1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2019
My daughter and son-in-law did a Carnival Cruise for their honeymoon two years ago in October and loved it so much they wanted us to join them on a Carnival Cruise. Hurricane Darian caused us to have to leave a day early but we had already ... Read More
My daughter and son-in-law did a Carnival Cruise for their honeymoon two years ago in October and loved it so much they wanted us to join them on a Carnival Cruise. Hurricane Darian caused us to have to leave a day early but we had already planned to arrive in Tampa that day and spend the night, so we just drove from NC as planned and boarded with absolutely no problems despite only having birth certificates and driver's licenses and my having a pacemaker. We got on board, purchased our lanyards and were told that we were going to have a free day due to having to board early and leave the area that night. It meant 2 sea days before an excursion but all drinks and food were covered by Carnival for the 1st day. We ate burgers at the grill (better than any fast food burgers) and when we went to our room, all our luggage was there. Our room had a balcony with a lifeboat just a floor below. The bed and pillows were very comfortable and the shelves in the bathroom and the size of the closets were big enough to easily store our things. I am glad I brought some folding travel hangers and a glow in the dark small flashlight as well as a small plug in extra 3 regular outlets and 2 outlets to charge our cell phones, hair dryer, curling iron and camera batteries. I may purchase a larger one with more outlets before cruising again. Almost every single staff member all over the ship was pleasant and helpful and most remembered our names from the start. Jeniper and Salai our room stewards, were great and Jeniper was especially sweet. Once we had experienced Roxana from Romania as a headwaitress, we asked for her each night at the Bacchus Dining Room. She treated us like royalty and was funny and very good with names. The food was good, especially in the Bacchus. There was a bar tender we liked a lot named Jerry (may not be his spelling) who would even call out to my husband, Tom, as we walked by on our way around the ship because they had an ongoing funny Tom and Jerry routine together. I enjoyed the Marriage Comedy show a lot but not the adult comedy show at Mad Hatter's Ball done by R.T. Steckel--too crass for me. Doug who played the baby grand at Sam's Piano Bar was awesome and the disco night at Frankensteins's We loved the Pixels photo opportunities and bought a good many. Loved earning points for prizes, especially the nice photo album and the Thumb drive. My favorite shore excursions were the VIP La Casa Beach Retreat in Cozumel and the Jolly Roger Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel with Lunch at Roatan. There was plenty of time to snorkel and to eat and to shop in each of those excursions and the people working the excursions were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I ran into a little problem with my own but new full face snorkel mask and the captain of the Jolly Roger was gentle and patient and fixed me right up for my 1st snorkeling experience. The food was delicious and the guys danced with us and were very watchful of us in the water, as well as making sure we all had all to drink we wanted. Jesus at the La Casa Beach House was friendly and the pina coladas there were the best I've ever tasted--not overly sweet like most in America are. The chef made two great salsas and guacamole with chips as we watched. In Belize, we did the River Wildlife Cruise and and Mayan Ruins of Altun Ha in Belize. I loved seeing the dolphins follow the boat, seeing the Howler monkeys, and the iguanas where we had lunch. Our Mayan guide was a good story teller. At 62, I did manage to climb to the top of the Sun god's pyramid and enjoy the view, but it was a bit challenging due to the humidity and the steps being irregular and crumbly. I wish I had had more time to shop in the little row of shops with locally hand carved wood items, but it took most of our time to climb the ruin and some of our party slowed things down before we could start when we had to wait on them to join us. My only complaint about the Grand Cayman Stingray Sandbar, Hell, and Turtle Center experience was that it was rushed. Once again, we had to wait for a family that was late and so our guide had to make up for the lost time. It was fun to handle the turtles and the gift shop at the Turtle Center was a nice one. The water was beautiful where we held the stingrays and it was a fun experience. Hell was rushed but I am glad we got to see it. Disembarkation went smoothly and, although we missed our pets and the rest of our families, we were sad it was all over. We definitely want to go back to Cozumel and go on the Jolly Roger Catamaran again someday! Carnival did not disappoint! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We had a great time on the Miracle. The embarkation and disembarkation was easy and quick. The ship is in good shape but is ready for Dry dock. The only negative was ship vibrations and toilet water at times was messed up. Our room steward ... Read More
We had a great time on the Miracle. The embarkation and disembarkation was easy and quick. The ship is in good shape but is ready for Dry dock. The only negative was ship vibrations and toilet water at times was messed up. Our room steward was outstanding as were our wait staff in the dinning room. The 2.0 upgrades should make this ship one of the best. We did get some art and the staff was very helpful. The production shows were very good and Frankie the CD was a ball of energy. The bands and singers on this ship are solid. The piano man was maybe the best we have seen. I wished they would have had a few more contest and activities. The Carnival App needs some work. I would suggest a location tab for finding members of your group and a notification ding to help with the chat. In all, it was a very good trip and we would cruise the Miracle again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We had an absolutely wonderful time on the Miracle. We purchased Faster to the Fun for the first time, and it was completely worth it. The priority embarkation and debarkation, the dedicated guest services line, and the priority tender ... Read More
We had an absolutely wonderful time on the Miracle. We purchased Faster to the Fun for the first time, and it was completely worth it. The priority embarkation and debarkation, the dedicated guest services line, and the priority tender were worth every penny. Embarkation was very easy and quick. We did get immediate access to our rooms around 12:30, but our luggage wasn't expedited. I'm glad we could get to our rooms once aboard because there was not a seat to be found anywhere on Lido for lunch, so we took our meals to our rooms. Food was good, not great, but our servers Nicanora and I Gusti were excellent. We finally made a reservation in the Steakhouse, and it was such a wonderful experience. I didn't quite expect the level of culinary excellence that was there. Such a treat! Our stateroom was comfortable, and we had an Aft Balcony. I will say that on this ship you can feel a lot more of the movement and vibration than you can on other ships, and the aft balcony exacerbated that. Our steward gave excellent service Grand Cayman - Stingray City with Captain Marvin - awesome experience, great crew. Must do! Roatan - Manawakie Park and Little French Key with Rony's tours. Rony was great and highly professional. Loved Manawakie park and spending time with the monkeys and sloths and learning about the island's culture. Little French Key is simply a slice of paradise. We spend almost four hours here and rode horses, but it really wasn't enough time. Belize - Cave Tubing/Altun Ha with Altournative Belize/King David - favorite excursion of the trip. David got us to the river before anyone else, and it was simply breathtaking. Altun Ha is such a beautiful piece of Mayan history. Cozumel - Spent the day at Mr. Sanchos. First time here, and it will not be the last. Our waiter Hector was hilarious and kept things coming. If you've never had a fish pedicure, do it! Entertainment - We only went to the last production show, but it was actually pretty good. The best performer on the ship was Martin in the piano bar. So talented and very funny. Two of the three comedians we heard were good, the other one not so much. Debarkation was the most painless I've experienced. We were only sad that our week was over. The only negative of the trip was the movement of the ship. My daughter has never had an issue on any ship, but she felt nauseated off and on throughout the week (she does have an underlying condition that I think was triggered). Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation in Tampa on the Carnival Miracle was the fastest and smoothest of our 10 cruises we have been on. We literally where on the ship enjoying buffet 15 mins after our Uber dropped us off at the port. No waiting at all - just ... Read More
Embarkation in Tampa on the Carnival Miracle was the fastest and smoothest of our 10 cruises we have been on. We literally where on the ship enjoying buffet 15 mins after our Uber dropped us off at the port. No waiting at all - just straight through. The boarding arrival appointment time is a great touch. Ours was 11:30-12:00. The ship is an older ship and is in need of a refurbishment to compare to some of the newer ships. The decor is to be appreciated and is themed. We like that most evening entertainment (casino, comedy and playlist shows) and fine dining were all on the same floor. Never had an issue getting loungers. However, pool and hot tubs areas where crowded (like usual). Family wise, I would not recommend this ship as it lacked kid deck activities (only one water slide, no splash pad, no bowling, etc) compared to other carnival ships. We ate in the main dining hall each night. Food and service was great. Ate buffet for breakfast and lunch everyday, did not take advantage of the restaurants during these times. Like all buffets stay away from peak times as it gets really busy. Food was good. Large selection and lots of seating. We had paid the extra for an extendable Balcony on deck 7, room 7165. Room was fine. Lots of storage. Unlike most ships our cabin boy only serviced our room in the morning. He just put your daily itinerary outside of our door in the evening, no turndown service. Cruise director, Frankie, was excellent and did his job well. Interacted a lot with cruisers and made activities fun. Playlist Productions - Heart of Soul (Motown) 2/10. Getaway Island (Beach theme) 6/10. 88 Keys (Rock & Roll Piano) 8/10. 80s POP 7/10. Went to the love and marriage show as always a blast. Great laugh! Highly recommend. 10/10. Went to carnival quest. This is new and our first time trying out this adult only activity. It gets pretty R rated but we had so much fun with friends 10/10! Lip sync battle 10/10. Piano bar with Tony was nice and relaxing. Dr. Frankenstein’s bar was cool. We only attended the R-18 shows. Mike Estime was 20/10 - Fantastic!! By far the best entertainment on the ship for us. Soooo funny! Tears rolling down my cheeks. Caroline Picard 9/10. Tony Esposito. 8/10. Myles Weber 7/10. As a birthday gift (be sure to get your travel agent to put it on your file) Carnival gave me a $50 credit to use at the Spa. I went and had a fire and ice pedicure and it was great. Of course the nail tech was trying to sell me moisturizers, scrubs and oils. She was trying to sell me all of her recommendations while I was trying to “relax”. I didn’t end up buying any products and I won’t be using the spa again. In Cozumel we did the Amazing Underground Caves through Costco Excursions. Highly recommend. It certainly was amazing! In Belize we did Athan Ha and Belize city tour through Costco Excursions. Guide was very informative and we enjoyed it. Nice half day excursion. In Honduras we just went to the right of the pier to the beach. Lounge chairs are free and you can pay nominal fee for wifi. For Cayman Islands, we just hung out on the ship as we have been there before. Quite the treat, serenity area, pool and hot tubs all to ourselves. Disembarkation was organized but took about a hour, which is the longest we ever had to wait. Overall, for the price paid we enjoyed the ship very much. Would we be rushing back on it again?!? Probably not until it has refurbishment as we have been on some of Carnival’s newer ships, but would not discourage anyone from trying the Miracle out. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Cruising the Panama Canal was on my husbands bucket list so this cruise was a birthday gift for him and our 29 year old son. This was my 28th cruise with Carnival and the second time on the Miracle so I'm not new to evaluating what ... Read More
Cruising the Panama Canal was on my husbands bucket list so this cruise was a birthday gift for him and our 29 year old son. This was my 28th cruise with Carnival and the second time on the Miracle so I'm not new to evaluating what works and what doesn't on these ships. I've sailed pretty much every class as well. The Ship - So the Miracle is not the newest or my favorite. But it was a nice size and easy to navigate. Yes the crew is always working hard to keep it clean and updated. I see that on all the ships. We had a suite for the three of us and the balcony was extended and really nice. The cabin itself was nice as well. Very roomy for three adults and our ac worked just fine. The Crew and the Passengers - Probably one of my favorite of all cruises. The prior weeks cruise was spring break so they were thrilled to have a ship full of "old people" with tons of status treating them with respect and warmth. And I have to say - combine an eight day cruise with the cost of the Panama canal and you get an average age of 75 years old and 500 plus diamond and platinum members. Our steward Arnold, our dining staff Lydia and Rosi, the Alchemy Bartenders Jacob and Gabrial and Gabrial's wife by the pool couldn't have been friendlier. And it was not about extra tipping, the crew was just so eager to please. Maybe the nicest crew I've ever experienced. And finally the food. Well I am not a huge fan of the American Table menu on any ship these days but I can always find something I like. Was it fun? Well for my 29 year old he had to find his own fun as there were barely any other passengers even close to his age. But he did. And as far as the entertainment the house band was good as were the vocalists and violin trio. This was not one of those late night cruises for us by a stretch with the crowd on board but it was completely relaxing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Cruised with my 20 YO Granddaughter. Had a great time despite having very few younger people on the ship. First time to Panama Canal. Tampa embarkation is a little more difficult to me having to park across the street but ok. Got right ... Read More
Cruised with my 20 YO Granddaughter. Had a great time despite having very few younger people on the ship. First time to Panama Canal. Tampa embarkation is a little more difficult to me having to park across the street but ok. Got right on the ship. Cabin was in good position on the ship but Cabin steward was not the best I ever had. Enjoyed the entertainment. Food was adequate but not anything to rave about. Both excursions that we took were fantastic. They cancelled one that we booked with Carnival so we took one from the port at Grand Cayman. The ship is in good shape and I liked the gaudiness. It reminded me of the good old days of cruising. Didn't miss Guy's Burgers, the grill took it's place and was good. Debarkation was easy. Off the ship with my own luggage and on the way home at 8:15. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as ... Read More
