303 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

This was my 2nd cruise ever, both on Carnival. The ship was perfect - particularly for the price. I really enjoyed the serenity, adults-only deck. There were many families on the ship, and it was nice, as a childless traveler, to have ... Read More
This was my 2nd cruise ever, both on Carnival. The ship was perfect - particularly for the price. I really enjoyed the serenity, adults-only deck. There were many families on the ship, and it was nice, as a childless traveler, to have an area on the boat where I could be away from the kids if needed. In particular the crew on this ship was really fantastic. They really seemed to want to engage and get to know guests. I'm still friends with a couple of them via Facebook and stay in touch from time-to-time. They were really amazing. I traveled with a very large group (100+ people) and they accommodated our needs. The weather didn't participate on our sea days, so that was unfortunate, but certainly not something that Carnival could control, obviously. I would recommend this ship. As of the time I'm writing this review, I've cruised with Carnival three times. There was one really bad ship (Triumph), one ok ship (Spirit), but the Miracle was really quite amazing in comparison to the other two. The food on this ship was pretty good. The entertainment was satisfactory, I enjoyed it. The cabin steward was particularly good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our second cruise with Carnival, first time without the family! Overall I must say I was impressed with the ship. Just out of dry dock with new Funship 2.0 upgrades, we had plenty of exciting things to do daily. The ship's ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Carnival, first time without the family! Overall I must say I was impressed with the ship. Just out of dry dock with new Funship 2.0 upgrades, we had plenty of exciting things to do daily. The ship's interior decoration was a bit ellaborate with eccentric decorations and folklore from several fictional stories such as Moby Dick, Robin Hood, and more. The room was very clean and Anajara, our steward was excellent and had everything available upon request. The ship activities were awesome, from the Punchliner with daily shows to the main theater that presented magic shows, special activities, and more. My wife attended the art auctions daily, tea parties where you could meet others on the ship, and cool competions. One thing I miss from my last cruise was the bridge tour which wasn't given this go round. Guest Services were a bit slow at times, but only on the first day. The guest service on the first day was jammed packed and our only issue was the safe in our room had low batteries, but that was fixed almost immediately. Other than that, I suggest you do your homework and up front to forgo this line. When we arrived at Cabo, the tendoring process was a extremely slow. We arrived late into port so the captain extended the stay about an hour. The major issue was the tendor process too way too long. Some passengers didn't get off the boat for 5 hours awaiting the process. I suggest going to the jewelry presentation to get a higher tendor number, we were #4, I saw families with numbers like 20-25. Another issue I had was if you didn't actually book your excursions though Carnival, (which we didn't) you are treated like a second class citizen. The prices through other sites are more than half price. We didn't have much of a travel issue to the embarkation port because we live there, however the garage fee is upwards of $18.00 a day just to park. If you live close, I'd have a friend drop you off. Embarkation was late by 30 mins or so. The safety briefing was taking place without everyone on board. I was i line next to a plains clothed Carnival employee responsible for validations and he was shaking his head in disbelief. Since we didn't have the kids with us this time, we didn't use the Kid's Club, but I will tell you that the 12-17 age group was bored. They ran around the ship until 1130-midnight up and down the hallways. At times it was hard to get sleep. We stayed in cabin 8205, an unobstructed view. Overall a nice room, some rattling at times, and the garlic smell from the Lido deck pizza place was strong, but only at times. If your allergic to garlic don't stay in this room. Entertainment on board was plentiful, but we didn't make it to everything. One obstacle was all the good things were during the same time as other exciting things. Make sure you attend the theater shows, those are some great shows. Disembarkation was fairly simple. We chose to roll our own bags off the ship. If you have a lot of bags, this may not work for your family. Summary of the ship: nice ship with a lot of potential. I understand the ship just arrived back from dry dock, but several things still weren't up and running. Both the sports bar and red frog pub had a few drinks and were extremely cold to kill the smoke from the casino. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
After reading the onslaught of negative reviews on the Miracle, I was dreading the 7 day cruise to come. I'm sure if you're reading some of the negative ones right now, you know exactly how I felt. However, don't feel too ... Read More
After reading the onslaught of negative reviews on the Miracle, I was dreading the 7 day cruise to come. I'm sure if you're reading some of the negative ones right now, you know exactly how I felt. However, don't feel too regretful. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise, flaws and all. Because this is my first cruise, I had no ideas or preconceptions of what constitutes as a good, roomy cabin. All I know is that even with an extended balcony room located on deck 8, the room was cramped and tiny (especially the bath room). You cannot have more than 1 person in the bathroom at a time because you will feel very stuffy. Moral of the story: don't pay extra for upgraded rooms. The size of the rooms is more or less the same for all rooms. Dining options were overall pretty good. The buffet is very hometown buffet-esque, but there is a good variety of different kinds of foods, ranging from Italian to Asian. The dessert buffet is overall exceptional, with a wide variety of different desserts almost every day. Do not miss the Mexican buffet they have during the last night in Mexico!! The Bacchus, which is another dining option, has less variety but slightly more quality and definitely more gourmet. They have a new menu every night that is sure to fit your needs. Also, check the schedule they give to you every night, because the Bacchus serves breakfast, brunch, and tea time on certain days. Embarkation: Not much to complain about. Waits are pretty long but it is after all, first come first serve. So in this case, you get what you get. The service during embarkation is speedy but the safety demonstration will seem a little rushed if you're checking in too late. Enrichment activities: I'm assuming this includes youth activities? Young children can be a part of camp carnival, younger teens a part of circle c, and older teens a part of club 02. There are plenty of activities for the young ones to do. My teen did not seem very interested in club o2 activities but the teenagers seemed to hangout in groups outside of the club and seemed to have a lot of fun together regardless. Entertainment: There is an exciting show every night and standup comedy! The dj plays music by the pool on the lido deck and sometimes they have dance parties at night that end very late. Fitness: excellent! There is a great gym that opens early and closes at 10 that includes ample equipment for your needs. Yes I'm sure it lacks some, but the facilities are extremely clean and the equipment is all new and clean. Service: service by far was the highlight of the cruise. Everyone working there is friendly and eager to please. most are conversational and always worried about your well being. There's 24 hr room service if you dial 8000 (this takes a while average is 30 min delivery ) . Be nice! They work long and hard to make your cruise memorable. Shore excursions: There is an excursion for everyone , but I do NOT RECOMMEND you purchase cabo by land and sea. It is a waste of money and is not enjoyable at all. Most of the people in the cruise were very annoyed and regretful. Don't do it. Instead, read between the lines and carefully investigate all the activities. Read reviews ahead of time (you'll have to pay for internet on the ship) and buy the tickets ahead of time. Do your research and you will enjoy all your excursions. Value for the money? For three people we ended up paying almost $4000. Was it worth it? Probably not, but it was a vacation to be remembered and extremely enjoyable. The carnival miracle is an old ship that needs some renovation (water slide, rooms, pools) and I feel that you can get more bang for your buck if you do your research and choose carefully. Don't be afraid of the negative reviews. Keep an open mind. Only you can let yourself enjoy your vacation. If you're going to be stuck on a ship for 7 days, at least make it a good 7 days. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
In all there were 17 of us! Ranging in age from 7 to 75. There was something for everyone. The service was wonderful overall. The food in the main Dining Room was a pleasant surprise, quite good every night (we did not eat breakfast or ... Read More
