1,393 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

Flying to a cruise is tedious. First no matter where you go, there is the 2 hours of pre-flight torture. Then there is the super small seat, the ridiculous fees for every bag, peanut and drink. Then you worry that the bag you just paid ... Read More
Flying to a cruise is tedious. First no matter where you go, there is the 2 hours of pre-flight torture. Then there is the super small seat, the ridiculous fees for every bag, peanut and drink. Then you worry that the bag you just paid more than the ticket to bring may or may not make it there. So I drive to the port. Easy peesy lemon squeezy, I am there in less time that it takes to wait for the flight. Priority boarding, Right to the room, unpacked and drink in hand before we would have taken off from the airport. Then there is the itinerary. Who doesn't like Cabo, MZ, and PV? Three of my favorite ports and sea days to relax. Perfection in balance. Cabin was a cabin. Nice quiet, and A/C works fine 7125. Cabin steward was the best I have ever had. They always talk about the guy that anticipates what you want, this guy confirmed it on the first day, and continued right up to the morning we debarked. So lucky, but I think it just might be great leadership from the top. Dining room Staff equally good, and efficient. Great service, personality, and they appear to care as much as we do about our experience. Tendering in Cabo was tendering in cabo with 2500 people, but seemed fast and efficient considering how choppy the water was the day we were in port. Only thing that was not 5 stars was the Steak house experience. Slow, and inattentive all for extra $$. Shame on you, the any time dining staff was better and more personable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We wanted a reasonable cruise for the whole family. The ship was clean and kept up. All the staff was friendly. The rooms were clean and the cabin with the balcony was roomy enough. There was Plenty of food with a good variety. I ... Read More
We wanted a reasonable cruise for the whole family. The ship was clean and kept up. All the staff was friendly. The rooms were clean and the cabin with the balcony was roomy enough. There was Plenty of food with a good variety. I would have liked for the soda to be included. The excursions were well organized and well priced. The Rhythm of the Night excursion was excellent. The service on the ship was excellent. I have no complaints. We traveled with a teen boy who spent his evenings watching the Liverpool Band. They were fantastic. The shows were pretty good and there was a lot to do. We were never bored. We met a lot of nice people who were down to earth. I liked the fact that you be be casual or dressed up and you didn't feel out of place. It was just a fun, relaxing time. We will definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Disclaimer: This is our first vacation from work in 6 years, so having the time off to do this was a bonus in itself. This will give readers perspective of my optimism. Fact: This vacation is as good as you're willing to make ... Read More
Disclaimer: This is our first vacation from work in 6 years, so having the time off to do this was a bonus in itself. This will give readers perspective of my optimism. Fact: This vacation is as good as you're willing to make it. Go in with an open mind and a positive attitude and you should have fun. Yes, I was the the silly guy going around the ship high-fiving everyone (guests and staff alike) saying "Cruise time -- lets's celebrate!!" Embarkation: Fortunately, we have friends who live near the port so paying the parking the outrageous $150.00 parking fee was not an issue as we parked in the garage in their house for free and were transported back & forth. The fee is a rip-off, but I paid for breakfast for their extended family and a generous gift card for their daughter's university graduation. Point being: I'd rather pay for a meal and time with my friends and something that could benefit a college graduate than waste the money on a "rented" 14 x 8 worthless space of concrete for 7 days. There's really no other choice for travelers driving in and I'm grateful for great friends offering to drive us. Also, there was no need to purchase the Faster to the Fun pass since checking in & getting our Sign & Sail cards went quickly. I would have fully regretted spending that extra money since we stayed in our window of 1:00 - 1:30 pm check in time. Ship was in good condition and nothing seemed out of place. I even saw a worker dusting off the wrought iron vine decor in Gatsby Garden, a very quiet and underutilized place on the ship. My observation was, the vines were clean to begin with. Trust me, I checked the vines he hadn't touched yet and there was no dust, My next observation: they must be working hard to keep the rest of the ship clean which I found to be the case. Cabin: Extended balcony cabin number 7195 & spotless. This cabin has a connecting door inside leading to cabin 7199. Since we did not know our neighbors, the door was really a wall to us. Extended dimensions on the balcony (10 x 6 as opposed to 10 x 4 standard size) was really a bonus as we invited friends for snacks and drinks before our dinner in the main dining room. Shout-out goes to our room steward Mayura (goes by "May") for keeping us stocked with extra towels and ice every day. I took the advice of one reviewer & put some bright yellow duck tape on my door so I could find it easily. Otherwise, all doors look the same. Dining: Breakfast was Sea Day Brunch in the Main Dining Room, Decks 2 and 3 AFT part of the ship every day the ship was at Sea. Food was awesome!! Room Service on the days the ship was in port. Cereal & Pastries: can't go wrong there. Tipped $2 each delivery. Servers appreciated it. Dinner: the bomb!!! Food quality was beyond great. Out Wait team of Aristotle, Stanaporn (really, that's her name) & Eben performed better than the musical artists at Coachella. They remembered all of our names and my 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream with my dessert every night. They should open their own restaurant; they're that GOOD! Lunch on the Lido Deck: Good overall .. Loved the omelets in the morning (worth the trip going there on room service days .. got to get there by 7:00 am when they open though), The Carving Station of turkey, pork or roast beef (whatever they were serving that day) was great. The grill of chicken tenders and Cheeseburgers were great also not to mention the deli of sandwiches made to order (the french fries get cold fast, but they're hot when served).. Note: I'm not a buffet person as I usually stay away from the trough atmosphere generally, but these were the dishes that I loved. The Chinese Food Lo Mein Noodles (Spring veggie rolls were great though) and Pizza: um, not so much, but who cares when 50 dishes can be good and only 2 not so good. There are choices!! After reading some of the reviews I can only conclude; people will be people and will always find something to bitch about. Entertainment: The view off of our balcony during the day was entertaining enough as we spotted a whale and pods of dolphins. During the evening we would go to the First PG comedy show, then go directly to the Phantom Theater for the dance show, eat at our late 8:15 seating in the main dining room and go directly back to catch the last 2 R rated comedy shows. Yes, the comedians are equal opportunity offenders and if you get offended, THIS PLACE IS NOT FOR YOU! The Comedy Club manager Zee (she's hot on looks and personalty) was awesome and kept the moment real at all times. This nightly schedule never gave us the opportunity to see other entertainment like at the band at the Red Frog Pub or sing along with Scott at Sam's Piano Bar, but that was our choice! Cabo San Lucas Excursions: Day 1 Sail & Snorkel Fiesta (do it!!) It's a Booze Cruise on the way back! Save the money on the pictures the boat tries to sell you. You're better off taking the pictures on the boat in front of the Arch with your cell phone camera. Finished the day going to Cabo Wabo (Sammy Hagar's place) for lunch. Fully recommend and worth the 15 minute walk each way! Day 2 Exclusive