1,393 Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

Granted I haven't been on a cruise in about 20 years, but most people are usually wishing their cruise would last a few more days - I couldn't wait to get off of the ship. If I wrote down everything that went wrong it would take ... Read More
Granted I haven't been on a cruise in about 20 years, but most people are usually wishing their cruise would last a few more days - I couldn't wait to get off of the ship. If I wrote down everything that went wrong it would take a full 15 days to read my review, but between slow lines getting on the ship, in ports, off of the ship and many other 'things' that happened in 15 days I would put you all to sleep. The 5 days in port were thrown off by a ship not operating at full capacity to start with, throw in a 'Pineapple Express' storm in the Pacific and some wave action and very limited time at most of the stops. The cruise director and excursion team did an excellent job considering all that was being thrown at them, but the $200 credit offered to everybody on board from Carnival was almost an embarrassment. They could offer me a free 15 day cruise back to Hawaii at this point and I would tell them to keep it - I will fly next time. Food was decent (nothing earth shattering) on board. Scary when I prefer a sandwich from their deli or a pizza OVER the food served in the dining room. Nothing was 'bad' but nothing that I was hoping they would serve again. My biggest piece of advice to anybody planning on traveling with Carnival would be to avoid this ship until after repairs are made (I believe it is scheduled for this in March 2015). I can't blame Carnival for the 'weather', but if they were true professionals they should have had contingency plans in place for ANY situation that popped up. They were scrambling to try and find 'entertainment' for the trip home since they couldn't pick up the entertainment they planned for us at one stop. So instead they added back-to-back free cocktail hours which turned into drunk passengers fighting in the bar/casino. All of us in my group knew there would be a train-wreck that night, however the alcohol kept flowing (we all enjoy our cocktails as well). Our cabin steward and waiters were all very nice people. I believe if you avoid this ship until the repairs are made you will be okay. But when you are stuck on a rocky boat for 15 days, don't actually get to see Hawaii except for a few hours here and there (my first trip there) and didn't care for much of the food; next time I'll hop on a plane. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
When we planned our 'once-in-a-life- time' cruise to the Hawaiian Islands we had 60 hours of vacation time for five islands and a stop in Ensenada. When our cruise was over, 15 days later, we had Island time of 44 hours, ... Read More
When we planned our 'once-in-a-life- time' cruise to the Hawaiian Islands we had 60 hours of vacation time for five islands and a stop in Ensenada. When our cruise was over, 15 days later, we had Island time of 44 hours, including a 8 to 11 pm stop in Ensenada. Out of our five (5) chosen excursions, we only were able to enjoy one (1) excursion of our choice. Our other four (4) excursions were cancelled because we were late for every Island and we skipped one island, Maui, completely. We spent most of our time at sea travelling. After we were at sea, the ships itinerary changed almost daily while we were at the Islands. The excuse for arriving late was due to 'less than ideal weather conditions and seven foot waves'. In a ship the size of the Miracle, seven foot waves are nothing. We were on a ship when hurricane Sandy came up the East Coast. We had 35 foot waves and that ship moved to keep us out of the storm. It didn't limp along under 20 knots which is what the Miracle did. This ship should have been taken to port and repaired. We didn't travel to the Islands for Rest and Relaxation!! When we finally chugged into port, California, leaving the ship was a mess for luggage assist. Carnival didn't seem to pay any attention to our pleas that our flights were leaving in less than 2 hours. We were shuffled from line to line and bus to bus. Buses were leaving with two dozen empty seats. Such a mess that about 25 of us missed our flights to Cleveland. Some spent the night at LAX and some of us spent the night at Chicago Airports on cots. What a mess trying to get a flight out of these airports on Dec. 21 and 22. This wasn't the airports fault. It was Carnivals fault for not getting us to the airport the required time before a flight. We(and many of our friends that were with us) will never take Carnival Cruise Lines again. They don't seem to care about your vacation. NEW MIRACLE CRUISE CUSTOMERS BEWARE OF CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES IF YOU ARE PLANNING A ONCE- IN-A- LIFETIME VACATION. IF YOU JUST WANT TO CHILL AND 'DRINK YOURSELF TO DEATH' TO SOMEWHERE, THIS MAY BE THE SHIP FOR YOU!!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our second cruise with Carnival. The first was on the Spirit which was 3 hrs ago. Rated 6 out of a score of 10 being the best. We had a Vista Suite and the food in the main dining room was good. The cabin steward was excellent and ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Carnival. The first was on the Spirit which was 3 hrs ago. Rated 6 out of a score of 10 being the best. We had a Vista Suite and the food in the main dining room was good. The cabin steward was excellent and our cabin was very nice. That is why we decided to try one more time this last November 2014. This time it was the Miracle. Same cabin type which was fine and this best part of our cruise as were the ports of call which we had a great time. Our cabin was 8273 Vista suite and was a great location with huge balcony and plenty of cabin space. The food on this cruise at every level was the worst in presentation, temperature, and taste. Our best meals were on land. We had priority boarding and even that was slow. Those with regular boarding took up to 3 plus hours to get onboard. We tendered in Cabo San Lucas and it too us 2 hrs to get off the ship, we had a tender ticket # 8 and other folks had tender numbers into the 30's. Some I am sure never got off. The reason being was that Carnival used the port tenders for transport instead of their own tender/lifeboats which could have easily handled all the passenger efficiently. Efficiencey is not part of the Carnival mission statement. We had orginally book with another cruise line and switched to Carnival because of the enticing intenary- 2 days in Cabo- which got switched to one day and then added Mazatlan. We had also booked an excursion for Rythms of the Night at Las Caletas when at port in Puerto Vallarta which was offered by Carnival. It was canceled due to port time departure. A 15 mins difference. Well that night we left 45 mins late. We were late arriving in Cabo and left late in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. This cruise line is very disorginized and I don't recommend it on any level. The public bathrooms could have been cleaner and why in the women's bathroom they don't offer seat covers is a good question as well as bathroom automatic deodorizes. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Okay. So I get it. It's a cruise. Carnival operates on slim margins so it needs to constantly barade you with requests to purchase drinks or photos. The whole trip felt like a prolonged time-share presentation. [Cons] - Terrible ... Read More
Okay. So I get it. It's a cruise. Carnival operates on slim margins so it needs to constantly barade you with requests to purchase drinks or photos. The whole trip felt like a prolonged time-share presentation. [Cons] - Terrible [Non-existent] entertainment. Bingo? D-List comedians? Karaoke singers? Ugh. - Waaayyyy overpriced drinks. - A single bandaid for a cut is $3.50. INSANE. - The casino was smokey, and nobody looked happy. - Food in the Dining room ranged from decent to bad. - Food in the buffet area was consistently terrible. Dry, Microwaved, canned, all cheap pre-processed junk. - If you have a food allergy or lactose intolerance DO NOT CRUISE WITH CARNIVAL. The waiters in the dining room will accommodate you, but the buffet workers have no clue about the contents of the food. Expect to get sick a few times. - All of their on-ship promotions had some kind of scammy catch to them that involved purchasing something overpriced. One noteable one was where you spin a wheel to "Win" a prize... the prize is a presentation for purchasing something. Ooo fun. - All of the Alaskan ports of call we're uninteresting, and tourist traps. Jewelry shops (Skagway - Seriously. How can a town of 800 people have 15 jewelry shops?! ), Popcorn, Alaska T-shirts, ugh. If you go to these ports, don't go to the towns, go hiking or something. - The Alaskan ports all feel fake. There is Zero culture. Most of the shops are filled with out-of-state seasonal workers. [Pros] - Alaska is beautiful. - Victoria, BC is one of the coolest places I have ever been. I wish this cruise was 8 days in Victoria. - Stewards, and employees were mostly kind and helpful. - The on ship gym is pretty nice, and well equipped. My recommendation for anyone considering an Alaskan cruise: Fly to Alaska. Stay in hotels/cabins. Save a ton of money, and have way more fun. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
