219 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

I chose this cruise for the speacialty group sailing on it, but the ship was not exciting. The ship lacked the Spa amenities I was hoping for. The hot tubs were inconsistantly warm/luke warm/hot. Serenity was too small and always ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the speacialty group sailing on it, but the ship was not exciting. The ship lacked the Spa amenities I was hoping for. The hot tubs were inconsistantly warm/luke warm/hot. Serenity was too small and always crowded. Deck games and activities were limited and uninspiring. The food was great. Although I felt overwhelmed by the decor in the Bacchas dining room and the area our table was located was always stuffy and warm... the food was always an exploration of great taste and innovative pairings. I enjoyed discovering the Rare Finds most nights. The drinks were great, strong and creative. I expected them to be watered down cheap liquor, but they had premium liquors and were very generous with them. I especially loved the creative concoctions at Bar Alchemy. The Absynth drink is highly recommended. The casino was average. I would have prefered more slot options and less table options though, and the seating at the Casino bar was always limited despite there being a huge open space between the tables and the bar. I suggest more and comfortable seating. Although I love PreRaphaelite are, the ships's decor nearly bludgeons the scences... One week on the ship and my eyes were burning. The decor is waaaaay too much. Its gaudy and claustrophobic. This for a remodel! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Like many, we lower our expectations a bit when we use Carnival. Obviously, its a bit cheaper then most other cruise lines and you realize there must be a reason. This might be unfair. The Miracle is nicely compact and well laid-out. ... Read More
Like many, we lower our expectations a bit when we use Carnival. Obviously, its a bit cheaper then most other cruise lines and you realize there must be a reason. This might be unfair. The Miracle is nicely compact and well laid-out. Even though its compact, I never feel too crowded. Embarkation: disappointing. We were going to buy the FTTF, but it was sold out. We got to the terminal at 945 and were happily surprised to hear we could check in at 10 and board before our official 1:30 check in time, probably around 12. Unfortunately, for reasons we never found, the last cruise guests were late departing and we didn't board until about 1:45. Cabin: Fine, realizing this is an older ship. 7th floor balcony. Only complaint is only 1 electrical outlet. Yes, one! We had also reserved the balcony next door and asked to have the partition removed. It took 2 requests and then the job was not done correctly - they didn't secure it open - it was swinging freely. However, after request 3 they fixed it. An important criticism: we discovered Carnival has a new policy of only cleaning your room 1 time per day, either morning or evening. In the past, our cabin attendants would visit at least twice/day and we would always have fresh towels, waste basket empties, dishes removed, etc... THOSE DAYS ARE OVER! I have no idea how this is a savings for Carnival, unless this requires less overall staffing, but this is a reason NOT to use Carnival if this part of the cruise experience is of importance to you. Another difficult to understand experience: there are no deck chairs on the walk-around deck (3-Atlantic), even though there is ample space. Why? Food: MDR exceeded our expectations. Superior to recent Princess and RCI cruises. Buffet was what we expected - not great, but ok. Entertainment: Production shows were very poor. Below average singers, dancers, choreography, and productions. Comedians in Punchline venue were ok. Really miss the movies under the stars on Princess. Mazatlán Sea and City Tour: Awful. Poorly organized. Began in main theater and tour operators suddenly told everyone they have to sign a release. Comedy of errors. "Sea" tour was uninteresting. Free drinks, but severely watered-down. "City" Tour was meaningless. Nothing to see of note. They drop you off for about 1 hour to have lunch and shop in the "Golden Zone". It was not what we expected and was very sparse. Guide tries to herd you into a jewelry store with which they are obviously in collusion. They also lead you to a restaurant which promises huge shrimp, but the actual shrimp are smaller then what you get in the frozen food sections of your local supermarket. We had an unfortunate incident where the jewelry store was playing games with someone in our group, which delayed them getting back on the bus. The guide encouraged them to shop and take their time, and then criticized them to the bus load for being late! Incredible. Crew: all nice and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The embarkation was actually painless...quick and easy. Of course it was head for the lido until our room was ready. Still can not understand why Carnival Corp. can not have a buffet set up in the dining room as well, on embarkation day. ... Read More
The embarkation was actually painless...quick and easy. Of course it was head for the lido until our room was ready. Still can not understand why Carnival Corp. can not have a buffet set up in the dining room as well, on embarkation day. Would make sense and get the people in and out! Our room was ready on time and luggage arrived in a timely manner. Carnival still does not understand that the muster could be done in the theater and people would pay more attention than standing outside on the deck forever. Princess does this as well as Holland...at least we're inside. Adam the cruise director was in awe of Alaska and I believe it made us appreciate it through new eyes....this was our 3rd Alaskan Cruise. He did get rather testy (actually angry) at a cruiser during an debarkation at a port of call. The first Port of call it took forever to get off the boat and after 3 days the natives were restless. The second port Icy Point Strait, we all lined up early and of course there was a long wait because of it. I've no idea what the cruiser said to him but Adam went off on him/her saying if they'd followed instructions they wouldn't be waiting in line so long. Only defense was that instructions came after we had gotten in line. Dining was haphazard at best...they need a new supplier of beef....toughest pieces of meat, I've ever eaten (or tried to) It was advertised 2 formal nights but they actually had 3...which was fine. The team doing the shows was down to 6 and a lot of lip synching was done...The team was better than the specialty acts...definitely not Carnival's usual quality. Service??? The only day on the lido that someone was actually in the buffet with coffee and juice on a cart was throwback Thursday.....next to the last day of the cruise. I've never had trouble understanding wait staff but several of these I had to ask questions over and over. Ivan and Chen were the absolute best waiters. The girl in the theater on the last day ask me for a tip and I ask her if the 15% didn't apply (we each got a free drink on the last day) and she said yes. I also saw handicapped people pushing their own walkers and wheelchairs up steep ramps.....no cruise staff trying to help. The ramps were very steep and hard to walk up and down.....they finally covered one because the rain was making it so slick. I understand the tide has a lot to do with the steepness but slick and steep don't equate. We only booked one excursion off the boat and it was ok a whole lot more expensive than other sites but I couldn't find any for Icy Point Strait. We saw a tribal dance made up of high school students....very good This also included a rain forest tram. Frankly the guide was boring......it was overbooked in my opinion. We had 4 cars if you were in 2-4 you couldn't ask questions and by the time you got to the item he was telling you about, he was on to another thing that was in his view. We loved Sitka and the Fortress of the Bear.....got a tour after we arrived in Sitka. Icy Point Strait was also where we saw the most Bald Eagles. Skagway we booked thru Viatar and did a glass blowing and Jewell Gardens tour....wonderful. We really liked the narrative of the Park Ranger during our excursion through Glacier Bay National Park and the narrative of the naturalist as we left Sitka. Ketchikan was where we did another Viator tour..Totem Bight. I've left feedback on the Viatar site for each of the tours. The ship itself....the theater was nice...none of those ridiculous steps...the wide ones where you walk 2 or 3 steps and then another step..this was a nice gradual ramp. The dining room had paths....no dodging or scooting around other dining patrons. We had anytime dining which we are usually loath to do but this time we only waited twice for a table and they had a very nice bar area where you could wait. We did specify that we would share or dine alone.....think that helped us to get seated easily. This was the initial 14-day Carnival Cruise out of Long Beach to Alaska and I think we were probably the lab rats.....I'm sure they'll improve as they continue to do these. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Chose this cruise because we didn't have to fly to get on ship to Alaska. The reason for the 3star review was the food. I mean broccoli every night and we like broccoli. No choices on menu. The chef made mud pie everyone at table ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we didn't have to fly to get on ship to Alaska. The reason for the 3star review was the food. I mean broccoli every night and we like broccoli. No choices on menu. The chef made mud pie everyone at table ordered it was CAKE??????? I could go on but why. The excursions offer for Alaska were great. Good variety Choices... The entertainment was ok but I feel Carnival could have done better this was a Journey cruise. One singer 2-3comedians and a guy doing roping and a comedian blowing balloons. We enjoyed the cruise but I really think it could have been a better 14day cruise. Some ports we arrived late and didn't have enough time to explore the town after excursion. The last port Vancouver we got in hour late our excursion was late leaving so missed things on it. It was a 5hour excursion $106 and didn't get to see all of Stanley Park (because L) So we saw little Stanley pk and Grouse Mountain and lots of traffic getting back to ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
LONG review, but if you want the 'bad' and 'ugly' skip to the bottom. Well, my wife and I FINALLY managed to take a cruise to Alaska! And the itinerary was perfect for us - 2 weeks and a round trip from Long Beach, ... Read More
LONG review, but if you want the 'bad' and 'ugly' skip to the bottom. Well, my wife and I FINALLY managed to take a cruise to Alaska! And the itinerary was perfect for us - 2 weeks and a round trip from Long Beach, CA. made it easy on us (we live just north of LA). After 3 days at sea, we were glad to hit some really great ports. Our favorite was Icy Strait Point - WOW! What a GREAT PLACE!! Not a jewelry store in site! That's right, no Diamonds International here! It's owned and run by the locals and they won't allow it. Nice, clean and new looking still. This was the first visit by ANY Carnival ship to this nice place. Our excursion choice was a Zipline and watching combo we found online and it was AWESOME! First a ride up to the top of Hoonah Mountain (1550 ft) and our driver narrated us with local info, GREAT jokes and stories and we saw deer as well! But THEN comes the zip line! WOW, 5,330 ft long - takes about 90 seconds at 60 MPH! Yes 60!! Mine seemed a LOT faster though as I was first at the end and had time to get out of my harness before my wife arrived! AWESOME!! But then the whale watching cruise. Because we didn't book the Carnival one, we didn't 'get' to go on the BIG boat with all the other people, ours was much smaller and only had about 10 people on it (thank goodness) though the boat could have held about 25. We didn't have a 'naturist' on board, just locals. But we got UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL with ORCAS when a pod of them swam right up to the starboard (right) side of the boat, came up for air and then went UNDER the boat! We also saw a humpback 'bubbling' for food, but those orca's were the highlight and I have the video to prove it! :) Glacier Bay was AWESOME! Even this late (Sept.) in the season there was plenty of ice floating in the water and the glaciers were spectacular! The only problem was the Rangers who were narrating everything. They sounded way to scripted and monotoned to be doing this. Perhaps they should record there presentation and play it back. NO (real) excitement in their voices at all. They did a good job of informing us though and had some good info you could pick up on the Lido deck. Other ports, they were okay... Nothing as spectacular as above though. That was the good.... Here's the bad and ugly... 1) Dining Room - OMG! The first thing I noticed was there were no table cloths on the tables!! Also, silverware consisted of only a knife and fork in your napkin (which they USED to place in your lap - elegantly, but no longer do). Food was okay, but you actually get more choices on the Lido deck and basically it's the same food, same quality! Service was pretty good and at least the wait staff knew/remembered your names and drink choices. Our assistant waiter also worked on the Lido at night and always recognized me by name and smiled and said hello. Heard from several people that ate in the steak house that it was about the same and NOISY?!? It's an 'open' format... But where we were in the MDR (far back starboard side next to window) we were so 'tucked in' that noise wasn't a problem. 2) Cabin - well, again, some disappointments - stewards have had lots more rooms added to them meaning less time 'detailing' things. Oh, and those nice little chocolates on your pillows at night? GONE! yep, guess they want to save another $1 per cabin per cruise, right Carnival? Just sad. We used to brag to those that never went on a cruise about things like this (and dining room elegance), but no more. 3) Entertainment - just okay. The comedians were pretty decent, the dancer/singers not so much. Here comes the UGLY ---- The hypnotist! Let me preface by saying that I too am a hypnotist and normally very forgiving of boring shows and patter, but this guy took the cake, cut it up, force fed it to us until we threw up! Seriously! His first show was just 'eh' (wife even went up on stage, she goes under EASY). His patter was boring with a lot of SHOUTING of ONE TWO THREE and such. I mean REALLY LOUD. Worst part was the second show - same patter, mostly same boring show completely except this time he had two people have what we call 'abreactions' - Actually in there cases they were TOO DEEP to participate in the 'show' (wouldn't follow commands) and ended up sitting in chairs off to the side of the stage. What's wrong with that? Well, imagine sitting with your head tilted back (one of them) or forward to your chest (the other) FOR OVER 20 MINUTES! Not to mention they kept sliding down from their chairs only to have him put them back in them! NO! He SHOULD have just gently took them to the floor, laid them on their backs and let them relax. He could have even made fun of them, but instead he didn't take the proper care of them he should have. AND he had a VERY hard time bringing one of them out as well, but once partially 'awake' he sent him down the steps to the audience?!?! Instead, he should have had him sit in the chair AFTER waking him up until he could make sure he was fully back again. Well, that's entertainment for ya! 4) POWER IS OUT!! POWER IS OUT!! - So, wife and I decided we would take the 'behind the scenes' tour of the ship - get pics of us in the Galley with the Chef, Engineering with the Engineer and Bridge with the Captain. Well, we got ONE pic (Galley), but while we were on deck A (way down) on what they call the I-95 corridor (runs the length of the ship) we were listening to the nice Italian Engineer explain things about how the ship operates and such - he had just explained the part about how they have 5 generators (one being off for maintenance) and then asked "any questions?" Suddenly I notice the lights of two generators go from green to yellow, then to red. Another then goes to yellow and alarms start going off in the room and we're ushered out into the hallway (I-95) where we are almost run over by a group of engineers running INTO the room we just left. About 20 seconds later, the lights go out on the entire ship! Emergency lighting is up though and I can tell by the lack of noise and vibration that we're not moving anymore. We were taken down to the crew's 'lounge/bar' to sit in mostly darkness for about 15 minutes before being told our tour would not continue and we were taken up to Deck 2 (by stairs of course!) and that was it. No more pics, no visit to the bridge and couldn't even get up to the Lido without climbing 7 more flights of stairs in dim lighting. Lasted for about 30 minutes, then came on, went off, came back on again. Luckily we were about 50 miles offshore of Santa Cruz at the time so nothing to hit or run aground on. Oh, and they gave us half off our tour when we complained about it. 5) Ship itself - I still hate that they close the hot tubs around midnight! At home I usually hop in ours about 12-12:30am. Also, the ship is looking pretty old. Lots of rusty spots. Lifeboat outside and to the right of our balcony had a ripped up canvas top and one of the hand rungs on the outside was literally rusted away and broken. So, my wife and I (who are Platinum with Carnival and just shy of Diamond) are now considering finding a new line that still has the service, taste and elegance that cruise ships have provided us for the last 15 years. I WANT MY TABLE CLOTHS BACK DANG IT!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for an annual Commodore's Cruise with our yacht club. 65 members and plenty of fun. Easy transportation to Long Beach Harbor for embarkation since we all reside within an hour commute. The Carnival Cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise for an annual Commodore's Cruise with our yacht club. 65 members and plenty of fun. Easy transportation to Long Beach Harbor for embarkation since we all reside within an hour commute. The Carnival Cruise Ships are all about value! 3,000 passenger cruises are affordable but you pay a price for crowds and and less quality! Our stateroom was Cabin 4180. Unobstructed, view balcony room. Balcony accommodated a cocktail table & 2 chairs. Balcony was pleasant but balcony doors are heavy and do bang shut quite loudly. Lots of closet space but king bed is definitely more narrow & not as long as CA King. The entire staff provided excellent customer service,mostly in dining & entertainment much more than guest services. We tried to get some info for on shore excursions & received little service so we did our own excursions on shore. Although we pre-paid for a cell service plan, our cell phones only worked occasionally at ports & had to retrieve emails only at ports. The app you download for the ship to keep in contact with friends rarely worked. I hate to give such a wonderful dining crew such a bad food score. The food in general at buffets and kiosks were a C-D. The Bacchus main dining room scores a C. The steak house was a bit better but costs an additional $35/pp to dine. The Chef's dinner was by far the best experience with a B score. Wine choice - red or white! The shows, comedian, piano bars, entertainment were excellent! Get to the comedy store early as it is standing room only! If you are a professional cruiser and accustomed to fine wine & dining, you will opt out for a more luxurious offering. But where else can you go for a week, all inclusive (yes we did the tip & drink package) for such a reasonable price! That's what you get...Value! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We had friends that had never been on a cruise and this was a "trial run" for them. Otherwise we never had planned to do a Mexican "Riviera" cruise. The first night there was a problem getting food. The waiter kept ... Read More
We had friends that had never been on a cruise and this was a "trial run" for them. Otherwise we never had planned to do a Mexican "Riviera" cruise. The first night there was a problem getting food. The waiter kept apologizing for being so slow with but then we had almost a one-hour wait for the entree. It was moderately warm by that time. We did complain to the Head Waiter (Anil) and the hostess and both took our cabin number as well as our friends who were in another cabin. The rest of the week was 1st class service as the waiters had obviously been alerted by Anil that we had "complained." Anil also asked us to join in on a special tasting in the galley with the chef which was a unique and great experience. In short, the stumble was more than compensated over the remainder of the week. We often had a "double" portion of entree on our plate without asking. The food was good with some choices that is not often seen outside a cruise, i.e., escargo, frog legs, and the like. BTW, both of these were very good. Meat for the most part was close to what was ordered knowing that the time lag from prep to service can be longer that what is best.Overall, the cruise was nice although I would not ever do Cabo again. Too many drunks returning to the ship and throwing up in the Taxi. Cabo is a maze of hawkers and the beach is overcrowded unless one uses a private excursion. Puerto Vallarta was a very different experience. The area around the dock was clean and inviting...if you are looking for Wal Mart of Sam's Club. My wife and friend did the zip line excursion and are still buzzing about it a week later. This cruise is a good family cruise and ship but don't expect the same quality as more expensive cruises...obviously. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
1) Could drive to embarkation port... so that's why we did this cruise. 2) We got to the port after our designated check in time, so it was very easy to get on. 3) Ship was old - and the pool area needed serious updating. ... Read More
1) Could drive to embarkation port... so that's why we did this cruise. 2) We got to the port after our designated check in time, so it was very easy to get on. 3) Ship was old - and the pool area needed serious updating. However, there were lots of hideaway places - and you never felt like you were constantly surrounded by crowds. 4) Food was average - nothing spectacular. Not awful. Don't get the pork chops. Your only option is the Lido buffet, the main dining room, and the steak place for extra $$$. I was kind of shocked that they did not serve breakfast or lunch in the main dining room. This was the first cruise that did not serve breakfast or lunch in the dining room. 5) Entertainment - mediocre. Went to the big show featuring piano (ala Elton John and Billy Joel.) Thought it would be great. BUT the piano player was not not actually playing the piano. It was all dubbed. So disappointing. Gone are the days of live orchestra and good shows on this ship. HIGHLIGHT WAS TWO NOTES in the lobby - they are the best and not to be missed. The best entertainment was going to the Karaoke bars. 6) Service - very fair... in fact awful. The front desk personnel were probably the most unhelpful people I have ever dealt with. 1) Could not answer a simple question like, "How can I call Mexico from my US cell phone if I have international calling?" 2) One unfortunate evening when we were going to check out the show, I went into the ladies' room near the main lobby. One of the stalls was closed for repair. So, I went into the next stall - and NO LIE - someone's floater was in there - so I pulled up my big girl panties (no pun intended), and pushed the toilet- and with that - the water came up over the toilet and someone else's poop went down my leg and over my sandals. I went to my room - showered and washed my shoes and went to complain to the front desk. I mean really, someone else's poop went down my leg onto my sandals. I thought they would just get me a new pair of sandals. No. They wanted to send them to laundry to have them washed. I said - no - they're like $35 - just give me a new pair. No. And it's amazing how the people at the front desk - when you're not happy - all of a sudden - their English is very limited. I complained several times. And here's what they did - they got a plate from the Lido deck - put a couple of desserts on it and left it in my room. Excuse me - this was a BIOHAZARD. 