40 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

Hawaii itself was great (as always), but the treatment of the passengers by the Carnival Miracle staff was UNACCEPTABLE. First of all, the long embarkation lines---outside in the heat---at the Long Beach (CA) terminal could easily have ... Read More
Hawaii itself was great (as always), but the treatment of the passengers by the Carnival Miracle staff was UNACCEPTABLE. First of all, the long embarkation lines---outside in the heat---at the Long Beach (CA) terminal could easily have been avoided by better planning on the part of Carnival. But even worse,, the lines at the Kona (HI) dock (waiting for a tender for over an hour), showed total incompetence on the part of the Carnival staff. There were over 500 people in line at about 4 PM and NO TENDERS whatsoever. This is DISGRACEFUL. We finally had to call Carnival management while waiting in line to tell them to contact the ship and get some tenders to the dock. Lastly, the entertainment and on-board activities planned by the Cruise Director were, in a word, BLAH. Overall, I would give the Carnival staff a rating of D- . Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I've been on over a dozen cruises; a few with Carnival. NEVER would I have thought to research to look for article written in April about problems with the ship. Prior to this cruise I said Norweigen was the "Yugo" of cruise ... Read More
I've been on over a dozen cruises; a few with Carnival. NEVER would I have thought to research to look for article written in April about problems with the ship. Prior to this cruise I said Norweigen was the "Yugo" of cruise lines; Carnival has beat them. First off, Carnival should have notified everyone at the time of booking about the article. Carnival wasn't "up front" with it's guests for this cruise. We found out from overhearing staff talk about how the Miracle had been having propulsion problems since early this year, and how as guests figure out about the problems they, the staff, get berated for it. This ship should've been dry docked the day after it was built, sure as heck not until 2015. Of course, the highlight, because the piece of garbage couldn't cruise at normal speed the "fun" (pun intended) began. We didn't get to go to Maui (they say it was due to the seas, but, once again, employees made comments there was never an intention to go due to propulsion problems.) The ports we did get to go to we arrived late at. Gee, thanks for the $200 credit......um, I believe I paid $1,500 a person. In my eyes you owe us a total refund. Lets talk food --- um, excellent, if you like eating the same food for 15 days straight. At one point we ate at McDonalds --- it seemed as if it were gourmet compared to the food on the Miracle. Let's talk internet -- right, an expensive joke. It's a Miracle alright, just not a good one. Make it right Carnival, give us a full refund. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
JeeperGirl said it best in her review on the Carnival form - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. PRICE - The price was great for us. In fact, it was super cheap. BUT ... you get what you pay for. VIBE - When we first boarded, the vibe was ... Read More
JeeperGirl said it best in her review on the Carnival form - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. PRICE - The price was great for us. In fact, it was super cheap. BUT ... you get what you pay for. VIBE - When we first boarded, the vibe was good. There appeared to be a good mix of people and ages. By Day 2 we realized that we were on a Spring Break cruise in November. Saw people rudely demanding bar service at 8 am or earlier often. We kept hearing people say there were hardly any kids on board yet we saw numerous herds of kids running loose without adult supervision (ie, running loose on upper decks in extremely windy conditions, without parents present at the water slide, mini golf and basketball court, and more disturbingly in the hot tub and pools). This is not Carnival's fault. Thank goodness there were no serious incidents. We like kids. We like kids even more when parents actually act responsibly in parenting their children. We were on vacation. Parenting other people's children is not our job. BAD BEHAVIOUR - Please people, wear some clothing in the dining areas. No one wants to see the hairy beer bellies when eating breakfast, nor the shoelace up womens' butts when having lunch. See Spring Break comment above. Everyone likes to have a good time. When it becomes non-fun is when certain passengers are falling down drunk by mid-day and arguing with the staff. This starts to make it non-fun for the rest of the passengers. Saw this situation several times. A favorite episode was a drunk man arguing with bartenders, who cut him off at the bar, and then they told him his credit card had maxed out. That was Day 3 of our cruise. Again, not Carnival's fault. Another memorable moment was at dinner in the Bacchus dining lounge. It was an "elegant evening", meaning formal attire was required. We managed to dress up (ie, long dress and suit and tie). As we were entering Bacchus a very drunk woman with a drink in hand, slopping her drink everywhere, wearing shorts and deck sandals, was hollering and stomping away barking that "they" (assuming Carnival staff) refused to seat her in the dining room. Again, not Carnival's fault. The maître-d was simply doing his job. These types of incidents were happening quite often throughout the ship. STAFF - We found our cabin steward Kammie and our dining waitress Eva to be exceptional. The waiters in Bacchus and in the bars, as well as the casino staff in particular were great too. Overall, we found the staff friendly and helpful overall. We noted that the staff on the Lido deck were quite young and not overly motivated. We found ourselves cleaning tables and shifting used plates, glasses, etc. constantly. Ashtrays were overflowing, surfaces (tables and seats) were sticky, there seemed to be garbage on the floor chronically. Carnival could definitely improve in this area. FOOD - Dismal. There is no other word. Everything was cool or cold. We nibbled what we could through the day and hoped to fill up in the Bacchus dining room at night. Again, the food was cool and alternated between overcooked or undercooked on the same plate. By the looks of what we were served, food was simply slopped and dumped on plates in the kitchen. Waffles one could not poke a fork into. Spraying PAM on the top of buns before grilling deli sandwiches. On the final day of the cruise, the tepid pasta at the lunch buffet on the Lido deck was served in Bacchus dining room as a gourmet dinner option. We know because we ate it twice that day. Blecght!! :p SHOWS - The shows were great!! We thoroughly enjoyed those we went to see. We saw others' comments on this forum and must point out that if one expects to see a Vegas blockbuster entertainer, then those folks should be going to Las Vegas. DECOR - Wow. There was an area with tables and chairs in a