369 Tampa Carnival Miracle Cruise Reviews

This was our second cruise on the Miracle. The last one was in 2015. We have been on 13 cruises. 5 cruises with Carnival. Poor maintenance shows all over this rusty old tub. CABIN: We had the beds arranged as two singles and the linens ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Miracle. The last one was in 2015. We have been on 13 cruises. 5 cruises with Carnival. Poor maintenance shows all over this rusty old tub. CABIN: We had the beds arranged as two singles and the linens did not match. Some of the pillowcases and sheets were old yellowed and stained. The vanity countertop trim varnish was peeling, chipped, and missing in many areas. There was a large buildup of dust on the threshold of the connecting door which obviously had not been cleaned for weeks. It finally got cleaned the last day of our 13-day cruise. The drawers under the couch were broken and misaligned which prevented them from closing. In the bathroom one new white towel hangs next to another yellowed thread bare towel. Some days the new towels were damp like they had not been dried completely. The sink was chipped and surface missing around the discolored drain ring. The collar around the sink faucet that indicates which handle direction is hot and cold was missing and exposing a build-up of sludge on the moving parts underneath. The toilet had a permanent discoloration ring of the plastic bowl. The shower water temperature would randomly go cold without touching any controls. The Veranda had extensive rust on the metal pieces and the rail had been varnished many times and they just let the varnish drip and run down the railing window where it then dried so that when you were seated on the veranda chairs it obscured the view outward. It appeared they just gave buckets of varnish to unskilled workers without any concern for doing a quality job. PUBLIC AREAS: The public open areas were cleaner than the cabin but wear and tear is very visible throughout the ship. The chair upholstery in most areas was stained and faded giving a drab appearance. The Phantom show theater was especially bad as the top of the seating was worn and discolored from repeated handprints and the seat cushions were worn and stained. The drink table edges were worn and chipped. The public area restrooms had no hand towels and only weak cold air fan type hand dryers. I noticed many people avoid washing their hands and just leave the restroom with dirty hands. DINING: We used anytime dining most nights. Servers were very friendly and the food was good most nights. The Lido buffet di not impress us. Breakfast was OK but lunch and dinner we avoided. Crowded with dishes prepared using cheap meats with thick gravies like the military; The only item in Lido that appealed were the desert cakes at lunch which were well made and delicious. Used the pool grill for most lunches where there never seemed to be a wait. I had a Rueben sandwich at the Deli one day and I was very pleased with it. ENTERTAINMENT: This was advertised as a JOURNEYS cruise that takes place on some Carnival ships that sail for 9 days or longer. When I looked up info about JOURNEYS cruises people spoke of interesting guest speakers, galley tours, special food and other interesting events. The only event I noticed was a 80’s Throwback theme of performers where people wore dress from the 70’s not the 80’s. In addition there was a midnight food presentation, but considering most passengers were in their 70’s I don’t think many people stayed up that late just to eat. One main theater performer who was very good was a Comedian/Magician named Peter Gross. He kept the entire theater in stiches with his crazy antics. I wish he had done a second show. SUMMARY: This was a dream of mine to be able to go through the Panama Canal. I only wish I had chosen another cruise line. We were told the ship is going into dry dock in February 2020 for repairs. The sad thing is you don’t have to go into dry dock to supply clean and quality linens or maintain clean comfortable cabins. We have crossed Carnival off our list for any future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We only could take two weeks off from work, so this was the cruise we chose. This was a repositioning cruise for the Miracle, but Carnival also billed it ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We only could take two weeks off from work, so this was the cruise we chose. This was a repositioning cruise for the Miracle, but Carnival also billed it as a Panama Canal cruise. PROS: Our stateroom (an obstructed view balcony) was large enough for two people and kept well cleaned and stocked by our excellent steward, Lindon. The obstruction of our view was not bad at all, and consisted of a lifeboat that came about up to our ankles. Our servers in the main dining room, Roxana, IWayan, and Indrawan, were excellent. The cruise had numerous sea days, which was very relaxing. The fun squad kept us busy with lots of trivia and games. Food was delicious, and there was plenty of fresh fruit and veggies. Minimal chair hogs and dinner lines, the cruise was not fully booked. Embarkation was fast and easy, about 10 minutes from curb to lido deck. This crowd was a little on the geriatric side with loads of diamond and platinum members. Everyone made it to the muster drill, and everyone made it on time after being ashore. We did the Chef's table, it was excellent and well worth the money. Singh and Helen at the service desk were very helpful. CONS: Carnival needs to take a look at their cruise passenger demographics before a cruise. This cruise was filled with senior citizens (there were only 11 children on board!) that were on a bucket list cruise. We went through the panama canal during mid-day (which was too hot for these seniors), people were understandably standing out on deck to see the locks, and Carnival could have provided some cooling measures like iced washcloths and cool drinks. I did see some cool drinks being handed out, but none never made it to the forward lido deck where there were about 250 passengers. Also, put some chairs out on the forward lido deck! We were standing for hours in the hot sun. With all the sea days, I would have appreciated some chairs out on the outside promenade deck. It's nice and quiet down there, and a great place for reading, but only if there's a chair there to sit on. Carnival advertised this cruise as a Panama Canal cruise, but we were given minimal information the actual day of the canal transit. They did have some sort of (pilot?) guy that made about 10 short announcements over the course of the 13 hour transit, but that was it. No guest speaker the night before that told us what to expect, or about the history of the canal, or any other speakers. There was one Academy of Fun guy, but he talked about space, astronomy, astronauts, etc. He was great, but it would have been more appropriate to talk about the canal that was on all of our bucket lists. Seriously, Carnival, what would it take to get some history buff speaker? Or a civil engineer? Debarkation was terrible, and I've never ever said that before in any of my reviews. Not sure if the ship arrived late or what, but debarkation started about an hour late. We didn't get off the ship until almost 11, and we were in the middle of the crowd. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Used to cruise Carnival all the time. Have cruised other boats in past few years. Will not go back to Carnival again after this experience. This boat needs to be completely redone or drydocked right away. It is dated, it is not ... Read More
Used to cruise Carnival all the time. Have cruised other boats in past few years. Will not go back to Carnival again after this experience. This boat needs to be completely redone or drydocked right away. It is dated, it is not maintained. It is dirty, dated and dull. Also, Carnival really missed the boat (pun intended) on the Panama Canal. They had no information leading up to the canal traverse. They had one guy on the boat during the canal trip and he was reading for WIKI. I know, because in the absence of any info, I read the WIKI to the people around me and he was reading the same stuff. Crew was excellent. Entertainment was good, but comedy club was way way way too crowded. Food in dining room was good. Food in buffet was not. Deli and wok lines were out the door most days. If people like that - get more of it and less buffet. Buffet food was not fresh, not warm and not good. Columbia party bus excursion was ridiculous. The booze was horrible and there really was very little info. Would not book again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The itinerary was great. The ship smaller then most. But never crowded. Our cabin was great our cabin steward was wonderful. She always had fresh ice and wine glasses clean cabin and fresh sheets and bathroom immaculate. we booked an ... Read More
