681 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

My oldest Son and Daughter bought my Wife and I a 7 day cruise to Mexico just happened to be mother's Day that Sunday made momma feel really loved. We enjoyed the cruise very much spent a lot of time on deck watching all the ... Read More
My oldest Son and Daughter bought my Wife and I a 7 day cruise to Mexico just happened to be mother's Day that Sunday made momma feel really loved. We enjoyed the cruise very much spent a lot of time on deck watching all the entertainment and shows , we had a great room with great room service. We are planning a return trip this fall on this same ship with my 3 adult daughters. Highly recommend this cruise.Getting on and off the ship wasn't too bad either as I use a wheelchair. Wait times weren't too bad, we were late getting on the ship because they had 3 wedding ceremonies that morning and had to wait for all the guests to leave before we could board the ship, other than that no problems. We did one excursion in Puerto Vallarta, the Pirate cruise was so awesome they served us breakfast and lunch on the ship went to a private beach with open bar and swam and kayaked had so much fun.Very high recommended. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had 6 people and 3 balcony staterooms. This was my first Carnival Cruise. I have only cruised Royal before but my nephew talked us into joining them. It was a great cruise. I was very impressed with Carnival. Cabins were basic and ... Read More
We had 6 people and 3 balcony staterooms. This was my first Carnival Cruise. I have only cruised Royal before but my nephew talked us into joining them. It was a great cruise. I was very impressed with Carnival. Cabins were basic and plenty of storage. Restrooms were adequate sized. Good shower. Our only complaint was the very heavy door into the room. Our steward told us it was one of the hardest to open. Balcony door was also heavy and difficult to open. My mom is 79 and found is almost too much. We were in Cabin 5194. Vibration in the cabin could be felt but was not too bad. We loved our balcony and spend a lot of time out there. We had two chairs (1 reclined) and a small table. We saw whales, dolphins, mantra rays and flying fish. Meals in the Dining Room were wonderful. Served hot and well presented. We ate all dinners but one there and all 3 of the at sea brunches. Service was excellent. It took almost 2 hours for each meal so keep that in mind. The waiters performed 3 times. Lido Buffet was not as enjoyable. The buffet food seemed to be mostly Chinese or Italian. The lines for the grill and pizza were always very long but very very worth it. The pizza was GREAT! We always had to hunt for a table and then stand in long lines. We did see one of our Dining Room servers on the one night we had to eat at the buffet because of a late excursion and he brought me chocolate melting cake to the Lido deck. Excellent. At Cabo we just went shopping. We took the bike taxi's into town. Cost about $7 per taxi. Mazatlan - we did the mini speed boats and beach escape. Loved the mini speed boats. At the end they let us go full out for about 15 minutes around a large bay. Best time! The beach time was okay but had large waves so wasn't as relaxing as I wanted. We could have gone to the hotel pool but it was a walk and a boat ride away and we didn't want to take the time. Puerto Vallarta - We did Las Caletas Beach Hideway. Loved it. Great entertainment on the way to and from the beach. Great meal. Great snorkeling. They have rafts out in the bay with hammocks, umbrellas and palm trees. Wonderful. Lots of areas to sit on the beach. We saw monkeys, birds and snakes. Really recommend this excursion. Boat 6 with JC was great fun. Everything is included - drinks served all day and on the boat to and from the beach. Not great for people with walking difficulties. Uneven paths and restrooms are up a steep path and lit only by candles. We went to two shows. They were very entertaining. We did several trivia games that were fun. We did bingo once. $20, $30 or $40 for 3 games. Took about 15 minutes and we all lost. Oh well. It was too cold for the pool and the spas were pretty crowded. All in all a great time was had by all. We had no problems and only went to guest services once and they were very helpful and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We flew in a couple of days early so we could see the sites in Cali! We had a early flight from Hobby Houston to LAX and arrived on time, caught the Avis shuttle and picked up our rental car 45 minutes early! Everything was flowing so ... Read More
We flew in a couple of days early so we could see the sites in Cali! We had a early flight from Hobby Houston to LAX and arrived on time, caught the Avis shuttle and picked up our rental car 45 minutes early! Everything was flowing so smooth. I had not made a firm plan as to what we would do first so we decided that we would just make our way toward our Hotel and see how easy it would be to locate with the LA traffic. Easy! Arrived about 11 a.m. LA time which was 1 p.m. our time. The Best Western Plus Redondo Beach (located one mile from the beach) was the best. We explained we were very early to check in but wanted to see if we could check in early. YES we could! Very nice hotel and great rates with free parking! That is a miracle in itself! Breakfast included in our package and it was very good! Great time visiting the beaches for the next 2 1/2 days and finding Rodeo Drive for some shopping, SUR,PUMP, the Chinese Theater, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood sign and stopping at every beach from Malibu to Torrance/Redondo beach. I had read many reviews and was worried about Embarkation at Long Beach since most reviews were not that favorable. We left our hotel at 9 a.m. and drove to Long Beach and located the shipping terminal and looked around. Found the Avis Rental car place downtown off of Ocean Ave. and turned our car in and caught a cab for $10 back to the shipping Terminal. We arrived around 12 and we were on the ship and in our room by 1:30. No priority boarding or FTTF for us! Side note for those people just 15 minutes behind us the line got extremely long very quick! We were on deck 8 and as a smoker I was interested in finding the smoking area of the ship and on the starboard side, on decks 9 and 10 a very nice smoking area that overlooked the pool was to be found! Deck 9 is covered and had tables. Our room steward was awesome and straighten our room several times a day. Room was clean. This was a free cruise for us with a casino offer. My Husband won $362.00 the first night and he was done gambling. I however spent some time in there and had my drink card by the end of the second night (1500 points) I am not a drinker however I do like to drink coke. My biggest complaint was the bar service. Took forever and ever to just get a coke. Once I walked the entire casino twice and never saw one waiter and even asked the people at the bar if anyone was working. They said 8 were. Let me tell ya they seem to hide because most of the cruise getting a coke in the casino was next to impossible. I believe that this is the first time that the new dining format was done on the Miracle. I admit I missed the table cloths. Our ship was rocking and the water was sloshing too!. It was the first time in 7 cruises that we chose anytime dining and we never had to wait to be seated. We ate around 6 p.m. We have always enjoyed our dining experience on the other cruises and we did on this one to however our waiter seemed overworked! We had difficulty just getting tea to drink and coffee with our desert. However if you wanted a shot or a drink from the bar those arrived in short order along with the receipt for your charge to sail and sign. I think having a set dining time may be better. I really did notice that our waiter had several tables and really seemed to struggle somewhat, Guessing it could have truly been the new American Table rollout. Our first stop was in Cabo and the port had closed to all small boats! Excursion cancelled.....I really wanted to see the whales! No other ships were there and because we did have an excursion booked we got an early tender to Cabo. Nice quite day at the Beach. Mazatlan. Overcast and all small crafts were cancelled again. We grabbed a $25 tour in port and had the best day ever. Don't remember the name of the guide but he took his time and we saw the sights! Puerto Vallarta, we took a $4 taxi (van) to Zone 1 and walked the seawall. We strolled down checking out the shops, sculptures and the old church. We ended up at Si Senor, I tipped the guy $4 and we got 2 lounge chairs, umbrella and table right on the beach. Had guacamole prepared right there on the beach! Waves were huge and it was a beautiful day. We ordered a sampler plate later in the day and stayed there until about 4 p.m. Walked 1 block away from the ocean and caught a cab back to the ship for $10 Great, sunny day at the beach! Disembarkation We chose to keep our luggage and take it all off ourselves and we were off the ship by 9 a.m. EASY EASY Caught a cab back to Avis for $10 and picked up our rental car. We had a 6 p.m. flight so we spent our day driving around Malibu. We drove back to the Santa Monica Pier and ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp. Left there at 3 p.m. and drove to Avis, dropped off the car and caught the Avis Shuttle back to LAX. Great flights on Southwest and made it back to Texas around midnight Texas time! Awesome 10 day vacation Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We left on Feb. 13th from Long Beach, Ca. we parked in the parking garage. It was $133.00 for the week. Super convenient, just walk across street to Terminal. I would get there at 12:30, they don't let anyone on till 1:00 pm. so why ... Read More
We left on Feb. 13th from Long Beach, Ca. we parked in the parking garage. It was $133.00 for the week. Super convenient, just walk across street to Terminal. I would get there at 12:30, they don't let anyone on till 1:00 pm. so why wait in line all day. Plus if it's hot it's really a long wait. We just walked on. Drop off your suitcases with the porter. Our Cabin was a balcony, there are so many sights it's worth the money to just stay in your room and just look out at the beautiful surroundings. Our cabin was taken care of by Juan, he knew our names and was extra helpful if we needed anything. Our Dining experience was awesome. Some of the best food we've ever had. Armando our waiter knew our names and was extra friendly. He was fun.. it made us dining experience a event. We didn't do any excursions, this was our 3rd Carnival cruise and we were by ourselves so we just walked off the ports and explored everything our selves. The entertainment was really good, we had some really funny comics. The dance/music numbers were very entertaining. I would give the Miracle 5 stars, there isn't anything that would of been better. Disembarkation was swift and easy. Loved it ! we'll be back on a another Carnival ship soon. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We had not sailed on Carnival for about 6 years, and had left from the port in San Diego. Now they embark all their west coast departures (except Alaska) from Long Beach. The embarkation procedure was really terrible. The registration ... Read More