Resort Beach Getaway (do It!) You visit The Casa Dorada Resort. Get the amenities of a private beach (no vendors allowed on your side of the rope) a buffet brunch in the restaurant that overlooks the beach and an alcoholic drink. Plus the full use of the resorts 2 tier pool and jacuzzi is a plus. We chilled at the beach and pool & almost missed the brunch that ends at 11:30am. Claudia was a great hostess. Puerto Vallarta: Shopped in the Galleria nearby .. no excursions that day. Tipping: Did the prepaid tips. It was theirs to lose. Not only did the whole crew went above and beyond to keep their tips, I paid an extra $20 to each of the 3 of my wait staff and to my stateroom steward. I was at the guest services desk closing out my cash account where a lady was railing into the guest services associate about how bad her stateroom service was and wanted her and her husband's pre-paid tips back. I feel lucky that was not my experience. Disembark: The day totally sucked only because it was the last day of the cruise. I wanted to stay, but reality set in. Had to go back to work. Leaving was flawless. We chose to tote all of our luggage, even the big suitcase that we had to check at embarkation. That is an option when there is just my wife & I with no kids. We were in the parking lot in 10 minutes waiting for our friends to pick us up after our deck was called to exit. Customs went smoothly. I would sail Carnival again, but in a different area to experience different ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our second ever cruise, and second Carnival cruise. Embarkation was fast and easy. Although our "check in time" was 1:30, we were on the sip and enjoying a drink by 11:30. Our cabin was clean and comfortable, and our ... Read More
This was our second ever cruise, and second Carnival cruise. Embarkation was fast and easy. Although our "check in time" was 1:30, we were on the sip and enjoying a drink by 11:30. Our cabin was clean and comfortable, and our Cabin Steward, Rossi, was wonderful. He gave me a $50 coupon for the Spa, so I got a pedicure, and really enjoyed that. We didn't do any excursions, but enjoyed our stops in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. The dining room staff were all very pleasant and helpful. Our favorite waiter, Rolando, was wonderful, and made us feel like we had made a new friend. We met and talked with the cruise director, Adam, a very friendly, and personable man. We also enjoyed talking with the Atrium Bartender, Marabel, Every crew member that we talked to was very friendly and helpful. The evening entertainment was excellent. I have no complaints about the food. Everything was good and well presented. My only disappointment was debarkation. We wanted to get off early, so we opted for the "self-assist" but still couldn't get off until 11:30. But that was okay anyway. I still like Carnival, and have nothing bad to say about them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My wife and I had a great time aboard The Miracle. This being our 1st cruise we were not sure what to expect. We know there are bigger ships out there but wanted to start a little smaller. We found all staff members to be very ... Read More
My wife and I had a great time aboard The Miracle. This being our 1st cruise we were not sure what to expect. We know there are bigger ships out there but wanted to start a little smaller. We found all staff members to be very polite and friendly. We found there was plenty to do on the ship. The shows were good and the entertainment for the most part throughout the ship was very nice. Wish we would've went to Sam's piano bar before the last night. We found the dining to be great. Allowed us to try things we normally would never spend money on in a restaurant. The buffetts were not bad either. Loved the breakfast buffet. Our pets of call were Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. We could've done without Mazatlan but really enjoyed the other two Overall, we had a great vacation and very positive experience and will definitely do another cruiser. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I went with my family of 4 and 9 other friends. It was my first Carnival cruise and my wife's second. I hadn't heard great things about Carnival. I heard it called the Motel 6 of cruising. My expectations weren't high for ... Read More
I went with my family of 4 and 9 other friends. It was my first Carnival cruise and my wife's second. I hadn't heard great things about Carnival. I heard it called the Motel 6 of cruising. My expectations weren't high for the cruise. Well I was pleasantly surprised. From day one of the cruise the service was outstanding! I have been on 3 other cruise lines and must say that Carnival Miracle provided me with the best service.Most of the employees on board were happy and friendly. They really seemed to enjoy their jobs. We had different servers every night in the main dining room and they were all great. They were very accommodating and efficient. No request was was denied and was done with a smile. If you wanted 3 appetizers before your meal they didn't look at you like you were bothering them. Our room steward "Harry" was great also. Our room was always clean and neat. He took care of our laundry requests quickly. The food in the main dining room was excellent. It was equal to or better than the other 3 cruise lines I have cruised on. Buffet breakfast was just as any other cruise line. Made to order omelettes or eggs, scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon, sausage etc. No complaints with breakfast either. There were a variety of selections for lunch. Freshly cooked burgers and dogs which I didn't try. Fresh made to order deli sandwiches which i really enjoyed. Excellent rueben panini. The pizza was really good also. NY style thinness. The prosciutto and arugula was my favorite. There was Asain and other ethnic choices available also. A nice variety to keep people happy. Thanks for a great cruise Carnival Miracle. All 13 of us felt the same way about the entire week! Our only complaint was taking a Pirate themed excursion in Puerto Vallarta. a six hour excursion with only 1.5 hours on the beach. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I spent my 50th Birthday on board Carnival Miracle and had a beautiful cruise. My room Steward was a complete Gentleman, zipping gowns, tying bows, and keeping my stateroom tidy and pleasant. My Late Dining Assigned Seating was ... Read More
I spent my 50th Birthday on board Carnival Miracle and had a beautiful cruise. My room Steward was a complete Gentleman, zipping gowns, tying bows, and keeping my stateroom tidy and pleasant. My Late Dining Assigned Seating was wonderful every meal, from Service to Cuisine. The Shore Excursion Desk rearranged my entire itinerary based on a few questions I had. This team scored a Home Run and put me on an Excursion that was absolutely amazing!! I highly recommend the Rhythms of the Night in Puerto Vallarta. Fun Booze Cruise on the way to an amazing Show, incredible dinner equal to the Cruise Offerings, and a wonderful Sunset Cruise and Crew Member Entertainment back to the ship. Must Do!! The horse back riding in Cabo is a must for Experienced Riders. Bring proper gear and the Guides will take you on an advanced ride! The Spa Services are outstanding. I have to say they are much better than Princess. The Women's Pamper Party is definitely worth your time, it was much fun! The Chef's Table - What an amazing presentation from this Team. Absolutely wonderful Tour, amazing food and outstanding Hosts! This is my second time on Miracle and it was divine. As always the Serenity Deck is best in the Morning. Tip: order drinks from waiters for best service on Serenity. Bar tends to get crowded. No complaints, other than Carnival needs to improve their Photo Package offerings. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
When thinking about this cruise, my mom and I were a little bit apprehensive about going on Carnival during Spring Break. But, we easily justified it using these two reasons. 1. We survived Carnival Breeze over Christmas with 1,500 ... Read More