we are Platinum with Carnival, having 30+ cruises under our belts. If this were our first cruise, we would never go on another. The cabin steward could not retain, despite being told multiple times, that we had early dinner. He wanted to ... Read More
we are Platinum with Carnival, having 30+ cruises under our belts. If this were our first cruise, we would never go on another. The cabin steward could not retain, despite being told multiple times, that we had early dinner. He wanted to make up our room at 8pm, when we were in bed. The dining room service was very poor. It took over an hour to be served our cold meals. The bar service guy could not keep our orders straight. We gave up after the second night. The lido deck food was horrible. Top sirloin was so tough it could not be cut with a chainsaw. The backing curtain at the balcony glass door had black mold growing on it, and some sort of mucus or something equally gross. The debarkation process was a nightmare-- we waited an hour for the 50-passenger bus to fill so we could depart. The Alaska cruise has always been our favorite-- perhaps it will be again when we try Celebrity.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was our second cruise, first was a Princess cruise. We thought, wow Alaska, this will be great. It was our 30th anniversary too. What a disappointment . First let me say this, staff was awesome, always attentive and polite so I would ... Read More
This was our second cruise, first was a Princess cruise. We thought, wow Alaska, this will be great. It was our 30th anniversary too. What a disappointment . First let me say this, staff was awesome, always attentive and polite so I would give them an A+. Now as for the food, we looked forward to getting OFF the ship to eat, despite the high prices in the local places the food was awesome. This ships chef must hate his job, the food was never hot even in the nice dining room, we did not try the steak house but heard good things about it,it was overpriced too. Breakfast was cold, greasy, the same everyday, unless you did buffet, which was not much better. Even on the Lido deck at night it was hard to find anything worth eating. I took to ordering a grilled Ruben sandwich only because I knew it was hot food. This ships decor is sooooooo outdated, the shows were so so, the comics and extra entertainment throughout were some of the worst I have seen, must not pay much. The one young guitar player singing at one of the bars got worse as he drank. As far as the ports go, Skagway was my favorite, scenery around town was beautiful,food was excellent. I don't think I have seen so many jewelry stores as were in these 4 ports. Made LA look bare naked. Tours were hugely overpriced, needless to say they were totally out of our budget, so we just wandered around till it was time to go back aboard ship. We were told this would be an older crowd, no disappointment there, never seen so many overweight people in one place. Weather was mostly good, we had sunny days foggy nights. Lost me as a customer   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We booked our cruise well in advance to get a good balcony room. After we had the cruise almost paid for and the airline paid for they decided to drop the best port from the cruise, Ketchikan. We either had to loose our vacation or just ... Read More
We booked our cruise well in advance to get a good balcony room. After we had the cruise almost paid for and the airline paid for they decided to drop the best port from the cruise, Ketchikan. We either had to loose our vacation or just take the change. They gave us $50 credit, but that did not make up for it. We have cruised with Carnival on 4 other destinations. The first one was the best. They had the midnight buffet with all the cut up fruit and a gorgeous table setting, The food was great on both the buffet and dining room. On the 3rd cruise they dropped the midnight buffet. We were really disappointed. Over the years we have seen the quality of the food go down and the price of the excursions go up. This trip finally broke me from sailing with Carnival. The breakfast buffet was not very good. The best thing was the omelet bar because it was made fresh, The rest was the same thing every day. They didn't even try to change things up each day like before. The bacon was always greasy and the pancakes were always cold. Lunch was a little better but again not much change or flavor. The sandwich bar was the best thing, again because it was made fresh. The dinners in the dinning room were definitely better I thought, but the rest of my group didn't like it. The dining staff were excellent though. We enjoyed going to dinner to see them each night. I cant complain about the ship staff, always friendly and kept the ship clean. The shows were loud and not very good. The excursions were extremely costly. Overall we were very disappointed with this vacation. The money we spent for 8 people for this cruise could have gone to a much better vacation somewhere else. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I am limited walking and partial vision person. I got great help with embarkation and disembarkation. I had been to Alaska 3 times already so I knew what to expect in Alaska. I had a balcony and enjoyed the view at time but at times the ... Read More
I am limited walking and partial vision person. I got great help with embarkation and disembarkation. I had been to Alaska 3 times already so I knew what to expect in Alaska. I had a balcony and enjoyed the view at time but at times the fog would show up and none of us could see the beauty of the outdoor mountains and trees. I had a good time on the ship meeting lots of fun people. It rained in Skagway... but I still enjoyed it. My main concern with CARNIVAL is that they are charging too much money for SINGLE/SOLO ME. I don't plan to book any more cruises with Carnival unless they charge me the single supplement fee. It was a lousy week to be in Alaska because of the rain, fog, entertainment, lousy comedians and the persons that had to be evacuated by helicopter and the other person was dropped off at some port according to what I heard. It is very normal for things to happen on a ship. It is like throwing my money away when that happens on a cruise ship. It ruined the cruise for some families on a budget and for me. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I have always dreamed of going to Alaska. It was suppose to be my dream cruise. I'm sorry I spent my once in a lifetime chance on visiting Alaska with Carnival. Although the ship was clean and the staff excellent, that is where the ... Read More
I have always dreamed of going to Alaska. It was suppose to be my dream cruise. I'm sorry I spent my once in a lifetime chance on visiting Alaska with Carnival. Although the ship was clean and the staff excellent, that is where the positive ends. I did not know till after the cruise began that they had canceled stopping in Ketchikan. We spent more time at sea than on land. The three stops we made were too long at such small towns, leaving a lot of time to spare. You can only walk around so much in the rain. The time on board was painful. Activities were boring, unexciting and lacked creativity, after all how many times a day can one play trivia?? The few lectures I attended, turned into sales pitches. The few decent activities/shows were all scheduled at night, making you rush your dinner and having to choose between the show or the comedy. Why not have some comedy shows during the day when at sea? Or additional shows? or movies? I have been on other cruises before and have not had an experience like this. There is a reason people gain so much weight on cruises...because there is nothing else to do but eat!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This wasn't our first cruise to Alaska and we have also been on several cruises to the Caribbean so we are not reviewing this cruise out of context. Getting on the Carnival Miracle went off without a hitch and our bags were delivered ... Read More