My husband and I recently cruised on the Carnival Miracle and had a great time. The ship itself is very ornate and gawdy, but that is part of its charm. We found the common areas to be kept up and well maintained. Embarkation was not as smooth or fast as a Royal Caribbean cruise I had recently taken, but was not horrible. We had a fifth deck balcony cabin that was spacious enough with a comfortable king bed. Our cabin steward, Lasmana, was fabulous and kept our cabin in great shape and was responsive to all of our needs. We ate in the main dining room for all but a couple of lunches and found the food to be consistently good and the waitstaff professional. The food was so good that we felt no need to eat anywhere else. We had chosen "your time" dining and as such, we were able to get to know several other couples over the course of the week. We very much enjoyed the breakfasts in the main dining room and would highly recommend the house made granola which was a great snack to take on excursions (we had brought our own ziplock bags). On sea days, we hung out on the Serenity Deck, over 21 only, and read our books and used the hot tub. We never had any problem getting a seat under the covered portion of the deck as long as we got there by mid-morning. As for entertainment, we really enjoyed the Daft Sailors in the Red Frog Pub and spent most of our evenings there. We did excursions in all four ports and enjoyed them all. We booked none of them through Carnival but all were very diligent about getting us back to the ship on time. We highly recommend Roatan by Land and Sea in Roatan which we booked through Vacations To Go. The only negative I can think of was the muster exercise, only because so many guests selfishly did not show to muster on time, which caused the rest of us to have to stand and wait for them to be paged repeatedly. This was frustrating for those of us who managed to get there as directed. Perhaps Carnival would do well to not open the bars until after muster since so many adults had trouble with this. Definitely take your own luggage off the ship as opposed to putting it outside the cabin door for the crew to take. We used the gym three times but the elliptical machines' touch screens were frustratingly non-responsive and clearly in need of updating, but we made the best of it. The weights portion of the gym was very good. We were often aware of the movement of the ship so would recommend prescription scopolamine transdermal patches if prone to seasickness. We wore them for the entire cruise and had no problem. Overall, we would highly recommend this ship and this itinerary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise 4th on Carnival. It was a great experience. Not the biggest ship and not the smallest. Ship is well kept and food was good. Best part is no lines like others. Our waiter Narcisco was awesome. Our room steward unfortunately was awful. He was never around and didn't clean during the set times. We are used to twice a day and we received one a day and varied between 11-6. Good comedy act's. Shows were just OK. We brought our college student daughter and she loved everything. Late night activities were good for her. She enjoyed the clubs. Ports and excursions were very good. We were not disappointed. Jolly Rogers in Roatan was the best. We also did snuba in Cozumel it was good but waiting for the boat ride back was a long wait. I really enjoyed the new disembarkation process. Although had to wait on ship thru customs was great. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We choose this cruise for the dates and because it stopped in Roatan. Unfortunately due to high winds we were unable to stop in Roatan. No fault of Carnival. The food in the main dining room was hit and miss. Had some really good ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the dates and because it stopped in Roatan. Unfortunately due to high winds we were unable to stop in Roatan. No fault of Carnival. The food in the main dining room was hit and miss. Had some really good dinners and some so-so meals. The buffet was not great but the pizza was awesome. The ship is showing some wear but it did not stop us from enjoying our cruise. The ship was full but the only time it felt a bit crowded was on sea days. Even then there seemed to be ample loungers. We did the comedy shows a couple nights and enjoyed the shows. Our cabin was clean and had plenty of space. The bed was a bit hard. The service was great for the most part. A couple of times it was a bit slow in the main dining room. We did the steak house our last night and it was very good. We went to the Money Bar in Cozumel. In Belize we did the Snuba. Really would have liked to have more time for this excursion. We would definitely go on this ship again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We sailed Carnival a lot but quit a few years ago. It had gotten to the point that the food and service was terrible. Then on a whim last year we booked a short cruise with them. Lots of fun so we tried the Carnival Miracle. The ... Read More
We sailed Carnival a lot but quit a few years ago. It had gotten to the point that the food and service was terrible. Then on a whim last year we booked a short cruise with them. Lots of fun so we tried the Carnival Miracle. The food has improved in our opinion both on the buffet and dining room. We had anytime dining and had good service and horrible service. The horrible service was four of the seven times we had dinner. The teams had empty tables and ignored us from the start. Service was so slow we approached one of the "suited guys" as he walked around-he blew us off and literally shrugged his shoulders. But the good service was good. The buffet staff have improved greatly since our return to Carnival. Tables cleared, cleaned and very friendly. The buffet staff were great in our opinion. The crew were all very friendly and always smiled and nodded. Finally they have increased the deck drink servers that circulate around the ship. Better service.. Our cabin and cabin staff were very good-room was always cleaned well and very personal attitude, like ours was the only room he had. Leigh the cruise director was outstanding-period. Best director in all our years of cruising. Production shows were terrific. Only issue with the entertainment was the piano bar guy. He was gross and vulgar ALL the time. As usual- other guests were the most problem- the committed chair hogs and you never see anyone in them. And the people who feel that the cruise is only theirs and are pushy and rude. All in all-Carnival is coming back to having FUN SHIPS and improving things. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this ship and itinerary for three main reasons - it was over our wedding anniversary, it sailed out of our home port of Tampa, and it stopped in Belize City. I want to start and end the review on a positive note, so I'll ... Read More