7) The Serenity area in the back of the ship for those 21 years and older was nice - to get away from the noise of the main pool area. Only problem - the plastic cushions were old and dirty and trust me, you wouldn't want to sit on them without two towel protection.... 8) No enrichment activities. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We picked this cruise because of the itinerary. The ship is very small and a little dated. The theming is bizarre to say the least. Food was average, the staff was AMAZING. The only complaints were the millions of screaming babies and ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the itinerary. The ship is very small and a little dated. The theming is bizarre to say the least. Food was average, the staff was AMAZING. The only complaints were the millions of screaming babies and little kids all in the pools and hot tubs... The adult Serenity area was jammed packed and that area was small. But we loved going to Puerto Vallarta - that was an amazing stop. I wish the cruise would have done a overnight stop there. The Alchemy Bar and the bartenders were great on this ship. The dining room staff were amazing and our stateroom guy was amazing. Again this was an OK cruise, we have just gotten spoiled on the new bigger ships like the Vista. What made this cruise was the staff being so nice and friendly and we met a bunch of new friends while hanging out at the bars on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
travel with carnival for a weeks cruise of mexico. mexico itself was fantastic but customer service on ship and before departure wasnt good. We were advised that a bottle of smirnoff we bought at duty free in las vegas airport could be ... Read More
travel with carnival for a weeks cruise of mexico. mexico itself was fantastic but customer service on ship and before departure wasnt good. We were advised that a bottle of smirnoff we bought at duty free in las vegas airport could be tagged before we got on the ship then returned to us at the end of the week , this wasnt the case and the vodka was confiscated unopened. I have complained several times to carnival since who are basically saying as far as they are concerned there are no issues and matter is closed , so therefore im a litre bottle of smirnoff out of pocket . We also wernt advised on embarking that there was a 90 dollar service gratuity per person which was optional we only found this out when we were billed at the end of the cruise. We had a light out in bathroom last two days which was reported however nobody came to fix it this was probably down to half the ceiling outside the cabin being removed on the last few days and all the carpets being taped out i guess to stop them being marked with water or whatever other reason was they had the ceiling out .the last night on the ship somebody had been in our cabin whilst we were out in the evening and put a chair in there which we hadnt requested and found strange why someone should be in our cabin at that time of night. we ate none of the food in the restraunt whilst on board as the first time we tried it we found it bland with watery chicken and frozen hard veg ,we ate the whole week from self service. The drinks were well over priced as were the drink packages. we holiday 4 or 5 times a year and i can safely say this is the worst experience we have ever had. when we returned home we had settled the bill but them 5 transactions appeared on my card balance as pending transactions these totalled 288 dollars which i knew didnt belong to us i queried it and was told it would be looked into i also questioned it with my bank who said they would investigate once the money had been claimed. After i complained these transactions slowly disappeared over a few days but makes me wonder was it just someone testing their luck. The holiday itself was great mexico was fantastic the cruise director adam was great and a great host but we certainly would never choice carnival again for a cruise Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The ports and tour I went on were great but the Ship and the program and lunch were not as good as the other cruise I went on. 1) their events on board ship conflicted like I wanted to do Karaoke and I wanted to do Harry Potter Trivia but ... Read More
The ports and tour I went on were great but the Ship and the program and lunch were not as good as the other cruise I went on. 1) their events on board ship conflicted like I wanted to do Karaoke and I wanted to do Harry Potter Trivia but they conflicted and did not have another trivia of Harry Potter or other events. When we wanted to have lunch we had to go to the buffet instead of the dining room. This is both disturbing and the buffet did not change their menu. The shows were alright but not very good. When you got on and off the ship it went very quickly. The food was adequate for the type of ship but the choices were not good. This ship were not for all ages. there was not much to do if you were in the aging population like other ships. It was geared for a younger crowd. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We've taken the Mexican Riviera cruise in the past on other Carnival ships and we just wanted a low-key vacation minus the shore excursions. Overall, the cruise went well, the food was good but not exceptional, though the Nick and ... Read More
We've taken the Mexican Riviera cruise in the past on other Carnival ships and we just wanted a low-key vacation minus the shore excursions. Overall, the cruise went well, the food was good but not exceptional, though the Nick and Nora specialty steakhouse was superb in every way. One change we noted was that we were asked if we wanted our cabin serviced in the morning or evening. Never heard that before and the steward said they were cutting staff by assigning more cabins and once-daily service. The ship added two revenue sources. One is the "super" level shore excursion, which doesn't seem much different from the regular options, other than the added cost. At dinner, in the regular dining room, they offer some of the steakhouse entrees for $20 rather than the regular $35 you pay in the steakhouse. The difference is that you don't get the same appetizers, sides or desserts or service. Frankly, the $15 difference is price is well worth it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We did not have a say in selecting this cruise. Our daughterinlaw set it up as a family group cruise. We were generally "satisfied" but I'll elaborate. Our last two cruises were on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Carnival ... Read More
We did not have a say in selecting this cruise. Our daughterinlaw set it up as a family group cruise. We were generally "satisfied" but I'll elaborate. Our last two cruises were on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Carnival finishes a poor third behind NCL in first place and Royal in second. Food OK, very good in the main dining room. Layout of buffet confusing and chopped up. Norwegian a clear winner. Room, very good. Nice layout and the best cruise ship bathroom we've experienced. Shower big enough for 6'2" me although water pressure could have been better. Bed, great. TV average. Steward did a good job. Took only one excursion which was billed as a Tequila factory tour of two distilleries but both were as much shopportunities as they were informational or interesting tours. Someone is making a lot of money in addition to shopping commissions for delivering potential customers to these two distilleries. Entertainment: On both NCL and RC we looked forward to terrific entertainment, night after night. This was not the case on Miracle. Entertainment was done "on the cheap" with staff dancers the most prominent headliners rather than outside entertainers. There were two comedians; we only attended one of them and he was marginally funny. Embarkation and debarkation were outstanding as we purchased "Faster to the Fun" upgrade for $69.95. We were on board before one PM and debarkation took only a few minutes after the higher grade premium passengers were off. We visited the casino constantly and were very pleased with the variety of slots and the conduct overall of personnel. Also, the machines were not packed in so tight which made it easy to avoid the smokers. I felt the machines must have been set up with very reasonable house edge because at some time on almost every day I could have quit "ahead" for the trip. I ultimately did lose a couple of hundred dollars but enjoyed the play very much as did my wife. My "poor" rating for value, below, is in comparison with a similar cruise in 2009 which was more enjoyable at half the price, and a seventeen day Panama Canal transit cruise on NCL from SF to Miami in October of 2015 at exactly twice the cost but with gratuities and premium dining included. By comparison this cruise was very poor value. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Close to home for my Birthday Cruise~~~ My fight was delayed so I boarded with no one in front of me, no line, I'll be late more often :) The ship is showing it's age, especially the atrium, dark, dull & dingy is what I ... Read More
Close to home for my Birthday Cruise~~~ My fight was delayed so I boarded with no one in front of me, no line, I'll be late more often :) The ship is showing it's age, especially the atrium, dark, dull & dingy is what I think it is...needs to be painted a light color and needs new lighting too it's just so blah no one seemed to be spending any time in there at all...bar is boring...please do something to liven this place up. Best part is watching the glass elevators go up and down...that's entertainment???? yikes!! Casino was awful, saw one woman win in 7 days...gee maybe they were just quiet about it! I played slots and they just took and took and took, pitiful. Even the "special spins" were so measly $25.00 ??...add a zero or two! Your machines are robbing us and then you have a pitiful reward for someone who is "lucky" enough to have their name drawn for a spin of the wheel. Not very much entertainment, nothing was really drawing a crowd...needs improvement. Took this cruise because it was close to home and I considered it my birthday cruise... Thanks for the wine, cookies, water bottle, and $12. photo gift card. I think this was my 6th Carnival cruise...my favorite was on the brand new Carnival Spirit in May 2001. So new in fact that we were the first to stay in our balcony cabin and when we boarded the ship the cabin number was reversed with the inside cabin across from us and they had to take a screwdriver to put the numbers in the right places. Fun memory, we knew we had paid for a balcony not an inside... it did prove we were the first passengers to be in the cabin. This was my 54th cruise, I would live on a ship if I could~~~ but not this one :) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Arrived at LAX about 3 hours before embarkation. Driver was at Baggage Claim and trip to the Port was much quicker than I had planned, about 30 minutes, not the hour I had planned flights around. Faster to The Fun was a great purchase, our ... Read More
Arrived at LAX about 3 hours before embarkation. Driver was at Baggage Claim and trip to the Port was much quicker than I had planned, about 30 minutes, not the hour I had planned flights around. Faster to The Fun was a great purchase, our own dedicated line to process in and obtain our Sign and Sail Cards. They could have had better signage to differentiate FTTF from Suites and High Level VIFP folks as they get on even before FTTF. Embarkation was very smooth. I love having at least 1 embarkation photo taken, but the cattle herding mentality was bit much. Wife said "it's all about the money, honey" and on to actually getting onboard the ship. You do have to mention FTTF to the crew members are they will tell you "1:30" before cabins are available. Once FTTF was mentioned, they directed us to the correct location and on to the room. The room was a room, nothing spectacular and nothing bad. The balcony was nice, but remember to let the door close by itself so it closes tight, or else the wind whistle will be loud. The door alignment was a touch off and the latch wouldn't close. Oh, and it was cold in the room, like hanging a side of beef cold, I half expected to see Rocky Balboa show up to start his workout routine. So be sure to bring a light jacket so you don't freeze while unpacking. The Bacchus Dining Room was grapey. The food was consistent and our table mates were outstanding. A couple from New York State and a couple from Vancouver (Washington, USA). We're not normally a fan of shared tables, but this trip we hit the jackpot. Cabo San Lucas was the first port. No excursions, just a walk around the port, a great lesson in tequila and differences between the blends. Extra Anejo was the best I have ever tasted and was truly "sipping" quality and ended up buying a bottle. Went on a boat ride, took obligatory photos of the Arch and spend some time on Lovers Beach before heading back to the boat. Tequila made it through Security and was safe in my cabin for the duration. Mazatlan was the 2nd port. We had an excursion - mini speed boat ride and El Cid Resort. I need more practice on speed boat handling and lost a valued old hat, but all in all, it was fun. Puerto Vallarta was the 3rd port. We had not planned on any excursions, but the night before we decided to see what was available still. We ended up doing the Hidden Mexico and Traditions. A 7.5 hour tour that went to the back country. Tour Guide Rubi was outstanding. I highly recommend it. Not for those that have trouble climbing in and out of the back of trucks. Oh, by the way, between ports 1 and 2 was a Sea Day. We had signed up for the "Chefs Table". Wow, it was outstanding. I've never eaten 7+ courses of food before. Started with a Champagne Service in the Atrium Bar. Then moved onto (into) the Kitchen. While in the Kitchen we were given a brief verbal tour of the kitchen and what it takes to pull off Dinner Service every night. While still in the Kitchen we were served: Mango Sphere on a Rosemary Biscuit Salmon Tartar Coronets, Sesame Seeds Beef Carpaccio on Air Pillow, Chocolate Bacon, Apple Ribbons Double Cooked Lamb, Tapioca On to Doctor Frankensteins where a table had been set up with place cards for each of the guests. Beef Blanket, Spiced Grape Tea (Asparagus, Cauliflower,Honey Carrot Tian, Mache,Lemon Streussel) Crab Stack (Corn Custard,Polenta Cracker,Tangerine, Passion Caviar) Duck Textures (Creamy Quinoa,Parmesan Churros,Olive Snow,Port Wine Jus) Bisque Our Way (Two Tomatoes,Three Basil,Crisped Brioche,Garlic Chip) Sea Bass (Chorizo Crust, Fried Pop Corn Pudding, Lemon Macaroon, Lobster Foam) Wagyu (Bone Marrow Souffle, Scallion and Garlic Panisse, Gremolata Crisp) Pastry Chef (Sea Salt Praline Chocolate, Rasberry Mojito, Key Lime Cake, Apricot Vanilla Gel, Citrus Cream) Did not eat for almost 24 hours after that. It was outstanding and well worth the $75pp charge. They also had it every night, so not as exclusive as I had heard, but still the best part of the cruise by far. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We've cruised Carnival and other lines before so this wasn't our first rodeo but it was the first time cruising with our 11 month old. Unfortunately the experience of mediocre at best making me not want to cruise Carnival ... Read More
