219 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

Our first ever cruise on Carnival was a Mediterrean cruise with John Heald as our cruise director. That set the bar extremely high and it's never been met since. We've had nice cruises on Carnival since but these last two are ... Read More
Our first ever cruise on Carnival was a Mediterrean cruise with John Heald as our cruise director. That set the bar extremely high and it's never been met since. We've had nice cruises on Carnival since but these last two are causing me to rethink my cruising choices. The entertainment on this one was good but nothing outstanding and the same thing every night--singing and dancing. A magician or something different one night would've been nice. The dining experience on this ship started out like last cruise's--HORRIBLE!!! We had the WORST wait staff ever last cruise and the first meal received on the Miracle (AND service) was very reminiscent of last. The maitre d' came to the table asking what he could do and he moved us the next night. Much better (but still nothing outstanding). The food was so so and I was very surprised the food wasn't 'special' on the 2nd elegant night (apparently no more baked alaska on Carnival anymore). There's a weird little closet-sized room off the main dining and if you're seated there, get OUT while you can!! I'm 3 cruises away from becoming platinum but not sure the bennies are worth it. My son conned me into signing up for another next Feb. but the jury's still out. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
With the high cost of Airfare flying to New Orleans Miami or the east cost was Cost prohibitive. So living in Arizona made since to drive to LA and go to Mexico. 1) Long wait times and confusion in the Terminal, got told 3 different ... Read More
With the high cost of Airfare flying to New Orleans Miami or the east cost was Cost prohibitive. So living in Arizona made since to drive to LA and go to Mexico. 1) Long wait times and confusion in the Terminal, got told 3 different answers to once common question, no coordination, We arrived at the Terminal Early and had to wait through 4 hours to get onto the ship... Ships crew looked like it was under staffed, took over an hour to get a Drink and any bar many times. Housekeeping was the only department that had it's act together, left them a big time because they were so good. Main Dinning room, food was good until last night Wife choked on a hard piece of plastic found in her food, Gave to the dining captain, She took the plastic and never returned to our table.... The Buffet was good but the hours were very confusing and most never opened on time. The shows were good but the times and various shows made it hard to schedule to see them all.... Lastly we did not cash out at the casino on the last night of the cruise, so we had to wait 12 weeks to get our winnings, that was the last call for Carnival Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I've cruised 6 times before. 4 times with Carnival, once with Norwegian and once with Princess. Although I've consulted this site many times, this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review. For the life of ... Read More
I've cruised 6 times before. 4 times with Carnival, once with Norwegian and once with Princess. Although I've consulted this site many times, this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review. For the life of me I cannot understand why the Miracle is rated as Carnival's #2 ship on this site. There are so many other better ships in their fleet that are superior. The reason that I booked this cruise was because of the favourable reviews. The Good 1. Loved the itinerary! Our favourite was Puerto Vallarta by far. Didn't see much of Mazatlan as I got sick in Los Cabos from drinking the lemonade on the Camel Outback excursion that Carnival provided. Stick to the beer! 2. We had an interior with French doors and an obstructed ocean view. The cabin was very nice. Our cabin was 4114 which gave a decent view of the ocean as we were between lifeboats. The best thing about these cabins is that Carnival sells them at an interior cabin price. Other cruise lines would offer these cabins at an oceanview rate. 3. The shows were pretty good. Not the best that we've seen with Carnival as compared to the Breeze with their newer stage facilities, but they were worth going to. 4. We did the Behind the Fun Ship tour. So worth going! There are limited spaces available so you need to sign up with Guest Services as soon as you embark on the ship. It is offered on the morning of the last sea day. Our's lasted for 3.5 hours. You cannot book the tour in advance. You get to go on the bridge and meet the Captain. They provide you with several 8" x 10" photos and other gifts. 5. The service and cleanliness was spot on as with any Carnival ship and crew. The Bad 1. The food. 2. The food. 3. The food. The food had to be the worst of any cruise I have ever taken. We tried the steakhouse on the first night as they give you a free bottle of wine. It was nothing to write home about. Just average. They service was excellent though. The steak in the main dining room was inedible. I left it on my plate and ate the vegetables only. I ordered the Carnival melting chocolate cake twice and had to stop ordering it, (even though it is my favourite), as both times it was served to me undercooked. We tried eating dinner at the buffet one evening and I was shocked at the lack of selection offered. Carnival only had one small section of the buffet open. When you eat at a cruise ship buffet one expects many choices of entrees and to have at least half of the buffet open. Carnival had only about 1/8 of the buffet open and only 3 dessert choices. So small compared to other cruises! Especially when the Miracle has only one dining room. The main dining room food was so bad that one of the couples at our table cancelled their upcoming cruise to Hawaii on the Miracle because of it. One of the most enjoyable parts of taking a holiday on a cruise is supposed to be the food. Sorry Carnival Miracle but you sadly missed the mark. Will I cruise Carnival again? Yes, we are already booked on the Dream. Would I recommend the Miracle to anyone? No Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I will start off by saying that I am not a Carnival Cruise Line fan. Admittedly I have not cruised with Carnival on any Carnival ship for over 20 years. The ships we've been on are the Holiday and Jubilee, both of which are long ... Read More
I will start off by saying that I am not a Carnival Cruise Line fan. Admittedly I have not cruised with Carnival on any Carnival ship for over 20 years. The ships we've been on are the Holiday and Jubilee, both of which are long gone. In brief, the embarkation experience in Long Beach, CA was less than acceptable. Really?, outdoors on make-shift, temporary tables??? Once onboard (about 11:30am) we made our way to the lunch buffet which was about what we expected, okay but nothing to talk about. The best part of our cruise experience was the cabin. 6219 is a balcony cabin on Empress deck (deck 6, starboard side). It was roomy and in great condition. We were very pleasantly surprised. I wish the rest of the ship was as nice and comfortable as our cabin. I would highly recommend cabin 6219. The food in the main dining room was just so-so. Certainly not what you would expect and not what you get with Royal Caribbean, Princess or Holland America (the other lines we cruise). Right from the start, your only choice of bread is either a diagonal slice of French bread or a standard dinner roll. Nothing special at all. This is every night. The rest of the meal is mediocre at best. Our dining room service, however, was absolutely outstanding. Nilo, from Peru, was one of the best we've ever had and he did it ALL. There was no assistant waiter to fill water glasses, take used dished and utensils away and other duties. He literally did it all!!! Nilo is just amazing and he was rewarded by substantial additional tips a the end of our cruise from all nine of us at our table. The entertainment ... what can I say, it was just okay the firs night, very basic from the ship's troupe. But, EVERY NIGHT??? Every night the same 8 performers, 4 gals and 4 guys. Oh, they sang different songs each night but it was the same thing over and over and over. Very tiring! And the cruise director (can't even remember his name) was not where to be found. We're used to cruise directors who actually interact with the guests. Even if it's just at the beginning of a show or event to introduce it and then again at the end to thank you for attending and to make some announcements. To say the least, it was isappointing. We will not be cruising with Carnival again anytime soon. It's not even a "value" cruise line anymore. Princess was less expensive for the same date and itinerary. We only went with Carnival because it was a family reunion cruise and someone else planned it. Overall, we had a nice time, but it's not our way to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Thought it would be nice to relax & cruise to Hawaii (this was a 15 day cruise) We flew into LAX the day before the cruise but returned in the morning to take the transportation bus to Long Beach. It was difficult finding the ... Read More