In all there were 17 of us! Ranging in age from 7 to 75. There was something for everyone. The service was wonderful overall. The food in the main Dining Room was a pleasant surprise, quite good every night (we did not eat breakfast or lunch in Main D.R) Did not love the way the buffet area was set up - just a personal preference A couple of the shows were standouts in all of our opinions. Mike Pace - Comedian - Excellent and Ned Rifken "The Ambassador of Swing" - Ned was fantastic, what a show! The adults only Serenity Area at the far aft of the ship is top notch - many of us spent a fair amount of time here. The Gym was great - also had a nice walking track. The theme and colors of the ship actually grew on me as we often cruise on Princess (which we thoroughly enjoy) - Princess Ships feel very generic - not necessarily in a bad way. This was just a fun change of pace. Our cabin was wonderful Vista Suite 7298 on Verandah Deck - excellent use of space, love having a separate bedroom, comfy beds, outstanding balcony - just super. The only real disappointment to us was embarkation/disembarkation, Carnival really seems to have trouble in this area, but perhaps it is just the port of Long Beach that is lacking in efficiency and basic manners... Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
PROS: Watching the whales while cruising to Mexico; Excellent dining experience at the steakhouse--worth the extra cost. enjoyed the Adult serenity area; Good room service; CONS: Bacon had a strange leathery appearance, the lobster was ... Read More
PROS: Watching the whales while cruising to Mexico; Excellent dining experience at the steakhouse--worth the extra cost. enjoyed the Adult serenity area; Good room service; CONS: Bacon had a strange leathery appearance, the lobster was undercooked. And food at the dining room was not the quality I expected. Eggs were burned and the bacon was not fresh with a strange tast in the dining room. The ship departed Long Beach port two hours behind schedule. Worst cabin room-----on the Main deck----loud continuous noises EVERY night above our room. FAVORITE PORT: Puerto Vallarta is beautiful and a must see. Beautiful bay and many good eating experiences in a safe environment. We have been to Puerto Vallarta many times and it continues to be our favorite port. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Very much looking forward to this cruise but unfortunately I ended up in a cast and on a scooter. This caused problems with the excursions. High seas did not bother me but it would have been nice to see the sun on the trip west. The ... Read More
Very much looking forward to this cruise but unfortunately I ended up in a cast and on a scooter. This caused problems with the excursions. High seas did not bother me but it would have been nice to see the sun on the trip west. The weather slowed us down so the schedule was changed to help us see the most under difficult circumstances. Landed late at Hilo so the excursion we booked was late and with the sun setting, we did not see much. Fortunately, they were able to get me on a bus with a lift. Unfortunately, the lift broke so I could not exit the bus to see the Volcano National Park. They refunded my tickets but I was disappointed. Oahu and Kuwai were nice. I was looking forward to seeing Maui but because of high seas we could not tender there so we headed for Kona. We stayed for a day and a half so that everyone got to do their excursions. However, we were only in Ensenada for 2 hours in the evening. The weather is not the cruise line's fault however, their customer service was a bit lacking. I understand that they were overworked with all the itinerary changes but ignoring customer inquiries or complaints did not make people happy. They could have added a few more activities to make up for the additional time on board, but that did not happen. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We enjoyed our 7 day vacation on the Carnival Miracle to the Mexican Riviera. I will start with the many good aspects of our trip and finish with few areas for improvement. This review focuses on the cruise itself and the things we ... Read More
We enjoyed our 7 day vacation on the Carnival Miracle to the Mexican Riviera. I will start with the many good aspects of our trip and finish with few areas for improvement. This review focuses on the cruise itself and the things we experienced. We vacationed with a small child so we didn't spend much time on the night time activities. The Good: Value, we paid about $100 per person per day which is a great deal for your cabin, three meals a day (or more), onboard entertainment, pool area etc. You get a great deal for what you pay. Don't expect a 5 star luxury vacation without paying for a 5 star luxury vacation. Food, we have been on several previous Carnival cruises and the food in the main dining room food used to be really good from about 2005 to 2010 then went down in quality the last few years. I am happy to report the food in the main dining room returned to very good to excellent on this cruise. Just about every meal was really good (flat iron steak, lamb, lobster, salmon, prime rib etc). It is like you're eating a fine restaurant every night. Get the chocolate melting cake for dessert, it was delicious. This ship overall is nice Public areas were well kept and clean. Be sure to check out Gatsby's Garden. The public areas of the ship are on the lower decks and most guest cabins are on the upper decks. Even though the ship was full with about 2500 people, the pool area was never overly crowded like I've seen on the shorter 3 day weekend cruises. We always found some recliners while enjoying the pool and hot tubs. Camp Carnival: we vacationed with our 2 year old daughter and she loved Camp Carnival. She actually ran down the row of cabins to get to Camp Carnival when she realized where she was headed. The staff seemed very nice and there are lots of planned activities to keep the children occupied and happy. We would drop off our little one for an hour or two here and there for a little adult time on the ship. Staff: our cabin Steward was friendly and did a good job keeping our cabin nice. Our main Waiter Eva was excellent as well as her assistants. The crew on these ships work very hard and we appreciate all they do they take care of us. Unfortunately, some guests treat the crew poorly and are very demanding toward them. Areas for improvement: Embarkation: Awful, the worst ever we've ever experienced. It took 3 hours to get on the ship. Several other cruisers said the same, it was awful. I heard the reason was the ship was late getting into port but not sure if that was the reason or not. Rude Carnival staff in the Long Beach Dome yelling at people to move from here to there. Very disorganized. You would think since they do this process every Saturday embarkation would run smoothly. Lots of room for improvement here. Debarkation: poor. It took us about 1.5 hours to get off the ship and we carried our own luggage. Again, they do this every Saturday and it should be well organized and efficient. Not sure what the problem was . I have exited other Carnival ships in about 30 minutes carrying my own luggage. Rude people: this is not Carnival's fault but worth mention. Something about buffets that seem to bring out the worst in some people. Some people literally push you though the buffet line, cut in line, rudely grab and reach over you to get their food quickly. We have seen this behavior on several Carnival cruises we have taken, not sure if this happens on other cruise lines as well. There is so much food on the ship there is no need for people to be rude about filling up their plates. Summary: Overall, we had real nice 7 day vacation on Carnival Miracle. It was our second time doing this exact cruise and we would do it again too :) Great value for all you get and even more so if you have kids that will likely enjoy Camp Carnival.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We're local to Long Beach, so this was our latest in many Mexico cruises we've been on. Overall it was great, but just a few little annoyances and issues that need to be addressed on this ship and in port. Embarkation was a ... Read More
We're local to Long Beach, so this was our latest in many Mexico cruises we've been on. Overall it was great, but just a few little annoyances and issues that need to be addressed on this ship and in port. Embarkation was a mess, just like others have said here. We were lucky enough to be priority guests, but it still took a couple hours. Others said it took 3-4 hrs from the time the shuttle dropped them at the port - crazy. Promptness and scheduling is not this ship's strong point - more on that later. The decor ranges from attractive (atrium and most public areas), to quirky (mad hatter's lounge with giant rabbits and such on the walls), to downright hideous (the purple-pimple room where you eat dinner - yuck). Pools were great. Not very large but several to choose from, including the adult-only (aka: drinker's) pool. The crowd this time seemed very experienced with cruising, and had their favorite routines all down to a system. Most I talked to had been on this cruise as many times as we have, or more! This made for good conversation in the hot tubs about excursions and activities. Food was great for the most part. Flat iron steak was greatly improved over the shoe leather we had on the Inspiration. Chocolate melting cake was awesome as expected. Service for anytime dining was fast and wait-free. Was disappointed the Mongolian Wok wasn't on this ship, but the steak house was unbelievably good! Grilled 8-10oz lobster tail and a filet in a full 3-course meal with sides for $35? Hell