Carnival Miracle Review

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Dear Carnival: keep the Miracle weird!

Review for the Mexican Riviera Cruise on Carnival Miracle
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MikeAndLisaCruisers
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Balcony
Main dining room decor
Mad Hatter Room
Mad Hatter Room
One of many Lord Nelsons
Pool deck
Steakhouse
Main dining room

If you're considering this ship, the first thing you're looking at will most likely be its' oddball decor, and if I'm using Carnival-speak, it inspires "Fascination." The photos don't lie - you'll find giant bunches of grapes hanging from the ceiling in the main dining room, an entire clone army of "Horatios" (which appear to be Lord Horatio Nelson, of Battle of Trafalgar fame) on the walls in the buffet, lots of cherubs, and a "Muse" on pretty much every door in the public spaces, including the elevators. There are tons of literary references on board, such as "Gatsby's Garden," a quiet area at the front of the ship modeled after a 1920s garden, and the cabin areas use book covers as wallpaper. The nightclub has a 30-foot Frankenstein monster, and the secondary theater has an "Alice in Wonderland" theme, featuring any number of six-foot-tall Mad Hatters and Rabbits along the walls. And I'm not sure what they were going after with the purple-and-copper color theme they use all over the ship. After sailing on the Celebration, with its' sophisticated, "nice hotel" look, the Miracle's style is a bit...well, it's weird.

But it's still a delightful ship, and we had a delightful time on board, despite a last-minute change to our itinerary (more on that in a moment). Why? The key reason is elbow room - unlike Celebration and the newer Carnival ships, which all carry 5-6,000-odd passengers, Miracle only carries about 2,200, and that makes for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, with plenty of space on deck and below deck to yourself. It's a mellow vibe.

It's still a big enough ship to provide all the expected amenities, like a steakhouse, spa, adults-only "Serenity" deck, several pools and hot tubs, a full theater, and the other stuff you'd expect. What you won't find is the latest gee-whiz stuff (like the Celebration's rollercoaster), or a big-screen TV in the pool area. You'll also be missing several food options you'll find on the latest Carnival ships, such as Teppenaki, Chi-Bang, the Italian restaurant. But, honestly, we didn't miss that all that much - we just relaxed, went with the weird decor, and had a great, relaxing time. You'll also find that the Miracle's sailings come at a substantial discount to the newer Carnival ships.

Cabin Review

Balcony

The cabin amenities and decor date Miracle as an older ship, without the electronic plugs that we've all come to expect, but that's easily cured with a $20 power strip. You also have a very small tabletop flat-screen where the original tube TV used to live, but we all have 4K TVs at home - who needs them at sea?

Otherwise, the cabin's condition was good, everything worked, and it was comfortable.

Port Reviews

Ensenada

We chose a winery tour of El Cielo, which was terrific and reasonably priced. We got a tour of the winery in golf carts, tasting grapes, and a wine and cheese board with a wine tasting.

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