Thought it would be nice to relax & cruise to Hawaii (this was a 15 day cruise) We flew into LAX the day before the cruise but returned in the morning to take the transportation bus to Long Beach. It was difficult finding the representatives for Carnival Lines at LAX. Standing in line at the port to register took about an hour +, not too bad. We took a bus into Long Beach to walk around for something to do. Embarking was easy due to most were already aboard. Our luggage arrived at different times to our cabin. Didn't know that we had a refrigerator for several days into the cruise due to it was locked. Our room steward was wonderful and very helpful our needs. We mainly ate in the Main dining room. Seated at our table were two other couples, one gentleman was rude, brash & a know it all. Very unpleasant for several evenings. The waiters were unfriendly plus extremely busy. The food for the first couple of days was excellent but the middle to end of the cruise it changed to not very good. We did change tables in which we had an excellent staff. The food in the buffet lines was not at all appealing to look at nor have much taste. We did like the pizza, cereal, some sandwiches; even the fruit was bad by the end of the cruise. Soft serve ice cream was plentiful. We were disappointed with a couple of excursions, one in Honolulu. Shopping/Waikiki Beach was dropping us off in the high end stores, no local souvenirs in site. Took awhile to find the famous Beach but it was beautiful. Time was limited to visit the area. Next was Pearl Harbor/city sightseeing. We had tickets at Pearl Harbor for the shuttle then time was also limited there, The sightseeing of the city was also limited due to the traffic on a Friday afternoon, actually things were pointed out from the freeway--we were then taken back to the ship due to some needed to get ready for another excursion--disappointed. Another excursion was whale watching. First the water was very rough for the shuttles to take us to the island, this took a couple of hours just to leave the ship. We did make our excursion however after paying a fair amount, we were not told until we were on that boat that it is against the law to get too close to the whales. So we had to look from quite a distance-had already done this from the ship. The first day leaving Hawaii, my husband got sick after breakfast one morning. Vomiting until the next evening. Not a good feeling especially on a moving vessel. Then I also got sick for two days. We were not able to enjoy Mexico on our last stop of this cruise. Listening to others around us, many others were also sick during this cruise. Entertainment was not as good as other cruises. The comedy was fun but difficult to get seating several nights Disembarking was not pleasant, not feeling well then having to wait for a couple of hours to be called. After gathering our luggage we then waited quite a while for a bus to take us back to LAX. Of course there are always those around you not happy or quiet about this inconvenience. Hawaii was beautiful, wish we had more time to spend there. Having planned this trip for over a year, we were both very disappointed overall with this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
As a quick bit of information I've cruise with Carnival 2 times before (including on the Miracle in 2005) and also with NCL, Princess, HAL, RCI and MSC. This cruise was part of a wider trip to the west coast of the states and was ... Read More
As a quick bit of information I've cruise with Carnival 2 times before (including on the Miracle in 2005) and also with NCL, Princess, HAL, RCI and MSC. This cruise was part of a wider trip to the west coast of the states and was the best Hawaii round trip itinerary out of all the major players (Princess, HAL and Celebrity) as it's the only one that does 5 ports in Hawaii instead of 4. It was however more expensive than the average Carnival cruise due to this reason ! The cruise itself was amazing, 4 days at sea (very choppy but weather was ok), 5 Hawaiian ports (Maui - Whale watching , Ohau - Island tour and Pearl Harbour, Kauai - Island tour, Kona - Zodiac tour and Hilo - Volcano bike tour) 4 days at sea (Calm and good weather) and half a day in Ensenada Mexico (Odd place, but fine for shops and bars). Hawaii was an awesome place, better than the Caribbean islands with so much to do ! I'm already planning my return trip in a few years time. Over to the summary of the cruise..... The good things: - Cabin was a good size, kept clean and tidy with good stewards. Balcony was a nice size too. We were mid ship Balcony deck 6 - I like the Gym and spa facilities on the Miracle as they are plentiful and free of charge to use as well (Including Sauna and Steam room!) - Disembarkation was smooth and very well done - We docked on time or early to pretty much all ports and it was smooth on all of them. Even Kona where we had to tender (Although we did book a trip through Carnival for this port as we heard about the tender issues before. Only port that we used Carnival for though due to cost!) - Breakfast and Lunch buffet were generally good with a good choice and nice flavor - Lounges , bars and relaxation areas are great on the Miracle. Better than on most other ships, even the big NCL and RCI ships ! - Entertainment was generally good with a few good shows, singers and dancers and a great band in the Red Frog pub ! - Staff were all very helpful and friendly The not so good / bad: - Embarkation at Long Beach was awful, took nearly 2 hours due to long queues everywhere ! Not sure if this is due to the port or Carnival. But definitely needs working on! - Evening buffet was practically non existent and very poor !!!! - Not enough food or meal choices. Main dining room menu was not that great and with such a poor evening buffet and a $35 steak house it left you stuck in the evening on a 15night cruise ! NCL and RCI cater much better for the evenings Now onto why I will never sail with Carnival again.... Hygiene ! Firstly, on every other cruise I've been on (14 of them) they have religiously enforced the washing of hands every time you get on the ship and when you enter the restaurants and buffet. Not once did we get asked to wash our hands !!! on a 15 day cruise !! There were a few machines to sanitize your hands, but not many ! and often placed out of the way. To make matters worse our group (of 10) noticed on numerous occasions both men and women going to toilet and not washing their hands, people using their hands to grab buffet food and even putting it back !!! Then finally to compound matters 4 of our group got food poisoning / Noro Virus. Where they lost 24hrs of their cruise (2 of them missing Maui as they couldn't get off the ship). We were 90% sure it was food poisoning as it happened on the Lobster evenings and if it was Noro Virus then their room mates should have caught it too which they didn't ! We spoke to others on the ship and came across at least 10-15 other guest who had caught the virus or food poisoning, missed ports or been confined to their cabin ! Speaking to another guest who had spoken to the crew they had been told that Noro Virus was rife on the ship ! I can see why.... no enforcement of cleaning hands compounded by dirty, grubby and unhygienic guests !! Who I'm sure would be the first to complain if they got sick. Whether it was the cruise lines fault, the Chef's fault or the clienteles fault, we won't be cruising with Carnival again ! Will be sticking to Princess and NCL. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I sailed on this same ship, the Miracle, just 11 months ago when we took a 15 day cruise to Hawaii. I was very happy with that cruise; this one, which when to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, not so much. First of all, I swear I will ... Read More
I sailed on this same ship, the Miracle, just 11 months ago when we took a 15 day cruise to Hawaii. I was very happy with that cruise; this one, which when to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, not so much. First of all, I swear I will NEVER sail out of Long Beach again! The staff is very friendly, but the whole port process is unorganized poorly. We waited THREE HOURS to board the ship, standing the whole time, unless you were one of the fortunate few who could find space on the concrete planter walls to sit. There is no seating area. None. And all the waiting is outside. Fortunately, it was sunny; I can't imagine how miserable it would be if it had been raining. Long Beach: never again!! Now the good points about the cruise: Carnival's service is still impeccable. Our cabin was balcony cabin 4217 and our room steward, Nengah, was wonderful. I have a bad back, which I told Carnival about beforehand. By the time we got on board, the cabin was already prepared and he had placed a special mattress topper on the bed. It made all the difference in the world and that bed was the most comfortable ever! Another positive to the cruise was the addition of some craft classes. I'm not big on the shows (never can seem to stay up that late!) but I love the other activities during the day. I'm a trivia buff and they had lots of those. They added a craft class, which was appreciated. However, the staff member just dropped the materials off and then disappeared. He did not provide any instruction whatsoever and it was up to us to figure out how to do the craft and explain it to each other. Kind of like the blind leading the blind! I did enjoy this, however, and would like to see Carnival implement an expanded crafts program. I'd go every time! Here's another small complaint: I typically do the trivia contests solo. This puts me at a disadvantage because most of other people are in teams. Some ships do have solo trivia and team