hidden corner near the chapel that was like a quiet garden space. Lovely. The glass elevators in the atrium were cool. The colours were disjointed, and definitely mismatching. We found it all to be overwhelming. But that said, it did lend to a distinct party atmosphere. We found the library uninviting, once we did find it. Why the need to lock up the books? ACTIVITIES - The water slide was fun. We played mini golf and ping pong. The basketball court had lots of kids in it every day having a good time. Perhaps Carnival could assign a staff member to pick up after the kids (ie, pick up golf clubs and place them back on the racks, etc.). The giant chess set had broken pieces. MAINTENANCE - We saw burned out lights, broken and chipped table tops (tiles missing), wooden stair treads loose. Perhaps maintenance work could be done at night when the guests are sleeping (ie, hosing down decks (not only mopping), cleaning glass panels, cleaning surfaces (tables and chairs), etc.). TOWELS - We enjoyed using our 2 Carnival blue towels when out on the decks during the day. Perhaps towels could be placed near the pools like other cruise ships do. Using the same 2 Carnival blue towels for a week (unlaundered - do cruisers have to pay to launder pool towels?) seemed inappropriate and cheap. CRUISE DIRECTOR(S) - Troy and Mel did a great job. Keeping over 2,100 human beings of all ages entertained, happy and informed is a Herculean task. Add to this the hurricane in Puerto Vallarta that had the Captain scrambling to keep us safe and scheduling alternate ports of call, further complicating Troy and Mel's jobs. We thought that Troy and Mel and the officers all were exceptional in dealing with the hurricane and all the drunk partyers. Until it came time to disembark in Long Beach. People generally do not listen, pay attention nor necessarily follow instructions well. Carnival needed to get people off the ship quickly so that new passengers could be loaded. We get it. But literally announcing for people to disembark in their designated groups as instructed with their room cards or, as Troy so eloquently stated, "I WILL SERIOUSLY KILL YOU", was the final straw for us. OVERALL - You get what you pay for. We met some really great people on the cruise (you know who you are!) and thoroughly enjoyed spending our time with them. We were unable to see our ports of call due to a hurricane. That is no one's fault. Carnival did a great job organizing a last minute stop in La Paz which we really liked. La Paz was a pleasant surprise and we hope to fly back there in the future. We were unaware that the stop in Los Cabos was only for 3 hours in the morning. If we had known the stop was going to be that brief, we would have organized ourselves better. Again, not Carnival's fault. Maybe better announcing of the brief stop on Carnival's part and us paying better attention would have had us visiting Los Cabos. Regardless, it was fun seeing it from the ship. FINAL ANSWER - Carnival is a great deal for the money. But be aware that, in our opinion, this is what we would term as being the "Wal-Mart of Cruising". We wanted a relaxing vacation "off the grid" and we got it. When problems arose, we removed ourselves from the area or wandered off to do other things elsewhere on the ship. Would we cruise Carnival again? Yes and no. Carnival would definitely be our last choice. However, if we could get a screaming deal to cruise 3 days on a repositioning basis (ie, $99 for two), we may do it. But it would have to be a super crazy cheap deal. On the upside, we did lose weight. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
When the opportunity arose for me to to sail on Carnival for my anniversary I thought what the heck, I sell the product but have never been on them. Well I was disappointed to say the least, mostly in the food, but also the lack of pride ... Read More
When the opportunity arose for me to to sail on Carnival for my anniversary I thought what the heck, I sell the product but have never been on them. Well I was disappointed to say the least, mostly in the food, but also the lack of pride and ownership that the crew had in their ship. Beds were rock hard, and this ship is in need of a major revamping! Shows were disappointing as well, there were some fun times as I enjoy trivia games and such and Laura and Benji were fantastic! The adults only area is very nice, but you have to be there before the sun rises to get a spot, even though the ships rules say you cannot "reserve" a spot people would go down and get their spot and then head in for breakfast and would hang on to their spots till the sun went down. Need a hack saw to cut the beef and on the last night I had the eggplant/zucchini and found cellophane in my food.The fitness center is nice and I made use of that. I could go on but basically like the title says, you get what you pay for. Thankfully I only had to pay taxes and gratuities or I would have felt worse. Also the sofa sleeper did not have any additional bedding and we had to request that and then waited almost 2 hours for them to come so we could go to sleep. Bathroom quite small but manageable. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My husband and I chose this ship and sailing because it left and returned to New York. This cruise was sandwiched between two Celebrity Cruises out of Florida. We should have just flown to Florida. People were permitted to dine in the ... Read More
My husband and I chose this ship and sailing because it left and returned to New York. This cruise was sandwiched between two Celebrity Cruises out of Florida. We should have just flown to Florida. People were permitted to dine in the main dining room in anything they wanted to wear. This in spite of a note in the daily Carnival program stating that certain items of clothing, i.e. cut off jeans, flip flops, etc. are not permitted in the dining room. My husband and I were appalled at the appearance of people in the dining room and twice spoke to the assistant maitre's and maitre'd about it. They do literally nothing about it. The maitre'd said people just walk into the dining room. To which my husband replied, 'Then don't serve them.' We ate at Nick and Nora's five nights out of the eight to escape that awful dining room. I think of it (the main dining room) as similar to a fast food restaurant at a truck stop. Anything goes, food is nothing special at all, bar servers were terrible. The waiters were prompt but seemed harried - I am not surprised. The hostess precious did not even greet us as we entered. Trivia was fun. We met some nice guys from our area. The fitness center was crowded but adequate. We were truly happy to be off this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
4 days of gastroenteritis does not make for a fun cruise. I boarded the ship healthy and remained so for the first 2 days. Then in the middle of the night I experience horrible heartburn that by morning turned into explosive diarrhea. ... Read More
