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Yes, we've been on the Miracle before, in October 2013 and were underwhelmed. However, family vacation dates dictated a return visit for cruise to Mexico in June 2015. Hopeful after the recent dry dock renovations, we boarded with an open mind. We are typically Princess cruisers, but have been on a few Carnival cruises as well. Embarkation was very smooth and quick, thanks to the pre-purchased "Faster to the Fun" package- definitely worth it to avoid some of the long wait hassles. The new additions? 3 new bars that have absolutely no continuity with the previous (hideous) decor. The Red Frog pub is a nice addition, but has anyone ever seen guests in a sports bar hanging out? (brand new, no one was ever there) and the "Alchemy Bar"- nice leather couches aside, was so blah and awkwardly positioned in a main thoroughfare, no one was ever there either, except to wait for their dinner pagers to do off. And the cabins? Never touched. Worn case goods, broken and dirty lampshades, faded bedding. Still keeping hope alive, we never saw our cabin steward the first day. There was some mix up and they moved him to another section, so we were reassigned but in the meantime, .. no SOAP? It was bad enough they eliminated lotion or any other amenities outside of the built in-questionable "conditioning shampoo (ever try to wash woman's hair/without conditioner? Luckily we knew better and brought our own) and 'shower gel"/? wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. Fridge remained locked and ice and extra requested pillows and soap would just have to wait until EVENING. Even after the reassignment, had to ask twice for TOILET PAPER. Also, the bunk bed for our teenager had no safety rail and no one seemed to know where to locate it until 2 supervisors found it under the bed. Not a great first impression. Yes, I know, it's Carnival, the Wal Mart of cruise lines, but still don't understand why emergency drills have to be held OUTSIDE, all of us lined up like criminals, jammed together (hope you aren't claustrophobic)-- our "extended" balcony was nice, although about the same size as a standard on other lines, maybe SLIGHTLY deeper, but to get one, you are set BACK from other decks, thereby blocking some of your side view where the ship juts out again. Back to the decor. I can barely look at their "piazza" (sorry, Princess-lingo), it is the most dark, depressing 'lobby' with awful shades of brown, those dark tile floors and ugly blue lights. A long guitarist with a tamborine player woefully sing at the world's smallest 'stage'. The buffet generally has ample seating, but here I go again. Who CLOSES their buffet at 3pm and leaves only pizza open (and sometimes the grill, but that closed too during late afternoon) with 100,000 people standing in line for some grub? I had to resort to 'room service' for a late lunch sandwich (was delivered quickly though!) rather than face the 'hordes' waiting for, yes, 'bad' food- the pizza IS pretty good, the rest of the fare forgettable. The dessert bar 'awful'- you'd see this great looking cheescake, only to discover it was more of a gelatinous type of concoction. The dining room food was better and enjoyed the Sea day brunches, again to avoid the buffet. However, as we have found before, appetizers were quite good (especially soups) at dinner, but entrees not so much. Every type of beef they present tastes boiled- I dont' know what their cooking method is and we found this the last time on the Miracle, ohh, we have 'steak' tonight, or 'prime rib'-- any type of beef, 'soft' and boiled tasting- yuck. Service was spotty- we had anytime dining- yes you had to wait, but don't mind with pager except the last night when we waited an HOUR. Puerto Vallarta: First to the exclusive resort getaway- that was nice, it was just realllly hot. 2nd Puerto Vallarta day- Las Marietas- we've done this one before and really enjoyed it (called "Wild Dolphins and Snorkeling)- crew was great, but they should NOT have let us go to the HIdden Beach this time, current was too strong and near death experience for me on the way out- we all hit our heads on the cave and I was plunged underwater when the cave completely filled up, not sure if I'd surface-- it's our second visit there (and last!)- snorkeling was decent, but it was jelly fish season, so watch out.. Cabo San Lucas- Eco snorkeling on the Zodiac- ouch! Again our second time on this excursion but strong currents made the "bumpy" (understatement) ride painful. Again were plagued with jellyfish- 4 folks got stung, including a young boy with a bad reaction, turned into a medical situation with us zooming back to the pier. They did give us a refund, but unfortunate nonetheless. Would we sail Carnival again? (only under duress), and perhaps on one of their newer ships, only if cost and schedule align. It's hard to believe both Carnival and Princess are owned by the same corporation and are so different. Entertainment? what entertainment? Everyone in our party agreed on the 'world's most boring ship'- 2 small stores, no good entertainment. Of course, it's always worth anything when you can sit and chill on your balcony, watching the water, including a whale, dancing dolphins and sea turtles, but Carnival, you need to get your act together and understand what's important to your guests- throw the ship a sample bottle of lotion and watch the compliments roll in

Hopefully Last Time on the Miracle

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by bluewater00

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Extended Balcony
Yes, we've been on the Miracle before, in October 2013 and were underwhelmed. However, family vacation dates dictated a return visit for cruise to Mexico in June 2015. Hopeful after the recent dry dock renovations, we boarded with an open mind. We are typically Princess cruisers, but have been on a few Carnival cruises as well. Embarkation was very smooth and quick, thanks to the pre-purchased "Faster to the Fun" package- definitely worth it to avoid some of the long wait hassles. The new additions? 3 new bars that have absolutely no continuity with the previous (hideous) decor. The Red Frog pub is a nice addition, but has anyone ever seen guests in a sports bar hanging out? (brand new, no one was ever there) and the "Alchemy Bar"- nice leather couches aside, was so blah and awkwardly positioned in a main thoroughfare, no one was ever there either, except to wait for their dinner pagers to do off. And the cabins? Never touched. Worn case goods, broken and dirty lampshades, faded bedding.

