Sail Date: September 2014
We sailed on Carnival Miracle from Seattle to Alaska in September. Alaska was fantastic. The scenery in Glacier Bay is breathtaking. The weather we had in mid-September could not have been better. We booked a room with a wrap-around ... Read More
We sailed on Carnival Miracle from Seattle to Alaska in September. Alaska was fantastic. The scenery in Glacier Bay is breathtaking. The weather we had in mid-September could not have been better. We booked a room with a wrap-around balcony which was awsome. Those are the good things I have to say. Most aspects of the cruise were far less laudatory. The ship is old and tired looking. The decor in the main dining room is horrendous, and I am not one to notice decor, but this is just awful. The whole room is dark and purple. The food was terrible in all places- the buffets were awful, food in the main dining room was mediocre at best, even the Steakhouse, where we ate three times (and has been good on other Carnival cruises), was really not good. Fresh vegetables were extremely scarce. The salad bar looked pitiful and consited mostly of canned things. It's an Alaskan crusie and they had no crab and the halibut and salmon were hardly fresh. The entertainment, other than the comedy shows, was just OK and there really was very little of it. The piano bar only had someone playing on a couple of nights during the entire cruise, the nightclub looked sad and empty, and a great many of the talks and activities were designed with no other purposed than to sell you things (and not very subtely). The crew, especially the room attendants and servers in the main restaurant were great, but they couldn't make up for all of the lackings on this ship. By all means go on an Alaskan cruise but do yourself a favor and pick another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
I've noted several other recent Miracle cruisers recently posting about the ship's propulsion issues, and felt obliged to post what I know. We had a marvelous two week cruise to Hawaii this past September. As we booked AFTER the ... Read More
I've noted several other recent Miracle cruisers recently posting about the ship's propulsion issues, and felt obliged to post what I know. We had a marvelous two week cruise to Hawaii this past September. As we booked AFTER the formal announcement by Carnival (which I found weeks after I'd booked anyway), we didn't get offered any partial refunds or other compensation - but the iteniary had been altered from the original catalogue's plan which had an overnight in Maui to only a day-trip. Again, as we booked after the issue had been noted, we simply paid the fare, took the trip, enjoyed it and got back to LA on schedule. ---- I don't know of any crew members attempting to conceal the issue; in fact, being retired military with years at sea myself, I was curious to know what the issue was - and was enthusiastically briefed during a behind-the-scenes tour by the ship's engineering staff. Simply put, the manufacturer of the pod systems noted that they'd been experiencing premature wear on the bearing cages, and advised Carnival to keep the maximum speed below 20 knots to avoid any overheating issues. Carnival did publicize that they could have either taken the ship offline and moved the overhaul period up, or simply tailored the iteniaries to fit within constraints imposed by speed restrictions, which is what they did. Most of the time, we were making 18 or 19 knots, which...if you've ever gone to sea with the US Navy...is actually moving along at a brisk (though not quite 31-Knot-Burke) clip. Heck the bartenders I chatted up every night talked about this. ---- We had a fabulous time; the crew was great, the food was great, the shows were limited but that's expected on longer voyages. The wife and I did a "re-committment" marriage ceremony with the Captain, and he was great; took time off the bridge to officiate, pose for pictures, and talk with us personally. An unforgettable experience all around. The Miracle is a sister ship to the Pride, which we've cruised on three times - but was far better maintained. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
Who we are: 49 and 48 year old couple married 23 years. No children. 14 cruise. Third Carnival cruise, first Carnival cruise in over 10 years. 16 day cruise to Hawaii on board the Miracle. We haven't sailed with Carnival in over 10 ... Read More
Who we are: 49 and 48 year old couple married 23 years. No children. 14 cruise. Third Carnival cruise, first Carnival cruise in over 10 years. 16 day cruise to Hawaii on board the Miracle. We haven't sailed with Carnival in over 10 years because the food was so horrid on our previous trips. But the itinerary, price and advice of friends had us take the plunge. Food: well above average. While not everything was a hit, there were much more hits than misses. We were really blown away by the improvement in the food quality in the dining room. Food in the buffet was not the same standard, but that's the case everywhere. Desserts: average. All cruise lines refuse to put the sugar in desserts. Most desserts are down right bad. Carnival was saved because they offered a molten chocolate cake for dessert every night. It was delicious. Other than this one dish, there were limited good desserts. We even broke down after a disappointing dessert at dinner which we didn't eat and purchased a carrot cake from the Fountainhead cafe. Good thing it was cheap because it also was bad! Again no sugar in the cream cheese frosting. We were eating a half inch of whipped cream cheese with cake. Yuk! Room: avoid cabin 6106. We purchased an inside cabin because a verandah cabin can so easily be ruined with a smoking neighbor. I would be way to upset at spending the extra money and then not be able to use the verandah. So we choose an inside cabin well away from elevators, stairs, casinos, lounges, etc. cabin 6106 is at the front of the boat with just three flights up to the open decks and three flights down to most restaurants and lounges. The map shows nothing directly below this cabin. We thought it was a service area. It was actually the extended roof of the large show theater the Phantom Lounge. Drums and base reverberated into our room. The band practiced nearly every afternoon and a show each evening meant hours of noise. Usually the shows were over by 10 so it didn't keep us awake. One night the drummer decided to jam after the show. We had to ask him at 11:30 to knock it off. He did. But this is an area to be avoided when selecting cabins as it isn't relaxing. Comedy: we had five different comedians in the comedy club. Some were average, some good and one was great. I want to warn people about the family friendly comedy. It isn't. The early comedy shows are labeled family friendly. This means no swear words but the content was still very adult. I wouldn't let young kids here jokes about noises from honeymooners cabins, the length men are endowed with, etc. I would advise parents to see a family friendly show without the kids first. The parent can then decide if the material is right for their child. The ship: decorations are eclectic. You like it our you don't. What I didn't like is the buffet dining room. Not enough tables to accommodate the people and inadequate walking spaces. People were always jammed up. Poorly designed. The staff: generally well trained staff that were friendly and accommodating. Entertainment: we saw very few big productions as they just didn't sound good. We enjoyed the nightly comedy, the trivia and the up close magic by Rakesh. Overall we consider the value of the cruise above average. Given the price and all that we enjoyed, it was a good deal and a nice long vacation. I do have one story to share about the food and the employees. There was limited pineapple served. No pineapple was ever available at breakfast, occasionally chunks of pineapple was available at lunch in a fruit medley (usually well picked through) and dinner you could get two chunks in fruit medley appetizer. Apparently the staff of the spa like pineapple as much as I do. I was rechecking the fruit medley at lunch one day and noticed pineapple had just been added - about 20 chunks. I was reaching for the spoon when a spa employee jumped in front of me and took every piece of pineapple. Rude!! Then about 10 days into our 16 day cruise, we found out the dinner buffet had lots of pineapple in the dessert section, plates of sliced pineapple were available. So it became my habit to get three or four slices on a plate and place it in the cabin refrigerator until morning when we would enjoy it for breakfast. The last night if the cruise they were all out of pineapple slices. :( But as we were walking out of the buffet we noticed three spa employees eating pineapple. Heaps of pineapple. Each had about ten slices in their plate and the serving plate of another 30 slices was in the middle yet to be divvied up!! Talk about a feeling of entitlement! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
I usually don't take the time in writing reviews but I'm so perplexed reading some Of these negative reviews. We live in a million dollar house on a golf course5 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. I only say this because I know ... Read More
I usually don't take the time in writing reviews but I'm so perplexed reading some Of these negative reviews. We live in a million dollar house on a golf course5 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. I only say this because I know & enjoy some of the most quality living, gourmet food, first class entertainment, and A+ service in the world. I'll also say this, 5 months prior, my husband & I sailed on Royal Caribbean Oasis Of the Seas so my review also takes that into consideration. So I'll now begin; Accommodations; We reserved 2 balcony suites. One for Hubs & I and a 2nd for our 17 year old son & his friend. BOTH rooms were excellent, clean & we LOVED Our room attendant Sunny. Only negative, I wish there was a mirrored vanity on the desk (I'm high maintence). Food; The buffet was packed with choices. You literally can eat something new every day. Main dinning room was REALLY good. Lots of varied choices & staff We're friendly. We ate at the steakhouse 3 nights & very much enjoyed every meal. Entertainment; our teenagers very much enjoyed their teen group & their staff. Comedians were quality. We didn't go to too many shows. I thought the main Entertainment guy (forgot what you call them) was just ok. Excursions; in Cabo we drank one day & then rented ATV's the other day- it was ok. In Puerta Vallarta you MUST go to Vallarta Adventures & book the Extreme Adventure SOOO much fun. I bet you could save money and book on their website. Also, review them on Trip Advisor. A+ excursion, our best EVER and we've done Many over the years. In conclusion, after reviewing some of these negative nelly's review, I'm thinking They need to travel with different companions or maybe THEY are the problem. We ALL had SOOO much fun we're not only doing the same New Years cruise next Year but, I'm taking my Mom on the Miracle in May for an Alaskan cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Five days over to Hawaii, five days there, visiting four islands, and five sea days back. The ideal cruise for me. Embarkation in Long Beach was a little confused, The pier people seemed unsure of how to treat the "Platinum" ... Read More