I chose this ship and itinerary for three main reasons - it was over our wedding anniversary, it sailed out of our home port of Tampa, and it stopped in Belize City. I want to start and end the review on a positive note, so I'll begin with our favorite bartender - Jakub. Jakub worked the bar at Nick & Nora's, was very passionate about his job, and obviously cared about our experience as passengers. We spent several hours sitting at his bar chatting to him over the course of the cruise. He quickly learned our preferences and asked our permission to initially play with some classic cocktails we ordered, and eventually create things just for us. He hit the mark every time. In fact, with our last dinner we simply asked our waiter to bring us whatever Jakub wanted to make us, confident that we'd love it. My only regret is that I couldn't convince him to defect to MSC Seaside for our summer cruise! I hope Carnival knows what they have in him. Miracle is an older ship, and while it does show in some areas, it's still in perfectly adequate shape. Most of the public areas were nicely furnished. The more colorful themed appearance of most areas of the ship may not be to everyone's taste, but it didn't cause us any concern. I'd say though that I probably preferred the more subdued, elegant style of Independence of the Seas, which we sailed last year. We only caught one comedy show on the ship, and enjoyed it. It was an 18+ show, and no punches were pulled. As such, some invariably found certain things offensive - we saw a few people pointedly walk out at certain jokes. Best advice is to stick to the family shows if you like your humor strictly-PC. I'm not sure if we just failed to figure out the schedule, but there didn't seem to be any broadway-type entertainment. Only the comedy and music. Best music on the ship was probably Amelia playing down in Alchemy. We didn't think too much of the variety music show in the atrium. The violin trio was ok, but their set seemed limited. The food was disappointing. The buffet was uninspiring to say the least. The sushi bar was ok, but limited opening times, and the second time we went the rolls were wrapped so poorly they fell apart as soon as picked up. Bacchus (main dining room) was not good, and the service was impersonal. One experience was enough to lead us to book every night at Nick and Nora's (steak house). N&N food was better, though I'd put it barely on par with the MDR on Independence. Menu wasn't very varied - I get that it's a steakhouse so there will several steaks, but if it's your only specialty restaurant on board, it needs more variety. Every steak (and even the lamb) was accompanied by Bearnaise and garlic confit - not a bad accompaniment, but if you are eating there every night it gets old. The way the menu was structured was odd. Choose a protein, choose a side. Perhaps it's just me, but in a restaurant I expect the chef to craft a coherent meal with sides that complement the protein. One food highlight was the 'art at the table' dessert, which added a little fun and drama to the meal, and was generally pretty tasty. The itinerary was very good, and we did a Carnival excursion in every port. In Cozumel we did the shopping and beach break, including Tequila tasting. Our guide Sylvia was knowledgeable and funny. In Belize City, we went to Lamanai, which was amazing. Cesar and his colleague (I forget her name, sadly) were very, very knowledgeable and gave us a good laugh on the coach ride. When we reached Lamanai, Cesar handed off to a Mayan friend of his to do the tour and it was great. I'm not sure how many more times I can use the word 'knowledgeable', but since this individual actually lived on site and aided in the excavation, I can't think of a better word. We docked in Roatan on valentine's day, and I can't think of a better way to spend the day. We did the horseback riding in the ocean, followed by snorkeling and a quick massage before we left. My apologies to our fellow excursionists, because although we were told the bus was going to be late and we had time, I'm not so sure it was. We got back to the bus to find everyone already in place... In Grand Cayman, we swam with stingrays and sea turtles. I'm not sure there are any superlatives that suffice. Swimming with the sea turtles was the highlight of my trip (well, aside from my beautiful wife, of course). Finally we had our third massage of the cruise (what can I say, we spoiled ourselves). Thanda and her colleague gave us probably the best couple's massage we've ever had, and it really put a bow on our anniversary vacation. Would I book Miracle again? If another ship weren't available, I wouldn't *not* book it, if you see what I mean. It was adequate. But with the food being bad enough to force specialized dining every night, that extra $38 per person per night could easily be put toward a ship/line with a better MDR experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We joined a group with common interests for a 6-day Western Caribbean Cruise. I usually cruise with other lines and never in the Caribbean but made the journey because of the group and the chance to escape winter weather in January. We ... Read More
We joined a group with common interests for a 6-day Western Caribbean Cruise. I usually cruise with other lines and never in the Caribbean but made the journey because of the group and the chance to escape winter weather in January. We found the ship in fairly good shape—older and smaller than many, though I like the smaller ships. We found getting around a bit confusing with little direction, and the decor a little strange. Food was good to very good. Bitter and Blanc and Chocolate Melting Cake we’re favorites. Small portions were perfect for us. Of course, you can order more if you wish. The servers were excellent at our table. They knew on the second or third day, without being asked, each person’s preference in beverage and idiosyncrasies (extra butter, nothing with mushrooms). The cabin, 6186, was fine in size and convenience, the bathroom adequate. There was a bit of rust on the balcony and some wear here and there. The one (!!!!) wall outlet did not work well—my cell phone could not be charged there, and one day it did not work at all. Repair was immediate, though. We attended two comedy routines which we enjoyed. I normally enjoy the slots but found the casino much too smoky. We took only private excursions, and enjoyed them very much. Our favorite was Maya Chan in Costa Maya. Absolutely perfect weather was a great bonus, but the exuberance of the staff, privacy, and great food and drink made a wonderful day. I found the cruise a good value with no major problems. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I picked this cruise as an alternative to Port Canaveral--which we've sailed from before, and it was within a 2 hour drive from family so we were able to incorporate a family visit with our cruise. Embarkation was smooth. While we ... Read More
I picked this cruise as an alternative to Port Canaveral--which we've sailed from before, and it was within a 2 hour drive from family so we were able to incorporate a family visit with our cruise. Embarkation was smooth. While we had suite accommodations, the line for those with standard cabins wasn't long. We were on board quickly and headed to Lido for lunch. The Ocean Suite was a very nice upgrade from our usual balcony on 7 day cruises. The larger bathroom with whirlpool tub and two sinks was a very nice feature, so was the extra closet space. (Put my husbands clothes in the one nest to the bed and mine in the "dressing room" outside the bathroom.) The only problem we found was that the refrigerator was not cooling; and, it was needed not for our comfort, but for my husbands insulin. We notified the room steward who had stopped by to introduce himself and in short order maintenance was there to change out the appliance. We didn't go to any big shows as they're usually crowded and with late dining it was just a hassle to figure out a go time. HOWEVER, I'm so glad we didn't as we came across the duo, Take Two. Pearlie and Carole were so entertaining! They engaged with their audience and happily took requests. We sought them out at the Atrium Bar or Alchemy Bar wherever they happened to be. I just wish we'd found them two days sooner! As I stated, we had late dining which interfered with the entertainment options but this trip it took an unusually long time (2 hours) to get through dinner. No, the food wasn't "blow me away" and I could get that from any restaurant back home but my biggest gripe was that we were seated back in a corner area that had very few diners. Seriously, every night 80% of the tables were empty. I don't know if part of the lack of diners was due to the fact a winter storm had delayed numerous flights a day or so before leaving because the ship never seemed crowded--at all. We did not do any excursions. My husband has neuropathy which makes walking/standing for long periods painful, so we opted to stay onboard at Cozumel and Belize (been there/done that) and only ventured off ship at Mahogany Bay and Grand Cayman. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We have always done land all-inclusives and wanted to give cruising a shot to get to some of the smaller destinations that we wouldn't want to spend a week at. Pre-cruise we were expecting smaller rooms, no storage, medicore food, ... Read More