4 days of gastroenteritis does not make for a fun cruise. I boarded the ship healthy and remained so for the first 2 days. Then in the middle of the night I experience horrible heartburn that by morning turned into explosive diarrhea. Spent 4 days confined to my cabin with a limited and very horrible food from room service (Jell-o didn't jiggle, it was like a hockey puck). Made several visits to the infirmary and needed i.v. to rehydrate me. I had become so dehydrated my veins collapsed making it difficult to insert the i.v. needle. My arms were purple for weeks afterwards. At least the infirmary didn't send me a bill because I'm more than a little suspicious that Carnival knows it's responsible although the official reply when I enquire about remuneration was that they are not responsible for illness. Whatever precautions they take are not enough. And compared to NCL, they are lax in their sanitation measures. NCL had Purell dispensers by the doors of every public rest room in addition to the ones at the dining facilities. And at the buffet they actually have a crew member spray the hands of the guests as they enter, not taking chances that the guests will do the right thing and take it upon themselves to sanitized their hands. Okay, so this wouldn't be a fair and balanced review if I just complained about illness. The days I was up and about and using the ship's facilities proved that the ship is a dump. Most of the Atrium area is taken over by the photography dept. so there is no place to sit as each seating area was set up with a backdrop, lighiting and cameras. Carnival has really cut back in their entertainment as far as music goes. Mostly a few guitar players. The one featured in the Atrium was actually quite annoying. There was a good band in one of the lounges. I attended one of the adult comedy shows. The room was packed. They really need to do this in the main theatre and not the club. The comic was obviously pandering to the crowd by overdoing the foul language. I mean, it wasn't part of the joke, it was just used as expletives in practically every sentence. Without it, he doesn't have an act. The room seemed to work hard at yelling out and making a lot of noise just because it seemed like the thing to do and not because it was part of the crowd's mood. The days I did dine in the main dining room were not very impressive. It's like meatloaf and mac & cheese type offerings instead of fine dining. I guess you need to dine in the supper club if you want anything exceptional. Day activities were pretty lame and consiering it was too cold to sit outside and use the pool area, it made for a pretty boring cruise. Even before I was confined to my cabin I found myself spending a lot of time there watching tv. This I did not have to pay for a cruise. My cabin steward did a great job, especially considering he had so much extra clean up tnanks to my illness. I only hope he didn't catch the bug from me. I also have to salute a lot of the staff who would wheel me to and from the infirmary. I was so weak that I even requested a wheelchair take me to the dining room since it was on the opposite side of the ship. After hearing about Hilary Clinton's fall and subsequent problems due to her gastrointestinal problems I am glad I made the request. The last thing I needed to do was have a fall on top of everything else. I needed to use the casino to cash in an onboard credit. I applied the money to a slot machine and then cashed out. When I went to the cashier he made an obnoxious remark about not playing the machines at all. That was none of his business. Since Carnival subsquently would not remunerate me at all (RCL did in a similar situation by the way) I was glad to get back the full value of the obc in cash. To make matters worse, I was told that the use of the pay per view films would be free during my confinement. I checked with Guest Services the evening before we disembarked and that was confirmed. P.S. my final statement did not have the film charges removed. I now had to go during disembarkation back to Guest Services which was no mean feat since the deck was packed with people lining up to disembark. At Guest Services this very obnoxious man told me I was only entitled to have some of the charges removed because some of the films were watched before. Luckily, I had my letter from the Infirmary with the earlier date showing. It was only then that he backed off and removed all of the charges without so much as a "sorry." The standard inside cabin I was assigned was much smaller than the standard outsides. There's no place to sit and relax. You need to lie on the bed. The bed was comfortable but took up most of the cabin. There was barely any room to set down a room service tray. I don't know how a couple would manage in my situation. I can't imagine how that cabin would be if it experienced a fate similar to Carnival Triumph. Speakin of room service, they really know how to louse up an order. One time I ordered tea and got coffee. I only needed a pot of hot water (I already had cups) and some plain tea bags. The waitress took it upon herself to do up a tray of everything I didn't need which meant she had to go back again to get me some plain tea bags. She seemed annoyed that I didn't show gratitude for the effort she had made. But how could I when I'm still waiting over an hour to get a plain cup of tea? All she had to do was bring a pot of hot water and a few tea bags. No one asked her for things she wasted. I hope she learned her lesson to stick to the passengers' orders. But usually there would be a problem no matter how you spell out to the person taking the order. Somehow the language barrier gets in the way. Carnival really needs to make sure the people working certain positions have the best possible language skills. But I doubt their supervisors have them so how can they judge. Due to my confinement I wasn't able to leave the ship so I can't review them. Likewise for shore excursions, although nothing stood out on their list. After 17 cruises with Carnival I have now called it quits with them. I sold off my shares of Carnival stock yesterday and won't plan on sailing her. I might consider continuing on the other brands owned by Carnival as I wouldn't want to cut off my nose to spite my face but since I have no immediate plans to cruise with any of them I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
My husband and I took our daughter on the Miracle out of New York City November 30th through December 8th. First, let me begin by saying that the Manhatten Terminal is disgustingly dirty and disorganized, not to mention the $285.00 it ... Read More