Five days over to Hawaii, five days there, visiting four islands, and five sea days back. The ideal cruise for me. Embarkation in Long Beach was a little confused, The pier people seemed unsure of how to treat the "Platinum" cruisers since most of the passengers were Platinum, that is frequent Carnival cruisers, but once it got underway, the embarkation procedure was quick. The ship itself has been spared much of the stereotypical Carnival "Vegas neon" glitz. The decoration theme seemed to be literature and paintings of Rubenesque nudes in the Classical style. The Lido was named Horatio's and reflected the Hornblower novels. Large drawings of literary figures were displayed in the cabin area hallways. The public rooms also reflected the literary theme. There were major shows twice a night and everyone seemed happy with the m. I didn't see any except one of the several comedians on board. They were good- that had family and adults only shows. The trip over to Hawaii was a bit rough, but most of the passengers were experienced cruisers. There didn't seem to be many seasick persons. Dining was the traditional scheduled meal times with assigned tables- that's the way I like it. You could also do the "freestyle" system if you wanted to . The food was very good with all the usual- escargot, duck, lobster, veal and steak. There was one menu of comfort food each day and one unique menu each night. Brunch served on at-sea days was excellent, with open seating. The Nick and Nora premium steakhouse charged $35 each but it was very good- well worth the premium. Hawaii was beautiful and the ship offered a number of interesting shore excursions. We went on three and found them well handled by competent and entertaining staff. We didn't get to complete our visit to Kona, because the seas were too choppy to run the lifeboat tenders. Excursion tickets were refunded automatically. There was no other compensation for the missed port. On the sea days there was no shortage of things to do. We played several Trivia sessions and came home with nine of the Carnival trophy- the "ship-on-a-stick" Much coveted as well as two medals on a ribbon for various wins. The game and activity staff was very good. There was a very good enrichment program featuring an expert on Hawaiian culture and lore, flora and fauna and especially whales. We saw several whales off Maui. The service staff was flawless in their work, especially the wait staff and bar servers. The cabin stewards were efficient and friendly. Cabins on Miracle are pretty spacious. We had an ocean-view on the No. 1, Riviera deck, but since the entertainment decks are No 2 and 3, we had a bit of music come thru our ceiling from the Jazz club above. It didn't last long as the elderly cruisers turned in pretty early, usually. Disembarkation was smooth and more orderly. All in all a nice cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
My wife and I just returned from the New Year's Eve cruise on the Miracle. We had a great time last year on the Splendor New Year's Eve cruise, but would rate this cruise a bit lower. The problem to us is that the entertainment ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from the New Year's Eve cruise on the Miracle. We had a great time last year on the Splendor New Year's Eve cruise, but would rate this cruise a bit lower. The problem to us is that the entertainment on this ship was sparse. The activities staff seemed pretty clueless. What ever happened to Carnival being the Fun cruise line? We found the hotel and restaurant staff to be outstanding. The best we remember in many cruises. Food was okay. We enjoyed the excursions. We did the all inclusive resort on the first day in Cabo, the the semi-sub on the second. Our table mates in the MDR did the Rhythms of the Night in Puerto Vallarta and raved about it. We went to the Ocean Grill near Boca de Tomatlan and really loved it, though the taxi ride was a little pricey. This was our first cruise on a Spirit class ship and found it to be a nice layout, but the Miracle had more than a few scratches and dents.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
There were two of us on this trip - myself, from the US, and B, a friend from Canada. This was my second cruise (cruise #1 was in the Caribbean about 7 years ago) and B's first. We're both old enough to drink and vote, and young ... Read More
There were two of us on this trip - myself, from the US, and B, a friend from Canada. This was my second cruise (cruise #1 was in the Caribbean about 7 years ago) and B's first. We're both old enough to drink and vote, and young enough to not qualify for any senior citizen discounts. Seattle B and I met up in Seattle the day before the trip. We took the opportunity be tourists in Seattle - the Seattle Underground Tour, the Pike Place Market, the Fremont Troll (yes, Seattle has a troll under a bridge), and a store called Archie McPhee's where they sell (and I use this term generously) stuff, and ate dinner at an Indian restaurant. The next morning we went to the Seattle Center, stared at the Space Needle but didn't go up in it, and toured the Chihuley Exhibit, which was gorgeous - and the only place I hadn't been before, although it was all new to B. Life Onboard Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. My overall impression of the Miracle was very positive - it was very clean, and all of the staff I encountered were professional and friendly and really made an effort to do a good job. I found some of the colors a bit garish, but it's a cruise ship - what do you expect? The Room We were in Room 4112, an Inside Room with an Obstructed View. This means that we paid the price of an inside room, but got a room with French doors that open inward, and a lovely view of a lifeboat. It was nice to be able to open the doors and get some fresh air and daylight. For such a small room (185 square feet), there was ample closet/drawer space. They really make efficient use of the space they have. And yes, you can use refrigerator magnets on the walls! We weren't far from the Phantom Lounge, where they had the big shows every night, and took advantage of the Phantom Lounge's fourth floor entrance. That being said, we never had any noise issues from other rooms or parts of the ship while we were trying to sleep. The Public Areas & Activities The Miracle had a nominal literature theme to its public areas. Horatio's Buffet (Horatio Hornblower), the Phantom Lounge (the Phantom of the Opera), the Mad Hatter's Ball (you know this one.) It was kinda fun. I fell in love with Gatsby's Garden (the Great Gatsby), an interior promenade with tables for two along large portholes, decorated like an English country garden. Other public areas we visited were the Serenity, an outside adults-only (ish) area with lounges, these fun clamshell lounges, and hammocks. The spa area had a Sauna (dry heat), Steam Room (wet heat), Jacuzzi, and these fun showers with five showerheads - one above, and two on each side. There was even an 8-hole miniature golf course that we played one evening, when it was windy and cold and trying to rain. It was fun - in spite of (or perhaps because of) watching the wind blow the golf ball back towards the tee. There were many activities available during the day. I played a lot of trivia, and even won a ship on a stick (for Canadian trivia playing as a non-Canadian). I was triviaed out by the end of the trip. Some of the activities were basically glorified infomercials -a foot analysis turned out to be a half-hour ad for a specific brand of insole the guy was trying to sell. There were two shops (I still want to know why the "Yellow Brick Road" between the shops didn't have yellow tiles) selling, on one side, souvenirs like mugs and tee shirts, and on the other side, expensive jewelry and watches. Every evening there was some sort of big show in the Phantom Lounge - I only went to two, a tribute to the music of the 1950's to the 1970's, which was fun, and a tribute to swing music, which only had two numbers that included any swing music. I ignored the stand-up comedians that performed later in the evening - not my thing - but B went to some of the shows, and said it was hit and miss. The Punchliner Comedy Brunch was completely lame - the comedian stood up, and tried to get people worked up to see his show that night. He didn't tell a single joke. Kids There were certainly a number of children on board, but they seemed to be kept entertained - either by their parents, or by the kid activities. A couple boys entertained by pressing *all* the elevator buttons, and that's not bad at all. Food Hits B rightly pointed out that we were never hungry the whole time we were on the ship. Here's part of the reason why ... The Melting Chocolate Cake (available for dessert every evening in the Main Dining Room) and the pizza (available in the Lido Buffet) both lived up to their reputations, and were delicious. I particularly liked the prosciutto pizza. I went to a Cooking Demonstration at Nick & Nora's (the extra cost steak house) that included samples and recipes for the foods demonstrated. Four courses were included - a mushroom soup, a salad, a chicken dish with mac and cheese and something else I've forgotten, and tiramisu for dessert. I didn't like the salad (I think bleu cheese is vile) but the rest of the food was incredible. I had initially not been interested in paying for Nick and Nora's, but after that demonstration, I was willing to spend the $35 on Nick & Nora's, but B still wasn't interested and I didn't want to go by myself. The creme brulee on the first formal night was excellent. The hot cocoa (available at the Lido drink stations with the coffee and tea) was actually pretty good. There were several dishes, particularly at the main dining room, that