Still keeping hope alive, we never saw our cabin steward the first day. There was some mix up and they moved him to another section, so we were reassigned but in the meantime, .. no SOAP? It was bad enough they eliminated lotion or any other amenities outside of the built in-questionable "conditioning shampoo (ever try to wash woman's hair/without conditioner? Luckily we knew better and brought our own) and 'shower gel"/? wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. Fridge remained locked and ice and extra requested pillows and soap would just have to wait until EVENING. Even after the reassignment, had to ask twice for TOILET PAPER. Also, the bunk bed for our teenager had no safety rail and no one seemed to know where to locate it until 2 supervisors found it under the bed. Not a great first impression.

Yes, I know, it's Carnival, the Wal Mart of cruise lines, but still don't understand why emergency drills have to be held OUTSIDE, all of us lined up like criminals, jammed together (hope you aren't claustrophobic)-- our "extended" balcony was nice, although about the same size as a standard on other lines, maybe SLIGHTLY deeper, but to get one, you are set BACK from other decks, thereby blocking some of your side view where the ship juts out again. Back to the decor. I can barely look at their "piazza" (sorry, Princess-lingo), it is the most dark, depressing 'lobby' with awful shades of brown, those dark tile floors and ugly blue lights. A long guitarist with a tamborine player woefully sing at the world's smallest 'stage'.

The buffet generally has ample seating, but here I go again. Who CLOSES their buffet at 3pm and leaves only pizza open (and sometimes the grill, but that closed too during late afternoon) with 100,000 people standing in line for some grub? I had to resort to 'room service' for a late lunch sandwich (was delivered quickly though!) rather than face the 'hordes' waiting for, yes, 'bad' food- the pizza IS pretty good, the rest of the fare forgettable. The dessert bar 'awful'- you'd see this great looking cheescake, only to discover it was more of a gelatinous type of concoction. The dining room food was better and enjoyed the Sea day brunches, again to avoid the buffet.

However, as we have found before, appetizers were quite good (especially soups) at dinner, but entrees not so much. Every type of beef they present tastes boiled- I dont' know what their cooking method is and we found this the last time on the Miracle, ohh, we have 'steak' tonight, or 'prime rib'-- any type of beef, 'soft' and boiled tasting- yuck. Service was spotty- we had anytime dining- yes you had to wait, but don't mind with pager except the last night when we waited an HOUR.

Puerto Vallarta: First to the exclusive resort getaway- that was nice, it was just realllly hot. 2nd Puerto Vallarta day- Las Marietas- we've done this one before and really enjoyed it (called "Wild Dolphins and Snorkeling)- crew was great, but they should NOT have let us go to the HIdden Beach this time, current was too strong and near death experience for me on the way out- we all hit our heads on the cave and I was plunged underwater when the cave completely filled up, not sure if I'd surface-- it's our second visit there (and last!)- snorkeling was decent, but it was jelly fish season, so watch out..

Cabo San Lucas- Eco snorkeling on the Zodiac- ouch! Again our second time on this excursion but strong currents made the "bumpy" (understatement) ride painful. Again were plagued with jellyfish- 4 folks got stung, including a young boy with a bad reaction, turned into a medical situation with us zooming back to the pier. They did give us a refund, but unfortunate nonetheless. Would we sail Carnival again? (only under duress), and perhaps on one of their newer ships, only if cost and schedule align. It's hard to believe both Carnival and Princess are owned by the same corporation and are so different.

Entertainment? what entertainment? Everyone in our party agreed on the 'world's most boring ship'- 2 small stores, no good entertainment. Of course, it's always worth anything when you can sit and chill on your balcony, watching the water, including a whale, dancing dolphins and sea turtles, but Carnival, you need to get your act together and understand what's important to your guests- throw the ship a sample bottle of lotion and watch the compliments roll in
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Cabin Review

Extended Balcony
Cabin 8J 6222
Mid-aft extended balcony. Worn out case goods. Broken and dirty lampshades. The cabin configuration is good if you have 3 people- it's one of the few that have a bunk along with a sofa, so if you use the bunk, you at least still have a usable sofa to sit on and put things on, unlike other cabins where the sofa is the 3rd person's bed. Shower not great water pressure. Bed too hard. Asked for egg crate, didnt' get one- got a thin mattress pad instead. Stained bathroom seat, slightly sewer smelling bathroom. Again, NO amenities outside of the built in shampoo and gel- lighting is good, towels were acceptable. Just really need to refresh cabins and update
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Great tour of Los Arcos, Pacific Window , etc.. at beginning. High swells made Zodiac painfully bumpy. Jelly fish season intruded, stinging several guests so had to cut short and head back. Was refunded money
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  • Snorkeling
    Only gave it average- although crew was great, was not safe to take us to hidden beach. Currents too high, was injured and near drowned on the way out
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