My husband and I took our daughter on the Miracle out of New York City November 30th through December 8th. First, let me begin by saying that the Manhatten Terminal is disgustingly dirty and disorganized, not to mention the $285.00 it costs to park your car at the pier. The terminal agents are unpleasant - typical New Yorkers. Do not expect niceties ... these people do not care. It is not nearly the same treatment you receive when you embark out of Tampa or warmer climates. The Room (8273): The room was really nice - a Vista Suite. Hardwood flooring as you walk in, a real shower (not a shower curtain that sticks to you when you are showering), King bed, and wrap around balcony. It is wonderful. EXCEPT for the fact that a few times we found cigarette packages on our balcony. Keep in mind if you are interested in this nice Vista Suite that the Serenity deck (adult retreat) is located directly above you. We would have thought that these mature adults were above tossing their cigarette packs onto the deck below, but we learned differently. Room Service: For the first three days, room service did not answer the phone. When I called, a recording came on that said "please hold, we will be with you shortly." However, shortly never came. Finally, I went to Guest Services and asked them to call. Interestingly enough, Room Service answered immediately. After ordering Room Service, food still had not arrived 60 minutes later. I called to ask and my order had never been placed. Stateroom Stewards: Fabulous. These people work so very hard! Cleanliness: Ok, here is where it gets interesting. My husband and I witnessed handfuls of people placing their water bottles under the water spicket on in main buffet area. We said to each other "someone is going to get sick before this cruise is over." Days later, cruise staff was seen with Purell dispensers, and were requiring people to use the Purell before touching anything in the buffet area. Also, the Carnival staff was serving the desserts. From what we can gather, the entire 4th deck was extremely sick! Hmmm, I guess we were right and that they should have prevented people from placing their personal water bottles under the spickets. People are really stupid and there is no shortage of stupid on the Miracle. There are more motorized wheelchairs and Hoverrounds than I have seen in a nursing home. I mean really .... come on. You can hardly move because of the space that these things take up and forget about getting a table near the deli or pizza station at lunch or breakfast. If you do, the table will only be marginally clean. Pizza Pirate: The 24/7 pizza is a joke. Pizza is never ready and there is always a line waiting for pizza. The workers at the pizza station treat you disrespectfully and act like you are putting them out. Numerous people were complaining about the "24/7" pizza ... not to mention, the pizza is not good at all. It is not even as good as a frozen Freschetta pizza. Pizza Pirate offers Caesar salad but if you ask for one, they will rudely tell you to get if off the salad bar. Pay careful attention to the Caesar salad, particularly if you DO NOT LIKE ANCHOVIES. My husband noticed that there are anchovies in their Ceasar salad. Disembarkation: A joke ... total joke. As directed, we left our stateroom by 8:30 a.m. and never left the shift until 11:15. We waited for over 2 hours in the hallway / lounge area to get off this ship because they allow the non-US residents to disembark first. There were numerous "non US residents" that would not proceed to the gangway and held up the entire disembarkation process for two hours. Not that this is Carnival's fault, however because Carnival is often so affordable, it attracts the white trash of society. We have appropriately named Carnival "Wal-Mart on the Sea." If you are looking for cheap and you do not mind white trash and only marginal cleanliness, Carnival is the way to go. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We sailed on the Carnival Miracle in April out of NYC. We had cruised on Carnival's Inspiration 8 years ago(our first cruise) and everything was exceptional. However, we were truly disappointed with this cruise. Our major ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Miracle in April out of NYC. We had cruised on Carnival's Inspiration 8 years ago(our first cruise) and everything was exceptional. However, we were truly disappointed with this cruise. Our major complaint is with the difference in the treatment received by the staff. Primarily with their security staff on trying to get off the ship at the ports was the worst. After being at sea for 2 days our first stop was Puerto Rico and I think most everyone was anxious to get off. The ship only had one exit available and it seemed like chaos getting people lined up and took forever. It was not a pleasant experience and the security staff in charge were rude. Same thing happened at Turks and Caicos. We had booked a private excursion at Turks and thought we would miss it. Luckily they waited for us. At St. Thomas it was better because they did have 2 exits open. Not sure why they would only have had one at the others but it sure was poor planning and you felt like a criminal the way you were yelled at by the staff to stay in line etc. Another major difference we found was with Room Service. On our first cruise I was amazed at their prompt efficient service. Not this time. After the first 3 days I gave up and never called them again. Our order in the morning only consisted of two pots of tea and fruit. Never got that right. It was just the two of us and we just each wanted a pot of tea that basically give us two cups each to drink. We would get one pot of tea and four cups, one pot of tea and one cup, couldn't make them understand. They also would take forever to answer and you were placed on hold or even hung up on. So I gave up and would wonder down and carry it up myself. So they lost out on their tips that way. I also tried putting out the card on the door, but that never came at all. The best staff encounter was our room steward. He was great and we had no complaints at all with him. So we tipped him extra at the end since we choose to do our own gratuities at the beginning. We only tipped our dinning room staff the minimum since the service was just acceptable. I was thinking that perhaps there was a communication issue as our orders (for a table of six) were mixed up on 5 of the 7 times visiting the dinning room. The food itself was good but not exceptional. The bar staff that we encountered were good. You couldn't see the TV screen properly if you were lying in bed and we had to call them for service. That took two days to fix. Apparently from talking to other guests at breakfast they had the same issue. Not one to sit and watch TV while on a cruise, but do like to turn it on just before falling to sleep. Couldn't even make out the faces. Our experience at the ports of call: Puerto Rico - Not good. We had opted to venture off to a public beach and took a taxi there that we shared with someone else from the ship. That was ok but found the public beach very dirty. We started to walk back to find a cab to take us back to the ship. Found one that was just parked at the side of the street but he said he would not take us, that he was too busy. So we had to walk about 2 miles back to ship (on his directions) and never saw another cab. Not a pleasant experience. St. Thomas - We went to Secret Harbor Beach for snorkeling. I had researched this prior to the cruise. It was Wonderful. Probably the best snorkeling and the most pleasant beach I have ever visited. Highly Recommended. Amazing snorkeling experience and no crowds. Turks and Caicos: Nice. We had booked a private snorkeling charter. Preferred the snorkeling off the beach in St. Thomas though. Disembarkation from the ship: Good. Have to admit it was much better organized than getting off at the ports. Felt like they couldn't wait to get rid of us. Summary: Although we still enjoyed our cruise,I have to admit we're not planning another one soon. Going to book at an all-inclusive resort next year instead. Hopefully, you enjoy your cruise, just don't put high expectations on Carnival's Miracle. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We are home from our 9 day Carnival Cruise, and had a horrible time! Cruisers beware. Carnival employees are thieves. Maybe not all of them, but it only takes one. We had all our valuables,(Kindle, camera, video camera, Ipod, 4 sets of ... Read More