The itinerary was great. The ship smaller then most. But never crowded. Our cabin was great our cabin steward was wonderful. She always had fresh ice and wine glasses clean cabin and fresh sheets and bathroom immaculate. we booked an interior cabin. nothing fancy but met our needs. carnival is very good at utilizing all space to the customers benefit. Lots of room closet and drawer space.Our attendant name was Jennifer. The dining was okay. And i say okay because the buffet was not well organized. The buffet tables lacked organization for instance, the deli station with lunch meats and cheese and salads had no bread or rolls. We had to ask on several occasions where they could find basic items.The crew were fast at removing dishes from tables but not in cleaning the tables after the dirty dishes were removed. The tables were often sticky. I know they had a problem with not enough help but no one was passing water or offering teas and coffee. It was more self service then i am use to. So the food was okay. The brunch was fantastic the head waiter was attentive and the service was great. The main dining room was what i expected. The food was generally good. The late night food was better on the carnival miracle then most ships. They always had burgers fries and was open late . the pizza and ice cream were open 24 hours which was great. we like late night snacks and they were open which was a pleasant surprise to be able to get burgers at midnight. The thing that was exceptional was the comedians. The miracle had a comedy show a few times a day and always new shows the comedians were worthy of Vegas or TV. They were funny as hell. We had a great time couldn't wait for the next show. The crew made sure that we were entertained every night. They put on new shows for us. It was very entertaining YOU WILL NO BE BORED ON THE MIRACLE SHIP.. Service was typical. The excursion we took was land and sea in Roatan. Our guide took us to the animal farm. It was great . We saw the sloth's and also got to hold them . they had monkey's too. this was the highlight of my day . So in summary our vacation was great fun and carnival met their reputation as the fun ships. At least for our taste. The casino was tight so we really didn't play .I really heard a lot of yelling but no real winners . lol Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I was very apprehensive on booking this carnival miracle cruise because of the bad reviews I had read and also I had only cruised with NCL in the past. I had previously been on 2 cruises both on the big ships (breakaway & Epic). I ... Read More
I was very apprehensive on booking this carnival miracle cruise because of the bad reviews I had read and also I had only cruised with NCL in the past. I had previously been on 2 cruises both on the big ships (breakaway & Epic). I found that I like the smaller ships much better. The miracle was less crowded. It has 3 pools so there was never a problem with chairs. The first morning I got up early to go find my spot thinking it would already be crowded around pool area and there were a ton of open seating. We departed from Tampa cruiseport and that experience was top notch. We got there almost 2 hrs before our scheduled time of 12:30. This port was so organized and the small line moved quickly. We did have to sit in terminal about an hour, but we got to board an hour earlier than scheduled. Win win! This ship does not have a lot of areas geared toward children. There is only one water slide and no child pool or splash pad area. We chose the anytime dining which worked out wonderful. We had the option to sit by ourselves or join a larger table to meet other guest. The waitstaff was awesome. I am amazed that by the 2nd night they remembered our names. I also loved that in the middle of dinner they would stop serving and perform a song/ dance for us! Very entertaining. I was apprehensive about the food because I had heard that NCL has much better food than Carnival, but the food was excellent. We even had prime rib and lobster included in the main dining room. I loved that they had different rare find appetizer each day. It is a great way to try foods you normally would not order out in a restaurant. I tried escargot, rabbit, frog legs and ox tongue. We loved the comedy shows and open karaoke nights. The 88 keys show was very good also. Our excursions were swim with stingrays which was awesome. I held and kissed a stingray. We also went to channabak national park in Cozumel and did snorkeling...absolutely beautiful, quiet and plenty of shaded chairs. We recieved massages on the beach. I would highly recommend this excursion. Service from our cabin person Geda was excellent, from the ice he brought daily to the cleaning of our room and the cute animal towels! Disembarkment was just as quick as embarkment. We put our suitcase out the night before. The ship started carryoff luggage disembarkment at 8 am. We were called by 9 am and through customs and ubered to Tampa airport by 10:30 am. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This cruise line was chosen by a friend for an all-girls cruise. First, this is an older ship, in dire need of a remodel. The decor was fine, just worn. Our shower was moldy and the faucet at the sink was broken, yet functional. Only one ... Read More
This cruise line was chosen by a friend for an all-girls cruise. First, this is an older ship, in dire need of a remodel. The decor was fine, just worn. Our shower was moldy and the faucet at the sink was broken, yet functional. Only one American outlet in the entire cabin. So, bring a multi-port extension or power converter for European voltage. And, there are no power charging stations onboard. The purchased internet service is very slow and had difficulty connecting on occasion. Food was mediocre. Even the dining room food, though well-plated, was upscale cafeteria level. The entertainment was great. The Cruise Director did a great job getting passengers involved in activities. Service was also very good. The crew was eager and willing to help you with anything. The excursions were wonderful! Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and quickly. But, don’t expect to take your time getting off the ship once it’s docked. We had to be out of our stateroom within 30 minutes of arriving in port, at 8am. I’ve been on other cruise lines, and I’ll not take Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Background: This was my 12th cruise on Carnival and my 2nd time on the Miracle. First time was in 2006 and I remember LOVING it back then. This time around was a little different. We originally scheduled our cruise to Cuba. When that ... Read More
Background: This was my 12th cruise on Carnival and my 2nd time on the Miracle. First time was in 2006 and I remember LOVING it back then. This time around was a little different. We originally scheduled our cruise to Cuba. When that got cancelled, we decided to still leave out of Tampa (where we live) and just pick a different itinerary. We got a $100 OBC for doing that. The Miracle came up with a good price and although we were concerned because it didn’t have all the 2.0 upgrades, we decided to give it a try. Embarkation: It was a BREEZE. Walked right on without any real lines and were on board within about 10 minutes! Debarkation: Well organized. Once our zone was called we walked off, got a porter for our bags and took a short cut through the customs line. Out the door and in an Uber in less than 20 minutes. Food/Drink: Dinner- enjoyed the food and experience in the MDR. We went every night with YTD. Not 5 stars, but good. No complaints. Lunch- I didn’t care much for the Lido buffet ... We missed having the additional venues like Guy’s Burger, Jiji's and Blue Iguana etc. I did enjoy the deli and the pizza at Pizza Pirate is always good. (Especially late at night) We ordered room service a few times and I was really impressed on how quickly they arrived. And the chocolate cake was excellent! Breakfast/brunch- We loved Sea Day brunch! I only wish they offered it every day! The menu is similar to Lido (usual breakfast options) however you are served in the dining room and they offer more sophisticated options such as avocado toast, ahi tuna salad, granola parfait and fresh pressed juices etc. We went to the afternoon tea time, for the first time. It was the prefect little snack with tea and finger sandwiches and pastries. I would recommend you give it a try. FYI I am usually not one to pay additional for food on board. However, we had a $100 OBC so we decided to book the Steakhouse on embarkation day and finally try it out. They had our reservation wrong, however it didn’t matter because at 8pm they weren’t busy so we were seated right away. The food was really delicious! However, the atmosphere of the Steakhouse wasn’t what I expected. People were in jeans and shorts. The room is open and all you could hear was the (not so good and very drunk) karaoke singers from another floor. The food didn’t match the vibe. After this experience, for me personally, I