219 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

My wife and I went with 4 other couples to celebrate my sister-in-laws 50th birthday. As a group we've been planning this trip for nearly 2 years. When we booked the trip we expected that Carnival would know that the weather is ... Read More
My wife and I went with 4 other couples to celebrate my sister-in-laws 50th birthday. As a group we've been planning this trip for nearly 2 years. When we booked the trip we expected that Carnival would know that the weather is not good during this time of year, and we never would have booked this trip knowing that fact. Sailing across the pacific we knew that leaving from Long Beach the weather might not be good for the first full day at sea. The weather did not improve until the 3rd day at sea. We were to travel top 5 islands, but only were able to visit 3 islands due to high winds, and very bad weather conditions. When we were in Honolulu, the ship had to move piers, and we were shocked when we returned to the pier and our ship was gone. You would think that Carnival would have had a Rep. to let clients know that the ship had been moved. The we had to go out to sea, as we could not stay in port, and we experienced winds as high as 88 MPH. Needless to say this was not a good night for us. We then went to Kona, and again had to stay 2 days due to bad weather on Hilo. As we needed to tender to the island, we were stunned that the ship had to leave to go out to sea, only to return the next morning to the same island. When we spoke to guest services they advised us that the ship had to go out to sea so they could open the Casino. While the guest services were quite rude, the service we received from the dining team, and the house keeping team was excellent. The cabin was clean, but the over all ship is in need of a make-over as their were areas that clearly needed some major work. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We haven't gone on Carnival for 16 years as we were trying to get Elite on Princess Cruises. We generally get a mini-suite on Princess but decided to save a few bucks and try a balcony room. We paid for Faster to Fun Pass ($59.00) ... Read More
We haven't gone on Carnival for 16 years as we were trying to get Elite on Princess Cruises. We generally get a mini-suite on Princess but decided to save a few bucks and try a balcony room. We paid for Faster to Fun Pass ($59.00) and it was well worth it. We got on right after the Suites and disembarked 8:05 am to hardly any lines at Customs. It was great! Our room was a pleasant surprise also as it was quite large with a couch and large shower. It had one small t.v. and not much on the channels. The balcony was a fine size and bed linens were newer. Had a cocktail table and little bench that I used constantly. The shampoo and shower gel are on the wall but I brought my own anyway. The room steward was nice and asked what time daily to clean the room. The room cleanliness needs to be improved. Dust under the telephone, dirt on the mirror the entire time and carpet crack and up the wall was dirty. Bottom of shower curtain dirty. All in all not horrible but surprising after the standard of Princess Cruises. The specialty dining of Nick and Nora's was great. Anytime dining was very good food presently nicely with nice employees but extra glasses were left on table and small details like that. Very pretty dining room. There were about 5 "production shows" that were pretty good. NO LINES to get into the first show nightly!!!! That was great!!! Loved the piano bar. Great entertainer, Elizabeth!! Loved the music at the Red Frog Pub, especially David Oates. Live music everywhere nightly!! Wished they had more big screen movies and some lectures but then again it is a fun ship. We have almost 200 days at sea and Carnival had the two best tours we have ever been on: Rythms of the Night and Romantic Oceanside Dining. Fantastic!! This is the friendliest, most caring staff that we have ever seen. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have cruised numerous times over the past 20+ years on different cruises lines, NCL, Princess, Celebrity and One prior cruise on Carnival last year so I am comparing this cruise against all our cruising experiences. First the good, the ... Read More
We have cruised numerous times over the past 20+ years on different cruises lines, NCL, Princess, Celebrity and One prior cruise on Carnival last year so I am comparing this cruise against all our cruising experiences. First the good, the embarkation process on the Miracle was quite quick no complaints there. Dining :The main dining room decor was nice and elegant and the food was generally good with the exception of a couple meals, my Tilapia was not good one night and my husband's steak was quite tough one evening and he didn’t eat it nor did our table mate that also ordered the steak. The wait staff in the main dining room was excellent, very hard working and attentive. Kudos to head waiter Virgil Santos and his two wait staff, “Mr G" and Aorianda. Cabin: The cabin was spacious as ship cabins go so no complaints there wished it had an electrical outlet for hair dryer in bathroom and wish sofa had been wiped down it was a little dirty. As for some of the negatives, very disappointed, there was no Guys Burgers or Taqueria tacos. "The Grill" which served hot dogs and burgers was not even close to Guys Burgers. The buffet dining was quite unimpressive food was very mediocre and staff looked like they hated their jobs. The buffet closes promptly at 3:00 and if you are serving your self at the time they will literally stick a closed sign on the counter in front of you and snatch the tray of food in front of you. One of the cooks rudely announced the buffet was closed and stuck a sign in front of the tray my husband was about to serve himself from. I believe they should close off the line but allow everyone that is already in line to finish serving themselves. I was also disappointed with their lack of aerobic classes. They had an early morning stretch @7:00 am but not much of anything else offered. The few other classes they did offer were for a Fee of $12. I would of liked more classes and no additional fees. Gym facilities were nice but workout equipment could stand to be updated but generally ok. Too cold to use the water slide but it was very unimpressive compared to some of the cruise lines water works. Lastly, on the Cabo port stop, when passengers have to be tendered to port, on our return to the ship, our Tender driver approached the Ship/other Tender situated at the gang plank too rapidly and ran into the tender or the Ship not sure which. We were all Jolted out of our seats with the impact and I injured my Arm. My upper right arm had a huge lump and a huge bruised. It’s been over a week and my arm still looks bad. All Carnival did when I complained to guest services was send 4 strawberries to our cabin. I would of expected them to do a little more than that. I have safety concerns since we are already booked and we will be returning in spring with kids to do the same cruise. Overall it had a budget cruise feel very underwhelmed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We picked this cruise because my son wanted to try Carnival. He's 14. In the end even he preferred NCL. Our room had stained carpet and upholstery, the door to the frig was broken, many dings and broken elements to the suite. We had ... Read More