This wasn't our first cruise to Alaska and we have also been on several cruises to the Caribbean so we are not reviewing this cruise out of context. Getting on the Carnival Miracle went off without a hitch and our bags were delivered to our cabin in a timely fashion. While placing my face cleaning machine in the shower I found a big, black gob of hair on the shower wall. After the steward cleaned it up I assumed my cleaning machine was still in the shower. Not so! The steward thought it belonged to the former cabin occupants and without asking me, threw it away. By the time I realized what had happened, it was long gone. It took almost all week for the powers that be to give me a credit for the loss. The food on the first night in the formal dining room was fine as was the lunch in the buffet. After the first night however, the food was less than expected. I know cruise lines are cutting back wherever they can but the quality of the food in the formal dining room, especially, was so bad I couldn't eat a couple of the meals. I ordered a filet mignon which turned out to be a very thin, rubbery piece of mystery meat. My husband ordered a fish filet which was overcooked and tough. We complained and the next night the food was better. The entertainment was pretty sparse probably because we didn't really like the crass, adult comedians. The funniest, most entertaining thing about the cruise was John Heald, the cruise director. Loved him and his quick wit. The singer in the Atrium was atrocious. I've heard better at local eateries and bars. We had booked our cruise back in the Fall of 2013 and found out in April 2014 that the ship couldn't get into one of our ports, Ketchikan because the engine wasn't functioning properly. That didn't inspire a lot of confidence but as Carnival said we could cancel our trip with no penalties or they would credit us if we went ahead we decided to stay with the trip. The first night out of port at 1 AM we were woken by a public announcement by John Heald stating "Bravo, Bravo, Starboard" which means "man overboard." Of course, this freaked everyone out, especially as the seas were a bit rough that night and the ship began to turn back to where the last sighting of the person was. Our friends and us were still shaken the next morning but were glad no one had actually fallen overboard. We were told that to make up for not getting into Ketchikan we would have a longer day in Victoria, BC which is a lovely city. We booked the high tea at The Empress Hotel hoping for some better food than we had on the cruise. Alas, due to "foggy conditions" our arrival time was bumped from 3 PM to 6:30 PM. If you know Victoria at all, you will know that all the shops that are worth seeing are closed at 6:30. Also, all the shore excursions were cancelled. So we wound up having dinner at a local pub rather the high tea we had all anticipated. The only stores open were crappy, little tourist traps. We spent more time on the ship than off and we all thought it was to get more money out of everyone whether in the shops or the casino. The smoke smell from the casino permeated the air on 2 levels. The best part of this cruise was the scenery and being with our friends. The shore excursions were very good, especially the Sled Dogs experience in Skagway. The cabin steward, after the initial incident, did a great job on our room and all the other service on the ship was impeccable. I have a question about the route the captain chose to take. Why, on an Inside Passage cruise, would he steer the ship out to sea, where many people were affected by the high seas to the point of having to buy the Dramamine from the customer service desk. Why didn't the ship just stay on the Inside Passage where the waters are calmer? We had heard horror stories about Carnival Cruises before and always chosen a different cruise line. I now see we were correct in our choices. My friend, who booked the cruise, was not only disappointed, but a bit embarrassed too. I will definitely go to Alaska again but not on a Carnival Cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
My first clue that this trip was not going to be as good as I hoped was when I was told that there was an issue with the ship and that we would not be able to make a certain cruising speed, so they had to cut out one port that we were ... Read More
My first clue that this trip was not going to be as good as I hoped was when I was told that there was an issue with the ship and that we would not be able to make a certain cruising speed, so they had to cut out one port that we were going to visit. They offered a full refund, but if I changed my airfare, it was going to cost me $. So I continued on and was hoping for the best. I guess that is where I should start, the best: the shore excursions. We booked a few through the ship and had a great time. Although because of rough weather and fog we were late into Victoria, BC and our excursion was cancelled, so we just walked in the rain to the small fisherman's wharf. The extended balcony was good, but do not book on this level. You will hear all of the chairs being moved around on Lido Deck (deck 9, just about you) The bad: usually when I go on cruises I know that I am going to gain weight because of all of the great food. I usually like to dine at the buffet, because the food is usually very good and I get a great selection. NOT THIS TIME. The food in the buffet was usually cold and tasteless. The staff was also not much help. When one of the trays was empty or almost completely empty you had to ask the staff to change it, that is if you could find them. The steak house (where you had to pay extra) was good. We ate in the dining room a few time and the food was hit or miss, sometimes good and hot, or warm and tasteless. I figured when the food was cold, it was because they had so many dishes to prepare in a short amount of time. I have sailed with Carnival before and did not have a problem, so perhaps it is only this ship and destination. In short, I would not recommend Carnival for an Alaskan cruise and would recommend you do your homework before booking anything with them. I know I will. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
The scenery and experience of Alaska and the Alaskan waters were awesome! The ship, not so much. Never in my life did I think I would find a more outdated ship that is so young. The decor was nothing short of terrible. In two previous ... Read More
The scenery and experience of Alaska and the Alaskan waters were awesome! The ship, not so much. Never in my life did I think I would find a more outdated ship that is so young. The decor was nothing short of terrible. In two previous cruises the minute we walked on the ship there was a shock and awe factor, this one you just went well I hope the rest of the ship doesn't look like this. We booked a vista suite so we would have room for our family to sit around a visit, that was a mistake the design left no room to maneuver around in the family area, and the seats/couch looked as if it was about to fall apart. Next step out on our wrap around balcony only to find rust, and flaking paint all over the place. The food was average with the exception of Nick and Nora's. This ship goes in the yard next year, and it won't come a day to soon. If you like murals of Broadway play posters, and Cherubs, then jump on board you will enjoy the decor. Next cruise is on NCL just to see if they can do better. Carnival may have just lost a long time cruiser on their line due to a lack of attention to detail, and extremely poor taste in decor, and food selection. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
First off my expectations were fairly low as this is Carnival. The ship itself is very small and very dated. The crew is fairly angry and over their jobs. There are a few bright spots, but they were few and far between. Let me break dow ... Read More
First off my expectations were fairly low as this is Carnival. The ship itself is very small and very dated. The crew is fairly angry and over their jobs. There are a few bright spots, but they were few and far between. Let me break dow the experience by category. Pre-boarding and checkin - We were fortunate to have priority boarding which did help control the experience. If you are looking for smiles and people who are excited about your cruise as you are, don't count on it. Boarding - Most of the elevators were closed for baggage delivery which takes way longer than it should. As a priority boarder our bags arrived after sailing. Food - If you are thinking you will have great food on this line, think again. There are very few options onboard. The main dining room is not great. The food is equitable to Chili's/Applebees etc. The service is slow and your food arrives in plastic overed plates - like hospital food. Yay. The second option is the Lido bar which is like a giant buffet of cold and low quality food. As in may reviews the best part was the Pizza bar. Late night dining is limited to the Pizza Bar. The Taste Bar is some odd food stand thing they put in a corner near the casino that only service small plates at certain times - living up to it's name. Nick and Nora's was outstanding! Well worth the $35 per person as it allowed you to escape the fast food locations. Obviously not everyone is going to want to spend it, but if you can budget into your trip it will be make you much happier. Bars - there are several - most closed most of the time which is odd. The usuals that are open are usually packed and Carnival is obsessed with loud, live music at every bar. If you are hoping for a conversation, it won't happen. Service is Carnival trade mark slow which is odd as it is a great profit center for them. Don't expect anyone to come to your table or lounge chair with drinks as there is very little table lounge staff. We counted 2 people for three pools and the average was being asked if needed a drink every 90 minutes. Also there is very little lounge seating by the pools which makes "fun days at sea" difficult. Excursions - lots of choose from, very unorganized and staff is pretty uninvolved. Many were cancelled the day before and left angry people. Oddly on the Carnival website everything showed sold out but when we checked onboard everything was "wide open". Retail - two stores on the miracle mile. One for watches and jewelry which was super expensive compared to home. We shopped the 75% off sale on the last day and was comparing online while in the store. Most things at 75% off were double what there were in stores at home. Other store is carnival garb and candy. Overall - If you are looking for a relaxing cruise with great food and drink and even marginal services - LOOK ON. If you looking to relive your spring break in a bad way - book it.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We took a last minute cruise on the Miracle on February 8th. I used to work for Royal Caribbean, and have taken additional cruises on Princess. The Miracle has a long way to go to measure up, in all respects (and I doubt it ever will). We ... Read More