We are home from our 9 day Carnival Cruise, and had a horrible time! Cruisers beware. Carnival employees are thieves. Maybe not all of them, but it only takes one. We had all our valuables,(Kindle, camera, video camera, Ipod, 4 sets of speakers, (2 Bose)) and all of my cash stolen by their cleanup crew on one of their privately owned islands. We actually came home with less stuff than we took. Carnival is doing nothing to help us. We want to offer a reward for the safe return of our items, but Carnival will not send an email to the island where the items were stolen to offer a reward. Only 30 people live on this island, and they all work for Carnival. Other than having our items stolen, there were other issues with our cruise as well. Communication was terrible. No one knew what was going on with any activities that were not listed on the "Fun Pass" daily news letter. Every day, people were walking around asking other cruisers if they knew about this or that activity, or times. Unorganized dining area. While the main dining room was wonderful, the Lido deck dining experience was not so good. They always seemed to run out of things like trays, bowls, plates, and at the end of the cruise, they ran out of lots of food items. Drink recipes changed throughout the ship. You would pay 10.00 for a drink that was a really good drink, then go to another bar on the ship, order the same drink, and it was totally different, and not in a good way. This is the first Carnival trip we have taken where I felt like I was being charged for everything. If they could have found a way to charge us for breathing their air, they would have. We had to pay 4.00 for a bottle of water that was in our room. They told us not the drink the tap water, so we had to pay for their bottled water. We never had to do that before. $35.00 per person for a tour of the ship!~ Seriously? $70.00 a couple for a tour of the ship. The most of the ship was cold all the time. I think they must have had the temperature set at about 65-66. Our room was nice. We have no complaints at all about the room, ( except the temperature) We do not have much good to say about this horrible experience. I just want to warn people who may be thinking of traveling with Carnival that they do employ thieves, and they do nothing but apologize about things being stolen. Their apology makes me feel so much better. Our trip consisted of 3 ports of call. 1 Half Moon Cay ( private island owned by Carnival) There was a very nice beach, restrooms, and a place to eat. And at least one thief! 2, Key West Florida for Fantasy Fest. This was by far the best part of the trip! Fantasy Fest was wonderful! 3, Grand Turk was our last port of call. There is no need to go to this island. There is nothing there. We took a $20.00 ten minute drive to "down town" to find 4 shacks with women who literally grabbed me when I walked in the door and begged me to buy something from them. So, we spent $40.00 ( round trip)to go see 4 shacks full of trinkets. I know Carnival has no control over this, but it just added to the overall bad experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
OK it's not fair to compare The Carnival Miracle with the Celebrity Solstice and HAL's Amsterdam but that is what we just did. We sailed a TA on the Solstice then onto the Miracle then finished up on the Amsterdam for an Xmas-New ... Read More
OK it's not fair to compare The Carnival Miracle with the Celebrity Solstice and HAL's Amsterdam but that is what we just did. We sailed a TA on the Solstice then onto the Miracle then finished up on the Amsterdam for an Xmas-New Years Panama Canal. The Miracle is truly the ugliest thing afloat. The only nice place was our cabin. Clean neat tidy. Not words you could use to describe any other place on the ship. One could barely find the Xmas decoration due to all of the ugly tacky stuff everywhere. Ugly filthy dirty I could go on and on. Staff the could seem to care less. What the hell is up with the roof over the pool. Poured rain several times during the cruise. People got wet and they never closed it. Truly seemed as if the staff could care less about the guests on board. Food was so so. Ok for the most part in the dining room. Though, broccoli seemed to be the only vegetable. The Lido was so filthy I wouldn't eat there. Tables were never cleaned inside or outside. Filth all over the floors. The floors on the Solstice were clean enough to eat off!!! The staff Dancers and singers were very good but the other shows were just OK. Smoking in most of the lounges made it impossible to enjoy them. For the most part spent most of the time in the cabin when not ashore. Even the balcony was not useable due to smokers next door. First and last time on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
My Wife and I Booked this cruise because our 2nd wedding anniversary was 9/16/08 and the cruise began 9/14/08.My Wife took care of the arrangements and we wound up with a very nice suite with a large balcony and even a bathtub with ... Read More
