed show and enjoyed them. We also enjoyed the guitarist, the violinist (duet & trio), and the husband wife singers performing in the atrium and the alchemy bar. We took the exclusive VIP Chacchoben drive at Cost Maya. We enjoyed this tour primarily because it was a small group. We did not leave the ship at Belize and just walked around at Cozumel. It was very hot. One reason we took this cruise was to tour Chichen Itza. Carnival listed a Chichen Itza tour for Cozumel on its website. However, after booking the cruise, it was not offered for our cruise – I don’t believe any tours to the mainland were listed. I visited the excursion desk and asked them and they told me they offered it but it was cancelled due to no interest. It probably was too hot anyway. I have this tour scheduled on a Holland America cruise in November and it costs $60 more. Leaving the ship was very frustrating. Platinum/Diamond were told to meet in the dining room at 8:30. No one was checking cards and I saw blue cards, ruby cards, gold cards. We exited onto the promenade at the aft area of the ship. It was quite a line and before we made it to the gangway, the next group began exiting the ship at the atrium area and merging into the line. Once we made it across to the terminal side, the line became a double line. It took us two hours to make it through immigration – there were only three or four agents present. We took a cab to the airport – it cost $25 and made our 12:30 flight with no problem. The flight attendants did say that our flight would not be full – some cruisers were going to miss their flight. We enjoyed this cruise and will cruise Carnival again. The service provided by crew made this cruise enjoyable. I thought about booking the Legend Panama Canal cruise for October 2019. The price for that cruise is $1,000 more than either of our two Panama Canal cruises on the Pride and Miracle. I am not willing to pay more for less after considering the reductions in service. We are old school and miss little things like table cloths and twice a day cabin service. Carnival needs to do a better job managing the embarkation and debarkation process. Carnival management knew ahead of time there would be a shortage of immigration officers. They owe their cruisers an orderly process. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We decided on this ship based on the ease of getting to Tampa and the itinerary (Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay, & Grand Cayman). We also do not like the larger class ships, so this felt comfortable to us. It is a Spirit class ship. ... Read More
We decided on this ship based on the ease of getting to Tampa and the itinerary (Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay, & Grand Cayman). We also do not like the larger class ships, so this felt comfortable to us. It is a Spirit class ship. It started off a little rough, due to the internet being down and they could not get the previous guests off so we could board, so the Faster to the Fun was more Faster to the Waiting Area. Still, once on board, our cabin was ready although our luggage was not there as promised. Still, we were able to drop off the carry on, put our mixers in the fridge and head off to Lido to lunch. Once fed, got a couple drinks...thank God they had a decent craft beer selection....and back to the cabin to survey our balcony. Our balcony was fantastic, basically as large as our cabin. We spent a lot of time on the balcony, when our noisy neighbors were not around, as it is so relaxing to sit and listen to the waves roll by. Our cabin steward, Marvin, was friendly and good at his job. He really made us feel welcome and took care of our needs. Ice was replenished regularly for fresh drinks in the cabin. John Heald sent us a nice gift for our anniversary, and the Gold status got us some bottles of water that lasted us through the cruise. The cabin and the ship overall were in decent shape. Yes, she showed a little age, but so would you if you were abused day in and day out! The MDR was nice, but the service a little off as our head waiter went down part way through the cruise and the trainees assisting were not as skilled. We watched another team do an amazing job though, so I think it was just luck of the draw. On deck 2 aft, there was quite a bit of vibration that leads me to believe a prop or shaft is not as it should be. The food was decent, but in my opinion what used to be standard in the MDR now is an up charge from the steak house most evenings. The dancing dining staff gave us a laugh. The Lido deck staff did okay, but the food sometimes left a little to be desired. After one breakfast there, we dined in the MDR for breakfast therafter and were much happier. My wife ate gluten and dairy free fairly easily. The deli menu looks tasty, but the preparation and presentation is not as good. The Alchemy bar did the best job of making a Manhattan, with the Atrium bar a close second. The rest of the bartenders appeared clueless. My wife fell in love with the Mango Magic in the Red Frog, which was fine with me as many times they were on happy hour and I got 2 Stouts for the price of 1. They even let me carry out unopened cans so I could enjoy on the balcony. Titus was a fantastic waiter there, good with patrons of all ages. Overall, the entertainment was good, but 2 of the 4 comics were mediocre. Odessa and Andy played violins, but they were very unique with the mix and enjoying to hear. Karaoke from the Red Frog often made our ears bleed even when a deck above, some folks just have no business being given a microphone and alcohol! The cruise director, Andy, was a riot. He entertained from the time we boarded to the time we walked off, literally. He was more approachable and friendlier than any other CD we have encountered. We did not book any excursions through Carnival, but we did visit every port at least briefly. In Cozumel, we dove with Liquid Blue, a local shop the we highly recommend as we have been diving with them for 3 years now and the crew is awesome and the owners treat you like family. In Belize, we just visited the locals outside the port area a little, and sampled a local brew, Belikin that I liked both the ale and the stout. I Mahogany Bay, we shopped for some quick souvenirs and jumped back aboard to enjoy the Serenity Deck. On sea days it was anything but serene, but in port it was peaceful. Our last stop was Grand Cayman. After a little shopping, we went to Hemingway's Beach Club as it will no longer be around. Labor Day weekend was the last hoorah since a developer taking over a large portion of Grand Cayman has other plans for it. A quick word about the Casino. Too much smoke. If you walked the path thru it, as you must to traverse deck 2, smokers could not be considerate and smoke deeper in the casino but always right at the tables next to the path. My wife enjoys the slots, but allergies prevent her from spending any time there, so take note Carnival, you do lose some gamblers because of allowing smoking in all parts of the casino. In summary, the staff of the Carnival Miracle was one of the friendliest we have encountered and the ship was enjoyable even with out the Blue Iguana and Guys Burgers. The itinerary is a standard one, but 4 ports on a 7 day cruise is always nice. The port was very easy off, but when there was more than 1 ship the traffic is a little congested. We still would recommend this and would cruise it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I am dissatisfied with Carnival Miracle, they are so hungry for your money. I prepaid for everything on the cruise and 2 days after getting off the cruise 9/02/2018, after paying for extra things on the boat and customer service said you ... Read More
I am dissatisfied with Carnival Miracle, they are so hungry for your money. I prepaid for everything on the cruise and 2 days after getting off the cruise 9/02/2018, after paying for extra things on the boat and customer service said you owe "0" I get a charge my bank statement for $267.00, really. Two days after I'm off the cruise and was told everything was paid, I thought you cant leave the ship without paying your tab. On top of this the Internet package you pay for stinks, the excursion we booked was misleading and we had to cancel it, I will not be cruising again with Carnival. The crew were great very accommodating and friendly, I had no problem with them. My last cruise I did not have these issues. I do not want to go on a cruise where I feel like they only care about how much money they can suck out of your wallet. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Had a great time on Carnvial MIracle. We did have an issue with a odor in our bathroom for majority of our cruise. Our cabin steward tried his best to get rid of this ordor that was coming up from the drains. Along with his supervisor and ... Read More
Had a great time on Carnvial MIracle. We did have an issue with a odor in our bathroom for majority of our cruise. Our cabin steward tried his best to get rid of this ordor that was coming up from the drains. Along with his supervisor and guest services. The other issue was that that there is not one single sugar free option for deserts, whether it is at the buffet, steak house or dining room. I asked one of the managers on the Lido deck and he stated that it is available per request. We did request it and the women never came back out. With all the passengers on board you would think that there would be sugar free options. Besides these issuess, we did have a great time. All the ports we visited were wonderful. We did book several shore excursions thru Carnival and in Hondarus I booked directly with LIttle French Key, which I suggest that everyone should go visit. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I'm genuinely not a person who complains about anything. I'm such a simple person to please, and pretty laid back. With that said, this ship needs some major updating. Yes, there's a musky smell as soon as you enter the ... Read More