probably would not do it again. Definitely not on this ship for sure. Fav bar is always Alchemy. Thank god this ship had an Alchemy bar. I don’t think we would’ve booked this ship without it. And their Alchemy area is really nice and expanded with additional seating, which was empty most of the time. We spent most of our time between there and the atrium bar. Good drinks and they were friendly. We had the CHEERS package and took full advantage of it! Entertainment: We went to a few comedy and production shows and they were average. Nothing notable but we enjoyed ourselves. The piano bar guy was really good and played a variety of all types of music. Activities were adequate and spread out throughout the day. The usual trivia, bingo etc. Not sure if it was the crowd on board for this sailing but I feel like the majority of people were gambling most of the day. The Casino was always full and SO SMOKY. It was awful. I had to use my inhaler from walking through there! We went to the nightclub once. They were playing good music (current hits). Staff: Most of the staff were very friendly. We had a few people that remembered our names and went out of their way for us. General: It’s an older ship about to go into dry dock soon. And it needs to go. I was very disappointed in the cleanliness of my stateroom. I think it put a major damper on my entire cruise honestly. It wasn’t dirty, per say-It just smelled old and musty. The sheets and towels were worn out and didn’t look (or smell) clean. We requested robes and questioned if they had even been washed. I am not being extra picky. It was borderline gross in that room. Since we were on vacation, I chose to make the best of it. And we did. But it was a bummer for sure. Otherwise… we had a balcony cabin and the beds were comfy. The AC worked great and everything else was fine. It just needs new carpet and linens and a thorough refresh. Overall I love the size of the Miracle. It has many ornate seating and lounging areas and a giant dance club, You lose all of that on a bigger, newer class ship. We are in our late 30’s with no kids and there seemed to be a much older crowd overall. And it seemed like everyone wanted to sit in the casino day and night and smoke and gamble. I can’t quite put my finger on it- maybe the lack of the 2.0 upgrades, geriatric crowd and musty room- but overall this was my least favorite cruise out of 12 cruises with Carnival. If this had been my first cruise, I would probably not go back on Carnival again. But I know otherwise and will be back, maybe even on the Miracle again, just AFTER the refurbish. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I choose this cruise based on some prior reviews. I had sailed carnival previously and had a great time before, but I was very disappointed on this cruise. The worst part was my balcony cabin, and the food choices. The entertainment ... Read More
I choose this cruise based on some prior reviews. I had sailed carnival previously and had a great time before, but I was very disappointed on this cruise. The worst part was my balcony cabin, and the food choices. The entertainment was also pretty bad, especially when you have a Motown review that features no black people. Found this to be very strange and in poor taste. The cast performing appeared to be very new at performing, and the show was not very good. The ship did not offer the usual karaoke, but instead had a lip sync battle using the passengers entire cruise to rehearse and entertain the passengers. The ships decor was hideous, and it appeared to be inspired by someone on drugs. Grapevines lined the ceilings, and artwork that look like it should be in a horror movie. My balcony was full of dirt, and rust, and the chairs were spattered with paint. The entire experience wasn't the worse, but it left much room for improvement. The Frankstein disco has a split level, and I just wasn't feeling the music or atmosphere. The crew seemed to be in training, and spent most of their time socializing with each other rather that seeing to the customers. My room steward got upset because we want fresh towels and the cabin made which should have been automatic. All in all, I probably would not recommend this ship. I am hoping this was an isolated situation and not the new norm for carnival. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My daughter and son-in-law did a Carnival Cruise for their honeymoon two years ago in October and loved it so much they wanted us to join them on a Carnival Cruise. Hurricane Darian caused us to have to leave a day early but we had already ... Read More
My daughter and son-in-law did a Carnival Cruise for their honeymoon two years ago in October and loved it so much they wanted us to join them on a Carnival Cruise. Hurricane Darian caused us to have to leave a day early but we had already planned to arrive in Tampa that day and spend the night, so we just drove from NC as planned and boarded with absolutely no problems despite only having birth certificates and driver's licenses and my having a pacemaker. We got on board, purchased our lanyards and were told that we were going to have a free day due to having to board early and leave the area that night. It meant 2 sea days before an excursion but all drinks and food were covered by Carnival for the 1st day. We ate burgers at the grill (better than any fast food burgers) and when we went to our room, all our luggage was there. Our room had a balcony with a lifeboat just a floor below. The bed and pillows were very comfortable and the shelves in the bathroom and the size of the closets were big enough to easily store our things. I am glad I brought some folding travel hangers and a glow in the dark small flashlight as well as a small plug in extra 3 regular outlets and 2 outlets to charge our cell phones, hair dryer, curling iron and camera batteries. I may purchase a larger one with more outlets before cruising again. Almost every single staff member all over the ship was pleasant and helpful and most remembered our names from the start. Jeniper and Salai our room stewards, were great and Jeniper was especially sweet. Once we had experienced Roxana from Romania as a headwaitress, we asked for her each night at the Bacchus Dining Room. She treated us like royalty and was funny and very good with names. The food was good, especially in the Bacchus. There was a bar tender we liked a lot named Jerry (may not be his spelling) who would even call out to my husband, Tom, as we walked by on our way around the ship because they had an ongoing funny Tom and Jerry routine together. I enjoyed the Marriage Comedy show a lot but not the adult comedy show at Mad Hatter's Ball done by R.T. Steckel--too crass for me. Doug who played the baby grand at Sam's Piano Bar was awesome and the disco night at Frankensteins's We loved the Pixels photo opportunities and bought a good many. Loved earning points for prizes, especially the nice photo album and the Thumb drive. My favorite shore excursions were the VIP La Casa Beach Retreat in Cozumel and the Jolly Roger Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel with Lunch at Roatan. There was plenty of time to snorkel and to eat and to shop in each of those excursions and the people working the excursions were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I ran into a little problem with my own but new full face snorkel mask and the captain of the Jolly Roger was gentle and patient and fixed me right up for my 1st snorkeling experience. The food was delicious and the guys danced with us and were very watchful of us in the water, as well as making sure we all had all to drink we wanted. Jesus at the La Casa Beach House was friendly and the pina coladas there were the best I've ever tasted--not overly sweet like most in America are. The chef made two great salsas and guacamole with chips as we watched. In Belize, we did the River Wildlife Cruise and and Mayan Ruins of Altun Ha in Belize. I loved seeing the dolphins follow the boat, seeing the Howler monkeys, and the iguanas where we had lunch. Our Mayan guide was a good story teller. At 62, I did manage to climb to the top of the Sun god's pyramid and enjoy the view, but it was a bit challenging due to the humidity and the steps being irregular and crumbly. I wish I had had more time to shop in the little row of shops with locally hand carved wood items, but it took most of our time to climb the ruin and some of our party slowed things down before we could start when we had to wait on them to join us. My only complaint about the Grand Cayman Stingray Sandbar, Hell, and Turtle Center experience was that it was rushed. Once again, we had to wait for a family that was late and so our guide had to make up for the lost time. It was fun to handle the turtles and the gift shop at the Turtle Center was a nice one. The water was beautiful where we held the stingrays and it was a fun experience. Hell was rushed but I am glad we got to see it. Disembarkation went smoothly and, although we missed our pets and the rest of our families, we were sad it was all over. We definitely want to go back to Cozumel and go on the Jolly Roger Catamaran again someday! Carnival did not disappoint! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Seven six day cruise from Tampa - Grand Cayman - Roatan - Beleize - Cozumel - Tampa This rust bucket of a boat shout be taken to the Mariana Trench and scuttled along with the crew. I have never had a more miserable disgusting ... Read More