When thinking about this cruise, my mom and I were a little bit apprehensive about going on Carnival during Spring Break. But, we easily justified it using these two reasons. 1. We survived Carnival Breeze over Christmas with 1,500 kids. 2. Spring Break seems to stretch weeks upon weeks so it was unlikely the entire USA would be off during the week we selected. As it turns out, we had nothing to be apprehensive about. Pre-Cruise: We stayed one-night prior at the Hyatt Centric The Pike (Long Beach). While the views from the hotel rooms aren't anything to write home about (stay at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach or another high rise hotel for that) the great staff, great rooftop, modern vibe, comfortable room and super convenient location well made up for it. Embark: We were in a Suite, so suffice to say embarkation was very smooth for us. Those who are not Diamond, Platinum, FTTF or Suite guests, embark may not have been as smooth, however we didn't hear any grumblings. There looked to be long lines and several large groupings of guests, but general embarkation did start immediately after those mentioned priority groups. I'd say FTTF is easily worth it's price, and not just for embarkation. Ship: This was my first time sailing on the Spirit class so I was very curious to see how I would like Miracle, especially having read that the Spirit-class was a favorite of repeat CCL cruisers. Long story short, I loved it! I found the flow to be very good and it was an easy ship to learn where everything was. Particularly surprising was the amount of seating available on Deck 2 and 3. Yes, the décor is over the top, but not as over the top as some of the other Carnival ships. I actually quite liked most of it. The purple glow of the dining room was fascinating to me, the atrium/lobby bar seemed to be wider and bigger than other ships and the beautiful Alchemy Bar with its sophisticated, more upscale décor would not have been out of place on a ship costing twice the price. Awesome drinks and staff there. I'd venture to say the only thing I really didn't enjoy was the "separated" Lido Pool areas. Granted, smaller ship smaller area, but after the sprawling and often tiered pool decks of others in the fleet, the Lido Deck pool areas here seemed claustrophobic and hectic. I'd completely forgotten that the more midship pool has a retractable dome. Now Serenity, this is the place to be. Having the whole aft pool area as Serenity was a huge plus, but it does get crowded. And fast. Pleasing to report though is that the staff, amongst their other duties, were actively policing as best they could those who had saved chairs and then left them unused for an extended period of time. More than once, we saw personal articles removed by the staff for storage at the main towel stand. Speaking of crowds onboard, we rarely encountered many. Horatio's casual restaurant on Lido deck of course had some slight lines at peak times and the Punchliner Comedy Club was bursting at the seems once, but otherwise everyone seemed to spread out quite well. There is a lot of deck space around the funnel and aft of the funnel, however most of the deck chairs available in the area immediately in front of the funnel were sadly broken. I also appreciated how the photo stations/backdrops were only off to the very sides of the atrium on deck 2, creating less of a traffic jam. Suite: A Grand Suite was our quarters for the cruise, and it was spacious, comfortable, and featured a TON of storage. The balcony was quite large too and having two sets of floor to ceiling windows made the room seem even larger. The Suite featured a separate vanity area outside the bathroom, in addition to a large bathroom with two sinks and a bidet. Two lamps by the bed(s) featured two USB charging ports each, which was a pleasant surprise as I know outlets and charging ports have been few and far between on most CCL ships. The suite air conditioning was virtually non-existent the first few days, then suddenly worked very well for 2 days, and then disappeared again for the last two days. While the weather was warm overall, it wasn't an oppressively hot cruise so to speak especially the first and last sea day, or otherwise we would have raised a bit more concern than we had already. Truth be told, my mom was happy without the a/c as she nearly froze in the dining room every night. In the end, this category of stateroom is awesome. Food: Typical Carnival fare, good food, some items very good, but overall not necessarily memorable. I always think that any meal I don't have to cook myself is pretty good. :) The dining room menu certainly has a variety of options should your first choice not work out. It's always a plus when you can say the hot food came out hot. The items on the menu that are inspired by the ports of call and region you are sailing I thought were creative, however I personally didn't sample any. The famous Carnival melting cake was inconsistent as one night it was perfectly done and the next night it was chocolate soup. I guess you have to ask for it "well done" if you don't like chocolate soup. :) It's worth mentioning now that the dining room is one area where the air conditioning is working perfectly. The further back your table was, the colder it was. As we were almost at the very back, the waiters actually started serving my mom coffee right when she sat down. LOL The dining room was really the only area on the ship where it seemed overly chilly. Horatio's restaurant on Lido Deck had no big surprises. Food was fine with a fair amount of variety, however Chopsticks seemed to be the most popular station for lunch. I missed Cucina del Capitano, but knew this wasn't onboard before we booked. The pizza was good, but could have used a bit more tomato sauce or a touch more cheese. The thin style crust is great. As I witnessed adults eating it at 830am, it must have pleased more than just a few palates. Nick and Nora's steakhouse was an excellent experience in all regards and having the restaurant located "in" the funnel is dramatic and gorgeous, as is the see-through stairway that leads up from the Lido. Definitely one of my favorite features of Miracle. Service: Overall, excellent. Being addressed by name and the remembering of our drink orders/preferences was fast and probably higher than past Carnival cruises. Another thing which was fast: the service in the dining room. Actually, it was almost TOO fast. You were barely in your seat before your order was being taken. On one occasion, my mom barely had the menu in her hand before a waiter asked for her order. Despite her verbally fumbling to make a selection, he didn't go anywhere or offer to come back. I'd say that from sitting down to when you received your main entrée the time span was about 30 mins, and that's even with having an appetizer and soup or salad. Maybe I'm a fast eater or maybe this is how everyone prefers things, but this was true of our entire section, even larger tables of 8. Everything came out fast; these guys weren't messing around. That being said, our dining room team was fantastic. Remesto, Danny and Jose were super friendly, approachable, and fun. Also a nice touch was the Maitre'D coming around twice during the cruise to each table to introduce himself and make sure everything was ok. Drink service during dinner was also very good, however this cruise there was no peddling of shots in those colorful shotglasses after dinner as we've experienced before. Bartenders and Bar Servers across the ship very friendly, with special recognition to the team of Elena and Vera in the Alchemy Bar and Bar server Yoki who served us in the dining room and was often by the midship pools . Service in Horatio's on Deck 9 was friendly as well, but seemed a bit lacking as oftentimes tables took a while to be cleared. This also was the case for most open decks. There just didn't seem to be the amount of crew to tidy things up, however by no means was the ship dirty or disgusting. All in all, the crew seemed happy. Entertainment: One thing Carnival seems to excel in consistently is the quality of the live music onboard. For the most part, this cruise was no exception. The band that played in the Red Frog regularly from Australia that also played for the 80's deck party had the crowds