We had not sailed on Carnival for about 6 years, and had left from the port in San Diego. Now they embark all their west coast departures (except Alaska) from Long Beach. The embarkation procedure was really terrible. The registration is outdoors, and it was cold, rainy and windy. We were supposed to have special needs assistance, the S.N. department emailed me that we should contact the "special needs desk" when we arrived at the port; there was no such desk, or any representatives either. The "special needs line" was at least 150 to 200 persons long when we arrived, and moved at a snail's pace. I went to the head of the line to see what was the problem, and there was ONE person doing the check-in. There were not nearly enough wheelchairs for the passengers who had been promised this service. We decided at that point that we would never, ever sail out of this port again. Not a great start to a much anticipated good time. Once the Carnival representatives woke up & decided that it wasn't a good idea to leave us out in the inclement weather, and no place to sit, we were escorted inside, cleared security, and the process was completed pretty quick. It might have been expedited by the fact that my husband (who was in a motorized scooter) was directed into a line that wasn't wide enough for it to go thru, and he rolled over one of the stanchions that hold the divider belts. The scooter immediately fell on it's side with my husband on it. That brought attention from lots of people immediately, couldn't get us out of there and to our stateroom quick enough....... After that horrible start, we did enjoy most everything about our cruise. The stateroom was very, very nice. It was a Premium Balcony, Cat. 9B. Very large, plenty of room for the scooter, 2 large closets with shelves in each, more drawers for other storage. We actually had one drawer that wasn't used at all. The bathroom was small, but had a shower only, we like that rather than having to get over the high sides that cruise ship tubs seem to have. The veranda was also very roomy, 2 hi-back chairs, and a lounge chair. We would have liked a larger table - the one we had was just a very small stool. Our room steward, Joel, was very accommodating, brought more items as soon as we asked. And, the towel animals were great. Dining was also very good. We had asked for a table for 2 that would accommodate my husband's scooter. The table was for 2, but it wasn't conveniently located - he had to back into the side of it, then turn his chair to face the table. It still took up space in the walking area beside us, there were many other tables that he could have just driven directly beside it, no maneuvering. The food choices were different every night, enough variety that we could order many items that we had never tried, and wanted to. All the food was really good. The specialty steakhouse was definitely worth the extra fee. We went the first night to avoid the usual confusion in the MDR. The waitstaff were quick, and always got our orders correct; the hot items were hot, and the cold ones were cold. The Lido "buffet", was arranged with many "stations" so that you didn't have to stand in long lines (Asian, Deli, Salad Bar, Daily theme, Grill, etc). That was good thinking. However on sea days, it was very crowded and hard to find a table. There were supposed to be food items related to the area where we were cruising, but there really wasn't much that we could see. A Mexican buffet (during regular hours) would have been nice. We were slightly disappointed with the entertainment, this cruise was advertised as a "Journey", which supposedly had "local entertainment" - we thought this would be singers, dancers, Mariachi bands, etc. from the different Mexican ports, but there was no Mexican music at all that we could hear - not only no live performers, but the music over the loud speakers was all Caribbean reggae. We did attend the Production music/dancing shows. We were amazed at the performers stamina and enthusiasm. Very much enjoyed them. We didn't take any excursions - there weren't any that would be able to accommodate a motorized scooter, and the Mexican towns aren't really set up for them to get around. There were several that we could get off the ship where the port had a special area for people to shop, have lunch, and take pictures. Enrichment activities seemed to be limited to a naturalist who spoke about the various sea animals (dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions) and they were enjoyable, but we would have liked to hear about the culture and history of the various areas of the costal states. Disembarkation was pretty smooth. We were directed to a lounge for special needs passengers to wait for our number. There was a representative who was keeping a list of the people, and their baggage numbers. The only hold-up was a lack of "pushers" to assist the wheelchair passengers to the luggage & security area. This was complicated by a break-down of the only escalator to the luggage floor for the regular passengers. They had to negotiate a flight of stairs carrying their hand luggage (some of it was really big). But we were out by about 10:30, not too bad. In summary, after we survived the miserable embarkation, we had a very good time, nothing to seriously complain about. We would sail Carnival again, if they renovated that port area, but would not go to the same one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was my first trip to Hawaii, but my 15th cruise over all--certainly not my longest, but I live for longer cruises just like this with lots of sea days, amazing ports, and the experience one can only get during time on a ship. I ... Read More
This was my first trip to Hawaii, but my 15th cruise over all--certainly not my longest, but I live for longer cruises just like this with lots of sea days, amazing ports, and the experience one can only get during time on a ship. I arrived with my partner in Long Beach the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hotel Maya. It was a fabulous hotel (albeit a bit on the pricey side when it came to dining--even though the food was fantastic!) with beautiful views of the harbor. We were able to watch the Miracle as she came in and felt the anticipation that comes when the heart starts beating faster upon seeing the ship for the first time. This was, unfortunately, NOT my first time sailing out of Long Beach, and so I was prepared for the major mess that embarkation is from this port. Why can't Carnival get this right? We watched supervisors literally changing lines and policies on the fly. They sail out of Long Beach three times every week--they should certainly be able to get their act together. That had the potential of marring the first day, but once onboard the ship the process was soon forgotten. We were on a ship bound for Hawaii! We had an interior cabin on deck one with a fabulous steward. The room was clean and tidy and had even been somewhat updated (flat screen tv, newer mattresses) and was very comfortable for our 15 days. I am platinum and when I arrived in my cabin the bottle of water and drink coupon were waiting for me, and the gift arrived later in the week. Dining was fabulous on this ship. In fact, things in the main dining room were so good that we never ventured up to the steak house, which is highly unusual for us. We had an amazing service team and loved the variety on the dining room menus that comes with the longer cruises--you get to see things you don't normally see on a Carnival menu. The staff was not only friendly but also highly efficient, and the longest we were ever in the dining room from being seated to walking out was 1 hour and 15 minutes max. The buffet was what the buffet is--the regional varieties were interesting, but buffet isn't really our thing and so we only ate there three or four times. We did try the new room service menu--got the free Caesar salad and deserts, and then paid extra for wings, fries, and pizza and were very impressed with all of it. With 9 1/2 sea days I thought the staff did a great job of planning activities. Yes, there was a lot of trivia, but that's not really our thing. We did, however, love the lectures (there were two lecturers--a naturalist and Tom, from the Academy of Fun, and we attended all of their lectures and collected all of the pins). We also loved the throwback sea day. The frog races were silly but fun, as was the horse racing. Chloe, the cruise director, did a good job with the love and marriage show, and all of the guest acts were incredible. The shows were average at best--we've seen far better shows on other Carnival ships, and we are no fans of the Playlist Productions. I'll say more about the ports in individual summaries, but we did our research in advance and rented a car in Kauai, Maui, and Hilo. We just wandered around in Kona and shopped for souvenirs, and then we booked an excursion through Carnival for Pearl Harbor that was good but somewhat sabotaged by a well-meaning tour guide at the USS Missouri who took way too much time, keeping us from having the time we wanted to see the whole ship. I used the gym nearly every day. It was a typical cruise experience--the gym was packed the first few days, and by day seven it was fairly empty and machines were easy to come by. Disembarkation was handled very well. It was raining in Long Beach, which made things a bit complicated because the port authority would not allow people to stand on the bridge/gangway while it was raining, but the staff did a fantastic job of keeping people informed. We were zone 1 but opted to get off the ship at 10:15 to manage our time better. We quickly found a taxi to take us to LAX and began our journey home. I will say that the crossing to Hawaii was a tad rough, but all-in-all it was far better than the last time I went across the Pacific. The ride back was far more smooth and there were even some sunny days to lay out on the Serenity Deck and get some sun. There was some sickness on board--I think that many people came on board sick and it spread quickly. There was a flu-like thing that went around, but it passed quickly. Those that had it were pretty miserable, and those that reported it were restricted to their cabins, which is where they should be so that the rest of us would not get it. All-in-all, it was a great cruise, and the Journeys activities made it even better. In fact, we had such a good time that we have booked a return trip in October to do it all again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our first cruise and my daughter and I had a fantastic time. We upgraded to an ocean suite and had faster to the fun. Both were well worth it. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smooth and well organized. Herry was our ... Read More
This was our first cruise and my daughter and I had a fantastic time. We upgraded to an ocean suite and had faster to the fun. Both were well worth it. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smooth and well organized. Herry was our steward and he was very friendly and attentive. We did the Chef's table which was fantastic! It was very interesting to see the workings of the galley and how well organized it was for serving so many meals. Not to mention that the food was great! We also did the steakhouse for our first night of the cruise and had a great dinner. Overall the food on the ship was great. We had fun trying the drinks at the Alchemy bar! The bartenders were fun and friendly and the drinks were tasty! Overall the cruise was a lot of fun. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I travelled with our 15 year old son on this Christmas cruise and we had a wonderful time. Particularly enjoyable for my son was Club O2, the program catering to 15-17 year olds. I thought he might be reluctant to participate, but ... Read More
