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Carnival Miracle Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Just fly instead

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review by Travelingcruiser123

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

We wanted to do something special for birthdays in the family, two of them in December during the cruise. We headed to Hawaii but might as well have flown. 4 sea days there and back were horrible.

The second we stepped on deck, we smelled cigarette smoke, as smoking is permitted on Deck 2, indoors. There is really no way around it if you want to go to the casino, trivia events, or get on or off the ship.

When we went to our stateroom, we found the toilet smelled disgusting, as it had not been cleaned because of the short turnover time between the last cruise and ours. They scrubbed it the next day and it was okay. The housekeepers are over worked, so they also get into such a routine they don’t check for when you run low on toilet paper or shampoo.

We learned the Carnival Fun Hub app was also disappointing. We paid $5 per person for a chat feature that rarely worked. The app crashes more often than it works.

Most importantly, we were told we would reach Oahu, Maui, Kona, and Hilo at given times. However, the organization was horrible. We left the ship 2 hours late each day, except for the last. We needed to leave the ship using tenders at Kona, but no one announced that we needed to obtain tickets to get off the ship or where to get them. A couple had their excursions cancelled because they couldn’t get off the ship on time even when prioritized. They weren’t allowed off the ship early, but had to take a ticket and wait, but they were not told this; they heard it from a fellow passenger.

The Bacchus dining room is poorly lit and garish, it is filled with a theme of round purple lights and grape leaves everywhere.

The gym is located in the front of the ship on Deck 9, one of the bumpiest places on the ship. Everyone on the treadmills was walking slowly or running while holding on. Being on a stationary bike was like biking while drunk.

The entertainment on board was over much yet not enough. Every sea day, there were “wellness seminars,” trivia, games, lectures about Hawaii, or bands playing. There were different shows at night. They paid attention to the fun aspect much more than other aspects.

The Carnival Miracle also has Park West Gallery on board, advertising marked up prices for so-so artists and their “hand embellished” art. These are printed paintings with dabs of paint added to them.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View

Small cabin, but we had a view of the ocean, so it was okay. The table in the center of the room was very wobbly and collapsed easily.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Kona (Kailua Bay)

We were estimated to be off the ship by 8:30am, but everyone started being let off at 11am. Those who had booked early excursions weren’t able to get off in time, so their excursions were cancelled.


We took the Hoppa on Hoppa off bus, which had its office very close to the cruise ship. Getting off the ship was better this time.

Culinary Tour

Timely gangway opening, so we got off the ship in time for the tour. It was a bit hectic finding the guide, but it was a smooth experience.

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