I'm genuinely not a person who complains about anything. I'm such a simple person to please, and pretty laid back. With that said, this ship needs some major updating. Yes, there's a musky smell as soon as you enter the ship. You become desensitized to it during your stay on the ship, but it's noticeable each time you return from your port stops. In the main dining room, some lights (grapes) are broken, and they need to be replaced. I'm soooooo not a prude or someone who gets easily offended, however, the half naked "angels" in the dining room or in various places on the ship made my children feel very uncomfortable. They are way more conservative than I am (I'm not), apparently, and they said they hated seeing them while they were eating but couldn't look away; they're 6 and 7 years old. Personally, I didn't care about that. Additionally, I'm confused to the whole ship name of "Miracle". It's called Miracle yet the theme within the ship is very Halloween or dark. From a marketing standpoint, I would rename the ship to Halloween, or something to do with those characters. Throughout the ship you have pictures or areas named after The Phantom, Mad Hatter, Frankenstein, and so on. How does that have anything to do with Miracles? If they ever update the ship, they should stick with the Halloween theme, update accordingly, and rename the ship to appeal to a niche because 'Miracle' makes no sense. Also, add a costume theme party because that's always super fun. Before guests board the ship, remind them to bring a costume! This ship has a great port itinerary, so it's a shame that it's not as great as it could be. It has some great potential if Carnival chooses to update it. They also have a lot of room on the Sun deck to make it more fun for family activities. Painting that awfully colored green slide would certainly be a start. Camp Ocean was great! Our kids wanted to go there every single day, even after a long day at the ports. They're obviously doing something really fun in there, and staffed with great counselors. We appreciated the cameras located inside Camp Ocean too. The entire staff onboard Miracle were spectacular, and so very hardworking. They worked tirelessly, so please tip. We prepaid gratuities, and still tipped in addition to prepaying. I made it a routine to look at their tags and their countries of origin, and ask them about it. They were always pleasant to speak to, and answer any questions. The cabins were fine, and nice to come back to after a long day. Great beds, and they put me to sleep instantly. Our balcony was spacious, and our cabin was good enough; no complaints about our room. Loved the Western Caribbean port stops, and we plan to choose a ship with the same exact ports because we loved them. Although, we won't be returning to the Miracle unless it get's updated. Rating this ship as a 3* is being generous, if I'm being honest. Dear Carnival: update Miracle because it has great marketing potential. You're Welcome. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This will be my 5th Carnival Cruise and by far the worst. It is an older ship so things felt worn. The food has been the biggest disappointment. No flavor and just plain gross. It is also. Wry difficult if you are trying to watch what your ... Read More
This will be my 5th Carnival Cruise and by far the worst. It is an older ship so things felt worn. The food has been the biggest disappointment. No flavor and just plain gross. It is also. Wry difficult if you are trying to watch what your eating. I was also extremely disappointed in the shows. The comedy PG show was great but the 18+ show was just dirty for no reason and not funny. The dancers and singers have also been very poor. Again maybe because this is an older ship they give performers their start here. Even our caving cleaner said this was his least favorite shop to work on. Hope this helps. If your looking for a Carnival Cruise, don’t go on the Miracle. Oh, and our A/C in the cabin didnt work and it’s been very difficult to sleep. Guest services have not been much help although they did bring us a fan. Even with the fan my husband and I have both been sweating and getting poor sleep. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I usually don't take the time to write reviews but after our recent cruise I couldn't help myself. Many of our friends gave us "the look" when they found out we booked with Carnival. Never having been on a cruise we ... Read More
I usually don't take the time to write reviews but after our recent cruise I couldn't help myself. Many of our friends gave us "the look" when they found out we booked with Carnival. Never having been on a cruise we weren't selective about which cruise line. Mostly tried to find the best deal at the time we could go. Can't say we weren't a little nervous after people told us Carnival wasn't their top pick. Not sure why because my wife and I had an amazing time. Carnival is definitely a fun ship but not in a party way. The crew was extremely accommodating and enthusiastic the entire time. Their energy was infectious and made the week relaxing and fun. There was a variety of entertainment that kept us busy as well as lots of give-aways. The food was excellent and there was plenty of options for every taste bud. The Carnival Miracle is definitely a "inclusive" cruise with families, couples, and singles but the ship easily caters to all groups giving any type of traveler something to do. We will definitely cruise again with Carnival in the future and totally ignore "the look" from now on. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise based on the port that it left out of, the dates, and the ports visited. If it wasn't for the ports we visited this cruise would have been highly disappointing. We basically used the cruise as a means of ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the port that it left out of, the dates, and the ports visited. If it wasn't for the ports we visited this cruise would have been highly disappointing. We basically used the cruise as a means of transportation to the places we wanted to visited. Embarkation went fairly smooth, but was delayed due to a wedding taking place before anybody could get on board. We were suite guests and had purchased faster to the fun as well, so were allowed to go to our room right away. We were in room 6260 which is a corner aft room with a wrap around deck. The room was large, with tons of storage, and a really great deck! Our room steward was also phenomenal. There was some significant shaking/rattling...like if a door, or closet door, wasn't closed completely it rattled a ton. The bed shook a LOT. This didn't bother us, but I could see if you were a light sleeper this could be super annoying. The muster drill took forever, was outside, and we were required to stand shoulder to shoulder in the heat for way longer than any other muster drill we've had to do. The common spaces, pool deck, and other ship areas were dated but fine and met our needs. The lido deck was an absolute disaster every single time we tried to eat there. There was never any food out and available. The lines were very long. I wanted a grilled cheese for lunch one day from the deli and waited 25 minutes. I wanted chicken fingers from the buffet another day and they were not ready. Tried the day after, and still not available. Because the food that people wanted wasn't readily available they would just wait until it was cooked, further backing up the lines. There were various food stations on the lido deck and there wasn't just one line you were waiting in, but typically two or three different lines. By the time you actually got the food you wanted, half of your food was cold. It was a very strange setup, and unlike anything I've seen before on a cruise ship. We did the anytime dining option for dinner and were pleasantly surprised that we never had to wait to be seated, and always got a great table for two. The service in the dining room was fairly good. However, the food was horrendous. Nearly inedible. My husband got mussels one night and 4 out of 8 of them were dead. The grilled chicken I got one night was boiled and disgusting. The vegetables served with every single meal were unseasoned and dry. I'm talking about carrots that were so dry they were white. No butter, no salt, no pepper. The food was extremely unimaginative. Like worse than food you get in the hospital. We did dine in the steakhouse one night and the food there was okay, but definitely not memorable. I was also surprised that the steakhouse was not more closed off from the pool/waterslide area. We would be eating and children would be running through the steakhouse soaking wet, barefoot, and with ice creams in hand. I ordered a cappuccino to have with dessert one night, we received our desserts, ate them, waited an additional 10 minutes and still no cappuccino, so we just got up to leave. Our server said- don't you want your coffee? Ya- I wanted it with my dessert 25 minutes ago... The cruise director Frankie was excellent. He was super funny and we attended a few things that he put on. The other entertainment on the ship was highly lacking. The main stage productions were downright terrible. We turned around to see the look on other people's faces during the 1st night production and everyone clearly felt the same way. People were getting up and leaving about 10 minutes into it. The comedy was decent, and there was some really good acoustic music on board. We also played bingo a few times which was fun. We purchased the highest level internet package because we needed it for work, and it was completely unusable. Like couldn't read a single email because it wouldn't download. We were supposed to be able to use Skype, and definitely couldn't. Tried to use it all over the ship and it didn't work at all. Tried to post a single picture to Facebook and couldn't. We booked all of our excursions outside of the ship and if it wasn't for the beautiful places we visited and the wonderful people we met in Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Grand Cayman we would have been so disappointed. Overall, I will not be sailing Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Carnival Miracle Cruise July 1, 2018 This was a fun cruise with sun-drenched days and drop-dead gorgeous seas! Embarkation: We arrived for our 11:30 ship boarding time at about 11:15 or so. By 12 noon we were onboard and up in the ... Read More