I thought were quite good and deserved mention, but I've since forgotten what they were. In particular, on the second formal night, there was a vegetarian dish that had a green pepper stuffed with couscous that was really tasty, but I don't remember what else was involved. Food Misses The one fruit smoothie I tried (strawberry) was artificial and nasty and the only actual friut involved in its making was a marchino cherry. The first formal night had prime rib with a baked potato with "the works." I love prime rib, and am willing to put up with a baked potato if there's enough stuff on it to disguise the mealy texture of a baked potato. The prime rib was served with horseradish but not the au jus I am used to, and "the works" was a combined sour cream & chives sauce. No bacon bits, no cheese, nothing else. Our stalwart server did find bacon bits for me, but it was still disappointing. The pumpkin pie served at the buffet one night for dinner turned out to be more like no-sugar-added pumpkin-flavored gelatin in the shape of pie. It was unpleasant. The Reuben sandwich served at the deli - I couldn't quite place my finger on what was wrong with this sandwich, but it was just wrong. The chilled avocado soup was too salty. The Tracy Arm Fjord We were supposed to cruise the Tracy Arm Fjord on Thursday, August 8th. Unfortunately, it didn't happen because it was too foggy. We pulled into Endicott Arm (an adjacent arm) for a while, hoping that the fog would clear, but it didn't. This is supposed to be beautiful and majestic, and I'm sorry we didn't get to see it. However, kudos to the captain for making the right decision and making the safety of his vessel and everyone on board his priority. I am so glad not to be another cruise horror story, and the captain gets full credit.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
My husband and I, both in our early 40s, took the Carnival Miracle 7-day Alaska cruise over Labor Day weekend. It was our third cruise and our first with Carnival. Overall I would say that it was a very positive experience. EXCURSIONS: ... Read More
My husband and I, both in our early 40s, took the Carnival Miracle 7-day Alaska cruise over Labor Day weekend. It was our third cruise and our first with Carnival. Overall I would say that it was a very positive experience. EXCURSIONS: For us, the highlights were the excursions. Prepare to spend A LOT for these ' as much as the cruise itself. They are very pricey but usually worth it. Also keep in mind that many are weather dependent and that the weather is very unpredictable in Alaska. We learned the hard way that it is better to book your excursions for as early in the day as possible'this way if they are cancelled due to weather you will have more options to book another excursion. On the second day at sea there is a little-known option to take the Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier Explorer. Take it! It fills up fast and has limited seating. We got some of our best Alaska photos from this journey'close-ups of harbor seals basking on the blue-ice of a glacier etc. Gorgeous. Skagway was, for most people, their favorite port for excursions. First of all, it's the longest stop. But there are many fun things to do. There are various excursions centered around the White Pass Railway. You can simply ride it or stop and take a hike (as well as other options.) We took the 'White Pass Rail & Glacier Station Exploration Hike' and it was probably our favorite part of the entire cruise. Our tour guide was Andy and he was great ' very knowledgeable, helpful, prepared, attentive, fun and easy-going etc. The hike takes you through an old-growth rainforest (through the Tongass National Forest) and also close to a glacier'so you get a few different type of sceneries to enjoy. I would call this a moderate hike and they provide you with snacks, water, even a bumbag to carry. You need to have a passport for this excursion since you will temporarily cross into BC. In Juneau we were supposed to take the helicopter ride and walk on the Mendenhall Glacier. Unfortunately, it was so cloudy that all helicopter excursions were canceled. We ended up spending a few hours in Juneau since it was too late in the day to book something else (our bad for booking an excursion for 10:15am instead of the earlier 8:15am option.) We made the best of it and ate and hung out at a great place called The Rookery ' seemed like a lot of locals were here and we recommend checking this place out (great coffee and scones and lunch food as well!) In Ketchikan we took the Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer. Perhaps it was because we were tired or starting to get 'cruised' or 'boated' out but this tour seemed a little lackluster. The tour guide was very nice and they emphasize local lore and stories and sell local products on board. All of that was nice and interesting but the tour felt like a lot of time traveling in a boat (which we had done already.) Many of us napped on the long ride back. We also didn't appreciate that they allowed smoking on the decks and got smoked out a few times. Due to the short time in Ketchikan, we had no time to explore the town and had to get right back on the cruiseship when we returned. In Victoria we skipped the tours (we've been to Victoria before) and just walked around. There is a shuttle to downtown that you can take'$10 round trip'which worked well. It runs every 15 minutes for your return. Most things are closed late on a Monday night except for a few tourist shops. We passed several fun looking pubs and restaurants and wished we hadn't had dinner on board since it would have been nice to eat and hang out at one of these places. There were several pubs with live music. BOAT Embarkation and debarkation were both quite smooth ' no long lines or issues. We boarded around 1pm, probably a busy time, and it was fine. The day of debarkation we hung out in the Lido for breakfast and took a later debarkation that went very smoothly. The cruiseship itself seemed fine. The dining room is almost a caricature of a cruiseships' ostentatiousness. The staff everywhere were nice. It takes A LONG time to eat ' whether in the dining room or on the Lido deck. The Lido was often very crowded and it was hard to find a place to sit ' especially during the first two days. If you opt for the dining room expect a long wait between starters, main dish, dessert etc. We didn't like that the Casino was so centrally located and was filled with smoke ' we had to walk through it a few times and it was unpleasant. I enjoyed a great massage from Nikki at the Spa Carnival (hint: the Swedish massage is much better than the bamboo ' I tried both.) I really enjoyed the naturalist, Michele, who gave a lot of announcements over the PA. If you are in your room you just switch to channel 15 to hear the announcements. She gave a lot of interesting info about the wildlife and geography and had a nice speaking voice. We stayed in room 1195 ' an oceanview on the first floor ' and it was lovely, quiet, snug, with plenty of views even though it was near the bottom. The jogging track was quite small - although you could go on Deck 10 as well. FOOD I read many reviews that said that the food wasn't great'and I have to agree. That being said, you can find things that work. The pizza is tasty although the lines are long (it's thin-crust and you can ask for half-pizzas.) The chocolate chip cookies at lunchtime are good (in the Lido) and the chocolate melting cake in the dining room is good. Many desserts tend to be quite gelatinous. There are no berries to be found on board...all melons, bananas, and citrus. The bread and butter is good ' fresh bread ' in the dining room and Lido! Sometimes this would be my main meal ? CLOTHES Layers are definitely the way to go. You could wear t-shirts one minute and need a heavy jacket the next. I usually wore a t-shirt with a light jacket and brought a heavier windproof North Face jacket with a hood to wear over it all on all of my excursions. Jeans or long pants are good. Good comfortable shoes and socks are needed. On the boat I would wear yoga pants during the day. You could stay pretty casual although some people dressed up for dinner every night. There are two formal dinners. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
This was a family and friend affair. I traveled with my DH, DD (21), DS (18), my sister and brother-in-law, an aunt and uncle, and a couple who are close family friends. Three were platinum cruisers with Carnival, 2 were on their second ... Read More
This was a family and friend affair. I traveled with my DH, DD (21), DS (18), my sister and brother-in-law, an aunt and uncle, and a couple who are close family friends. Three were platinum cruisers with Carnival, 2 were on their second cruise, and the rest were first time cruisers. We had 3 balcony rooms and one inside for the kiddos. We flew into Seattle on Sunday afternoon. We used Already There Town car for our shuttle from airport to hotel, hotel to pier, and pier to airport. They used a 10-person van for the transfers and it was great. On time each trip, courteous, and no complaints about the amount of luggage. In Seattle, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Downtown. The hotel worked out great. There was a continent breakfast included and afternoon cookies. There was a small garden area were the 10 of us sat at night to visit. It was a great location, just a short walk to the Space Needle and monorail. Right across the street was a great bar and pizza. We had dinner there on Sunday. Ate a few blocks away at a Mexican restaurant on Monday. I cannot remember the name, but it was on the hotel’s recommended restaurant list. There was also a grocery about a block away. We stopped there to get soda and wine before we headed out to the ship. We scheduled our transfer to the ship for 10 am. We were a little late getting everyone together, but we were at the port by 1030 am. Three in the group were platinum, but they allowed the group to board together. Check in was painless!! We were sitting with our priority boarding sign by 1045 am. Boarding starting at about 11: 15 am and we were about the first ones on board. We first went to guest services to ask for the balcony dividers to be opened. One person in each room had to be present and sign a sheet. Guest services said the captain would decide when the dividers are opened, but it would probably be on the second day. It was. My DD was only 20 when I booked the rooms, so my husband and I were split between the balcony and the inside. Since she had turned 21, they were