We took a last minute cruise on the Miracle on February 8th. I used to work for Royal Caribbean, and have taken additional cruises on Princess. The Miracle has a long way to go to measure up, in all respects (and I doubt it ever will). We only went on this cruise because I wanted to introduce my husband to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. Before I go on, I want to mention that we took the OceanFriendly whale watching tour in Puerto Vallarta. If you are ever there, DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR! Oscar Frey, the owner, is an oceanologist. The other whale watching boats follow his boats, if they can catch up. He knows EVERYTHING about whales, along with Keith May. We saw probably 20 whales up close and personal. If you want more information, go to his website: www.oceanfriendly.com. Go, go, go!!! P.S. You cannot buy his tour on the cruise ships - you have to contact him directly. It will be the best thing you ever did in Puerto Vallarta. We will be going back. Back to the review: I read all of the reviews of this ship before we went and said to myself, "How bad can it really be?" My husband and I enjoy great food, but we are not fussy by a long shot. I am not exaggerating - this ship has the worst food I have ever experienced. Even the hamburgers, hot dogs and scrambled eggs are terrible. Colesaw, potato salad, etc. - ick. I finally gave in and tried some desserts - had two bites of the chocolate mousse cheesecake and threw it away. Everything in the main dining room was mediocre at best, and I tried pretty much all of it from the vegetarian dishes to meat to pasta. I actually lost weight on the cruise! We did eat one night at Nick and Nora's ($35 extra per person) and it was very good. Actually, it was like the regular food you get on Princess. The only food I would recommend is the 24 hour pizza (made fresh, and quite good), and the caesar salad (we had one every day). Back to the dining room - I do not know what insane person they hired to decorate this ship. Good lord. The dining room is a gigantic explosion of lit up "grapes" - and they are everywhere. The entire ship is decorated horribly. Also, there is no open air feeling like you get on the other ships - every deck is closed in, narrow and chopped up. Even the "atrium" section is very small. The shows? Meh. Casino? I like to think I am a very good blackjack player (won the tournament on Princess). You cannot win money in the Miracle's casino to save your life. I saw a lot of "regulars" every night and they all said the same thing. People? Think extremely large "Walmart people" (no offense to Walmart, but you know what I mean). On formal night I saw - I am not kidding - three t-shirts imprinted with the front of a tuxedo on them. Honestly. Anything good? The pool deck. The Serenity spa for adults only is lovely, but packed. The spa itself and the workout center are very nice. Pools are freezing, though - jacuzzis were nice. The slide was fun. The entire staff on ship was excellent. The best thing about the cruise was the show being put on by nature everywhere you looked - we went during the peak of whale season and saw blues and humpbacks, along with tons of dolphins, flying fish, etc. Oh - we did attend the art shows and purchased five pieces of lovely art. The gallary staff are all personable, intelligent and really know their stuff. Bottom line? The Mexican Riviera is always a wonderful destination (we will be going back to stay in each location - probably numerous times - LOVE IT DOWN THERE!). BUT - do yourself a huge favor and TAKE ANOTHER SHIP. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Just returned today from the cruise. First, let me qualify, I've been on seven cruises all have been on NCL except this time we decided to try Carnival. I'm a casino player and spend a considerable time gambling. Carnivals ship ... Read More
Just returned today from the cruise. First, let me qualify, I've been on seven cruises all have been on NCL except this time we decided to try Carnival. I'm a casino player and spend a considerable time gambling. Carnivals ship was not well maintained. Very few trash containers throughout the ship in fact if you're carrying any trash, you can't find a place to throw it away. Very few hand sanitizing stations, you'd think with all the problems that Carnival has had they would have them everywhere, just like NCL does. Food in the buffet was about a two on a scale of ten. Most of the "stations" were closed, the times that the buffet was open was limited and the food quality tasted like they went to smart and final and bought everything out of a box. The dining room food was better and if you're going to sail with them, it's the only option for eating. They have "formal" nights, but wear whatever you want because "no one" will say anything to you, because there all afraid of having a guest complain and getting fired (that's to bad). We had an incident on this cruise and it appears Carnival will do its best to "COVER" it up. Three doors down from our suite, a man pushed his wife overboard. If not for the fast thinking of the Steward the women would have most likely died. Just like you would guess, if the captain makes this go away he'll receive a bonus, the steward on the other hand will have to be continually interrogated by the FBI and receive nothing for saving the cruise line Ten's if not 100's of thousand of dollars. I'm disappointed, but not surprised in Carnival, like I said in the beginning, I spend a lot of time in the casino, this trip I earned almost 60,000 points gambling and Carnival did absolutely nothing. NCL on the other hand, picks up our suite, dinners to the restaurants, and excursions. Gee, wonder who my next cruise will be with? Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Facilities  This ship was too small and outdated to be enjoyable. The gym was small and old. Much of the decor on Carnival ships would make a crack addict gouge out their eyes, and the Miracle was no exception. The Miracle's decor ... Read More
Facilities  This ship was too small and outdated to be enjoyable. The gym was small and old. Much of the decor on Carnival ships would make a crack addict gouge out their eyes, and the Miracle was no exception. The Miracle's decor was quite awful - fake Roman columns in the gym, etc. The jacuzzi in the spa was too lukewarm. The "sports" deck only had a mini golf course and a half-sized basketball court. The only sports games were a few bean bag tosses indoors and free throw challenges on port days. The steam room and sauna in the spa were very small and outdated with ugly tiling. The stage on the lido deck was usually staffed only by a DJ (I guess they got rid of live bands to cut costs) and there was very little room for deck parties. Cabins were standard, but outdated. The adult "Serenity" deck was refreshing with some very nice furniture and cabanas. Dining The Lido buffet was quite good. The thin crust pizzas were cooked to order and were simply wonderful. And I had the best turkey ever on the last day. But the dining room food was noticeably worse than the food on the Splendor. Our dining room waiter just didn't want to be there. Other reviewers correctly observed that the Miracle's crew was not that friendly. Maybe it's a change in the tipping policy or how they are treated.... Activities The Carnival production shows on the Miracle were extremely similar to the Generations and Ticket to Ride (Beatles) show on the Splendor. Even the Legends show featuring passengers was nearly identical to the Splendor's. There's no point in trying different Carnival ships if the shows are the same. They were entertaining, but news should be developed for every ship. I am very glad that Carnival added family friendly comedy shows for all four of the comedians that came on board. As always, the adult comedy shows we tried were low brow and not enjoyable, as much of the humor was misogynist and racist (not funny jokes about date rape victims and ethnic groups). Because the ship was small, they had very few good activities. On sea days, it seemed to be mostly trivia. They seem to have replaced the party/gathering for repeat cruisers with two VIFP drink coupons usable in the dining room for breakfast or lunch. Unfortunately, this cruise was my least favorite and does not make me want to cruise with Carnival ever again.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Upon debarkation, our luggage was handled very poorly. We had bought a $50 bottle of tequila from Puerto Vallarta and had it bubble wrapped and taped and was put in our luggage. We wanted to debark by taking our own ... Read More