I travelled with our 15 year old son on this Christmas cruise and we had a wonderful time. Particularly enjoyable for my son was Club O2, the program catering to 15-17 year olds. I thought he might be reluctant to participate, but there was so many activities I barely saw him. Due to the season, there was a wonderful Christmas service and other things to commemorate the season. The food was good, with our headwaiter Karn and his staff catering to my sons enormous capacity for food, bringing extra dishes most nights. My favorite was the crab cake appetizer, my son's the melted chocolate cake which he had almost every night (or finished mine). I would have preferred a larger appetizer portion (most were tiny) but smaller desserts. My only complaint was the selection at the dinner buffet on the Lido deck was very limited. I would have appreciated if the appetizers served in the dining room was also available at the buffet, but they weren't. We ate there twice since the late dining conflicted with our scheduled activities. We tried immediately upon boarding to change to the early seating, but could not be accommodated. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze and very quick since we paid for a Faster to the Fun pass, and highly recommend this service if you're like me and hate to wait on line. Customs at Long Beach was also a breeze and seemingly well organized. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our second time on the Miracle. We arrived at the ship and were met by a porter as we stepped out of the cab. We had a Faster To The Fun pass so our boarding was expedited. We check in and were on the ship in short order. Our ... Read More
This was our second time on the Miracle. We arrived at the ship and were met by a porter as we stepped out of the cab. We had a Faster To The Fun pass so our boarding was expedited. We check in and were on the ship in short order. Our cabin was ready and our luggage was there after the emergency drill was over. Very impressive. The food on the lido deck was good, but not great. The food in the main dinning room was awesome. Our head waiter was named Howard. Howard and his team were very attentive and fast. The food was excellent. Our cabin steward was named Ali. He was great and so was our balcony cabin. Ali and his crew kept the place looking great. We ordered room service. The food was there quickly and it tasted great. The galley even called our room and asked how we enjoyed our food. This was a nice touch. We had to call security at one point for marijuana smoking on A neighboring balcony. The security officer came to our cabin within minutes and took a report. He then continued to investigate the case. We even received a follow up call to see if there was any further problems. The entertainers and shows on the ship were very well done. We enjoyed the music, dancing, and comedy. The bar staff in these areas were also very attentive and the drinks were first rate. We did not do any shore excursions. We did get off the ship and go to the beach in Cabo. We also got off the ship in Puerto Vallarta and went shopping. We had a great time in both places and we felt very safe. We arrived back in Long Beach at about 0600hrs. We were off the ship by 0820hrs and in a cab by 0830hrs. We were very impressed with the entire Carnival operation in Long Beach. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Like many couples, my wife and I have busy schedules. Ours prevented us from taking a honeymoon immediately after our wedding (last November). We debated and debated our options- Dominican Republic All-Inclusive location, Hawaii, Costa ... Read More
Like many couples, my wife and I have busy schedules. Ours prevented us from taking a honeymoon immediately after our wedding (last November). We debated and debated our options- Dominican Republic All-Inclusive location, Hawaii, Costa Rica, etc. We initially didn't consider a cruise because I'm prone to getting sea-sick. But after talking to my wife's sister, we decided to look into cruise options. We decided to take our travel agent's advice and go with Carnival for the following reasons: - Great dining options - Reputation of good service and entertainment options - Port location (didn't have to travel out of state) - Liveliness of the guests Carnival's web site clearly explained our dining, entertainment and beverage options as well as the shore excursions. I wasn't able to use the live chat option but the phone service agent I spoke to was not only helpful she really went above and beyond to explain options and to help us prepare for the trip. Embarkation- I guess this is unavoidable but this process is a little bit like waiting in line for the Cars or Indiana Jones rides at Disneyland- it's best to get there early but you still will have to wait in line. Bring a jacket if you're cruising in the winter time because it's pretty chilly in the waiting area. You'll get your credential/room key at check-in. Once you get on the ship (after going through security) food is available on the Lido deck which is a good thing because most people are hungry by that point. Cabins are usually said to be ready an hour or two after embarkation. We'll go for the priority boarding option for our next cruise. Room- the room was larger than expected and very comfortable. We had ample closet space, a nice bathroom with a standup shower, and an enlarged balcony/deck. Our room was 5131 which near the front of the ship, right above the emergency boats. The beds were decent but a little uneven- they were out of queen/king beds so they had to convert two twins to make a queen sized bed for us. There was a 24 inch flat screen tv with a few cable stations and fully stocked mini fridge which we didn't take advantage of. The room also featured a couch with a pullout bed. Food- there is a little of everything on the ship- 24 hour pizza, a sandwich bar, 24hr ice cream, American food station, Asian food station, salad bar, desert bar and several coffee, tea and juice stations, breakfast buffets in the morning. Guests also have the option of going to brunch in Bacchus dining room (where dinner and tea times are also served). The brunch and dinner options were our favorite. My wife also liked the Asian buffet station. All of the options just listed are included in the cruise price. There are other dining options that are not included. Entertainment- The entertainment was fine. The Heart and Soul concert and the couples game show were our favorite. The comedy club was also good. Karaoke was good but depending on the talent could get weird. The trivia games were good and there is really something for everyone but there is also a lot of down time so the cruise can be very restful. On that note there were a lot of kids on the cruise but this only added to the energy level of the cruise. Port stops- our first stop was Cabo. The debarkation experience at the port was fine. We didn't do any of the excursions but did hire a pedi cab to take us on a tour. Cabo is a fine city but not a favorite of ours. Puerto Vallarto was awesome. Debarkation process was fine and the city itself was a little more lively and tourist friendly. There are other elements of the cruise that I could write about but I'll end the post with a final note. We met some amazing people on the cruise and made some friends that I'm sure will be in our lives for a long time. The entire crew was awesome and we very much enjoyed getting to know some of their stories. A few specific shout outs- our waiter for dinner- Minor and his team- Jake, Alexander and Jason. Ankit, Stephen Chasney, Gavin and others. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I read some reviews others wrote that said the ship was old, run down, dirty and had bad food. This doesn't sound like the ship we were on at all. We had a great time, loved the ship, service was great and food was amazing as always. ... Read More
I read some reviews others wrote that said the ship was old, run down, dirty and had bad food. This doesn't sound like the ship we were on at all. We had a great time, loved the ship, service was great and food was amazing as always. We've been on 7 cruises and the miracle was my favorite ship so far. The only thing I would say that was less than perfect was The Chefs Table. We did this a year ago in another carnival ship and were a little disappointed this time because the food we were served was exactly the same. Also the portions of the main course were too big. By the time we got to the Wagyu beef, I was literally sick and could not eat one more bite. This food is very rich and this needs to be taken into consideration. Other than that, we had a fantastic time and can't wait to cruise on the miracle again! With 2600 guests on board we never felt crowded! Favorites were Serenity deck, Alchemy bar and Nick & Nora's steakhouse! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
4 of us older ladies recenly returned to Uk after enjoying a great time on Miracle.We found the cabins comfy ,and all staff,from cleaners to Captain extremely friendly and efficient! The ship takes a mandatory fee for tips ( to cover an ... Read More
4 of us older ladies recenly returned to Uk after enjoying a great time on Miracle.We found the cabins comfy ,and all staff,from cleaners to Captain extremely friendly and efficient! The ship takes a mandatory fee for tips ( to cover an amount per job ) from your credit card at the end of the cruise..and ..we were shocked at how many people cancelled this charge! In our view it was a reasonable amount for the hard work ALL staff had put in for 15 days.How mean can you be ? We enjoyed the various fun activities on board ( I was voted Miss Miracle! LOL...NOT a beauty contest I add! )...and the shows and deck parties were great fun. The food choices was ample to please most people (always some moaners!)..and one could opt to be served in the dining room instead of buffet if one chose. Although we are all drinkers ( ex pub landladies!!)..and had taken out the drinks package..I will not do so on my forthcoming next cruise.We found one would be hard pressed to drink enough to make this charge feasible...especially as we played the slots heavily in the Casino..for which we earned points.When the target was reached...drinks were given free in the casino! We easily gained enough points...as we spent most nights in it..and obviously did not pay for drinks from then on..which made the drinks package obsolete!! Hence my reason for not taking the option again! Smoking is another of my vices LOL..and I was delighted to find this was allowed in the Casino! Other than that...smoking areas were in one pool and on two areas of decks. The pool areas were lovely and one is adults only .( Serenity ).and has more comfy sun loungers etc..plus towels are available there too. All in all..a wonderful experience! I have tried to cover points not made in other posts usually...and if anybody would like more detailed comments..please feel free to contact me.Happy Xmas to all and Peace to come to the World! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I have been cruising out of Long Beach for years, and since I always have Priority Boarding, I've noticed normally they will start to let you in about 11:45-12:30, so for me no sense in getting there any earlier... Fast forward, my ... Read More