able to change the bookings so no extra keys were required. At this time, Miracle did not have FTTF so we had to wait for our rooms to be ready. We went up to the Serenity Deck and found it empty. We staked out a spot and everyone went his separate way for lunch. Rooms were ready at about 115 pm even though no official announcement was made. We checked and the doors were open. This was my first balcony room. I usually prefer the inside because it is cheaper and I love the darkness at night. However, I would say a balcony is a must for Alaska. I loved laying on the bed reading, looking at the scenery outside my balcony! The downside was that there was not much darkness in Alaska. I was awake way too early each day!! We stayed in 5256 and it was fine. Our room steward, Henry, was one of the best. Friendly, and very efficient. He was always there when we needed him and invisible the rest of the time. We ate in the dining room 5 out of the 7 nights. The first night we ate at Nick and Nora’s Steakhouse. We had three bottles of wine for the 10 of us, 2 red and 1 white. This was enough since not everyone participated. The food was outstanding. I had the Alaskan halibut and it was great. Dessert, of course, was to die for! The last night we were still in port and we chose to eat on land. The dining room food was not the best. This is the first cruise that I thought the lido buffet food was better than the dining room. We still ate in the dining room because I enjoyed the service. However, the food was more miss than hit. One night I had the grilled jumbo shrimp. The shrimp were anything but, jumbo and I had a total of THREE shrimp on my plate. The DS had four, but he could have eaten ten. On the next cruise, I will definitely consider doing dinner on the lido more. We did two planned excursions. In Skagway, we booked the Laughton Glacier Hike & White Pass Railway Adventure. It was through Carnival but sponsored by Packer Expeditions. I tried to book it independently, but Packer said it wasn’t possible. There were at total of 18 hikers and three guides. They did a fantastic job. We basically split into three groups; fast, medium, and slow. We took a train ride and then hiked about 3 to 4 miles in to the glacier. We ate a sack lunch we prepared on the train while we viewed the glacier. The last ½ mile we used creepers to be able to walk on the ice. Fantastic day, but it was very treacherous. Much of the hide was on rock and boulders. It was not for the faint of heart. In Juneau, we booked Harv and Marv Whale Watching. Captain Shawn took care of us and we saw several whales. In Ketchikan and Victoria, we basically walked the cities on our own. Ketchikan was a short day in port and we were only in Victoria from 730 pm to 1130 pm. Most of the city was closed; I thought this stop was a waste of time. Disembarkment was the easiest I have ever done. We requested zone 1 tags for the group. The platinum instructions were to meet in the dining room at 745 am. We were there at 740 am. At 745, the self-assist platinum guests were led to the gangway. At 750 am, the zone 1 platinum guests were led pass a long line of guests to the gangway. Super easy. We were ready to catch our shuttle by 810 am. Overall, great cruise. The scenery was awesome and the staff fantastic. The only downside was the food in the dining room, but I still managed to gain five pounds, so no real complaint!   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
8 day cruise from NYC to port canaveral, nassau and freeport. This is not a cruise for the itinerary. Port canaveral has very limited options. but chance to get off the ship. Been to Nassau and Freeport several times before, so that was ... Read More
8 day cruise from NYC to port canaveral, nassau and freeport. This is not a cruise for the itinerary. Port canaveral has very limited options. but chance to get off the ship. Been to Nassau and Freeport several times before, so that was ho-hum as well,but at least a change of pace from sea days. many children on ship and many 20-40 somethings. was a high energy ship. Had the best rock n roll band i he ever heard on a cruise--20 of them on 6 different lines--called the Boardwalk. The orchestra was excellent and the last nights show by cast, a tribute to the Beatles, was one of the best cast shows i have ever seen. their headliner shows were a juggler and a hypnotist....well below what you would finding on RCI and Princess--jugglers and hypnotists are borsht belt type entertainment, though i would doubt the borsht belt would even feature this carny type passe entertainment if it were still around. its is fillers on other cruises, not the main acts. watch out for port shopping pitches...I can't believe people still show up for this and belive it hook, line and sinker. as noted on cruise critic, Alaska just made it illegal for the ship pitchmen and women to not disclose that they are getting KICKBACKS from the stores they recommend, and to disparage stores they dont recommend. I heard one woman in a smaller pitch in a lounge, about watches, ask the barker if knockoff designer handbags were available in Nassau, and the barker told her she could be subject to a 50,000 fine if customs caught her with it coming into nyc. That is wrong. the fines and penalties are for the distributors of knockoffs and counterfeit merchandise, not that i encourage or even care about purchasing such schlock to fool others. Customs is looking for drugs and money laundering large amounts of cash, not a knock off handbag in peoples luggage. Preposterous, but enough to scare this poor girl. he should disclose the kickbacks for promoting stores, rather than scaring people. Many of the staff were very nice, but the staff in the buffet was very poor, with not the greatest attitudes. There was no one coming around asking you if you wanted refills, and the table service in cleaning up tables was poor and slow. the servers behind the counters were not happy to be at their jobs, and were so different from that experienced on other cruise lines. The dinners in the main dining room were the biggest surprise. they were good to very , very good every night, so i did not bother eating in Nick and Noras. the food in the lido buffet for dinner was often like camp or prison food. But, they do still use trays, unlike other lines which have abandoned them, and this was appreciated. The internet was horrible--took 8 minutes to log on some times..so the real cost is not 45 cents a minute for the 120 minute package..although the very nice staff in the internet lounge gave credit for the times it exceeded 5 minutes to get into my emails.still, it is much more than 45 cents a minute. i wonder if mtnsat--the satellite company they seem to use , is much cheaper than other satellite companies. The cabin attendant--Judi--was excellent. pools were dirty, often closed, and the hot tubs were only lukewarm Played texas holdem almost every day , as we had a really good and fun group.But, a fight broke out in the casino between some trailer trash who were in their 40's. I guess things like that will occur on Carnival, which is a step below RCI, Princess, Holland, and 2 steps below Celebrity--Carnival essentially being the Walmart of the cruise lines--tho i admit to enjoying cruising walmart from time time, which i guess is why i wanted to try Carnival once. i think there was a fight in the cabin next time at 4am in the morning as i heard a lot of yelling and hard banging against the walls, and called security..lt of drinking on carnival. but for the most part the guests seemed to be well behaved. Interestingly, it appears i am the first person to write a review on this cruise, and the last reviews were of the 2/13 cruise--so that must say something. In the meantime, there has been that disaster on the carnival cruise from Galveston. Unlike other cruise lines, Carnival did not solicit guest comments at the end of the cruise--which tells me they really dont care to much, which is reflected in the attitudes of some of the staff. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
As a first time Carnival cruiser and 3X Norwegian; and 3X Royal Carribean Cruiser, I would like to compare them. We cruised to the Bahamas and Cape Canaveral on the 2/18 cruise. It was cold two days going down and back but the ease of ... Read More
As a first time Carnival cruiser and 3X Norwegian; and 3X Royal Carribean Cruiser, I would like to compare them. We cruised to the Bahamas and Cape Canaveral on the 2/18 cruise. It was cold two days going down and back but the ease of leaving from New England offset that negative. Let me start by saying that I thought that the lines were more similar than different. I will compare RC and Carnival mostly as they were my most recent trips. Food: We enjoyed the dining room; for the most part the food was well-prepared and hot except for the last hight which was cold. I thought that the dining room food was similar on both RC and Carnival with an added edge to the Carnival deserts which were delicious. I really liked the buffet deli and hamburgers which gave Carnival an edge. However I missed the Royal Promenade on RC for the quick bites and people watching. Shows: All ships have similar mediocre production shows. I enjoyed the guest performers on RC more. However, I really enjoyed the Punchline Comedy on Carnival which gave added entertainment in the evenings Activities: Both few and far between on both ships unless you wanted to pay for Bingo etc. I did enjoy the enclosed pool area on the Miracle. I also enjoyd the Serenity Deck. We greatly missed the rock climbing wall and ice skating rink. Cabin: Slightly bigger on Carnival. Cabin Stewards were great on both ships.6103 was quiet being forward end with our children next door but strangly we could hear the shows from the Phantom theater four flights up during showtime. Ports: Port Canaveral: Kennedy Space Center (on our own) We lost time waiting for the Dollar rental shuttle and had to have it back by 4pm to get shuttle back. We would have had more time with the ship tour but saved 50% Nasseau: We originally supposed to go to the zoo on the #10 jitney. We met two women who complained about it so we went back on the bus to Cable Beach. No one bothered us for the day pass at the Sheraton so we just spent two hours there at no cost. We enjoyed shopping at the Festival terminal due to their real handmade crafts (look for the handmade soap) and the FREE internet. Freeport. Unfortunately our pat and dianne snorkeling was cancelled due to high winds (as well as all other ship sponsored ship activities) so we went to the beach at Port Lucaya and shopping. That was our least favorite port. At the shopping complex , make sure you go the the iced smoothie place which has the best homemade alcholic and nonalcoholic smoothies from $3-6. So all in all a nice cruise, not our favorite but not our worst. In retrospect, I wished that I had brought information for Plan B as we had to change 2:3 of our plans. The people were no different on Carnival than RC or Norwegian. In fact, I thought the crowd was much mellower and polite than my previous NY/NJ cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