We've cruised Carnival and other lines before so this wasn't our first rodeo but it was the first time cruising with our 11 month old. Unfortunately the experience of mediocre at best making me not want to cruise Carnival anymore. Felt discriminated against before and after the cruise! Details below: Embarkation: The head luggage handler was rudely delivering a message telling cruisers that giving him our luggage was just so he could earn tips...that he wasn't going to repeat himself to the crowd even though he was clearly only speaking to one side of said crowd, the white side and turning his back on my family. Sir, we give you large pieces of luggage so people aren't lugging it up themselves at the escalator and elevators making embarkation slow. In the end we didn't get them our luggage but we weren't the only family who didn't because I saw many many people with large pieces of luggage hauling it themselves. The escalator supervisor was screaming to be careful because heavy luggage can stop the escalator. He wouldn't let me up the escalator with my folded stroller so I had to wait in line for the elevator while the rest of my party left without me!! (Back to that in Debarkation) Dining: Our party got sick halfway through. At least 4 of us got a stomach bug from the food in the dining room. Even the baby threw up! It was horrible. We had early seating but we were never served any food until 6:30 so we always missed the 7:30 show. We usually arrive right when the dining room opens so the one time we went at 7pm one of the dining room managers said they couldn't serve appetizers because we were late. Surprise to us since they didn't serve us until all the other larger tables were served anyway! Finally I complained and that one night I complained we were able to eat and leave by 7pm! I guess the other tables were more important. However.........The Steakhouse was amazing in both food and service. Pizza on the lido was consistently good too. They don't open all sides on the lido sometimes so be prepared for long lines. Wish the food on lido opened earlier and closed later. Activities: The activities that we normally enjoy was at the worst times like during lunch and early dining. Oh well, we spent it napping! But that meant we missed out on all the art auctions, some of the early bingo games and again always missed out on the early evening show cuz of slow dining service. There are no programs for kids under 2 but we were able to drop by Camp Ocean for drop in times when they had nothing on the schedule. There were a few under 2s there so it was a great time. Shore Excursion: The one shore excursion in Mazatlan was completely not as described! The description said things about the resort having underwater caves and such but all they did was drop us off at the resort beach and left us there! Um....the pacific ocean is freaking cold in March. Didn't end up swimming at the resort pool at all. However, I'm thankful they refunded our excursion at the last port since most of us were sick. Service: The only saving grace I would say is service for our stateroom and on the lido. Everyone who saw baby came to say hi and play with her so she was all smiles all day. Again baby threw up in our room once on the cruise and they came to clean up so fast. Ship: Old ship but we expected this. Still a lot of quiet areas to explore so if you needed a private space you could always find one! We could not find a change table!!! There was only one change table at Camp Ocean and one on deck 3 in the accessibility washroom. Debarkation: Lucky it went smoothly leaving the ship! Bumped into the same escalator supervisor who immediately pointed me to the elevator line. But then I saw him let a white lady down the escalator with a folded stroller so I called him out on it!!!! He pretended to be shocked and tried to "find" her but then said oh her stroller is folded. SO WHY THE F CAN'T I FOLD MINE? Oh okay if you can fold yours you can go. So I folded my stroller, carried baby on one hip and stroller in my other hand and walked down the stairs because there was a group with luggage bigger than my folded stroller. Still I needed a vacation and as poorly as it went I was still able to have some enjoyable moments on baby's first cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Overall, the cruise was good. I was not impressed with the food in the Baccus dining room.Our servers were awesome though. The cabin was fine and our steward was good. All of the staff was very friendly. Camp Ocean was fantastic for my ... Read More
Overall, the cruise was good. I was not impressed with the food in the Baccus dining room.Our servers were awesome though. The cabin was fine and our steward was good. All of the staff was very friendly. Camp Ocean was fantastic for my little one.I will travel Carnival again. I was not impressed with the 1960s Beach Party show, but enjoyed the Heart and Soul show. The ice cream machine is a must! I enjoyed both ports. We spent two days in Cabo so one day shopping and one at the beach. The beach in Cabo was great. We took a water taxi that gave us a tour around El Arco and dropped us off at the beach and then picked us up. I wish we would have seen some whales. I was surprised to see a Walmart in Puerto Vallarta. LOL I would probably go again after I done a few other cruises to different ports. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I had never been on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. This made cruise number 13 for me aboard Carnival ships. I enjoyed the cruise although the ship is older and smaller than some of Carnival's other ships. The decorations were a bit ... Read More
I had never been on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. This made cruise number 13 for me aboard Carnival ships. I enjoyed the cruise although the ship is older and smaller than some of Carnival's other ships. The decorations were a bit weird with all of that grape theme throughout the restaurants. The food was good. The entertainment was a waste of time. The vast majority of personnel aboard the ship were very nice. The lady who was the casino manager clearly had no idea what she was doing. The dealers were friendly. The pit boss and especially the casino manager need to be transferred to the pizza parlor. The bar service at the gambling tables was very slow. Do your gambling in Las Vegas or other locations as the casino on board the ship is just a joke. The only blackjack table that had 3/2 odds was the Fun 21...Regular blackjack was 6/5. Not worth your time! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
we were able to purchase Faster To The Fun and that was so worth it Embarkation and Debarkation can't get any better than that!!!!!!!!! don't get me wrong this was not a terrible Cruise but we have been on this 7 day Cruise ... Read More
we were able to purchase Faster To The Fun and that was so worth it Embarkation and Debarkation can't get any better than that!!!!!!!!! don't get me wrong this was not a terrible Cruise but we have been on this 7 day Cruise before and we had a lot more fun. not enough activities going on during sea days, food was for the most part very good, they need to have a little more option for food around 3:30 pm, our only choice at that time was Pizza or the Deli, had the Pizza and it just isn't the same, not very good, only had 1 problem at the Deli, after I placed my order the guy just kept making wraps, and they weren't for anyone so I finally told him that I didn't mean to bother him and left, we were on a Balcony and there were 3 days we could not enjoy our Balcony because one of the guest snuck on Marijuana and was smoking it and I hate that smell. we did the Chef's Table and it was a great experience, our room Stewart and our Dining staff were great, we chose 2 excursions from the ship and enjoyed them very much, well worth it. May consider this Cruise again but at a different time of year, later March to May, we had too many days at Sea that were cold. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We don't usually cruise Carnival maybe (8 times) but it suited us this time. I'm a long time cruiser with over 50 cruise. Don't stick to any one cruise line as I don't like playing the status designations. If they ... Read More