My Wife and I Booked this cruise because our 2nd wedding anniversary was 9/16/08 and the cruise began 9/14/08.My Wife took care of the arrangements and we wound up with a very nice suite with a large balcony and even a bathtub with Jacuzzi. Booking this class room entitled us to VIP embarkation. We thought this was a sign of good things to come,it was not. After quickly boarding the ship Due to the VIP status(everyone else were herded like sheep) we went to our room.The first negative experience was the lifevest drill. My Wife and I were use to this because we cruised on the Norwegian dawn twice. Its a pain in the neck but you know you cant get around doing it and its for your own good and its the Law. We stood at our station for at least 45 minutes. One woman in front of us was not even wearing a Lifevest. I guess she would have drowned if it were a real emergency since no crewmember said a word to her the entire drill. I had remembered on the previous cruises that every passenger was accounted for on a list during these drills but not so on the Miracle . Later A woman had told us that her husband was sleeping in their room during the drill and was not bothered the entire time. The Drill finally being over we left Port and went to the room and waited for half the luggage that was missing to turn up. We were told that the passengers could go eat in whatever they were wearing because it would take several hours before all the luggage turned up. I noticed that this ship had not one anti-bacterial hand-cleaning station anywhere on board.This worried me because some people are real pigs and walk out of the bathrooms without thinking of washing their hands. Thank god I had purchased some antibacterial spray and my wife had antibacterial wipes.The only thing you will find is a kind of little paper towel station behind each restroom door to be used to grab the door handle when leaving the bathroom. I felt this was some really cheap way to get around using the antibacterial stations onboard. I guess I will begin with the Crew. The Crew seemed very unhappy and Lazy. I will tell you if you are use to going into a lounge and having a waiter run up and try to sell you a drink every 30 seconds it does not happen on this ship. My wife and I would have to get up after 10 minutes of sitting and get our own drinks. The waiters in the Dining room seemed angry if you weren't happy with your food and grabbed the plates off the table trying to rush you out so they could prepare for the next seating. The Older couple we were seated with were called Grandma and Grandpa everynight by our two servers and it was very disrespectful and they did not appreciate it. The cleaning people did get to your cabin pretty quickly but did not do such a good job cleaning the room. The only crew we were impressed with were in the restaurant where you had to pay $30.00 per person. These young ladies were the only professionals working on the entire ship. BTW we tipped every server a few bucks because we know they don't have it easy and this did not help their performance or attitude,it was still crummy! The Food- TERRIBLE! The Dining Room food should have come out in Dog food pans. My wife sent her steak back twice one night and finally gave up and just left it on the plate. I could have used my Pasta dish to bondo my car it was so tough. I cannot believe how terrible the cooking was in the Dining Room. We tried eating the food 3 nights and finally gave up and started eating dinner at the buffet which was a little better. BTW eating at the buffet isn't such a great experience either since it is on the top deck and people didn't mind walking in from the pool area wearing just bathingsuits and grabbing a dish and loading up on the food.Real nice having some Flabby,Hairy guy in front of you with no shoes or shirt on loading his plate up. I kept saying to my wife how can they let this behavior go on,its disgusting! no crewmembers seemed to be bothered by it so if you take this cruise you to might get some chest hair in your scrambled eggs. The Dining room is pretty much Dogfood,The buffet is kind of like low class Dinner Food so the we found ourselves paying to eat edible food in Nick and Nora's.The Servers were like angels at this point.For once We were treated with respect and feasted on 24 ounce porter house steak that was cooked perfectly.By the end of the cruise I felt like a deathrow inmate eating his last dream meal at Nick and Nora's. I guess this would be my Advice if your thinking of sailing on the Miracle.I found that the people happy with the cruise dumped their kids off somewhere onboard and stayed drunk 24hrs a day.You don't care much about quality of food and how you are treated by the crew when you are bombed all the time.If you plan on staying sober most of the time and care how you are treated and the quality of food you are served then skip this cruise! The only other boat I can compare the Miracle to was the norwegian dawn.The Dawn would rate an 8 in my book and the Miracle would rate maybe a 2.This Boat is for 25 yr. olds looking for a CHEAP BOOZE CRUISE Read Less
Sail Date September 2008
I just returned from a cruise. If you were to ask me about it I would tell you this. The best time I had was because I was with a lot of family members. I wouldn't go on another Carnival cruise. 3 of my family members now refuse to go ... Read More
I just returned from a cruise. If you were to ask me about it I would tell you this. The best time I had was because I was with a lot of family members. I wouldn't go on another Carnival cruise. 3 of my family members now refuse to go on any cruises because this one was so bad. Here were the good points: getting on was easy, the service was great and getting off was easy. That's it! The food was so so. I had maybe 3 good things on the boat. If anyone wants to go on this boat, take long underwear because the ship is really cold. A lot of the activities that were going on happened when our dinner seating was. During the day there was nothing to do. This was suppose to be the "fun" ship but it wasn't. I was on the ship with 29 family members almost all of them felt the same way. Last time we went on the Princess (yes I know Carnival owns that ship too) and even my 7 year old niece said she had a better time on that one. This ship was picked because a lot of us live in Tampa and we thought it would be easy to leave from here. I am sorry we did. The ship felt too closed in and dark. I was very, very disappointed. We could of gone on the Royal Caribbean but we wanted a large ship going out of Tampa. If I ever get my family on another cruise I will gladly drive the 5 hours to get to Miami. Read Less
Sail Date June 2006
This our 2nd cruise with Carnival and I'm not sure that I will go with Carnival again. Embarkment went well and as we expected. We went up to the Lido deck and got something to eat and drink and wait for our cabin. CABIN was nice ... Read More
This our 2nd cruise with Carnival and I'm not sure that I will go with Carnival again. Embarkment went well and as we expected. We went up to the Lido deck and got something to eat and drink and wait for our cabin. CABIN was nice and clean and our steward was wonderful. We thought our cabin was nice until it was time to sleep. We were under one of the night clubs and it was very loud. We call up to the desk to complain and they said they would see what they could do....NOTHING. This went on and on, night after night. The music director would call at about 5pm and ask how the noise was, considering that nothing was going on up there it was nice, but as soon as the sun went down it was LOUD! One night we called the desk and asked that the music be turned down and they turn it up...HOW RUDE!!! We asked that someone come down to hear the music (which we could sing along with), they said they would send someone down, but of course no one came. Food: It was ok. Drinks: Were great! Overall: I don't know that I would go on Carnival again, although they did offer us only a 15% discount for our next trip..I'm not sure that I want to go again. It wasn't relaxing and seeing that I had had surgery 3 weeks before we left and was there to relax and sleep at night which didn't happen. Read Less