We have always done land all-inclusives and wanted to give cruising a shot to get to some of the smaller destinations that we wouldn't want to spend a week at. Pre-cruise we were expecting smaller rooms, no storage, medicore food, and having to budget our drink allowance during a 24 hour period. We went with a balcony as we would also request a balcony on land. The room was certainly not as big as a resort but for the amount of time you spend in your room, there was ample room... as long as you weren't in the bathroom. The bathroom was not the place you were going to change clothes! We also found that there was twice the amount of storage area than one would find at a resort. Slide those suitcases under the bed to keep them out of the way. The food was very American and there was never a point where we didn't have food available to us. A resort definitely provides for better dining but we found we had no desire to pay for any optional dining giving the food in both the buffet and sit down. We went with anytime dining as we are on vacation and don't want to be bound by schedules. It worked for us and we never had a wait unless we went to the sit down when one of the assigned dining times was just beginning. Not knowing what to expect, we both purchased the Cheers package. We are the type that enjoys good coffee, some frozen drinks in the sun during the day, resting and then spending the evening socializing past the stroke of midnight with a drink in hand. The coffee at the buffet was just as good, if not better than the coffee for purchase. I'm talking plain black coffee, not the candied cup of hot caffeine. Drinking 15 drinks a day is much more difficult then expected, especially on days at port. Still top shelf tall rail drinks were $10.25 each... 5 of those per day and you have paid for the package. Throw in the cost of the GOOD wine on the menu, energy drinks, bottled water, etc and we ended up doing better with the package albeit not because of the alcohol. Service was decent. I think having to prepay gratuity really takes out some of the service incentives for those working. Granted we could (and did) tip over and above but for the most part, everyone was served equally slow. Scanning the ship card and signing receipts is painful every time you order. Service can't be fast with a system like that. The entertainment tried really hard and it was good the first couple of nights but honestly it was like going to see a high school performance. We opted for the comedy club as the cruise went on. Funny!!! Even the family shows were great! We tried doing excursions with both Carnival and privately. There were benefits to both but we found that the reputable tour operators will be very good at paying attention to time to make sure you get back onto the ship on time. The ship excursions are big so we definitely preferred the smaller more intimate excursions. Overall, we will definitely cruise again simply for the value of getting to many places at once but this ship was UGLY. They definitely need to work with an interior designer to revamp the decor. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I love Carnival cruises. The itinerary was what attracted us to this cruise. The ship was perfect and very clean. Dining room food was okay. Loved the Steakhouse. Lido deck food was good.....same stuff everyday but sufficient. ... Read More
I love Carnival cruises. The itinerary was what attracted us to this cruise. The ship was perfect and very clean. Dining room food was okay. Loved the Steakhouse. Lido deck food was good.....same stuff everyday but sufficient. We had a balcony with obstructed views and will definitely get one without obstructed views next time. Room was clean. Bed was comfy. One complaint.....cold shower in the morning ☹️ Disembarking was a nightmare. Due to fog, Tampa Port closed and we were on the ship until 9:00 that evening. Tempers were apparent a couple of times. The bar in the third floor continued to offer water and ice if needed. I have one recommendation, get the valet parking for a little over $20 more. When we finally made it out of customs and long lines, our vehicle was brought to us within 10 minutes. Overall a good trip and a fun time. I definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our embarkment was delayed because the Port of Tampa had been closed due to fog. So we were sent an email around 9 am asking us not to go to the port. We continued to get updates every 2 hours or so. Each said port was closed until ... Read More
Our embarkment was delayed because the Port of Tampa had been closed due to fog. So we were sent an email around 9 am asking us not to go to the port. We continued to get updates every 2 hours or so. Each said port was closed until around 4. Then the previous passengers had to get off before we could get on. Faster to the Fun paid off when everyone came to the port at the same time. After about 30 minutes we were able to get onboard. We went to the sit down restaurant for dinner and had a lifeboat drill at 11:30. That was the only part of our whole trip that was rough. The ports were all lovely, the weather was fantastic! Low 80s every day. Our staterooms were had plenty of room and so did the balcony. The rooms only have one outlet and we forgot our power strip. Darn it! Charging phones was a bit of a pain. The dining room food was average. The melting cake is great as always, the rest was ok. The service was usually good but not very fast. The deli turkey wraps and truffle fries were yummy! Sea day brunch was good. The room steward kept us cleaned up with fresh towels. The bartenders were good even with the beverage package. Tips help! The entertainment was fair. More activities would be fun. Not much to do at times as a family. The comedians were funny (Mike E. Winfield) was a hoot! Teenaged daughters had fun hanging out with each other and youngest (14) met some kids from the kids club. Kids club was hard to find. No straight shot there. Would definitely do a holiday (new Year's) cruise again. The celebration was a blast! Favors at main dining room table and tons of champagne on deck. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
When I researched the Carnival Miracle, I read that it didn't have all of the "bells and whistles" that the newer ships had. I didn't think too much of it and booked that ship. I have to say that this ship was my ... Read More