We don't usually cruise Carnival maybe (8 times) but it suited us this time. I'm a long time cruiser with over 50 cruise. Don't stick to any one cruise line as I don't like playing the status designations. If they want to give me something, then I'll take it. But I'm not going to pick a particular cruise line because of my status. That being said. Just got back from Mexican Riviera today. As usual, the cruise staff was great and functioned as best as they could under the Carnival regimen. (Others cruise staff are treated better by their bosses and so treat us better, fyi.) Food was limited. Not much difference between the buffet options and the restaurant. So if you don't like to dress up, like we don't, you get the same food. But overall variety of options are very limited. Food quality was not bad, but not something to rave about. I didnt' get poisoned. Had great weather and it was a good time of the year for this cruise, climate wise. There were still bug bites to be gotten, especially at Puerto Vallarta, compared to summer time, So bring bug spray. But temperatures were perfect. Entertainment of this ship is limited, it might be their training ground ship perhaps. Got a suite with all the amenities that often come with it (laundry, spa, priority on and off the ship, etc), Our steward, Rogie, was awesome. ATTENTION: Not enough outlets in the rooms to charge all of our devices. We usually bring extension cords to we can charge our ipads and cellphones. But there was only one 120volt outlet and it was in the bathroom. We talked our steward into bring us a power strip with extra plugs. Make sure your extension cords are 3 pronged (grounded) Only critique: Who books a cruise and doesn't get onboard credit. Was supposed to have $200 onboard credit for spending, but never got it. This is not a deal breaker for me, but in principle I feel cheated and it leaves a bad last day carnival taste for me. Wouldn't blame the ship's staff at all when I inquired about it. They checked into this and got back to me very quickly, so they did their part. But Carnival seemed to weasel out of their commitment somehow and stated that there was not onboard credit deal. Of all of the cruises I book with, I don't think that I have every not had onboard credit. Again, not a deal changer for me considering I lost a lot more having fun in the casino, Advice: Watch the fine print if that was it was. I still don't know how this happened. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Long Beach embarkation and debarkation is a shambles. I'm told this is not Carnivals fault. They blame Customs and Coast guard for the procedures at this port and that it is a training port for these services which is why lines get ... Read More
Long Beach embarkation and debarkation is a shambles. I'm told this is not Carnivals fault. They blame Customs and Coast guard for the procedures at this port and that it is a training port for these services which is why lines get help up for so long. The Miracle is a typical looking carnival ship, with lots of bold designs and colours. I quite liked it, the theatre for example had a very classy look about it. The ship is easy to get around in, Inside is well kept overall, outside needs some paint here and there. Our cabin was a 4k, sold as an inside cabin but with french doors that open for fresh air. There was a lifeboat out our doors, but we were lucky that they had it down for repairs a couple of times in port so we got to enjoy a view out. The room was spacious, but the bed hard as a rock and sagged in the middle. We ended up asking for a mattress topper which helped a little. Food was just Ok. The dining room food was nice to eat, but the service was hit and miss. And the girls greeting you at the entrance had very little enthusiasm and should not have been in that position. The buffet was a bit of a let down. The food was ok but not amazing. If you wanted healthier options you had to look for it, and even then the salad section would often close up earlier than others. A lot of the cooked food just seemed to be saturated in heavy sauces, and fired oils, etc. Sure I like a dose of greasy food every now and then, but it just seemed constant for lunch and dinner on this ship. The pizzas were good as usual. Entertainment. The good : the aussie band in red frog pub played some good tunes and everyone seemed to enjoy them. The lady in the piano bar was good and had a nice touch of humour as well. The bad: The main theatre productions. Terrible. Oh Carnival if you read this can you please scrap your current playlist productions and go back to your old broadway format of 5+ years ago. The main production shows on this cruise were the worst I have seen of many cruises. There was only a cast of 7 singers/dancers. With the newer format you are forcing pro dancers to be singers and pro singers to be dancers. Prob only about 2 of the 7 in the cast pulled this off well. Further the sets are now minimal, and boring. Once upon a time there was a live band in the band pit that provided so much more atmosphere. There used to be giant and amazing sets. There used to be a total of 4 singers and up to 10 dancers. The stage used to come alive with Wow. Now it just looks like a very amature small school production and I feel sorry for the cast who are trying their best. The cruise visited Mexican ports. we just got off and did our own thing in each port. Special mention to CD Chloe who was great and the café staff who were good also. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and would go on again at the right price. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our 7th Carnival cruise and this ship needs a major renovation. You can see its age. We had problems with our toilet not flushing, paint is coming off of the exterior of the ship. The entertainers had more potential, the shows ... Read More
This was our 7th Carnival cruise and this ship needs a major renovation. You can see its age. We had problems with our toilet not flushing, paint is coming off of the exterior of the ship. The entertainers had more potential, the shows were not comparable to shows on other ships we've been on. Not as many comedy shows on this ship as we've seen on other ships either. The lido deck is split up in different sections sot he buffet is very long and also in sections which can be confusing. We had a great time whale watching from the ship. The ship needs to work with the folks in Cabo about the tender situation. When there are multiple ships in port the tenders can take a very long time. We waited over 3 hours to take a tender, leaving us about 2 hours to explore Cabo. Other wise we had a good time on our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our second "cousins cruise" on Carnival. This time there were 6 of us ladies, ages 49-65 with two cruise newbies. Since the Miracle was just returning from Hawaii, this was a 6 day cruise on the Mexican Riviera. After ... Read More
This was our second "cousins cruise" on Carnival. This time there were 6 of us ladies, ages 49-65 with two cruise newbies. Since the Miracle was just returning from Hawaii, this was a 6 day cruise on the Mexican Riviera. After this I believe they begin their 7 day itineraries. We had one stop in Cabo and one in Puerto Vallarta. Since I have a lot to say, I'm just going to hit on the pros and cons. Pro - Embarkation and Faster to the Fun: I can't say enough about Faster to the Fun. Get it if you can. We arrived at the Long Beach terminal by shuttle around 10:30 and someone checked our luggage at the curb. Then we walked over to a small parking area near the water and sat while everyone else who arrived early began standing in line. I don't remember the exact time, I think it was around 11:30 that they opened up the line and we pretty much walked right in. The only drawback was that two of our party did not purchase FFTF so they had to go through the long line that had already formed before boarding even began. The four of us that had FFTF went to our rooms first. Twice we reached areas where a crew member tried to turn us around but as soon as we said we had FFTF they let us right through. I don't think we got our luggage any faster, but I was prepared with what I needed in my carry-on. Con - Muster Drill: This was the worst muster drill I have experienced in 5 cruises (3 Princess, 2 Carnival). Apparently they were going to have a Coast Guard inspection on the next cruise so this was a practice run for that. They actually checked each of our names off a list as we entered our muster area. The entire drill took about an hour and a half. There is no way this would work in the case of a real emergency! Con - Cabo San Lucas tendering: After a day at sea, our first stop was Cabo. If you have