Seven six day cruise from Tampa - Grand Cayman - Roatan - Beleize - Cozumel - Tampa This rust bucket of a boat shout be taken to the Mariana Trench and scuttled along with the crew. I have never had a more miserable disgusting experience in my entire life. But then again if you want a truly horrible experience with nasty crew, slop for food (brought some home for the dogs - they declined to eat it), a cess pool of bacteria in your cabin, fighting every day to try and get some miserable scraps to eat and being treated like a child, herded like sheep, talked down to and treated like a second class citizen, then this is the cruise for you. Carnival - what a joke - are you guys serious. Our cruise got cut a day short due to weather conditions that never materialized. Not only did they have the audacity to cancel for reasons still oblivious to the some 2000 poor souls on board, but you also had the deceitfulness to try and tell us that it was for our own safety - Answer 1 simple question - How is dumping 2000 people in a port with no available hotels, flights all booked up, gas stations running out of gas and in the path of a hurricane, safe???? At this time we where 1500 miles away from the hurricane and heading to Cozumel. No - here's an idea, lets steam into Tampa, ruin everyone's cruise, keep everyone on board like prisoners for several hours at the dock and then rush them off and tell them it's their fault. Hurry and get the next passengers on board and steam right back to where we started. That way we can make more money - That's what it's about - The money. Maybe we weren't spending enough or running out, so you thought the next cruise would have fuller wallets. The captain and his cronies decided to have a Q & A session in the Phantom Theatre to sell this idea and avoid a mutiny. Lots of Q's and very little A's. Now there's a surprise. Where did they dig this captain up from? Davy Jones' Locker maybe? Personally I think he was the guy at the ice cream stand in Belize who was coshed on the back of the head and press ganged into joining Carnival 50 years ago. Is keel-hauling still done today? - I think I know candidate. Well at least that gave the Captain and his cronies the excuse to run and hide and never be seen for the next 2 days. Did they help anybody make arrangements - Offer free 'wifi' for people to make arrangements or provide any form of assurance - I'll tell you tomorrow - at least that's what they said... And as for the cruise director, he needs to go back to HSN at a 2.00am in the morning slot selling kitchenware to anyone who is drunk enough to use their credit card (Boop). Guest Services (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here) - Are you rude, obnoxious, un-empathetic, love blaming others and offer no assistance to anyone apart from using the all too familiar Carnival line, "It's your own fault", then get a job here. You will fit in perfectly. Personally I wouldn't allow these people to look after my cat. Still it made good entertainment. I didn't realize there were so many excuses for incompetence. Ask for Ivanka, and have the ultimate experience in Serbian Customer Service - It's a hoot. Horiatio's Lido Cafe - Yep the one arm chef put his telescope to his blind eye and declared "I see no hordes of hungry passengers" This place should be condemned. Imagine a herd of hungry bison stampeding around the deck, pushing and shoving and loading enormous amounts of food (and I use that term loosely) on their plates so they can feed their hungry offspring. That's breakfast. As soon as they dole out the slop, the unwashed masses come charging. Belize is in the top ten countries of the world for homicide and the 41% of the people live below the poverty line, and it was still a more pleasant and safer experience to eat there rather than this gutter boat. Bacchus Dining Room - OMG Looks like this place was decorated by 'Ester Extraordinaire' on crack. What a horrendous assault on the eyeballs. I had to take pictures and send them to my friends all over the world -They'll still be laughing when we have the second coming of Christ!. Look I thought, decent food, a decent menu, something that tastes better then licking the mould off my shower curtain. Unfortunately duped again. Small gelatinous cold blobs on a plate. A very long wait between blobs and the usual suspects trying to ruin a hopefully peaceful dinner by shoving overpriced alcohol shots down your throat and endless photographers trying to make a quick buck by snapping photographs every 5 minutes. Looks like it's back to Horatio's to wade among the bison and wait for a crusty pizza (again) without parmesan cheese because "We don't have any" Drinks Package - Don't bother, there's only so many ways to flavour water these days. That won't stop waiters trying to push cocktails down your throat every five minutes even when you don't drink or clearly look underage. Yes folks I seen it happen on several occasions and waiters do accept cash from teens. Entertainment - There was the sound of cats fighting with baboons in the Atrium one day - Found out this was the string section trying to hash out something that a first grade high school band could perform better. Or maybe they were practicing "Abide with me" for when the ship goes down. Cabin Staff - Don't let the maid into your cabin. By don't I mean 'barricade the door' because even when you shout, "I'm in the shower" "I'm naked" "Don't come in" several times she will still keep knocking then use her pass key to break in anyway. I swear she puts an extra layer of filth around the shower everytime she comes in. Dr Frankenstein's Nite-club - Went there once, left after the first fight/riot and decided not to come back for the rest of the entertainment. Maybe I should have stayed and placed bets. I did see a lady who resembled something like a small moose, who seemed to be winning. Would probably have had better odds than the rigged casino. High points - Getting off the boat and away from Carnival for the few hours each day that we could. Knowing that even if we built a small raft and paddled to Cuba nothing could ever be as bad as this cruise again. After all the only way from rock bottom is up. Low points - Anything to do with Carnival or the 'ship of the damned' called Miracle. Getting 2 bags destroyed by giving them to the porters, having stuff stolen from our luggage, having stuff stolen from our cabin. Being blamed for everything that was out if our control. My Advice - Stay away from Carnival. I won't hold my breath waiting for any form of compensation. This company doesn't care what happens. They only care about how much money they can fraudulently gain from your wallet without fear of repercussion or reprisal. If one person reads this and decides not to spend their hard earned money with them I will feel happy I have helped someone avoid the misery that lies before them if they sail this gutter boat with this gutter company. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Enjoyed this ship overall. One of the best casinos/dealers I’ve experienced although the drink service there was virtually non-existent. Pools need to be refurbished. Cabin was in excellent shape for an older ship. Tampa was one of the ... Read More