yeah! ... and my wife's ribeye took up half the table! Cabin was terrible. We were cabin 1218 (ocean view, but in almost in the bilge we were so low). Our steward was mostly MIA, frig didn't work well (and had someone's old empty cans in it), and there was almost no hot water pressure. Nothing like a nice cold shower when you're done using the ice-cold pool out in the cold Pacific. This ship also wobbles and rumbles along like an old Winnebago with a bent wheel, so sleep was at a premium all week. As for the ports; this is what made it great! Cabo was a good time, albeit a short one because the ship was late (again, promptness and scheduling not a strong point). Had FTTF priority for tender, and a crew member literally escorted us to the door. Took us about 10min tops to get off the boat - others not so lucky with 2+hr wait. Went straight to Cabo Wabo and listened to a band. Eagles songs are great with the accent ("welcomb to de O'tel Cah-lee-fornia"). LOL! Two days with an overnight in Puerto Vallarta was the highlight of the trip. We actually stayed at the Hilton all-inclusive resort about a 15min walk from the port. Huge edgeless lagoon pool on the beach, rooftop infinity pool overlooking the bay, free drinks, 4 free restaurants (one with cheeseburgers and fries on the beach), a sushi bar, and a huge room. Well worth the $200-$300/nt. We'll be back! The ship then freaked us out by starting up the engines and blowing her horn for a drill at 8:00am. Thought it was leaving without us - "oh, sure, NOW it's early!" is all I could think of at breakfast. Actually turned out to be a false alarm and everything went as planned. Hated to leave that rooftop pool! Oh, well, back to the ship. Entertainment aboard was mostly poor (again, back to the issues). We watched maybe 2min of the Beatles-themed stage show and left. It was tuned to a very elderly crowd. Then we discovered EVERYTHING was Beatles-themed that night - we went to the casino instead. Piano bar was nice, but boring. The "sing-a-long" was more of a "watch a guy sing" session every time we went there. No effort to tell jokes, sing anything funny, or encourage participation or engagement of the audience at any time, so naturally people would walk in, have one drink, walk out (us included). Most other entertainment options filled the time with annoying karaoke or talent shows. The comedy club was good fun! Comedians were all very funny (a rare thing! Usually at least one bombs hard). Debarkation was as much a nightmare as embarkation. Too few customs agents and long lines, but the porters were fast and efficient getting your luggage to the car - well worth the tip. Suggestions: be prepared to gamble most of the time. Entertainment in the casino was much better than the main shows.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This was my 18th cruise on Carnival and DH 17th. We are Platinum and always book suites. The cruise did not start out well. They could not print our sail and sign cards at the Captain's Lounge. This would not have been a problem ... Read More
This was my 18th cruise on Carnival and DH 17th. We are Platinum and always book suites. The cruise did not start out well. They could not print our sail and sign cards at the Captain's Lounge. This would not have been a problem except this was the 3rd time in a row we have had this problem upon embarkation in Long Beach. We had an aft suite. We have had the same suite on every Spirit class ship. We enjoyed the suite. Our room steward was good but not great. The service, as well as, food in the dining room was good. Denis our head waiter and his team were outstanding. They worked very hard to make sure we had good service, fun, and left feeling taken care of.We went to the Steak House one night. The steaks were outstanding!!! The service was very good too!!! We also attended the Chef's Table. It was very good as well. Chef Wellington did an excellent job. This is well worth the $75 dollar up charge. Ports were Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. We enjoyed each port. Cabo is still reeling from the hurricane but is coming back. We did city tours in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta through a private company. All in all, it was a good cruise but probably our last cruise with Carnival. We are moving to Princess as we get more bang for our buck when we sail in a suite. It is worth it to us to pay the extra to receive the amenities. Carnival has basically no suite amenities and what we get for being platinum is trumped by Princess. The only good point about a suite with Carnival is the price point.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Being a man of color and loving music (e.g. Jazz, R&B or just plain Old School) I heard none of this while on the ship. You would think going to a Hawaiian port you would hear some type of island music rather then Pat Boon or Frank ... Read More
Being a man of color and loving music (e.g. Jazz, R&B or just plain Old School) I heard none of this while on the ship. You would think going to a Hawaiian port you would hear some type of island music rather then Pat Boon or Frank Sinatra. The line need to get versatile and see who your guest are so you can try at least to bring a little home to the cruise. The cruise itself was good, however, on the down time we had we should have been able to listen to some good music. My wife and I loved walking to the different shops and around the ship. The buffet along with the dinning room gives you the eloquent feeling of dressing up and taking your loved one to a good meal and be happy about it. There's sites to see while at sea and walking around the ship. Try taking 5 different pictures a day and see what you come up with. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Not our first cruise, but was our first with Carnival and first in a balcony cabin. Plus points Good cabin space. Great service from Steward and MDR staff Evening meals in the MDR. Serenity Deck. Ease of Embarkation/disembarkation. ... Read More
Not our first cruise, but was our first with Carnival and first in a balcony cabin. Plus points Good cabin space. Great service from Steward and MDR staff Evening meals in the MDR. Serenity Deck. Ease of Embarkation/disembarkation. Minuses Some dated areas like gym corridors, Gatsby Gardens. MDR a bit loud in decor. No lunch menu in MDR only same Brunch menu every day.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Thanks for taking time to read my review. I am a 35 year old woman and I took my mother (age 66) on her first Alaskan cruise! We flew into Seattle the day before the cruise and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express - Seattle City Center. We ... Read More
Thanks for taking time to read my review. I am a 35 year old woman and I took my mother (age 66) on her first Alaskan cruise! We flew into Seattle the day before the cruise and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express - Seattle City Center. We really enjoyed this hotel, it was very clean and our room was lovely. It is walking distance to Seattle Centre, so we took advantage of the gorgeous day and walked over. We wanted to see the Chihuly Gardens and the Space Needle, but they were both closing early for a special event, so we had to decide between one or the other - we went with the Gardens and I was thrilled! It's an absolutely beautiful museum, we actually went through it twice! We then went to the EMP Museum - I didn't know anything about it, but now I can't stop raving about it. It really is a neat museum. The morning of our cruise, we chose to do a city tour that would drop us off at the ship. We took Let's Tour Seattle. It was a bit more on the bus time than I would have liked, but we did get a lot of history of Seattle and were at the ship by 1:00. Boarding was very simple ... we didn't have to wait in line for very long - maybe 15 minutes. When we got on board, we were able to go directly to our cabin. The ship is lovely - much better decorated than the Carnival Legend which is in the same class. I find it an easy ship to navigate and there are no strange spots that cut you off from going anywhere! The entertainment needs a re-do ... the Welcome Aboard show didn't feel very welcoming. On other ships, the cast has done a small number and then there was a game of some sort. On this sailing, there was only the spoon game and then a song at the end by two people, one of whom I don't recall seeing the rest of the cruise. The Guest Talent show was sad/embarrassing. Only two people were signed up - they still went ahead with it, but didn't augment it with anything else. Can you picture it - a talent show of two!! Kudos to the two that performed, but you would think that the CD would have added in a cast song/dance or some sort of something! The cruise day arts and crafts were a little sad. The first one was great and gave me high hopes. The had a bangle bracelet project. The girl running it said there would be something on Glacier Bay day and the last day as well. Nothing was ever advertised for Glacier Bay Day, but there was Scrapbooking on the last day. I went to it, and they just had a few bits and pieces - the hosts excuse was that it was the end of the season, so that was all that was left. The Steakhouse was fantastic - we were seated by a window on the side that let us see the sunset - absolutely perfect food, atmosphere and service. The onboard naturalist provided great commentary during sea days - she was a true asset to the cruise. The dining room was fine - we were on anytime dining and only had to wait once for our table. There were good choices, and the food was generally well done. I was disappointed in the Future Cruise talk - I was expecting a talk on actual future cruising opportunities ... instead it was a hard sell on the Carnival MasterCard. Overall it was a fantastic cruise - the ship was lovely, the crew was friendly, and we had unbelievable weather in Alaska. There were indeed things that needed fixing, but there was nothing that ruined my trip!   