Carnival Miracle Cruise July 1, 2018 This was a fun cruise with sun-drenched days and drop-dead gorgeous seas! Embarkation: We arrived for our 11:30 ship boarding time at about 11:15 or so. By 12 noon we were onboard and up in the buffet lunching! Carnival and its team have embarkation down! You can literally be on deck by noon boozing it up if you want. Miracle: I’ve been fascinated by the design of Miracle and its chief design Sherpa, Joe Farcus. Miracle was the last in a pack of Carnival ‘Panamax’ Spirit class ships they produced in the early 2000’s. (Panamax ships being the largest ships able to transit the Panama Canal at the time of construction. These ships weigh in at just under 90,000 tonnes – or about the size of an American aircraft carrier.) Seems like Farcus stretched his theming inspirations for the Miracle. He settled not on anything particularly Miracle-inspired, but rather chose legends of fiction and mythology. Had he settled only on legends of mythology, perhaps the ship would have a more cohesive presentation. It seems in many public spaces that Farcus perhaps already chose a different theme and had to jerry-rig his inspirations. For example, the pathway featuring the ship’s shops is called the “Yellow Brick Road”. Are there any yellow bricks in the pathway through the shops? Nope! Only purple sparkly tiles. Not a single design reference to the road Dorothy and her cadre bravely travelled. The Metropolis Lobby is an interesting post-modern design with zany teal columns and a Godzilla-sized mural of lounging toga-clad women – but has absolutely no connection to Superman and his Metropolis. Same with the nearby Gotham Lounge. There are no Batman references, but rather interesting floor to ceiling copied paintings of 1800’s women and their sea-faring captain boyfriends. (No one on the ship was able to tell us anything about the work and there was no information online about it, but the series was fascinating but not related to the “caped crusader”.) Add these mismatches to the 2015 dry dock renovations by another design firm, and you get this unique hodge-podge of public spaces. The most successful of all the rooms may be the ship’s postmodern stair-wells which feature colorful modernist murals and glistening abstract Bohemian blown glass. The two most outlandish spaces Farcus created for the Miracle are its Bacchus Dining Room aft and the cavernous Phantom show lounge forward. Both spaces are a heartbeat away from resembling rooms from Casa de Liberace in Las Vegas and therefore guilty-pleasure inducing fun! Who can complain about a main dining room named after the god of wine featuring oodles of purple grape light fixtures – draping garlands, oversized chandeliers – amid plastic painted silver fluted columns festooned with embossed grape leaves? (Lest we not forget the haunting statues of nymph children floating in the entrance stairwell which resemble submerged creepy cadavers from shipwrecks past!) The Phantom Show Lounge is a treatise on Farcus’ penchant for using a motif and replicating it adnauseam. Over-sized fiberglass reliefs of Phantom of the Opera face masks hold back velvety draperies, a football team worth of muscled bare chested Nautilus statues support stained glass light fixtures and rows upon rows of naked female Clio goddess reliefs flaunting fiberglass breasts assault the senses. No wonder the ship’s nick-name is the “Boob Boat”. There are more sets of artistic naked breasts per passenger on Miracle than any ship afloat! Yet, seeing is believing. (At the point in his career when he designed Miracle, rather than making his ships resemble long-lost movie palaces of old, one wonders if Farcus was more interested in seeing just what the hell he could get away with.) Famed architect Phillip Johnson once said that successful architecture gives one a good feeling in the tummy. One may need a few antacid tablets to endure the Miracle. Ship Shape: Yes, there are nicks and scrapes about the ship. It is not new. But one must look past these imperfections and enjoy Farcus’ jaw-dropping design choices. That said, we had problems with our cabin air conditioner not cooling properly, television remotes not working, refrigerator not chilling. These are things that should have been addressed long-before we opened our door, but were not. Who likes to deal with such things on vacation? Better-trained cabin stewards should be taught to ensure all things in a cabin are working properly. Sail Away Gifts: Ugh! Champagne served warm?! No ice bucket in sight! No champagne flutes! Just a warm bottle of champagne sitting lifeless on the counter. If one orders champagne and chocolate strawberries for sail away, one would expect the champagne chilled in a bucket of ice with accompanying glasses! And the chocolate strawberries were delivered AFTER sail away – long after the champagne had been consumed, hours out of harbor – barely before bedtime! Just order a bottle from a bar when you go on board and you can get it with the ice and glasses. Less hassle than calling around trying to get it for your cabin. We also happened to order the Cruise the Vineyard package. We chose the basic package for five wines and I believe the charge was around $130. We did this before we arrived on the ship via Carnival’s phone number. Cruise the Vineyard is not offered online. Ordering in advance of boarding does not give a discount on the package and it caused confusion on-board. The bartenders and wait staff on the ship were expecting us to have tickets for the wine – submit a ticket to the staff and select from the menu of wines provided. But we did not know about the tickets in advance, and did not receive the tickets and so we had a devil trying to explain to staff – even with providing a photo of the receipt of the wine purchase – that we were entitled to order. Next time, we’ll just order on-board and things will be much smoother. We were allowed to carry our bottles around the ship and had some delightful sail-away happy hours at interesting vantage points on the ship at sunset. Food: We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of food on Carnival! The daily buffet had lots of choices. Was there a bit of recycling going on with main dining room leftovers becoming creative stir fry dishes the next day – or maybe it was a coincidence? We had over 2600 guest on board and lines did form. The Pizza Pirate and sandwich stations had the slowest lines. The pizza is okay – a bit bland – unfortunately, they never had pizzas ready to go. Since there are only about four types of pizza available, one would think they could have pizza ready – instead the line was slow and almost always backed up. Main dining room: What impressed us was the variety of offerings for carnivores and the delicious flavors. Each night there were so many tempting options, we found ourselves double-ordering appetizers and entrees and eating every bite! The fish was very tasty. Pasta was spot-on with genuine Italian flavors. Some beef cuts were not the best. I can see how folks may decide to pay the extra fee for a truly good cut of meat. A disappointment was the vegetarian entrees. There was scant little. Every night the same “Indian Vegetarian” with rice and beans. Why not serve meatless pasta as well? There were vegetarian appetizers, but it was very hard to piece together a good meal for a vegetarian some nights. That said, we were not expecting to enjoy Carnival food as much as we did in the main dining room. It really became a cruise highlight for us. Chef’s Table: We loved meeting the chefs and cooks and going behind the scenes into the galley to see how they create so many tasty meals onboard. The ship’s galley was spotless, well-air-conditioned and massive. (I was expecting to feel the heat of the ovens, but not so.) I wanted to see the waiters go up the escalators to the dining room above, but that wasn’t a part of the tour. The galley cooking demonstration and amuse bouches were fantastic. After we left the galley we were seated in Frankenstein’s Lab nightclub at an over-sized table above the colored-light dance floor. A two-storied statue of Frankenstein loomed over us, appropriately attired in an apron and chef’s hat. We were served course after course of Carnival’s most demanding and innovative menu. Before the meal, your room will be called and you will be asked if you have vegetarians or certain dietary restrictions in your party. They created a different menu for the vegetarians that was very pleasing. With the food at such a high level, the table service was not what it could have been. Wines were not paired with courses, rather one was asked – before one even saw the menu – whether one wanted red or white as you were seated. (Wines, including the pre-dinner champagne were serviceable, but nothing note-worthy.) Water