trivia. I know this point is "trivial", but it would be nice to have it divided up this way so that those of us playing by ourselves have a fighting chance. Because of the heightened State Department warnings about Mexico, and Puerto Vallarta specifically, I did not get off the ship at either port. The Fun Times mentioned this in teeny tiny print. This, however, is not Carnival's fault and, to my knowledge, no one who did disembark had any problems, except for one guy who said he was approached by someone wanting to sell him drugs. Our balcony cabin was fine. Carnival always has plenty of storage. The bathroom was smallish with a shower; no tub. But, I'm pretty big and I had more than enough room in the shower. I do love having a balcony cabin and one of my favorite things to do is have a room service breakfast on the balcony. Room service was very good, I thought. The selections have been expanded since we sailed last December, but it's still limited to sandwiches, salads and desserts. The service is prompt and friendly however. The big disappointment for me on this cruise was how the food in the main dining room has declined in both quality and quantity. They must have changed chefs in the past year because many of the same things were on the menu, but they were not made as well. And, for the first time ever in cruising, I'd have to say the quantity is less than you want. Here's a couple of examples: the "Study of Sushi" appetizer consisted of 3 sushi, each the diameter of about a penny. Really more of an amuse bouche, than an appetizer. Likewise, the shrimp cocktail was 4, quite small, shrimp. For the main course, the mashed potato side was about 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes! This change in the main dining room was the single disappointment in an otherwise great cruise and the reason I think I'm going to try another line for my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We cruised from Long Beach to the ports of Cabo and Puerto Vallarta on 10/10/2015. We had flown in a few days before to spend a few days at Disneyland, so we went straight from our hotel to Disneyland to the port. It was HOT! It was ... Read More
We cruised from Long Beach to the ports of Cabo and Puerto Vallarta on 10/10/2015. We had flown in a few days before to spend a few days at Disneyland, so we went straight from our hotel to Disneyland to the port. It was HOT! It was about 100 degrees outside, and they have people checking in for the cruise outside. The line was so long. Luckily, we had faster to the fun, so we didn't have to stand in it. But I can't imagine how long those poor people were in line for out in the blazing heat. (We had arrived at about 12:30 pm). So let's talk about the food. Not so good, in my opinion. We are used to cruising Royal Caribbean, and their food is so much better. The Lido deck served the exact same food, every single day. (They did rotate between Caribbean, American, and Italian). But in my opinion, the food just wasn't good. It reminded me of Golden Corral. And the servers on the Lido deck weren't very good, either. For instance, the ice machines were always out of ice. When you would ask a server about this, they would say, "Go find another machine". Every time. Without fail. No, how bout you refill the ice machines? They also did not have whole milk at breakfast, only skim and reduced fat. One day, they were out of reduced fat, and I asked a server if they could get me some, and he responded, "No more!" Gee, thanks! The dining room food at dinner was a bit more palatable, and the servers were much better. We were supposed to have our own table for four, but the first night discovered they had not given us one. When we asked the maitre d about it, he was a real jerk and said there was nothing he could do that night, he would put our name on the list to straighten it out later. Which eventually it was, but on Royal Caribbean, they fall all over themselves to help you get what you want. Also, Royal Caribbean has lunch in the main dining room on sea days, which Carnival did not have, and I really missed that. Of note, the orange juice and hot chocolate that came out of the machines were surprisingly tasty! The burgers and fries off the grill, and the pizza were also good, but we got tired of those by the end of the week. We did not go to any of the shows, because our dining time was at 8:15, and the show was not until 10:15. On Royal Caribbean, if your dinner is at 8:15, the show is at 7. By the time I'm done with dinner, I'm ready to retire to my room! This vacation was mainly about relaxing, so I went to the library on the ship, got some books, and spent a lot of time on my balcony! We played bingo one day (didn't win), spent a little bit of money in the casino (didn't win), played a little bit of trivia (didn't win). Chloe the cruise director was marvelous, we liked her a lot! And the Love and Marriage game show was hilarious as always. Our room steward Newbon was absolutely fabulous and I was very sad to leave him at the end of the cruise! The first day we got off at Cabo, we took a water taxi ($5 a piece, I believe) over to Medano Beach. The water was very murky and the sand was not pretty. You couldn't relax on the beach because (1) it was super crowded and (2) the vendors selling their wares would not leave you alone. Even after you told them no you weren't interested, they would keep pressing you and say, "Are you sure?" We only ended up staying 2 hours and then getting back on the ship. The second day we got off at Cabo, we decided we would just do a little shopping in port. Unfortunately, all of the goods people had for sale were very overpriced, in my opinion. Things that I saw that I would pay $2 for they were asking $8. I'm not much for bargaining, so as soon as I would hear the price and start to walk away, they would come running after you, offering to drop the price by $1. No, thanks! We did the Velapa Beach and Water fall excursion in Puerto Vallarta. The snorkeling portion of this was just okay. The water wasn't very clear, and there really wasn't anything to see. Certainly not like the Caribbean. The excursion folks would throw some food in the water and a bunch of pretty fish would swim up to get it, but then would immediately swim back down to their hiding place. The waterfall was pretty, but again, on the walk up there and back down, people were pressuring you to buy their stuff. Once at the beach at Velapa, the sand was crushed up shells, so not pretty and not very comfortable to walk on. The water was again murky and rough so we didn't stay in the water very long. The lunch they served us on the boat was very yummy, and the staff on the boat was excellent. Disembarkation was a bit of a cluster....apparently customs didn't clear us until really late, we had disembarkation ticket 1, but by 10:30 they were still calling the self-assist, so we just got in line with those folks and got off and by the time we got off the ship, all of the luggage was available. Good thing we did that, because we had a flight to catch at LAX at 1 pm! All in all, I'd say this cruise was "fair to good". Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Been on a dozen or so Carnival Cruises. The boat and everything about the experience is slightly less then the bigger boats that go in the Caribbean. One Dining hall as opposed to Two, less food bars/options as compared to the larger ... Read More
Been on a dozen or so Carnival Cruises. The boat and everything about the experience is slightly less then the bigger boats that go in the Caribbean. One Dining hall as opposed to Two, less food bars/options as compared to the larger Caribbean Carnival Ships. No Mediterranean/Indian Food bars near the pool, Etc The Caribbean Cruises as I remember had more of everything. Don't expect Mints on your pillows, or towel animals daily. Two things to point out: Internet Access is very misleading. Internet speeds on this boat during the Mexican Riviera were not usable for more than emergency email checking. This means that if you need internet for WORK, or anything serious, it's best not to depend on it. The speed is very similar to early 90s era Dial Up. So Give about 5-10 minutes to log onto gmail or google,etc. Secondly the computers are outdated and the browsers will not display some websites properly. WiFi Does not reach some rooms. So basically it's not worth it except for emergencies. Not for anything Serious. Secondly, The Dining/Lodging/Bars etc Staff is very Friendly and Helpful. Everyone is very Nice. Although some of the management staff used to help debarkation, or to help with other things were very difficult to communicate to. Most of these staff were Eastern European and could not articulate directions properly. Asking a simple question about how to debark in Cabo San Lucas, would bring strange responses which felt like basic English skills were lacking. This led to a lot of confusion as to "which line to stand in", or "what is the process for VIP Debarkation", or even how to retrieve our liquor purchases. Every time we were shrugged off with a quick sharp response, using wrong English Words, which caused us confusion and delay. We had to always find a good English Speaking person to get proper information. Overall I'd rate this a very satisfactory Cruise. It's a good deal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We recently completed our first ever cruise, and really enjoyed the experience. There was some highs and lows, which I have covered and categorized in as much detail as possible. • Cruise Ship – We were on the Carnival Miracle ... Read More