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We are experienced cruisers with 24 cruises between us, so this review is coming from people who are pretty easy to please and really enjoy cruising. I rely on these reviews before I book and so hope this is helpful for you as well. First ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers with 24 cruises between us, so this review is coming from people who are pretty easy to please and really enjoy cruising. I rely on these reviews before I book and so hope this is helpful for you as well. First of all, the ship is beautiful, getting on and off was a breeze, and generally everything was very good. Here are the exceptional items: Alaska was absolutely spectacular. We thought the Tracy Arm Fjord day was stunning, and Carnival added and excellent naturalist who talked while we were going thru the Fjord. She had a great voice, and great knowledge, and we can't say enough good things about her. She was worth her weight on gold as far as the trip goes. We never really take shore excursion and prefer to go out on our own and figure out what to do that day. We booked three this time because it was Alaska. Two were spectacular. Take the train ride! We did the three hour one - it's long enough and you see all the good stuff. The second one was so unique and was 2 hours long - we thought long enough to be on a boat. It's the speed boat tour that takes you out for 2 hours in a fully insulated suit. This was not to be missed! We were warm and we saw eagles and seals. If you do not like to go fast, don't do this. The boat purposely zips thru the water doing figure 8s in between wildlife and coves. You are secure in a pommel like seat. The third thing we did was the on land dog sledding. Great people and very nice if you like dogs. However, you will smell like dog. Everything you have on will smell like dog - just be aware of this and don't take jackets, gloves, hats that you plan to use the rest of the week. These are outside dogs that never bath, so they smell like dogs! As far as clothes go, we were confused about what to pack. The ship keeps the lid on the pool, so you are warm whenever on the ship. Off the ship, you need a raincoat with a hood. Other than that, we were warm. All of the cold shore excursions give you gear to wear, so don't worry about that. Finally, we hate to say this about this cruise but this is the first time that we have cruised that a lot of the crew seemed miserable. We met a few crew members who we made friends with, but our wait staff was hurried, neglectful and seemed miserable. We had one gluton free diner with us, and the help from Janna the restaurant person in charge of menus was absolutely awful. Compared to other cruises where we had the attention of a head waiter at all meals, the food was generally very poor and if you have a special diet, beware! We have cruised Royal Caribbean and they do a much better job with special diets. And we never figured out why the staff appeared to be so miserable, but they were generally sullen. We didn't even return for the last night of dinner because they were so bad. We have never had this experience and always make friends and get contact information, etc, so just wanted to point this out. Carnival needs to pay attention to this crew - there is something wrong. Otherwise, the DJ, game hosts and hostesses and were great. One other thing - we always cruise with a balcony, so we did this time too. We think you can skip it. You would think you would need it for Alaska, but it is really too cold to sit out on the balcony for relaxation and when the cruise is going thru the Fjord, you want to be up on deck with a blanket and in hearing range of the naturalist. Skip the expense. If you would like an average cruise experience with exceptional scenery and shore excursions, this is the cruise for you.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Lets start off by saying this was our first cruise, and there will be more in our future. You see I'm a 5x Cancer survivor and currently in the fight for my life again. To say I had an awesome time would be an understatement. Not ... Read More
Lets start off by saying this was our first cruise, and there will be more in our future. You see I'm a 5x Cancer survivor and currently in the fight for my life again. To say I had an awesome time would be an understatement. Not only did we enjoy the food, the shows, particularly The Marriage Show and Johns morning show, we enjoyed just kicking back on the balcony watching the wildlife and the scenery Alaska has an abundance of!! When we first looked at cruises and cruise lines doing Alaska, Carnival fit the bill and after all doesn't the Miracle sound like just the ship for someone like me! After all I need a Miracle. The shore excursion we took to the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau City tour was very informative although we were warned about the time to get to the falls by the glacier we decided to go for it, and although very tiring on me, I made it there and back although we only spent 5-10 min at the falls, we got many good photos, and I got to stick my hand in a lake of glacial waters!! Who's done that! Our cabin was more than adequate after all your on a cruise and not there to spend all your time in the cabin. Our room attendant "Barwanto" was very helpful and took care of our every need. The Disembarkation went rather quickly as we took the self assist option and I requested a wheel chair for the ramp as it was a little steep, I'm certain this is what got us through quicker as well. There were a couple of glitches one was all of our luggage did not make it to our cabin together we had all our bags within an hour or so on the ship except for the most important piece which contained my wife's CPAP machine and all of my medications which I would not be able to go with out. Also one of the ports on this cruise was cancelled and right up until we were on the ship were we aware of this. This was the big glitch we were not happy about but made the best of it with the extra time in the other ports. Over all we had an awesome cruise and will definitely cruise again and I will be looking into who dropped the ball on the itinerary change by not informing us, was it Carnival or our travel agent who dropped the ball. I'll keep ya posted.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I have cruised on Carnival three times before taking this cruise to Alaska. All three of those cruises were delightful, with good service, good food, and lots of fun. Some aspects of this Alaskan cruise were disappointing. The food was ... Read More
I have cruised on Carnival three times before taking this cruise to Alaska. All three of those cruises were delightful, with good service, good food, and lots of fun. Some aspects of this Alaskan cruise were disappointing. The food was mediocre at best. One night I orded prime rib. When it came, it looked green -- I did not eat it. Another night, they served lobster tail as a main course -- very small -- three bites and you were finished. The service on this cruise was hit or miss -- really good in the state rooms, the casino and at the Atrium bar but lack-luster in the dining room. The waiters did not take the time to introduce themselves, did not make an effort to let us know what was good or not-so-good on the menu. Perhaps they were too overwhelmed with other guests. My friends and I stopped eating in the dining room after the third night. The food at the buffet was either bland or over-salted. The best food was at the grill and the pizzeria. Despite those places being good, I stopped eating much after the fourth day. Also, on this cruise, there was little effort to give the guests a taste of the joy and fun that Carnival is known for. The crew and staff's morale seemed low. Everyone seemed worn out and tired. The entertainment was good, however. Good singers and musicians. The slot machines in the casino were stingy. I thought they might loosen up as the cruise progressed but no. However, the casino hosts were wonderful and generous with their service. Of course, the scenery in Alaska made the cruise. What a glorious place! I was hoping the cruise experience itself would be as fun and delightful as my previous cruises with Carnival have been. I may have to give the Carnival experience a miss for a while and try another cruise line -- one with better food! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
I thought the décor of the Miracle was not bad at all. The Bacchus dining room kind of grew on me. The ship was clean, the crew was very personable and the food was pretty good. There did seem to be a pretty much constant vibration that ... Read More