glasses went unfilled. No attempt was made to serve each guest at the exact same time, which can be so dramatic. The time between courses lingered. In fact, the final preparation for certain courses after they left the galley and were placed on a staging table in the nightclub caused many of the dishes to die before they reached our table. The meal went on so long, we had four of our table-mates actually leave before the dinner was complete. A bit more training with wait staff would add to the enjoyment of the evening. With that said, it was an extremely interesting and delicious experience! Come hungry. Kudos to the whole staff who worked so hard to make our night enjoyable! Chef’s Table caution – if you have members in your party who are fussy eaters or don’t particularly enjoy unique combinations of foods, this is not an experience for them. A woman at our table looked positively tortured when spectacular presentations were placed before her. Later, when we headed back to our cabin post-meal, we encountered the same woman sheepishly carrying a big wedge of pizza back to her cabin. You like what you like. If exotic isn’t your thing, don’t go through the trials and expense of this dinner. Cabin 4197: A legendary French Door Interior Cabin! Yes, we had problems with the AC not cooling properly. (The repair staff came out the next day and did something to make it work better.) The refrigerator was barely cooling. We swapped out multiple remote controls before one worked. There were dings on some of the veneers to the cabinets. Remarkably, the bathroom looked like it was built yesterday – not a ding or wear in site! I enjoyed the pleasant water color prints in the rooms even if the colors felt a little Golden Girlish. For a value option – a few hundred dollars less than the cheapest balcony – we really enjoyed the cabin and agreed the light and ocean views were better out of this cabin than just a standard outside porthole room. Plus, one could open the French Doors to get a feel for temperature and the sound of the waves if one wanted. (There is a caution sticker on the doors, but the seas were calm and we enjoyed peeking out.) You can see the horizon from this cabin – however, there is quite a bit of rigging for the lifeboats. So if you are looking for the French door cabins which have the wide view between lifeboats, you will be disappointed. You will have a view but it is much more limited – but better than other cabins in the same category which only have a view of the lifeboats and the water below. Ports and Excursions: This was a laidback booze and beaches sort of cruise for us. We didn’t choose any of the excursions offered by Carnival or our travel agent and decided to create our own. Cozumel: We still believe the Chankanaab National Park has some of the most spectacular vistas of any island in the Caribbean or Gulf. Members of our party wanted to do snorkeling from the shore, so making another visit to Chankanaab was essential. Here is what you do to save money and beat the crowds: Get off the ship and head through the shops to the awaiting taxis. All the drivers speak English if you need it. All the prices are preset in US dollars. It was $12 per cab to Chankanaab from our particular ship terminal. Once at Chankanaab you pay an entrance fee of $21 US. (They take cash or credit card) This will give you use of the park for the day. If you want to get snorkel gear, there are several cabanas on the shoreline (each is an independent vendor) who will rent gear for $15 a day. By taking a taxi we wound up being just about the first people to arrive at the park and had snorkeling virtually all to ourselves for some time. Later we hung out at the open-aired palapa bar and soaked in the sun and drop-dead gorgeous sea views with our favorite cocktails. Taxis are always waiting to take you back to the terminal. Puerto Maya: We just shopped in the terminal area – which resembled a Disneyfied Epcot-like take of a Mexican village. Maybe we should call it McMayan architecture. Then we headed to the pool (no charge) with a swim up bar. (Such a life!) It was like Spring Break for middle-aged people! Big-bellied guests gyrated – Coronas and frosty pina coladas in hand – to water aerobics classes backed by Katy Perry beats. If you just want to chill and enjoy being on vacation – this port is a fun spot. You’ll feel like you’re in college again – just with a few extra pounds! Roatan: We had rain this day, but managed to enjoy visiting the McCaribbean plaza and oogling at the Tanzanite jewelry and bargain shopping for t-shirts before the showers came. Since we had overcast skies, it was cooler and we enjoyed strolling through the thicket of jungle to the beach areas. There is snorkeling here at the end of the beach by the pier. Rain showers with lightning forced a call for folks to clear the water. We hung out at a bar for a while but then made our way back to the ship for food and a lazy siesta. Grand Cayman: We visited this port before and knew we wanted to snorkel again. There is a fantastic spot to see a colorful array of fish and you don’t have to pay a fortune. One takes a tender to shore. From there walk to the right along the shore several blocks. You will come across a snorkel shop and a larger dive shop called Eden Rock. Either place rents gear for $15. The seas had more chop and current here, so it isn’t for the novice. But the views are lovely! From the shore, we swam out to the dive spots and enjoyed watching the divers below us navigate the crevices and caves of the reef, their bubbles rising to tickle our bodies. There is one of those inflated trampoline things anchored out in the water you can use to take a break. The day we were there, a school of about a dozen Tarpon fish each over six feet long surprised us. They were clumped together under the inflatable trampoline. Their size, and resemblance to sharks startled us. Tarpon are harmless toothless creatures, but out of the murk of the seas they creeped us out. We decided to calm our nerves with chips and salsa and a local beer at a seaside restaurant. Afterwards, we poked our heads into the shops along the shore. Our favorite shop was a place called Artifacts. They have coins and china and silver from shipwrecks for sale! It was like going into a little museum. They also sold lovely matted water color paintings from local artists. The shipwreck coins could be purchased for some very reasonable prices – some as low as $20. Definitely a great spot to shop if you are looking for something unique and not the standard t-shirt and maracas fare. They take US dollars and credit cards. Entertainment: The main theater dancers and singers approached each performance with gusto. The shows were packed with foot-tapping medleys of favorites. Like all ensemble casts, some members were stronger than others – but their overall enthusiasm was palpable. Staging in the Phantom Show Lounge was of a higher level than ships of similar size. 3-D projections (with guests donning glasses), stage floors rising and falling, pyrotechnics exploding at finales added pizazz. Below the Phantom, the Mad Hatter comedy club was packed each night. A standout was comedian Cee Jay Jones who was a true pro and absolutely hilarious. Shows in both the Phantom and Mad Hatter are timed so you can go from one venue to the next to catch both acts. The Alice in Wonderland décor of the Mad Hatter will make your teeth hurt. So many hearts, like an eight year old’s birthday party. The fiberglass heads of the Mad Hatter which flank the sides of the club bear a remarkable resemblance to Joe Farcus, the ship’s Mad Designer! Thank goodness for dimmable lighting! The Best Space on the Ship: The Serenity Pool. Pull up a cozy clamshell cabana on the aft of the ship overlooking the sea! Let the gentle new-agey bossa nova Astrud Gilberto (Girl from Ipanema) tunes sooth your spirit! Attentive waiters ensure you are never wanting for a delicious tropical beverage. A little warm? Try the plunge pool or let the jets of the Jacuzzi massage your back. I love pools decks on the back of cruise ships! There is something so delightful looking out onto the wide open sea, the frothy wake churned by the ship’s screws fading onto the horizon. Carnival got it right making this space 21 and over. They got it right with everything. There is even a chair hog guy (I feel we must create a more upscale French word for this position – maybe garde des chaises longues). He clears items from chairs and cabanas left unattended. Overall, we had a wonderful time on this cruise! It was exactly what we were hoping for with some elements even surprising us with their quality. The Miracle deserves a make-over as soon as possible, adding the other upgrades which have become standard on the rest of the Carnival fleet. With that said, it was a really enjoyable cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My family of four had two rooms on the ship, midship balcony 7215 for myself and my wife and midship inside 4129 for my two sons. I had read about complaints about vibration complaints in the back of the ship, so we tried to pick rooms a ... Read More