We picked this cruise because my son wanted to try Carnival. He's 14. In the end even he preferred NCL. Our room had stained carpet and upholstery, the door to the frig was broken, many dings and broken elements to the suite. We had a vista suite. There was a lot of vibration. It was not a comfortable room to hang out. That was the point of a suite. Cabin service was good. Lounge service was almost nonexistent. I like the Alchemy bar & Red Frog. We has some good family time playing games at the Red Frog. They had the best waitress on the ship: Amarsha. Vera at Alchemy made a great drink. I was disappointed that my flight was not included in unlimited drinks. I don't drink enough to make the plan worthwhile. Excluding drinks made it a negative. My son enjoyed basketball and made a few friends. They could not hang out, because my son was 4 days short of the age for their teen room. I could not over ride. My kids are well traveled and sophisticated. The kids club didn't work as the oldest kids. Food was plentiful, but very commercial. I enjoyed the curry. Meats tended to be overlooked. NCL rolls out the red carpet when you have a suite. We had trash including a used condom greet us on our balcony 2 mornings. Fellow travelers were inconsiderate. C gives you a bottle of water and a bag of laundry. If you can afford a suite, go on another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My wife and I chose to celebrate my retirement after 40 years in fire service with this 15 day cruise to Hawaii. Overall a great time with many dedicated staff members on the Carnival Miracle working to make it special. A special ... Read More
My wife and I chose to celebrate my retirement after 40 years in fire service with this 15 day cruise to Hawaii. Overall a great time with many dedicated staff members on the Carnival Miracle working to make it special. A special recognition to Joner our cabin steward. The ship was clean and the rooms were clean and comfortable. We had a balcony on the 7 the floor towards the front. We only had a few complaints on our trip. One - the food at the buffet or Lido was not as good as our past crews, especially the breakfast. The dining room was good. Two - the $16 dollar charge for Internet use is a complete ripoff as it does not work. I tried three times with no luck. I also saw other passengers having same issues. I heard him complain to staff and the answer was, "we are in the middle of the Pacific". No kidding...... Don't charge us if you know it's not going to work. Third - the cigarette smoke is everywhere! Every morning we had to walk a gauntlet of smokers to get to the Lido area, trying to find an area to lounge and read a book without having smoke drifting over the top was tough on some days, also had smokers on the balcony next to us and as far as the casino area... Forget it. We enjoy the casino but have to breathe the smoke continuously. How about a non-smoking cruise!!!! Again overall a good time, entertainment was good, ports of call all fantastic. Also a kudos to the folks in the steak house. Excellent food and atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We were very excited for this cruise....new ports, ship and great weather. However, we only found one staff member that was not only friendly, but attentive. And we made a point to find this waiter each day. Our housekeeper it appeared ... Read More
We were very excited for this cruise....new ports, ship and great weather. However, we only found one staff member that was not only friendly, but attentive. And we made a point to find this waiter each day. Our housekeeper it appeared came in the room just once a day where in the past I was used to a clean-up during the day and a turn-down service in the evening. This seemed to offer nothing special or noticeable except the towel animals each day. The entertainment was okay. We enjoyed the adult comedy shows and the Miracle team that performed each evening was good, but not overly impressed with the entertainers. However, there were a few very good ones. Our dinner staff was very slow most nights and outside of the evening at the Steakhouse, I think we both felt we had mediocre meals each evening. It took forever to get drinks and many nights took a while just to get our meals started. We did find it interesting too that the "adult only Serenity pool" was packed each day and wondered why they don't make that an 18 and under pool for kids. It's close to the "baby pool" and slide. Although it does have cabanas and hammocks, it seemed overly crowded each day when the other pools didn't seem to compare except they had entertainment where obviously the Serenity did not. We did find that the live band "Lunchbox" was also very well attended, however, in the evenings, we were surprised to find children on the dance floor where you clearly had people looking to have "adult" fun. We love taking pictures, but the photographers seem to put you in non-natural positions and although they allowed for us to take photos in our natural happy/fun positions, they were not printed. We had an opportunity to utilize the spa during our cruise, but everything is very pricey in comparison with nothing significant to make you feel it's worth the cost. Overall, it was a needed and enjoyed vacation, but an "average" experience overall. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise because we didn't want to fly but drive to the port. The cost was more or less the same for a balcony on our usual Celebrity. I don't think we will do another Carnival cruise and stick to Celebrity. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we didn't want to fly but drive to the port. The cost was more or less the same for a balcony on our usual Celebrity. I don't think we will do another Carnival cruise and stick to Celebrity. The food was pretty good. The bathrooms were a little disappointing. I really love the showers on Celebrity. Celebrity does not have shower curtains, but a proper shower door. The public restrooms on Carnival are not great also, no seat cover for toilets and no automatic doors so you have to touch the door handles or use the little pieces of tissue paper they have by the door. These little papers are all over the floor because people are too lazy to put them in a trash can. You have to ask for everything in the room now, robes and ice buckets. No longer do you get individual soap/shampoos, but have those stupid built in ones in the shower. We bring our own stuff anyway, but for some it can be annoying to use these. The itinerary was just ok. The best thing we did on the cruise was the excursion "Rhythms of the night". We would do that again and it was worth the price. All in all it was overpriced for what you get. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The embarkation process was fast and we were on the ship in about 20-30 minutes, but we got stock in lovely LA traffic and didn't make it to port till about 2:30pm. Our cabin was ready, nice and clean. This is was 5th cruise with ... Read More
