8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because we never cruised on this ship. We were interested in something different. As we entered the ship we knew immediately this was a great choice. This ship was amazing! Yes she is older and doesn't have all ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we never cruised on this ship. We were interested in something different. As we entered the ship we knew immediately this was a great choice. This ship was amazing! Yes she is older and doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the new ships but she is gorgeous! From the ships hanging from the ceiling in the buffet area to the ceiling fans in the Gatsby's garden she was beautiful. The dining room was decorated with grape vines and hanging grape chandeliers that were just sexy. The food was great all over the ship and the crew was awesome too. The serenity deck you could grab your lunch walk out to the serenity deck and enjoy a peaceful lunch. The casino was usual we did not win but it was fun. The theater was elegant plenty of room to enjoy the shows. One negative... I wish they would bring back the orchestra in the show room. Hopefully we will get to sail on her again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My family and I wanted to try a cruise for a second time and we picked the best of the best! Great service! Amazing cabin space! Great entertainment! Food was good too. We did a 8 day Western Caribbean package. Here are some things ... Read More
My family and I wanted to try a cruise for a second time and we picked the best of the best! Great service! Amazing cabin space! Great entertainment! Food was good too. We did a 8 day Western Caribbean package. Here are some things the encounter: - Rooms, they were very comfortable and with tons of space, we stayed on 4139. 2 Adults and 1 kid and it was just what we needed. - Room Service. Aldo was our housekeeper and he did a superb job! No complaints! Always ready to help and prompt to answer any question. - Food. The restaurant was good, but there were some good and bad days. We went for brunch one morning and they took 45 minutes to bring our food. At night I will rate it at a 7 out of 10. - Entertainment. We had an awesome time listening to all types of music at the atrium and bars. Casino has a good size, but from my perspective payback percentage is too low. I didn't see a lot of big winners on the slots, tables were better. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I were invited on this cruise by a friend of hers whose family was having a mini family vacation. We try to do at least 1 cruise a year and this was our 9th overall. As "Fun Ships" go it was certainly more intimate ... Read More
My wife and I were invited on this cruise by a friend of hers whose family was having a mini family vacation. We try to do at least 1 cruise a year and this was our 9th overall. As "Fun Ships" go it was certainly more intimate without feeling like you're right on top of other passengers. We purchased the FTTF package so we were boarded and in our stateroom on the 8th floor very quickly. We actually saw very little of Wayan our room steward but he did a great job keeping our room well tended too. The crew and entertainment staff did a good job. The shows were hit and miss as far as performance and singing but let's face it, it's not broadway and some of the shows were entertaining. Food wise it is a mixed review from me, the main dining room (Bacchus) was average to below average for this cruise, we have always had very good experiences with both the food quality and the dining staff but both were disappointing this go around. We did however go to Nick and Nora's Steakhouse and this was the best Steakhouse Experience we've had. The service and the food were both spectacular and if you get a chance, order the "Art at the Table" for dessert. All in all it was a great trip and we enjoyed the ship very much with the exception of the dining room but that wasn't going to spoil our overall experience. I'd sail this ship again. As far as the ports of call and our experience. We did the ATV Experience in Cozumel which was so much fun, we did zip lining and cave tubing in Belize which is our typical go to and never disappoints. In Roatan we sailed the Jolly Roger to go snorkeling and the catamaran and crew were both incredible as was the food. Finally in Grand Cayman we met up with some friends we met on the excursion in Roatan and we went in on a taxi to take us to the Rum Cake locations and of course to Hell. During the ride our driver also pulled over to show us other points of interest and gave us history of the island. Finally one point i'd like to make, Carnival has a newer tradition of honoring Veterans which is great and I enjoy, on this particular cruise they helped those of us that are or were in the Marine Corps celebrate the 243'd Marine Corps Birthday by setting up a get together. We turned it into a part birthday celebration and Veterans Day Celebration. Thank you Carnival!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I flew in the night before the cruise, then we used an Uber to get to the port. No problems at all. The embarkation went smoothly and we were on our way to fun quickly. We ate lunch at the buffet on Lideo. Lideo is ... Read More
My husband and I flew in the night before the cruise, then we used an Uber to get to the port. No problems at all. The embarkation went smoothly and we were on our way to fun quickly. We ate lunch at the buffet on Lideo. Lideo is where we ate breakfast and lunch most days. The food was okay but I have found that the food is not as good as it was when we first started cruising many years ago. That being said, there is something for everyone. So if you don't like one thing just try something else. We really enjoyed dinner in the dining room each night. Our table mates became friends over the week. The servers were great and so friendly. We did pay extra to eat in the steak house one night and it was so good!! Definitely worth the extra $$. Our inside cabin was a good size and the bathroom was bigger then on most ships. Our room was taken care of by Marvin and he did a great job. Carnival services the rooms once a day now instead of twice. Which is fine with us. There was a lot of entertainment on the ship. Something for everyone. This was a Halloween cruise so there was several themed things going on. There were singers preforming in different areas of the ship each night and most of them were very good. We went to two performances in the theater one wasn't so good but the other one was great! We didn't go see any of the comedians preform. The itinerary was very good for this ship. I hurt my knee the day we were leaving on the cruise. So there were two ports that we didn't get off the ship. This is the first time we have ever stayed on the ship on port days. I was surprised that several people did the same thing. We did take a taxi tour in Roatan which was very eye opening. A very poor country. Our driver was a very nice young man who had three small children. He said that even though it was still a poor island the cruise ships had brought a lot of jobs. He had even made enough money to buy a small piece of land to someday build a small house. In Cozumel we took a taxi to a small beach area and just relaxed in the sun and water. Overall we were pleased with the ship, service, ports, food and entertainment. The price was a very good price point. We retired this year so we were able to cruise when the deals were good. It was a enjoyable week and we would cruise on the Miracle again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We went on our first cruise with a large group of friends. We met up in Tampa and took a shuttle to the port. Embarkation was very quick (faster to the fun) and a smooth process. We enjoyed walking around the ship and getting oriented ... Read More