been here, you know that Cabo is a tender port so you can't just walk off the boat. There was an announcement the day before that they would hand out stickers starting at 8am in the morning, the number on the sticker indicated the order you would leave the ship. Again, FFTF would have come in really handy here. But we didn't want to separate from the 2 people in our party who didn't have it so we got in line at 8am for our tender number. We stood in line for about 45 minutes before they started handing out stickers. We were number 16. We were supposed to be in Cabo at 9:30 but the first tender didn't leave until 10:30. I understand this may have been out of Carnival's control as they probably had to wait for clearance, but a status announcement would have been nice. We finally got off the ship at around 11:00. We found out later that people were removing their stickers and getting into the tenders before their numbers were called. We also talked to people the next day who didn't even get off the ship because their number was so high they would have had to turn around and get right back on. We were supposed to be in port until 4:00 but we were told the last tender would be at 3:15. With the way things were going we didn't want to risk it so we headed back at 2:30. Pro - Puerto Vallarta: The next day was Puerto Vallarta. We were in port from 9am to 9pm (back on ship by 8:30). 4 of us booked an excursion where we took a boat to a tiny village, then rode horses to a waterfall, then back to the boat which took us to a cove where we did some snorkeling, then yet another stop at a secluded beach for lunch, open bar, and beach time. This was a very enjoyable day. When we got back we had time to get back on the ship, freshen up, then take a taxi to the Malecon for a little stroll as the sun started to go down. Then back to the ship again in time for dinner. Pro - The Red Frog Pub and Four Part Groove. We quickly discovered the Red Frog Pub which is right outside of the theater where all the production shows are. The band "Four Part Groove" played there most of the time and we all thought they were really good and the lead singer was very personable. They had different themes some nights and would take requests. We just really enjoyed the music and the atmosphere, we danced a lot and I think seeing all of us "girls" out there inspired some of the other ladies to join us on the dance floor making it a good time for all. The band also hosted an 80's dance party on deck one night that was a lot of fun. Pro - Cruise Director and Crew: Cloe was the Cruise Director and she was really good. In fact all of the entertainment staff were fun and energetic. All of our interactions with our cabin stewart (I Nyoman), wait staff, room service, pretty much everyone was great. I know they must deal with a lot of different types of people week in and week out, yet they always have a smile and a "hello" and are willing to help. Guest Services staff were the least friendly, but I suppose they deal the most with all the unhappy people so I imagine that takes a toll. Con - The Production Shows: I have to admit, I only sat all the way through one of them. They just didn't grab me this time. However, there were others in my group that liked them so maybe it was just personal taste. Pro and Con - The Food: On every cruise there is good and bad food. I have to say, the food on the Miracle was just average. Other than the Chocolate Melting Cake (of course), nothing really stood out. I didn't have anything that was really bad, but some of the others in my group had dishes they didn't care for. No problem, just eat something else. I do find it helpful to just ask the waiter if something is good or not, there was one thing I was thinking of ordering that the waiter told me wasn't very good so I appreciated that. Con - Disembarking without FFTF: I thought disembarking was a breeze. The four people in our group who had FFTF walked right off the ship after only a short wait. The other two, who had a later flight, were among the last to leave. They had to vacate their room at 8:30 but didn't leave the ship until 12:08! I don't know if this is normal, but 3 1/2 hours seems ridiculous. All in all, I do believe that attitude plays a huge part. We had good company in each other, and coming from 3 different states some of us hadn't seen each other in years. We did have fun and it was a great trip because we were all together. I would say the waiting at Muster, Cabo, and disembarkation for the two that didn't have FFTF, and the hit and miss food are what brought my review down to average. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My title sums it up. I thought it would be nice to have 4 days before and after visiting Hawaii. It did not think about the fact we may have to skip a port or 2. Even that did not seem too bad until it happened. In Honolulu, we were told ... Read More
My title sums it up. I thought it would be nice to have 4 days before and after visiting Hawaii. It did not think about the fact we may have to skip a port or 2. Even that did not seem too bad until it happened. In Honolulu, we were told we could not get into the next stop because of bad weather at that port. We were told that we could have a 2nd day in Honolulu. OK That seemed reasonable, BUT we would not have as long on shore. OK Then we found out the cruise had no excursions for the 2nd day. We left the ship on the second day thinking there would be trips offered at the pier. NO there was only one option, a free ride to the mall if we listened to a 20-minute talk on jewelry. NOTHING else. No guidance to where we might find an excursion, not even a line of taxis looking for a fare. This happened again at Kona. This time we needed to be back on the ship by 1 PM. There were a couple of early excursions offered on the ship but by the time we were ready to leave the ship it was too late to go anywhere with assurance we would be back on time. We shopped at the nearby shops and bought a few things we did not need. Wow, that was exciting. The ship was cold inside and out. We did not use our balcony. No swimming for most of us. There were a few brave souls. It was too windy to use the mini-golf or walk the upper deck. I really got bored. My husband got motion sick and lost his lunch. And there was a cold or flu going around the ship. They ran out of cold medicine in the Fun Shop and I was up for hours coughing. Even with trip insurance I was told it would cost about $50.00 from the ships doctor. So I decided to see the doctor as my cold got worse. It was after 9 PM so he was off duty and because we would be disembarking the next morning he would not be available. Oh, well. It was just a cold. I believe it was my poor planning to go to Hawaii in the winter. The water was cold, the sea was rough, and the on board temperature was cold. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Chose this cruise to "get away and have a good time." Sadly with cruises of longer length there is a much older crowd. The ships nightlife was not as energized as my previous cruises. Carnival did do a good job of trying to ... Read More
Chose this cruise to "get away and have a good time." Sadly with cruises of longer length there is a much older crowd. The ships nightlife was not as energized as my previous cruises. Carnival did do a good job of trying to please all but a shotgun blast will only work for close range and shorter cruises. Previous Journeys cruises I have been on did provide so much more entertainment and a broader spectrum of choices with more changes in acts. The Crew was spectacular and did work hard to ensure my food, drink, comfort were addressed. Sadly weather did impact movements and itinerary of the ship. The ship definitely lacks some of the updates which I would consider Carnival Trademarks and could easily be addressed ie Guys Burgers. The Steakhouse definitely did not meet the expectations which I had based on experiences provided on other ships. For me this is not a gotta do again experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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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