The embarkation process was fast and we were on the ship in about 20-30 minutes, but we got stock in lovely LA traffic and didn't make it to port till about 2:30pm. Our cabin was ready, nice and clean. This is was 5th cruise with Carnival, so I pretty much knew exactly what to expect. I've never been on this ship nor this sized ship so that was a pleasant surprised. The food was actually pretty good, and the menu changed constantly, it did get pretty crowded in the buffet areas but I guess that's expecting on this size ship. We spent most of our sailing time on the Serenity (adult only) deck and had a good time, the service there was pretty nice. Ports: Puerto Vallarta was very nice - we booked the Las Calletas excursion and had an incredible time, highly recommend it! In Cabo we didn't really do much, just walked around the pier, went to the little shops area, the hagglers were something else though to the point of being supper annoying, I have no interest in going back to that port, unless we will go on an excursion through Carnival and not have to deal with any of that! The biggest complaint was the service in the dining room area - again I've been on other cruises and never had it this bad, it would take forever for the serves to even approach you with menus, took a very long time to get the food, many times the desert menus were never offered, drinks were rarely refilled it was terrible. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This a hopefully not to long but informative take on our curise. This is my 20th cruise overall and my 6th with Carnival. We flew into LAX the day of our cruise. Only a short fly from Sacramento, CA. We used the super easy Super ... Read More
This a hopefully not to long but informative take on our curise. This is my 20th cruise overall and my 6th with Carnival. We flew into LAX the day of our cruise. Only a short fly from Sacramento, CA. We used the super easy Super Shuttle through Carnival from the airport to the cruise terminal. Luggage is then handed off to the Porters. We arrived around 10:00 to the terminal, waited to check in to receive sail and sign cards, this process was about 30 to 40 minutes. We walked over to the Queen Mary and hung out until 1:00PM by then our boarding group 3 had been called and you can just go to the priority line, we were on the ship in 10 minutes and that included pictures and security. No plastic bottles are allowed, cans only. Muster Drill was held before sailiing, you are not required to take your life jackets, just make your way to your Muster Station which is indicated on your sail and sign card. The Muster drill took way longer than normal as it seemed that people continued to trickle into their Muster Area at least 20 minutes after most people arrived. The Miracle is an older ship and it is definitely show the signs of wear and tear, it was very clean and the crew were always visable keeping it that way. I have read reviews about the food and that it was not edible, I have no idea where these individuals were finding food, we found a few things we didn't like, but I honestly had no issue with the quality and the selction of food on both the Lido and the Dining Room. We had dinner in the steak house one night and the Service, the Food, the atmosphere were all worth the $35.00 per person charge, it was fabulous. Our dining room service was one of the best I have ever had, Eva, Roberto were attentive, never let our glasses of water be empty, full baskets of bread and seemed to anticipate our every need. We didn't take any scheduled tours as we have been to these ports many times, we didn't even leave the ship in Cabo San Lucas. With that said you would think that I had a wonderful cruise, for the most part it was. But since I have cruised so many times, I need to point out a few things that are a little alarming. The cabin stewards are the hardest working group of individuals, but now instead of morning and evening turn down service, you get a choice, they tell you can have both, but then you discover that Carnival has made major cut backs on this position, instead of 24 cabins that they used to service they now have 34, and that is one person, they do get an assistant but only for a few hours a day. Wow, don't remember the prices going down for the cost of the cruise. Ship has rust and cabins are worn and tired looking. I never used to be a Carnival Fan, in fact I wouldn't sail on them as I thought they were the lower end of the scale. I tried them six years ago and despite a few differences I felt that Carnival was way the right choice and didn't see anything that was worth the cost of paying to sail on another more expensive line. Well every year Carnival has taken something away and reduces the perks, the atmosphere, the spoiing, the quality of the shows. It is sad to say that I will have to think long and hard before I use my free cruise voucher that I recived for playing in the casino. Again I cannot say this was the worst cruise I have been on, it was relaxing, met some of the greatest people to visit with. I can only hope that Carnival takes a look at all of the takeaways and understand the loyal cruisers expect a certain level of satisfaction. If you are trying to only cater to new cruisers than keep doing what your doing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
FTTF We purchased FTTF to see if it was really worth it and the answer is yes. We were checked in and on board within 20 minutes and our room was ready. However, our luggage arrived piece-by-piece. The last piece arrived after we ... Read More
FTTF We purchased FTTF to see if it was really worth it and the answer is yes. We were checked in and on board within 20 minutes and our room was ready. However, our luggage arrived piece-by-piece. The last piece arrived after we returned from dinner about 9:30pm. I thought I luggage was suppose to have priority delivery. We also liked having priority tender boarding. They need to figure out a better process for getting people off the ship and on to tenders. It is possible that the problem is that there’s not enough tenders. Initially, there were only four tenders. Upon returning to the ship there was an additional two. Water Purchase I drink a lot of water. When we were able to bring our own water on board, my water of choice was Fiji or Evian. So naturally I took issue with the fact that the only water available from Carnival is purified water and some off brand that I have never heard of. My water was in the cabin when we arrived. There was also two bottles of spring water in the cabin for purchase at $3.75 a bottle. I would like to know why they sell us purified water that I have little faith is a good quality water? Chef’s Table Wow! What a wonderful experience. We were notified on the first sea day of the date CT would be and luckily it was scheduled on my Mom’s birthday. We were greeted in the Alchemy Bar and escorted to the galley where we were served appetizers and wine and then to the dance club where the table was set. The chef was phenomenal! He explained all of the nuances of preparing each dish. He even discussed food safety processes. We thoroughly enjoyed every dish that was placed in front of us. After the first serving, DH commented that he would have to find something to eat after we leave. Boy was he wrong! The servings may be small, but they add up. By the time the dessert was served, we were stuffed. I highly recommend doing the CT, if only once. Comedy Show We did the adult comedy show one night and I have never