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Upon debarkation, our luggage was handled very poorly. We had bought a $50 bottle of tequila from Puerto Vallarta and had it bubble wrapped and taped and was put in our luggage. We wanted to debark by taking our own luggage but they didn't allow us to since we had too much to carry. We were forced to use their zone debarkation where they man-handle your stuff and toss it around like cavemen. This, in theory, was the more convenient choice. We took our luggage home by car (no flights) and opened up the luggage to give our loved one the gift we had promised to find the glass smashed inside the bubble wrap. Pomegranate liquor seeped through our clothing and destroyed them. Hundreds of dollars of clothing were ruined because someone from Carnival could not treat our property with care. We called Carnival customer service to see if there was anything they could do, since we didn't buy from their "recommended shop" they didn't cover it. Who buys from recommended shops anyway if you want something authentic? Their response was "You didn't open the luggage on Carnival property and report it upon debarkation, therefore we aren't liable for the damage." OK carnival.... Next time, I'll unpack on the curb like everyone else does? We got a "sorry, we can't do anything about it." No compensation, no maybe we'll discount your next cruise with us, nothing. We love cruising, but if you want quality customer service, Carnival is not the way to go. It's the last time we'll be going with them. We dropped over 2.5 grand on this trip including extra gratuities. They lost our business for life and/or any recommendations to their cruise line. SHIP: This was our first ship and even we could tell the ship was small. We explored its entirety the first day of the cruise. The only interesting decks were 2, 3 and of course the Lido deck. They kept everything clean but the decor was crazy. Imagine if you were on drugs and decided to be an interior designer then laced it with something when you designed the Bacchus Dining Room. We loved the Phantom Theater and the Mad Hatter's Lounge. The Serenity deck was also very nice, peace, quiet, hot tub, pool and a bar! FOOD: If you go out to eat a lot.. and I'm not talking Chili's, Denny's or McDonald's.. but if you're a foodie and try out new restaurants frequently, you will be entirely disappointed in the food on the ship. Sometimes I found myself craving fast food just to get it over with because the food on the ship was lacking. My favorite dish was the Flatiron Steak, their baguettes were very good and so were their croissants. Dessert-wise I would recommend the chocolate melting cake or the sorbets (although they were frostbitten they still tasted OK). We dined at Nick & Nora's Steakhouse one night and wished all their food was to that caliber. If you have the money, go here every day. You're not missing anything in the Bacchus Dining Room. By the way, they don't check the dress code at all (could be a good or a bad thing). But some guy came in a camoflauge scrubs top and cargo shorts with Jesus sandals. They let him in, so don't worry about dressing up. I didn't mind the guy, but just FYI for everyone wondering about dress code. Lido Deck food was worse than hometown buffet. Also think about the type of people who go on bargain cruises... I watched a guy drop tongs on the floor, pick them back up and put them in the serving tray then walk away. Maybe he missed the talk on germs when he was little. Room service food was worse than a 6 year old with an easy-bake. How can you get grilled cheese wrong??? (Soft bread that looked like it was toasted an hour ago w/3 slices of cheese, softened, not melted. You can still discriminate between slices.... really?) This made me sad. ENTERTAINMENT: The comedy was OK. They try to liquor you up with a lot of cheaper priced drinks to make you think everything is hilarious but they were too racist, even the family friendly show. We were planning on going to all of the comedy shows the last 2 nights of the cruise but the last 2 comedians were so bad that we went to 1 of each and decided they were too bad to sit through. There were 4 comedians throughout the cruise but the only good comedian on the ship was Lowell Sanders, the rest... crickets. Frankenstein's Lab was really cool. They had a disco-ish dance floor and a DJ and everybody who comes just wants to have a good time. No judging. We enjoyed that a lot! The casino is rigged. The arcade-like games are super-rigged. They had weird min/max bets, $6/500 instead of 5/2000? I'm sure there's a sneaky reason behind that. Best show on the ship was the Marriage and Love show. Super hilarious. Don't miss this. Worst show on the ship was the Talent Show. They should just call it "Glorified Karaoke Night." Glorified because you have a 10-piece band instead of an audio recording of a song. Nobody had another talent other than singing and/or playing the guitar. SERVICE ONBOARD: By far the only/best thing I can say about this cruise. You are treated like kings and queens on the cruise. Everyone remembers your name and gives you 110% of their attention when you need something. Our room steward (Pande) was THE BEST. They clean your room at least twice a day and always greet you with a smile. The dining room staff was extremely professional and memorable. The cruise director (Troy Linton) was a really friendly looking guy but he kind of needed to censor himself sometimes. He'd make adult jokes and not realize it. There was also a point in the cruise when we were in our staterooms changing our clothes and we heard "PSST. (5 sec pause) PSSSSST (pause again)" we thought there was someone hiding in our closet and flipped out. Trying to throw on a blanket or jump under the sheets. The pssst's were followed by an announcement and we nearly pissed ourselves. Other than that, he did a good job with announcements and organizing things.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We gave this as a Christmas gift to our children who are 14 and 8. Its been a couple years since our last big vacation and two weeks in the Hawaiian sun sounded like a great idea. We have cruised five time in the past and we have always ... Read More
We gave this as a Christmas gift to our children who are 14 and 8. Its been a couple years since our last big vacation and two weeks in the Hawaiian sun sounded like a great idea. We have cruised five time in the past and we have always traveled on carnival. We the kids on board they always have had a great time and we are were super excited for this adventure after all its a 15 day cruise to Hawaii! YAY! We were traveling with my parents who are both in their 70's and they get around well despite the fact my mother has stage 4 cancer and just went through her first treatments before this vacation. It has been her dream to go to Hawaii so why not now. We left the could north a day early and stayed on the Queen Mary the night before debarkation. This is a lovely way to enjoy the history and rest up before the long day of getting on the boat. I'll let you in on a little secret but don't tell anyone. If you stay on the Queen Mary you just get up walk right across the parking lot and register on the Carnival ship about 9:30 and you'll be in boarding group 1. It works out perfect. We swiftly went through the line and were on the ship about 1pm. Not bad at all. The ship is exactly what we have come to love about carnival ships. It looks like Disneyland and Las Vegas had a baby or exploded I'm not sure which. We went to our balcony cabin and settled in. Your not supposed to go there until later in the day but if the room is ready the help lets you go right in. The room help is pleasant enough but they sure weren't as friendly as the other ships we had been on. My wife and I both noticed it right away. I feel I am getting way to detailed with this review so I will just cut to the chase. We all really enjoyed the food. We ate at the seated dinner every night and it still amazes me how good the food is when they prepare it for so many people. Well done chefs and cooking team. Our head waiter was Darnell. If you get his table ask to be switched he was awful. The first night we were sitting for over two hours and all of the tables around us had left and they were set for the next dinner and we were never served dessert. I brought it up to the Matre'd who said he would fix it. It never really got better and our server never spoke to us or would look us in the eye for the rest of the trip. I told my son it was my goal to be friends with him. I tried to talk to him, ask him questions to no avail. The last night he punished us and made us wait and wait and wait for everything. The buffets are limited for breakfast and lunches but there is always something to eat. Its hard to find Tabasco that's for sure. When I could find a server to ask for Tabasco when it sometimes would arrive in the mornings my daughter would say "its gonna be a good day today dad!" It always brought a smile to my face as my little ones noticed the lack of service. Hawaii- The weather unfortunately for us sucked. It rained and stormed pretty much the whole time we were there. The last Hawaii day in Hilo we were so excited as the sun was out and the wind was calm and the beaches from the ship looked delightful only to be told the tenders could take us to shore because of safety. We ran up to the ships pool which we had not had the opportunity to use as the wind while the ship was moving made it unbearably cold. We all found some seats and jumped in the pool happy to finally be in some sun and warmth. The ship stated moving and with 15 minutes the captain took us straight into a cold rain shower storm. Out of the pool and back in the ship : ( I was told they needed to go out to sea so they could open the casino$ One of the pools has a retractable roof which always stayed open the whole trip and I never could get a straight answer as to why they wouldn't close it. When your sailing at around twenty