I have been cruising out of Long Beach for years, and since I always have Priority Boarding, I've noticed normally they will start to let you in about 11:45-12:30, so for me no sense in getting there any earlier... Fast forward, my cabin bathroom sink would trickle out water, so notified information desk about it and it was fixed promptly... Other than that hiccup, room was fine, and comfy... I had cabin 4123. After 20 cruises now with carnival, the food was good as usual.. Some observations from past two years, the plates at the buffet are larger, which is good - not cause you want to pile on food, but the smaller plates food was easier to spill off while going back to table in the crowds... The chicken tenders, embarkation day, they must be left overs from previous cruise cause they are very hard, and crunchy... As you come to day two or three, those tenders are really, tender... The pizza, well, they give you the whole small size pizza, but I have to say, it really sucks... First, the dough tastes like nothing, needs something, salt ? And they do not put enough cheese on it. As you pick up a slice, its like picking up a wet paper towel, and everything slides off.... Carnival, the pizza was BETTER THE OLD WAY! Dining room, had your time dining... No problems or issues, got different tables each day, no problem! Food in there was nicely cooked and presented as usual. Red Frog Pub was great, nice to have live music in there, and the Thirsty Frog Beer was good too, went down smooth...Most other venues were good as always.. Wish they would bring back an afternoon movie, they use to do them on smaller ships.. But its nice to just relax and sip a drink while watching a movie and vegging out... Internet, bought the medium priced one for $60 ? A few days into cruise, I paid for best one $39 more... I didn't notice much difference at all... But it is nice that you are "always" connected on the ship... Which means texts and emails just like you would get at home. General layout of the ship.... Well, Miracle is similar to its sister ships Pride, Legend, Spirit.. This is one of my fav ships, at 88,000 tons, its a nice size. The Stops... This cruise was in Puerto Vallarta overnight, then off to cabo... I would rather of had the stop in Mazatlan as well, but they had that on the previous cruise.. Cheers Package...I bought it once more, but I have come to realize, you have to force yourself to drink more just to make it worth it.. Its almost like a chore.. I'd rather not buy that anymore, I'll drink when I want to drink, and when I Really want another. Casino... Well, casino is casino... Its made for losing, but if you can do it in moderation, then its a good thing... Overall, a fun and relaxing cruise.. To the Carnival Corporate Peeps reading this .... BRING BACK BEAUTIFUL SAN DIEGO PORT... I WANNA GO BACK TO ACAPULCO! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Let me start by saying this was our first time visiting the Hawaiian islands for both of us. We booked our trip almost a year in advance to assure we'd get a spot. This was the famous "Halloween" trip to Hawaii. We had ... Read More
Let me start by saying this was our first time visiting the Hawaiian islands for both of us. We booked our trip almost a year in advance to assure we'd get a spot. This was the famous "Halloween" trip to Hawaii. We had previously taken the cruise to Mexico in 2012 and enjoyed the trip. The Good: We ate in the Bachhus dining assigned seating most of the trip.There was always a new selection of dinner/dessert items and everything was delicious, well cooked and seasoned. We got to know our wait staff and they were very good at serving us professionally. Breakfast was always the same except for a couple of entrees which were served every couple of days. We didn't eat much as for lunch but I did sample some of the different cuisines and they were decent. Thin crust pizza was good and you could get different varieties. The Gym was well stocked with free weights, machines, Jacuzzi, steam, sauna. The Serinity Deck was a great place to relax, read and meet wonderful people. We didn't take in many shows this time but did go to the Comedy shows and the comics were funny. It was nice to see people actually winning in the casino this trip as I don't recall many winners on the Mexico trip. Our room was always addressed when we left our room card on the door. I didn't have to ask for towels/bedding. All our excursions went smoothly except the Kona stop. Because the swells were rocking the ship and tenders it was difficult for many older folks to get their sea legs and get in/out of the tenders. I didn't miss my sub ride fortunately. The weather was never much of a factor to and from Long Beach and it never rained the whole time we were in the islands. It was beautiful! Now the bad : Caranival should figure out how to speed up embarkation. There were many older people having to stand for long periods and in exposed sun. Unfortunately they can't board you until the ship has been cleaned. I get it. Carnival needs to improve the television Direct TV. If your TV says it has 20+ channels then please show them. The TV was constantly showing repeat carnival stuff and most of the time the other channels weren't coming in. It's Direct TV (SATELLITE) How does the ship fail to get a signal in the middle of the ocean and no bad weather!! Some of us just want to relax in our rooms and watch TV. One Major Issue with this problem was that your sports bar could not show the opening game of the WORLD SERIES!!! The Miracle had some previous issues with propulsion vibration. I don't know how bad it was before they dry docked the ship earlier this year to fix it, but the ship still has vibration issues. Our bed vibrated the entire time we were under power. You do get use to it and it didn't seem to effect sleep, but that's just me. We were mid-ship 6th floor. Overall, We had a good time on board and the staff and crew were great to us. Thank You Carnival for an overall enjoyable experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We had never done a west coast cruise so we decided to try one. We did a 7 day, 2 ports of call cruise and absolutely loved it. This ship is a very beautiful ship with a Phantom of the Opera theme. Although we we will never return to Port ... Read More
We had never done a west coast cruise so we decided to try one. We did a 7 day, 2 ports of call cruise and absolutely loved it. This ship is a very beautiful ship with a Phantom of the Opera theme. Although we we will never return to Port of Villarta we definitely want to return to to Cabo San Lucas! We started our cruise meeting a couple that are members of Cruise Critics (Cindy and Norman) and spent a little time with others from this forum. We had such a great time and the 4 days at sea was so relaxing. We are normally used to being at a different port of call every day were you are up early, going all day and hit the bed late at night. This becomes very exhausting, but not on this one! The entertainment on board was awesome and we really enjoyed a lady named Wonder Wood. She has a most unique voice and she is such a beautiful lady. She even joined us for dinner one night of the cruise allowing us to learn a bit more about her. You can follow her at noisetrade.com/wonder. We are cruising again in 12 days and already planning a Hawaiian Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I picked this cruise mostly because of the departure port - I wanted to cruise with friends from southern California and it just plain made sense to leave from Long Beach. Two of us were first time cruisers and one had been on a previous ... Read More
I picked this cruise mostly because of the departure port - I wanted to cruise with friends from southern California and it just plain made sense to leave from Long Beach. Two of us were first time cruisers and one had been on a previous cruise with RCI for an academic conference (and hence had not done many/any of the 'typical' cruise things.) I flew in to LAX arriving at shortly before 8AM and we drove to the port for parking- they began boarding us around 10:30 AM. I have a disability that limits my ability to stand for a long time; Carnival was very accomodating in general for this but I wish I'd known to ask about muster- I had requested to find out if there was seating in any boarding area where we might be in extended lines; Carnival pre-boarded us instead (which was fine!). The muster drill was very slow, but this was NOT carnival's fault- mostly it was due to people having to be rounded up and brought late to the drill- I wish I'd known to ask about seating during that- there was apparently a separete drill for mobility/disabled people indoors and that would have been useful to know and request, as I think I would have heard more of the drill if I was not focusing on not falling over after standing in the sun for half an hour.... Our cabin was a balcony guarantee and we ended up with an extended balcony, 8225. It was roomy and lots of space for storage. Even with three adults, it rarely felt crowded. The sofa bed was a bit short (I'm 5'6 and fit on it fine, but a taller adult would not have). The cabin was quiet overall. We did occasionally hear noises during the night when the Lido seating area was being cleaned but they were never long lasting or particularly intrusive. (The noises from other cabins closing their balcony doors was frankly louder. Our steward was John and he did a good job at keeping us well supplied with towels. We did have a bit of trouble with the climate control in the cabin- the dial cover on the temperature control kept falling off, and we weren't really sure where it was indicating as a result. The first night was a bit cold, but housekeeping sent up blankets very quickly on request and after that we got it dialed into a comfortable level that maintained nicely. We didn't participate in too many ship activities. The Serenity area was nice- not particularly serene, but nice, with a great view of the ship's wake. Finding loungers was very tough, and we didn't tend to hang out up there for this reason. There were several fun trivia contests during the week, but mostly we were on board to relax, so we did! The cruise director, Corey, was a blast every time we ran into him. Hurricane Linda was an interesting experience during our sailing. The first evening, the captain announced on the PA that our ports had been rearranged to minimize the impact on us, but that sailing would be a bit rough. We didn't have any trouble with seasickness, but there was definitely quite a bit of turbulence. (This was obviously NOT the fault of the ship or anything like that- just a fact of skirting along the edges of what eventually ended up being a Cat3 storm!) At one point, the pools had to be closed because of the amount of motion posing risks to those on deck. We had late dining and our head waiter, Yudi, was fantastic, as was his team. The food was overall quite good- a couple of the beef dishes were very fatty and not great cuts of meat, but others were fantastic. The buffet was okay- nothing spectacular, but defintely adequate. The only food that we outright disliked honestly was the hot dogs from the grill. The dogs are very large (like kielbasa or smoked sausage) but not seasoned and are clearly just large 'regular' hot dogs, with very little flavor, cooked on a roller system as in gas stations. If they'd been actually grilled, they'd have been okay, but as it was, they were pretty terrible. The breakfast in the main dining room is very solid- the sea day brunches are fantastic fun and a great way to start off the day without rushing. We only ate breakfast in the Lido buffet once and found it acceptable but nothing to write home about. None of us purchased a beverage package. Water is freely available throughout the ship (and the regular nonbottled water tasted just fine to us), but if you like to stay hydrated, bringing a sports bottle or something is a must- the buffet only has these tiny little juice tumbler sized glasses, and the bars will give you water in highball glasses that don't hold much either. Drink prices weren't terrible. Cocktails and frozen beverages from most of the bars were around the $8-9 mark, and unboozey versions cheaper than that. We really enjoyed the premium Alchemy bar ith top shelf liquors, and in particular the Remedy- a fruity rum cocktail that just seriously was REALLY GOOD. (It was also good sans alcohol when we decided that the rocking boat didn't need any help from booze to make us lose our footing!). We didn't do our shore excursions through Carnival so not including them in this review. The ship's decor is very purple. We thought it was a great deal of fun and a bit over the top in an entertaining way, but if you want everything serene and unglittery, this may not be your ship. While the ship was fully booked, we very rarely felt crowded (the pool areas were constantly quite busy, at least every time we went) and there were lots of wonderful public areas to just relax and hang out in. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Our family had fun and great time on this cruise ship. The staff were all friendly and doing their job, well. Dining at Bacchus was great. Thanks to Pande, Welly, Nemie, Leonora, Danilo, Vergel and Carlos, among others. After dinner, we ... Read More