Enjoyed this ship overall. One of the best casinos/dealers I’ve experienced although the drink service there was virtually non-existent. Pools need to be refurbished. Cabin was in excellent shape for an older ship. Tampa was one of the smoothest embarkations ever. Did not care for the entertainment on board. Never found a singer or band that knocked my socks off. If you want a ship for the tall water slides & fancy amenities, it may not be for you. If you like a good casino with plenty of tables & machines or you like the nightlife bar scene, this is a good option. Mahogany Bay & Cayman are really nice ports. If you go to Mahogony Bay, go to the far right side of the beach (nearest the ocean) - fantastic keyboard player that sounds like Ray Charles. He made our day. Our cruise was cut short due to hurricane Dorian. A lot of people on board were very upset that we skipped our last port and headed to Tampa. I believe Carnival made the right decision and I appreciate the way it was handled by refunding 1 day including all prepaid options we made. They can’t control the weather and cannot predict when & where a storm will go. Cmon people !!! We got home safe. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was my 7th cruise with Carnival. I usually cruise in the spring, but this time chose to go in August. We were able to snag Faster to the Fun, so embarkation was pretty easy. I went to the gym on the first morning and it was super ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise with Carnival. I usually cruise in the spring, but this time chose to go in August. We were able to snag Faster to the Fun, so embarkation was pretty easy. I went to the gym on the first morning and it was super packed and I never went back the rest of the week. Nelson, our steward was very friendly and made us comfortable. Our room, however, smelled like sewage on and off for the first several days, and I thought that my bedding had kind of a funky smell that I could not quite place. There were way too many large families with kids that ran wild all day and night. We were pretty sure that there was a roller derby right above our cabin until late almost nightly. Almost every morning we stepped out of our cabin, there was food all over the floors, on walls of elevators and ice cream cones thrown in corners. I do not blame Carnival for this. I believe the staff did their best to keep up. There were just too many heathens left to run wild and do whatever they wanted so I just call that bad parenting. Tried the serenity deck and it was PACKED....most likely other grown adults looking for some quiet respite. In large part, most of the passengers on this cruise were (I hate to say it) not the upper crust of society. I am just being honest. I would also NOT call this ship a "fun ship". There was not nearly enough entertainment on Lido as on other Carnival ships and the bar-tending staff were almost non-existent. While on deck 10, if you wanted a drink, you had to get dressed to go down and get it yourself. This may sound terrible, but isn't this part of the cruise experience? To not have to wait on yourself? Katie, Ida, and Imade in the casino bar were excellent. All were friendly and fun. We loved Grand Cayman, The Little French Key in Roatan, and Cozumel. We did not get off in Belize. I would most likely never cruise on Miracle again. We prefer to cruise out of Tampa, so ships are limited. We had cruised on Paradise twice and it was a good experience both times. I will never cruise this time of year again. I have not cruised for 3 years, so we all made the best of it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Some friends were going so we went on this cruise. Our trip to the West Caribbean was cut short when hurricane Dorian first formed. They informed us we were not going to Cozumel and heading back to Tampa. The only thing they did to help us ... Read More
Some friends were going so we went on this cruise. Our trip to the West Caribbean was cut short when hurricane Dorian first formed. They informed us we were not going to Cozumel and heading back to Tampa. The only thing they did to help us make arrangements for when we got back early was make us pay for internet. So far the only thing they have refunded me is about $50 for gratuity charges. They wouldn't tell us how much or when we would be getting any more money refunded. The entertainment was very marginal in a tiny room where are there was basically standing-room-only most of the time, the waterslide didn't work and they nickel and dimes you for every little thing. The cabin was okay and I enjoy the little towel animals. The food was good and the employees were helpful and pleasant. The officers were arrogant and unhelpful after they told us they were cutting the trip short. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had been on this same cruise route before but w a different ship. This cruise w the Carnival Miracle just felt way too crowded compared to the two other cruises that we have had. The layout and the flow of people was way too ... Read More
We had been on this same cruise route before but w a different ship. This cruise w the Carnival Miracle just felt way too crowded compared to the two other cruises that we have had. The layout and the flow of people was way too congested especially around the Buffett and the pool area & to see any shows you had to get there at least 30 min early. When we started out from Tampa to Cayman Islands there was horrible shaking vibrations that lasted almost all night. It was so bad that my granddaughter who is 11 got sick and had to come down to our room to sleep because our room was not as bad as theirs. They were in the room 8238 & we were in 7186. Our room did vibrate, but not as bad as theirs . They also had toilet problems with the toilet overflowing and continuously flushing late at night and no one would answer the phone and They had to go look for someone to help them. The carpet was soaked & water running out into the hall and nobody did anything until the next day to suck up all the water. All of their towels were wet and they did not get any replacements until room was cleaned the next day. Then they finally put a fan on it. Another disappointment was the Deli, On The other two cruises the deli was fabulous. This one was so slow the line was so long and the bread was all dried out and sandwiches were Not hot, the cheese was not even melted even though grilled. The good thing was that our Cabin was clean and was always in good shape. We did not get the early dinner time that we requested so we had to go to dining in a time, but we got really lucky and got a terrific waitress name From Romania. She was one of the hardest working waitresses we have ever had. We did not get the early dinner time that we requested even though we had kids with us, so we had to go to dining any a time, but we got really lucky and got a terrific waitress name Lydia from Romania. She was one of the hardest working & sweetest server-waitress7186 we have ever had on any of the ships. We love cruising but Thank Goodness this was not our first cruise or we would have never cruised again! Also on the last day they tell people to go to the Phantom theater on the third floor. When we got there there at 7:30 for the early flights, There was no one there to help anyone and people were going to the second floor fan in theater and also the third. There was a gentleman that works there that was so hateful to us and told us why would we go into a closed door room and was so hostile about it, I tried to tell him that this is where they told us to go. ( there was probably about six couples waiting also ) he was so hostile to us, We had never been spoken to like that from anybody on the cruise and I was so shocked that I told him that he was not going to ruin my last day of my cruise . Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Let me preface this review by disclosing that my wife and I are Platinum Level with Princess so that is our comparison. Although we were only Ruby level, the boarding process was quick and easy we arrived for our appointment right on ... Read More
Let me preface this review by disclosing that my wife and I are Platinum Level with Princess so that is our comparison. Although we were only Ruby level, the boarding process was quick and easy we arrived for our appointment right on time and were on board by 12:00 pm. We had a suite so we had early access to our cabin. The Lido deck was packed and so was the buffet so we grabbed a burger ate it really quick and went down and hung out at the Atrium Bar until about 1:30 when we headed to the room to see if luggage arrived so we could unpack. We received our checked luggage around 2:30 pm. We had a Vista Suite due to the price being awesome and it by far was one of the best rooms we have ever had on a ship. Would highly recommend this cabin type on the aft of the ship. Overall the cruise served it's purpose which was rest and relaxation. The ship was really old although we liked the décor. It did not have all the bells and whistles of the newer ships but we managed to keep busy enough. There wasn't a whole lot of quality activities on board. There’s no outside movie theater on this ship. The water slide looked like an antique and there were two pools for everyone and one pool in the Serenity area for the 21 and over area. All pools were packed and the adult only pool was dirty and full of drunks whom I never saw get out to go pee. The comedy entertainment was awesome. The live musical shows were awful. The lead female singer screeched like an owl on attack and there was no diversity in the cast. All white. They even had the nerve to try and do a Motown show with all white performers. Pretty tacky in today's day and age. Most people seemed to be interested in drinking and spending all their time in the Casino. We were disappointed that they did not have any "talks" on Pirates who sailed the Caribbean or of the history of the ports we were visiting. We have always seen these on Princess ships wherever we were traveling. We had the Anytime dining and were seated very quickly each time. However, once seated it took forever to get through dinner. The food was just ok. Nothing