laughed so much. I can’t recall the comedian’s name, but he had the room in stitches. Staff / Ship Our cabin steward was great as was or MDR team. The ship is starting to show its age, but we saw the crew all over the ship cleaning, dusting and polishing. Horatio’s Buffet With the exception of the MDR and Chef’s Table, the food on this ship was a disappointment. On the first day my Mother at the Chinese food and the next day her ankles began to swell and it got worst each day. It could have been the sodium or they use MSG. IMO, the Mongolian Wok would have been a better option. It certainly would have been healthier. The desserts were a hit or miss, I would put a few things on the plate, but nothing made me want to eat the whole piece. DH ended up eating pizza several times over the week because that was good. The pizza was the highlight of the food choices. I didn’t have high hopes for the food, but it was worst than I expected. Most things were either fried or swimming in some sauce. My guess is that the Chinese food is their feature item, but that stuff is not good for you! Serenity Deck The Serenity Deck is where we always spend our time on sea days. Some people love being in the thick of things and the hairy chest contest. Us, we love sitting on our rear end in a quiet, serene atmosphere reading a good book. That plan went to the dogs on the Miracle. Where should I start? Let’s start with the every present chair hogs! The serenity deck opens at 8:00am. So how was it that EVERY single clam shell seat was occupied with towels at 7:45am? Throughout the day bodies would occupy the seats for an hour or so. The same thing with the lounge chairs. We ended up sitting on the sofa both sea days, which for me, SUCKED! Never did I see anyone going around putting the chair hogs in check. The Serenity area is at the back of the ship and it is very small. There is a pool and Jacuzzi smack in the middle of the area. This is the first ship that I have been on where the Serenity area was as lively as the lido party area. The pool and the Jacuzzi were packed! There was no serenity to be had as the noise level was high. This was the case the entire cruise. Carnival HUB App The app became available on the Miracle on the day of our sailing. We downloaded it as soon as we boarded. I highly recommend using the app if you keep your phone on your person. We were able to see what was happening on the ship without referring to the Funtimes. I really liked the ability to monitor our sail and sign account from my phone. Overall, it was good cruise. The food is a big part of cruising for DH and I and this one was a dud. Although the Chef’s Table was fantastic! One last thing I will touch on is the last sea day. The weather started off a little chilly, but that didn’t deter the chair hogs. We went up to the Serenity deck and could only bare the cold for 15 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We sailed on 9/17/16 from long Beach. This was the 11th cruise for my wife and I together, 5th on Carnival. We have sailed Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess and HAL. This was our first repeat ship. We sailed on the Miracle to Hawaii ... Read More
We sailed on 9/17/16 from long Beach. This was the 11th cruise for my wife and I together, 5th on Carnival. We have sailed Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess and HAL. This was our first repeat ship. We sailed on the Miracle to Hawaii about 3 years ago. Things have changed a lot since then. Properly, the rating on this cruise should be 2.5, rather than 3 but that is not an option. The ship is old and worn and if you look at details, it is evident. The ship still retains it's own unique personality which we find appealing. The problem is less with the ship than with Carnival, There seems to be cutbacks in every area. The biggest being in staff/passenger ratio. Our cabin steward, who was fantastic, used to be in charge of 20 rooms. Now he has to take care of 37. He asked us if we wanted morning or evening housekeeping service. Carnival used to do both and he noticed the shocked look on our face when he asked. We told him we wanted both and he did his best to accommodate. There was no ice bucket in the room. We asked about it. he told us we had to request one now. They don't automatically provide ice or a bucket. We asked about robes. Again, only on request. They are not automatically provided. And so it went. There was less dining room staff and the staff that was there had to cover more tables. They did so efficiently but were not readily available to get you something or if you had a question. The food seemed to have gone down in quality. The meats were not as tender or as flavorful as I remembered. I love hamburgers and hot dogs but found the ones at the Off the Grill on the Miracle barely edible. Chocolate melting cake was still very good, as was the prime rib. The one evening they served French onion soup, it was like a bowl of salt with broth and melted cheese poured over it. I realize some people are sensitive to salt but I am not. I regularly salt my food but this was absurd. Fewer main theater shows. The ones they did have were staffed with excellent entertainers. All of the staff we came in contact with were friendly and worked very hard but an individual can only stretch themselves so thin. It is unreasonable to cut staff substantially and expect that quality of services will not suffer. We were in room 7258, an extended balcony cabin. the cabin was standard Carnival balcony size, which is sufficiently roomy. The balcony was wonderful in that it was about two and half to three size the normal balcony. The room showed its age in terms of wear and tear. The toilet seat was not bolted down on one side and would come up and move. That was fixed after contacting guest services. When we arrived in the room I turned the thermostat all the way down as I need it cool to sleep. After 40 hours at that level and a difficult hot night, I contacted guest services as well as my room steward and complained that something was not working right as the room was not getting cool. First one guy came in to check it and said it was 73 degrees. i told him I needed it cooler. he said they only go as low as 70. I said, "fine, get it to 70". The next day a technician arrived early in the morning and checked it again. He said it was at 71.9. He checked everything out and did another reading. he said it was now at 71.2 and everything was working properly. There was nothing more he could do. This is the first time I have had this issue with any ship, including Carnival, but apparently nothing could be done. So I started sleeping at night with a washrag soaked in ice water on my head. We had purchased the Faster to Fun and, indeed, on embarkation we avoided the long lines and were on the ship in no time and up in the buffet before it got crowded. Buffet food was on the down side of mediocre, by the way. We were told our luggage was supposed to get priority handling with FTF. Instead our luggage arrived after everybody else's, late in the evening. Go figure. It was still worth the FTF not to wait in those long lines to get on the ship. We had just sailed on the Carnival Freedom in October 2015 and had a perfectly enjoyable experience with good food and good service. How quickly things change. Did we have a good time? Yes. We have a good time on all our cruises because we make sure we have a good time. We cruise for R&R and make sure we get it. Would we sail on Carnival again? Possibly. It depends upon the value we anticipate getting for what we pay but our evaluation of the value will now be downgraded due to our awareness of how much the Carnival experience has diminished in almost all areas. I have not commented on the ports as we do not get off. When we cruise, the ship itself is our destination. We have sailed to Mexico and visited the ports many times before. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had a family of four adults in a balcony (8J) cabin. My husband and i have been on many Carnival cruises but the food was so bad in the lido this trip that we are saying no more Carnival unless it has Guys and Blue Iguana to make lunch ... Read More