I thought the décor of the Miracle was not bad at all. The Bacchus dining room kind of grew on me. The ship was clean, the crew was very personable and the food was pretty good. There did seem to be a pretty much constant vibration that was noticeable unless the ship was going very slowly like in the Tracy Arm Fjord. We were midship on deck 4, and the vibration could be felt there and pretty much the whole ship. I thought the ship handled the waves pretty well; only took Bonine and I never got sea sick. I think the captain did everything he could to keep the ship safe and the ride as comfortable as he could. All the crew was hard working and very gracious. My only complaint on the food end was the buffet had few choices as most of the food stations close down early at dinner time. You can still get pizza and sandwiches, but other than that, the main entrée buffet was limited. I had several very good meals at the dining room for dinner. We tried the dining room for breakfast and found it not to our liking. We liked that meal much better in the buffet area as there is a lot more to choose from. We did not try the dining room for lunch either as we either used the buffet or ate at the ports. We went to the production shows and they were pretty good. The Beatles show was the best one we thought. Didn't go to the hypnotist (we think those are kind of lame) or the comedy shows. I did enjoy John Heald, the CD. He was pretty entertaining and funny.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Carnival's late May sailing to Alaska from Seattle had ideal timing, itinerary and pricing for our agenda. We booked a starboard balcony cabin and spent two pre-cruise days in Seattle, which included the Seattle Folk Life Festival, a ... Read More
Carnival's late May sailing to Alaska from Seattle had ideal timing, itinerary and pricing for our agenda. We booked a starboard balcony cabin and spent two pre-cruise days in Seattle, which included the Seattle Folk Life Festival, a ferry to Salty's on Alki Beach for fabulous copper river salmon, the Public Market, original Starbucks, old friends, and the monorail before a fast cab ride to Pier 91. Embarkation was a breeze, with the terminal in high gear and people moving onto the ship as fast as their suitcase wheels could fly. And of course, up to the Lido deck for the first of many food indulgences. We hung out on the adults-only Serenity Deck and enjoyed the afternoon sunshine and views of Seattle. Cabin ready on time, steward Samad introduces himself, all is shipshape. Seize the towels and back out to the deck for some bubbling hot tub and chat with fellow passengers. We chose the any time dining option for this cruise, a departure from our usual late seating, to allow for flexibility with music, shows, Alaska's late sunsets and shore visits. It was an excellent choice. We had ocean view windows every evening, and sighted whales on several occasions. We attended the opening night show and laughed uproariously at Cruise Director John Heald's emcee-ship. The first sea day was fairly typical, and we enjoyed the gym, deck, Captain's Celebration, live music, and too-much-food. The second full day was our tour of Tracy Arm Fjord. Although chilly on deck and mostly cloudy, we spent the entire day outdoors with cameras and binoculars glued to our faces as we saw porpoises, bald eagles, whales, a hint of a bear on the shore, waterfalls, icebergs and the Mendenhall Glacier. The ship's naturalist, Michele, made quiet announcements of sightings fore and aft, port and starboard. It was Deck Aerobics. No time to visit the buffet! We watched as ice pilots boarded the ship from a moving vessel--impressive! The ship sailed as far up the fjord as the ice would allow and then performed a 180 degree turn to head back down. The views came to us in that display. Our day in Tracy Arm Fjord had the feeling of being on a National Geographic expedition, which is something we would love to do. We also attended Michele's presentations in the theater, which were informative and interesting. We attended a cocktail party for gold members and above (there are also platinum and diamond levels) which was nice. I don't think we'll cruise often enough to reach any higher levels because although cruising is fun, it isn't the only kind of travel we enjoy, and it really has its drawbacks as well as advantages. We've been to similar events on Holland America and they're certainly pleasant. Food, drink and entertainment along with meeting fellow cruisers from all over the U.S. Friday was Skagway and a shore excursion that combined hiking and a raft trip. We saw bald eagles in their nests and the markings of bear claws on trees. We were both relieved and disappointed not to have seen a bear, because we think the experienced guide could have shepherded us safely through a sighting. Likewise our excursion in Juneau, which involved a highly successful whale watching voyage in Endicott Bay and a hike to Mendenhall Glacier. A bear pair had been sighted seconds before our arrival at the lake, but were gone by the time we made the scene. Again, our guide was knowledgeable and prepared. Back to the ship for a quiet day at sea with stunning views of Southeastern Alaska's towering snow covered mountains, whales in the water, fun things to do aboard the ship and as always, an abundance of tasty food, including brunch in the dining room and another trip to the ship's gym. We celebrated a birthday (his) and an anniversary (ours) on this vacation, and the cruise director marked the occasions by forwarding a bottle of champagne to our cabin along with a personal note. The comedy shows again were a hit and we made a point of attending as often as possible, both the family friendly and adults only sets. The live music in lounges was again a highlight for us on this cruise. We missed out on the Jazz Under the Stars, collapsing into bed before it began at 10:30 pm. The event also featured cigar smoking, with the seating carefully separated, but even so, any whiff of cigar smoke is nauseating. We had a leisurely last day, arriving in Victoria at 3 pm for a sunny tour of the town and a stop at a brewpub before a final evening aboard the ship. Debarkation in Seattle was as efficient as boarding had been, and we quickly found ourselves en route to the airport and homeward bound. We're following John Heald on facebook and his blog, which is good post-cruise entertainment.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We just returned from the May 13th sailing to Alaska/Glacier Bay. We had a very strange experience with Carnival on this cruise and I am hoping some of you more experienced cruisers can possible shed some light on this situation. We booked ... Read More
We just returned from the May 13th sailing to Alaska/Glacier Bay. We had a very strange experience with Carnival on this cruise and I am hoping some of you more experienced cruisers can possible shed some light on this situation. We booked our cruise in August 2013 with an itinerary of Skagway, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC, Canada. We paid off our cruise in February 2014. April 19, 2014 we received a vague letter from Carnival stating due to propulsion problems with the Miracle our itinerary was changing and we now were going to Sitka instead of Skagway. The reason given was in order for the Miracle to make all ports on time it had to be able to travel at a speed of 21 knts but the letter stated the Miracle could only travel 18 knts max and they could not get the ship into drydock until September. I checked Carnival's website and all itineraries for the season now reflected Sitka instead of Skagway. We were extremely disappointed because Skagway was the port we were most interested in being the farthest north. We had time off approved from our jobs, airfare and hotel already booked in Seattle so we decided to just make the best of things. This was our 40th anniversary celebration and we agreed to roll with things. First thing we noticed during our first Day at Sea was the ship was cruising along at 21 knts. All day! Hmmmm. Whatever, we're finally here and we are headed to Alaska so we aren't dwelling on that. Day 3 we arrive in Sitka. We had to anchor 20 minutes away from Sitka and be tendered in by Carnival's little boats. It was, without a doubt the most disorganized process I've ever experienced....it's like Carnival threw this together at the last minute and had never tendered people to shore. It took hours to get everyone off. We almost missed our shore excursion which I couldn't enjoy because I was worried whether or not they could get all these people back on the ship by departure time. Sitka is a lovely little place but there's not a whole lot to do there even with the short amount of time we were given. We get to Juneau and had a great day. Day 5 is Glacier Bay Day....spectacular of course. Heading out of Glacier Bay we start hearing things about the currents in Victoria and that we may not be able to get into port OR we may get there earlier and leave earlier OR we may just have more time to spend in Ketchikan, which was our Day 6 stop. Day 6 we arrive in Ketchikan at 7 am. We were told we were departing at 1 pm. Both our tour person and several shop owners told us we were staying in Ketchikan longer. I went back to the ship and asked and was informed we were leaving at 1 pm as planned. Several other shop owners mentioned this was the Miracle's last trip to Ketchikan for the year. Again, it seemed like the right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing. We leave Ketchikan and were told we would arrive in Victoria Day 7 as planned. At dinner on night 6 we tipped our waiter and said we probably wouldn't be seeing him the following night because we would be off the ship in Victoria. He looked at us with a very strange look on his face and fumbled and mumbled and seemed uncomfortable. At 2 pm on Day 7 we were informed we were not going into port in Victoria, HOWEVER the captain was because he had to sign papers (apparently