We recently completed our first ever cruise, and really enjoyed the experience. There was some highs and lows, which I have covered and categorized in as much detail as possible. • Cruise Ship – We were on the Carnival Miracle and had an Ocean Suite with a veranda. It was very spacious and comfortable, about the size of a hotel room. Overall the room and the ship were very clean and upkeep was excellent. Our stateroom steward, Peter, was fantastic. If I wanted to nitpick, some external areas showed rust and chipped paint, but that is being extremely picky. They provided ample closet space, much more than a hotel. The one thing lacking was an iron and ironing board. For safety reasons we were limited to the laundry area, which was hectic, and extremely tight when we had formal dining nights. • Meals – My biggest concern was that I would overeat, especially if the food was great. I love a good meal and have a hard time rejecting quality meals. I did not have that problem on this ship. Breakfast was fair. This was raised from bad only because breakfast was made available on Sea Days in the main dining room. The top deck served powdered eggs, which was very bad and offered only pork products as meats. The only meals on the top deck that I liked were the pizza, burger and hot dogs. The rest was quite poor in terms of taste and quality. The main dining room food was good, not great. So, I actually lost weight as I did not overeat and my meals were for sustenance, and not pleasure. • Excursions – While these can be quite costly, including tips, the ones we selected were a lot of fun. Actually the best food we had on this trip occurred during the Mexican Outback and Camel Adventure in Cabo and the Exclusive Resort Getaway in Puerto Vallarta. We really enjoyed our time, the only negative was getting my phone stolen in Mazatlán. I think I let my guard down and did not do the best job of keeping track of the device, probably due to the excessive drinking form the open bar. I have submitted separate detailed reviews for the excursions we purchased. • Onboard Entertainment – We enjoyed the comedy clubs, piano bars, musical entertainment and night clubs. Great options and variety. We especially enjoyed Rondell Sheridan’s show, Love and Marriage, and the music trivia shows. • Drinks – They are about 30% higher than the cost of a normal night out, an 18% tip is already included in the cost of every drink you order. They only offer coffee, tea, lemonade and water from the drinks fountain as part of the base price. If you want soda you must either purchase the package or you can bring up to 12 cans per person. The cost of the alcohol package is quite high and must be purchased for the full duration of the cruise. If I intended on being inebriated every single day, then it would be worth the costs. • Miscellaneous – I understand the idea of taking pictures is a business, but does it have to be that expensive? Really, if I wanted one picture and have a digital copy of that one picture, it is $24 per picture! By the way, I cannot just get the digital image, I must buy the main print first. Sorry, that is excessive, and unnecessary. Just because I am on vacation, does not mean I will throw all sensibility out the window and pay whatever exorbitant price. One other note the workout facilities on the ship were awesome. They had loads of treadmills, bikes and elliptical machines. A smaller free weight area with a lot of circuit equipment. They even had a separate exercise room with balance trainer and medicine balls, very impressive. While we enjoyed the experience, and would definitely do another cruise, we will try either Royal Caribbean or Norwegian next time. Carnival did not impress me enough with the quality of their food to limit our next trip to them. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, just that they did not give us a reason to not look at other cruise operations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My husband and I have cruised cruise lines with 20+ cruises under our belt. We cruise Carnival alot because we are on the pacific coast and unfortunately not too many choices. The mexican riviera is a cruise we do alot, its cheap for a ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised cruise lines with 20+ cruises under our belt. We cruise Carnival alot because we are on the pacific coast and unfortunately not too many choices. The mexican riviera is a cruise we do alot, its cheap for a balcony and we don't have to fly anywhere. This cruise on the Miracle was ok, we generally never complain about food or service but this time that it was lacking. But what I did want to talk about was the most fabulous excursion in Puerto Vallarte, the Las Caletas beach hideway!!!!!! This was the highlight of our cruise, its not cheap but it is sooooooo worth it, a private beach to swim and snorkle, warm beautiful water, great service it was just the best, DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!!! It has 5 stars and it is correct. The ship is fine, we just had terrible experience in the steakhouse Nick & Noras, it was my birthday and my husband took me there for a nice romantic dinner, it was not, it was sooooo loud we could not even talk to each other or here the waitress, long story, but needless to say, we won't do that again. We love cruising and will continue on. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Three of us found the food, ship's decor and nightly entertainment quite good. The biggest problem we encountered was the goofy time table that the ship stuck to in Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. For example, the cruise brochure ... Read More
Three of us found the food, ship's decor and nightly entertainment quite good. The biggest problem we encountered was the goofy time table that the ship stuck to in Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. For example, the cruise brochure shows on an arrival time of 8:00 a.m. for Puerto Vallarta. In reality the boat arrives at 9:00 a.m. local time. We had booked an 11:15 swimming with the dolphins at Aquaventuras. Unbeknowst to us, we arrived an hour later than planned. Fortunately we were able to change our booking to 1:30. We lost an extra hour in each port because of being unsure what time it really was on the ship so we returned an hour earlier than we had to each day. The other issue is that the sea days do not have enough daytime activities to keep people entertained. Ship focuses on money-making endeavors like art auctions and paid bingo instead of including fun things to do which I've found on other ships. Their library has only a few books in German. Debarkation was a joke. There's no oversight and we weree jammed in endless lines and had to wait an hour and a half to get off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
first off let me tell you the hotel staff is the best. The ship is clean for the most part, but dining is the worst only one dining room and if you have any time dining you have to a 40 min's wait with a pager to be seated and another ... Read More
first off let me tell you the hotel staff is the best. The ship is clean for the most part, but dining is the worst only one dining room and if you have any time dining you have to a 40 min's wait with a pager to be seated and another 40 to get your food because they only have a small section on the second level for you. I complained to the staff about this only to get a sorry I'll give you a seat at 8:15 for the rest of the cruise, my daughter ask for one of the many empty tables only to be told he didn't want to over tax the staff. So on this ship don't get the anytime dining it's not worth it. Also be prepared to pay an extra 20.00 for the better food like steak and lobster and a few other foods you go on a cruise for. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Just out of drydock but ship had noticeable engine vibration when exceeding 10 knots. My 4th level aft cabin's bed definately vibrated which made for poor sleep. If you live in earthquake country, you don't want to feel your ... Read More