We have been on 13 other cruises and have sailed Carnival many years ago. That was not a good experience and we wanted to give Carnival another chance. We know you get what you pay for and this was a very inexpensive cruise. But there are ... Read More
We have been on 13 other cruises and have sailed Carnival many years ago. That was not a good experience and we wanted to give Carnival another chance. We know you get what you pay for and this was a very inexpensive cruise. But there are standards that should be met.We sailed out of New York to The Bahamas. The cabin with balcony was nice. It was well maintained, neat, and very sufficient for our needs. The ship itself was well maintained and clean. The major issues were with the dining and the amenities. The biggest disappointment was the hot tubs. They were never hot. We were told we must never have been on a cruise with hot tubs before because they are "warm tubs" to accommodate people with heart conditions! Are you kidding me? There are warnings for such people to take care. The rest of the guests shouldn't be penalized. Maybe one tub could be cooler but not every one on the ship. And to give guests such lame excuses is terrible. Another issue was children and infants with diapers in these "warm tubs". I realize the weather was terrible and beyond any-one's control but to allow infants in diapers in these tubs is inexcusable. Talk about a health issue. Dining was another negative experience. Service at breakfast was horrendous. Baskets of bread and rolls were reused table to table. Most mornings, the food was cold when it arrived. My husband actually had to get up and get his own coffee one morning. One waiter at breakfast does deserve commendation. His name was Stanimir. He was wonderful-friendly, efficient, and fast. Our dinner staff was also very good. I think her name was Denista. Her assistants were also very good but I have misplaced their names. The food was not. Portions were small and it was usually only warm when served.Although our room was well kept, our original steward was replaced 2 days into the cruise. Again another weak excuse was given that he had gone ashore. But we were at sea for 2 days! How did he get ashore? We also tried to be conservative as the card suggested in the bathroom. We hung our towels every morning, with this card attached. And every day, our towels were taken and replaced. Why bother with the cards? The main shows with the dancers and singers were great. They were colorful and entertaining. The fill in acts, however, were awful. A little better entertainment would have helped. And the atrium "singer"! Good gosh, who hired him? He tried to strum and sing every day but was terrible. We were awayand at sea and that was nice. But we were again disappointed with Carnival and will probably never sail it again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
We are all (4 of us) seasoned cruisers who know what we like and don't like on cruises. We have sailed on Carnival a number of times and have always been pleased. This is our third trip on the Miracle and since it will be leaving New ... Read More
We are all (4 of us) seasoned cruisers who know what we like and don't like on cruises. We have sailed on Carnival a number of times and have always been pleased. This is our third trip on the Miracle and since it will be leaving New York, I imagine it is our last time on this ship. This why I said it saved the best for last. I can say we had no problems at all. Boarding was really fast as we checked on as soon as we arrived (before noon) and immediately were allowed on the ship. Cabins were ready when promised and B,our cabin steward was there to greet us and always called us by name when he saw us. He was very pleasant and took care of all our needs. Dining room service was excellent (2nd seating) and our waiters (table 188) were outstanding. Food was as good as we could hope for - no complaints. We tried the Punchliner Brunch and the food was good. I don't recall any comedian telling jokes - we must have been there between set times. Played a number of trivia games and actually won some. We went to a few of the stage shows but I had seen them before. I did enjoy seeing Christopher Alan Graves again though - his act is always great. We had been looking forward to seeing Malcolm again, but his replacement, Cory, more than made up for him. I especially liked the session he had when people could ask him questions about life on the ship. A special word of mention goes out to cruise staff members Jimmie, Danielle, Peter and Dominic who helped to make everyone's vacation more pleasant. There was a little excitement on this cruise. A staff member was injured and had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital in North Carolina. The ship had to change course to get closer to the coast so the Coast Guard could pick the person up. We still were able to have the same amount of time in each port although we arrived a little later to the first two. The ports were as enjoyable as when we had been there before. This time we had a cabana at Grand Turk. It was nice to get into the air conditioning as it was very hot that day. The guys also did the Segway Tour in the Bahamas and really liked it. I am sorry to see the Miracle leave our area, but am looking forward to the arrival of the Splendor. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
My wife and I took our 2nd Carnival cruise in as many years after sailing the Glory last year. I was looking forward to comparing the two classes of ships and see how they stacked up to each other. I had heard so much how the layout of the ... Read More
My wife and I took our 2nd Carnival cruise in as many years after sailing the Glory last year. I was looking forward to comparing the two classes of ships and see how they stacked up to each other. I had heard so much how the layout of the Spirit class was top notch, and after being frustrated by the layout of the Glory, I was very interested in seeing for myself. So the theme of my review is comparison. GETTING THERE Last year we drove ourselves and paid the $30 per night fee as it was not only convenient, but actually cheaper than a round trip cab ride. However, with the rate jumping to $35 per night, and this trip being 8 nights instead of 5 we took a private car to and from the pier. Dropping off was easy enough, with waiting porters eager to take our bags upon our early arrival. The convenience of driving yourself really comes through though on debark, as we had to jockey ourselves amongst huge crowds so our driver could see us in the wave of humanity. Last year we went straight to the car, and was home in under an hour from leaving the ship. But to save over $150, it was worth it. BOARDING Boarding was not as good as last year. We arrived at the port at around 9AM, an hour earlier than last year since we were sailing an hour earlier, and there was already a small crowd of people waiting. Last year we literally arrived, breezed through security and check in, and had our boarding zone number in 15 minutes. We weren't called to check in until 10:30, and by this time, a wedding party and several groups we were waiting with us. Check in was painless, but I noticed it was past 11AM and people were still leaving the ship, which I think caused what I thought was a delay in the boarding process. With all the talk of paying for priority boarding, I wanted to see how long before we boarded with our zone 3 ticket compared to others. If it was 15 minutes from the time boarding started to when our zone was called, it was alot, so I wouldn't pay the extra cash for this perk. Once on board, we went to Horatios for lunch. We got a great table overlooking the Disney Magic, and since it was a rainy afternoon, Horatios quickly filled up as the outdoor seating was getting rained on. Food was okay, with a nod above what we had on Glory, so I was hopeful we would have a better food experience than last year. After eating, we walked around the ship getting ourselves oriented with the layout, and immediately noticed a huge difference from Glory. Very, very happy with it which I will touch on in a minute. We were counting the minutes to 1:30, as we were quite eager to dump our carry on bags in the cabin and get freshened up to explore the ship some more. CABIN Cabin was a little late in being ready, as I think the lateness of the prior passengers disembarking was a factor. As last year, this was an anniversary cruise for us, and I had requested the room to be decorated again, and I was very disappointed to see that the room had no decorations. I was about to go to Guest Services when I noticed an envelope in our mailbox saying that the anniversary decorations were sold out. Disappointing and puzzling at the same time, but a credit was issued to my credit card, so we didn't pursue it further. Room, I thought, was a little smaller than what we had on Glory, but was probably my imagination. In addition, the room was not properly cleaned as we had to call the steward in to wipe down some stray hairs and dust from the black TV stand. This may have been due to the crew trying to make up for lost time for the passengers getting off late, but it was a quick small strike against them. Also, the wood on the furniture was worn in spots, which I thought would have been taken care of during drydock, but I guess there wasn't time to do so. Advantage: Glory FOOD I thought the food, both in quality and selection, was better on Miracle than Glory. On the buffet, the food was okay-good. Nothing spectacular, but the deli sandwiches were very good, blowing away what I had on Glory. Pizza was disappointing as it was bland and needed lots of seasoning. The pizza with toppings were passable at best. Burgers are burgers, so not much to say there. The Asian station was usually good, and they had one station with a different food theme everyday which was a nice change up. Last year I had a problem with the food in the MDR, as it was always served at room temperature, and the service was