there is some rule every cruise must visit a foreign country). Need I mention how angry people were? People, us included, could deal with the Skagway change because we at least knew about that one in advance. Now, we were basically being cheated out of a second port, which WE PAID FOR!!! So we pull into Victoria, on schedule, anchor about a 1/2 mile out and the ship captain was tendered into port and we departed late that night and arrived back in Seattle by 7 am the following morning with mixed emotions. Awestruck by Alaska. Tired, but a good tired. And, unfortunately some feelings that things were not what they seemed on this cruise, that we didn't quite get what we paid for and generally disappointment in the way Carnival handled things. Now it's 3 days later and after filling out my Carnival satisfaction survey, quite by accident I see a blog from the cruise director stating the May 20th Miracle sailing is.......guess where????? Drumroll.........Skagway, Alaska!!! I'm thinking to myself, this can't be right. I go on the website and see that the itinerary for the Miracle has changed AGAIN, Sitka is out and Skagway is back in for the rest of the 2014 season. So, I'm asking what about the propulsion problem......what about the drydocking? I feel like we were misled and even lied to. I don't know if we have any recourse with Carnival and was hoping someone might have some advice. This was my second cruise with Carnival and it will be my last. There is a huge trust issue now with Carnival and I can't help feeling like we had a number done on us and I guess I'm just plain mad. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Just returned a week ago from the first Alaska cruise of the season on the Carnival Miracle sailing from Vancouver. Had an aft suite with a very large balcony. Overall a very good experience. The ship was nice, I actually liked most the ... Read More
Just returned a week ago from the first Alaska cruise of the season on the Carnival Miracle sailing from Vancouver. Had an aft suite with a very large balcony. Overall a very good experience. The ship was nice, I actually liked most the décor, though it is a bit over the top compared to other ships. It was definitely bright, but fun in most places. The hallways decorated with famous people like Sherlock Holmes and Three Musketeer characters was fun. The ship was in good shape, though some rust spots were noticed. I believed it is being dry docked in a few months for updates. The food overall was good, the buffet was good, no complaints on the food, plenty available, though I don't eat that much. (Obviously many people liked the buffet food and they gorged like it was their last meal, to the point of really? Piles of food on a plate. Some folks had no problem crowding in line at the buffet and acted like the food would be gone if they did not get there fast.) The food in the one restaurant there is a cover charge, the steakhouse, was excellent. The main dining room had good to excellent fair. Service overall was good, no complaints to speak of except one rude person at disembarking. Most of the crew were very friendly and tried to help if ask. The entertainment was much better than I expected. The piano bar was great, the young performer from England was talented, funny and very personable. Buy him a beer and he will play anything you want. They had a production show in the main auditorium, a tribute to the Beatles and it was excellent, far better than I expected. It consisted of real films from the early 60's of the Beatles, and a full live orchestra that played over thirty Beatle songs, with dancers, signers and many costume and scene changes. Like I said, much better than I expected. The comedy shows were funny, they have earlier in the evening shows for families and the later ones, adults only There is an area called "Serenity" aft part of ship, that is no children allowed, very nice back there, peaceful, and some covered hammocks etc. Contrary to popular belief, one can win the in the casino, I know, I did. The ports were fun, I liked Skagway and the Red Onion, the "bordello" tour upstairs at that place was a kick, the old bordello from the late 1800's with the tour guides dressed as the madams. One item I am disgusted about however is the lack of hand sanitizers available. They are there, but you have to hunt for them. Entering the buffet, there is one on each side, but not necessarily in the middle main entrance to the buffet. The dispensers tended to be on the sides, I saw at times they were partially hidden behind something. Most of the people I witnessed going in the buffet and the food areas by the pool never sanitized their hands. Considering the problems Carnival has had in the past I would think they would do like the NCL ship I was one, have some at the entrance actually spraying sanitizer on people's hands. I have written to Carnival management and told them to add additional sanitizers, make them more visible, such as putting signs on the dispensers more conspicuous. Its a wonder there is a virus outbreak on every cruise as a result of the way it is set up on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
To start with, this was our 15th Carnival Cruise and 18th overall. We had a small group of 8 people. We had 10, but 1 couple had to drop the Monday before sailing due to a family emergency. We have been on a 15 day Celebrity cruise ... Read More
To start with, this was our 15th Carnival Cruise and 18th overall. We had a small group of 8 people. We had 10, but 1 couple had to drop the Monday before sailing due to a family emergency. We have been on a 15 day Celebrity cruise (Century) and a few 12 day Carnival cruises (Legend and Dream) and have not experienced what I am about to share. DINING: This cruise was not exactly to Carnival's standard. It is as if they were not prepare to feed a full ship for 16 days. The first couple of days the food was not terrible, but was luke warm or cold, and pretty tasteless. Then it went down hill for the next 11 days and finally the last 3 days, the menu improved and food was hot. This is the 1st time on a cruise, we looked at the menu during the day and skipped the dining room in favor of eating a sandwich or pizza on the Lido deck. To give you an idea, in the 1st 4 days, the menu had prime rib, duck, and pork chops listed as the entrée and served again and again later on the cruise. Some of the names were changed, but it was same meats. I attempted the prime rib only once, it was tough, more than 1/2 was waste and could barely cut with a steak knife. The same applied to my wife's rib eye steak. It was not seasoned and was not served with the au jus. When I asked for some, they brought brown gravy from a can. One of my friends ordered the flat iron steak and could not cut it, another friend handed him a pocket knife and he still could not cut it, so you can imagine how tough the meat was. Last November we sailed the Carnival Sunshine and were surprised how hot and well seasoned the food was, so we know it's possible to get a decent meal in the dining room of a ship. In contrast, our servers were excellent and despite having numerous guests to wait on were very personable. Our server was very accommodating offering substitutions for our inedible meals. Actually, I think he was embarrassed to serve food like that. DAYTIME ACTIVITIES: I don't think the Cruise Director was prepared for a 16 day cruise with 10 sea days of which at least 5 were too cold for using the pool or sunbathing, thus causing more guests to participate in inside activities. While we enjoy Trivia and Bean Bag Toss, people need more. Most activities were held in areas too small for the number of guests wanting to participate. We skipped Trivia several times because there was no room to sit. Also, more than twice the Bean Bag Toss had over 40 people signed up to play. That alone shows people were hungry for activities. We asked if the game could be left where we could free play but were told because of liability reasons (guests falling over the boards) they could not. We did not care to participate in crafts but noticed guests were again crowded into a small lounge area. A friend attended the craft session on scrap booking and found there was not enough materials to go around because some guests seem to think they were entitled to several packets. The activities on the days sailing to Hawaii were slightly better than the return trip where we re-named the activity schedule "The Inactivity Schedule". The scheduling had activities either overlapping or beginning when another ended, thus not allowing time to get from one to another. We did enjoy the daily sea day seminars by a biologist, but they consumed only one hour of our long day. EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: The night time entertainment was plentiful, excellent, and full of variety! Our complaint on some former cruises was that guests with late dinner seatings missed out on shows because there was only one. Not the case on this cruise. There were shows for both dinner seatings. Most nights there were three comedy shows at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 with two comedians alternating. Since we didn't get out of the dining room most nights before 9:10 we had to wait for the 10:00 show. Problem was the 9:00 crowd would stay for the 10:00 show thus not leaving any seats for newcomers. On our Hawaiian cruise with Celebrity this type problem was handled by emptying the theater and making everyone get back in line to give the next group a chance. A couple nights there was only one show at 9:00, so once again we got gypped.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