We had a family of four adults in a balcony (8J) cabin. My husband and i have been on many Carnival cruises but the food was so bad in the lido this trip that we are saying no more Carnival unless it has Guys and Blue Iguana to make lunch enjoyable. Service was fantastic everywhere and we definitely thought FTTF was worth the cost. It make embarkation a breeze as well as tendering at Cabo San Lucas. We only made it to one production show and thought it was enjoyable although I miss having a live band. The comedians were good in the Punchliner club. We got to enjoy the bartenders at the Red Frog Pub (dwayne is the best) and Alchemy Bar. There's no food at the pub and people who have been on other Carnival ships with food in this bar missed it. One port was cancelled and another rescheduled due to Hurricane Newton but the captain and staff handled it as well as they could. I appreciated all the communication. The real problem was the food not being up to snuff in the lido buffet, pizza pirate and even sometimes the main dining room. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Scheduling was a big factor. This was a last minute trip with a friend and this trip was one of few that was available. We missed our first two port of calls because of a hurricane. Not Carnival's fault but disappointing for us ... Read More
Scheduling was a big factor. This was a last minute trip with a friend and this trip was one of few that was available. We missed our first two port of calls because of a hurricane. Not Carnival's fault but disappointing for us because we missed our sport fishing trip in Mazatlan. The zip line adventure in Puerto Vallarta was fun and physical. We did hit Cabo on the way back to Long Beach for a brief time. My last cruise was an Alaskan Cruise with Norwegian. Norwegian had more and better onboard restaurants, more shipboard activities, and much better entertainment. We had a bigger variety of onshore excursions on our Alaskan Cruise with Norwegian. Carnival didn't have anything open in the late evening. The night life onboard was boring. There were no dance clubs, or rock bands and the piano player was behind the bar making it less personal. On Norwegian the piano was with the crowd and the muscian interacted with the audience. The debarkation was horrible with Carnival! They rushed us out of our room only to have us stand in a series of long lines hauling our luggage for almost 3 hours. With Norwegian they told us the time we had to be off the ship and everyone left at their own leisure with no delays, we walked right off the ship with no lines. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Miracle is a pretty standard ship for mid-sized ones, but the Bacchus dining room is spectacular - laden with purple globes to represent the wine god. Room are standard, straightforward. Service overall was fairly medium except from ... Read More
Miracle is a pretty standard ship for mid-sized ones, but the Bacchus dining room is spectacular - laden with purple globes to represent the wine god. Room are standard, straightforward. Service overall was fairly medium except from our room steward who was very friendly and our waiter Edgar on three nights, who was a gem. They've certainly started to skimp on things. Most of the buffet items come from the main dining menu, which does not make the experience eating there feel very special. I would describe the food overall as decent. They have one entertainment troupe which performs two nights out of seven, but expect some pretty cheap programing other nights - Hasbro live action game, a piano player, that kind of stuff. Most surprising is that room service is paired down to once per day. We were taken aback by this. It's a cost cutting move that removed some of the luxury of cruising. All in all, this is a fairly middling cruising experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose a cruise on Carnival Miracle as we had been on a previous cruise on Carnival Spirit and loved it. Embarkation day at Long Beach was quite chaotic. There were queues for miles, not helped by a technical issue which delayed ... Read More
We chose a cruise on Carnival Miracle as we had been on a previous cruise on Carnival Spirit and loved it. Embarkation day at Long Beach was quite chaotic. There were queues for miles, not helped by a technical issue which delayed boarding. We purchased Faster to the Fun and were very pleased we had - it was worth every cent! We were on board in no time and got to have lunch before the crowds arrived. Our cabin (5109) was ready and luggage arrived quickly. We had dinner at the Steakhouse on the first night and thought the food was very good. Breakfast the next day was a different story. The food was cold and inedible. We spoke with one of the hostesses in the dining room (Chonchon) and she made sure our meals were hot from then on. Every morning and every night she would call by our table to make sure we were happy which was great. We enjoyed drinks in the Lobby Bar and Catherine was by far the best of the bar staff there. The Serenity area is good - it is nice to have somewhere without children running around. We were a bit disappointed in the shows and thought they were better on Carnival Spirit. We also went to the Chef's Table which we didn't enjoy as much as Carnival Spirit's Chef Table. Cabo was great. Faster to the Fun was again beneficial as we did not have to queue to get off the ship. We had a fantastic lunch on the beach at The Office - highly recommend this. Matazlan was disappointing. We did the Speedboat excursion which was a boring 45 minute bus ride from the port, waited 1.5 hours for our turn on the speedboats and had to hang around a very mediocre resort for the bus back to the ship. The lunch was dreadful. We wished we had stayed on the ship for the day. Puerto Vallarta was good although it was raining there. We got a taxi to the downtown waterfront area and had lunch overlooking the ocean. The Mall opposite the port is good and the Liverpool department store there was excellent and well worth a visit. We then had two days at sea before we got back to Long Beach. Disembarking was no problem and our Faster to the Fun pass ensured we got straight off the boat escorted by a staff member - very easy. We paid for Carnival's transfer to LAX and the bus was waiting and left as soon as we boarded. This was very well organised. We probably won't sail with Carnival again but only because it is time to try another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shame on Carnival Miracle with all the norvo virisus happing they did not have a team member at any of the food venues insisting passangers with hand sanitizer it was opptional,bad bad decesion. The ship is old with the old heavy wood in ... Read More