Just out of drydock but ship had noticeable engine vibration when exceeding 10 knots. My 4th level aft cabin's bed definately vibrated which made for poor sleep. If you live in earthquake country, you don't want to feel your bed shaking!. Lower level MDR would have water in glasses vibrate the nearer you sat to rear of ship. Not pleasant. The balcony cabin was surprisingly spacious, very clean and in good repair. Comfortable bed. Good insulation, did not hear any outside noise. The balcony is quite narrow, just a small table and two chairs fit very tightly into it. All the staff I encountered were quite friendly and helpful. However, I never saw any staff try to enforce rules regarding adults only in Solarium, unsupervised children in Jacuzzi and gym, unsupervised children dangerously running everywhere, very young unsupervised children throughout the ship at night and in the casino. This issue of children and youngsters running amok has got to be a very difficult thing for the staff to address but Disney Cruises seem to have a handle on it, I have never encountered children being a nuisance towards other passengers like I do on Carnival ships. Temperature of interior public areas, theatres, library and MDR very cold, many people wearing heavy sweaters and some parkas. This was a Mexican Rivera itinerary so the cold temperature on board was especially notable. Very strange to see people dressed for Alaska on a Mexican cruise in May. This may sound weird, but I was realty offended by the interior paintings of anatomically detailed naked women used as wallpaper. These larger than life size paintings are EVERYWHERE on the ship. Think really bad New Orleans bordello décor. Walls, ceilings, restaurants, atrium, etc. are covered in paintings of nudes. Ancient Greek and Roman themed paintings of naked (and I mean NAKED) goddesses, etc. gets to be a bit much real soon. The only thing missing was a naked woman on a swing over the dining room ceiling. Most of the waiters are from very conservative countries and they all said they were very uncomfortable surrounded by this "artwork". If you are bringing children aboard you might re-think this ship or be prepared for a conversation you might not want to have for several years more. Whoever signed off on this "soft porn" theme should be fired. So much for a "family cruise line". Food in MDR was always good. Lobster and chateaubriand offered one night with lots of unique dishes not usually found on cruise ships. "My Time" dining never a problem being seated. Entertainment would probably have been better if I had had a whole lot more to drink. The comedians ranged from a very angry, unfunny old guy to a very untalented, unfunny sorta young guy who basically replicated bodily function noises with his mouth into the microphone and insulted families who entered the room late. Lots of people got up and left the room. The theatre shows were typical cruise shows, but not very good. Hey, music from the 80s is not something to celebrate. The casino was surprisingly very good, slots very "loose". Lots of players winning. I won $99 on penny slots and a woman won $8,000 playing blackjack. There are two pools but the pool areas are somewhat cramped. The Solarium is a great idea which needs to be better developed. There are a few cabanas but more could be added. Unfortunately people arrive by 7:00 a.m. leave their towels and other items on the cabanas and then don't return for hours . No Solarium attendants paid any attention to this all-day reserving of cabanas. The Solarium is supposed to be adults only but numerous children were there using loungers and hammocks and running about yelling. Again, no involvement by attendants. The gym was excellent with new, professional level equipment. Gym also had very good and large jacuzzi. Sauna and steam rooms complimentary. The port itinerary was modified due to high swells from a storm coming into Cabo from New Zealand. Cabo does not have a dock so tendering is required and is dangerous in high swells due to the harbor being so open. The cruise port area of Cabo has recovered from the hurricane and the only evidence of the damage begins several blocks away. The Puerto Vallarta land tours were all cancelled due to a significant gun battle (15+ killed) with the Mexican Army and drug dealers just outside PV. Of note the other scheduled cruise lines cancelled their PV port call. Just how safe is Mexico? The other port, Mazatlan, was sort of a non-event. The highlight being watching significant numbers of heavily armed Mexican Marines and Army soldiers driving seriously armored vehicles everywhere. The embarkation and disembarkation were some of the fastest I've encountered--the Port of Long Beach, U.S. Customs and Carnival have really gotten their act together in getting you on and off the ship. I would not pay extra for the Faster To The Fun service since embarkation is really fast. I showed up at 12:00 and was in my cabin by 12:30, no waiting at all. Parking is in nearby parking structure. There is no alternative nearby parking, thank you City of Long Beach. Would I take this cruise again? Probably. If I was really bored and just needed a cheap, convenient week away. The two other carnival ships which cruise what we jokingly call "The Mexican Rivera" are really old ships which need to be sold off. The Miracle (11 years old) is the newest ship currently home ported in Long Beach. If Carnival keeps the fare low enough to justify the ship's issues and itinerary challenges then the Miracle should be considered an inexpensive week's vacation. Just accept it for what it is--it's not a once in a life time dream cruise and should not be used as an example of how extraordinary a cruise vacation can be. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my first cruise. Overall I had a great time and already looking to book my next one. Embarkation - Pretty easy and painless. We drove up from San Diego and parked at the port for $19 a day. We thought about getting the Faster ... Read More
This was my first cruise. Overall I had a great time and already looking to book my next one. Embarkation - Pretty easy and painless. We drove up from San Diego and parked at the port for $19 a day. We thought about getting the Faster to Fun option for $50 to embark first. There was really no need for that in my opinion. We got in line about 11:45 to noon and were on the ship eating the buffet by 12:30 - 12:45. Our room was also ready. One other note is that we received an email prior from Carnival telling us that due to number of cruisers, our embarkation time was 2:30. We chose to ignore that email because we were excited to get on the cruise and didn't want to lose 2 or 3 hours on the ship. We had no problem boarding early. Dining - The food in the MDR was hit and miss. The good thing is that the portions are on the smaller side and we had no problem ordering another entree or appetizer if we didn't really care for the first one. We chose the Choose Your Own Time dining which we loved. The longest we had to wait for a table was 2 or 3 minutes. The buffet was on par with your local Hometown Buffet. The morning brunch in the MDR was very good. Entertainment - I'm in no way a show snob, but I found the shows on par with a local high school. Most of the singers sang off key and there wasn't much in the way of visual effects. We did not try the comedy acts. We did enjoy the band that played in the Red Frog, especially Motown and 80's nights. Fitness - it was adequate but did fill up early in the morning. Service - Service was generally great. Ports - Puerta Vallarta was great. We needed to get transportation to the zoo. We were met by plenty of people trying to sell excursions and cabs. Some wanted as high as $100 to get to and back from the zoo. We ended up getting a fare of $40 total. My suggestion is to take time to bargain and don't be afraid to walk away. Either they will meet your price or there are plenty of others who will meet it. I would also suggest using pesos as the exchange we received was lower than you would get had we exchanged prior. We also used our capital one cards which gets a good exchange rate. The zoo we went to was very good. After that we went downtown for lunch and drinks with an ocean view which was nice. $1 Coronas are prevalent. Free WI-FI was also prevalent in PuertaVallarta and all of the other ports. Mazatlan - everyone will have their opinion, but we personally could have done without Mazatlan. Or we should have booked an excursion. The city is very spread out so we paid more in cab fare here. We went to the Golden Zone first, which is where there are a lot of resorts. There were a lot of street vendors trying to sell trinkets. We had lunch at one of the bars. Shrimp was amazing. We then took a cab to the historic part of town. We didn't stay long but this would be nice if you like visiting historic buildings. Cabo - the tendering process was painless. We got on and returned without any problem. As soon as you get off the tender boat you are met with vendors selling excursions. We had already booked one and had to continuously inform each vendor. We found the vendors extremely nice and helpful even after they found out that we didn't want to buy an excursion. Our snorkeling excursion ended up getting cancelled because of high waves. We opted to go on a 45 minute boat ride around the rock formations which was very nice. We also had a nice lunch right on the water. We found that the prices in Cabo (at least by the docks) were more expensive than the other ports with the prices more in line with what we pay at home. Cabo itself feels more Americanized. Our ship got in port at 7am and left at 4. We wished we had another day in Cabo and would have gladly replaced Mazatlan with another day in Cabo. Debarkation - we chose the relaxed Debarkation rather than self-assist. We were the last group called to leave. We would choose sel assist next time. All in all a great trip and I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We have cruised on Miracle before she went to dry dock, however, it was difficult to actually see what improvements had been added after she came out of dry dock. First of all let me say that the entire crew was terrific, and they made ... Read More