We went on our first cruise with a large group of friends. We met up in Tampa and took a shuttle to the port. Embarkation was very quick (faster to the fun) and a smooth process. We enjoyed walking around the ship and getting oriented before the muster drill. The sail away party was a lot of fun and going under the bridge was quite a sight as well. We found the ship to be clean and our cabin was always maintained thanks to our steward, Wayan. He was most helpful and answered any questions we had. The activities on deck were fun to watch and we had a great time hanging out by the pool and gathering in the Alchemy Bar. Our wait staff in the Main Dining Room were amazing! Ali, our head waiter, and his team, were very knowledgeable and helped me with my choices so that I would have the best dining experience possible. Every staff member we encountered were friendly and helpful. I even saw some of the staff dealing with rude cruisers and I never heard them lose their professionalism. We missed a port in Mahogany Bay because of high winds. I was disappointed to not go on our excursion, but was glad the captain made the call and kept us safe. The other ports were great and our excursions were wonderful. We enjoyed the Altun Ha ruins in Belize and the Crystal Caves adventure in Grand Cayman. This was our first cruise but some of our group were diamond and platinum cruisers and they were just as pleased as we were. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We had a wonderful time on our first family cruise. The price was allowed us to take this vacation. We were sad to miss a port due to hurricane Michael but our captain did a great job keeping us safe. Thanks to Frankie and all of his staff ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on our first family cruise. The price was allowed us to take this vacation. We were sad to miss a port due to hurricane Michael but our captain did a great job keeping us safe. Thanks to Frankie and all of his staff for a great time. The kids loved playing on deck and the trick or treating was a bonus. Our dinner staff, Liza and Ni Luh tested is like family! Our swim with the dolphins and sting ray city excursion in Grand Cayman were enjoyable for the family. The shuttle was air conditioned and because we booked through the ship we were able to catch a water taxi without having to get a number. We were also able to easily rebook when our port got cancelled and our shore excursion as a result. We are looking forward to our next trip. Thanks to all for a memorable trip! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We had faster to the fun, so getting on was very easy and fast, cabin was ready when as soon as we got on. Marvin did a great job taking care of our cabin all week, we had anytime dining we only had to wait a few min. Two time for a ... Read More
We had faster to the fun, so getting on was very easy and fast, cabin was ready when as soon as we got on. Marvin did a great job taking care of our cabin all week, we had anytime dining we only had to wait a few min. Two time for a table,jesses and his team took of us all week, they were all wonderful. This was a great time we are ready for our next cruise in feb,2019. Disembarkment was slow but i don't think there was any thing carnival could do about this , it is just part of coming back home to u.s.a. This was a 7 day cruise my next one is only 5 days so it may be a little short we will fine out in feb. Glad to be going back on another carnival ship. Hope you all have as fun as we did. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
we picked this date to cruise because it worked well for our jobs. We were able to get the brother and his wife to join us. We all 4 had an amazing time.. We had Imade as our house keeping manager and we loved him. We chose to do ... Read More
we picked this date to cruise because it worked well for our jobs. We were able to get the brother and his wife to join us. We all 4 had an amazing time.. We had Imade as our house keeping manager and we loved him. We chose to do breakfast on our balcony every morning to start our days off slow and sweet. We did pool side play only on sea days. The piano bar and the comedy club were our hot spots nightly. Did not deal with smokers. That is important to us as non smokers. We did the chefs table one night and loved the experience. That is a must do event. We did the steak house two of our nights. Chose to always do dinning hall for our dinner. It is fun to dress up for dinner every night. The staff is amazing in the dinning hall. We chose to do jeep tour in Cozumel, parasailing in Roatan, cave tubing in Belize and jeep tour the Grand Cayman. We had a great experience on this ship. We even did a sleep out camp out on our balcony one night. It is just a great time to be together on a cruise. We saved big money and bought jewelry and watches. The ship offers great deals and sales. Come prepared to shop a little on board and off. We have already booked a new cruise and are planning on our daughters booking a room to join us. This is our new retirement playground. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I usually don't take the time to write reviews but after our recent cruise I couldn't help myself. Many of our friends gave us "the look" when they found out we booked with Carnival. Never having been on a cruise we ... Read More
I usually don't take the time to write reviews but after our recent cruise I couldn't help myself. Many of our friends gave us "the look" when they found out we booked with Carnival. Never having been on a cruise we weren't selective about which cruise line. Mostly tried to find the best deal at the time we could go. Can't say we weren't a little nervous after people told us Carnival wasn't their top pick. Not sure why because my wife and I had an amazing time. Carnival is definitely a fun ship but not in a party way. The crew was extremely accommodating and enthusiastic the entire time. Their energy was infectious and made the week relaxing and fun. There was a variety of entertainment that kept us busy as well as lots of give-aways. The food was excellent and there was plenty of options for every taste bud. The Carnival Miracle is definitely a "inclusive" cruise with families, couples, and singles but the ship easily caters to all groups giving any type of traveler something to do. We will definitely cruise again with Carnival in the future and totally ignore "the look" from now on. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
My family of four had two rooms on the ship, midship balcony 7215 for myself and my wife and midship inside 4129 for my two sons. I had read about complaints about vibration complaints in the back of the ship, so we tried to pick rooms a ... Read More
My family of four had two rooms on the ship, midship balcony 7215 for myself and my wife and midship inside 4129 for my two sons. I had read about complaints about vibration complaints in the back of the ship, so we tried to pick rooms a little bit forward. No issue with vibration for us. We all were happy with our rooms, no problems, very clean, and as on practically every cruise and cruise line I have ever been on, the room attendants were great. Always have to give them the extra tip, besides what they get from the built-in tips, as they outshine everybody else on the crew.The room was clean, comfortable, and had enough storage. The bathroom was a typical ship bathroom, small but adequate.Carnival has changed the room cleaning from twice a day to once a day, a little disheartening, but I had read about it on these boards before hand, so I was prepared for it. We adapted to the change.On the first day my cabin steward asked me which I preferred, so we went with the morning cleaning. I suppose you could throw a few extra bucks at the cabin stewards and get them to come twice a day If that is a deal breaker for you, but as I say, we adapted. This is an older ship, so very few bells and whistles. There is a slide at the back of the ship, but my family never experienced it. Despite its age, the ship is in good condition and kept up well. Library is practically nonexistent, so if you're thinking Holland America library, you will not be happy. Internet was abysmal, don't pay for it unless you absolutely, positively have to have it ( I do, because I own my own business and have to be in contact with my employees even on vacation). Wasn't really impressed with the casino or its service either, but those were the only two negatives about the whole cruise.I'm not really sure if the casino staff works for Carnival, or if they are contractors, but they're not the friendliest bunch. I was in the casino almost every day, but still not impressed. Maybe I'm spoiled by Mohegan Sun! I see a lot of criticism about Carnival food when I read the reviews on CC, but we found the food very good to excellent. Went to the Statehouse twice, definitely worth the $35 it cost. Ate in the main dining room several times, we could not get an early fixed seating time, so we did the flexible time dining, first time for us. Basically they seat fixed dining on the second deck, and flexible dining on the third deck, as the restaurant has a two-story design over those two decks. No problem getting seated quickly, the only night that would have been a problem was the formal night, there was a wait that night, but we ate in the steakhouse that night anyway, so were not affected. We always were served in a prompt manner and the food was hot and