literally begging for more. The duo in the Alchemy Bar I thought were perfect for that setting. The Latin duo was enjoyable too. That being said, many of the bands started late and stopped early, at least compared to their set times as listed in the Fun Times. The Fun Times would list a set from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, however oftentimes the band would start at about 6:05pm and end at about 6:45pm. If the sets are only to be about 45 min, I think the Fun Times should accurately reflect this. It was slightly disheartening to arrive at a bar at 645pm thinking you had 15 more minutes of music, only to sit down and 2 minutes later have the band leave. When they were playing, we certainly enjoyed the music offered by most everyone onboard. In terms of the Playlist Production shows, we had seen most of them before but did attend Heart of Soul, which was enjoyable but modified to singing only due to rough seas. We found the singers to be capable during this show and the audience seemed to feel the same. The Punchliner Comedy Club shows definitely still live up to their R/X rating. Jeff "Big Daddy" Wayne was SO funny and easily the most popular comic over the course of the cruise. In fact, I believe it was his show that caused the lounge to bust at the seams one night. The shows were spaced far enough out this cruise so that the line forming and holding back of crowds was not necessary. No one was cleared out in between shows, but there was a longer wait if you wanted to hang around for the next one. The performances in the dining room by the waiters are always fun and it's great to see them take a breath and let their hair down for 3 minutes or so. You'd be surprised at how well the person delivering your food can really move once the music starts. Ports: This cruise featured two days in Cabo and one long day in Puerto Vallarta. I loved this arrangement. Tendering the first day in Cabo was busy at first (again, the Suite guests, FTTF etc helps with this tremendously) but the second day there didn't seem to be an early rush at all. In fact, Day 2 Cabo we walked right down the stairs and right on the tender. We did our own thing in port, with the exception of us taking the Rhythms of the Night tour in Puerto Vallarta. What a great experience this was. Excellent show, a much wider variety of food than I expected, a beautiful setting and surprisingly good food at that. My mom wondered how long it took them to set out and light all the votive candles. Ship's time was different than Puerto Vallarta time, so it was a bit more like Rhythms of the Afternoon. The tour left promptly at 3pm ship time, meaning you had to be on the pier at 2:45pm, so those wanting to explore Puerto Vallarta fully may not feel they have sufficient time to do both things. I'd do the tour again in a second though. The ride to and from the show is about an hour each way, and wasn't particularly smooth, so those who are prone to motion sickness should prepare accordingly. The booze flows freely, although I'm not convinced the rum punch actually contained rum. :) Oh, and if the huge Spring Break crowds weren't onboard Miracle, they were in Cabo. One section of Medano Beach was packed with college-aged kids dancing and carrying on. It was like what you would see on TV. (MTV Spring Break specials from the 1990's? Remember those? There ya go). Luckily, the beach in Cabo stretches forever, so you could avoid the craziness if you wanted to, but maybe not the vendors. :) Actually, the vendors weren't that pushy. Debark: Debark started later on this cruise than past cruises as by 7:15am we weren't even docked yet, although we were close. Using the Suite benefits, we were off literally within 10 minutes of debark starting so I can't comment on this much more. However, I must say Customs was ready for us. There must have been 7-8 officials ready to go. YES, 7-8!! What a welcome change. (Yes, I'm looking at you Florida ports). Summary For us, it was another great Carnival cruise and the price IS right! Was it absolutely perfect in every single regard, no. But, it's vacation, so time to have fun and time to be at ease and relax. Go with the flow. I always have said if you expect things to be 110% perfect at every moment onboard, you should probably just stay home or you might be disappointed. :) While there were some kids running around the corridors a few times and ice cream on the stairs once, it wasn't a Spring Break madhouse by any means. I also did notice staff members several times telling children to not run. A majority of the fellow guests were families and a few groups of college-aged or just past college-aged people. To me, Carnival provides a great value and is a solid, reliable product with itineraries for everyone. I always tell people "don't knock it until you try it." We've done the higher end lines too and are perfectly comfortable on Carnival. Otherwise we wouldn't keep coming back. They do provide the FUN and we'd happily sail Carnival again and Carnival Miracle. I truly believe Carnival doesn't get the credit they rightly deserve. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was my first cruise and traveled with a group of 9. We had 3 rooms at the back of the boat on deck 4 with a balcony. I loved our room and the sound of the ocean. I wanted to write a review mainly to represent the staff. Our room ... Read More
This was my first cruise and traveled with a group of 9. We had 3 rooms at the back of the boat on deck 4 with a balcony. I loved our room and the sound of the ocean. I wanted to write a review mainly to represent the staff. Our room steward Mel was as awesome as they come anything we needed glasses, extra towels he was there and when ever he saw us in the halls he greeted us by our first names. I also would like to mention our waiter in the dining room Annak, he always greeted us by name and would make jokes. We had a few difficult people in our group that are hard to please and he always would take back or make a new entree with a smile. Two of my daughters were celebrating birthdays and he made it extra special. Thanks Carnival for giving my kids and myself awesome memories. Kari Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Went to Nick and Nora's 3x - always terrific...had Atak, the beat steward ever, hung out with NeeNee the coolest bartender, had Sandro and Maria (both from Peru) as waiters in Baccus MDR, and even laughed at CD Chloe...was it a ... Read More
Went to Nick and Nora's 3x - always terrific...had Atak, the beat steward ever, hung out with NeeNee the coolest bartender, had Sandro and Maria (both from Peru) as waiters in Baccus MDR, and even laughed at CD Chloe...was it a perfect cruise? No - Mexico is a crappy place...and the ship photographers are a pain...and the buffet not good other than breakfasr, and the burgers and dogs are horrible...but this 7 day cruise was the bomb We were in balcony cabin 6226 which was nice - bed comfy, view terrific...looked at Mexico from the ship in Cabo and Mazetlan - went ashore in PV and had lunch near the ship and shopped - vendors aggravating and aggressive...embaring and disembarking easy...drink pours excellent...shows are basically awful, but they are so bad they are funny...these performers can't sing or dance...ship is clean, and because it is Carnival, it is full of hilarious drunks! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This cruise was for my husbands birthday, a couple friends came with us. We had a great time, the service was pretty amazing too. There were never really any waits for drinks. The highlight of the cruise certainly was the cruise ... Read More
This cruise was for my husbands birthday, a couple friends came with us. We had a great time, the service was pretty amazing too. There were never really any waits for drinks. The highlight of the cruise certainly was the cruise director staff. Chloe the cruise director is like the energizer bunny. That girl never stops and is at almost all shows, events and games. J-swift was so incredibly awesome, friendly, outgoing and funny, we had a great time at bingo with her. The entertainment was like most other ships, kind of cheesy, but fun and upbeat. The ports were fun as well. We had two days in Cabo. I don't understand why they don't stay docked overnight. We had to board the ship and cruise around over night and returned in the morning. Puerta Vallarta was an even better port and time. There are plenty to do at both ports. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