We have cruised on Miracle before she went to dry dock, however, it was difficult to actually see what improvements had been added after she came out of dry dock. First of all let me say that the entire crew was terrific, and they made this cruise very enjoyable, but....we were very disappointed in two things: First, in the fact that they added more bars during dry dock, but no new dining venues....very disappointing. Second, what happened to the great shows that we always enjoyed so much after dinner in the MDR....? The dancers/singers that performed did their best, however, it was painfully apparent of the fact that the number of performers had been cut....and cut drastically!! The canned music was fine although we did miss the live orchestra, but we did miss a full cast for the shows! We have cruised Carnival since 2004 and have always enjoyed a great cruise, however, this cruise was very lacking in the dining arena as to variety of anything different since then...the food that we did have was very good...we would have just loved to see something new being offered. We are aware of some new dining venues being offered and rolled out this year, however, one would think that after a dry dock stay they would be in place....not on Miracle...:( I would like to close with stating again how wonderful the entire staff was on this ship, and it is because of them that we continue to book on Carnival. Thanks for listening... Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
First the good :) 1-The Balcony was WAY worth it... The room was a great size even for a family of 4. The kids loved their beds.. super comfy... 2-The location on the upper deck was awesome, never heard one neighbor 3-The Ports ... Read More
First the good :) 1-The Balcony was WAY worth it... The room was a great size even for a family of 4. The kids loved their beds.. super comfy... 2-The location on the upper deck was awesome, never heard one neighbor 3-The Ports were AWESOME, we loved Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. 4-We bought Faster to Fun, soooo worth it... Getting in and off the boat was a breeze. 5-the Camp for the kids ages 9-11 had some fun stuff for the kids....more on this later 6-Their was tons of places to sunbathe. The Bad :( 1-The kids club... it seemed that there was never any time to play the video games, no one was ever working in the Ocean room? 2-Some of the workers should NOT work with kids.. Holy smokes some of them were mean ( but some kids were entitled little brats as well) 3-the food.. UGH!!!!! Breakfast was DISGUSTING, old breads, weird running eggs, un-cooked bacon.... 4-Lunch time-Their really is not a lot choices, so the lines were crazy long!!! 5-THE ENTERTAINMENT- I could not drink these people funny, or make the shows entertaining... One guy was supposed to be a master juggler... wow, my kids could do better. 6-NOTHING TO DO ALL DAY, unless you like art auctions(more money) gambling ( more money) drinking ( more money) or really lame pool-side games, OH i almost forgot the hairy chest contest.... soooooo lame 7-the pool is SMALL and FREEZING.... sea water... brrrrrrr 8-they herd you around like cattle.... I felt like saying moooooo the entire time Unless you really like being herded around, eating a ton of bad food, and constantly being around rude, over-weight people... then a cruise is not for you. We started calling it the prison ship.... being stuck on that thing on the way back form Puerto Vallarta was HORRIBLE... Oh how we wanted to stay in PV.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Wife and I, took our two teenage grandsons on the Carnival Miracle out of Long Beach to Cabo and PV. Wife and I have been on more than a dozen cruises and this was our first carnival. The Good All the crew was wonderful. Very ... Read More
Wife and I, took our two teenage grandsons on the Carnival Miracle out of Long Beach to Cabo and PV. Wife and I have been on more than a dozen cruises and this was our first carnival. The Good All the crew was wonderful. Very attentive and friendly. We loved the new sports bar with wide screen TV's. We watched the finals of college mens basketball as well as some Masters golf. The other new lounge next to it is also very nice although we did not spend much time there. We enjoyed the 24/7 ice cream machines - a little too much! The gym was great. All the machines looked new. The not-so-good I don't want to call these items bad just so they fit in with this good-bad-ugly theme but these items were not good. The food was just so-so. Wonderful waiter "Beata" in the MDR and we sat in her section every time. However, the food was just not as good as on other cruise lines. I had a fish entre one evening and could only handle a couple bites before I pushed it away. Another night I had pork and it was very dry. The creme brule was fantastic however! The rooms (we had two) were dusty. The windows on the veranda have not been cleaned in month. Dust was heavy on the shelves. We ate a lot in the buffet and again, the food was not as good as we've had on buffets on Princess, Disney, RCCL and HAL. The entertainment was spotty. I will say these young performers had lots of energy and really gave it their all in the production shows but some of the singers were not soloist caliber. A few of the singers were very good. The dancers and choreography were good. The comedians made us laugh at times and other times we groaned. The entertainment is about what we expected from a cruise ship. Not great but not all that bad as a whole. The ship is also old and getting tired. The two week drydock just added a couple of bars. I didn't see any evidence of repairs to the chipped paint and rust. The decor of the ship is, well, shall we say, Interesting. I said it looked like Las Vegas and Halloween blended. My wife thought it was Las Vegas and Alice in "Wonderland had a baby. The Ugly There was one young lady singer that had her guitar and sang around the ship throughout the week. Everytime we passed her, we laughed at her off-key screaming. She turned every ballad into a scream. Sorry to be so blunt but she should not be singing solo. Check-in was just horrible. Worse than you've read about in other reviews. We arrived at 2:25. Waited in line for almost an hour. Arrived at our cabin at 3:55 - just in time for the lifeboat drill. We knew there were dozens, if not hundreds still in line so we assume they missed the drill. During the drill, the leader announced over the loudspeaker that attendance was being taken and all missing persons would be reported. Nobody leading our group even checked! I don't know how they expected to know who was missing since they never logged us in. Also after boarding the ship, there was a huge crowd around the only two - out of six - elevators that were working. The other four were in crew use to get bags up to rooms. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Although we had a good time with our "adult" family members, we felt that the ship was overrun with kids. We went to celebrate spring break with my brother and his wife, my spouse, and our kids as a family vacation. The girls ... Read More
Although we had a good time with our "adult" family members, we felt that the ship was overrun with kids. We went to celebrate spring break with my brother and his wife, my spouse, and our kids as a family vacation. The girls are over 18 and we are all in our late 40's - early 50's. After going through a pretty fast embarkation, we were soon encountered by all sorts of "tweens" and kids running through the halls and causing damage and disruption wherever they went. We suffered through our neighbors on both sides who had apparently decided to leave them in the room so they could party all night was a good idea. They screamed, jumped off the beds and ran up an down the hallways until at least 1:00am. There were other kids who thought it was funny to run down the hallways hitting each door loudly, causing us to get up and answer the door at least once every night. The "gangs" of teens would hang out in the elevator area of each floor - sometimes groups of twenty! We were very uncomfortable working our way around them every time we went to our room. There were kids in the pool area, cutting in buffet lines, dropping trash everywhere, and going into the only place we had a chance of peace - Serenity pool area. The pool was empty when we got there and then filled with brown water.... gross. The pool area, although mostly peaceful was overshadowed by the slide area right above the deck! So from 10 - 6, you got it - screaming kids. The clubs were overrun. We couldn't play shuffleboard without constantly being surrounded by the kids and one even walked right up and pushed off the silica and shoved our pucks! I would suggest they re-think how they manage the time and places for adults, as we pay for vacation too. And really people...manage your children. Just because they are "captured" within the ship, doesn't mean you can abandon them to run around like wild animals. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My wife, teenage son and I sailed on the March 21 Carnival Miracle. It was the first cruise for the Miracle after a two-week refurbishment. Other than a few minor annoyances, we had a great time, as usual. Our 20 year old daughter ... Read More