to write home about and nothing like the great food we have had on Princess. The buffet, pizza and grill was always crowded and it seemed they always had sections of buffet areas closed so everyone was crammed in the same place trying to get food. We went to the steak house for my birthday which was extra charge, but was awesome and definitely worth doing at least once. We did get the Cheers package and managed to get our money's worth for the cruise. It is a good option if you drink as there were many at the end of the cruise crying at guest services about their bar bills. (that is great entertainment if it is not you LOL) We booked our excursions through Carnival so that we didn't have any issues. The ship stays on eastern time even though you go through two time zones so it can be confusing when on shore. We did the Cayman Land and Sea, Princess Maya Resort, and the Lamanai Ruins tour. All were excellent and we would recommend. We had one booked for Cozumel but we were too exhausted from late nights and early rising so we turned the tickets in. The photographers were everywhere trying to get you to take pictures. They offer no digital package and waste so much paper printing every picture instead of using a photo card and monitors like at Disneyland or other theme parks. Very expensive to purchase photos. Don't do the photo studio unless you are ready to shell out thousands of dollars. The alchemy bar and the Gotham Bar were our favorites. You definitely have to go see Yudi at the Gotham Bar on deck 3 outside of the Bacchus. He is awesome, friendly and a blast to hang out with. Although there were many younger adults on the cruise, the dance floor at Frankenstein's was usually sparsely used. I think the most I counted were 8 people at one time. On Princess you could hardly find a spot to dance. Overall it was a sufficient vacation but continually felt like we were on a floating Motel 6 or Days Inn. Very much a younger crowd. We did not take the kids this time with us. We are willing to try Carnival again but it will definitely be on one of the newer ships with more bells and whistles.. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We were offered this cruise last minute because the Vista our of Galveston was canceled. We were offered cruise credit because of the cancellation, so we got a pretty good deal on our first cruise. The boarding process was really simple ... Read More
We were offered this cruise last minute because the Vista our of Galveston was canceled. We were offered cruise credit because of the cancellation, so we got a pretty good deal on our first cruise. The boarding process was really simple and we received our checked luggage in a timely manner. If I had it to do over again, I would not hang out on the Lido deck upon arriving like they suggested we do because the place was so packed that we had to stand along the wall to eat. Overall, we enjoyed our time at each port, but we’ve decided that any future cruises will not include Belize because of the lack of activities they have to offer and the very poor culture that is right at the port...very sad to see and even a little scary in some places. On board there was plenty to do to keep us entertained however we learned from experienced cruisers that the Miracle is the worst that Carnival has to offer. We didn’t have our children with us, but we did go and check out the kids department. I wasn’t overly impressed, but once again I honestly feel like the Miracle just wasn’t up to par like the other Carnival ships claim to be. There’s no outside movie theater or very many activities up top on this ship like the others either. One small mini golf and one water slide. I believe they had 2 pools for everyone and one extra pool for the 21 and over area. The comedy entertainment was just ok and the music shows every night felt like I was at a cheesy Branson, Missouri show. The main attraction of cruising in our opinion as we observed others was drinking and gambling so I guess if that’s your idea of fun definitely go on a cruise. Our best moments were spent just relaxing on an upper deck watching the ocean and sunset and our favorite port was Cozumel. We also loved the fact that we could at any time go and eat on the Lido deck and order whatever we wanted from the dining hall. We found that the food offered on the Lido deck was actually better than the fancier dining hall so the last couple of days we didn’t even step foot in the dining hall except for breakfast because their breakfast was better there. We found that most everything on board in the shops was way overpriced. They seem to really push people to buy their jewelry (which I questioned to myself if it was even authentic or not). They push coupon books by claiming that you’ll receive all these really nice free gifts at each port, but in all reality the freebies are super cheap items made in China. Really what they are doing is getting you in their stores at port to try and sell you outrageously expensive jewelry that feels cheap to the touch. Don’t get suckered in! Don’t waste any of your cruise time sitting in on seminars only to receive a cheap free gift. Save your money to buy authentic souvenirs from each port or to put towards excursions. Speaking of excursions...we noticed that most excursions you could find cheaper at port rather than buying through Carnival. But when buying through independent touring companies you’re risking being left behind if their van breaks down along the way or getting injured and carnival not being responsible. Carnival doesn’t honor their word either by giving you back 110% of your excursion fee if you find the same thing cheaper somewhere else. We encountered this at Chankanaab Park in Cozumel. That’s one excursion that we’d do differently when we return with the children. $38 per adult and I believe $33 per child for the snorkeling and buffet. We were quoted $40 for traveling expenses too. Mind you this doesn’t cover the unlimited alcohol, but when you aren’t a drinker why pay for it? I really had no complaints until it came to the photo studio. Now because this was our first cruise I wasn’t familiar with the fact that the studio is totally separate from the many photo props they have available on the ship. The photo prop stands charge $21.99 per 8x10 which is a little high but doable for a nice photo. However, we were lured into the photo studio and not told the prices beforehand. The photographer did about a 10-15 min session of taking pics then told us to come back the next day to look them over. Here’s the part that really is quite disturbing to me...the photographer printed out all of the pictures on quality water proof type paper and put them into a good sized album for us. She explained to us about how this was “our love story”. The pictures were beautiful and I was so pleased with the quality. THEN, she proceeded to put a music video up on the big screen of “our love story photos”. It was so beautiful that we both cried as we watched it. Mind you, this lady had no clue of our background and what it really took for us to be together and then 10yrs later make our actual honeymoon trip. She didn’t know why we were so over the moon happy to see that video, but she left the room to allow us to finish watching it, then came back later to talk prices. I’m sure the look on my face said it all when I read prices from $1k to $3k! I believe for the photo album and music video was going to be the highest at right over 3k. I asked her if I could purchase one 8x10 of my favorite photo but she denied my request by saying they offer packages only. We walked out very sad knowing that the photo album would be destroyed. I explained to my husband that it wasn’t fair that they play on people’s emotions like that then drop a huge bombshell on them. I found it very cruel and even a bit weird that she would take the time to put the book and video together before we even committed to liking our photos. It’s a waste of their time and money. Even more disturbing was that maybe an hour later, the photographer called our room and expressed how she was sorry about the way our meeting went. It quote, “made her uncomfortable”. Well it would make me very uncomfortable too if I had to do her job day in and day out trying to rip people off and seeing couples like ourselves walk out empty handed knowing that all the photos are going to be destroyed the next day and that they wouldn’t even allow us to buy one photo or to come down on the price for the album. She tried to give us a better deal over the phone which wasn’t much better than the first so I asked my husband to go back and talk to her without me. I didn’t feel like getting upset again seeing the pictures. He said she tried the same play on emotions type tactic by turning the video on again. He asked her to turn it off, made her our final offer for the book which was of course denied and then he politely told her to be blessed and left. We decided that we could get the same type of photos