What can I say? This was a wonderful cruise. The service was excellent. The food was excellent. I especially liked the Nick and Nora steakhouse – it was amazing! There was lots to do on the ship , Never boring. I had the best mac & ... Read More
What can I say? This was a wonderful cruise. The service was excellent. The food was excellent. I especially liked the Nick and Nora steakhouse – it was amazing! There was lots to do on the ship , Never boring. I had the best mac & cheese I've ever had during the brunch at Sea. The Dr. Seuss breakfast was a lot of fun and well worth the five dollars. Shows were entertaining as were the comedians. I enjoyed playing my favorite slot in the casino – jackpot party. Lots of places to get away for quiet to just sit and watch the ocean or read. I especially enjoyed seeing an occasional whale or dolphin from the ship. Some new things for me on the cruise was the Clue Game, hunt for little ducks, the oversized Hasbro games and the Dr Suess Breakfast. The Platinum Perks were good but not always well executed- sent to unnecessary long lines, given 10 and 11 tags delaying getting our bags at the end, only one laundry bag in room, could only use my drink coupon at breakfast and lunch in dining room. The Platinum Party and the Cruise CRITIC meet and mingle were both very nicely done. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My wife and I took the Mexican Riviera cruise from Long Beach for our anniversary. We chose this cruise because we love Mexico, but mostly because we live in Long Beach and skipping a flight to Houston or Miami saved us a ton of time and ... Read More
My wife and I took the Mexican Riviera cruise from Long Beach for our anniversary. We chose this cruise because we love Mexico, but mostly because we live in Long Beach and skipping a flight to Houston or Miami saved us a ton of time and money. And the cruise port is 15 minutes from our house. So, this was an easy choice. We have cruised once before with Carnival, and once with Norwegian, so only have a little comparison to make here. I've heard that Carnival is the Motel 6 of cruise lines, but until I see something different I'm liking what they offer. Some of the negatives of Miracle: the Bacchus dining room is the ugliest dining room I have ever seen. LOL. You can't miss the grapes all over the wall and ceiling... almost every light is covered with a round, purple cover, on a beautiful velvety background of... purple. It's just too much, but all 3 cruise ships I've been on have had over the top decor throughout. Also, the adult pool deck needs to be larger. Many, many adults seek the sunning solace of that kid-free environment and it was packed for most of the day. Finally, I was disheartened by the number of huge people riding around on those little carts. But they were probably just as disheartened by the number of drunk people stumbling about the boat (me!). On the good side: the food was excellent and so was our waiter. Every night something weird was offered, something people rarely eat but might want to try. I had oxtongue and frog's legs, among other things. We did not eat at the buffet, except for a late night hot dog once or twice. We highly recommend the Chef's Table excursion. Most of us have never had a meal prepared and presented like that, and it is totally worth the money if you enjoy food beyond just the eating of it. The ship itself has plenty of bars on floors 2,3 and 9. Sometimes I had to wait a few minutes for a drink, but it was also pretty easy to find a less busy bar and not wait at that one. Also highly recommend the Cheers program if you know you will drink a lot. There are so many nice, quiet chairs on this ship. We were impressed with how uncrowded the boat felt even when we were at sea. We found quiet places by a big window easily, and saw whales and dolphins off the boat. We saw 2 comedians. One was really, really funny,(Azeem) and the other (Derek) was kinda funny but lectured us about race for the first 15 minutes of his act before he got to the really good jokes. It's hard to go wrong with comedians on these cruises, I think. I don't know about the other shows. The live music was excellent. This cat David Oates was playing all over that boat, both solo and with the cover band, and he was top-notch. Great guitar player and singer. There were a number of other live performers as well, we just happened to end up in front of Oates a lot. We also enjoyed the trivia activities. EVERY person we met from Carnival was courteous and helpful and smiled. All of 'em. I never felt uncomfortable asking where something was or how to get in on some cool event they had going on. The ports: Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. A lot of private beaches in Cabo, mostly public in PV. Shopping is much better in PV, but you need to take a cab to the city. Food and drink are great in both places. Do your homework and plan your day before getting off the boat in port, then hire a driver to take you around. FINALLY, the cabin: I think our entire trip was great because of the cabin. We bought a suite. Everyone should do this. Instead of going back to a little can at night, you go back to a hotel room with a tiled bathroom, full shower, and balcony. For a long cruise, having a nice room just increases your ability to enjoy yourself because the room is so much more relaxing. I also believe that bartenders, waiters, and others who swipe your SnS card on the boat see that you are a suite customer, and treat you all the nicer. Not sure, but boy were they all nice to us for 7 days. We had a wonderful time. I will sail Carnival again. Why not? Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was my 6th cruise - 5th cruise with Carnival! This was my Husband's 1st cruise ever! We both had a phenomenal honeymoon! Our cabin was on the 1st floor Mid Ship and we didn't hear too much from below. We slept ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise - 5th cruise with Carnival! This was my Husband's 1st cruise ever! We both had a phenomenal honeymoon! Our cabin was on the 1st floor Mid Ship and we didn't hear too much from below. We slept very well, our cabin was clean, the toilet was a little slow to flush sometimes but we kind of found that funny (we have a weird sense of humor) At dinner, Carnival sat us with 3 other couples that we found we all had a lot in common(Thank you Carnival) Also, the food was amazing! We found the Shows were ok, the comedians were wonderful, and the games were fantastic (Hasbro game show, Love & Marriage show etc..) The gym was fantastic - I highly recommend the workout classes - Boot camp, Pilates, spinning...they are an extra fee but I thought it was worth it! When else do I get the time to workout for an hour with a professional? The activities were pretty good! Hairy man competition is a must see! The Ports were nice! I highly recommend booking the Salsa & Salsa excursion in Mazatlan! You definitely get your bang for your buck there! I would absolutely do this Cruise again! And ride the Camels in Cabo San Lucas this time! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This my eighth cruise overall and after a mediocre cruise to Alaska in September, my wife and I had decided to not cruise for a while and do other types of vacations. But her sister and some other friends booked this cruise, and since it ... Read More