slow, with dinner routinely taking 2+ hours. This time, it was the complete opposite. The wait staff were superb. We were handed menus within 30 seconds of sitting down. Orders were taken in an appropriate amount of time, and food was always served quickly and hot. The menu was better that what I remembered from Glory last year, with Filet Mignon actually making an appearance one evening. We had second sitting dinner, and actually arrived at 8:30 to avoid the opening crush, and most nights were out in an hour, or a little more. We actually were making 9:45 shows some nights. A true turnaround from the Glory. One thing I absolutely enjoyed was the Comedy Brunch. The menu is available online so no need to recap, but the food and variety were outstanding, and you can have something different each day it is available. Again, service was great, food was hot, and the comedians walked around for 10 minutes at the top of the hour making light banter. We did Nick and Nora's on Grand Turk night, our anniversary, and unfortunately we were still full from lunch. The steak was very good, but the other courses I found to be ordinary. Service was good, but really, nothing like we didn't already experience in the MDR. We had a bottle of wine that we didn't finish that we had sent to our table the next night in MDR. There was nothing bad about it, but we didn't leave thinking it was something we had to do again. Believe me when I say the food and service in the MDR was really good, so maybe that had something to do with it, but it was not so head and shoulders above anything else that it was worth the $35 pp. Advantage: Miracle, big time ACTIVITIES We are not ones to hit every activity possible, so for us, there was always something to do when we wanted. Others feel there are cutbacks and less to do, and they may be right, but for us, it was fine. The evening shows were enjoyable as well. This was our first time on Miracle, so they were all new to us. Ticket to Ride was really good. We tried to see as many different comedians as possible, and except for one guy who was okay, we laughed the whole show. We weren't able to see any comedy shows last year as the club filled up quickly and we aren't the get there an hour before type. The theater shows were a step above I thought as well. Strictly opinion of course. Advantage: Miracle PORTS San Juan: Ship docks in Old San Juan, and after what amounts to 3 straight days at sea, reaching a port was nice to see. If you are into older buildings, you will like it. Seems to be a bit on the dumpish side IMO. Walked around, did a little shopping, and did the picture with the birds that was pretty cool. All in all, it seems like a stop they use because it is convenient. St Thomas: Our favorite of the three. Beautiful clear day, which made Paradise Point all the better. The tram ride up can give you a moment or two of anxiety, but it's a nice view up to the top. Stayed up there for about an hour, taking pictures and enjoying Bushwackers. Went back down, and instead of taking a cab downtown, did some shopping at Havensight Mall, and then went to the Butterfly Garden, which is right across from the ship at the pier. My wife loves loves butterflies, so this was an unexpected treat for her. Bought some more souvenirs there as well. Went back to the ship for lunch and to cool off. We went to Serenity for sailaway, and I love to see different cruise ships, so it was a treat to see the Freedom, Carnival Dream, and Oasis. Grand Turk Was really looking forward to this port, and my expectations were more than what I saw. The beach was okay. Nothing in the way of trash, but the water had alot of seaweed and other things collecting around the feet. Not dirty in any way, but I envisioned perfect beaches and water. Water was crystal clear. Best part is getting to basically share the same water as the ship. Really cool to be in the water with the ship so close by. My wife has health issues and was not up to the walk down to Jack's Shack and back, so we went to Margaritaville with the full knowledge it would be a tourist trap. Ordered nachos for appetizer and it was a huge, huge amount. Enough to feed 4 people, it was a meal in itself. We could not finish lunch, and while the bill amount was touristy, really nothing crazy, and not that far off from what I would have paid here at home. We shared this port with the Pride, who arrived much earlier than us and left around 2PM. Really liked the ships saluting each other with the horn as Pride pulled away. Interestingly enough, at some point a Royal Navy ship pulled in alongside us without even noticing it. Last year we did the Canada cruise, which while nice, cannot compare to a Caribbean itinerary. Almost unfairly, advantage Miracle, big time again. MIRACLE I was a little apprehensive first boarding as the stigma of a smaller ship can play a role in comparison. I was a little disappointed to see the room a little worn, and I did inexplicably observe an outside staircase on the back of one outer deck that had plenty of rust, as well as Horatios missing some ornamentation, considering the recent drydock. However, this was all on the first day, and everything else was great. I thought the decor lagged a bit when compared to the Glory, since Glory has a bright kaleidoscope theme to the more darker tones of Miracle. I preferred Glory's atrium as well, even though I did grow to appreciate Miracle's atrium and decor. However, the deciding factor to favor Miracle in blowout fashion is the layout of the Spirit Class. What a huge difference and relief from the Conquest class. I was thoroughly frustrated by Glory's layout, particularly with the dining room access, but Miracle made it a breeze and pleasure to walk about the ship. As well, the elevator wait times, which were downright horrific on Glory, were practically nonexistent on Miracle. Yes, Miracle carries less passengers, but size to passenger ratio evens that out. Gatsby Garden was a great little secret place to hang out away from everyone else. The ship was spotless, and yes, there were times when you would see dishes on tables at the Lido buffet, but not like I experienced before, and even then, it was only some of the time. Staff was friendly, and we always got a hello when walking through the hallways. SUMMARY While I would be more than happy to sail Conquest class again, I much prefer the smaller Spirit class. If you ever doubted all of the high praise of the ships's layout, don't. It was simply awesome to cruise on. I didn't fall in love with the decor right away, and it took day to adjust to the purple passion of Bacchus, but by the end of the cruise it all meshed into one great, enjoyable experience. Always something sad about the last night in the MDR when they do the 'leaving on a funship' song. Service was excellent, no doubt about it. To be out of the MDR in an hour on some nights is awesome, and the food was always hot when served. If I had one complaint, it had to do with Lido buffet closing times. It closes at 2:30 ( I think 3:00 would be better), but even worse, they start pulling food away even if you are already on line. On more than one occasion we saw people getting shut out while already on line. What they really should do is place something behind the last person marking the line closed, and everyone who is already on line gets served. To pull food away when people are online is a little ridiculous. Just close the line and put food away after last person is served. With regards to food, someone commented to me that they had much better food on Disney in comparison. My response was, I don't come aboard Carnival expecting to have the best meals of my life, and while you might have better food on Disney, you are also paying twice as much to eat them. Same thing for entertainment. I didn't feel cheated in anyway on this cruise. I can certainly live without being asked to be photographed at every dinner, but for what I paid for this cruise, and what I got in return, is very tough to beat. Overall, I enjoyed the Miracle more than the Glory. Both are wonderful ships and should be cruised on, but in comparison, Miracle comes out on top. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Being only my second cruise, I was a little hesitant to sail on what is considered one of Carnival's "Smaller" ships. I went with my girlfriend who had never sailed before. We were in a balcony stateroom on deck 5. The ... Read More
Being only my second cruise, I was a little hesitant to sail on what is considered one of Carnival's "Smaller" ships. I went with my girlfriend who had never sailed before. We were in a balcony stateroom on deck 5. The room was perfect. Because it is a smaller ship, you may tend to notice the rocking. Had previously sailed Caribbean Princess, I can tell you that it was because of the ship size. But, like all vacations on a Cruise, this is the type of thing you prepare to deal with. It is never truly a problem. The embarkation was completely hassle free, and the staff were incredible at welcoming you. I understand that the cruise business is very tough. You pull into NYC at 8am, rush 3,000 people off the ship, and than have to be all smiles for 3,000 more people. The staff at Carnival get it. Period. Our three stops were Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. Grand Turk is gorgeous. The beach by the boat is very rocky, so we walked a bit down and took a cap to Pillory Beach. Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Margaritaville is right there, so you'll have pleasure in knowing you're partying with 2,000 fellow cruise mates. It can get crazy there. Second stop was Half Moon Cay. Oh my god, this was the SPOT. Un-freaking-believable. This is the nicest beach I have ever seen. Even nicer than Grand Turk. The water is about 95 degrees and C R Y S T A L clear . The weather was perfect. Carnival did such a great job with the staff always being there to help you, and the BBQ was also fantastic. The third stop was Nassau. Not going to lie, any cruise line can do without this stop. It is a complete budget stop, and it's easy to see from the minute you pull in. There are beggars EVERYWHERE. We went to Atlantis like the rest of the cruise ship, and that's just what this resort needed, more people. I've never seen so many people in one place ever, and I'm from NY. The place is a complete rip off, and the Dolphin Deep Water excursion is a complete joke. They give you 5 minutes to touch the dolphins and expect that you got your 300.00 worth. Avoid this scam at all costs. We than rented jetskii's for 100.00 for the hour and decided to make the most of the island. The water is still unbelievable, but we weren't prepared to sit on the Atlantis beach with 55,000 people. All in all, I will absolutely, positively be back on Carnival and I would book the Miracle again without a second of hesitation. What a remarkable trip. Met so many great people that we will be friends with for the rest of our lives. The weather was perfect and the food was incredible. I miss this boat, the people, the staff more than anything. See you soon, Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