good. Usual dining time from start to finish was about an hour and a half. Dining begins at 5:45, and we usually ate at right about that time, if that helps you decide when to go. Lido was a typical cruise buffet, often busy and sometimes hard to get a table, but relatively clean and the food was good and hot. We did not experience room service, since we found all of the dining venues to be just fine. Bottom line was no complaints about any of the dining. The "vibe" of the ship is a little more subdued than your typical Carnival cruise. This is probably a result of this ship being older without the newer style toys/amenities that cruise lines are adding to their ships. My youngest son is 15, and I was a little worried about him missing the things that are on a Royal Caribbean ship, as an example (rock walls, Flo Rider, etc.). He adapted just fine, spending a lot of time in the teen club, making friends, staying up late, raising Cain with all of his buddies. The other three of us were perfectly happy with an older boat, and the more relaxed and subdued atmosphere. If you are a big time Carnival party animal, this might not be your boat. Some people have commented on the decor of the ship being kind of weird. I would have to concur with this, but I'm not a person who spends a lot of time looking at or thinking about the decor, so it did not affect our cruise. I would say the decor is not for everyone, and not really for us. Just ignore it. We experienced the nightly entertainment and the comedy club. Both were adequate, not great, not terrible. If you want to go to the adult shows at the comedy club, you better get there early as it was always packed. Of the four ports, we enjoyed Cozumel the most, then Roatan, with Belize and Grand Cayman taking up the rear. Still, a good time was had in all four ports, just that we felt the two beach days in Cozumel and Roatan were the highlights. we will one of the lucky ones to be able to get a cabana in Roatan, which I highly recommend. The latter two destinations are tender ports If that matters to you. Embarkation in Tampa was easy and fast, debarkation was slower and a little bit more of a pain in the neck. Carnival is using a reservation system for embarkation, they give you a time they want you to arrive at. It seems as if that smooths things out. Rooms are not ready on the ship until 1:30, so keep that in mind if you are scheduling your embarkation time on their website. As far as debarkation, if you can get off the boat late, the later the better. I would say 10 AM would be a good time if you can do it. We had a late flight and had to kill time anyway, so we walked next door to the aquarium. I had pre-purchased tickets online, saving me a few bucks. The aquarium is not that impressive, average at best, that it will chew up two hours. They can store your luggage for you, which was a help. Despite some of my nitpicking at the beginning of this review, I would rate this cruise as a great value for the money. It's not Celebrity, it's not a high-end type of cruise or cruise ship, but it is very enjoyable, especially when you factor in the cost. Maybe it's just because I like cruising, but having been on Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Celebrity, and Norwegian, I find that every cruise line has its own personality, its own pluses and minuses. The trick for me to a great cruise is to figure out what the cruise line and the specific boat does well, and stay close to those things, and avoid the things that are negatives because they will sink your vacation if you dwell on them. The Carnival Miracle has plenty of pluses, you should have no problem finding things that make you happy on this ship. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this particular cruise based on the dates & destination. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It was not the particular ship that we would have chosen. However, it was within reasonable driving distance. The ships ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise based on the dates & destination. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It was not the particular ship that we would have chosen. However, it was within reasonable driving distance. The ships decor was very eclectic. There were parts that were beautiful and others that were not. But, we had a great time. The staff and crew were so nice. You could tell that many of them loved their jobs. Juan our head waiter, Nithin an awesome photographer and Dan in the playlist cast to name a few. The playlist cast were talented and the shows were very enjoyable. Plus the cast were very friendly. Our favorite port was Grand Caymen. We took a cab to Royal Palms to gain entrance to Seven Mile Beach. Cost was very reasonable. In Belize, we went on the Lamanai Ruins excursion. It was great. I would highly recommend it, Overall, this was a great cruise. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We traveled with two other couples who had already booked this cruise. This is only our 2nd cruise, but we LOVE the size of the ship vs the amount of guests. The buffet got a little crowded occasionally, but nothing like the first cruise ... Read More
We traveled with two other couples who had already booked this cruise. This is only our 2nd cruise, but we LOVE the size of the ship vs the amount of guests. The buffet got a little crowded occasionally, but nothing like the first cruise we took on another cruise line (MSC). We were always able to get an elevator rather quickly vs MSC where we almost always had to take the stairs. The activity/entertainment team did a great job. We loved the trivia and game type activities they offered. Also loved the cooking demonstration and the towel folding class. The shows were okay but nothing spectacular compared to the amazing shows on MSC. The comedy club was one of the best parts. Wish there had been more seating because we did miss a couple of shows due to not being able to find a seat. The main dining room was a little slow some nights and faster other nights. Luckily we weren't in a hurry so didn't really bother us that much. Our serving team was very, very friendly and worked extremely hard. The food was actually really good. I mean it's included in the fare, you can order as many items as you want, you don't have to cook OR clean so to me it was amazing, LOL!! We did splurge and celebrate my husband's 50th birthday at Nick & Nora's Steakhouse aboard. It was really fantastic!! They surprised us with a glass of champagne apiece and a wonderfully delicious tart type birthday cake complete with a cute little icing decorated dome and birthday candle. He had to make a wish and everything (no singing, thank goodness)! We will probably do this again! Great cabin. We had an interior 4D inside cabin category. It was small, but plenty of room for the two of us. Four large drawers and five small drawers in the desk/dresser area. Plus a nice drawer in each of the two nightstands. Three closets, two for hanging and one with shelves (at least 4 shelves). Probably about 10/12 hangers in each closet. Lots of counter space in the bathroom along with 6 small shelves for our meds, toothpaste, brushes, makeup, etc. The shower was also more roomy than I expected. Actually loved our cabin. We are mostly just in there to sleep, shower and change, so it worked very well for us. Our cabin steward was a sweetie! He asked us (by name) every day if we needed anything special and if everything was alright. We only had him service our cabin once a day during turn down because I take naps and didn't want to keep messing it up for him. He honored our request and did a fantastic job, even bringing us ice every evening and of course leaving us a new towel animal everyday! The ship was clean and inviting. Interesting decorating and a lot to see. It probably needs some updating, but nothing in particular and for me it was actually fine. Although I would have liked to see a Guy's Burger Joint aboard, LOL!! On MSC we saw the Captain all the time. We saw him eating at the buffet several times, saw him wandering around talking to guests and interacting with crew, onstage a couple of times and of course during pictures and dinner with the Captain. I did not see the Captain at all on this ship. Not that it's a big deal, just different. Kind of nice knowing who's "driving" the ship though, LOL. We had friendly service from every single crew member we encountered. We smiled and they seemed relieved to smile back. I'm sure they get more than their fair share of "grumps" so I make a concerted effort to smile and speak to them. I'm a fairly smiley person anyway (and I like to talk) so it wasn't really much of an effort on my part, LOL. We