My family of four had two rooms on the ship, midship balcony 7215 for myself and my wife and midship inside 4129 for my two sons. I had read about complaints about vibration complaints in the back of the ship, so we tried to pick rooms a little bit forward. No issue with vibration for us. We all were happy with our rooms, no problems, very clean, and as on practically every cruise and cruise line I have ever been on, the room attendants were great. Always have to give them the extra tip, besides what they get from the built-in tips, as they outshine everybody else on the crew.The room was clean, comfortable, and had enough storage. The bathroom was a typical ship bathroom, small but adequate.Carnival has changed the room cleaning from twice a day to once a day, a little disheartening, but I had read about it on these boards before hand, so I was prepared for it. We adapted to the change.On the first day my cabin steward asked me which I preferred, so we went with the morning cleaning. I suppose you could throw a few extra bucks at the cabin stewards and get them to come twice a day If that is a deal breaker for you, but as I say, we adapted. This is an older ship, so very few bells and whistles. There is a slide at the back of the ship, but my family never experienced it. Despite its age, the ship is in good condition and kept up well. Library is practically nonexistent, so if you're thinking Holland America library, you will not be happy. Internet was abysmal, don't pay for it unless you absolutely, positively have to have it ( I do, because I own my own business and have to be in contact with my employees even on vacation). Wasn't really impressed with the casino or its service either, but those were the only two negatives about the whole cruise.I'm not really sure if the casino staff works for Carnival, or if they are contractors, but they're not the friendliest bunch. I was in the casino almost every day, but still not impressed. Maybe I'm spoiled by Mohegan Sun! I see a lot of criticism about Carnival food when I read the reviews on CC, but we found the food very good to excellent. Went to the Statehouse twice, definitely worth the $35 it cost. Ate in the main dining room several times, we could not get an early fixed seating time, so we did the flexible time dining, first time for us. Basically they seat fixed dining on the second deck, and flexible dining on the third deck, as the restaurant has a two-story design over those two decks. No problem getting seated quickly, the only night that would have been a problem was the formal night, there was a wait that night, but we ate in the steakhouse that night anyway, so were not affected. We always were served in a prompt manner and the food was hot and good. Usual dining time from start to finish was about an hour and a half. Dining begins at 5:45, and we usually ate at right about that time, if that helps you decide when to go. Lido was a typical cruise buffet, often busy and sometimes hard to get a table, but relatively clean and the food was good and hot. We did not experience room service, since we found all of the dining venues to be just fine. Bottom line was no complaints about any of the dining. The "vibe" of the ship is a little more subdued than your typical Carnival cruise. This is probably a result of this ship being older without the newer style toys/amenities that cruise lines are adding to their ships. My youngest son is 15, and I was a little worried about him missing the things that are on a Royal Caribbean ship, as an example (rock walls, Flo Rider, etc.). He adapted just fine, spending a lot of time in the teen club, making friends, staying up late, raising Cain with all of his buddies. The other three of us were perfectly happy with an older boat, and the more relaxed and subdued atmosphere. If you are a big time Carnival party animal, this might not be your boat. Some people have commented on the decor of the ship being kind of weird. I would have to concur with this, but I'm not a person who spends a lot of time looking at or thinking about the decor, so it did not affect our cruise. I would say the decor is not for everyone, and not really for us. Just ignore it. We experienced the nightly entertainment and the comedy club. Both were adequate, not great, not terrible. If you want to go to the adult shows at the comedy club, you better get there early as it was always packed. Of the four ports, we enjoyed Cozumel the most, then Roatan, with Belize and Grand Cayman taking up the rear. Still, a good time was had in all four ports, just that we felt the two beach days in Cozumel and Roatan were the highlights. we will one of the lucky ones to be able to get a cabana in Roatan, which I highly recommend. The latter two destinations are tender ports If that matters to you. Embarkation in Tampa was easy and fast, debarkation was slower and a little bit more of a pain in the neck. Carnival is using a reservation system for embarkation, they give you a time they want you to arrive at. It seems as if that smooths things out. Rooms are not ready on the ship until 1:30, so keep that in mind if you are scheduling your embarkation time on their website. As far as debarkation, if you can get off the boat late, the later the better. I would say 10 AM would be a good time if you can do it. We had a late flight and had to kill time anyway, so we walked next door to the aquarium. I had pre-purchased tickets online, saving me a few bucks. The aquarium is not that impressive, average at best, that it will chew up two hours. They can store your luggage for you, which was a help. Despite some of my nitpicking at the beginning of this review, I would rate this cruise as a great value for the money. It's not Celebrity, it's not a high-end type of cruise or cruise ship, but it is very enjoyable, especially when you factor in the cost. Maybe it's just because I like cruising, but having been on Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Celebrity, and Norwegian, I find that every cruise line has its own personality, its own pluses and minuses. The trick for me to a great cruise is to figure out what the cruise line and the specific boat does well, and stay close to those things, and avoid the things that are negatives because they will sink your vacation if you dwell on them. The Carnival Miracle has plenty of pluses, you should have no problem finding things that make you happy on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Semi- organized review with random remarks. Embarkation smooth with lots of check in lines- brought one bottle per carryon- they do check to make sure only one per person. Opened them at dinner in dining room with no corkage fee ... Read More
Semi- organized review with random remarks. Embarkation smooth with lots of check in lines- brought one bottle per carryon- they do check to make sure only one per person. Opened them at dinner in dining room with no corkage fee Our Family: Interior 4E 7159, 63,69 All roomier than expected 59 and 63 could be cooler- steward asked us to pick morning or evening for service- not 2x a day as other cruises.Room only one outlet Sister had balcony on 5th deck 5215 and said it was shabby Sister had balconies on 8th deck and said they were great. 8222 was an extended deck, I believe. Bars were slowww 6pm dining went well- group of 18- needed MatreD to help add two more-Gobi came through with a smile and laughs- came around to find us to see if we were ok. Wait staff was super friendly (Rudy, Marcos, Elsa) learned all our names and used them every time they saw us in the restaurant and around the ship. First formal night- waiters danced Some cruisers were in tuxes and gowns some in capris and polos Lobster tail was small ask for three! Striped Bass was dry Mahi Mahi was good creamed spinach was very good. We bright on bottles of Asti that we opened at dinner- no cordage fee Dancing in red frog and Frankenstein’s was good- piano bar was laid back, 70,80’s rock and roll show was excellent - venues were not crowded Swimming on sea day was crowded as expected Cozumel no excursion bought but found a hotel only 5 minute walk away that charged only $21/person with $12 credit for food and drinks, snorkel gear, covered chairs and pool. We could see cruise ships from this location- rocky beach but water was good with fish to be seen. Hotel name is El Cid. Took bike ride back to ship- they just asked for good tip. Belize- tender to pier. Then Lamanai ruins- bus was converted school bus but was comfortable- long hour half drive with tour guides talking loudly whole time- some info not needed- river cruise next- 25 min- to ruins- pier had some souvenirs and drinks and bathrooms. We walked up low stone steps but it was very humid. Saw monkeys in canopy-went to three sites and a Mayan ball court. All were fascinating. Lunch back at pier- buffet chicken, rice and beans, plantain, fruit punch and ordered drinks and bottled water- saw crocodile in water-in way back- got back to tender pier with about half hour to shop. 80s show excellent Mahogany Bay Roatan Hondorus - bought $35 excursion for beach package- worth it and fun Day- chair lift was peaceful and water was glorious- in eyesight of ship. Grand Cayman Allure catamaran and stingray encounter- clearest water ever seen Quest- hysterical, Love and Marriage Game was fun. Frankie cruise director was great. Debarkation- carried luggage left at 8:45 waited for fam deck 2- made us go down elevator long wait. Shuttle to airport- worth it We loved our week on the Miracle. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this particular cruise based on the dates & destination. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It was not the particular ship that we would have chosen. However, it was within reasonable driving distance. The ships ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise based on the dates & destination. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It was not the particular ship that we would have chosen. However, it was within reasonable driving distance. The ships decor was very eclectic. There were parts that were beautiful and others that were not. But, we had a great time. The staff and crew were so nice. You could tell that many of them loved their jobs. Juan our head waiter, Nithin an awesome photographer and Dan in the playlist cast to name a few. The playlist cast were talented and the shows were very enjoyable. Plus the cast were very friendly. Our favorite port was Grand Caymen. We took a cab to Royal Palms to gain entrance to Seven Mile Beach. Cost was very reasonable. In Belize, we went on the Lamanai Ruins excursion. It was great. I would highly recommend it, Overall, this was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our family had been on carnival years ago and vowed never to do it again. Because they have cruises out of Tampa close to where I live we decided to give the line another try. I'm glad we did. We had a marvelous time. The food was ... Read More