taken at JCPenney for less than a fourth of their price. They’d rather totally destroy someone’s treasured memories than to price bargain with anyone. I told my husband that it was a shame to end such a beautiful vacation on a note like that. I was happy the entire time except for that encounter. It showed me Carnival’s true colors. They are all about the money and nothing else. And maybe this is how most cruise lines are, but I guess I won’t know unless I try out a different one. My advice to first time cruisers is DO NOT get suckered into wasting your money on the ship. If you want a nice memorable photo, go to the photo props but do not step foot inside the separate photo studio. Spend your money ashore on a nice massage and authentic souvenirs while avoiding the many jewelry stores, don’t make eye contact with the jewelry store workers that are standing outside trying to lure you in. Just keep on walking and act like you are French or something by not responding to them. LOL! Price check all excursions before booking them through Carnival and choose wisely which ones would be safe to do through an outside tour guide or going directly to the site to view prices. Call ahead if need be. If you choose Carnival, my advice would be don’t choose the Miracle as we heard other experiences cruisers saying that the Miracle was a joke compared to others. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Vilburn the casino host was so nice... attentive to all game play Great personality and Kim the casino bar server was the most attentive ever... knew when and what time to switch my drinks up and always brought me water... the whole ... Read More
Vilburn the casino host was so nice... attentive to all game play Great personality and Kim the casino bar server was the most attentive ever... knew when and what time to switch my drinks up and always brought me water... the whole casino bar staff was great... I smoke and it was a little smoky for those who don't smoke... MDR food was very good... Nick and Nora's steakhouse was 5 star... ate 2 meals there... Lido buffet was ok... Pizza was my go to late night 3am most nights... delish... tried all of them... shows,comedians bingo were All very good I would definitely recommend this cruise to anybody...the ship definitely needs updated restaurants and cabins... alot of rust.. but I didn't care I was happy as a clam just to be on vacation... Belize is not an easy tender port for anyone who cant walk up or down 30 steps...my.mom had to stay back... Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I've cruised with Carnival before, we liked the itinerary, and the price was reasonable. The food was excellent and the wait staff and cruise director were great. Also, we really enjoyed the ship's entertainment. The spa and ... Read More
I've cruised with Carnival before, we liked the itinerary, and the price was reasonable. The food was excellent and the wait staff and cruise director were great. Also, we really enjoyed the ship's entertainment. The spa and the showers in the locker room were very nice. The ship itself is pretty warn out. Our stateroom was not clean upon arrival (we found clothing tags, contact lenses, hair extensions and other debris in our room upon arrival. Our in room safe didn't work, but after 2 phone calls it was replaced. (We had to contact your seward as the guest services phone number is never answered) The equipment in the fitness center is pretty old. Several treadmills were not even operational. The basketball court is above the space where they do yoga, and the kids giant slide is right near the adult only "Serenity Area"...poor planning? There were many children on the ship, often not supervised. We called to complain about yelling and crying during the night from the room next to ours...the parents were staying in a different room across the hall. One pool was closed during the last few days of our cruise, and the adult only pool didn't look very clean and was full of drunks. No serenity there. Finally, we could not hear the intercom system in our room, so we often missed out on directions. We had fun, but it certainly has room for improvement. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We honestly chose this cruise because we booked too late to get the ships and price we wanted out of Port Canaveral. I was very hesitant to book and worried because of the size of the ship. Most reviews were good, but I was concerned it ... Read More
We honestly chose this cruise because we booked too late to get the ships and price we wanted out of Port Canaveral. I was very hesitant to book and worried because of the size of the ship. Most reviews were good, but I was concerned it would be too old and small compared to what we were used to (Magic and Dream). We LOVED this ship! There were 6 of us. 4 adults and 2 17 year olds. The embarkation process was the easiest we’ve ever had. We had 11:30-12 boarding and arrived at 11:25 and were on the Lido deck by 11:50 at the latest. Disembarking was just as easy. 2600 passengers makes a huge difference. If I had smaller kids, I would probably not go on this ship. It had one older water slide and the mini golf was shoved in the front with the basketball court which makes it very hard to utilize while sailing and blazing hot when in port. There are more than enough bars on this ship and yes we had the Cheers and Bubbles drink packages. Last year on the Magic it was too difficult and crowded to get a soda. This year we had few if any lines at all! The dining staff greeted us by name the first night and every night thereafter. We had Your Time Dining and had different servers most nights. They would greet us by name during the day throughout the ship. The Alchemy Bar was a hidden gem for sure. The Red Frog Pub was abosuley fun and there’s a really nice Sports bar to watch games as well. The comedy club was great, but overly crowded even though I think it’s a bigger room than on the Magic. The decor may be a little dated for those who get worked up over that sort of thing, but we could care less. The room was identical to the Magic/Dream. Lobby area same. The Serenity pool and bar are awesome. I love the fact they have 2 pools (in addition to the Serenity Pool) on the Lido deck. We never lacked a lounge chair. You always have the chair hogs, but we rarely sit anyways. My husband and I already talked about going on this size ship again. The 2 17 year olds did go to Club O2 and met lots of new friends. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose the Carnival Miracle simply because it fit our schedule, driving distance and the price was very good. The only down side was a great majority of the staff seemed disconnected. She's a great ship. I never felt crowded or ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Miracle simply because it fit our schedule, driving distance and the price was very good. The only down side was a great majority of the staff seemed disconnected. She's a great ship. I never felt crowded or rushed. The dining room food quality is down from our last cruise only 6 months ago but it was still very good. I only ate the buffet once for lunch. The comedy shows were very funny. I spent a lot of time at the casino bar with Mario the bartender. He always recognized me and suggested some great whiskies and taquilas I would've never tried. We didn't feel safe in Belize so we just took the tender to the port and haggled for a souvenir iguana. We went to Margaritaville in Grand Cayman. It was fun watching all the graduates getting hammered. Mahogany bay was nice but very crowded. Luckily we got beach chairs floats and a clam shell through the on board excursions so we had our pick as we got there ahead of the crowd. Cozumel was great as always. We did the all adult private beach house excursion. We will definitely do that again. It was by far the best of all the ports we visited. The Serenity deck is amazing. The bar opens at 9am. The pool bar opens at 7am. The Miracle is not a typical Carnival cruise ship. She's a little more adult focused but still has all of the Carnival fun stuff. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We had a great time on the Miracle. The embarkation and disembarkation was easy and quick. The ship is in good shape but is ready for Dry dock. The only negative was ship vibrations and toilet water at times was messed up. Our room steward ... Read More
We had a great time on the Miracle. The embarkation and disembarkation was easy and quick. The ship is in good shape but is ready for Dry dock. The only negative was ship vibrations and toilet water at times was messed up. Our room steward was outstanding as were our wait staff in the dinning room. The 2.0 upgrades should make this ship one of the best. We did get some art and the staff was very helpful. The production shows were very good and Frankie the CD was a ball of energy. The bands and singers on this ship are solid. The piano man was maybe the best we have seen. I wished they would have had a few more contest and activities. The Carnival App needs some work. I would suggest a location tab for finding members of your group and a notification ding to help with the chat. In all, it was a very good trip and we would cruise the Miracle again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Where do I start? Cruise Director Frankie was awesome. He is high energy and seemed to be everywhere. Giving tips, seeing cruisers off for their excursions, welcoming them back, MC-ing just about everything and providing updates though ... Read More