stopped in 4 ports: Cozumel, Belize, Honduras and Grand Cayman Cozumel: We did the Top Ten of Cozumel excursion booked through Carnival. It was interesting although I can't really figure out what the ten things were. We stopped at a chocolate "factory" which was really just one guy showing us how organic chocolate used to be handmade. We got to sample it and tiny handmade tortillas with a really yummy mole sauce. We also stopped at a Tequila "factory" where they don't actually make the tequila, but they gave us the history and information about how it's made. Then took us into an air conditioned room (yay, it was hot out) and we had sample tastings of several ages and flavors of their tequila. I am not much of a drinker at all and I have never liked tequila, but I have to say this stuff was pretty freakin' amazing. My favorite was the "Coffee Tequila"!! Needless to say (because I'm not much of a drinker) I was pretty buzzed by the time we left there. Maybe that's why I don't know what the rest of the top ten things were, LOL!!!! Belize: My husband booked the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins with Lunch excursion through Carnival. He had been to Tulum when we went to Cozumel the year before and loved it. He liked this one even better. He said it wasn't nearly as big an area and only a few temples, but he got to climb to the top and take pictures and stuff so he actually liked this excursion better. At Tulum you aren't allowed to touch anything. He said the authentic, sit down Belizian lunch was delicious (one piece of chicken seasoned well, a pile of rice and beans and a fried plantain piece). It didn't come with a drink, but he paid $1 for a bottle of coke zero and was happy with that. Both Mayan Ruin excursions he's taken was a LOT of bus travel (Xunantunich was over two hours each way by bus, plus a short ferry ride, Tulum was quite a long walk to the bus, about an hour bus ride each way and another long walk from the bus to the ruins entrance) and the lunch was a pretty bad sandwich eaten on the bus with an apple and some weird juice that was not good. Both excursions kind of rushed through the ruins in order to get back to the boat in time. I chose not to do the Mayan Ruins this time mainly due to the heat and the very LONG bus ride. I decided to try to find snorkeling once I got to the pier. Much easier than expected. In Belize you basically tender in, walk to the end of the pier (past pier 4) into a building where every excursion available can be booked. They do not negotiate. Everything is a set price, but different companies offer different excursions. So you can just go from booth to booth to find the one you want and voila I was getting on a boat about 10 minutes later, traveling 30 minutes to Goff Caye (a teeny private island with a couple of food stands, souvenirs, chairs for rent, a small building with changing rooms and another small building with restrooms). My excursion included all the free rum punch you want, snorkeling gear and use of the private island for a couple of hours. They stopped at the island first so people could change, then took us a half mile or so away from the island by boat to the barrier reef to let us snorkel. We swam in groups of about 6 or so with a guide. It was very nice. When we got back to the island, I drank one rum punch and thought it wasn't too bad. Then I stood up, LOL. Whew, I was buzzed. Changed to water after that!! Swam and enjoyed the view until our boat left to head back to the mainland. Honduras: We did not book an excursion because it was a very short day in port. We had to be back on the ship by 2:30 so we just shopped in the tourist area. We found out later that the snorkeling and scuba diving was AMAZING, so our next trip will definitely include snorkeling and hopefully a trip to the sloth sanctuary. Grand Cayman: We booked an excursion through Carnival to swim with the stingrays!! It was wonderful and my favorite excursion so far! We got to feed them, pet them, kiss them and get our pictures taken with them. LOVED IT! Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived about 11:30, went through first security without a wait, then waited maybe five minutes for bag security, checked in with no wait and went to our "Zone" and waited maybe a half hour for it to be called to enter the ship. Plenty of seating and cold water available while we waited. Got on the ship easily, got to the buffet before it was too awfully crowded and was able to get a seat for six rather quickly. We took an offered tour of the ship and by the time that was done we were able to get into our cabins. Cabins were ready by 1:30 and we got our luggage before dinner. Very, very organized! Debarkation was even easier. We chose the very latest debarkation time, out of our cabin by 8:30, could have eaten in the dining room, but we decided on the buffet. Had a nice leisurely breakfast, then found some comfy seats on another deck that was less crowded and played games until time to debark. Very easy! Sorry this is so long! We did not take our kids this time, just my hubby and me and it was fantastic. I did miss having the kids, so they will definitely be with us next time. It was surprisingly a really good mix of ages. I had heard Carnival had the "Party Boats" so I expected mostly young adults and couples (lots of drunk and outrageous behavior, but saw very little of that) and figured we would be older than most. That was not at all the case. I think it was pretty evenly young, middle and old ages. Seemed like most were "young at heart" though so that was a definite plus!! Not an "old person" ship, not a "young person" ship, there were activities for all ages. We will absolutely be taking more Carnival cruises!! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Carnival Miracle: May 13,2018 Never cruised before, not my thing. More of a adventure seeker than buffet chaser. Cruising still not my thing but had a fantastic time. Wanted to spend time with my brother who loves cruising so took the ... Read More
Carnival Miracle: May 13,2018 Never cruised before, not my thing. More of a adventure seeker than buffet chaser. Cruising still not my thing but had a fantastic time. Wanted to spend time with my brother who loves cruising so took the plunge. Read lots of reviews so was hesitant I was wasting my money. I was wrong. PROS: 1) The crew made the whole difference. Those people work their asses 24/7, 10 hour days 7 days a week, for 7 months straight to satisfy 2500 buffet crazy Americans. Always a smile, over the top helpful. Not sure how they keep their sanity and smile and desire to serve. 2) Everyone complained ship was old but I was blown over by how great a shape things were kept. OK, 1 pedal on an exercise bike was squeaky and the screen didn't work on another one. Wow. Our cabin was fantastic and we had a small one. Ship was scrubbed and clean. Not sure what all the whining was about. 3) Shows were very good. Comedy was mostly good, the X rated ones used the 'F' word too much (I use the 'F' word too, but not like I stutter with it as they did) 4) Food was unbelievable. I'm not a restaurant person but WOW. Must of been 100 different dishes and OK maybe 10% are duds, but the other 90% are fantastic. Sure beats overpriced restaurant food I've had in the past. The head chef went out of his way after hours to make me this incredible hamburger that i will never forget...and I generally don't eat meat. 5) Sufficient exercise machines. Some needed to be fixed. GREAT steam room. 6) Passengers were all nice. Didn't see any obnoxious drunks but we generally avoided that crowd. Ship was big enough. 7) Extremely well organized. Carnival kept 2500 Americans synchronized like a well oiled machine. Great job. Cons: 1) Nickel and dime: you to death so we avoided all the extras still had great ime 2) Port of calls. We did 1 nature tour in Routan which we liked, but overall it was like cruising between shopping malls. Got sucked into $10/glass beers in Cayman. Just overpriced tourist traps. Not worth it, didn't really see the REAL Hondouras, etc. 3) Everyday you are faced with the American health care crisis in all its glory as 75% of the passengers avoided the salad buffet. The amount of wasted food at the buffets is almost criminal.Very sad statement about American society today. Overall A+. Thanks Carnival. Will go again..but maybe when I'm 70. dman Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise as it spanned over our anniversary date and incorporated ports we love and a couple we hadn’t been to before. We were not disappointed!! Miracle was a beautiful ship! So many places to go and things to do and events ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it spanned over our anniversary date and incorporated ports we love and a couple we hadn’t been to before. We were not disappointed!! Miracle was a beautiful ship! So many places to go and things to do and events to see! The atmosphere upon boarding was upbeat and welcoming while guests buzzed with excitement. I did appreciate that we purchased FTTF prior to cruising! A huge highlight was Nick and Nora’s Steakhouse!!!! Oh my gosh, was it delicious!!! And we received a free bottle of wine as we reserved it our first night aboard. We honestly had amazing staff the whole cruise! We were a fun group of couples and the staff seemed to enjoy our energy and went above and beyond in all of our opinions! Special shout out to “White Thunder” in the main dining room haha. Also guest service was amazing. Great people. Our cabin was great with a gorgeous balcony view on Deck 4 close to the elevators! Our ports were excellent! Wonderful excursions! Yummy drinks! HILARIOUS stand up comedy shows! We cannot begin to verbalize how amazing our trip was and how much we didn’t want to get off at the end of our trip! Highly recommend!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