This my eighth cruise overall and after a mediocre cruise to Alaska in September, my wife and I had decided to not cruise for a while and do other types of vacations. But her sister and some other friends booked this cruise, and since it was relatively inexpensive, we decided to go since we would be part of a group. The group made it very fun. After reading the reviews here we were preparing for another mediocre experience on the ship.... But I can enthusiastically say that the Miracle came through and delivered the best cruise we have ever taken!! Ship: The Miracle was clean, nicely decorated, and very easy to navigate. It is a very well designed ship and never felt that crowded at all. It was very rare that we waited in any type of line. Cabin: We had an inside cabin with French Doors. These are only available on deck 4 for a very slight upcharge. Really cool though. The doors let in a lot of natural light and can be opened to let in fresh air. My wife really liked this because the recycled air stuffs her up while sleeping. There is a lifeboat right in the way, so there is no view, but we knew this going in. We could see a sliver of sea and sliver of sky. Still way better than a standard inside room or even an ocean view room. Balconies are nice, but they are pricey...... Crew: In a word: fantastic! Our room steward Don was great. Kept our room tidy and we had a different towel animal every night. In the main dining room Dio, Api, and Listen were awesome. Always served with a smile and very timely with all of our requests. All other crew members we interacted with were great and positive too. Maybe it was the perfect weather?? Food: Hands down the best we've had on all our cruises. We were pleasantly surprised day after day with the quality of the dinner selections and even the buffet was above average to us. The deli sandwiches were particularly good. We also had several self-serve ice cream cones over the 7 days too. Entertainment: Cloe the cruise directer was EVERYWHERE! She had so much energy it was ridiculous! Maybe she has clones that run around the decks... She was funny, personable, and simply a lot of fun. The production shows were pretty good, but in particular the 80s pop show was probably the best show I've ever seen on a cruise. The hypnotist was great too. I thought that stuff was bull until one from our group volunteered. She was doing things that she would NEVER do in real life. Absolutely hilarious and she did not remember a thing. The comedians were all very good too. A little lewd in the 18+ shows, but they do warn you..... Ports: Cabo: This is a tender port, so if you want to get off first and maximize your time, this is the port to book an excursion through the ship. They also can't leave without you. We were going to parasail, but it turned out to be too windy, so we just had a nice inexpensive lunch and drinks, did a little shopping and took a water taxi out to the arch. Mazatlan: My wife and I broke off from our group and did some urban hiking. Saw so many sights while walking around town. The highlight was walking up the trail to the lighthouse on the big rock at the mouth of the harbor called "El Faro". Awesome views! Also made our way to the Golden Zone on a bus (only 10 pesos each) and walked on a beautiful beach by all the big resorts. Puerto Vallarta: We did the Los Veranos zip line canopy tour. Booked it online directly and it was awesome. 14 lines and some of them over a gorgeous river canyon. Super fun and the entire group had a great time. Highlight of the entire week. The pick up bus is right near the cruise terminal and you get to see the whole beautiful city on way to the zip lines. Couldn't recommend this excursion more..... Embark/Disembark: No too bad. Long beach isn't the best but at least you get to see the beautiful Queen Mary. Final thoughts: Would do it again in a heartbeat. Now looking forward to my next cruise again. A couple pointers, bring a power strip (there is only a single outlet in the cabin) and if the bed is too hard like ours was, ask for a topper to reduce the firmness. Thank you Miracle!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We picked this 15 day from Long Beach, California to Hawaii so we didn't have to fly to Honolulu. Third time on the Miracle and it's better than ever. So many great places to relax and enjoy sea days. Service was the best of ... Read More
We picked this 15 day from Long Beach, California to Hawaii so we didn't have to fly to Honolulu. Third time on the Miracle and it's better than ever. So many great places to relax and enjoy sea days. Service was the best of our 15 cruises! Nick and Nora's Steakhouse was wonderful and the dining room service from Eva and Zodar was superb! While we're both port people, this was the best it could have been with 8 sea days. Our cabin steward Emmanuel and Putu were the very best we could ask for. Coffee Bar on deck 2 was the best. This class of ships is the most comfortable for Journey's Cruising. Plenty of options for activities and for relaxing and playing cards or reading. Weather required that we miss 2 ports (Hilo and Kauai), which resulted in 2 day stays in Honolulu and Kona. Two perfect ports to be in for an extra day. Kona has tons of shopping and great restaurants within walking distance with some cultural sites as well. Honolulu of course has Pearl Harbor and a city tour, both great! And excellent shopping in downtown Waikiki. Perfect! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We wanted a cruise with maximum sea days and this cruise fit the bill. The Miracle is great, lots of activities, bars and sitting areas. The lido and sun decks have plenty of seating and loungers. Mini golf was just tricky enough to be ... Read More
We wanted a cruise with maximum sea days and this cruise fit the bill. The Miracle is great, lots of activities, bars and sitting areas. The lido and sun decks have plenty of seating and loungers. Mini golf was just tricky enough to be fun. Phantom theater and shows, lectures, bingo all comfortable and fun. Food in dining room and Horatio's very good. All in all a great ship and a great cruise. There were missed ports due to weather but the captain and crew did a great job making the hard decisions to keep us all safe. Doors and stairs were marked when it wasn't safe to be out in high winds. Joner was our cabin steward and kept us in ice the whole trip. Also a talented towel sculptor. Very friendly and helpful. Jaimie was the entertainment director. I am still in awe of her energy, she was on in the morning, afternoon and night. How the women of the troupe dance in high heels on a moving stage is absolutely a miracle on the Miracle. Great shows, good comedy and lectures in the Mad Hatter comedy club venue. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Just came back from the Mexican Riviera cruise on the Carnival Miracle. This was my first time on a Spirit class ship and I'll have to say it's now my favorite. This was a New Year's cruise leaving on December 31st. ... Read More
Just came back from the Mexican Riviera cruise on the Carnival Miracle. This was my first time on a Spirit class ship and I'll have to say it's now my favorite. This was a New Year's cruise leaving on December 31st. Embarkation was typical for Long Beach. It was a bit cold and slightly rainy which must have kept the crowds down. We got on the ship fast and made it to the Red Frog Pub first. For the first night we tried the Steakhouse. It was excellent and since it was the first night of the cruise we were able to buy two bottles of wine at half off. Not bad. First night also had several events for New year's eve. Due to the timing of the cruise there quite a few kids on the ship. I really didn't start to notice until the second to the last night. I think everyone was trying to get family pictures. The ship layout was easy to navigate. Even though the cruise was sold out, it never felt too crowded in any of the areas other than the buffet. Breakfast and lunch it did get crowded. There are a lot of areas within the ship to enjoy or just find a quiet corner to relax. Loved the Red Frog Pub and the games available to play. Also loved the Serenity deck. The first two days were sea days but not as warm as I would have liked so didn't spend a lot of time there. The I did spend they had some one playing the guitar. Crew was very friendly. You could tell they were working hard. Never saw an area left dirty for Long. Didn't have an issue with anything on the ship. We tried the Chef's Table for the first time. It was stunning. It's a bit pricey and they give you enough food for two people but it was a great experience and I highly recommend. We also enjoyed the cooking demonstration at the Steakhouse. It was basically a free steakhouse lunch. Ports: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo. Did excursions in PV and Cabo. In Mazatlan we hired a taxi to drive us around. Overall a greate cruise and great ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have gone from balcony to junior suite to ocean suite. This was probably the quietest cabin we've had- except for the young elephants running down the halls, and a kid next door who loved to sing loudly on the balcony. Our steward ... Read More