Our family had been on carnival years ago and vowed never to do it again. Because they have cruises out of Tampa close to where I live we decided to give the line another try. I'm glad we did. We had a marvelous time. The food was good, the itinerary was great, and we really enjoyed the comedians. Everyone on board was very gracious especially our cabin steward. All of the servers in the restaurant were fantastic. My only real complaint is the Decor on board. It truly needs to be updated. While the cabins are fine, the dining room, comedian lounge, pool areas and other public places are sadly outdated. I had read that many parts of the ship had been rehabilitated. But really only a few places look modern including the shops, the sports bar and a few other locations. Carnival has done a good job to make a vacation enjoyable and relaxing with just the right touch of shore excursions. Another point to make, is we were somewhat disappointed in the stage productions. They seemed amateurish. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Service and Staff were amazing and so nice, from the wait staff, cleaners and entertainment staff. All work 6 days a week many many hours per day. Cabin- good size, we had a balcony which we loved, not sure if I would have enjoyed a ... Read More
Service and Staff were amazing and so nice, from the wait staff, cleaners and entertainment staff. All work 6 days a week many many hours per day. Cabin- good size, we had a balcony which we loved, not sure if I would have enjoyed a port hole. A tight bathroom, but it did the job! Beds were very comfy. We were 8247 very close to the adult pool and buffet dining. Dining- the dining room for the set time seating was in my humble opinion a little over the top, 20 years ago it would have been a wow factor, but today too much on the eyes. Our set time was 6 or 8, 6 was too early but dining at 8 got you into the comedy club or the shows at 8:15. Just a note- I thought the food was very good, you would never go hungry. Drinks - we got the drinks package and whilst it was 56 USD a day pp it included, pop, vitamin water, monster energy drinks, specialty coffee and premium brand drinks, the cucumber with a kick of spicy vodka is amazing. The boys Martin and Lucian ran the Alchemy bar and they have some beautiful drinks- they will make you anything and have some beautiful wines. There were 2 Elegant night during our 7 day cruise- the first night everyone dressed up but only 70% dressed up. Whilst it was nice to dress up, there was no real "special-ness" attached to dressing up, fireworks would have been nice, or a special meeting with he staff and the same entertainment that shut down at 11pm, except the nightclub that stayed open every night til 2-3. Entertainment - all was good, the band that played in the Frog were AMAZING, the comedy was good and the nightclub was for the younger Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was an anniversary cruise that we booked late. Things were nice and clean, but the food quality (in particular) was much less than the last time we sailed with Carnival. Also, more things are additional charges. The internet was ... Read More
This was an anniversary cruise that we booked late. Things were nice and clean, but the food quality (in particular) was much less than the last time we sailed with Carnival. Also, more things are additional charges. The internet was terrible (we needed it for work) and we paid for the premium internet access. Better internet would have made the cruise more enjoyable because we would have had to spend less time trying to do simple tasks online. We were rarely able to use it in the cabin and had to go to public areas just to login. Lido deck food was much less impressive than in the past. The restaurant dining food quality has decreased as well. Room service is no charge only during certain hours with very limited options. I think the hours were something like 6am to 10pm and everything was at a fee outside of those hours. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We traveled with two other couples who had already booked this cruise. This is only our 2nd cruise, but we LOVE the size of the ship vs the amount of guests. The buffet got a little crowded occasionally, but nothing like the first cruise ... Read More
We traveled with two other couples who had already booked this cruise. This is only our 2nd cruise, but we LOVE the size of the ship vs the amount of guests. The buffet got a little crowded occasionally, but nothing like the first cruise we took on another cruise line (MSC). We were always able to get an elevator rather quickly vs MSC where we almost always had to take the stairs. The activity/entertainment team did a great job. We loved the trivia and game type activities they offered. Also loved the cooking demonstration and the towel folding class. The shows were okay but nothing spectacular compared to the amazing shows on MSC. The comedy club was one of the best parts. Wish there had been more seating because we did miss a couple of shows due to not being able to find a seat. The main dining room was a little slow some nights and faster other nights. Luckily we weren't in a hurry so didn't really bother us that much. Our serving team was very, very friendly and worked extremely hard. The food was actually really good. I mean it's included in the fare, you can order as many items as you want, you don't have to cook OR clean so to me it was amazing, LOL!! We did splurge and celebrate my husband's 50th birthday at Nick & Nora's Steakhouse aboard. It was really fantastic!! They surprised us with a glass of champagne apiece and a wonderfully delicious tart type birthday cake complete with a cute little icing decorated dome and birthday candle. He had to make a wish and everything (no singing, thank goodness)! We will probably do this again! Great cabin. We had an interior 4D inside cabin category. It was small, but plenty of room for the two of us. Four large drawers and five small drawers in the desk/dresser area. Plus a nice drawer in each of the two nightstands. Three closets, two for hanging and one with shelves (at least 4 shelves). Probably about 10/12 hangers in each closet. Lots of counter space in the bathroom along with 6 small shelves for our meds, toothpaste, brushes, makeup, etc. The shower was also more roomy than I expected. Actually loved our cabin. We are mostly just in there to sleep, shower and change, so it worked very well for us. Our cabin steward was a sweetie! He asked us (by name) every day if we needed anything special and if everything was alright. We only had him service our cabin once a day during turn down because I take naps and didn't want to keep messing it up for him. He honored our request and did a fantastic job, even bringing us ice every evening and of course leaving us a new towel animal everyday! The ship was clean and inviting. Interesting decorating and a lot to see. It probably needs some updating, but nothing in particular and for me it was actually fine. Although I would have liked to see a Guy's Burger Joint aboard, LOL!! On MSC we saw the Captain all the time. We saw him eating at the buffet several times, saw him wandering around talking to guests and interacting with crew, onstage a couple of times and of course during pictures and dinner with the Captain. I did not see the Captain at all on this ship. Not that it's a big deal, just different. Kind of nice knowing who's "driving" the ship though, LOL. We had friendly service from every single crew member we encountered. We smiled and they seemed relieved to smile back. I'm sure they get more than their fair share of "grumps" so I make a concerted effort to smile and speak to them. I'm a fairly smiley person anyway (and I like to talk) so it wasn't really much of an effort on my part, LOL. We stopped in 4 ports: Cozumel, Belize, Honduras and Grand Cayman Cozumel: We did the Top Ten of Cozumel excursion booked through Carnival. It was interesting although I can't really figure out what the ten things were. We stopped at a chocolate "factory" which was really just one guy showing us how organic chocolate used to be handmade. We got to sample it and tiny handmade tortillas with a really yummy mole sauce. We also stopped at a Tequila "factory" where they don't actually make the tequila, but they gave us the history and information about how it's made. Then took us into an air conditioned room (yay, it was hot out) and we had sample tastings of several ages and flavors of their tequila. I am not much of a drinker at all and I have never liked tequila, but I have to say this stuff was pretty freakin' amazing. My favorite was the "Coffee Tequila"!! Needless to say (because I'm not much of a drinker) I was pretty buzzed by the time we left there. Maybe that's why I don't know what the rest of the top ten things were, LOL!!!! Belize: My husband booked the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins with Lunch excursion through Carnival. He had been to Tulum when we went to Cozumel the year before and loved it. He liked this one even better. He said it wasn't nearly