When I researched the Carnival Miracle, I read that it didn't have all of the "bells and whistles" that the newer ships had. I didn't think too much of it and booked that ship. I have to say that this ship was my least favorite. I have also been on Sunshine and Pride...and will be on Breeze July '19. I didn't think that I would miss Guys Burgers, but I totally did lol. This ship is older and just wasn't as fun as the previous ships I went on...but that is just my opinion. I went with my best girlfriend and we stayed in a Balcony room #8228. The room was wonderful but the balcony was a little dirty. We had a balcony room on the Sunshine and that was dirty as well. Not sure why. Service was great and we had no problems getting new towels or anything like that. Dining was spectacular. We went to the Main Dining Room each night. We requested the same serving team each night because they were so friendly and really made us feel special. The only thing that I could complain about was the elevators. There were multiple times when the elevators would just stop working. We would be in the elevator and it would start and then take us right back to the floor we left on. During one of the last nights of the cruise, my friend and I were walking past an elevator and we heard banging and yelling coming from one of the elevators. We stopped and tried to open the elevator, but it was stuck. I went to get help and the staff who was helping did not seem too concerned that there were people stuck in the elevator. It took so long for maintenance to come help. I am not sure how long it took for the people to get out of the elevator. Hopes are that this does not happen often haha. Other than that one incident and the "bells and whistles" of the ship, everything was great. Service was amazing and I cannot wait to go on my next cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Family cruise for the holiday that met the time slot for everyone. Also a cruise we could drive to. This ship looks tired and has the ugliest decor/interior of any ship we have been on with Carnival and we are Platinum. Parking across ... Read More
Family cruise for the holiday that met the time slot for everyone. Also a cruise we could drive to. This ship looks tired and has the ugliest decor/interior of any ship we have been on with Carnival and we are Platinum. Parking across the street was OK and we experienced the best embarkation due to the new time slots. We were in our room at 11:30 am which was our boarding time. We did the dining room for three evenings and the food was the best on last night of the trip. The buffet was normal Carnival food. Breakfast is the same every day with long lines at both omelet stations. Staff were all very helpful and friendly. Best we have experienced with Carnival. Public areas were kept clean and we did not experience empty drink glasses left setting. Staff was quick to pick them up. Enjoyed the live band by the pool in the afternoon. Glad to see this brought back. The Serenity area on this ship was the best we have experienced. Disembarkation: Faster to the Fun and Platinum and Diamond people are staged in the dining room level 3. This caused a massive jam up when disembarking the ship due to too many people now having priority. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and departing from our home port. Great selection of port of calls with a partial Panama Canal Transit. Cruise went smooth and overall the service on the Miracle was above average. Only ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and departing from our home port. Great selection of port of calls with a partial Panama Canal Transit. Cruise went smooth and overall the service on the Miracle was above average. Only issues were minor. Food selection could be better and the Cruise Director was below average compared to other ships. Cruise Director appeared to want to be the center of attention all the day. Great cruise overall, the Miracle is an older ship but is smaller and the floor plan is perfect. Ship was kept very clean at all times and crew members were very friendly. It was nice to sail on a smaller ship for a chance. No problems ordering a drink, seeing the shows, or getting a lounge chair poolside. Carnival did a good job with this 14 day journeys cruise and have no issues with the Miracle its self. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was our first cruise ever. We chose this one because of the Ports. We didn’t know what to expect we thought for sure there would be this long line of waiting to get on and this big procedure. It was simple, flowed smoothly and ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever. We chose this one because of the Ports. We didn’t know what to expect we thought for sure there would be this long line of waiting to get on and this big procedure. It was simple, flowed smoothly and we were impressed they were this organized. My friend and also travel agent booked this same trip as well. We did not go together it was just the husband and I but we seen her around the ship here and there. The ship seemed older to me but I have nothing to compare to. Her opinion when I caught up with her was this was the worst ship she’s ever seen and the decor was so old she didn’t like it. She stated that normally you enter and there is just this awe of main atrium and this didn’t have that so she said wished we could’ve experienced this as our first cruise. However as the cruise went along she said that this was the first time she’s ever seen a ship not so crowded and it was because of the ships unique layout. Most ships I guess have most of their “activity” in basically one area. She kept saying “where is everyone?” She liked that things were so spread out and said the ship was really growing on her and in the end loved it! Because I have nothing to compare to I thought I’d share what she told me as well. I never felt crowded at times almost felt like we were the only ones on the ship. Our cabin was fine. Nothing fancy but did what it needed. I expecting this small Area as I did lots of research on how to prepare. We did an interior room and had ample closet space. One down side is one plug in at desk only but sounds like the whole one plug is typical on all cruise ships. Our room stewardt Gilbert was amazing and so sweet! He knew our names the first night and every time he seen us would say our name and ask how we were doing. He asked if we wanted our room done once or twice. Once was fine as we spent very little time in our room pretty much only for sleeping. Dining well... here was probably the only downside of our whole cruise! I was not impressed by the food! Most times only 1 or 2 stations/buffers were open. He likes very simple foods and could’ve ate at the grill every single day. Every day was same thing (burgers, tenders, fries) he loved that they had that every day. They were only open until 6 though so that I as a bit disappointing. But was really disappointing was how dried out the hamburgers were!!! The first day they were great! The pizza I had the first night I thought was gross! Then I had a garlic piece a couple nights later and thought it was one of the best! Everyday after port I wanted the salad bar. Ports were hot and I wanted something lite but one day is was open and the other 3 it was not! Grrrr so hit and miss what was open and what wasn’t. Sometimes 6 stations were open sometimes 1. We ate in the main dining room only twice. He isn’t much for a fancy dining experience but I enjoyed it. If you want to try exotic foods here’s your chance! I however am just your normal steak and potatoes kind of girl. One night it was great the next it was so so. He ordered a cheeseburger lol we were in and out every time. We made sure we went the last night because they had a farewell dance and song. Was fun! As far as activities went we only did 3 things casino, comedy show and bingo. Comedians were good. We only attended adult shows. Bingo was pricey and we played only 3 cards costed 50$ we were undecided if we would ever do it again. The casino is where we spent 90% of our time. He likes the tables and I like the slots. He became a VIP member the first night and received all drinks for free for the rest of the week while in the casino. Unfortunately he doesn’t drink lol but the pit boss let him share with me. I only had 3 our whole cruise and they were good! If we cruise