knots and the wind is blowing at twenty knots that makes the wind on deck is around 40 miles an hour. So nothing on deck during our 9 at sea days were useable. No pools no mini golf no ping pong no sun no water slide, nope nothing. The people- We met some truly wonderful people on this cruise, people I will never forget and they really made the trip tolerable. The one big unfortunate thing was there we no other children on the ship. Our kids have always loved carnival ships because the make friends quickly and we can hardly pry them away from their friends on the ship. This time was way different. It was a floating old folks home. There was only one girl our daughters age and she didn't speak a bit of English. Being only 8 they tried their best to communicate but I think they both found it to exasperating. We did enjoy the shows Now we have been to Ensenada many times on carnival and really were thinking of not getting off the ship. We'll. that was until we were stuck on it for six straight day, INSIDE. We all felt as though we were in the movie groundhog day. Ensenada was nice. The sun was out the shops were open and the local people are fun to barter with as well as talk with. At this point we all had cabin fever and could not wait to get home. Last night when we arrived home our kids were the happiest I had seen them in two weeks. I was happy to get back to work and that just not how a two week Hawaiian vacation should end but it did. If you like to eat, get bad service and do absolutely nothing take the cruise. If you like good service while enjoying a ships amenities skip this cruise, sure wish we had. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I will note that our cruise was an Atlantis cruise (a gay cruise charter) and so I am unable to review certain elements that were provided by Atlantis, rather than Carnival. Embarcation: We paid for the "Faster to the Fun" ... Read More
I will note that our cruise was an Atlantis cruise (a gay cruise charter) and so I am unable to review certain elements that were provided by Atlantis, rather than Carnival. Embarcation: We paid for the "Faster to the Fun" upgrade and were able to bypass the line. I can't suggest this enough. Carnival's embarcation process is as dehumanizing and stressful as a TSA checkpoint on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. People stood in line for three hours. Some people almost missed the ship even though they were there two hours prior to departure. Staff were rude and pushy and barked orders at us if we so much as took a wrong step. I certainly would expect better of a company that operates these cruises on a weekly basis. Physical Accommodation/Cabin Amenities: The ship is comfortable and stable. Air conditioning in the cabin keeps them very comfortable even in very hot and humid weather. The cabins, while smaller than a standard hotel room, are spacious enough. Our extended balcony faced aft and offered us a small "extra room" when one of us wanted to watch TV but the other wanted to just read. Water pressure was good and both hot and cold water were readily available (although our sink's cold water was a bit of a trickle). There is a mini-bar that is freely accessible (in case you need to bring any refrigerated medications or such). Our cabin was located at the extreme rear and there was a bit more movement so far from the ship's center of gravity and a small amount of vibration from the propellers/diesels, but this actually helped me sleep. My only complaint is that the main lights in the cabin are achingly bright, but there are smaller lights that can be turned on to offer a less actinic glare. Decor/Public Rooms: The decor is almost impossible to describe, but it is absolutely *hideous.* There is an eye-watering cacophany of clashing color, bizarre fixtures, nonsensical themes (a Spartan warrior here, a pirate captain there, Atlas holding up a light fixture over here, a reference to Dr. Strangelove over here, lights that look like multicolored pepper grinders hanging from the ceiling, random faux-Italian frescoes). We couldn't stop laughing at it. That said, once embarcation was over, we didn't feel like the ship was crowded (it felt really crowded during embarcation, but that's to be expected). Elevators usually came quickly and made minimal stops. There were adequate whirpools (although the ship could use one or two more). The gym is nice, but lacks open floor space for stretching. The theater is nice, but the decor is distracting from the show. I don't use the casinos. Entertainment: Was organized by Atlantis, not Carnival. So I won't review it. Service: Our cabin steward was top-notch, friendly, personable, and quickly learned our habits. They make the keeeUTEst little towel animals for you to find at turn-down. On the other hand, dining room service was spotty. I once ordered a drink and it was delivered when I was almost finished with the main course. Sometimes appetizers were delivered only seconds before the main course and then the waiter would have to vanish with the main course only to bring the now-lukewarm dishes back later. The other REALLY annoying thing was the bar waiter. On one night, I was pestered four times IN THE SAME MINUTE by four different waiters about whether I wanted a drink. And when I say "pestered," I mean tapped on the shoulder and conversation interrupted. It was extremely annoying and they have no way to signal to other waiters that a given table is not interested in a drink right now. The service was so obtrusive that I actually complained. Apparently a lot of us did and it got better on subsequent nights. Shore excursions: We only did the Eco-Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas, but it was quite fun if you like snorkeling. Saw a lot of cool stuff. I heard fantastic things about the zipline adventure in Puerto Vallarta, but we didn't do it. Food: Ranged from adequate to at times wholly inadequate. It was cheap, often swimming in greasy gravies and there were very few healthy options. Fruit was often under-ripe and melons sometimes still had bits of rind attached, while pineapple slices weren't even cored. Tomatoes at the salad bar were over-ripe and almost inedible. The dining room food was slightly better, but still unpredictable and the portions were small. There was one night where I went to bed hungry because the food was so inadequate that I couldn't eat it (and I promise I'm not a picky or snobby eater). I cannot recommend this ship and next time I will be happy to pay a bit more to enjoy a better experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This is probably the 5th Carnival cruise I have taken, and I don't know that I'll take another. The selection of food at the buffets is smaller, and unlike on other cruises, did not vary much day to day. In the formal dining ... Read More
This is probably the 5th Carnival cruise I have taken, and I don't know that I'll take another. The selection of food at the buffets is smaller, and unlike on other cruises, did not vary much day to day. In the formal dining room, we were disappointed that they could not accommodate all 12 of us traveling together at one table, as we've had in the past-in fact, we couldn't get more than a table that would seat 6. On other Carnival cruises, the elegant dining rooms always had 4 or 5 star food; however, this time, the selections were not as impressive and the size of the portions was smaller-some of the appetizers were no more than 2 or 3 bites. Service was excellent. The welcome aboard show was obviously designed to entertain people who had been charging up their bar bills-consisted mostly of interviewing 2 teams of 5 passengers each extensively and without much humor, and then pitting them against each other in a stupid game. It consisted of a spoon tied to a string which must be passed down the neck of passenger A's garments and out the bottom, then up passenger B's bottom garment & out the neck of their upper garment,and so on, until the spoon was inside the clothes of each team. Then of course, it had to be pulled out. The first team to finish won. Well, to someone who was completely sober, it was not very funny-just stupid. The next night's show was not that much better with a loud jazz band. Two of the shows that featured dancing and singing were much better. I was with a group who love to dance-real couples dancing-some call Ballroom dancing. On other Carnival cruises, there was always at least one truly talented band which played all kinds of music, on a nice dance floor, every night. We had a blast dancing to every decade of music from the Big Band Era to current music, all played just like the original artists. This time, they had the huge brass jazz band which was set up on the actual dance floor by the dining room, leaving no place to dance but the busy corridor on the way to the elevators and dining room. Most of their music was not danceable anyway, and being raucous, discordant, LOUD jazz, really wasn't listening music, either. In the atrium, every other night was a man who sang to a synthesizer who was very good-but it was only every other night, and the atrium dance floor was constantly traversed by people crossing to the other side, making it challenging not to run into them. The alternating nights had a ballad singer who knew only how to strum his guitar-with the same monotonous pattern no matter what the song-at a volume which did not make up for his lack of skill-better