We have gone from balcony to junior suite to ocean suite. This was probably the quietest cabin we've had- except for the young elephants running down the halls, and a kid next door who loved to sing loudly on the balcony. Our steward Asih was the best! Because of the timing, the winter holidays work very well for us, and the Mexican Riviera always has great weather. Very glad we got back to 3 ports (including Mazatlan) instead of two. We love Cabo, but 2 days is too much. It was nice to be somewhere we knew things. Puerto Vallarta was our first port this time. We did a tour, and a bit of shopping, and our tour guide was great. Mazatlan was a great day. We had a regular open taxi take us to the shopping (gold) zone, and then he came back to pick us up. He also gave a great "tour" of things we hadn't seen before. The weather in all 3 ports was perfect! Food wise, we would DEFINITELY recommend the steakhouse! The service by Kristyan, and food are AMAZING! I had lobster, and my husband had the Cowboy Steak. This is the third time we've eaten at the steakhouse, and have never been disappointed. We really love the sea day brunch in the dining room- never been disappointed there either. Enrico was the best server! Most of our dining ended up at buffets, etc., which seems to be relatively bland. Pizza and the deli were great. Red Frog pub is always fun, and Eddie and Emmanuel are great! We did spend more time in the Fun Shops this time, and was very pleased with Laura's help and patience with my jewelry indecision. I am very happy with what I chose! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Just back from a 15 day cruise to Hawaii. What a wonderful trip, the service on the Miracle was spot on! From the bartenders to our wait staff in the main dining room, we were well taken care of. Our cabin steward was amazing! This was a ... Read More
Just back from a 15 day cruise to Hawaii. What a wonderful trip, the service on the Miracle was spot on! From the bartenders to our wait staff in the main dining room, we were well taken care of. Our cabin steward was amazing! This was a great trip and met amazing people. Jaime is an amazing cruise director and Brittney does a great job as entertainment director. The food was great and actually better in the main dining room than the steak house. The spa was great and had massages on different days and both were wonderful. Met so many wonderful people from CC and FB groups and all the things that we had planned. We were traveling with a service dog and from embarkation to daily things, staff were amazing and very accommodating. Officers knew his name minutes after we boarded and all wanted to take pictures with him. He was the biggest dog "Great Dane" they had ever had on board. So many fond memories! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
the ship was very clean and the personnel were very cordial. the food had such a wide variety, and the pizza was so tasty. lemonade was available 24/7, the room was very well kept (thanks to Mel) and the halls/corridors we kept very ... Read More
the ship was very clean and the personnel were very cordial. the food had such a wide variety, and the pizza was so tasty. lemonade was available 24/7, the room was very well kept (thanks to Mel) and the halls/corridors we kept very clean with very few room service trays cluttering them. there were numerous events aboard to attend, so time flew by. the weather mother nature left us somewhat dreary, but the crew kept our spirits high, with help from the bartenders. I was confused a little between where to find the comedy club vs the MadHatter club, only to find this area has two names for the same club. the only other thing I hoped for was a bulletin board where we could leave messages for other cruisers. the hub chat was disappointing, some times IM's would be up to 6 hours late. but for only a few dollars for the entire cruise it was not a waste of money spent. Behind the fun tour was very interesting, and exciting. Jaime our entertainment director was awesome, and very well spoken. She kept herself visible at all times, I don't know when she slept. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We were on this cruise for Thanksgiving, figuring we'd try something different from our normal tradition. It was great. We learned so much! We left Long Beach with smooth sailing, enjoyed exploring the vessel, had our first dining ... Read More
We were on this cruise for Thanksgiving, figuring we'd try something different from our normal tradition. It was great. We learned so much! We left Long Beach with smooth sailing, enjoyed exploring the vessel, had our first dining experiences on board at the Bacchus Dining Room (3 Aft) with Enrique--we requested his tables the rest of the trip! We went to a show and GOT ON STAGE!! Hilarity ensued and we were blessed with our new Solid Gold Piece of Ship along with several other generous prizes for playing along. We met amazing people and contacts for future trips. Adam, our CD, was delightful. His British accent had all the women swooning and his charming good looks and naturally relaxing attitude made him approachable and fun to be around. Max, the ACD, was extremely accommodating, kind and helpful. He arranged the best night of our whole cruise--at the last show (Heart of Soul) he helped my (now) fiancee arrange a surprise engagement for us. What an incredible memory that will always be!! There were SO many people we were thrilled to see on ship: Asih, our stewardess; Diamond Jo, our Shopping Expert; Artem, one of our servers in the delightful and affordable steakhouse; Dr. Meng, the acupuncturist (a miracle worker); Natasha (I hope that's right) in the spa--beautiful manicures; Holli, amazingly fast and wonderful hairstylist; Nevena, our restaurant hostess; Esteves, our Bingo caller and Salsa instructor; and Phillip, our photographer (beautiful artist!!). These people and so many others made our trip AMAZING!! I will be lucky to have such helpful and nice people on my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We had cruised before on the carnival dream a much bigger ship but had just a much of a good time food and cleanliness are of upmost important and of course price, this was fantastic good for my smoking buddies too we were not made to feel ... Read More
We had cruised before on the carnival dream a much bigger ship but had just a much of a good time food and cleanliness are of upmost important and of course price, this was fantastic good for my smoking buddies too we were not made to feel like freaks...embarkation guy who took our cases was a bit frighting shouted at us and said we were idiots for thinking we could only board when they said we could, we were early he said we could board straight away ...so we did very orgainised surprisingly quick and painless arriving on board over 1 hour early eating and drinking 10mins later, the ship is tidy they are forever cleaning it the staff were all lovely, buffets were plentiful fine dinning was very enjoyable. Our cabin was a bit noisy I don't think we will have a end stateroom again with a wrap around balcony as it added to the noise but using earplugs and having a full belly and a few drinks we both slept soundly, but was to far away 7/10min walk to the middle where all the action was bit far.Entertainment was during the day a bit DJ loud and silly (men dressing up as women or hairy chest comps, or ice sculptures or mixing cocktails) but evening entertainment shows were much better, infact first class we all thought the bands in the red frog were brill to and all the comedians were brilliant, we went to the nightclub once and was amazed at the structure, I was on cheers program and had run out of my quota of alcohol so we went to bed after a quick dance but were made to feel welcome.....ports were fun and pretty full of inexpensive food and free wifi, we didn't do any trips just walked around felt very safe. I did purchase the $72 wifi package and was a little disappointed in signal strength couldn't always get on but made the most of the free wifi on our stop offs Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We Took the Carnival Miracle to the Mexican Riviera for our annual anniversary cruise on the November 12 sailing. It was both our first time out of Long Beach and our first time on the Miracle. This one of the best cruises we have ever ... Read More