We have only been on 3 other cruises,but this was the best and we do not see how any other could be this good,all the rest of our cruises will be on the Miracle if we can arrange it.The staff was fantastic and so friendly and I have never ... Read More
We have only been on 3 other cruises,but this was the best and we do not see how any other could be this good,all the rest of our cruises will be on the Miracle if we can arrange it.The staff was fantastic and so friendly and I have never seen as many smiles anywhere.My wife had a diet problem and the crew in the Bacchus Restaurant were such great host,as the bent over backwards to prepare the food she could eat and the kind of beverage she could drink. Again thank you Miracle for being such a great host,our room was cleaned and ready in record time each day,and the cost was within our budget.There was a lot of fun to be had,but we are seniors and early to bed for both of us and we could not hear any outside noise,even the times I would wake up and go sit on the balcony.We used Mario's tours in Panama and were very entertained and on Belize we used Port Promotions and the young lady who was our tour guide to the Mayan Ruins was just great.Again we are going back to the Carribean and it will be on The Carnival Miracle Charles and Judy Goins Clinton Tn IF YOU WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN AND WALK THE STREETS OF GOLD YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE PASS WORD IS GO VOLS GO Read Less
Sail Date: April 2006
This was our 7th Carnival Cruise . It was by far the best . We flew to Tampa, spent a day at Busch Gardens . As we booked a category 12 Penthouse Suite, we had VIP check in, we were guided to the entry point without having to wait hours to ... Read More
This was our 7th Carnival Cruise . It was by far the best . We flew to Tampa, spent a day at Busch Gardens . As we booked a category 12 Penthouse Suite, we had VIP check in, we were guided to the entry point without having to wait hours to hear a group number called. We were on the ship within a few minutes. Our room was tremendous, huge suite with large balcony & bath,whirlpool tub & bidet. We dined two nights in Nick & Nora's, the $30 per person supper club. The food & service are incredible. You must try this. Its never very crowded, the cruise line doesn't seem to really push this fine experience. The sushi appetizer is remarkable . IT is worth the small fee. We booked excursions on line. In Cozumel we took a jeep trip to a Mayan temple, snorkeling, lighthouse and a Mexican meal. In Grand Cayman we swam with the stingrays, went to Hell, & snorkeled and visited a turtle farm. In Belize we took a fast boat to a private beach, in Costa Maya, we also went to a Jungle beach, drove our own mini boats. The food on board was very good, Most crew members seemed very pleasant & happy. Although a lot seemed as they were ready to return home. We highly recommend the Miracle, and are planning a cruise to Alaska next! I used the fitness center almost twice a day, the equipment is adequate. Took a spinning cycle class 3 times, but I am waiting a week to get on a scale. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2019
Seven six day cruise from Tampa - Grand Cayman - Roatan - Beleize - Cozumel - Tampa This rust bucket of a boat shout be taken to the Mariana Trench and scuttled along with the crew. I have never had a more miserable disgusting ... Read More
Seven six day cruise from Tampa - Grand Cayman - Roatan - Beleize - Cozumel - Tampa This rust bucket of a boat shout be taken to the Mariana Trench and scuttled along with the crew. I have never had a more miserable disgusting experience in my entire life. But then again if you want a truly horrible experience with nasty crew, slop for food (brought some home for the dogs - they declined to eat it), a cess pool of bacteria in your cabin, fighting every day to try and get some miserable scraps to eat and being treated like a child, herded like sheep, talked down to and treated like a second class citizen, then this is the cruise for you. Carnival - what a joke - are you guys serious. Our cruise got cut a day short due to weather conditions that never materialized. Not only did they have the audacity to cancel for reasons still oblivious to the some 2000 poor souls on board, but you also had the deceitfulness to try and tell us that it was for our own safety - Answer 1 simple question - How is dumping 2000 people in a port with no available hotels, flights all booked up, gas stations running out of gas and in the path of a hurricane, safe???? At this time we where 1500 miles away from the hurricane and heading to Cozumel. No - here's an idea, lets steam into Tampa, ruin everyone's cruise, keep everyone on board like prisoners for several hours at the dock and then rush them off and tell them it's their fault. Hurry and get the next passengers on board and steam right back to where we started. That way we can make more money - That's what it's about - The money. Maybe we weren't spending enough or running out, so you thought the next cruise would have fuller wallets. The captain and his cronies decided to have a Q & A session in the Phantom Theatre to sell this idea and avoid a mutiny. Lots of Q's and very little A's. Now there's a surprise. Where did they dig this captain up from? Davy Jones' Locker maybe? Personally I think he was the guy at the ice cream stand in Belize who was coshed on the back of the head and press ganged into joining Carnival 50 years ago. Is keel-hauling still done today? - I think I know candidate. Well at least that gave the Captain and his cronies the excuse to run and hide and never be seen for the next 2 days. Did they help anybody make arrangements - Offer free 'wifi' for people to make arrangements or provide any form of assurance - I'll tell you tomorrow - at least that's what they said... And as for the cruise director, he needs to go back to HSN at a 2.00am in the morning slot selling kitchenware to anyone who is drunk enough to use their credit card (Boop). Guest Services (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here) - Are you rude, obnoxious, un-empathetic, love blaming others and offer no assistance to anyone apart from using the all too familiar Carnival line, "It's your own fault", then get a job here. You will fit in perfectly. Personally I wouldn't allow these people to look after my cat. Still it made good entertainment. I didn't realize there were so many excuses for incompetence. Ask for Ivanka, and have the ultimate experience in Serbian Customer Service - It's a hoot. Horiatio's Lido Cafe - Yep the one arm chef put his telescope to his blind eye and declared "I see no hordes of hungry passengers" This place should be condemned. Imagine a herd of hungry bison stampeding around the deck, pushing and shoving and loading enormous amounts of food (and I use that term loosely) on their plates so they can feed their hungry offspring. That's breakfast. As soon as they dole out the slop, the unwashed masses come charging. Belize is in the top ten countries of the world for homicide and the 41% of the people live below the poverty line, and it was still a more pleasant and safer experience to eat there rather than this gutter boat. Bacchus Dining Room - OMG Looks like this place was decorated by 'Ester Extraordinaire' on crack. What a horrendous assault on the eyeballs. I had to take pictures and send them to my friends all over the world -They'll still be laughing when we have the second coming of Christ!. Look I thought, decent food, a decent menu, something that tastes better then licking the mould off my shower curtain. Unfortunately duped again. Small gelatinous cold blobs on a plate. A very long wait between blobs and the usual suspects trying to ruin a hopefully peaceful dinner by shoving overpriced alcohol shots down your throat and endless photographers trying to make a quick buck by snapping photographs every 5 minutes. Looks like it's back to Horatio's to wade among the bison and wait for a crusty pizza (again) without parmesan cheese because "We don't have any" Drinks Package - Don't bother, there's only so many ways to flavour water these days. That won't stop waiters trying to push cocktails down your throat every five minutes even when you don't drink or clearly look underage. Yes folks I seen it happen on several occasions and waiters do accept cash from teens. Entertainment - There was the sound of cats fighting with baboons in the Atrium one day - Found out this was the string section trying to hash out something that a first grade high school band could perform better. Or maybe they were practicing "Abide with me" for when the ship goes down. Cabin Staff - Don't let the maid into your cabin. By don't I mean 'barricade the door' because even when you shout, "I'm in the shower" "I'm naked" "Don't come in" several times she will still keep knocking then use her pass key to break in anyway. I swear she puts an extra layer of filth around the shower everytime she comes in. Dr Frankenstein's Nite-club - Went there once, left after the first fight/riot and decided not to come back for the rest of the entertainment. Maybe I should have stayed and placed bets. I did see a lady who resembled something like a small moose, who seemed to be winning. Would probably have had better odds than the rigged casino. High points - Getting off the boat and away from Carnival for the few hours each day that we could. Knowing that even if we built a small raft and paddled to Cuba nothing could ever be as bad as this cruise again. After all the only way from rock bottom is up. Low points - Anything to do with Carnival or the 'ship of the damned' called Miracle. Getting 2 bags destroyed by giving them to the porters, having stuff stolen from our luggage, having stuff stolen from our cabin. Being blamed for everything that was out if our control. My Advice - Stay away from Carnival. I won't hold my breath waiting for any form of compensation. This company doesn't care what happens. They only care about how much money they can fraudulently gain from your wallet without fear of repercussion or reprisal. If one person reads this and decides not to spend their hard earned money with them I will feel happy I have helped someone avoid the misery that lies before them if they sail this gutter boat with this gutter company. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Some friends were going so we went on this cruise. Our trip to the West Caribbean was cut short when hurricane Dorian first formed. They informed us we were not going to Cozumel and heading back to Tampa. The only thing they did to help us ... Read More