Shame on Carnival Miracle with all the norvo virisus happing they did not have a team member at any of the food venues insisting passangers with hand sanitizer it was opptional,bad bad decesion. The ship is old with the old heavy wood in the elevators and rooms.Our waiter Henry our waiter was great this was his last week before returning home,The last two nights at dinner was the worst new waiter saw him once his helpers took care everything,friday night was prime rib served cold as fro au juice it was gravy for mashed potatoes,bad bad.Time to think if we will sail on carnival again.It's an old ship so when the next cabin moves somrthing on there balcony the sound travels not knowing if it's upstairs on next store.The overall cruise left alot to think about.Your embarkation area is bad specially if it's rainy or boiling hot,so people can't wait outside that long. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We took our daughter, son-in-law and two little grandchildren. It was the kiddo's first cruise and they seemed to LOVE it. Camp Carnival was a hit with the 5 year old, but not as much with the 3 year old. They both enjoyed the live ... Read More
We took our daughter, son-in-law and two little grandchildren. It was the kiddo's first cruise and they seemed to LOVE it. Camp Carnival was a hit with the 5 year old, but not as much with the 3 year old. They both enjoyed the live shows with dancing and singing. It is something they have not experienced. The magician was corny, and hard to understand at times, but the grandkids liked him.The food was adequate. The children's menu wasn't very varied, so, it was French fries, chicken nuggets, hamburgers and spaghetti EVERY NIGHT. They were each served a nice dish of fruit. For the adults, the meals were ok, but not memorable. The best food night was the filet mignon and short ribs. The salmon was also quite tasty. Most of the chicken was dry and served with a beef gravy? The balcony rooms were perfect and we could open our balconies, so the kids had more space and could visit us often. Of course, they sounded like a herd of elephants while they were in their room all excited by the bunk beds. We have absolutely no complaints about the service. The staff was great! Because of a weather situation in Mexico, our itinerary was changed. We did not take any ship's excursions because most were too long for the little ones. They did find a tour at the dock and took a boat out to the arch, etc. in Cabo San Lucas. Disembarkation took Way Too Long. At least we got to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Our flight was not until the afternoon, so we didn't have the worry of getting to the airport late. We got there in plenty of time to have a nice lunch. I would encourage people to use the Long Beach airport because it is closer and our driver said with traffic, LAX is quite a haul. All in all, this cruise was pretty much what I expected. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We picked this cruise because it was a short and easy for us to get to, Our home is in Phoenix, Az. and we were traveling with my 91 year old Mother. We had traveled with Carnival in the past and were very happy with the service, ... Read More
We picked this cruise because it was a short and easy for us to get to, Our home is in Phoenix, Az. and we were traveling with my 91 year old Mother. We had traveled with Carnival in the past and were very happy with the service, restaurants, and activities. However this time the food seemed a little less that the above average we had in the past. Our ship cabin was always cleaned so that was never an issue. One issue that we were disappointed in was the Past cruisers or Captions Party. in the past we always got a invite, However this time we didn't because we had not been on enough past trips. This was my Wife's 6th. trip with Carnival and now we are not invited. ??? We were told we both had to be a diamond member. Entertainment was ok, not much for adults to do aside play BINGO. or games in the casino. The excursions were ok, I don't think I would take this trip again. We just got the feeling that Carnival was cutting back on some of the services and food quality. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Probable won't go on Carnival again. Nice ship, but was overall disappointed. The buffet area food was edible, at best. Dinner in the dining room was better, but really nothing stellar. Service was good. As a family of 6 ... Read More
Probable won't go on Carnival again. Nice ship, but was overall disappointed. The buffet area food was edible, at best. Dinner in the dining room was better, but really nothing stellar. Service was good. As a family of 6 didn't really have the extra money to spend on the premium restaurants. Room was typically small, but quiet and comfortable. Service was good. Entertainment was poor. You were never really sure who the cruise directors staff were, and the activities seemed to consist of trivia or shopping lectures. A magician was good, but they crammed him in a small lounge where there was no seating. His other show was in the smaller theater downstairs, which was also packed, while the main showroom was sparse populated by people there to play Bingo. Who set that up? Similar stuff all along. Nothing I could really point to say and see "this was awful," but this was my 8th cruise, and it was just very disappointing. Nothing really memorable or enjoyable about it for any of us. No desire to take Carnival again. Princess and RC are much nicer. Yes, I know Princess is owned by Carnival, but the cruise I went on with them in 2015 was far nicer, better organized, and a lot more fun. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise for our grandson’s graduation. There were 6 in our party. The good outweighed the bad so I'll just comment on a few items that we were not happy about. Sea days. In past cruises there were so many things to ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our grandson’s graduation. There were 6 in our party. The good outweighed the bad so I'll just comment on a few items that we were not happy about. Sea days. In past cruises there were so many things to choose from to occupy our time. This cruise offered very few options on sea days so when we wanted to attend any of them they were always crowded with no seating available. It's hard to find room for over 2,000 people at one event. Shore excursions. For a family of 6, the excursions offered were too expensive. We found the same adventure once we got off the ship for much less. Dining - Dining Room. We found that the food in the dining room was quite good every night. The Buffet, not so much. Very few choices and very bland food. Again on sea days there were extremely long lines and only 2 - 3 choices. 24 hour Pizza was a great idea but after day three it gets old. Entertainment. We did not see any shows due to too many people. We did see several Comedians which were very good. Wait staff and room steward service was good. In past cruises we would see very kids around the ship. On this cruise, it was nonstop kids running around the ship with no supervision. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