My wife, teenage son and I sailed on the March 21 Carnival Miracle. It was the first cruise for the Miracle after a two-week refurbishment. Other than a few minor annoyances, we had a great time, as usual. Our 20 year old daughter stayed home because her university classes were still in session. This trip differed from our usual cruise vacations in that it was intended as a very low-planning, low-stress trip. Usually, we do a lot more research on the ports, their countries, the local historical and cultural sites and plan our port days accordingly. Between us, two of the three of us had been to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas before, and we had all been to different parts of Mexico a number of times, so we weren’t in search of too much cultural enlightenment this time around. We arrived in LA two days before the Saturday sailing. We spent Friday at Disney during the day, then at the Avs-Ducks game at Honda Center Friday night. We had all been to Disney (although not the California Adventure park) and a Ducks home game before, so it wasn’t much new, but was very enjoyable. As I always say, a cruise is not a cheap form of vacation, and this was no different. The total trip cost was C$7,200 (about US$5,750). This consisted of airfare of $1,050, cabin fare (including auto-tips) of $3,240, pre-trip accommodation of $400, auto related costs (transfers, taxis, parking, rental car on departure day) of $630, activities of $875, food and meals of $550, souvenirs of $200 and telecom & other of $200. Had we come to LA one day later, we would have saved about $1,000 in accommodation, activities and ground transportation, but paid maybe another $200-300 in air fare. One of the worst two or three moments of the cruise was the boarding. We have generally had pretty good experiences with Carnival, but this was the worst. We arrived around noon and stood in a line that didn’t move (literally) for about an hour. Once it started moving, it was another hour before we were on board. The last time we boarded at the Port of Long Beach, we pretty much walked right into the check-in line and were on board in less than half an hour. The Miracle is pretty similar in look and feel to Carnival’s entire fleet. Its Lido deck pool area is oddly divided, with two small pool areas, rather than one large one. As a result, there is limited seating in the prime area, and we ended up spending most of our time on the ship one deck up. The first two sea days were fine. The worst moment was probably the frustrating line-up for the breakfast buffet. In their wisdom, Carnival decided to set up an omelet station at the end of the regular buffet line. As a result of the “no-cutting” protocol, this meant that everyone who was in line for, say, bacon and eggs, French toast or pancakes had to wait in a line that moved at a rate of one person every 90 seconds or so (the time required to make and cook an omelet). It made no sense to have this station at the end of the regular buffet line and most people in line were visibly frustrated. As usual, the cabins were spacious and our balcony was a good size. The food and cabin services crew were friendly, although I understand that they are evaluated, in part, based on how often passengers remember staff greeting them by name. I always find this a little too forced and a little too personal. When I go to a hotel on a regular vacation, I sort of want to be anonymous and don’t particularly want the housekeeping staff to know me. This feeling doesn’t change just because I’m on a cruise ship. For the first time on a cruise in 23 years, we shared a dinner table with strangers. In all our cruises since then, we have been at a table for two (including your-time dining) or a table for four with just our family. We didn’t mind sharing our dinner with another family and they were pleasant enough, but the fixed-seating dinners are long and I think we would have preferred just to be able to unwind at that part of the day with our own family, rather than feeling like we had to generate small-talk with strangers. The first port day brought the last of the frustrating moments. For whatever reason, passengers were only able to disembark the ship using a single gangway. This created considerable congestion as everyone eagerly tried to leave the ship at the same time. While that situation may have been unavoidable, the way Carnival managed the exit exacerbated the problem considerably. First, they stationed a photographer alongside the single gangway, trying to convince passengers to stop and have their photo taken. Just beyond the gangway itself, in the narrow exit chute along the dock, they stationed two more photo stations, again trying to steer exiting passengers into blocking everyone’s path and posing for photos with (if I recall correctly) some large birds and some locals dressed in some sort of traditional garb. While I appreciate that Carnival is trying to generate photo revenue, I’m sure they did more harm than good in annoying the entire passenger cohort. In port the first day, we simply hired a taxi to take us to the beach at Bucerias, just north of the city. When he dropped us off, we hired him for the next day to give us a taxi tour of Puerto Vallarta, especially the area to the south. At our next port day in Cabo San Lucas, we paid $10 each for a small boat to take us out to the rock formations, give us a tour, and drop us at the adjacent beach. All three port days were low stress, with no early morning wake-up calls and no really heavy touring. The last day at sea was a good way to end the week long cruise. In contrast to other Carnival cruises, it seemed like management had got the message as we didn’t have to put up with overly aggressive bar service staff trying to sell drinks around the pools. I also don’t remember too many (or any) obnoxious sales announcements over the cabin PA. Maybe I’ve just become numb to them, but somehow they seemed less frequent and less annoying than in past Carnival cruises. I have no complaints about the food quality or selection. I’d like to see more choices in the dining room, but I appreciate that there is a cost impact to that. I thought the buffet food was very good. We attended one show, a comedy/magic show, which was good, but not great. I stopped a couple times in the brand new sports bar (never bought a drink there, but stayed one time for trivia and once to try to find a game on). The sports bar will always be second rate until they improve their quantity and selection of TV signal providers. One evening I went in and every screen except one was devoted to one NBA game. There were a lot of sports on that night and I assume that was the only event they got. I recommend this ship and the itinerary to anyone looking for an easy cruise out of LA. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We chose this cruise because it gave us a chance to get away from snow and cold and the price was right. We had cruised on the Splendor once before out of LA and had a wonderful time. Since the Splendor is no longer in Long Beach, we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it gave us a chance to get away from snow and cold and the price was right. We had cruised on the Splendor once before out of LA and had a wonderful time. Since the Splendor is no longer in Long Beach, we went with the Miracle. Our stateroom was wonderful as we upgraded to a suite. The ship was fine. The problem was the timing and selection of food in the buffet. One kind of food each day if you didn't want burgers or pizza. The open time of the selected food each day didn't seem to match our preference of times to eat. My husband said he would never go on Carnival again. I am sure if he had been willing to eat in the dining room we would have had good food but he doesn't like to dress up for meals. Just a word to the wise if you like to eat causally in the buffet. The service was OK. We didn't do entertainment. We chose this cruise for the ports and did our own thing in each port. Embarkation was wonderful as the suite allowed to wait in an air-conditioned building until time for us to board. We also had priority disembarkation. I think I was expecting something like our Splendor cruise and was disappointed when it came up short on the food. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Review on the under 2 years old restrictions for Camp Carnival: My family of three just did the Los Angeles - Puerto Vallarta - Cabo San Lucas - Los Angeles trip in March 2015 on Carnival Miracle. We travelled with our almost 2 year old ... Read More
Review on the under 2 years old restrictions for Camp Carnival: My family of three just did the Los Angeles - Puerto Vallarta - Cabo San Lucas - Los Angeles trip in March 2015 on Carnival Miracle. We travelled with our almost 2 year old (just shy of 2 year birthday in April 2015). Unfortunately we did not know that Carnival has restrictions on the age and could not accommodate in allowing our son to participate in Camp Carnival in the 2 to 5 year old group. The activities seemed like they would have been a lot of fun. We were able to participate in some of the activities - first night was a family dance night in the Frankenstein Nightclub which was fun as the dance floor lit up and my son danced and ran around catching the balloons while the other older kids danced. I believe that activity was about 45 minutes. The last group activity we participated in was to watch the younger aged group kid's talent show - it was fun for my son to see the older kids do things like dance, say jokes, etc. On the 3 sea days, we took advantage of going to the play room with my son from 8am to 10am. This was the only time my son (at under 2 years) was allowed to play there with parental supervision, but they also opened the play room to under 2's during two build a bear days, one of which we participated in building a bear. The "babysitting" times were only from 10pm to 1am which really is inconvenient because most babies / toddlers are sleeping by 10pm anyway. We did this twice and went to a 10:15pm show at the Phantom Theatre but it was a struggle for me to stay up that late having had to entertain our son all day long. The camp counselors watching the kids were very nice and sweet. Although my son was not able to participate in the camp, they all enjoyed seeing him and he seemed to like them very much having spent sometime with them in the morning and at night for the babysitting. They