Some friends were going so we went on this cruise. Our trip to the West Caribbean was cut short when hurricane Dorian first formed. They informed us we were not going to Cozumel and heading back to Tampa. The only thing they did to help us make arrangements for when we got back early was make us pay for internet. So far the only thing they have refunded me is about $50 for gratuity charges. They wouldn't tell us how much or when we would be getting any more money refunded. The entertainment was very marginal in a tiny room where are there was basically standing-room-only most of the time, the waterslide didn't work and they nickel and dimes you for every little thing. The cabin was okay and I enjoy the little towel animals. The food was good and the employees were helpful and pleasant. The officers were arrogant and unhelpful after they told us they were cutting the trip short. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was the absolute worst cruise we have ever been on. Severe lack of entertainment. Music was horrible no bands just violins an acoustic singers that were awful . Same soundtrack of 80s music throughout the entire cruise no ... Read More
This was the absolute worst cruise we have ever been on. Severe lack of entertainment. Music was horrible no bands just violins an acoustic singers that were awful . Same soundtrack of 80s music throughout the entire cruise no variation . Deck party was a joke because there's no room on the deck for a party . Cruise director was not visible and engaging as on other cruises I have been the cruise director was available and around all the time it seems like. Common areas were always empty. This ship is old, dirty, and in serious need of extensive refurbishment. There was consistent problems and maintenance going on every single day which was very inconvenient. The food was very subpar. The grill food was absolutely awful I don't know what they make their hamburgers out of that they don't taste real that's for sure. Lots of kids running all over the place almost knocking people over nothing is ever said to them about it. Dining room staff sneezing into their hands and then serving food. Guest Services is useless they don't address issues when they happen and say I'm sorry. Belize is a waste of port. Nothing to do except shop, rude people, and overpriced. Ship went through some windy weather so a lot of seasick passengers, the ship rolled and slammed for three nights straight. I don't know if it's missing stabilizers or something but it should not have done that as large of a ship as it is. Fellow passengers were not very happy with this ship. The main pool was closed for 5 days out of a 7 day cruise. Kids all over the whirlpool with swim masks on and 0 supervision. Water slide is old old old and boring. I would definitely not waste my time and money on another cruise on the ship. I have been on many Carnival Cruises as well as other Cruise Lines and this was the worst. Beware of Shandy in the Anthony's Key Resort gift shop in Roatan if you go on the dolphin encounter Excursion she's very rude and condescending. However, the dolphin encounter was absolutely amazing highly recommended I just wish we had would have had extra time with the dolphins. Overall the staff was less than friendly and looked miserable. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The only the enjoyable thing on this cruise were the fellow passengers. Staff: Unless they were working for extra tips at the bar or trying to sell you something, they looked and acted miserable. Some practically falling over tired. ... Read More
The only the enjoyable thing on this cruise were the fellow passengers. Staff: Unless they were working for extra tips at the bar or trying to sell you something, they looked and acted miserable. Some practically falling over tired. Food: Im used to military gally food, and thats what they served. And it was the same food served in all four restraunts with only the $40 steakhouse having something different. Cabin: Average size but HOT! Air conditioning was working all over the ship, but not in our room, even the minifridge quit. We tried several times to get customer service to help without success. Slept with wet towels to try and stay cool. Entertainment was more focused on gambling/sales. Comedians and trivia hosts were trying their hardest but were at it for hours and ran out of good jokes. We ended up just playing drinking card games with other guests. Services were adverage, except for the hard sell for the spa/botox. Only had ome working ellipticle. DONT pay the $60 for the VIFP upgrade. Everyone who already sailed with Carnival gets it for free. So you dont get on or off the boat early, you wait for cabin to be called like anyone else. Just another ripoff. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We drove to Tampa to visit a few favorites on the way to our Carnival Miracle cruise departing Sunday, Dec. 30th. We always arrive the day before a cruise to make certain we arrive on time. We booked a Park and Cruise hotel for the 29th, ... Read More
We drove to Tampa to visit a few favorites on the way to our Carnival Miracle cruise departing Sunday, Dec. 30th. We always arrive the day before a cruise to make certain we arrive on time. We booked a Park and Cruise hotel for the 29th, arranging for transport to the port the following morning. On the 30th, the hotel informed us that fog was delaying inbound ships, and Carnival texted us at 9:00 am confirming the situation and telling us they would provide an update at 11 am The hotel was fully booked that night and told us we had to check out by 11:00 am. since they had no restaurant in the area, and they assured us the port had several, we took their bus to the port, along with all our baggage. The port was closed. No food, water, shade, or restroom facilities, and no way to check your baggage. The 2 pm update noted that the port was closed, and asked passengers not to come. No provision was made for those of us already there After many other updates, the Miracle arrived about 7 pm, but existing passengers would need to disembark before we could begin to board. Still no food, water, or restrooms. At about 8:30, Carnival allowed us to check our baggage and enter the terminal, where we could be seated while waiting for boarding. We had booked a suite, so we had priority boarding. By 9:30 pm or so, we could finally get on the ship, although most staterooms were still not ready, and baggage had not been delivered. At least we had shade, water, food and bathrooms! Our last bag was delivered to our suite after 1:00 am on the next morning. It was 1:30 before we finished unpacking. I cannot imagine how long it would have taken our bags to arrive if we did not have priority baggage with our suite! The balance of the cruise was actually fairly nice. Weather was good. On board food was OK, although the main dining room used the same menu almost every day. The New Year's Eve balloon drop in the atrium was so crowded we did not actually see a balloon. The ship dropped anchor so far out at Belize that the tender ride was a 45 minute experience. Disembarking at other ports was much less of an issue. The comedians were actually quite good, but the Mad Hatters Ball was too small for the crowds. Go early to get a seat. Carnival gets high marks for their windows. They are abundant in public areas, as are seating arrangements. Anyone could find a quiet corner for a conversation or reading a book. The casino on board also deserves special mention. It is quite roomy, and not nearly so smoky as on other ships. The casino staff is very good about checking for drink orders. Carnival turned our seven day cruise into a six day cruise. Now the bad part is Carnival plans no compensation for the meals we had to purchase blocks away from their terminal. As Elite cruisers with other lines, our cruise with Carnival was sort of an experiment to see if we wanted to add them to our mix of cruise lines. Carnival's lack of concern about our security and comfort speaks volumes. I should also mention I am a Carnival stockholder. I am now not surprised at Carnival's dismal forecasts and stock performance. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This old, rusty bucket is small and it vibrates all the time. The crew, for the most part, can't wait to get transferred to another vessel. The food is awful with the exception of Nick and Nora's Steakhouse. N&N has great ... Read More
This old, rusty bucket is small and it vibrates all the time. The crew, for the most part, can't wait to get transferred to another vessel. The food is awful with the exception of Nick and Nora's Steakhouse. N&N has great food and world class service and was the only nice thing on this ship. The casino is so smokey that it is not fit to walk through let alone stay and gamble. I guess this saved me a bit of money. The food in the main dining hall is passable for breakfast but was so bad the one dinner we experienced that we opted to pay the extra to eat at the Steakhouse every other night. We had coffee sent to the cabin the first coupld of mornings but it was so bitter that the rest of the week we walked to the coffee bar and the very nice barista made something more acceptable. The Chef's Table experience was nice, but just showed that they have the talent to make good food, just not for the ship's capacity. The topper for my cruise was that I purchased some liquor on Caymen, a hard to find brand. And while a letter made it to my cabin stating that they had it and it would be delivered later that evening, it was lost, and thought to have been misdelivered. Tough for me as I've been getting the runaround for a couple of days not trying to get the purchase price refunded. I won't ever sail on this rust bucket ever again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
19 Helpful Votes
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
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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