Where do I start? Cruise Director Frankie was awesome. He is high energy and seemed to be everywhere. Giving tips, seeing cruisers off for their excursions, welcoming them back, MC-ing just about everything and providing updates though out the day. Look, this cruise was by far the best cruise my 10 y.o. daughter and I have been on. I could write a book on how well run this ship and crew were but don't have the space here. Looking back after a month I'd say the crew leadership made the difference, i.e., Frankie and the ship's officers. Both were out in force the whole cruise providing full oversight and leadership down to the smallest detail. As prior military I recognize and credit the effectiveness of the first rate leadership performance on this ship as being what set it apart from other ships we've sailed on. Frankie and the officers were everywhere. Very impressive. Some details: -At full capacity (2600+) but hardly any lines (imo great ship design and planning). We never waited more than 5 mins for My Time dining even when the line was 20+ long we were in in 3 or 4 mins. Everything my daughter wanted to do we were able to do without waiting. She didn't get picked for The Game Show but we played (and won) Trivial Pursuit and Sorry events. In classic Carnival style we just looked at the tear-off planner and said "hey, you wanna to this, it's starting in 10 mins" and off we went. We always got in and were never disappointed with the quality of the entertainment. The staff were fantastic. -Nothing was in short supply or ran out, not even the 24/7 soft serve ice cream. -Dining room staff were fantastic. One evening we came in for dinner before going to The Game Show. We told our waiter Kasimir (tall, bald, eastern european) we had 15 mins before the show. He said order everything at once and he will bring it out and not to worry we'd make the show. I counted. He had everything on the table in under 2 mins. Two courses for my daughter and one for myself. We made it to the show on time. Just wow! -Very clean ship and crew was doing touch ups and detailing work even though it's going into dry dock later this summer. Shows a high level of dedication to passenger experience. I could go on and on but this ship was just perfect on the 2 June sailing. I credit the cruise director and the officers most. They set and enforce the standards. I thought about it and I think Carnival's 'Fun Secret' is the cruise director has much more authority than on other cruise lines. He interacts with the passengers constantly and picks up on deficiencies much quicker than crew members so issues can be resolved before they become bigger issues other passengers experience. I didn't see this in action because there were NO ISSUES on this cruise but it is my hunch based on seeing Frankie interact with passengers and officers responding to anything and everything. On other cruise lines the offices are hardly ever seen and it shows in the crew's performance. On Miracle's 02 June cruise I saw officers out and about moreso than any of the other 5 cruises we've taken. On the worst cruise we ever went on, HOTS June '18, the officers were basically absent until the 5th day of the cruise when they came out to fix deficiencies. And there were a lot on that cruise. We like the smaller ships. We've been on a mega ship and will never go on one again. They're a gimmick and hopefully a fad. We love the Miracle but unfortunately it's not going to be in Tampa much longer. I've already booked our next 3 Carnival cruises, up to Jan '21. I've decided we will only cruise with Carnival from now on. Time is too short to take chances and Carnival has never disappointed. You know it's a good ship when you can't wait to get back on the ship from an excursion. Bottom line: I took a 7 day cruise on the Miracle and when I returned I felt like I was away from work for six months. A month later I'm still relaxed. Now, THAT is what it's all about.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
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 ... Read More
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! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We had an absolutely wonderful time on the Miracle. We purchased Faster to the Fun for the first time, and it was completely worth it. The priority embarkation and debarkation, the dedicated guest services line, and the priority tender ... Read More
We had an absolutely wonderful time on the Miracle. We purchased Faster to the Fun for the first time, and it was completely worth it. The priority embarkation and debarkation, the dedicated guest services line, and the priority tender were worth every penny. Embarkation was very easy and quick. We did get immediate access to our rooms around 12:30, but our luggage wasn't expedited. I'm glad we could get to our rooms once aboard because there was not a seat to be found anywhere on Lido for lunch, so we took our meals to our rooms. Food was good, not great, but our servers Nicanora and I Gusti were excellent. We finally made a reservation in the Steakhouse, and it was such a wonderful experience. I didn't quite expect the level of culinary excellence that was there. Such a treat! Our stateroom was comfortable, and we had an Aft Balcony. I will say that on this ship you can feel a lot more of the movement and vibration than you can on other ships, and the aft balcony exacerbated that. Our steward gave excellent service Grand Cayman - Stingray City with Captain Marvin - awesome experience, great crew. Must do! Roatan - Manawakie Park and Little French Key with Rony's tours. Rony was great and highly professional. Loved Manawakie park and spending time with the monkeys and sloths and learning about the island's culture. Little French Key is simply a slice of paradise. We spend almost four hours here and rode horses, but it really wasn't enough time. Belize - Cave Tubing/Altun Ha with Altournative Belize/King David - favorite excursion of the trip. David got us to the river before anyone else, and it was simply breathtaking. Altun Ha is such a beautiful piece of Mayan history. Cozumel - Spent the day at Mr. Sanchos. First time here, and it will not be the last. Our waiter Hector was hilarious and kept things coming. If you've never had a fish pedicure, do it! Entertainment - We only went to the last production show, but it was actually pretty good. The best performer on the ship was Martin in the piano bar. So talented and very funny. Two of the three comedians we heard were good, the other one not so much. Debarkation was the most painless I've experienced. We were only sad that our week was over. The only negative of the trip was the movement of the ship. My daughter has never had an issue on any ship, but she felt nauseated off and on throughout the week (she does have an underlying condition that I think was triggered). Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We have always found Carnival's Spirit-class ships (Spirit, Miracle, Legend, & Pride) to be just the right size to provide big-ship comfort with small-ship service and a superb design that includes ample space in all of the key ... Read More
We have always found Carnival's Spirit-class ships (Spirit, Miracle, Legend, & Pride) to be just the right size to provide big-ship comfort with small-ship service and a superb design that includes ample space in all of the key common areas (lido deck on sea days, main show room, etc.). The Miracle certainly delivered on this cruise. The staff prided itself in outstanding service and delivered accordingly. Clearly a winning combination of talented, dedicated staff and outstanding leadership. We knew what to expect at the ports of call, having been to all of them many times. What made this cruise exceptional, however, was the time spent aboard, not ashore. The entertainment staff was talented, our room steward was superb, and our dining staff provided outstanding service. We had the opportunity to interact with several of the ship's senior officers, and it quickly became clear why service across-the-board was top-notch. This was certainly one of our most memorable cruises in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Carnival Miracle Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.5 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 1.5 3.5
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.4

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