Sail Date January 2006
I don't know where to start, but I want to make this review short and sweet....this was our 4th cruise and first and last time on Carnival. Learning that instead of leaving from Tampa, we would be bussed to Ft. Lauderdale due to ... Read More
I don't know where to start, but I want to make this review short and sweet....this was our 4th cruise and first and last time on Carnival. Learning that instead of leaving from Tampa, we would be bussed to Ft. Lauderdale due to hurricane, should have been a clue that this was not the best of beginnings for our vacation. However, we know that you can't control mother nature and at least we would still be able to leave on our vacation. We traveled with a party of 13, 7 of whom were first-time cruisers. To these 7 people, we had thoroughly convinced them that this would be a vacation of a lifetime. Wow...were we mistaken. I first want to comment on our cabin which was a balcony room and which was absolutely wonderful....comfortable beds, spacious bathroom...clean and well-maintained. Room service was great. Embarkation and debarkation went well. Ports of call were wonderful. Food was acceptable, but not on par with Royal Carib. Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty. If you're looking to sail on a ship with high standards, then the Carnival Miracle is not for you. Of the 2,300 passengers, 500 of them were kids. And I mean the run amuck, unsupervised kind. From running up and down the halls, knocking on peoples's door, up til all hours of night and early morning...those kind of kids. Both swimming pools filled to capacity with kids. We had to resort to the "adult" pool at the back of the ship which was no bigger than a large hot tub and where no activities were going on. Ship designers...get real...how do you accommodate over 2,000 people with 3 very tiny pools. The pool in my own backyard is larger than those! We did choose this week figuring all schools would be back in session, but we were sadly mistaken. Oh by the way, 16 year olds are permitted in all the night clubs...doesn't that make for a nice enjoyable adult evening. We even had teenagers asking US to take them into a night club...where were their parents I wonder. Children sliding across the deck; climbing and jumping on the furniture; roaming the ship at 3:00 a.m. in the morning; racial fights going on at the Lido deck. Cups and even bowls of melted ice cream were placed on the steps, in the halls, etc. My husband saw a condom someone had thrown in the urinal in one of the restrooms and I can't even mention what I saw in one of the ladies rooms. Everyone that we talked to that had cruised before totally agreed with us....no more Carnival!!! In all fairness, perhaps it was probably just this one week and most likely, those sailing the following week would not encounter these problems. However, I felt really bad for our 7 people who had never cruised before and we tried to explain to them that this is "not how it's supposed to be." Unfortunately, they have written off ever taking another cruise. You know, it's the little things that count on a cruise. Maybe I'm nitpicking, but I prefer paper towels in restrooms and not "gas station" type hand blow dryers. I cruise because I like to feel special and not be surrounded by a circus "animals." Carnival personnel had no control and never once said a word to any of the unruly, unsupervised children/teenagers. Our fellow passengers more than once told us that even on a Disney ship this kind of stuff does not go on. On a Disney ship, the children have their own area and are well supervised and well entertained. One passenger even said to me: "you get what you paid for" and he's right...but next time, I'll pay a higher price and travel a first-class cruise lines. Cmon Carnival....raise your standards! Read Less
Sail Date August 2005
Carnival Miracle - New York to the Bahamas - 6/26/04 to 7/3/04 We just came off the Miracle and it was the ugliest and most uncomfortable ship we've ever been on in 16 years of cruising. We went in with a positive attitude, ... Read More
Carnival Miracle - New York to the Bahamas - 6/26/04 to 7/3/04 We just came off the Miracle and it was the ugliest and most uncomfortable ship we've ever been on in 16 years of cruising. We went in with a positive attitude, determined not to compare it to other ships, but there was no comparison at all, and we came off sorely disappointed. I struggle to write a review because the positives are so sharply overshadowed by the negatives. And it's not a matter of getting what you pay for...we paid more for this cruise than we've paid for RCCL's Voyager class cruises (even after factoring in airfare). Also, it wasn't a matter of the type of people aboard...after reading Cruise Critic, I fully expected Carnival to have a low-class, drunk, party-animal crowd, but it wasn't like that at all. Miracle cruisers were mostly clean-fun-loving, family-oriented types, just as on other ships I've sailed on. Our chief complaint: the ship wasn't large enough for the number of passengers. The maitre-d announced that this was the largest sailing EVER aboard any Spirit-class ship; over 2600 with 1000 kids. We were literally stuffed into dining room and the pool area. Although no one can be faulted for not doing their best to provide us with good service, the crew was very over-extended and simply unable to extend the attentive and stellar service cruise ships are famous for. The layout of the ship didn't flow nicely...sun-bathers had to walk through the Lido buffet to get from the pool to the elevator, so we were treated to a disgusting and unappetizing display of hairy-chests, sweaty armpits, bare-feet, tattoos and belly-rings while we were eating. Also, the many food stations were so far apart that it wasn't conductive for putting together a meal without doing more walking than actually sitting & eating. And it was always filled to capacity and very difficult to find tables. However, the food and the choices were superb, especially at the Oriental station where I had the most wonderful calamari in black bean sauce, among other delicious items. The grilled sandwiches at the deli station were also excellent. Our expectations of the pizza were low, however it was surprisingly good. All free coffee, no matter where you ordered it, was sub-par...to get around this, we ordered cappuccino at dinner and it was no better. (However, all items at the Starbuck's-like coffee bar were terrific and reasonably priced.) What's up with the round purple lights on the dining room ceiling? Very garish and gaudy. The dining room tables were so close together that the backs of the chairs kept hitting each other. The waiters couldn't pass through without constantly moving us in tighter until I was crushed against the table. Hot dishes were distributed over our