again we wouldn’t add on a beverage package for him. It was 70$ for the week just for soda. I didn’t order a package as I like water and if I wanted a soda we were each allowed to bring in a 12 pack each and I ordered water prior to the cruise. I wouldn’t do that again either well maybe 1 pack of water. I didn’t realize that water ice tea and lemonade were available all throughout the ship whenever I wanted. I would just bring a water bottle instead. However back to the casino I had so many people say don’t do it as they are not regulated but I did well. I ended up losing in the end but I’d win here and there and was enough to keep me playing for days. One day I put in 100$ and I played on that for 3 days with the up and downs. Because of his status we got cookies delivered to our room from the casino and just little perks like that because of his status. So if you’re big into gambling expect to have better treatment. Service from every single employee was outstanding!!! I can’t believe how these people get to know you on a first name basis and are always smiling and happy. They are stuck on this ship for 6 months at a clip and are always always happy!! The lido Restaurant/buffet never once did we have someone come pick up plates or ask if we needed something while we were eating in there. Maybe that’s how they all are though?? Ports: My travel agent says don’t ever book with the cruise line themselves they are always overpacked and you don’t Get one on one service. Shoretrips also gaurentees for you to be back to the ship on time. Cayman we did the stingray city plus omg what an experience!! Must do. We went to hell and turtle farm. Sting rays are in natural environment where as turtles are on a farm. Could’ve done without that part but was cool to hold a sea turtle! Honduras was a bit scary for us to do. We’ve heard so many bad things. The poverty is so bad there but we had a great time. We had a taxi driver who was our personal service man all day for 165$ we went ziplining, tour of city and included our taxi for as long as we wanted. He waited with us everywhere we went. We did pay to go to an exclusive resort which had security which was 20$ a person and then paid another 15$ each to snorkel. We have our own snorkel gear( get the full face ones if you don’t have them.. amazingggg!!) but we paid because he took us out a bit further over the reef and then given a life jacket each. Gear would’ve been included but like I said we had our own. The son who was maybe 8 and didn’t speak English but he would grab my hand and have us follow him. It was just us 2 on this boat and you could still see the resort. This was the only excursion (Honduras as a whole thst is) we didn’t pre book. I would never take a cruise and book an excursion once we get to port. The language barrier makes it to hard and you don’t know what you’re getting yourself no into. Belize this was a bit disappointing we booked the al tun ha ruins. The ride was an hour there and an hour back and we could spend as much time at the ruins we wanted. Because we didn’t book with carnival and did our own it was just us 2 and our tour guide. Wow that’s the way to go because then you’d see the busses come in with 50 people in a group and one tour guide. We had our own one on one and the price is exactly the same!! We didn’t see the water or beaches here. But heard they are amazing. Last Cozumel we did the Atlantis submarine and absolutely loved it. Only 3% of the population has ever been on one and we went 100 feet down. We could’ve seen more life but was still incredible. Because this only took up 2 hours we had lots of free time and chose to do this horse and buggy tour for 85$ that was outside the port. DO NOT DO THIS!!! He took us to his places and the slums of towns m.. this is where they tried selling you everything and took your picture and tried selling you everything. I would do it all again. Same ports and same ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Just returned from our 8 day Thanksgiving cruise with a Western Caribbean itinerary out of Tampa. The ship is dated and shows some wear, but not enough to discourage anyone from travelling on the Miracle. First, they have the fastest ... Read More
Just returned from our 8 day Thanksgiving cruise with a Western Caribbean itinerary out of Tampa. The ship is dated and shows some wear, but not enough to discourage anyone from travelling on the Miracle. First, they have the fastest elevators we've ever experienced on a cruise ship. The usual state rooms as other ships we've sailed on. The 2 level dining room for assigned and YTD, were large at the aft and we never had to wait more than a couple minutes for our group of 6. The steakhouse was wonderful, with an atrium of red glass built into the whale tail. A very comfortable theater with few obstructions and Mad Hatter theme comedy club had plenty of seating. Our cruise was more than sold out as being a school holiday there were over 400 kids aboard. The Miracle never felt crowded like we have experienced on the larger ships. The embarkation and disembarkation processes were both very organized. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Fifth cruise for me,first for my husband, third Carnival Cruise. Chose this one for our honeymoon as relatives live close so no need for transportation/hotel, and this fit in the time frame we were planning. Note- value was exceptional for ... Read More
Fifth cruise for me,first for my husband, third Carnival Cruise. Chose this one for our honeymoon as relatives live close so no need for transportation/hotel, and this fit in the time frame we were planning. Note- value was exceptional for this particular cruise. Embarkation well run. No complaints with Tampa. This is an older ship but still clean and you can see where there were updates done. Some of the decor is nothing short of gaudy, but not offensive. Could use some freshening and softening. Onboard guests had a nice range from baby to elders and all got along wonderfully/respectfully. Cabin average, bed very comfortable. Only one outlet most difficult. Steward service excellent. Food- meh, with the exception of the steak house. DO IT! We ended up having two dinners there; both fabulous. Main dining room okay- you need to like purple- the decor could definitely use an update, buffet hit or miss. Entertainment- live music okay, stage shows lacking, comedy very good. We liked the club, just had to stay on lower level as smoking is allowed on second. Frankie (cruise director) and his staff pushed shopping WAY too much, but otherwise did an outstanding job. Really, peddling watches is not an activity. Try more games. We made the mistake of taking late dining, which is usually our preference, but missed most of the activities/shows we would have usually gone to. Will take early dinner next time. Service- mostly good. As previously mentioned, steward (Made) was exceptional. Had bad experience with excursion desk, but they made up for it in the end. Cozumel: Swam with dophins- fun; was on the bucket list. Besides outrageously priced photos, great experience. We had the amazing caves booked, but won this the day before, so they let us swap. Costa Maya: did a non-Carnival beach club that was recommended (Yaya)- great day on a beautiful beach with good shopping Belize: Must have been on the same excursion as cheatdm to Xunantunich. Told last minute that the same river that other ruins excursions used was too flooded for us to get back from site (while we were all standing in front of the bus last minute). Alternate site beyond disappointing. Complained to Carnival excursion desk about how the tour company handled it with no sympathy (wish I had taken her name- she should not be behind that desk). Got call next day saying would refund 20%, they ended up refunding 100%. Roatan: Best excursion done at the Jungle ATVs. Great, great experience and staff is top notch. Nice beach club included also. Highly recommend. Grand Cayman: did not do excursion-my 3rd visit to Grand Cayman and been there, done that. Wonderful place if you like to snorkel, and stingray city always nice, just decided not to do it this time. Disembarkation took way too long- this was a customs issue, really, but did Tampa not remember that they had 2,000 people coming through that day? Only had 2 customs officers working. Hope that is not the norm. Cruise was more good than bad, but if you've been on any higher end ships you may be disappointed. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The staff and bartenders were amazing (especially those at the casino or alchemy bars). The food in bacchus and lido was a little underwhelming overall; however, the private chefs table was fantastic and the steakhouse was probably one of ... Read More