as big an area and only a few temples, but he got to climb to the top and take pictures and stuff so he actually liked this excursion better. At Tulum you aren't allowed to touch anything. He said the authentic, sit down Belizian lunch was delicious (one piece of chicken seasoned well, a pile of rice and beans and a fried plantain piece). It didn't come with a drink, but he paid $1 for a bottle of coke zero and was happy with that. Both Mayan Ruin excursions he's taken was a LOT of bus travel (Xunantunich was over two hours each way by bus, plus a short ferry ride, Tulum was quite a long walk to the bus, about an hour bus ride each way and another long walk from the bus to the ruins entrance) and the lunch was a pretty bad sandwich eaten on the bus with an apple and some weird juice that was not good. Both excursions kind of rushed through the ruins in order to get back to the boat in time. I chose not to do the Mayan Ruins this time mainly due to the heat and the very LONG bus ride. I decided to try to find snorkeling once I got to the pier. Much easier than expected. In Belize you basically tender in, walk to the end of the pier (past pier 4) into a building where every excursion available can be booked. They do not negotiate. Everything is a set price, but different companies offer different excursions. So you can just go from booth to booth to find the one you want and voila I was getting on a boat about 10 minutes later, traveling 30 minutes to Goff Caye (a teeny private island with a couple of food stands, souvenirs, chairs for rent, a small building with changing rooms and another small building with restrooms). My excursion included all the free rum punch you want, snorkeling gear and use of the private island for a couple of hours. They stopped at the island first so people could change, then took us a half mile or so away from the island by boat to the barrier reef to let us snorkel. We swam in groups of about 6 or so with a guide. It was very nice. When we got back to the island, I drank one rum punch and thought it wasn't too bad. Then I stood up, LOL. Whew, I was buzzed. Changed to water after that!! Swam and enjoyed the view until our boat left to head back to the mainland. Honduras: We did not book an excursion because it was a very short day in port. We had to be back on the ship by 2:30 so we just shopped in the tourist area. We found out later that the snorkeling and scuba diving was AMAZING, so our next trip will definitely include snorkeling and hopefully a trip to the sloth sanctuary. Grand Cayman: We booked an excursion through Carnival to swim with the stingrays!! It was wonderful and my favorite excursion so far! We got to feed them, pet them, kiss them and get our pictures taken with them. LOVED IT! Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived about 11:30, went through first security without a wait, then waited maybe five minutes for bag security, checked in with no wait and went to our "Zone" and waited maybe a half hour for it to be called to enter the ship. Plenty of seating and cold water available while we waited. Got on the ship easily, got to the buffet before it was too awfully crowded and was able to get a seat for six rather quickly. We took an offered tour of the ship and by the time that was done we were able to get into our cabins. Cabins were ready by 1:30 and we got our luggage before dinner. Very, very organized! Debarkation was even easier. We chose the very latest debarkation time, out of our cabin by 8:30, could have eaten in the dining room, but we decided on the buffet. Had a nice leisurely breakfast, then found some comfy seats on another deck that was less crowded and played games until time to debark. Very easy! Sorry this is so long! We did not take our kids this time, just my hubby and me and it was fantastic. I did miss having the kids, so they will definitely be with us next time. It was surprisingly a really good mix of ages. I had heard Carnival had the "Party Boats" so I expected mostly young adults and couples (lots of drunk and outrageous behavior, but saw very little of that) and figured we would be older than most. That was not at all the case. I think it was pretty evenly young, middle and old ages. Seemed like most were "young at heart" though so that was a definite plus!! Not an "old person" ship, not a "young person" ship, there were activities for all ages. We will absolutely be taking more Carnival cruises!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Traveled with four others, from different states to have a nice relaxing TRAVEL vacation. Embarkation was delayed by two days with no explanation what so ever with only a week in advance notice. We lost two ports... Our main goal was to ... Read More
Traveled with four others, from different states to have a nice relaxing TRAVEL vacation. Embarkation was delayed by two days with no explanation what so ever with only a week in advance notice. We lost two ports... Our main goal was to travel to different places. Long customer service lines. Leaking ceilings. Closed off places because of maintenance Toilet overflowed. Bathroom light went out. Yellowish brackish toilet water after flushing No communication at all Because we were stuck in Tampa for two day, they supplied shuttle services to places like Clear Water Beach, but didn't inform anyone that there was an extremely limited schedule of three times per day. People were left standing on the sidewalk with their family and beach gear because they couldn't fit on the one shuttle going to the beach. When I complained about the toilet and bathroom light, they said all they could offer was some chocolate covered strawberries since I already paid for the Cheers program. (they got annoyed because they couldn't offer me a free drink...) But then they showed up with some small cakes plucked from the buffet! Severe lack of communication on all fronts. I had sent an email about my grievances with the short notice of the delayed embarkation. They replied two weeks later with a cheeky note saying "Happy National Go Barefoot Day Ellie! Seems fitting as you and Pagna are enjoying a beautiful day in Cozumel today, yes, we responded to her too - how fun is that?" They only apologized for the delay in response, closing with: "It is our sincere wish that you allow us the opportunity to win back your confidence and exceed your expectations." And yet offered nothing at all. I will say that my time off-ship, at the two ports we actually made it to, was enjoyable. Though unfortunate that they were two out of the seven days on the ship. Our servers were extremely kind and accommodating, and the staff and bartenders were the shining stars of the trip for me. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The cruise was substandard- improper equipment, smokey environment throughout the ship with poor if any exhaust system, murky pool water, impolite mechanics/technicians, poorly working stateroom air conditioning and the list goes on. If ... Read More
The cruise was substandard- improper equipment, smokey environment throughout the ship with poor if any exhaust system, murky pool water, impolite mechanics/technicians, poorly working stateroom air conditioning and the list goes on. If Carnival ever sends an email stating there are 'unavoidable routine maintenance issues' that cause the ship to be docked a couple days, here is what that meant for us. Propeller issues(took 3x to dock the ship), divers removing propeller parts, exposed pipes with water dripping all over the ship, large industrial fans drying out carpet, blowing germs in the air, smell of sewage when flushing, poorly working cabin a/c. This is NOT routine maintenance. Carnival refuses to refund any amount, but instead offers on board credit and a discounted future cruise. WHY would anyone want to cruise again with them when they don't stand behind their "product or service" ? Stated that since nobody else had complained about the a/c in our cabin, that part of our complaint was basically invalid. On board, we were refused a fan because they were only for medical necessity- so we had to purchase 2 fans for both of the staterooms. We also had to keep the curtains closed so the cabin would not heat up-when checked, it was deemed 'satisfactory' by ship standards of course. I don't go on a cruise to keep my curtains closed.I work hard for my money and do not want to throw thousands of dollars away again. When I purchase a product, it is with certain expectations. Carnival would have fared better to keep its customers happy by a partial refund to me rather than placating with on board credit and future discounts. The excursion ticket time was incorrect on Carnivals side, left us waiting and extra hour in terrible heat and then the excursion was cut an hour shorter because of schedule changes. Carnival would not refund that money either. Carnival offered cruises last minute for $65 pp for gamblers, but cannot afford to compensate me fairly for valid dissatisfaction and to keep my business. The staff was mostly pleasant, but obviously stressed from the beginning, doing the best they could do. The food was good, dining service was slow but pleasant. Customer service on the phone when called to 'complain' was poor. I actually had no desire to ask for a refund, but was hoping for an understanding ear and maybe a small discount. When the CS stated that they could not do anything because no one else had complained...and was completely disassociated from the emotion of how terrible this cruise was, then is when I went from disappointed, wanting to give feedback, to mad and wanting reimbursement-not moneys toward a future cruise that I am not inclined to want spend my hard earned money on. PLEASE look at all cruise lines prior to booking with a company who does not stand behind their name. Especially do not cruise the 'Miracle' ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Brace yourself- It's long. We enjoyed the detailed reviews so here's mine! Just got back on Sunday from the 5/20 sailing and we had a great time. We're pretty simple and don't need much to be happy on vacation. ... Read More