to play quietly when you are not so good! And, it was not dance music either. Finally, we found a good band on the last night in one of the side bars that was talented. However, they played at a volume of about 120 decibles, so loud it was actually painful. In order to talk to someone you had to be within 18 " and YELL at them. We complained, and were told by customer service that the reason for the change in entertainment was that Carnival did market research, and found that they make most of their money on the drinkers-the BIG drinkers-you know, the ones you see puking in the halls and having to be helped off the tenders?!! So, they don't provide much dancing anymore, 'cuz the drinkers are too drunk to dance anyway-and probably too drunk to tell if it's actually music-so why waste money on good musicians?!!! (Carnival, I hope you are paying attention!) The cruise director came in and asked the band to turn it down, which they did, about 2 decibles. Music that is so loud that it hurts causes permanent damage to your hearing-they are really flirting with class action lawsuits. Then, we went to one those educational seminars on helping your back-and we purchased some shoe inserts, based upon the assurance that if they did not help we could bring them back at the end of the cruise-which we did. They took them back, but not without an argument, and very ungraciously...but we still have not received a credit for them. When we arrived at our first stop, they had us get numbers for the tenders, and the theory was, we waited until our number was called, and this would cut down on the lines. It was mass confusion and a huge mess-the line wrapped through cabin halls, up stair ways, and across elevator halls. It took us over 30 minutes to get off. So many complained that the next day, it was just go as you please-which worked out a lot better-just a line of dozen people or more. Another thing we learned-take your luggage on board yourself, and then disembarkation is much quicker-no searching for your bags through thousands of others, you don't have to have them all packed and outside the night before, so no worries about an overnight case for essentials. . Since the government was shut down, there was no customs to go through! We just walked right off with no worries, no lines!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We cruised on the Carnival Miracle August 27 - September 3, 2013. The ship itself was very nice, clean, and well appointed. Although the dining room was over the top in decoration (UGLY). The deck on the back of the ship was rotting away, ... Read More
We cruised on the Carnival Miracle August 27 - September 3, 2013. The ship itself was very nice, clean, and well appointed. Although the dining room was over the top in decoration (UGLY). The deck on the back of the ship was rotting away, was was a bit of a concern as well. The staff on the ship, as far as waiters, and room stewards, were all very friendly, helpful, and quite accommodating. I enjoyed many aspects of the cruise. The food however, was just awful. It was at best "institutional cuisine". Not "international cuisine." Reminded me of gross hospital food. Even "Nick and Nora's" (the specialty restaurant) was good but not great. Most of the desserts looked pretty, and appetizing, but were just nasty in taste and texture, (especially the cheesecake), it had the texture of rubber and slime. One more thing. The "any time dining" is a nightmare. We ended up having to wait 10 to 30 minutes each and every time we went into the dining room. I found that to be an irritation. The are people stacked up all over the place trying to get into the dining room. I felt the itinerary, although good, was not really thought out well. There was too much time on the ship, and not enough time in most of the ports. We were in Skagway forever (and it is a tiny place, but the other stops which were really more interesting, Juneau, Ketchican, and Victoria were way, way too short. They could have shortened the Fiord and Skayway a lot to make time in the other ports. It seemed to me that most of what Carnival Cruise lines is interested in is to promote was their gift shops on board as well as all of the shops they own in the ports of call. It was pretty irritating. All in all, I would give this cruise a 6 at most. It wasn't awful, but there certainly could be some big improvements made that would make it GREAT. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
We thought by the way our friends said that the carnival miracle was very good to take. The price did warrant me from going the price was just too high 2400.00 pp with two nights at a local hotel and airfare round trip from Florida. Our ... Read More
We thought by the way our friends said that the carnival miracle was very good to take. The price did warrant me from going the price was just too high 2400.00 pp with two nights at a local hotel and airfare round trip from Florida. Our agent says that this is the right price to pay> But how was I supposed to know that he overcharged us a lot. After we were forced to pay the balance of our cruise on Jan 4th. Jan 10th Carnival decided to lower their prices of the cruises to 60% and we lost out on this. I used to like Carnival but now they are lacking food, taste, amount and entertainment. Food was cut down on portion size... rushed out by 7 pm to the late rush of 8 pm seating. The desserts were not abundant like years ago... No Midnight Buffet and No food besides Pizza after 11 pm... No room service after 10 pm... and I was CHARGED FOR ROOM SERVICE 2 TIMES FOR BREAKFAST? what a crock that was.. why is that? The Comedy was the best. The lack of entertainment and lack of happy workers. The drinks were too expensive... 1 glass of a Virgin drink No alcohol was $5.50 for that price I would have spent 2.00 bucks more for a drink with a buzz. The open pool are which was supposed to be for adults the children took over and no one said to this to leave. Its the adult pool and it was enclosed for a warmer spot. The floors were not cleaned and sanitized like they used to do years ago.. the floors were wet all the time.. The Pizza bar that was open all night those men, need to wash their hands after serving pizza and making new ones for others... they touched their faces and then make the pizza that is totally disgusting.. Also the only thing positive was Stanley he got me 4 green apples.. I was sea sick for 3 days... DWI was the Best Wait staff in dining room. While I was on board, after we put in our luggage to rest. I placed a pair of new pants in the closet and in my purse I left out in a envelope zipped into my purse. I went to dinner. That evening... my room steward was cleaning my room. We found the room clean. In MY HEART I KNOW THAT WENDELL DID NOT DO THIS.... I feel in my heart someone came into my room and stole 100.00 from me, and also took my Lane Bryant slacks brand new Ocean Sea Blue slack with tags on them and walked out. I did make a report on this, but you see Carnival makes you out to be the guilty party not them. Like they are not responsible for the pants. I made a report to them... they made me very upset. They made me take sworn statements and said its under investigation. I wonder how many other people this happened to? I told my travel agent who was also on board and he felt apologetic towards us, but that does not mean it never happened. I am out of a pair of $55.00 jeans and also money. They said that I had the money that they accused me of lying to them. That is totally nuts. Overall, I had to make my own good time.. The tours on this ship was not worth it, too expensive... 39.00 to see a city tour of Victoria BC... Every where you went there was the need to tip... I am tipped out... The tour that We took in Skagawy Alaska was the best Train with James Coleman. He was the best guide. he knew his stuff... nice man too. Well, we are home now... I do not think I will ever go back to Carnival Again. I had my 5 ships with them. they are lacking adventure, food all taste the same... nothing was really good.. except their table waiters.. DWI and Talfors was good no one else... Lack of things to do, and no one seemed to care... What can I say... Need I say more? Out come from Corporate is that I am NOT Getting my money for the loss or the pants because our agent did not have insurance for us, or I did not want to pay 250.00 more for insurance.. so I guess I will not get my 55.00 pair of pants back... I think I will only go back to RCCL where I know I was treated with respect, kindness and honesty... Sorry Carnival, you made me feel terrible like it was My Fault that the loss of goods in my stateroom, but it could have been a stranger who went in there and taken my products. I never once accused Wendell... he was a nice steward. I gave him an extra 20.00 for keeping my room clean. No more carnival... you lost my business and others on here as well.... Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Compared to other Carnival Ships the Miracle NEEDS HELP. The Food is not the best Unless you like DRY FISH, PASTA and DEEP FRIED. and the food service times are VERY LIMITED,(only lunch and only for couple of hours) on several occasions ... Read More