heads. There were too many glasses on the table, yet only one set of silverware, so you had to eat all the courses using the same fork. If you returned a the fork with your empty salad plate, and asked for another fork to use with your entrEe, it took 10-15 minutes to arrive. I ended up eating my entrEe off the tip of my knife one night! No kidding! Refills of water and iced tea were similarly delayed. The wait-team were responsible for 48 diners - that's nearly three times as many as I've seen on other ships. Our cabin steward told us that he services 27 cabins(!). While they all worked very hard and provided friendly service, it was spread extremely thinly. Room service was very slow during the day and evening (around 1 hour wait) but whatever we ordered was delicious. (Room-service in the morning, was delivered at the precise time we designated on the card we hung outside our door prior to retiring the evening before). The hallways and doorways were too narrow and the public spaces were very darkly and drearily decorated, with low ceilings and small windows, giving a claustrophobic feeling. Even the shopping alley was way too narrow to accommodate all the shoppers. The kids club was far out-of-the-way (in the front of the ship behind the theater, up stairs, not accessible via elevator) and every time I took my daughters there, only a small handful of children in their age groups were participating. It would have been more convenient, and presumably more utilized, if it were by the children's pool or on one of the upper sports/activities decks. (Younger age groups did seem to have about 15-20 well-supervised children enjoying themselves). An unfortunate result was a lot of unsupervised kids running around the ship without being positively occupied in Club Carnival. The smoking areas weren't confined so the hallways had the lingering odor of stale smoke, which permeated into our cabins via the cooling system. I Fabreze'd our cabin every day, yet the pillows, curtains and even the wonderful plush terry robes retained the smell of smoke. (Smoke was never an issue for us on other ships, even those with liberal smoking policies). The balcony and cabin doors were spring-loaded so there was a constant and disturbing slamming noise, especially during the night. The pools, jacuzzis and deck space were too small to accommodate the number of passengers. On Adventure of the Seas last year there were 1000 more passengers and 400 more children, yet it seemed far less crowded because we weren't competing with each other for space around and in the pool/jacuzzi. That ship was noticeably wider and more airy, with 5-6 rows of deck chairs around the pool, and with more & larger jacuzzis. Also, that adults-only pool was in a climate-controlled solarium, whereas the one on the Miracle was too small and in the blazing hot sun with no shady spots at all. I had a very amateurish massage in the spa. She basically just rubbed excessive amounts of oil into my skin without any true massaging technique. (She did give a much more professional facial.) It seemed to be heavily focused on selling their products than providing you with their services. The jacuzzi in the back of the spa was a great "secret" discovery...it was 'adults-only' and nearly always empty! On the positive side, the food was outstanding. Every appetizer, soup and meat/seafood/vegetable main course the 6 people in our party tried was a hit! However the pasta dishes were extremely dry (being of Italian ancestry, I know that traditional Italian pasta isn't served drowning in sauce like Italian-American cuisine is, but this was ridiculously lacking), and the desserts were nothing special (notable exceptions: crème Brule, tiramisu, hazelnut cake & iced cappuccino pie, which were all delectable). We brought a bottle of wine to dinner every night and were never charged the uncorking fee. Compared to resorts and other cruises, the alcoholic drinks were reasonably priced. The maitre-d Ken from Ireland sang between the dinner and dessert courses...he has a wonderful voice (at first, we thought he was lip-syncing to Frank Sinatra until we realized it was actually his own rendition of the classic song). And the wait-staff danced along with some diners...a very nice touch! Here's another positive: My sister's child didn't feel well one night, so the two of them and my mom didn't come to dinner. When the waiter found out why they weren't there, he gave my daughter a menu to bring up to our cabin to have my sister and mom write down their choices. During our dessert, he prepared two trays for them. Now, that was wonderful and above-and-beyond! On the other hand, we were told on the first night, that if we thought we might like seconds of any dish (such as the lobster tails) that it was better to order it upfront, rather than after we finished the first one, so he wouldn't have to run back down to the galley and wait on the food pick-up line again. To us, this seemed very unprofessional and 'wrong', but we realized it was because he was responsible for too many tables to give us the proper individualized service we are accustomed to. Sometimes you do not know that you want a second helping until after you finish the first one! I should also mention that we took the tour of the galley and it was spotlessly clean! We had 2 category 8A balcony cabins, with 3 people in each room. We felt the rooms were a decent size. The feature of having the balcony divider opened to connect the two rooms was very convenient, however since it swings outward and is secured to the railing, about 1/3 of the view from one of the rooms is blocked. But it also provided a shady spot if the direct sun got too hot. The professional photographs were of superior quality, and the photographers deserve high commendations for their patience and expertise. The entertainment was also marvelous, in particular the Beatles review show, the Generations show, and the comedian/juggler act. Unfortunately, all the main lounges with piano and guitar music were full of smoke, so we just appreciated their wonderful music as we were passing through. Embarkation was a painless process. We arrived at the NYC terminal at 11:45 and the line started moving at 12 noon. We were in our cabins by 1 pm and lunching at the buffet 15 minutes later). That sounds like a long wait, but the line moved swiftly and efficiently through the various check-points, and the facility was comfortably air-conditioned and had bathrooms and a small snack-bar. It was equivalent to checking-in at the airport for a flight and to other cruise check-ins. (Just a note, by 12:30, the line was more than twice as long as it was when we started, so shortly before noon seemed to be a very good time to arrive.) Disembarkation is another story...very chaotic and disorganized. It did not proceed smoothly at all, and took almost 2 hours to complete the process. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
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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