WIFI during your cruise: Let’s face it, wifi on the ship is SLOW and expensive, walk by the computers and you’ll see NO ONE. Like many, I rely on checking my email and Facebook frequently so… I started asking around. Cabo: Free ... Read More
WIFI during your cruise: Let’s face it, wifi on the ship is SLOW and expensive, walk by the computers and you’ll see NO ONE. Like many, I rely on checking my email and Facebook frequently so… I started asking around. Cabo: Free WIFI in the port terminal (just past the large pharmacy/souvenir shop). Puerto Vallarta: Free WIFI at the mall (across the street from port, next to Wal-Mart). Desserts are terrible on the Lido deck! I stuck to the chocolate chip cookies. In the dining room, the chocolate lava cake, caramel popcorn pot de crème, tiramisu, flan, and just about anything was YUMMY! Bring a lanyard (for your Carnival card), nightlight (interior cabin), highlighter (to mark activities), bottle of wine & opener (pack in carry on), cash for casino (tables charge a % to your card), a refillable water bottle, and a surge protector. I only saw one outlet! I usually also bring pepto bismol tablets (you’ll be eating A LOT and motion sickness pills (just in case). Tours were not taken on this cruise. We walked around, shopped, took pictures and went to the casino (in both malls; Cabo and Puerto Vallarta). We went back to the ship for lunch, some folks we met had food on land and were both sick (ice was a suspect). Shows were eh, although I DID appreciate them giving the spotlight to one of bar servers (who knew more than a few impressive tricks). There was a show after the Love and Marriage show… can’t remember what it was called but they’ll warn you “if you’re easily offended, this is the time to go.” Scavenger Hunt type. It was FUNNY and quite WILD! Completely run by “teams” formed in the audience. I sat in the back to watch but got tempted to help the teams on occasion. 18 and over  Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We booked this cruise through a voucher for a free cruise for 2 given to my husband from the El Dorado Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana. I selected the Miracle because we have never done that itinerary and we wanted to stay in Los Angeles ... Read More
We booked this cruise through a voucher for a free cruise for 2 given to my husband from the El Dorado Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana. I selected the Miracle because we have never done that itinerary and we wanted to stay in Los Angeles for a couple of days after the cruise. We flew separately from Dallas to LAX the day of the departure and thankfully all that went smoothly. We found out at the pier that my husband had turned Platinum so embarkation was a breeze. The ship, while clean, was typical, dated Carnival. I quickly missed Guy's Burgers, the Waterworks, big screen, and Blue Iguana. Generally speaking, staff were friendly and appropriately attentive. Our room steward was great. We chose late assigned dining and our waitstaff were very good but that is where I have complaints about Carnival. "Back in the day" a lot of the cruise experience was related to the dining. With the advent of specialty restaurants, the Carnival dining room experience has decreased greatly. The food is ho-hum and I personally don't care for their American Table. As if that isn't enough, you have an option to pay $20 for a "steakhouse selection". If I do that ( never have), where does that steak come from - the steakhouse or where the dining room food is prepared? And what if it's not good? I can't speak for other lines but we have been on 10+ Carnival cruises and have been disappointed by this for at least the last 5 cruises. Why cruise with Carnival? Ours have been "free" (taxes/port charges only) for the last 3+ years. We have never had a " bad" cruise but if I was paying full price I would branch out to another line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Travel group: husband, wife, and 14 year old son. We chose this cruise not on our desire, but because we had a 25% discount. We received the discount on a previous cruise. The itinerary was changed right before sailing and we were offered ... Read More
Travel group: husband, wife, and 14 year old son. We chose this cruise not on our desire, but because we had a 25% discount. We received the discount on a previous cruise. The itinerary was changed right before sailing and we were offered a full refund or a discount on our next cruise. This cruise fit into our vacation plans. We flew in to LAX from Seattle. We took the Supershuttle from LAX to the Renaissance Marriott in Long Beach. The Supershuttle was great, $30 for all three of us. Great service, great communication. The Renaissance was a great place to stay. We took a Yellowcab to the port. Yellowcab was $10 for all of us. They also were a great service. Embarkation went smoothly, but we also had FASTER TO THE FUN pass, so we had priority embarkation. This was our second time on the Miracle. We do not know any other ship to compare it too, but we like it just fine! We had an aft balcony. The room was nice. But it had a couple of problems. One problem was that the carpet was grossly dirty. The other problem was that the hair dryer overheated easily. When I called about it, the room steward said that we would have to just wait for it to cool down. That is a perk, a hair dryer! So that was irritating. There is all kinds of entertainment. Something for everyone. If all else fails, lovely sitting areas to people watch! For two dinners, we ate in Nick & Nora's, the Miracle's steak house. It was terrific! The service was awesome, the food was great, the ambiance was so rich! The other nights, we ate in the main dining room. The service was good, and the food was good. For breakfast, we ate mostly in the main dining room. Even though I asked for scrambled eggs well done, they kept bringing under cooked and runny eggs. I would also say that the service for breakfast was slow and spotty at best. Food court -- for reference, imagine average grocery store deli hot food, that is kind of what the food court food was like. If it was kept hot for too long, the quality diminished. Weirdly seasoned, or unseasoned. We did like the deli section, the pizza section, and the grill near the pool because we could count on the quality of the food. The coffee was miserable! A lot of times, it tasted like detergent. At the cafe's it was also miserable. The problem with the cafe's is that the coffee was expensive. Nothing like buying something that doesn't taste good. It would be great if Carnival trained their baristas and helped them to understand how to work the machines. We had a couple of questions on the excursion to the Puerta Vallarta. When we went to the excursion counter, the staff was rude and indignant. We stopped in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerta Vallarta. All lovely ports with several different excursions. In Cabo, our family of three, chose to have a dolphin excursion. That excursion was on my husband's bucket list. It was awesome! The staff were very professional, the animals looked to be well taken care of, and the way that the staff treated us was also amazing! Before the excursion, we ate at Senor Frog. It was very entertaining! In Mazatlan, we chose to shop and walk around. We had a blast going to the market, the cathedral, walking along the beach sight seeing. In Puerta Vallarta, our excursion was snorkeling and going to a hidden beach. We LOVED it! The ride to the Marietas Islands was about an hour. We could snorkel, paddle board, and kayak. We all snorkeled. Husband and son kayaked, Husband went to hidden beach. The water was rough, so we were really tired afterwards, we would still jump to do it again. Continental breakfast, and a delicious lunch were included. We felt safe in their care! We were so tired afterwards, that we went back to the ship and slept instead of going back out to walk around the town. We would do this cruise again, not because of Carnival, but because of the excursions. The excursions were terrific and we will remember them for the rest of our lives! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I guess I was spoiled by the supreme food and service of a Celebrity Panama Canal cruise. This was my 3rd cruise. They only get an average 3 star rating from me. Food was not that great in dining room or in the buffet. In the dining room ... Read More
I guess I was spoiled by the supreme food and service of a Celebrity Panama Canal cruise. This was my 3rd cruise. They only get an average 3 star rating from me. Food was not that great in dining room or in the buffet. In the dining room the fish was dry and overcooked every night I had it (4X), and had no sauce, spices, or flavor. The baked potatoes were the best part of the meal, but they were tiny and when asked to have the sour cream on the side, they did not want to do so. The other three dishes I tried were just as unmemorable. Plus the buffet hours are not very good. I like to eat my lunch late. All the different stations close by 3:00 PM, which is about the time I need to eat since my dinner seating was not until 8:15 PM. So that left me with the choice of pizza or pizza. Went to their afternoon tea, and that was the biggest joke of all. I received less than a quarter of a sandwich with the thinnest slice of cucumber on it, and if it had anything else I could not taste it. Then a tiny piece of french bread with a little salmon, one tiny macaroon, and a decent size portion of some kind of yellow sponge cake that tasted just like a dirty sponge, so I couldn't eat it. Then you had to pay extra for tea. I went only once because it was not worth my time to go back. General entertainment in public areas was cheesy, and consisted of trivea, bean bag throws, dj at the kids pool. I was used to live music, and beautiful buffets at the pool on Celebrity. The show times were not conducive with the 8:15 dinner seating. I never got to see the big stage show so can't voice my opinion on that. We tried to make it for the comedy shows after dinner, by the time we got there all the seating was taken. So why wouldn't they just put the comedy in the theater instead which has more seating. Lots of people got turned away (Mostly all the people from the late dinner seating). We even tried ordering our dessert with our dinner right away to see if the meal would go faster...did not make a difference. Booked the Canopy zip line in Porta Vallerta, and was lead to believe it would be about 13 or 14 zip lines, but in truth it was only 7, and had things that were on the xtreme that did not interest me. When I got my bill there was a cafe charge on there for the last sea day that I never had. I only bought coffee once on day two, and only two drinks from the bars (I am not a drinker), and the one tea from the afternoon tea, so of course I noticed it. Seems like a very odd mistake to make, so makes me wonder if they just pad the bill on people. The drinkers probably wouldn't notice a few extra drink charges. The front desk removed it without question, which was smart because I would have made them cough up my signature. I recommend you keep very close accounting if you go on this. Our room was fine except for the engine or motor noise. It was a first floor ocean view. Our room steward was great. Learned our names the first day, always friendly, always keeping the room clean giving us fresh towels, towel animals, ice, what ever we wanted. Surprised in this day and age, that there were no seat covers in the public restrooms. I also don't think I would do a spring break cruise again, too many kids. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Spent the night before the cruise aboard the Queen Mary which was right by the carnival terminal. On cruise day we rolled our luggage over to the area of embarkation. An extremely incompetent Carnival employee tried to direct us ... Read More
Spent the night before the cruise aboard the Queen Mary which was right by the carnival terminal. On cruise day we rolled our luggage over to the area of embarkation. An extremely incompetent Carnival employee tried to direct us into the main LONG waiting line though our boarding passes said PRIORITY on them. He finally realized this and directed us to the Captains Lounge for us to check in. We did not see any porters to take luggage (they were on other side though no Carnival employees were swift enough to point this out). We got checked in (partially as it turns out) and were on way to security priority line. It was then that we got turned around to go find a porter. That took about 20 minutes, at which time when returning we got mixed in main line. They also neglected to put a Faster to the Fun sticker on our Sail and Sign cards. So the whole Priority experience was totally ruined! Once onboard we got up to our suite, which was very nice. The decorations ordered were in place and liquor was delivered prior to our arrival. Our luggage took several hours, contrary to Faster to the Fun money spent. The food was between average to very good. Had the steakhouse twice, it was totally awesome. The upper deck buffets were so so. Hard to tell what was open or closed at any given moment. Was ok for eating in a pinch. Loved the lounge on promenade deck with coffee bar, also a nice area for the trivia games they had several times a day. Enjoyed all lounges. With it being March madness, the sports bar was an excellent venue, great drinks and lots of tv's. The Red Frog served up some outstanding mojitos but our favorite was the Alchemy bar. Wonderful staff, superb drinks and a great place to spend time. Entertainment was absolutely nothing worth watching. The Rhythm of the Night shore excursion was well worth the money. What's more is wife had developed a cold and shortly before tour was unable to go. They credited us for this! A very nice gesture. The tender going ashore was quite organized, even better if you're Faster to the Fun, they had us loaded first for the first 2 hours of the operation. Debarkation was awesome, faster to the fun we elected to take own baggage off. Our bus to the airport was waiting and unlike embarkation this went smooth. Overall I'd probably cruise Carnival again, knowing now exactly what to do, not counting on people to do their jobs come embarkation time. Read Less
Sail Date March 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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