My wife and I have just returned from the March 22nd sailing with port calls in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. This was our 4th cruise, and 3rd on Carnival. Embarkation: This was a great experience. We purchased the FTTF (Fast To The ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from the March 22nd sailing with port calls in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. This was our 4th cruise, and 3rd on Carnival. Embarkation: This was a great experience. We purchased the FTTF (Fast To The Fun) package for $49.95 and it was worth every penny. We arrived at the dock at 11:40AM and stepped onto the ship at 12:05PM. Our cabin was ready, so we dropped off our carry on baggage and headed Horatio's to get some lunch. When we returned from lunch our luggage had been dropped off outside our cabin. Cabins: We were aft ship on the Verandah deck, cabin 7299. This cabin was very spacious and comfortable. We were a bit concerned with it being right next to the elevators, but we never heard them once. It ended up being very convenient having them next to us. Our cabin had an over sized balcony that was able to accommodate two lounge chairs, two sitting chairs and a small side table. The inside furnishings were very spacious. We had two good size wardrobe type closets, sofa, table and desk. Dining: We were only in the main dining room for 4 of the nights on the cruise. Overall it was okay at best...the service was not what we had remembered from past cruises and the food was a little bland. the other nights we spent one in Horatio's, one in the steakhouse and one at the Chef's Table dinner. The Chef's Table Dinner is something you don't want to miss on your next cruise. There is a $75.00 fee per person to do this and is worth EVERY PENNY! It is a small group dinner anywhere from 8-12 people. We have the maximum of 12 people at ours. It was an 8 course meal that started in the main galley and moved from there after the first course to a private dining room for the 12 of us. The dinner included all the red and white wine as well as champagne that you wanted. Chef Stanley and his team did a fantastic job. Nick & Nora's Steakhouse is another meal you don't want to pass up. For a small fee of $35.00 per person you get to enjoy a fantastic dinner in the steakhouse that is very beautiful and romantic. The food is incredible and I highly recommend it. Horatio's & Lido Deck: The buffets were good with a different choice each day, as well as the Deli, Salad Bar, and Chopstix. The grill on the Lido deck always had burgers, dogs, chicken tenders and salad. Pizza: Very good pizza...thin crust, cooked to order, and far better than most any thin crust gourmet pizza at home. Public areas: The serenity pool area is great, but finding an empty lounger, much less one of the cool cabanas was EXTREMELY difficult. The main pool areas were nice enough with music if you enjoy that, and a fair number of children. The sun deck was a little quieter and was not too windy. Entertainment: George Lopez's Punchliner Comedy Club is fantastic. We attended two of the adult comedy shows and could not stop laughing. Debarkation: With the FTTF package we purchased this allowed us to get of the ship earlier as well. We chose to "self carry" our luggage off the ship and I highly recommend this to everyone. We were the first group off the ship in the morning and didn't have to wait for any luggage. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We departed Long Beach terminal and though the line took approx. 1hr to process us, it was okay as we were able to visit with other folks in line. We found the common area's of the ship very clean, which we appreciated. Our balcony ... Read More
We departed Long Beach terminal and though the line took approx. 1hr to process us, it was okay as we were able to visit with other folks in line. We found the common area's of the ship very clean, which we appreciated. Our balcony room was comfortable and clean. The gym was great with lots of cardio equipment and adequate free weights with a seperate room for stretching etc. The gym was also kept very clean. We really enjoyed our evening dining experience thanks in large part to our team of waiters who were first class! With respect to weather as we sailed to Hawaii, we had hoped for far more warmth and sunshine. We had lots of wind and found we only had one good day going over to suntan. Wind one day fluctuated between 80-105km/h throughout the night. The return portion of the cruise also had lots of wind and cool weather daily, definitely not great for suntanning on the shipdeck.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This was our 2nd trip on the Miracle - first time to these ports, and third Carnival cruise. On the trip was myself (39), DH (39) and DD (10). Over all it was a great holiday. The service was great, the ship was clean and the food was ... Read More
This was our 2nd trip on the Miracle - first time to these ports, and third Carnival cruise. On the trip was myself (39), DH (39) and DD (10). Over all it was a great holiday. The service was great, the ship was clean and the food was pretty good. I will list some details below. EMBARKATION: OK Long Beach is insane. The most chaotic embarkation I have ever experienced. We relied heavily on other passengers who directed us where to go. We were FTTF and this worked so great we were able to bypass a few giant lines of people. I will always buy this when we cruise Carnival as long as its available. DINING We had anytime dining again and again it is in my opinion the only way to go. We only had a wait one night and that was when it was just the 2 of us (around 7) as DD went to the kids club. The wait was not even 10 minutes. We sat in a different section each night - enjoyed them all. The food was good - not outstanding but always found more than enough to choose from. I do wish there were more veggies as sides - the big baked potatoes with sour cream got old fast. We ate in the Steakhouse the first night and it was a nice way to start the trip - included a free bottle of wine on the first night, an ok Merlot. My lobster on the elegant night was just as good if not better than the Steakhouse surf and turf that I had but it was still a nice evening. KIDS CLUB The kids club was ok - DD was at the top age for Camp Carnival and she found it quite babyish and boring this time. She did meet a friend there so that helped but she spent very little time at Camp Carnival compared to other trips. Usually she was asking to go - not this time. ENTERTAINMENT I didnt see the Entertainment Director on board once not a big deal - we didnt participate in a lot of events either but the Beatles show was good, the casino was fun (Won a slot tournament!!), and overall we make our own fun so we had a good time. DISEMBARKATION This would have been smooth if only people actually checked thier bags before leaving the baggage claim area. We had another passenger accidentally take our bag when he got off the ship. After waiting around for an hour and a half we gave up, gave Carnival our claim information and left. Thankfully on our way to our hotel the gentleman called (our cell # was written on our tags) and we were able to get our bag back. Carnival did everything they could to help. This is a reminder to double check the tags and the bag before taking a bag as you exit!! SUMMARY We will likely continue to travel on Carnival when we cruise, but we also like to visit All Inclusives in Mexico and Cuba as well so it might be a while before we cruise again. Likely this intenary won't be our #1 choice but it is an easy flight from home to LA so that is often the driver of what type of holiday we take.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This was our second cruise on the Carnival Miracle. We had previously sailed on the Miracle in 2010, going out of Florida. This was my first cruise sailing out of California. I was sailing with my parents. We spent a couple of days in ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Carnival Miracle. We had previously sailed on the Miracle in 2010, going out of Florida. This was my first cruise sailing out of California. I was sailing with my parents. We spent a couple of days in Huntington Beach, visiting my brother and his wife, before the cruise. Sunday: We took a taxi from the Long Beach Airport. It was a flat rate of 45 dollars from the airport to the cruise ship terminal. The taxi dropped us off where the parking garage is, and that is where the porters take your luggage. We are VIP, so we got to wait in the Captain’s Lounge right outside the dome. Then we went through the dome, going through security and getting on the ship. We were on board at 12:45 PM. We ate lunch in Horatio's. It was Italian and they had strawberry cake pops. We were in cabin 8233, a balcony room. We had a view of the Queen Mary and the Dome. We got our luggage rather quickly and were able to unpack. We had the muster drill at 4 pm. I sat on our balcony and watched the sail away from Long Beach and Sunset over Catalina Island. We ate dinner in the Bacchus dining room at 6 pm at table 233, a table for 6. Service was really slow. Only us three showed up. I had fruit, sweet and sour shrimp, and Black Forest cake. We asked for table reassignment because the table was in the back of the dining room and not wheelchair accessible, like they say it is. We watched Up or Out game in the atrium, which involves trivia and the glass elevators, based on the show Cash