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This cruise was a chance for our entire family to enjoy a cruise together. We booked this a few weeks after we got off the Carnival Glory in 2018. This was our 12 year old son's 1st cruise and our 19 year old daughter's 3rd cruise, but 1st one in 13 years. This was also a chance to do a full family vacation before our daughter goes off on her own. Why the Carnival Miracle? - We wanted a cruise that would allow us to go after our kids were out of school, but back before our daughter had to report to her Summer job. We happen to like Carnival and also had not sailed on a Spirit Class ship. We had done cruises on Fantasy class (Carnival Inspiration) and Destiny class (Carnival Destiny) ships, so this helped us get on a different class of ship. Pre Cruise- We flew into Tampa the day before from DFW. Had a great flight and we went mid day so congestion in the airport was minimal. We stayed at the Tampa Airport Marriott and had a quiet room that looked out the back of the hotel (only taxiway back there). We took an Uber to Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant and had a great diner with relatives. Food and drinks are great, but make sure to get a reservation. We did take an Uber back to the airport, but had to work in a stop at Target to get a replacement piece of luggage as one of the wheels exploded on the the way from baggage claim to the hotel. Embarkation Day- We took advantage of Carnival's airport shuttle to the pier. Went down to baggage claim and found the agent and waited about 15 minutes for a bus. Bus was new, clean and nice room and our driver got us to the port in 20 minutes. We had Faster To The Fun and curb to the FTTF waiting area took all of 5 minutes. Got a chance to meet Captain Carnival as he welcomed all the guest by area (Platinum & Diamond, Suites, FTTF, General boarding) We got there by 10:45, so only had to wait 15 minutes. They started letting people on the ship at 11AM. The called FTTF and we were on the ship by 11:15!! When we got on the ship, we went straight to our cabin and dropped off our things and went for lunch. DW had an issue with a spa appointment prior to sail away due to new staff coming on board that were not trained yet, that we got cleared up after sailaway. Muster drill went well as it was overcast and everyone seemed to be at their stations, with the exception of a few who ended up getting their own "Special" muster drill exercise. 1st Impressions - Carnival Miracle 1st sailed in 2004 and has gone through a few upgrades and a partial Funship 2.0 upgrade. Ship was done in classic early 2004 decor that has been taken care of and has aged well. While some areas could use some more tender care, overall I was happy with the condition of the ship. Miracle is slated for drydock when it repositions later this year. The theme throughout the ship was cool and the eleven-story atrium with a ruby-red glass ceiling was awesome! Cabin- We had cabins 7321 & 7325 on Verandah Deck 7 on the starboard side of the ship near the aft. These were category 8D. Spirit class ships do have a small cooling refrigerator that worked well on keeping our water cool. Both cabins were in good shape and well maintained. Flat screen TV and hair dryer in the room. Room has 1 110v and 1 220v outlet. Would be nice if they add an extra outlet during next drydock. We had maintenance open the panel between the two balconies and it made for a nice place for everyone to hang out. Our room steward James did a nice job of keeping our room in tip top shape. He made sure that we had our ice bucket filled twice a day and that made us happy. Food- MDR - We had early seating in the Bacchus Dinning room about midway toward the Starboard side of the room on a 4 top. Our service in the main dining room was done very well. We ate in the MDR most mornings and five out of the seven evenings (see below for other two). Carlos and his team took great care of our family. They made sure that we had all we needed and even took time to give our kids some extra attention. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday and they made sure she got a small cake and a song. All dishes were well done and if we asked for an extra item, no trouble at all. Steakhouse - We did the Nick & Nora's Steakhouse first night so we could take advantage of the free bottle of house wine. The restaurant is located right under the whale tale in the red glass area.Food was fantastic and worth the price. Service was a little lacking, but that may have been due to a slight understaffing. Enjoyed the red glass roof as it provided a nice lighting of the area. Chef's Table - This is started in the galley and the formal dinner is done in Frankenstein's laboratory. Multiple course dinner with wine flowing throughout the dinner. They have slowed the pace of service which allowed us to enjoy the dinner vs our chef's table the previous year on Glory. Great food experience and met some great people. Only slight issue was that the event started a little late, but the group got a chance to see a couple get engaged in the Metropolis Lobby. Pizza Pirate - Outstanding pizza every time, all the time. The Grill - my DW and I thought that the burgers had a very good taste and would give Guy's burgers a run for the money if it was just the burgers on their own. Guys wins due to the options available. Lido General - It's Lido food. was ok to eat but not my 1st option if the MDR is open. Entertainment- The 88 Keys show was well done. Music around the ship was good. There was a steel drum duo that played on deck, but it was odd that they had them play near the Alchemy Bar. Frankie was a great Cruise Director and kept everyone engaged. Sea Day- Sea days were fine. The Lido was a little crowded at lunch. If you wanted a quiet place, they were available. Never felt crowded overall. Tea time was a nice change and we enjoyed it. Ports of Call - Grand Cayman - quick and smooth tender ride. Did explore Grand Cayman by sea and land. The sea part of the excursion our boat did not have air conditioning that worked and trip was cut short. The land part was very good and we had a great tour guide/driver. Went to the Turtle farm, HELL, and a rum cake place. When we got back on the ship, the excursion desk was already processing a refund for the boat portion of the trip (Good job Carnival) Roatan - day at the beach and shopping in the port. Belize - Visit to Altun Ha. Great location to learn about Mayan Ruins. Tour guide was very informative about the site and ride over. On the ride back, she let everyone rest as it was very humid and hot. She was available to answer questions on the way back Cozumel - Shopping day. We went downtown and found some vanilla. Shopped back at the pier. Smoking - There was smoke in the casino and that did not seem to drift out into other areas very much. Seemed odd that there was smoking on the middle back pool area on one side. Disembarkation - We had FTTF and we had group 2. We had breakfast in the MDR , went back to our cabins and were on the upper floor of the MDR awaiting our permission to get off. only took about 20 minutes and we were off the ship. Cleared customs quick on got right on a shuttle back to the airport. Overall thoughts - Nice itinerary and getting in and out of Tampa was very easy. Miracle is a slightly older ship, but has held up well and was a nice mid sized ship. With the expected drydock coming up, I'm sure she will keep going for years to come and I would look forward to taking another cruise on her in the future!