The staff and bartenders were amazing (especially those at the casino or alchemy bars). The food in bacchus and lido was a little underwhelming overall; however, the private chefs table was fantastic and the steakhouse was probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten...not to mention the pizza being fantastic and open all the time. Comedy club acts were great, shows were pretty good. Frankie and the rest of the staff did a great job. Overall one amazing trip. All of the ports were great. I was disappointed with how they handled a river in Belize making it impossible to get to our Xunantunich excursion. They waited to tell us it had to be canceled after riding an early morning tender over, right before boarding the bus. Options were take their offer of full price transfer to another site 2 hrs away (but not the amazing xunantunich ruins) or head back to the ship. If they had told us earlier we could have slept in a bit and done one of the other ruins excursions or another excursion all together. We still had fun, but disappointed in how that was handled. Be sure no matter what you do that you do some excursion (carnival or private) where you visit sting ray city in the grand cayman. Yes it was crowded...but you HAVE to visit. That was an amazing experience that you will treasure. The boat is a little cheesy in decor, but who cares. The staff is amazing and this was a truly awesome trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Me and my family and some friends sailed out on november 11,2018 . We got the faster to fun pass as usual, the wait to get on was very quick and very organiized . The only bad thing was they lied about our luggage being at our room ... Read More
Me and my family and some friends sailed out on november 11,2018 . We got the faster to fun pass as usual, the wait to get on was very quick and very organiized . The only bad thing was they lied about our luggage being at our room when we got there we had to go find it. Other than that the room was very clean and so was the ship. The ship is layed out very different from any other shiip. Alot of people say it looks old fashion and needs up dating.but i think it looks awsome cause its not like the other ships. Most of the events are on the lower decks. The staff was more friendly than any other ship i went and there alot more organized. We all had a good time except in belieze to many beggers. They just didnt know when to stop. Cozumel was pretty and we enjoyed paridise beach just 3 dollars a person to get in after a short cheap taxi ride, costa maya is very very nice and in the next few years that will be one of the best places to travel to its up and coming and the people are super friendly .we took a tour of the place and it was only 39 dollars a person very nice and refreshing. Over miracle is a great ship older put great . Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Tampa We flew into Tampa a day before the cruise. We had dinner at the Columbia Restaurant which was amazing. I would definitely recommend eating here! Uber to the restaurant but took the trolley back to our hotel (Embassy Suites ... Read More
Tampa We flew into Tampa a day before the cruise. We had dinner at the Columbia Restaurant which was amazing. I would definitely recommend eating here! Uber to the restaurant but took the trolley back to our hotel (Embassy Suites Downtown). Embarkation was easy! We booked a suite so we were on the boat before noon. So disappointed that the Miracle did not have a Guy’s Burger or Blue Iguana Cantina. Plenty of good food otherwise but still missed our regular go to lunch. Ordered a Miami Vice to make us feel better. Our suite (8271) was very nice…lots of room to stretch out and loved the oversize balcony with chaise lounge. Fun Day at Sea Slept in and then went to the main dining room for brunch. We had some art credits so we went to the art show and purchased two paintings. Dinner then drinks at the Alchemy bar. Spent a little time in the casino but it became so smoky that we had to leave. Cozumel, Mexico Celebrated hubby’s 50th birthday in Cozumel. We booked the Jeep & Snorkeling tour through carnival. The jeeps were not in great shape, several check engine lights on and the radio did not work, but the air conditioner did work so we were happy. We enjoyed the tour and headed back to Cozumel for a little shopping and a celebration drink at Three Amigos. Dinner that night at the Steakhouse, always a good choice. Belize Not a fan of the tender from the ship to Belize…it is a bit long. I would think anyone with motion sickness would have issues. I don’t but I was feeling a bit queasy by the time we hit the mainland. We booked a Cave Tubing excursion through Carnival. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the lunch that was included. We did a little shopping at the port and headed back to the ship. We booked anytime dining but we have noticed that the time to get served and eat takes longer and longer. We are going to try early dining on our next cruise. Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan We booked Tabyana Beach Break with Gumbalimba Park – Birds/Monkeys. We were a bit disappointed in Gumbalimba Park. From the description it looked like we would have interaction with a sloth but that didn’t happen. Our guide pointed one out to us that was in the tree top. We enjoyed the birds and monkeys but could have skipped everything else. When it was time to head to the beach a lady in our group decided at the last minute she was going to buy photos and we had to wait 15 minutes for her. Not happy about that. We finally made it to Tabyana Beach and it was amazing (as always). We had a guide take us out through the coral, to the drop off, and back in. Best $20 spent all trip. Next time we will just go straight to the beach and skip everything else. My in-laws went scuba diving at this stop and they had an amazing dive (booked through Carnival). We ended up just eating at lido this night. Grand Cayman We booked a jet ski tour through Fat Fish Adventures. There were three of us and our guide (Noel) who rode the jet skis 6 miles out to Sting Ray City. The water was amazing and there were so many stingrays. We each got to feed the rays and hold them. So much fun! We hopped back on the jet skis to move to a snorkeling spot. Saw lots of different fish and even an eel. Back on the jet skis and went to Star Fish Island to. Spent a little time shopping in port and then back on the ship. I would definitely recommend this tour. Fun Day at Sea We spent most of this day just relaxing in our room/balcony. Tampa Disembarkation was so easy. We carried off our own luggage and were out of customs before 9:00. Shared a van to the airport and headed home. Read Less
Carnival Miracle Ratings
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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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