were all looking forward to having him in the camp once he turns two years old - so we will definitely put him in the camp next year. Food The buffet food was okay, not the greatest buffet we have experienced in Carnival and other cruise ships. The food in the dining area was much better but again struggled to fully enjoy the food when you are entertaining your toddler at the dinner table. The servers were very good, nice and accommodating to us and our toddler. One waiter made an origami frog for our son which he played with for a bit. My son loved their chicken nuggets. The mac n cheese was the best we ever had. Brunch was very good as well and better than the buffet. Entertainment It was strange but we felt that the ship didn't really inform the passengers on the shows other than in the fun times flyer. The two shows we saw were okay but my husband saw the Comedy Hypnotism show and said it was the best show he has seen. I was just too tired to go to it due to lack of proper babysitting hours. Pools / Waterslide / and other kids activities. The pools were cold but the temperature was more tolerable when we were in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. The baby pool on the upper deck was a joke. It didn't seem safe for babies as there was a pipe sticking straight out of the pool and there was black sediment floating in the water - completely frustrating when you already can't do much with your under two year old. The water slide looked really old and most people on the waterslide were scooting down and not really sliding down. The hot tubs were always filled with kids. The mini golf was nice and never really crowded. There was a decent basketball court. The arcade was okay (but note we overheard a parent ask their kid at the end of the trip how he spent $90 in arcade games...not sure if there is a way to make your kid's Sail & Sign card to have a pre-determined amount on it so they do not overspend). Spa The spa area was very nice. The gym looked very nice as well. Hot tub in the spa had no kids which was nice, but could have been hotter. Sauna and steam room were free and very nice. Locker rooms were very nice and clean. Take advantage of this. I had a very nice spa treatment on one of the port deals they provided. My son and husband got hair cuts in the salon on one of the elegant dining nights for pictures. My husbands was $35 with a shampoo and our son's was $25 straight cut. Embarkation and Disembarkation, long lines and a long wait for both. In the future I will splurge and purchase express boarding for $50.00.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
First I would like to say that I really enjoy Carnival, and besides Celebrity it is my favorite cruise line. The Miracle staff overall were good, however there were a couple of things worth mentioning. I was somewhat taken back by the some ... Read More
First I would like to say that I really enjoy Carnival, and besides Celebrity it is my favorite cruise line. The Miracle staff overall were good, however there were a couple of things worth mentioning. I was somewhat taken back by the some of the staff members on this cruise. (Feb 14 sailing). Embarkation was late. We had purchased Faster to the Fun, however we did not board early, no problem though, everything else was provided as advertised for the Faster to the Fun price. During the lifeboat drill the Carnival representatives were just on one end talking to each other rather than walking down to our end for the demonstration. They seemed very entranced in conversations among themselves. I was really surprised that there was not a bon voyage party on deck which is usually common on Carnival ships. The main dissatisfaction was with our room steward. It was really a challenge having him as our steward for the week. We had requested the twin beds be separated in our reservation, however that was not done. We reminded him of this when we first entered our room and his initial response was for us to wait until turn-down and he would correct it. Second, (which was our main source of frustration), he would only leave enough towels for 3 people when there were 4 of us in the room. Everyday, we had to go hunt for extra towels to accommodate all of us. He was told this everyday, yet he still left only enough for 3 of us. After 4 days of this I reported this. I do not like to report individuals because I know how hard it is to get jobs these days, however I could not continue to deal with this on a daily basis. If this had been my first cruise with Carnival, I would probably think twice about cruising again with Carnival, however I know this is the exception. I hope the Miracle management shore up these issues and step up their game.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Have been cruising with Carnival for years each cruise is more disappointing Apon arriving to the ship (1:30 pm) we found no parking and had to circle both parking lots to find parking ( event at the queen Mary) . After checking in ( VIP ) ... Read More
Have been cruising with Carnival for years each cruise is more disappointing Apon arriving to the ship (1:30 pm) we found no parking and had to circle both parking lots to find parking ( event at the queen Mary) . After checking in ( VIP ) we were told which direction to go and we were on our own after that ( so much for VIP) . Knowing that we didn't have to stand in the HUGE line we by passed it and went straight on board . Our cabin #6115 had a balcony ( larger than most other balconies on the ship due to location "forward"with 4 chairs) we had an adjoining room for our daughter and her friend #6109 ( large inside) convieniant but "NO" lock for privacy ! I would stay in this cabin again without the adjoining option . Quiet as far as location , depending on cabin occupants above and below . I noticed walking down the hall that the ship creaked around #6185 which was noisy . There is a nice adult pool area ( Serenity deck ) although people tend to drop their towel off to hold the best seats early . The service at the Bacchus dining room was SLOW , at dinner the first night it took 1 hour to get food , we preordered wine that took 45 mins one night to receive and they didn't have the order for the second time and had to go to our cabin for the confirmation we got in our cabin that day . We thought if we went to the dining room for brunch the food would be hot but it was no warmer than the buffet . The food was nothing special . It felt like the ship was short staffed maybe due to upcoming dry dock 3/2015 . Been cruising since "94"and it just isn't like it used to be , we have also cruised with RCCL, Disney, Costa, NCL , Princess and Variety Cruise Line Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
If I would have known this was going to be the last cruise before they were taking this ship into dry dock I would have booked on another trip. The ship is old and beat up. The Serentity Deck was very cool but the pool was closed all trip ... Read More
If I would have known this was going to be the last cruise before they were taking this ship into dry dock I would have booked on another trip. The ship is old and beat up. The Serentity Deck was very cool but the pool was closed all trip because the smoke stack was blowing chunks of black junk all over the back of the boat. Most of the lounge chairs needed to be covered with a towel so your clothes didn't get all black. Large portions of the actual deck were coming up and were blocked off with cones and yellow tape. Our room upon arrival was gross putting it mildly. There were wrappers from the previous guests on the desk along with what looked like margarita salt all over too. The worst part was there was hair and all sorts of other unkown gunk in the bathroom and on the small table and table base. I called out room stuard and they re-cleaned our room for us. The food was great. The steak house is a must visit. The wait staff on this ship is horrible. I have never been on a cruise and not remembered our waiters name. I don't remember what our waiters name was nor either one of the assistants that attempted to help us. We spent a week tracking them down to get waters filled at dinner every night. That is unheard of on our previous cruises. They would take our order deliver the food and that was it. No visiting or anything else. Breakfast in the dining room was a joke. I asked for coffee and OJ and that is what I got one time. No refills or checkins after that because our waitstaff was to busy talking off to the side. First brunch I ordered the steak and eggs. They were the best ever till half way through I found a couple large hairs in the middle of the plate. It took 20 minutes to get the waiter attention and when I showed him the hairs he just looked at me and walked away. Didn't even say sorry and offer a new meal. I am sure upgrading this ship to 2.0 will fix the cosmetic problems but that doesn't help the lack of customer service issues. I can only make these comparisons to the other great ship we have been on Carnival with which was the Conquest out of New Orleans in 2012. Best waiter ever was June from Indonesia. Carnival please bring this ships standards up to yours so others don't have to deal with what we did. I will give Carnival props on getting us onboard in Cabo. Do to 2 plane mechanical problems we missed the boat out of Long Beach and embarked in Cabo. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
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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