The ship was beautiful. Sailing out of Tampa was easy. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on board shortly after 11:30 and were able to go right to our cabin due to being a platinum member. Cabin was nice, it was a 4k interior with french ... Read More
The ship was beautiful. Sailing out of Tampa was easy. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on board shortly after 11:30 and were able to go right to our cabin due to being a platinum member. Cabin was nice, it was a 4k interior with french doors. Steward Edy was very attentive as was all staff. Great time in the casio. Jodannel and Maripaz are the two best bartenders! Food was amazing and presented beautifully. The baked Alaska was a big hit. It was served on the last night. They saved the best for last. We made so many new friends this cruise. All other guests were very nice and polite. Simply put, fantastic cruise no complaints. Beautiful ports with plenty to do. I highly recommend cave tubing in Belize. The rock formations are gorgeous. The kind was very informative. Do go to the comedy club for the 18+ up show if you're not easily offended. We loved it but then again, we aren't easily offended. Kept us laughing for sure. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Our ship was full capacity. A friend tried to book the cruise, and couldn’t, as it was already full. Embarking was smooth. It didn’t take that long. Carnival staff kept you moving. This can’t be said for our disembarkation, ... Read More
Our ship was full capacity. A friend tried to book the cruise, and couldn’t, as it was already full. Embarking was smooth. It didn’t take that long. Carnival staff kept you moving. This can’t be said for our disembarkation, which I’ll mention later. Food Buffets For basic dining, you can visit Horatio’s Lido Cafe — the buffets on the 9th floor. You don’t need to worry what time you go, or what you’re wearing. I did notice alot of the same food items, for example, soups or desserts, that we saw on the menu in the main Bacchus Dining Room — I’m sure alot of the same food comes out of the same kitchens. For the most part, the buffets at Horatio's Lido Cafe offer a good selection, but you WON’T get higher-end items like stuffed mushrooms, shrimp, escargot, etc for dinner. In the morning, you also have to ask for special items, like strawberries or grapes, which they keep behind the counter. It’s hard to know what they have hiding in the fridges behind them, so I guess the only way is to ask? Because they don’t advertise it. It seems the only way people found out they have strawberries is because they saw someone else with them on their food tray. And I happened to be standing behind someone that asked for the grapes — that’s the only reason I knew they had any. Dining Room The next step-up in dining, is the Bacchus Dining Rooms. You will find “higher-end” items like escargot, stuffed mushrooms and shrimp on the menu (you will NOT see these items at the Horatio buffets). You’ll also see hard ice cream on the menu, which you can’t get at the buffets — only soft ice-cream from the machine. Another note, they will serve lobster in the Bacchus dining room, but I think only for one night of your cruise — so take advantage of it when it’s offered! The dining rooms do have a “dress code”, but it’s not strictly enforced - I wore a nice t-shirt a couple times. I think they have the dress codes, honestly, for people who hop out of the pool with nothing but flip-flops and their tight bikini on, and expect to go eat at the dining room. And believe me, I see some of these people walking around the ship half-naked. As long as you're “covered up” in someway, you’ll be fine. We were travelling as 3 couples. We made the decision for another couple to join us at set-time dining at 7:45 pm. They felt that was way too late to be eating, but they joined us anyways. And the other couple had chosen “any time dining”. We tried dining with the “any-time” couple on the 3rd floor dining room, and we were rejected by the staff. They told us we had set-time dining at 7:45pm on the 2nd floor, and wouldn’t seat us. I suppose the good thing for set-time dining, is you get to have the same staff serve you, who get to know your names, and know what your favourite drinks are, and you get to know them — it’s more personable. Also at 7:45 pm, you walk into the dining room with no waiting — your table is set and empty waiting for you. “Any-time dining” doesn’t mean you just walk in anytime and start eating. I believe you have to wait for an available table, just like at any other restaurant. And the wait for a suitable table (for a table of 7) probably also adds time. And our ship was full capacity. So both choices of set-time and “any-time” have their pluses and minuses. So if you’re travelling with a group, make sure everyone is on the same page. Also know that the dining room time you select is inflexible once you’re on the cruise ship. I’m sure ours was even more so, because it was a full ship. Nick & Nora’s Steakhouse The next step-up in dining is “Nick & Nora’s” steakhouse — an additional charge of $35 USD per person. We visited twice. We went the first night, as it was my sisters birthday. I had made reservations weeks in advance. And we did receive a complimentary bottle of wine for being their the first night of the cruise — although we already had the “Cheers drink package”. lol. The food was fantastic. And you always get surprised with food items they serve. My brother liked “Nick & Nora's" so much, he immediately made reservations for the last night of our cruise. Most of the tables in this restaurant are smaller, so getting reservations for a table of 7 people was slightly harder. It’s a good idea to make reservations soon. Both times when we were there, there were many empty tables — in fact, the place seemed kinda empty. Also, by the second visit, we noticed several items on their menu you could get in the Bacchus dining room — for free. Of course, you couldn’t get the steaks. But if you wanted to, you could order steaks in the Bacchus dining room for $20 USD — still cheaper than the $35 USD for N&N’s. Personally, for myself, I think going to Nick & Noras once was good enough. The food in the Bacchus dining room is really good. The main difference with alot of the food items is simply presentation. For example, the Caesar salad isn’t any better in the steakhouse than it is in the Bacchus Dining Room — it might just be presented differently. Only other difference is Nick & Nora’s ambience is nicer, and the wait staff are better looking. lol. I have some comments about certain food items. I went on a Carnival cruise in 2012. At that time, they had homemade lemonade served in metal pitchers. It was so good — with real lemons and real sugar. Now in 2018, I noticed they were gone, and only Nestle “lemonade" from a machine. Blech. It’s just not the same and there is no comparison. Thumbs down. I also recall in 2012, on their dessert menu, was the “Chocolate Lava Cake”. It’s still on the menu, but just goes by a different name “Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake”. It’s so good. But watch out, it’s decadent. I checked out the recipe online, and it does contain lots of butter :) Spoil yourself one night. It’s OMG good! Highly recommended for dessert. My only other comment about food, is that the menu seemed like there were less menu options since 2012. To be fair, i’m not sure whether it’s because we were on a different cruise ship, or a longer cruise