Our family had fun and great time on this cruise ship. The staff were all friendly and doing their job, well. Dining at Bacchus was great. Thanks to Pande, Welly, Nemie, Leonora, Danilo, Vergel and Carlos, among others. After dinner, we watched musicals at the Phantom theater or some comedy at the Mad Hatters club. After a show, we still want to enjoy. So, we proceed to the Piano Bar and enjoy some music by a talented Filipino piano man. His name is Roger. He can play and sing along. He is, also, featured in the musicals at the theater. Of course, while listening to music, Bartenders Louie and Octavius provide the drinks, just the way you want it. Our cabin is clean and tidy every time we enter. Thanks to Andi, our Steward. Lots of activities on the ship. Young and old gather around and watched Ice carving by Orlando, another Filipino talent. We, also, enjoyed the excursions. Thanks to Michael in Cabo San Lucas for the snuba. Alma and her crew in Mazatlan for the Land and Sea tour. And Nelly in Puerto Vallarta for the sea safari adventure and snorkling. We, also, had fun shopping. I even won a nice $400 watch at the raffle. It, really, was a great vacation. We will, definitely, do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I have been on RCL at least 5 times, NCL and Princess as well so to say that I wasn't expecting much from Carnival was an understatement. BOY WAS I PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!! The Miracle was a great size, the food never ... Read More
I have been on RCL at least 5 times, NCL and Princess as well so to say that I wasn't expecting much from Carnival was an understatement. BOY WAS I PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!! The Miracle was a great size, the food never disappointed, the entertainment was great and the staff and crew were awesome. This was the first time I have ever seen the Captain (Vito as the staff affectionately called him) out and about, walking the ship talking with guests, asking if we were enjoying ourselves, genuinely listening and thanking everyone personally as he walked around for sailing with Carnival. Our dining room waiters were jovial and fun and always had a second (and 3rd) entree waiting for my husband. Our room attendant was fantastic and on point. The room service was fast and delicious. The made to order your own pizza was by far the best cruise ship pizza I have ever had. The buffet was plentiful and the choices were many. the embarkation and debar Katie was fast and easy as was the tendering in Cabo. There is not one thing about our cruise that I would complain about. Well done Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was an absolutely wonderful cruise for the family. We have been on many cruises and this was by far, the best for kids. Carnival does it right for child safety, allergy awareness, children's programs for all ages. One ... Read More
This was an absolutely wonderful cruise for the family. We have been on many cruises and this was by far, the best for kids. Carnival does it right for child safety, allergy awareness, children's programs for all ages. One granddaughter has very special needs and they were accommodated constantly. No less than 5 ship's personnel came to discuss the special needs required. For those that wrote a negative review, I do not understand how. The only thing we found disheartening were the rude passengers. What ever happened to manners and etiquette. Some passengers total disregard for respect was unbelievable. As my parents would say....brought up in a barn! You treat people the way you would like to be treated. There wasn't one instance where ship's employees weren't professional, kind, caring, respectful and absolutely fantastic. Great itinerary but extremely hot in Mexico for summer. I would highly recommend this cruise for a family with children. Because it was summer, there were a LOT of children on board which was great for us since we had 3 kids with us. A cruise is what you make of it...and we had a blast!!! We even loved it so much we didn't go into port one day and stayed on the ship enjoying it's many amenities! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Some tips from our recent Carnival Miracle cruise to the Mexican Riviera 1) There are not many cheap and decent places to eat, in and around the harbor front in Long Beach. We yelped a hole in the wall chinese takeout place (Wa Wa) and ... Read More
Some tips from our recent Carnival Miracle cruise to the Mexican Riviera 1) There are not many cheap and decent places to eat, in and around the harbor front in Long Beach. We yelped a hole in the wall chinese takeout place (Wa Wa) and it was fine and cheap ($8 per person). 2) A lot of people on the forum seem to stay at Maya and get a very good rate. We used the discount code found on this forum, and the description was Carnival crew only. The front desk did ask for ID and since we didn't have it, we couldn't get the $125 rate. The front desk gave us the best rate they could $287 and comped us the 8 day parking (saves on $152 from parking at the terminal). Hotel Maya was a great hotel and with great views across from the Harbor. It's a 5 minute walk to the Queen Mary. Nice pool, hot tub and well manicured grounds. It was disappointing not to get the $125 rate but the place was sold out and the front desk were willing to do the best they could. 3) Our designated time to board was 1:30. We got there at 12:00 and got through check in by 12:20. Wait in the shade, as it gets so hot. Ensure check in documents, passports and luggage tags are handy. A few people had to leave the check in line as something was amiss. I don't know if they were able to travel. 4) We brought $500 worth of pesos in advance (1 USD = 15.3 pesos from Wells Fargo) and it was so worth it, as we felt we got the best rate for excursions, taxis and other goods. One operator suggested they negotiate more favorably in pesos in Puerto Vallarta rather than Cabo. But I never felt that was the case. Some just gave me a 1:1 rate i.e they just multiplied 15.3 to the US rate and gave me a rate in pesos. I just walked away when that happened. There are so many vendors. Always negotiate. It was easy. I think they expect it too. I wrote down a bunch of prices from 100 to 1000 pesos and the equivalent in US so I had a handy reference in my wallet so I could myself what everything cost. I saw a lot of others take out their phone and use the calculator there, but the reference was much quicker and easier to use. 5) We saw a lot of people with electric fans. We brought some $2 spray bottles from Home Depot instead, and once on board, filled it with ice and cold water. Instant cheap spray which we could use all day. 6) Carnival doesn't allow you to bring bottled water on board. We brought a few reusable bottles from home and refilled them every time we ate breakfast on the Lido deck. But we also paid for two dozen water bottles that Carnival delivered to our room the first day. We asked the porter to remove all the minibar items to fit them in. The Lido deck restaurant has water stations in a number of places. I didn't like the water they had there and it tends to be warm. But there isn't much of a choice of free cold beverage other than lemonade. That got tiring after a few days. The fridge we had wouldn't stay cold, so we had to swap it out. Just ask the porter if there's any problem with the room. They are more than happy to help. 7) Our cabin was just the standard size. But with the added balcony, it made the room that much bigger, and we could spread out and have some quiet time. We made a conscious effort to keep the room somewhat tidy, so we could find what we needed quickly. We left copies of the Fun times, card keys, phones and sunglasses always in the same place. It just made leaving the room that much quicker everyday 8) Our cabin had only one main outlet. We brought an extension cord and it was very useful to use that to recharge laptops, ipads and phones overnight. We also used a small brick battery charger to quickly charge our ipads, but we didn't use it that much. I also brought a laptop and memory card reader so I could transfer all the videos and photos I took that day, crop and clean up any photos and have a fresh card for the following day. It wasn't a chore to clean up the pictures. I just did it out on the deck and we had some great memories after the trip was over. Carnival has lots of photographers taking pictures at every opportunity - dinner, walking around the popular decks, upon exiting the boat, and on the excursions themselves. The prices were expensive. So save your money, bring a decent camera and a selfies stick and do it yourself. The pictures will be a lot more personal and timely. I brought my DSLR and a few nice lenses. The only lens which I really used was the 24-70. All the longer lenses were not really used. I used a shoulder bag to carry it along with my phone, wallet, Carnival cards and water bottles and it leaves your hands free if you want to video anything on the way with a selfie stick. It wasn't cumbersome and I felt safe everywhere I went. 9) If there's a number of you travelling and staying in multiple cabins, it's useful to leave a pad of paper stuck outside your door. I saw a number of people do that. It lets others know where you are and where you can meet up, if you're not around. 10) The cabin porter left a copy of the Ships Fun Times brochure after dinner. We always picked up an extra copy or two on Lido deck (by the coffee bar) or in the Main dining room. There's a perforated strip that provides a useful summary of all the activities by time and location. Having that with us really helped us plan the days activities. 11) We did laundry once on the trip. It cost $6 to wash and dry and we were able to get change from guest services. They also provide a wash and sold service for $15 if you prefer. We brought some kitchen garbage bags with us and some washing powder The bags were useful to enable us to carry laundry and also to keep wet clothes or sandals away from other items on beach days. We did bring some spare beach towels with us, but in hindsight it was a waste since the ship's towels were perfectly fine for beach use. They even replaced the towels after a day at the beach when we returned to the ship. 12) We played mini golf and table tennis a bunch of times on Lido deck 9. You can pick up the balls at the Towel station on the pool deck since they're not always stocked by the golf course. The gym which initially we found hard to find (all the way at the end and through the mens and womens salon) gets busy in the morning. The treadmills especially get taken first. 