Brace yourself- It's long. We enjoyed the detailed reviews so here's mine! Just got back on Sunday from the 5/20 sailing and we had a great time. We're pretty simple and don't need much to be happy on vacation. We were checking reviews constantly before our sailing and so many of them filled with "complaints" that were just silly to be honest. Example: "The ship is old, worn"- oh please. It holds thousands of people every week! It looks great, everything works, nothing is broken or unsafe. It's FINE! :) Little things really shouldn't make or break your VACATION.. Anyways!- First off, this was my 7th cruise and my partner's 5/6th one and our first time buying Faster to the Fun (FTTF) and although prices have gone up for it, we HIGHLY recommend it. We mostly got it to get OFF the ship ASAP(this came in handy, more on that later) but getting ON was an absolute BREEZE. It took us 30min from the time we arrived (10:15am) at the port to check in our bags, go through security, check in at the desk and receive our Sail & Sign cards and finally be seated to board (10:45am). Boarding started at exactly 11:30am for FTTF holders and our cabin (5174) was actually READY when we boarded!!! (It's also a FTTF perk) (cleaning was rushed to meet this deadline as I'll mention later.) Once we dropped off our things, we headed to the Lido deck to grab some lunch and our first drink. The drinks are OK for the most part but frozen drinks are horrible (aka WEAK) without a floater. We also bought the Cheers package for the first time and although we might just pay as we go next time, it was really nice not having to worry about the bill and just enjoy some drinks and try some news ones too. (We had about 50 drinks each during 7 days but it was mostly because we felt we had to at least break even.) The place to really maximize your Cheers package- but also where to enjoy the BEST drinks in general- is at The Alchemy Bar!!! OUR FAVORITE. Lucian and Yuliya (might be misspelled) ARE AWESOMEEEEE. All of the drinks are good and unique but Cucumber Sunrise was my go to. My Partner enjoyed Forty is the New Twenty and The Youthful and Bold Beritini. (I think he enjoyed the 2nd one best) The food was pretty good (Lido, Pizza Pirate-24 hour Pizza, Chopsticks-hello Lo Mein and Fried Rice!) and Deli were our go-tos. Shout out to the Tuna Sandwich at the Deli! (Get it toasted!) We ate at the Lido for all of our meals except the second Elegant Night where we ate at the Main Dining Room. (Crab Cake, Stuffed Mushrooms, Mushroom pasta, Teriyaki Salmon and Filet Mignon were SOOO SOO good!) Sushi on board is extra but we had it about 2-3x during our sailing- we thoroughly enjoyed it! (They close at 11pm- be sure to order well before then, we got denied at 10:45p.) We went to the Punchliner just once and wished we went more but just got caught up during the other show times. Side note: We were only interested in the Rated R showings only since we do enjoy adult humor and such but Manny Oliveira was just crude and not very funny. 90% of his stand up was picking at audience members, making fun of their ethnicities and super disrespectful towards husbands/wives with jokes involving taking the wives back to his cabin. We had actually read reviews about him prior to our sailing but wanted to see for ourselves how bad it was and---it was bad. I'm not sure how Carnival has kept him around for so long to be honest. Red Frog was our planned place to be prior to our sailing but only ended up going once during Karaoke. Music there overall was more towards 40s/50s/60s crowd. It was usually very busy at night and the crowd seemed to really enjoy it. The younger crowd seemed to be there more so for the games available. The only thing I did miss from past ships is the Dive-In Movies at the Pool and more entertainment (shows, games at the lido deck and such) There's NO big screen at the pool. They had 2 movie nights on our sailing and they were held at the theatre. We didn't join. Staff weren't overly nice like on some other ships I've been on but they weren't rude and were very pleasant. We actually had one of our phones drop in water and were giving some dry rice to place it in to dry out. (side note: didn't work and had to get a new phone.) Our Cabin Steward was just ok. We didn't meet him until the second night for some reason and we never had beach towels in our room (others did) and we had to check them out ourselves each time. Cabin wasn't tidy when we first got on and still had traces of the passengers before us. Our bed was made everyday and trash was taken out and that's about it. I don't know if I've been spoiled in the past but I've had my clothes folded and placed on the vanity or chair before, but whatever mess we made, we came back to. I didn't mind, just an observation. Serenity Area had nice cabana-type beds that we got to use when we stayed on the ship during our Belize port. It was packed all the other days, as expected. Coconut Martini was a great try! I heard the Mega Deck party was cancelled due to rain but "Serenity Nights" continued as the Serenity bar is covered. Frankenstein Nightclub had Top 40/80s/90s/Motown theme nights. Disembarking was not perfect but better for us than it was for those who weren't Diamond/Platinum/FTTF. As FTTF holders, we could choose to disembark at 6:15am or 7:30am, we chose 6:15am. Sat in the dining room until 7:15am (not ideal but stuff happens, we were patient. They had coffee, juice, pastries for us waiting so that was nice.) We were in the Uber by 7:41am, and on our way to Orlando by 8:00am.(Got home at 9:30am) I was a part of a Facebook Group for my sailing and while I was almost home around 8:30/9am, some were still on board waiting to get off. I'm not sure what held them up but I'm glad that wasn't the case for us. FTTF is the way to go! I will purchase from now on until I reach Platinum. Cozumel- The initial plan was Mr. Sanchos but were too late to make reservations (book early!) so we went to Paradise Beach instead. Met a couple (Hi Chris and Charlotte!) and rode a taxi there and back with them. $15 for the 4 of us each way. $3 admission includes access to the beach, pool, chairs and umbrella. Belize- stayed on the ship Roatan/Mahogany Bay, Honduras- Little French Key! Favorite excursion. "Swam (see: held in water for a few moments while pictures were taken) with a Jaguar, Esther. Grand Cayman- RAIN. Got off the ship to get souvenirs and got back on. (Priority Tender boarding TO the port with FTTF) Thanks for sticking it out and hope you've enjoyed my review. Remember: Vacation is what you make it! Have fun!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Carnival Miracle: May 13,2018 Never cruised before, not my thing. More of a adventure seeker than buffet chaser. Cruising still not my thing but had a fantastic time. Wanted to spend time with my brother who loves cruising so took the ... Read More
Carnival Miracle: May 13,2018 Never cruised before, not my thing. More of a adventure seeker than buffet chaser. Cruising still not my thing but had a fantastic time. Wanted to spend time with my brother who loves cruising so took the plunge. Read lots of reviews so was hesitant I was wasting my money. I was wrong. PROS: 1) The crew made the whole difference. Those people work their asses 24/7, 10 hour days 7 days a week, for 7 months straight to satisfy 2500 buffet crazy Americans. Always a smile, over the top helpful. Not sure how they keep their sanity and smile and desire to serve. 2) Everyone complained ship was old but I was blown over by how great a shape things were kept. OK, 1 pedal on an exercise bike was squeaky and the screen didn't work on another one. Wow. Our cabin was fantastic and we had a small one. Ship was scrubbed and clean. Not sure what all the whining was about. 3) Shows were very good. Comedy was mostly good, the X rated ones used the 'F' word too much (I use the 'F' word too, but not like I stutter with it as they did) 4) Food was unbelievable. I'm not a restaurant person but WOW. Must of been 100 different dishes and OK maybe 10% are duds, but the other 90% are fantastic. Sure beats overpriced restaurant food I've had in the past. The head chef went out of his way after hours to make me this incredible hamburger that i will never forget...and I generally don't eat meat. 5) Sufficient exercise machines. Some needed to be fixed. GREAT steam room. 6) Passengers were all nice. Didn't see any obnoxious drunks but we generally avoided that crowd. Ship was big enough. 7) Extremely well organized. Carnival kept 2500 Americans synchronized like a well oiled machine. Great job. Cons: 1) Nickel and dime: you to death so we avoided all the extras still had great ime 2) Port of calls. We did 1 nature tour in Routan which we liked, but overall it was like cruising between shopping malls. Got sucked into $10/glass beers in Cayman. Just overpriced tourist traps. Not worth it, didn't really see the REAL Hondouras, etc. 3) Everyday you are faced with the American health care crisis in all its glory as 75% of the passengers avoided the salad buffet. The amount of wasted food at the buffets is almost criminal.Very sad statement about American society today. Overall A+. Thanks Carnival. Will go again..but maybe when I'm 70. dman Read Less
Sail Date May 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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