length, etc. But it was slightly less options than what I remember. Evening entertainment. Because of our later dining room time of 7:45pm (this was my sisters idea who prefers to eat late) we would miss alot of the shows. So the only shows I caught were comedy shows later at night at 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. The comedians were good and made me laugh. There was typically two comedians each night. All the nights we went, it was standing room only, so get there early to get seats. The live musicians were good, for the most part. I liked the solo guitar/vocalists the best. My only comment is this -- I realize the cruise is going into the Caribbean, but I think people still like the music they were brought up with. I just don't care to hear pop songs covered with a steel pan drum, or spanish/reggae songs that I can't understand. I never did get to the bar "Frankensteins Lounge", but I guess there was more "modern" music there? I don't know. Call me crazy, but i'm picky with my music. Other thoughts. Alot of people are addicted to their Facebook feed and messaging and can’t live without a smartphone/internet — even for a 7 day cruise. And it’s apparent when you get on the cruise ship. Alot of people end up paying for the wifi internet packages. It was $35 USD for the week to use popular websites like Facebook, etc usage for the week. And even more $$ for internet usage. Carnival has an App that is free to download. It’s basically an app to know what’s going on in the ship — shows, events, specials, etc, and read up about user policies, information about the ship, ports, etc. But there is still the printed paper ship itinerary if you don’t have a smartphone or tablet. I did find the app to be more helpful, as it shows you what’s happening right now, or coming up on the ship. Normally I don’t wear a watch. And because I like to travel light without carrying much, I didn't bother bringing my ipod/tablet/smartphone, so I never knew the time. Advice — get a watch for a cruise! Especially a cruise that has short port stops, as you or someone you know will be paranoid about the time throughout the entire day. I wasn’t paranoid, but several travel companions were… constantly, “What time is it? We only have blah blah minutes left to get back to the ship….”. I heard this 3 thousand times. The other confusion for time was that "ship time" is always different then local time or the time on your phone. Get a watch and you don't have to worry about getting the time wrong! Our cruise last year was on NCL in hawaii, with port stops of 2 days on each island, so we weren’t so focused on the time -- you could relax without worrying about rushing back to the boat before the last tender leaves. I don’t even remember us worrying about the time at all. But when your itinerary is only 6-7 hours at a port, you will need to know the time! Keep your smartphone handy, or get a watch! Excursions We bought 2 excursions through Carnival. Belize Sharks, Rays, Barrier Reef Snorkel & Island Escape This excursion starts out early. You have to tender to Belize City port from the Miracle. Then you wait maybe 15-25 minutes at Belize City port and you get on a fast smaller boat that travels about 45 minutes to the small island of Caye Caulker. Caulker has a population of about 2000 people. It’s sand is blindingly white. And it’s quaint. You won’t find any commercial franchises or big corporations on this island. And that’s what gives it it’s charm. Hand-painted signs. Mom & Pop shops and Bed &Breakfasts. Stray dogs. Life is slow. I love it. If you’re a photographer like me, you will go crazy with glee, as this small island is all photo opportunities and eye candy from every angle. The snorkelling was fun. That morning I hadn't put on sunscreen, as I’ve heard sunscreen ingredients can be damaging and harmful to the reefs. I believe Hawaii has even introduced a law to ban them! I saw other people slather sunscreen lotion on before the dive, but I didn’t. Oh well. The Shark and Ray alley was good as well. Where the boat stops is shallow. It’s maybe only 3-4 feet deep, with a sandy bottom. I decided to go barefoot, as I didn’t have enough time to find my water-shoes that morning. There is the odd larger seashell on the ocean floor that you’d want to avoid stepping on with bare feet. You can clearly see them through the clear sea water. There aren’t many of them, and I didn’t have any problems — but just be aware of them if you decide to go barefoot. As an aside, I did see a private company offer an almost identical excursion for $30 USD cheaper. Carnival does offer a “110% price guarantee” (that they only reimburse with cruise credits), but you must fill out the form 1 week prior to your cruise disembarkation. Well, we only booked the excursion 6 days in advance, and when I noticed the other cheaper competitor, it was 5 days before. So, we were no longer valid to get the “price guarantee”. If you want to visit Caye Caulker privately, you can with water taxis from Belize City port (much cheaper than the cruise excursion), they leave frequently almost every hour or so. Some people like to book through the cruise line for an extra sense of security you won’t be left behind. But on our private excursions we’ve never had problems. Cozumel Deluxe Beach, Catamaran Sail & Snorkel The Catamaran company is “Fury Catamarans”. Where we snorkeled was a very strong ocean current. I’m undecided whether I liked the strong current, because if you wanted to observe something on the sea floor for awhile, you had to swim against the current. Yes, I had the odd fin and leg in my face from “over crowding” from all the other snorkelers, but it wasn’t as bad as it’s made to sound. You can always choose the back of the crowd of snorkelers, or keep to the sides if you don’t want to feel crowded in the water. The beach we stopped at is managed/owned by Fury as well? They had the big inflatable floating toys in the water, like the slide, etc. I’m Canadian, so it’s a little jarring to see companies actually “own” beaches privately. In Canada, none of our beaches can be privately owned — they are all public. So I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the privatization of beaches going on in the Caribbean. I’m undecided whether it’s a good idea or not, especially when it’s owned by a big corporation (like Mahogany Bay). What this means, is you can not enjoy a beach for free — you must PAY to enjoy it. To be fair, the Fury beach WASN'T crowded, which was enjoyable (probably cause it cost money to use it). There were empty beach chairs everywhere. And you could actually enjoy the water toys without a lineup or hogs. For $75 USD, i’m not sure I’d give this excursion high marks. I can’t drink because I have I have a heart condition, so the free maragaritas wasn’t a plus. And the snorkeling equipment is the cheapest you could buy off Amazon for $20 and own it yourself. If you want a burger, you gotta pay for it yourself — $11 US. And you never go out of sight from the cruise ship — you’re just down the coast a little. And the biggest sin — playing loud spanish pop music the entire time. Uggh. lol. I’m not sure i’d rush to do this excursion again. Roatan, Honduras We did one excursion privately, not through Carnival. It was Rony’s Tours on Roatan, Honduras. It was good. I found him online with his own website. We went to Daniel Johnson's Monkey & Sloth Hangout. They also have big beautiful parrots there. While in Roatan, I would have liked to check out “Little French Key” Island, but there is only so much you can do in one day. The day we were in Roatan, it was very hot. Our tour van had air-conditioning, but it was still hot. It made some of my fellow companions cranky, irritable and bitchy. Just being honest. They kept complaining how hot they were and they wanted to go back to the ship. We left early back to the ship and cut our tour short because of them. Uggh. Since we had extra time, a friend and I checked out Carnival’s “Mahogany Beach”. I didn’t know what to expect, as there were two cruise ships in port. I was expecting it to be crowded. But since it was already later in the day, with less than 2 hours before the ship leaves, people were already leaving the beach, making their way to the ship, which meant the beach was fairly empty already. We heard from one couple that they came to Mahogany beach earlier on in the day, but it was so crowded, they left back to the ship, and came back again. By that time of the day, we could put our bags on hundreds of empty chairs without having to pay for it, and got a swim in the uncrowded beach and ocean. We did not have to pay for the beach, but you have to walk the distance, which is maybe only