13) We ate in the Main Dining room every day for dinner. We dressed up, but there are plenty of people who were quite casual i.e sports shirts with shorts and sandals. No one bothered them. The food in the Main dining is nicer but I wouldn't say that anything really wowed me at dinner. But it was better than the buffet on Lido deck. At various times they had prime rib, lobster, shrimp and steak. They also serve ice cold water. That was welcome since it was so hot and humid every day. The water at the buffet on Lido deck was never cold and it didn't taste very good. We had lunch on Lido deck most days unless we had an excursion. The pizza was very good and always a safe option. They use Caputo 00 flour (which I use at home to make Margheritas) so it was authentic and very good. The hamburgers were always freshly grilled and that too was a good option. They had chinese every day and it was not very good at all. There was plenty of choice but the quality was poor and the lines were always the longest. I noticed a few times that the same food they had at the Main dining room the previous night was served at the Chinese station, the following day. I'm picky when it comes to chinese food. I tried it once and once was enough. The flavor was just not there. The salad bar was good and so was the hot Deli, particularly the hand carved turkey and the wraps. But the line here can be long as well, since they only have one grill per Deli station 14) Brunch in the Main Dining room was much better than breakfast on Lido deck. There is a much better selection of breakfast food including the usual bacon and eggs and freshly made omelettes. But in addition they do have pancakes, french toast, different kinds of sausage, huevos rancheros. They provide a whole plateful of nice little pastries. Since it's brunch they have a number of lunch time entrees including pork chops and steak and eggs. The steak is actually filet mignon. It was probably the steak from Nick and Nora's that they couldn't sell from the previous night. If you eat there, there's an upcharge of $35 per person or $20 in the Main Dining room. Instead, just have brunch here, save the money and eat better quality steak for free. The coffee for one thing is also much better. Lido deck breakfast felt a bit same and a bit rushed. Brunch felt more relaxing and the service was great. Coffee and drinks are always refilled and the food came hot and fresh quickly. Brunch is casual (unlike at dinner) and runs from 8:30am to 1:00 pm from the second through to the sixth day. If you can, I would eat here for breakfast every day. But try it at least once and early in your trip. You can always go back to Lido deck if you like. But we never did. The other thing to note, is that Lido deck can get pretty busy at lunch. On the sixth day, they had a chocolate party. At one of the stations, you good choose from a variety of fruit and have it dipped in chocolate. They also had a lot of decorative chocolate cakes. The lines were huge and tables were at a premium. 15) Coffee was bad on Lido Deck, but I brought my Aeropress with me and some ground beans. Hot water I was able to get from Lido Deck. We had a balcony so being able to enjoy fresh coffee in the morning on deck was well worth it and very relaxing. The extra room we had with the balcony was also money well spent. It just made the cabin seem that much bigger. 16) We checked the weather forecast for the days we were in Cabo and Puerto Vallarta and it was supposed to be raining with thunderstorms every day. In reality, the weather was fabulous. If anything it was too hot and humid. But I never saw rain. The jackets we brought with us were never used but we did bring some floppy hats. If we hadn't the heat and humidity would have been too much. 17) We stopped at Cabo for 2 days and we never booked any tours in advance. There are plenty of operators vying for business once you get to the Marina. Tender tickets were available the day before but it was easy to get a boat. We got off at 10 am. The following day, no tender tickets were necessary. 18) We deliberated over whether to purchase the Faster to the Fun ticket ($50) i.e to get prioritized boarding and first access to the tenders. But we never did in the end and I'm glad we never paid for it, since boarding was fast (20 min) and we got a tender boat easily after lining up for a tender ticket. I don't think FTTF is worth the money at all. Only Cabo is a tender port and tickets weren't even necessary on the second day. And it's wasted on Puerto Vallarta since the boat docks right on the pier. 19) We negotiated a water taxi tour of the Arch, Lovers Beach, Divorce Beach, seal watch and other rock formations and then to Medano Beach. The operators were asking for $10 US per person. We got it down to 100 pesos each roundtrip (about $6 pp). There's also a $1 group departure fee that you pay the gate operator. That tour, which takes about 45 minutes is well worth the money. You visit a number of places. You're out on the water and the driver drops you off anywhere on Medano Beach. Just note that you're in a water taxi and you'll get out into ankle deep water, so don't wear any nice shoes. We had our water shoes on and once on the beach we were able to kick back and relax and head to the ocean. We asked to be dropped off at Tobascos Beach Resort restaurant. This was a good choice and it's much quieter here, you don't get hassled as much by beach vendors and the sand and water here is really nice. Another plus, is that the food and drinks are priced in pesos and seem to be a cheaper than the main drag i.e 95 pesos for 3 tacos, 30 pesos for smoothies, 60 pesos for 2 cocktails. There are bathrooms here and all the tables are in shade or have umbrellas attached. Beach vendors were asking for $10 to rent umbrellas and $15 to rent loungers. We didn't bother since we just hung around the restaurant and bought a few drinks once in a while. It was so casual, lazy and laid back. It was a really good choice and we would definitely go back there. You're right on the sand. Absolutely one of the best days we had. Cheap and very relaxing. The servers really took good care of us and didn't mind us hanging onto the table once we ate our food. Another plus is the location. It's away from the main strip of bars, restaurants and hotels on Medano Beach. I didn't see many people come this way so the tables were always available and the beach is not very crowded at all, unlike the main Medano strip. So perhaps that was another reason why the servers didn't rush us out. Service was relaxed and I had a nice conversation with a few of the staff when they weren't busy. It's very laid back and they understand you're there to relax and have a good time. Wonderful place to stop by and very family friendly. 20) We never spent much time in the shops or restaurants in the Marina in Cabo. They seemed over priced. We also never used the costly wifi on the ship. They have a pay as you go service for 75c minute. There are also various prepaid plans i.e 45 min for $29 (64c/min), 120 min for $59 (49c min), 240 min for $89 (37c min) or 480 min for $159 (38c min) We didn't want to pay for wifi on the boat. We found good free wifi inside an information desk building (next to La Taverna GastroBar) in the Marina. There are lots of seating and restrooms here with cooling fans and it was free to use. The place is next to the strip of places where all the operators have their business. We waited inside, cooled off and checked our email. Much more pleasant and free. 21) Some negotiated prices for excursions were Parasailing for two people at $70 US. Ziplining was about $80 US. A two hour tour of the city was 900 pesos for 4 people (about $15 each. Originally he asked for $25). We did the tour in the end and to be honest it was worth it. They provide some ice cold water and there are stops at a church, restaurant, bottle factory and some time for shopping. We usually avoid city tours and prefer to do our own thing, but it was so hot and humid outside that I didn't think they would last the morning. Overall it was a good choice, but I wouldn't do it again. It is useful though to get your bearings and see where you would like to go next time you're back. So do it once and let someone else do the driving On the driving front, just know that the drivers here are a little crazy. They're constantly weaving in and out of traffic and they're rushing the turns and cutting others off. It happened everywhere we went in Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. I'm glad I didn't drive here. Even with a GPS, I think it might be difficult to find your way around. Some of the roads are very narrow and cars are often illegally parked and paid parking often looked full and difficult to find. 22) In Cabo, I yelped a few local restaurants in advance and decided on Taco Guss. At the end of the tour, we asked the driver to drop us off there for lunch. This place came highly recommended on yelp and I can see why. Great local food and very cheap. 20 pesos for tacos ($1.20) and there's a family style make your own fajitas called Parrilladas with a whole bunch of grilled meats for 180 pesos ($12) for two. In reality it was enough food for four. The Al Pastor was fabulous. You can see them carving it from the spit out front. It was fresh and delicious. That place was was well worth a stop and about 10 min walk back to the Marina. If you want to find this place and many of the other yelp recommended ones, just exit the back of the Marina (where all of the tour operators have their premises). You'll come to a car park and walk to the right onto Marina Blvd. The road goes straight and also curves to the right. If you go straight, you'll find Lazaro Cardenas and that's where Taco Guss and other local eateries are. It's a 10 minute walk from the Marina. These are hole in the wall places, and often they're not air conditioned and the menu is priced in pesos. But the food is a lot better and cheaper than the places you'll find in the Marina. Well worth it and we'd definitely go back there again. There are plenty of other recommended local places around here and we felt perfectly safe walking around. There are lots of souvenir places and pharmacies close by. Plenty of street signs but no street numbers that I was aware of. So if you're looking specifically for a place, ask around. People were really friendly and happy to help. But write addresses and other important stuff down, especially if you're reliant on your phone and if you're not able to get internet access it can be frustrating. We saved maps for offline use in advance before the trip and it made getting around and finding places in Mexico that we wanted to visit that much easier. 23) There is no tender for Puerto Vallarta. The ship docks so it's much easier to get on and off the boat. There's a tent just outside the main gangway where people could wait for all the Carnival excursions in the shade. 