Great family vacation on a nice ship out of Tampa

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by Stevepse

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Trip Details
This cruise was a chance for our entire family to enjoy a cruise together. We booked this a few weeks after we got off the Carnival Glory in 2018. This was our 12 year old son's 1st cruise and our 19 year old daughter's 3rd cruise, but 1st one in 13 years. This was also a chance to do a full family vacation before our daughter goes off on her own.

Why the Carnival Miracle? -

We wanted a cruise that would allow us to go after our kids were out of school, but back before our daughter had to report to her Summer job. We happen to like Carnival and also had not sailed on a Spirit Class ship. We had done cruises on Fantasy class (Carnival Inspiration) and Destiny class (Carnival Destiny) ships, so this helped us get on a different class of ship.

Pre Cruise-

We flew into Tampa the day before from DFW. Had a great flight and we went mid day so congestion in the airport was minimal. We stayed at the Tampa Airport Marriott and had a quiet room that looked out the back of the hotel (only taxiway back there). We took an Uber to Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant and had a great diner with relatives. Food and drinks are great, but make sure to get a reservation. We did take an Uber back to the airport, but had to work in a stop at Target to get a replacement piece of luggage as one of the wheels exploded on the the way from baggage claim to the hotel.

Embarkation Day-

We took advantage of Carnival's airport shuttle to the pier. Went down to baggage claim and found the agent and waited about 15 minutes for a bus. Bus was new, clean and nice room and our driver got us to the port in 20 minutes. We had Faster To The Fun and curb to the FTTF waiting area took all of 5 minutes. Got a chance to meet Captain Carnival as he welcomed all the guest by area (Platinum & Diamond, Suites, FTTF, General boarding) We got there by 10:45, so only had to wait 15 minutes. They started letting people on the ship at 11AM. The called FTTF and we were on the ship by 11:15!! When we got on the ship, we went straight to our cabin and dropped off our things and went for lunch. DW had an issue with a spa appointment prior to sail away due to new staff coming on board that were not trained yet, that we got cleared up after sailaway. Muster drill went well as it was overcast and everyone seemed to be at their stations, with the exception of a few who ended up getting their own "Special" muster drill exercise.

1st Impressions -

Carnival Miracle 1st sailed in 2004 and has gone through a few upgrades and a partial Funship 2.0 upgrade. Ship was done in classic early 2004 decor that has been taken care of and has aged well. While some areas could use some more tender care, overall I was happy with the condition of the ship. Miracle is slated for drydock when it repositions later this year. The theme throughout the ship was cool and the eleven-story atrium with a ruby-red glass ceiling was awesome!