a 10-15 minute walk. There are benches and seat-swings along the way. Cayman In Grand Cayman, we took a cab, and the cab driver gave us some choices where we wanted to go. My sister took the first choice -- it was to Royal Palms beach club with a cover charge. When you get there, we noticed everything was extra charges. Want a lounge chair? Umbrella? Cabana? All extra charges and pretty expensive. Disembarkation from Carnival Miracle We were excited to get off the ship, as we were driving to Orlando that day. We were already out of our rooms by 8:15 am. I had grabbed the luggage tag numbers “8” the day before, so we were expecting to be off by 9:30am-10:00 as it stated. Nope. We waited and waited. They had called the mobility issue/handicapped people to disembark first. And it’s like it took forever. I think we were called off the ship finally by 11:00 am. And then we had to go through customs. It seems the problem was with customs — they only had 3 people working to process 3000 people! When we got close in line to the customs officer, he got up and took a bathroom break for 5 minutes! I think we were finally out of there by 12:00 noon. Horrible experience. Tons of lineups, standing in line and waiting. From what I also heard, many people missed their air flights. This was not Carnivals fault — it was the U.S. customs authority. But, you could argue it's slightly Carnival's fault, as they keep booking these cruises starting and ending on a Sunday -- when people don't want to work. All around, I enjoyed the Carnival Miracle cruise very much! Hopefully I’ve given some tips and advice from my experience. If you’ve made it to the end, thanks for reading! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Chose this cruise for the itinerary--Limon, Costa Rica; Panama Canal partial transit; and Grand Cayman's beaches--and to share a cruise with my cousin and her husband. One of the best itineraries since my husband and I enjoy our sea ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary--Limon, Costa Rica; Panama Canal partial transit; and Grand Cayman's beaches--and to share a cruise with my cousin and her husband. One of the best itineraries since my husband and I enjoy our sea days. It was eight days. Love Carnival's Sea Day brunches. Staff was friendly and always helpful. The Carnival Miracle is a beautiful ship, and I could see some of the changes since we sailed on her Christmas 2011. Large and good-feeling Punchliner room. Good time of year to travel--lots of retirees, not so many children, teens, or college folks. Debarkation from ship was fine; just the Tampa staff had us in long lines, moving extremely slow. Customs staff dwindled from about six stations to only one station open; this particular agent spent time casually talking to and laughing with a couple. All in all, one of our best cruises on Carnival! Thanks!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise because of the port of departure and the destination (Tampa to Panama Canal with ports of call in Costa Rica and Grand Cayman Island). Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We had a fantastic time. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the port of departure and the destination (Tampa to Panama Canal with ports of call in Costa Rica and Grand Cayman Island). Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We had a fantastic time. We loved the ship. It's beautiful and has a cozy, warm charm to it. The food and service were superb. We especially enjoyed the Alterr Band in the Red Frog Pub who were terrific with their excellent performances of classic rock hits, especially lead guitarist, Sonny! All of the stewards/waiters/servers/ nearly everyone we met working on the ship were friendly, cordial and happy to go out of their way to make everything nice as can be. In Costa Rica, we booked the Carnival excursion to the Veragua Rainforest Eco Adventure with the Canopy Zip Line experience. This was well worth the $165, as the guide - Edgar Blanco - and all the staff and support along the way did a fantastic job of accommodating our group. Although we were disappointed not to have seen the wildlife we had hoped to, Edgar did spot a sloth on our way back, had the driver pull over and gave us time to take some photos. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of his country, and exudes great passion for the work being done in the study and sustaining of the country's rainforest, its wildlife, culture, etc. In Grand Cayman Island, we booked an excursion directly with Stingray Sailing (Chip) (www.stingraysailing.com), based on another reviewer's recommendation, and this also was well worth the $65. We had a great catamaran ride out to the sandbar, swimming with and feeding the stingrays, snorkeling at a coral reef, and then sailing back in. Highly recommend booking directly with www.stingraysailing.com. As for the ship itself, beautiful! If I had one negative to say, it's that the drinks are very expensive and highly recommend you purchase a in-stateroom beverage package to enjoy adult beverages. Also, do NOT carry the allotted bottles of wine or canned beverages in your checked luggage. Have them with you in your carry-on bags, as they will be removed from the checked-in luggage. Visiting the Panama Canal was a wonderful experience, although as we started into the locks, it began to rain, so have a rain poncho cover and/or umbrellas just in case. Fortunately, the rain did not last long and overall, our day at Panama Canal was beautiful. Can't say enough for the ship. Loved everything about it. Look forward to our next Carnival cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
This trip was awesome. We did a partial Panama Canal trip. The person brought on board was knowledgeable and helpful. Explained every step thru the process. The staff was great. Ship was a little worn but nothing that affected our ... Read More
This trip was awesome. We did a partial Panama Canal trip. The person brought on board was knowledgeable and helpful. Explained every step thru the process. The staff was great. Ship was a little worn but nothing that affected our trip. The band in the Red frog pub was the best ever. The Alterr band had the bar packed every night. We booked excursion thru Carnival both were good the Costa Rico one has just too much packed into the time frame it caused us to be over an hour late back to the ship but there were still other buses behind us. Food was good hate no table clothes other than formal night but that is Carnivals new way. Dinner was at 5:30 instead of 6 not sure why but the older people lined up at 5 like they weren't to get a seat every night. All in All a wonderful trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
I chose this cruise because I wanted an affordable, longer cruise. This was a 7 night cruise out of Tampa that visited Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. I really could have cared less about the ports - I just wanted to cruise! ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted an affordable, longer cruise. This was a 7 night cruise out of Tampa that visited Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. I really could have cared less about the ports - I just wanted to cruise! The two days at sea were a bonus. Everyone snubs their nose at Carnival Cruises, like it is the cheap step-child of cruises. This was my third one and that couldn't be farther from the truth. The ship was extremely clean, the food delicious, the activities fun and the excursions and spa affordable. What more could you want? I traveled with my husband and best friend and we stayed together in a balcony cabin on Deck 6 (Empress) forward. Hardly ever felt the boat move. Room was more than spacious (very surprising) for the three of us, including enough closet space. My friend wanted to sleep in the pullman bed instead of the sofa, which actually allowed us seating space throughout the cruise. Her bed was a regular size twin with good mattress. We tried the Nick and Nora's Steakhouse (delicious and well worth the $35 upcharge); the Chef's Table is unmatched. 14 guests have the undivided attention of one of the ship's sous chefs for the night. Flowing champagne, appetizers, 7 course meal with each course described by the chef ... flowing red or white wine. By the time we got to dessert, we were stuffed. They even gave us the recipe for the Melting Chocolate Cake. This was $75/person and I would do it again in a heart beat. The food for breakfast and dinner (in the dining room) was great. Lunch in the Lido was ok. But they have a Deli counter and hamburgers and hotdogs everyday, so you can find something tasty. Too many bars/lounges to count! Casino was very smoky so we didn't gamble when we probably would have otherwise. Maybe they need to consider a non-smoking area? The decor wasn't my style, but it was fun! Certainly nothing to ruin my trip. I certainly enjoyed everyday of this cruise. You really have to have a sour attitude to not have fun. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise because of price and timing for us as well as we had never sailed on Miracle. It turned out to be a great time for the wife and I. We have over 20 sailings under our belt and love cruising. We have done some other ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of price and timing for us as well as we had never sailed on Miracle. It turned out to be a great time for the wife and I. We have over 20 sailings under our belt and love cruising. We have done some other cruise lines, but always come back to Carnival. They offer the same things at a lower price. Why pay more? The Miracle is getting a little old now and probably needs to be revamped, but it still was a wonderful ship to explore. Lots of room, never did we feel crowded or had to stand in long lines for anything. Granted, there were not many children on board, and it was a little older crowd than usual. But we really loved the lay out of the ship and the ease in which to get around. Music and entertainment was top notch. Comedians were a hit and miss deal. Some did not know how to talk with kids in the audience. Cruise director was pleasant but not outgoing as some we have seen. Did enjoy time we had with him for questions and answer segment he did. Food on board was good and staff very attentive. Enjoyed steak house on last night, it was wonderful, highly recommend you try this. Room steward Agus was great and every worker we came in contact with was polite and friendly. Carnival did recommend not to book excursions off ship in Belize. But we had contact there. His name is Melvin Davis, his stand is at the end of the port. We had a great time with one of his drivers and enjoyed our day there. In Roatan, our dirver was Marvin Martinez. Roatan CustomTours.com is website that they are starting. Had a great time with him as he showed us around. Ate Cashew fruit for the first time. Did you know the cashew nut had a fruit that grows under it? we did not and it was delicious! Check it out! Will look forward to sailing on Miracle again. Port of Tampa was easy getting on, but crazy getting off ship. They have only one elevator which means waiting to get to bottom floor where customs and luggage are. If you can carry your own off, go for it! Stayed at Tampa Stadium Motel prior to sailing. Room and motel were very nice, recently remodeled. However, had problem with shuttle service which did not pick us up at port on return. Waited over 1 and a half hours, called three times. Was told they could not find us. Hired a cab which cost $26 back to motel. Bummer for end of cruise! Carnival does a great job and at a great price. Our number one cruise line! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We went on this ship to Hawaii and always knew we would want to spend another cruise onboard this beauty. Very different decor than some of the other Carnival Ships. Very easy to navigate due to the size. We stayed on deck 1, the ... Read More
We went on this ship to Hawaii and always knew we would want to spend another cruise onboard this beauty. Very different decor than some of the other Carnival Ships. Very easy to navigate due to the size. We stayed on deck 1, the promenade with guest services, casino and comedy club was on deck 2, deck 3 was the shops and photo gallery. We love this layout where everything is spead out on two floors. It kept congestion to a minimum. The only drawback is that Carnival still allows smoking inside the ship in the casino and the casino bar. People covering their noses as they pass by, I heard many people bypass this floor altogether due to the smell. It would be great if they created a smoking area on one of the outside decks that was very nice for the smokers. The entertainment in the comedy club is fantastic. We do not like the "production type" shows and/or musicals so we cannot offer any feedback in those areas. We did eat at the steakhouse which the service was impeccable but my steak was not properly cooked and really not good at all. My husband's steak was cooked to perfection so we shared it. We took one piece of the cheesecake to our cabin which we put in the fridge and ate later in the evening. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We live 45 minutes from the Port of Tampa and sail from there almost exclusively now on the Paradise. We were thrilled that Carnival placed a 7-day cruise out of Tampa. We have been on 46 cruises and 33 on Carnival. This cruise was a ... Read More
We live 45 minutes from the Port of Tampa and sail from there almost exclusively now on the Paradise. We were thrilled that Carnival placed a 7-day cruise out of Tampa. We have been on 46 cruises and 33 on Carnival. This cruise was a bounce back offer from the Paradise casino on a cruise we took in Jan. 2018 and the price was deeply discounted. We also received OBC,This was our first time on the Miracle and loved the ship. It was in great condition and easy to navigate. We had a French Door cabin on Deck 4 and enjoyed the space and having the natural light. We always do Your Time Dining and enjoyed the food very much. We ate at the Steakhouse twice during the 7-day cruise and loved the ambiance and the food. I spend most of my time in the casino whenever it is open and enjoyed the slots very much. My husband attended some of the shows and played in the casino, too. The crew was very attentive in all venues. We would highly recommend the Miracle. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
February has been a good time for us to go on a cruise and this February was great as well. Embarkation was very efficient. Tampa has its act together. I really liked this ship. It was so easy to get around and there were plenty of ... Read More
February has been a good time for us to go on a cruise and this February was great as well. Embarkation was very efficient. Tampa has its act together. I really liked this ship. It was so easy to get around and there were plenty of public places to sit and visit. Our cabin was a barely obstructed view balcony which served our needs very well. The best dining for us was in the steakhouse with the included bottle of wine. I also enjoyed the breakfast meals whether through room service, on the Lido or in the dining room. Lunch on the Lido was also fine. I was somewhat less impressed with the dining room menus for dinner. There was a good variety of entertainment and activity choices for young and old. On this cruise there were fewer children and more seniors probably due to the fact that it was a seven night cruise and that it was not yet spring break. We were pleased with the service on this ship. We visited four ports. Although I am not a beach person, I did enjoy sitting on a lounge chair in the shade at the beach at Mahogany Bay in Roatan. I would consider sailing again from Tampa on a different cruise or on this ship with a larger family group. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Our first cruise. We went with cruise experienced friends. Overall, it was a great trip. If you drink alcohol, I encourage you to buy the drink package. The cabin was on Deck 7 with a balcony. The room was clean and housekeeping ... Read More
Our first cruise. We went with cruise experienced friends. Overall, it was a great trip. If you drink alcohol, I encourage you to buy the drink package. The cabin was on Deck 7 with a balcony. The room was clean and housekeeping staff were amazing. Bring a small power strip because the older ships have few outlets. Food was great every day. Comedians were funny. Excursions: We did too many. Next cruise we will limit it to one. Cozumel MX - Cozumel Country Club golfing - Fantastic Mahogany Bay Roatan, Honduras - The beach was absolutely beautiful and staffed perfect. Belize - Mayan Ruins - We spent 4 hours riding on a bus through the country side. This tour was not worth it (the money or the time). If we had known that it was going to be so long and boring, with only a flash of incredible sites, we would have skipped it. My advice, don't waste your time or money on this excursion. Try something else. You would be better off laying on the beach. Grand Cayman - Coral Garden & Stingray City Sandbar - I never thought I would let a Stingray touch me, but interacting with several of them at once was truly amazing. 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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