24) Before you walk outside the gate, there is a round white building, where you can get some money changed and also purchase wifi access. I couldn't find any free wifi and even in the Malecon near Starbucks and McDonalds, there was no free wifi. Everything was fee based 25) There are white taxis and motor coaches just outside the gates of the marina. A few people I know took taxis to the Malecon and it cost between $6 and $10. However if you take a left outside the marina (near to the gas station), you can pick up a yellow taxi and negotiate a fare. The cab drivers asked for around 80 pesos. After negotiation it cost us 50 pesos (about $3) to head into old town and the Malecon. Bring pesos, it's much easier and negotiation always seem to be expected. I think Carnival does a paid excursion into town, but I think this is something that you can easily do yourself and it's cheap and on your own time. 26) We did the Caletas island getaway. It was our only Carnival purchased excursion of our trip and it was definitely worth it. They take you on a 45 minute Catamaran ride to an exclusive resort. It was just for our use. There were no vendors hassling us and the beach and water was fabulous. It was much better than the Malecon. All the alcoholic drinks on board were free. The hosts (Vallarta adventures) were great. The water activities i.e kayaking, snorkelling and paddle boating were all free. So was the kids adventure park (ziplining, mule ride, rope bridge stuff). There were other paid activities such as a speedboat ride to the the sea lion enclosure ($69 for 2 people) and the scuba diving. Lunch is provided and was suprisingly good. It was a better lunch than the stuff they had on Lido deck. The only negative is that you don't really have too much time to enjoy the beach and water sports, particularly if you do any of the other activities. It felt a bit rushed and left the resort at 3:15. We arrived around 11. So make sure you really want to do any of the optional activities. To be honest we had more fun just doing the kayaking and paddle boating and relaxing in the hammocks and enjoying the free drinks. But the kids did enjoy the sea lion visit and it wasn't that expensive. The hosts made the trip on the way back very entertaining. Lots of loud party music. The drinks were flowing and they kept us very entertained. Also the views heading to Caletas are spectacular on the water. There are a number of private seafront homes on the hills which are beautiful. I can see why this excursion in particular in popular. Beforehand I thought why not just go to the Malecon and do a cheap beach day out there, but it doesn't compare. This place was much nicer 27) Regarding the Malecon and old town. The main strip is pedestrian friendly. Lots of picture taking opportunities and sculptures around. There are lots of cheap places to eat. There are lots of food truck type places along the side streets with tacos going between 10 and 15 pesos (less than a $1). I saw a lot of locals line up at these places. They were very popular. The Malecon is great for people watching, but I'm glad we didn't spend a beach day there or spent much time there at all. We were ready to go back after an hour or two. There's no rush to do the Malecon. We came back from a day out at Caletas round 6 pm and dropped our stuff back on board the ship, took a shower and headed back out. There was plenty of time to do everything we wanted as we had to be back by 8:30 pm 28) On the way back, there are lots of taxis close to the main Malecon strip and up various side streets. Before negotiation it was about $8 or 120 pesos. We took a ride back for 80 pesos (about $5). We asked the driver to stop at Walmart instead of the Marina since we wanted to buy some cheap souvenirs 29) Walmart is about a 15 minute walk along a busy highway to the left of the Marina. We did it on the way back in a taxi since we didn't want to carry any purchases with us, while we walked around the Malecon. Again having pesos was very useful. We bought a ton of cheap souvenirs. I thought the mugs for 50 pesos ($3) was good value and made a cheap and useful gift. It'a Super Walmart and the locals shop here, so everything is quite cheap. But just be careful of the traffic on the highway heading back to the Marina. It flows quickly and you may have to make a dash across to the other side 30) On sea days, the Lido deck (where the pools are) can get very busy. People aren't supposed to save deck chairs but they do. One very nice area, is the Serenity bar area in the front of the ship on Lido deck, where they have these cool multi person loungers which are covered from all sides except for the opening. They were taken on a daily basis very quickly. But if you grab one, it makes for a very relaxing morning or afternoon. 31) We went to a few comedy shows after the early dinner (7:45 pm and 8:45 pm) at the front of Deck 1. They were quite good and family friendly. If you sit in the chairs in front, you may be part of the show. Try and get there at least 20 min before it's due to start or it'll be standing room only. The X Rated shows at 10:45 and 11:45 were also quite good. Not as popular since there are no kids around, but plenty of seating 32) We also enjoyed the Red Frog Pub on Deck 2. It's family friendly. There's a foosball table, shuffleboard, dart board and board games that you can use. They also have live music. But the place is not that big and there aren't that many tables to sit at. They sometimes have casual shuffeboard tournaments here. It's low key and fun, even if you don't drink. Plus there's a taster station just outside where you can sample small plates from the steakhouse for free. 33) We also sat down to Hasbros game show event (Phantom theater on Deck 2 forward). The compere picks two teams of players and they take part in a large Connect 4 game using basketballs on stage and also a Simon matching game. There's also some trivia with Scattergories and trivial pursuit. It's more fun to take part, but they only choose 4-5 per team. I think the secret to getting picked is to catch the compere's eye and do something crazy i.e handstand, funny move or something out of the ordinary. Sit closer to the aisles and be nearer the front or middle. No one was picked in the back 34) We tried bingo a few times (Phantom Theater on Deck 2 Forward). 30 min before it starts, you can buy the bingo cards. It was $40 for 3 sets of 9 cards and $30 for 3 sets of 6 cards. Essentially you have 9 or 6 chances to win in each game of 3. They charge $2 for a big red bingo marker, or you can use a pencil, or just bring a marker and use that instead. Prizes ranged from $100 to $300, with a big prize at the end of around $2500. We were one away from the big prize. If you've played in a prior session, and want to play again, pick up a white card and fill it in and get an assistant's attention. It saves you from having to wait in line again and you get a free purple card to use in the final game. 35) For disembarkation, you have the option of leaving your luggage out the night before and they'll be delivered by Carnival at the terminal the following morning or you can do it yourself. We did it ourselves and it was much faster. They have set times by which certain decks may head to the gangway on deck 3. Our deck was scheduled for 8:30-8:45 and it was called before then. We were at the parking garage at 8:45 and on the shuttle back to Hotel Maya before 9 am. I mentioned earlier that it wasn't worth the money for FTTF, and there was certainly no benefit for us in disembarkation. 36) We ended up spending very little on the cruise. We bought it through Priceline.com. They were the cheapest and had the most selection of cabins. Another plus was the 5% money back from discover and the $150 hotel coupon that could be used on priceline express hotels. We picked the Hyatt Place hotel close to LAX airport for a one day post trip stay. It was a nice place to stay. Free wifi, parking, breakfast, small pool and hot tub and large clean rooms with Directv. Close to the freeway and about 2 miles from Costco for gas and lots of ethnic restaurants. It was a really good choice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I planned this trip for my mother's birthday and Mother's Day celebration. It was a 7 night, 8 day cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Getting on the ship was simple, but getting to our cabin...was a ... Read More
I planned this trip for my mother's birthday and Mother's Day celebration. It was a 7 night, 8 day cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Getting on the ship was simple, but getting to our cabin...was a bit up in the air. There was no one around to guide us to where we needed to go, but eventually, we found our cabin. The daily activities were awesome. There was always something fun to do around the clock, and something for all ages. Some of my favorite activities were Karaoke, Comedy Night and HASBRO The Game Show! Not a dull moment. Dr. Frankenstein's Lab (night club) was fun, however, there could have been a better DJ. The staff was really nice, and would greet you every time you walked by, and most made it their business to remember your name! Our Cabin Steward WILLIAM (Deck 5 MIDSHIP) was amazing!!! Very sweet guy! The food was DELICIOUS. There may have been one or two nights where it was just okay as far as options, but for the most part, the meals were on point. All of the dinning staff were great and fun. Our waiter EKA was entertaining, with a friendly approach! Overall, I enjoyed every inch of this ship, all the activities, sports bar, customer service, hospitality and accommodations. I would definitely recommend this cruise line to others, and will make sure my next cruise is with Carnival! Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
DH & I sailed on the Carnival Miracle out of Long Beach on Saturday 4/25/15. We live about an hour north of Long Beach, arrived at the terminal around 11 am, parked, gave our luggage to the porter, made our way to the FTTF line, ... Read More
DH & I sailed on the Carnival Miracle out of Long Beach on Saturday 4/25/15. We live about an hour north of Long Beach, arrived at the terminal around 11 am, parked, gave our luggage to the porter, made our way to the FTTF line, handed over our documents to the young man helping us out & before I knew it, we were saying "cheese" for our S&S cards!. We had about a 20 minute wait until they began boarding & we on the Lido deck by 12 noon having our first DOD, the Fun Ship! We decided right then & there to sign up for the "Cheers" package - more on that later. We enjoyed breakfast each day at the buffet on the Lido Deck, lots of variety to choose from for both breakfast & lunch (although we preferred the pizza each day for lunch). We never ate dinner at the buffet as we really enjoy being "waited on" when it comes to dinner. We had ATD, arrived at our dining room around 6:30 each night & were promptly given a pager. We then turned the corner & sat at the bar outside the art gallery and by the time that Joanne had our drinks in front of us our pager would go off. I'd say the longest wait we had was on the 2nd sea day evening & it was over 30 minutes. Each meal we had in the MDR was fantastic & the service was always on point! I'm truly in love with the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake, although I know that it's not for everyone. We really enjoyed the Serenity Deck & received great service from I Made & Gedde - by the 2nd day (Sunday) they both knew our names and what our favorite drinks were. The pool on the Serenity deck was refreshingly COLD and the hot tub was always full so I can't comment on the water temp. There didn't seem to be any chair hogs the 3 1/2 days we were there, in fact people were more willing to more over to accommodate groups wanting to sit together. The shows were good (88 Keys & Heart of Soul were my favorites) but we didn't make it to any of the comedy shows. the EA Sports Bar was never overly busy each time we stopped by & the Red Frog Pub was pretty slow during our last day at sea (too windy to be up top on Serenity, we decided to drink our way through the day). Be sure to stop in & try the Fried Frog Balls...delicious! Our ports of call were Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. In Cabo we bar hopped with friends we made from our Roll Call; in Mazatlan we did the Colonial Villages of the Sierra Madre tour & in Puerto Vallarta we did the Las Caletas Hideaway (both tours book through Carnival). Our room steward Orland was a sweetheart, we never wanted for anything as he always seemed to anticipate our needs. We had Balcony Room 6238. The night we left Cabo, I stayed in & ordered room service (it was ok, nothing to write home about) and DH went to the Lido for pizza. When Orland saw DH coming back to the room without me, Orland inquired about my whereabouts, hubby explained I'd had too much fun in Cabo and was staying in. Orland said that if I needed anything to please let him know (he'd be in our wing for about another hour that night) and he'd be more than willing to get us what we desired (even asked if I might want ice cream from the soft serve machine). We tipped him each day but I don't really think that played into the kind, compassionate person that he is. Last, but not least, the Cheer Beverage Program.....we purchased it & really wished that we hadn't. For starters, 15 drinks a day is A LOT of beverages for those who are moderate social drinkers. I have friends who can drink 15 without batting an eye (at the river in 100+ degree heat beer tends to go down like water) but for myself & DH it was just too much. We were drinking mixed drinks to get the most bang for our buck but switched to just beer by the time we got back on the ship after the day in Mazatlan. I love MIami Vice, Greyhounds, Bloody Mary's, Jack & Coke..........but I just couldn't stomach another "bang for the buck" drink! Second of all, we had 3 days in port...........when we got back onto the ship each night we felt as though we "had" to drink as much as we could to reach our breakeven point on the program (depending on the type of drink, our breakeven was anywhere from 6-9 drinks per day). Friends from our Roll Call told us about an experiment they did on a cruise the prior November in which they DIDN'T purchase Cheers; they compared the invoice from the non-Cheers cruise to an invoice from a cruise 6 months before that when they did purchase Cheers - they came in under $60 on the Non-Cheers cruise!! At least for my DH & myself, we won't spend the money on Cheers program next time around, al a carte is the only way for us :) Ah the next time..........yes, I had such a great time on the Miracle & the Mexican Riviera that we are looking at either the Breeze or Freedom Western Caribbean itinerary for our next cruise. I might have been skeptical in the beginning, but Carnival & their crew have turned me into a Cruise-aholic!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband & I sailed in the Miracle out of Long Beach on 4/25/15. We only live over an hour away & having purchased FTTF, I was more than ready to leave for port that Saturday morning. Parking was a breeze, handing off our luggage ... Read More