We Took the Carnival Miracle to the Mexican Riviera for our annual anniversary cruise on the November 12 sailing. It was both our first time out of Long Beach and our first time on the Miracle. This one of the best cruises we have ever been on, we absolutely loved the ship and her staff. The people at the Port of Long Beach were also extremely courteous, friendly and professional. EMBARKATION, DEBARKATION AND CUSTOMS: Smooth as glass. We had Faster To The Fun (which I HIGHLY recommend),and even though our shuttle was running late, we bypassed the HUGE lines and got on board within ten minutes of arriving at the port. Debarkation was just as smooth, with the only hold-up being the customs agent questioning my wife about her passport picture. She is in the middle of a huge weight loss program, and doesn't want to get new docs until she's completely done. I've also lost a ton, but bald with a goatee always looks like bald with a goatee. We all got a good laugh, and got out of there, took two minutes. THE SHIP: This was our first Spirit class ship, and we LOVED IT!!!! The ship is absolutely beautiful, like all of Carnival's ships, of course!! Being an English major, I was totally geeking out over the literary theme of the whole thing, and being a mystery freak, with our cabin sandwiched between pictures of Marlowe and Maigret...Boy, let me tell ya! Just walking around the ship is and adventure for the eyes, you have to watch where you're going and make sure to explore thoroughly or you WILL miss some stuff. The bars and lounges are AWESOME, with the best HANDS DOWN being Dr. Frankenstein's Lab, which is the two-story dance club in the aft. Most of the time the DJs had that place more like Dr. Funkenstein's. It is decked out like Frankie's lab, with panels from the old comic book on the wall, gargoyle bar tables, Gothic spire overhangs(more geek overload!). All of the bars are great though. You have your sports at Skybox(Say Hi to Christo), The Lunchbox Band was playing live music at the Red Frog pub, Gregg was good-naturedly mangling piano tunes at Sam's piano bar, and there was the Alchemy Bar. Aside from the bars, check out Kane's Way, The Joker, The Raven Library and(if you can find it)Gatsby's Garden for some quiet time. The Miracle also feature TWO coffee shops. One on Lido and one down on two, just outside the showrooms. Make sure you stop by and get some coffee or a pastry from Carnival's best barista, Ana Maria. The Lido deck and pool areas are very nice and while crowded(duh) on sea days, still lots of fun. Try coming back on board early on shore day, it's worth it, trust me. The Serenity area also has it's own bar, pool and hot tub, but it did seem to be busier than any Serenity area I've ever seen. DINING: The service in both the dining room and the Lido deck was excellent, not a single complaint. The food was very good as well. The vegetarian choices in the MDR were surprisingly strong, we were very impressed. The choices on the Lido deck were a little less varied at times, but there was always the salad bar, and Carnival now has an awesome veggie burger, so we're good. Plus they've got to have the best coleslaw and pesto noodles around!! The only negatives we found, as far as food goes, were the sometimes they weren't all that. But that's okay. They gave it a shot. ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES: Overall I have to give this a little bump down because the production shows WERE JUST SO BAD. Oh my, we've been cruising for a long time, and I think this might be the worst cast we have ever seen. They had four different shows, which would normally be great, but when the leads have NO chemistry, and the rest of the cast is struggling, it's painful to watch. The rest of the entertainment, however, FIRST RATE. Comedians John DiCrosta and desserts. We didn't want to do Chocolate Melting Cake, so we branched out, and John Mulrooney entertained us on the way out and we had Lowell Sanders and Paul Lyons in the Mad Hatter's Ballroom(which is decorated with scenes from Alice In Wonderland) on the way back. The musical entertainment onboard was pretty good, too. The Lunchbox band played in the island themed Red Frog pub, and when they played electric, up-tempo, music, they were very good. When they slowed it down, not so much. Cary And Amanda were the acoustic guitar soloists, and they would rotate between the Lido deck, the casino, the Red Frog, and the Atrium Lobby. They were pretty good, and sand typical singer-songwriter stuff. Carol was the solo vocalist, and she sang in either the Alchemy Bar or the Atrium Lobby. There was also a string duo. Hasbro The Game Show, Bingo, Trivia, Big Screen Movies were all held in the Phantom Showroom which is a Paris Opera House/Phantom Of The Opera style three-level showroom. These were all tons of fun. The spa and gym are located on the Lido deck, and the people are very nice. The gym can get kind of crowded, but the machines are well kept, and if you keep after it, you'll get your workout in. My wife even got a massage on our Anniversary, and she LOVED IT!!! There is a jogging track, mini golf and basketball court up on deck 11, and ping pong tables on 10. lots of fun for everyone!!! CRUISE DIRECTOR AND FUN CREW: Adam Cornes was our CD, and we have cruised with Adam many times. We normally call him the "invisible man", because unlike most other CDs you never see him during the cruise, but this cruise he was much more visible than other cruises. Not Tex, or Matt, or Dr. E visible, but more visible. Hey, it's a start. Max, the assistant CD, however was EVERY-FREAKIN'-WHERE!!!! Seriously, I thought there were three of this guy. great job!!! The singers and dancers, while not all that great, were VERY friendly and enthusiastic when they came out and talked to the crowd, and at the after-parties, and coffee meetings. SERVICE: Outstanding. every person, every time. There's nothing else I need to say. PORTS: We were not impressed with either Cabo SanLucas or Puerto Vallarta. I'm not going to slag either city, but they are just not our cup of tea. EXCURSIONS: We did not do an excursion on this cruise. We will probably not do another Mexican Riviera cruise for a while. We might after we exhaust other destinations, and other types of cruise possibilities. While we LOVED the cruise itself, the ports were enough to keep us off of this route. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
great food options. dining was nice. our cabin had a great steward. some of our excursions got cancelled. the cruise was great for the family, never did we find a moment that we thought we were bored. the swimming pools were nice, but very ... Read More
great food options. dining was nice. our cabin had a great steward. some of our excursions got cancelled. the cruise was great for the family, never did we find a moment that we thought we were bored. the swimming pools were nice, but very salty. The kids club for my 16 year old was nice and he had fun there and met some cool people. We initially thought we would run out of things to do but we found that we didn't have enough time to do everything. The red frog pub was awesome the live entertainment was good and so were the drinks. the comedy club had great showings every night and they were all pretty funny shows to attend. I got hypnotized one night in the show and that was really cool and you don't remember anything until you look at yourself in the mirror. Overall great cruise, Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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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