Cabin-

We had cabins 7321 & 7325 on Verandah Deck 7 on the starboard side of the ship near the aft. These were category 8D. Spirit class ships do have a small cooling refrigerator that worked well on keeping our water cool. Both cabins were in good shape and well maintained. Flat screen TV and hair dryer in the room. Room has 1 110v and 1 220v outlet. Would be nice if they add an extra outlet during next drydock. We had maintenance open the panel between the two balconies and it made for a nice place for everyone to hang out. Our room steward James did a nice job of keeping our room in tip top shape. He made sure that we had our ice bucket filled twice a day and that made us happy.

Food-

MDR - We had early seating in the Bacchus Dinning room about midway toward the Starboard side of the room on a 4 top. Our service in the main dining room was done very well. We ate in the MDR most mornings and five out of the seven evenings (see below for other two). Carlos and his team took great care of our family. They made sure that we had all we needed and even took time to give our kids some extra attention. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday and they made sure she got a small cake and a song. All dishes were well done and if we asked for an extra item, no trouble at all.

Steakhouse - We did the Nick & Nora's Steakhouse first night so we could take advantage of the free bottle of house wine. The restaurant is located right under the whale tale in the red glass area.Food was fantastic and worth the price. Service was a little lacking, but that may have been due to a slight understaffing. Enjoyed the red glass roof as it provided a nice lighting of the area.

Chef's Table - This is started in the galley and the formal dinner is done in Frankenstein's laboratory. Multiple course dinner with wine flowing throughout the dinner. They have slowed the pace of service which allowed us to enjoy the dinner vs our chef's table the previous year on Glory. Great food experience and met some great people. Only slight issue was that the event started a little late, but the group got a chance to see a couple get engaged in the Metropolis Lobby.

Pizza Pirate - Outstanding pizza every time, all the time.

The Grill - my DW and I thought that the burgers had a very good taste and would give Guy's burgers a run for the money if it was just the burgers on their own. Guys wins due to the options available.

Lido General - It's Lido food. was ok to eat but not my 1st option if the MDR is open.

Entertainment-

The 88 Keys show was well done. Music around the ship was good. There was a steel drum duo that played on deck, but it was odd that they had them play near the Alchemy Bar. Frankie was a great Cruise Director and kept everyone engaged.

Sea Day-

Sea days were fine. The Lido was a little crowded at lunch. If you wanted a quiet place, they were available. Never felt crowded overall. Tea time was a nice change and we enjoyed it.

Ports of Call -

Grand Cayman - quick and smooth tender ride. Did explore Grand Cayman by sea and land. The sea part of the excursion our boat did not have air conditioning that worked and trip was cut short. The land part was very good and we had a great tour guide/driver. Went to the Turtle farm, HELL, and a rum cake place. When we got back on the ship, the excursion desk was already processing a refund for the boat portion of the trip (Good job Carnival)

Roatan - day at the beach and shopping in the port.

Belize - Visit to Altun Ha. Great location to learn about Mayan Ruins. Tour guide was very informative about the site and ride over. On the ride back, she let everyone rest as it was very humid and hot. She was available to answer questions on the way back

Cozumel - Shopping day. We went downtown and found some vanilla. Shopped back at the pier.

Smoking -

There was smoke in the casino and that did not seem to drift out into other areas very much. Seemed odd that there was smoking on the middle back pool area on one side.

Disembarkation -

We had FTTF and we had group 2. We had breakfast in the MDR , went back to our cabins and were on the upper floor of the MDR awaiting our permission to get off. only took about 20 minutes and we were off the ship. Cleared customs quick on got right on a shuttle back to the airport.

Overall thoughts -

Nice itinerary and getting in and out of Tampa was very easy. Miracle is a slightly older ship, but has held up well and was a nice mid sized ship. With the expected drydock coming up, I'm sure she will keep going for years to come and I would look forward to taking another cruise on her in the future!
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We had cabins 7321 & 7325 on Verandah Deck 7 on the starboard side of the ship near the aft. These were category 8D. Spirit class ships do have a small cooling refrigerator that worked well on keeping our water cool. Both cabins were in good shape and well maintained. Flat screen TV and hair dryer in the room. Room has 1 110v and 1 220v outlet. Would be nice if they add an extra outlet during next drydock. We had maintenance open the panel between the two balconies and it made for a nice place for everyone to hang out. Our room steward James did a nice job of keeping our room in tip top shape. He made sure that we had our ice bucket filled twice a day and that made us happy.
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