My husband & I sailed in the Miracle out of Long Beach on 4/25/15. We only live over an hour away & having purchased FTTF, I was more than ready to leave for port that Saturday morning. Parking was a breeze, handing off our luggage to the porter was another breeze & having FTTF was the best ever!! There was one family of 5, and a single cruiser with FTTF reps when we got in line around 11:30; because I had completed online check-in the night prior our check-in didn't even take 10 minutes!! Had about a 20 minute wait until the doors opened but we were on the ship by noon!! We enjoyed 3 of the 4 shows (didn't see one because we crashed early) but didn't make it to any of the comedy shows. By the end of the cruise I was very tired of the buffet for breakfast, although we did eat in the MDR for breakfast twice. We had anytime dining and only had a long wait between courses on the last night. The chocolate melting cake is to die for!! We loved the Serenity area of the ship & had the best bartender, I Made, and waiter, Gedde; they knew both of our names & what we love to drink by Sunday!! Another favorite bartender of ours was Joanne was waited on us each night before we headed into dinner. Her bar is located outside the art gallery. All 3 ports were great; Cabo San Lucas (one of the 1st tenders into port thanks to FTTF), Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. We felt safe in all 3 ports and had no qualms with taking shore excursions in Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta - our safety was their first concern. I had a cold that got progressively worse the deeper we got into the cruise. The first night that I turned in early our room steward, Orland, caught up to my hubby by the elevator as hubby was going to dinner alone. Having seen the "snoozing" placard on our door, Orland was concerned & asked to let him know if there was anything he could do to help make me more at ease. Orland was still doing turn down service when my hubby returned from dinner with ice cream for "me"...... Yes for hubby, lol ....... And Orland offered to get me more if I needed it. I wasn't sure if cruising was really up my alley, but after being home for over a month & a half, I'm actually itching to book again!! Needless to say, I feel that the customer service we received on board really convinced me that I do like to cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I just returned from a great cruise on the Miracle. It was it's second cruise out of drydock and the ship was so pretty. We purchased faster to the fun a few weeks before the cruise and this was my fourth cruise with Carnival and ... Read More
I just returned from a great cruise on the Miracle. It was it's second cruise out of drydock and the ship was so pretty. We purchased faster to the fun a few weeks before the cruise and this was my fourth cruise with Carnival and first with fttf. We purchased fttf for priority boarding and debarkation. However, when we arrived in the port of Long Beach, we checked in quickly but spent a long time waiting to board the ship!!! We checked in around 11:00 and were supposed to begin boarding. We saw people still getting off the ship from the previous cruise and still some were getting off after 12:00 pm. This was angering since I wanted quick boarding. Finally, after 12:20 we got to board the ship. The lido buffet was impresive and the ship was amazing with the recent renovations. This is a Spirit class ship and I was able to navigate easily due to my 2010 Carnival Spirit cruise. With faster to the fun, our staterooms were ready early so we checked them out after lunch. The extended bowling alley balcony was huge and a large group could have been out there. The rooms were so clean and I loved the smells of the ship. We ate at Nick and Nora's the first night and lets just say that nobody leaves hungry. The food was delicious and if you are interested, get the surf and turf. I love lobster and the filet mignon was really good. The next day at sea was chilly and cloudy but thats ok since the Miracle had many activities onboard. If it's chilly on deck, you can get hot chocolate in the lido. The next day in Cabo was warm and sunny. We arrived scheduled time at 11:00 am. The captain decided instead of leaving at scheduled time of 7:00, we would leave at 7:30 so we would get more time. Mazatlan was nice and sunny but I did not get off. The views of the city from the ship are impressive. All port views are though. The next day in Puerto Vallarta, we got off to go jet skiing and get Pepsi's. The weather was fantastic there. There is a Walmart and Sam's Club right across the street from where the ship docks in PV. We also explored the mall there. The next two days at sea went by fast but were relaxing. Again the weather was sunny but it was a little chilly. We had quick debarkation in Long Beach with fttf. It was sad to get off but I know we will cruise again. To summarize the ship, here we go. The ship is a Spirit class. They are very easy to get around. I felt like I was on a brand new cruise ship due to the drydock. The red frog pub was really neat and the SkyBox Sports Bar was so nice inside. They even have ipads to play video games on even. The Alchemy Bar was nice to walk through but I think it is only opened at night. Be sure to go to the Cherry on Top. I got some really good candy which I enjoyed. The rest of the ship was nice. I walked through Gatsby's Garden a lot which is not really used. The comedy club is a great place to go to and the comedians are so funny! So I enjoyed the cruise so much and I hope a lot of people get a chance to sail onboard the Miracle soon someday. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We love the Spirit class ships! The Miracle looked very spiffy after her recent drydock on March 28th,2015. We drove up from San Diego and found parking on the top floor of the garage at the port around 10:30AM. We had FTTF so check in was ... Read More
We love the Spirit class ships! The Miracle looked very spiffy after her recent drydock on March 28th,2015. We drove up from San Diego and found parking on the top floor of the garage at the port around 10:30AM. We had FTTF so check in was quick and painless. There was a wait to board as 2 wedding parties embarked first and one of the grooms couldn't be found and ran up after everyone else in his group had gotten on! We finally got on board and to our mid ship balcony by about 12:30. Everything was ready for us so we dropped our stuff and went to lunch. Our steward Randy,was there to greet us and even the assistant ,I Wayan,knew our names immediately! We were thrilled to find out that I Wayan got promoted to full steward on his b-day during the cruise! He deserved it!!! Generally speaking we are happy with the buffet choices. I'd say on this cruise the "chef's choice " at lunch had too many Caribbean dishes but other than that we really didn't miss the fact that the drydock did not include Guys Burgers or the Taco place that other 2.0 ships have gotten. Hamburgers and tacos are not particularly special meals for us! I loved the new Red Frog Pub with its Caribbean atmosphere, pub games, quizzes and delicious dark rum to taste! They also had bar snacks to go with the drinks! I didn't get to taste the new drinks at the Alchemy Bar but it looked like fun! I have to say that this is the first time I noticed a Cruise Director who made a positive difference in the atmosphere on board! We had Cory and he was just great! I usually don't even notice the cruise director and just think they are annoying but I really liked Cory's energy, involvement with the passengers, and organization of activities! The VIFP party was the best we have experienced! Folks had written complaints about the new shows but I loved 88 Keys with classic rock . The performers had great voices, energy and it was just a really fun night. We didn't go to the 2nd show because 80s pop is not our music but I imagine the performance was also a good one. I was told by the Hotel Director, Stephen, that each cruise after ours would have one more of these new shows until all 4 routines were learned by the cast. Our disappointment was only that with only 2 shows on our sailing they filled in the entertainment with juggler/comedians and they got "tired" after a while! One would have been fine but 3 on different days was just too much!!!! We are very comfy in Mexico so port days for us were about walking around, eating/drinking and just people watching. We had wanted to take the Sayulita excursion in Puerto Vallarta but it was canceled. Perhaps since it was Holy Week(Semana Santos) in Mexico , the crowds/traffic would have been too congested? We only do Any Time Dining and were not disappointed! Our wait staff, headed by Eduardo and assisted by I Putu that we asked for each night, knew just what we wanted and gave us wonderful service! I know we surprised them because we always told them there's too much to eat and we cannot finish it! It was not hard to find things on the menu since there's always steak and salmon and the Indian food I love if the daily menu doesn't excite us. On board the Miracle may not have every new bell and whistle but we always find things to do! We love the Serenity Area. We played a lot of trivia and I took a line dance class every time one was offered! I must mention Jonathan the dance teacher from the entertainment staff! I do a lot of dancing and can learn the routines quickly but Jonathan was the only teacher I have experienced on board who really cared that EVERYONE feel comfy and learn the steps. He went out of his way to make this happen for all level dancers. We like to get off quickly so since we had FTTF and we can carry our luggage, we were literally the first folks to the garage at the end of the cruise. I think we were off by about 8:30AM. Since we were early we had no trouble paying the parking fee and getting on the road home. We are looking forward to our first Caribbean cruise in October but also to our next cruise on the Miracle in Spring of 2016!! We just love her!! Read Less
Sail Date March 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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