Compared to other Carnival Ships the Miracle NEEDS HELP. The Food is not the best Unless you like DRY FISH, PASTA and DEEP FRIED. and the food service times are VERY LIMITED,(only lunch and only for couple of hours) on several occasions parts of the the buffet dinning did not even open.( I am good on Chicken fingers, Pizza and Nachos for a very long time now.) The Pool areas were also being Cleaned and Down for repairs all the time also it seemed. They did keep the one outside pool open when it was 40 degrees, raining, and in ports while in Alaska. The crew had language barrier problems when you tried to ask a question and a supervisor had to be called in. Also while waiting to exit to ports the crew was playing around with one another (TV 14 and my personal note: get a ROOM already) BORDOEM will set in on this ship due to the lack of facilities for nightlife(piano bar and the other lounges). The George Lopez comedy club was just ok at best. I was hoping GEORGE LOPEZ would come out to SAVE the show but did not. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
My husband and I and our 16 month old son went on this cruise in April 2013 and we don't have anything good to say about this cruise. Primarily because the travel agent we unfortunately came across, misrepresented a lot of things to ... Read More
My husband and I and our 16 month old son went on this cruise in April 2013 and we don't have anything good to say about this cruise. Primarily because the travel agent we unfortunately came across, misrepresented a lot of things to us and obviously doesn't know the product she is selling. We were and still are very disappointed with the cruise that this agent booked for us. There were a lot of things she confirmed with us that were in fact not available or allowed on the ship. Even the ship's guest services were apologizing on her behalf. Our first disappointment was the bathroom. She confirmed to us that we will get a room with a tub to bathe our son in but we got a stand-up shower instead. The ship was full and we couldn't request for any other room. Our son cried every time we bathed him as it was very uncomfortable and he couldn't even play like he would normally do at home. This was the closest he could get to being in the water. This brings me to our 2nd disappointment. She confirmed to us that there will be a variety of activities available to our son. But to our dismay, there was hardly any. She knew our son's age and yet she did not mention that his age group had very limited time in using the playroom. To make matters worse, our son can only be there from 8-10am. Who wakes up at 7am on a vacation? It's like going to work. Nonetheless, we woke up early to get ourselves prepared so that we can play with our son in the playroom at the only designated time. The camp carnival doesn't have anything for our son's age group and we need to be there in the playroom to supervise him. We thought our son will be interacting with other kids his age as he loves to interact with other kids. But because the designated time was too early, there was no other kids in the playroom on the days we took him there. We should have just stayed at home. At least at home, he can play with his own toys that are fully functional and operational. She also confirmed that our son can use the pools on the ship. Again, to our disappointment he wasn't allowed to be in any of them not even in the kiddie pool as he was still using diapers. It was so heartbreaking to see our son get so excited when we pass by the pools only to realize that he couldn't be in any of them. This to us was the hardest to take. To aggravate the situation, our son wasn't allowed to join the on-shore excursions as well. These were just a few of the many things she could have easily informed us about. She also confirmed that the gym will be open 24 hrs. Again, to my disappointment, it wasn't. I like to get my work-outs done early enough to get all cleaned up before our son wakes up to prepare him to attend the only designated time for him at the playroom. When majority of our vacation is on the ship at sea, it was our concern from the very beginning that there will be activities tailored to our son's age that's why we confirmed with her the things we did. But obviously, these weren't her concerns when she convinced us to book this cruise. We were ready to shell out the penalty to get off at Maui (first port of call) and just fly back to Vancouver. But we couldn't make any arrangements because there was hardly any internet connection. There were a lot of other things that went wrong with our accommodation on the cruise that are beyond her control but it was her sales pitch that got us on this cruise in the first place. Had we known that there were a lot of restrictions for toddlers under 2 and all the issues I mentioned above, we wouldn't have booked this cruise at all. There are a lot of other all-inclusive resorts we could have gone to where our son could have enjoyed the company of other kids his age and where my husband and I could have enjoyed ourselves as well. With the work involved in the debarkation and embarkation of the vessel at the ports of call where one is a tender port, just to get our son to the closest beach, this vacation was more stressful than relaxing. It's sad that our son's 1st vacation and our 1st family vacation, was a mistake and a joke. This is the WORST part of his many firsts and of our small family's many firsts. Of the many out of country vacations we've been to, this is the 1st WORST vacation ever! Our biggest mistake was trusting this agent. As first time cruisers, we relied on her 100% to provide us with the correct information trusting that she knew very well the products she was selling. We became complacent and relied on the information she provided. Needless to say, we learned our lesson the hard way and will never make the same mistake. There were a lot of misrepresentations done to us on this cruise. I could not express enough how disappointed I am with this vacation. To add insult to injury, we emailed this agent the moment we reached Canadian waters and had wi-fi connection (at 12 midnight the day of our arrival to Vancouver) and we did not get any apology, sympathy or any form of fair compensation for the horrible experience we had. There was no urgency as well on her part to reply or contact whoever she needs to contact to mitigate the damage she has done. All she said was she will contact Carnival as she said some of their rules seemed to have changed. Duh!!! We asked Carnival the very first day we knew of the restrictions and their guest services informed us that their rules aren't new or were not recently changed. Again, this confirms this agent's lack of knowledge on the products she's selling. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We decided on Carnival because it would be a first time cruise for our 3 boys ages 6-13. The ship boasted a water slide, nightclub and sushi bar among many other amenities. The sushi bar does not exist according to the staff however it is ... Read More
We decided on Carnival because it would be a first time cruise for our 3 boys ages 6-13. The ship boasted a water slide, nightclub and sushi bar among many other amenities. The sushi bar does not exist according to the staff however it is listed on the ships maps on every floor. The water slide was bad seriously outdated and the kids had to push their way down as they would get stuck mid way. The food.....a cruise experience should have amazing food. Carnival was basic cafeteria food and the availability of the food was unbelievably limited. Dinner in the dining room was much better than the buffet and the staff were pleasant and for the most part attentive. We did have some wonderful servers at night thanks Gairy and Lucas! Bar service, oh where to begin.....nonexistent! if you want a drink you will need to go to a bar because there are only 2 bar servers for each floor of the dinning room. Most nights we would not receive our glass of wine until our 3rd course so if you like a glass of white wine with your salad and then a glass of red with your steak better get your wine before going in to the dinning room. Really frustrating to have to leave the dining room to order a glass of wine in an elegant dress and then have to pay a 15%gratuity charge which you cannot decline by the way. FYI.... I am a bartender so I am we'll aware of how the service industry operates as well as any issues that may cause problems to servers and bartenders. I did voice my concerns to the beverage manager Shawn who was patronizing and rude and basically did not care. The only reason I bothered to voice my concerns was because we had purchased carnivals Cheers program which includes alcoholic drinks and felt I was not receiving what I had paid for. Apparently the cheers program is new and continues to change and they revamp the program throughout the cruise. Bottom line do not purchase this program! Carnivals Camp for kids, other than a few events most of the time the kids are confined to the front of the ship.....inside playing video games. My children were bored as well as disappointed in the evening because after 8:30 all the entertainment is for 18+. It would have been nice if Carnival would have opened the nightclub 8-11 for families. Way to many smoking areas on this ship. We just couldn't get away from it not even on our own balcony. Step up Carnival eliminate the smoking on the guest balconies and limit it to one bar and one area on a deck! Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
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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