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Carnival Miracle Cruise Review
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Carnival Miracle 18 June 2016

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by dancrr

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2016
  • Destination: the Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

Just got back from a week on the Carnival Miracle sailing from Long Beach California to Puerto Vallarta for two days and Cabo San Lucas for one night. This is my 7th cruise, second on the Carnival Miracle. This was one of the best times I’ve had and it was an amazing cruise.

Parking at Long Beach cruise terminal — not good! The cost is high $19 a night and the only places we could find were on the roof. However, the space was close to the elevators and we had a great view of the ocean — to get ready for our cruise.

Embarkation - We opted for Faster to the Fun for $60 per cabin. Well worth it. We were on the ship in about 15 minutes tops. Leaving the ship was just as easy. This made this cruise extremely stress free.

We splurged for a balcony cabin, 6136, which was quiet, had amazing views, and our cabin steward, Dewa was really great. He was friendly, efficient, and did everything to make our stay really wonderful. Dewa was always there with a smile and provided us with ice daily, and our cabin was spotless.

The entertainment on the ship was good. We sailed last year on the Miracle with a similar itinerary, and some of the shows were similar but updated and we enjoyed them. The comedians were funny and we had fun laughing after dinner. The magician was really great. We went to his show during the day, and it was packed so we stood the entire time. He was really great — I wish they had more shows for him.

The bartenders at the Red Frog Pub are the BEST ever! We went to the pub several times during our cruise and were greeted like old friends, while this team gave us professional service, great drinks, and shared stories and fun. They brought out Caribbean plantains and peas to snack on and mixed amazing concoctions. While we really aren’t drinkers, we did spend a lot of time listening to music dancing and enjoying the ambience. We really loved Dev Roy and Dwayne who went above and beyond to make our time there great, as well as Glenn Roy and Christiana. These individuals deserve a raise!!! They are Carnival’s greatest assets.

Went ate most of our meals in the dining room. Our servers were great —- recommending appetizers, main courses, or desserts and of course, they were also spot on. We had the late seating, 8:15, and this worked out perfectly — we could go to see the early show, having dinner, and then see the comedians. While the food was basically good, the prime rib was not. The creme brûlée was also a miss. Winners included the lamb, tenderloin, lobster tail, french onion soup, and strawberry bisque. Our servers, Maryna, Vincent, and Hassan were great!! They were kept very busy but were efficient and friendly and made our dining experience really nice. The buffet was a miss for me. While there were many areas serving, the lines were really long so your food was cold by the time you sat down to eat it. Also, many times, most of the stations were closed down, especially in the afternoon about 3 when you wanted to grab something light before dinner at 8:15.

Tea was a bit disappointing. I need to preface this with tea time is one of my favorite things about a cruise. There was a choice of Lipton tea or green tea. Anything else cost an additional $1.99 — Really??? Tea time should be an elegant treat and the cost of a tea bag should be included. The desserts were great as was the salmon sandwich. The cucumber sandwich was a miss for me.

We paid for one excursion in Puerto Vallarta - Rhythms of the Night. This was really great. We went to the 6:00 excursion. The boat ride was great — unlimited drinks and music. We were on Boat 6, with Victor, Ramon, Alonso, Fernando, and Jorge — they even put on a show for us on the way back! It was so much fun. The show was really well done. It was amazing. The location on Las Caletas was beautiful. Great excursion! The second day we walked around the shops. I got a really great massage across from the ship from Rebecca — air conditioned, relaxing, and therapeutic. The cost — $25 plus tip. So much better than the spa on the ship where the main goal is selling products. In Cabo, we did an excursion on our own. We went on a glass-bottom boat ride by the arch and rocks. We went to G-7 and Araceli got us a great deal for the four of us, $10 each plus $1 each for a harbor fee. Our captain, Daniel, told us stories and history and was very good showing us tropical fish, seals, rocks, beaches, and it was great.

I would highly recommend this cruise and the Miracle. There were so many great places to sit quietly with a book. Trivia was fun, especially 80s music! Service was great. It was the perfect relaxing, summer cruise.


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Cabin 8C 6136

We splurged for a balcony cabin, 6136, which was quiet, had amazing views, and our cabin steward, Dewa was really great. He was friendly, efficient, and did everything to make our stay really wonderful. Dewa was always there with a smile and provided us with ice daily, and our cabin was spotless.


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