Cab. We watched the ballroom dance class to a Michael Buble song and Game Show Mania in the Phantom Lounge. Monday: We ate breakfast in Horatio's. I love the Double Chocolate muffins. We were pretty close to the elevator and could go right up to the buffet from our room. We went and looked through the photo gallery and shops. We went to the Fun Ashore Talk and Shopping Talk in the Phantom Lounge. We ate lunch in Horatio's, which was serving American food. I had some cheesy potatoes with pot roast, with Key lime pie for dessert. It was our first Formal Night. My Mom and Dad got interviewed for the cruise weekly video, while we were waiting for the dining room to open. We got moved to table 209, a table for 3 in front of the dining room by the stairs. Our waiters were Zoran, Raymond, and Dudik. I had the strawberry bisque, prime rib, and diet banana gateau. The waiters performed "That's Amore." We had our photos taken against a red backdrop. We went to the Mad Hatter's ball to see the comedian, Stanley Ullman. He brought three kids on stage and asked them questions. The main show was Generations, a tribute to 1930's to 1980's. Tuesday: We ate breakfast at Horatio's, before getting on a tender. There are fifteen stairs to go down to the tender, so one of the workers had to carry Mom’s wheelchair while Dad and I held on to her. We tendered into Cabo San Lucas, Mexico around 10 am. This was my first visit to Cabo. We went shopping and Mom collected free charms from the jewelry stores. At the shopping talk, they gave us a treasure map to get stamped in various jewelry stories. The fourth and final one is clear downtown by the airport, so we were unable to get that one, due to our scheduled tour. We went on the Whale Watching and Coastal cruise for two hours, from noon till two. It was amazing! They took us past Land's End, Lover's beach, and the Arch. They gave us pineapple juice, potato chips, and Oreos. We saw humpback whales flap their fins and tails, and blow water out of their blowholes. After our tour, we got back on the tender to sail back to the ship. There was one really drunk lady in a bikini, crawling over people, licking the tender workers, and biting the finger of a guy who was trying to help her walk. She walked head first into the security poles. We were back on board the ship at 3 pm. We ate lunch at Horatio's and it was Caribbean food. I liked the beans with rice and the banana cream pie. We took a nap, while we were sailing away from Cabo. We ate dinner in the dining room. I had the fruit, the chicken breast, and warm fig and date cake. The waiters performed "Shake Shake Shake." We went and looked at our photos and the shops. We went and played, Guess that Song and Gender Showdown. I had a raspberry smoothie. We had to set our clocks an hour ahead. Wednesday: We docked in Puerto Vallarta at 8:30 am. This was my first visit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I watched us sail in and dock next to the Crystal Serenity. The port is right across from a Sam’s Club and a Walmart. Dad and I saw two stingrays swim between the cruise ships. We took a cab for 4 dollars a person and went shopping downtown at the Malecon, which is a boardwalk. Dad was supposed to go on a snorkeling and kayak tour to Los Argos, but it was cancelled due to lack of participants. We took a cab back into port. We had pizza for lunch, as the French food didn't seem that great. The pizza is thin crust and delicious. Mom and I watched the Crystal Serenity sail away and the pirate ship come back. We ate dinner in the Bacchus. I had peach soup, farfalle with turkey and peas, and bitter and Blanc. The main show was a Mexican Folkloric Show, with dancers and a mariachi band from Puerto Vallarta. We set sail at 9 pm, so we sat on the lido deck and watched the sail away from our room. Thursday: This was our second day at sea. We ate breakfast at Horatio's. We went and look at our photos and the shops. Mom's wheelchair kept setting off the security alarm in the photo gallery, for some reason. We had to sail back up to the bay of Cabo San Lucas to evacuate one passenger for medical reasons, so a tender had to meet us with a gurney. They took the passenger off and took him or her to the nearest hospital. We got to sail past Lover's beach and Land's End again and see some more whales. While we ate lunch, we saw the people dance for the Groove for St. Jude. They danced to the "Cupid Shuffle," "The Wobble," and "Cha Cha Slide." Lunch was Italian. I had some chicken fingers and vegetable pasta, with some fruit for dessert. We went and saw the Newlywed Game. It was our second Formal Night. We ate dinner in the Bacchus. I had the cherry soup, chateaubriand, and baked Alaska. The waiters performed "Gangnam Style." The comedian was Seth Buchwald. He did improv comedy with one of the social hosts and people from the audience. The main show was Ticket to Ride, the tribute to the Beatles. Friday: This was our third day at sea. We ate breakfast in Horatio's. We went and looked at our formal night photos and the shops. We ate brunch in the dining room, because we had a free drink coupon. I had the Mac n cheese with chicken, a peach smoothie, and a Caramel salted brownie with raspberries. Dad went on the backstage tour and got to see all the costumes and makeup areas. For dinner, I had the mango soup, chicken fettuccini, and the warm chocolate melting cake. Our waiters sang, “Leavin’ on a Fun Ship.” We went and listened to a band and a singer/songwriter, Tommy Green Jr. Saturday: When we woke up, we were back in Long Beach. We were in Zone 1. We disembarked the ship in the morning right after breakfast. We had to go through customs before we got our luggage. Right as you get out of the dome, there is small desk that says Transportation, where you can ask for a cab. We got to the airport at 10 am, and were able to check in our luggage early for our flight at 3pm. We ate lunch at the food court. The George’s Greek place is really good.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Food was about normal. LOVED the pizza, Casino was about normal lost to much money LOL. Shows were packed some of us had to stand or just miss them. Service was ok For me the nice part of cruising is room service. You wake up put on your ... Read More
Food was about normal. LOVED the pizza, Casino was about normal lost to much money LOL. Shows were packed some of us had to stand or just miss them. Service was ok For me the nice part of cruising is room service. You wake up put on your robe and have coffee on your balcony. The first night we could order and filled out the door card. The second night no door tags to fill out, so no coffee. No glasses in the room part of the time. Ice only when they cleaned the room after we had left and when they turned down the beds when we were out of the room. So we had to take plastic bags to the dinning room for ice all the time. We had 3 cabins, two ajoining. Two of the three cabins flooded. One was a pipe and one was the toilet. Clothes wet, bed sheets wet, The staff had to pick up everything off the floor, and suck up water, then bring in large noise fans to dry the carpet all night. Fans running all night in the hall also, The smell of wet carpet was pretty bad. My room didnt flood BUT since the water was turned off we had to share our small bath room with the other cabin. NOT COOL Seven women on an All girl cruise and two of the three cabins flooded :( The two cabins did get a small on board credit, which was nice. I didnt file a complaint because the other women with flooded cabins were family or friends. The martini sample bar was one of the high lites . The staff there were really great, and seemed to enjoy their jobs and made our time in there fun and very nice. Embarkation and dis embarkation went pretty smooth for us. The lines were long but moved fast and staff were friendly. This is my forth time doing the Mexican Rivera. I really want to give shout outs to the people in Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. Cabo, we took a boat ride and had the best time. The captain of the little boat was so nice. We gave him money and he ran off and brought us back a bag of ice with 10 ice cold beers inside and fresh cut line and salt. Then he drove us all around and showed us the rock formations and sea lions. He dropped us off on the beach and later came back for us. I think we paid about $4.00 each. I wish I had his card so I could tell you his name. Very friendly, and nice. Puerto Vallarta, was so much fun, we shopped and walked the few blocks to the beautiful church and went inside. Just amazing so beautiful. We had the most wonderful margaritas and dinner at, VIEJO VALLARTA Morelos 484 Altos Malecon Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (I made sure to ask for their card) if you go dont miss this place. If you dont like the drink..ITS FREE! The salsa, and fish tacos and black beans were the best yet. We were seated up stairs on the third floor over looking the sidewalk below and right near the ocean. It was all open air with great music, and the staff, some of the best. The price for huge plates of excellent food, and HUGE margaritas...for 5 hungry woman $58.00 !!! The service was so outstanding we made sure we left a big fat tip! We truly couldnt stop talking about this restaurant. It Could just be the best part of our All girl cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Carnival Miracle Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 3.9
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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