Carnival Miracle

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    

About Carnival Miracle

Carnival Miracle is a large ship, carrying 2667 passengers and 910 crew, and sails from Long Beach (Los Angeles), California and Tampa, Florida.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Beautiful Ship

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The cruise ship is a smaller ship and is very nice.  Our room was 8235 which is a large balcony room.  It was very roomy with am extra large balcony.  There are only a few on the ship this size, so look at a ship deck plan to pick them out.  The extra money is worth it.  Deck 2 is the action deck.  There are several entertainment venues.  The sports bar is impressive.  Another bar has a live band nightly.  There are several small bars and piano bars.  There is plenty of space to relax everywhere and enjoy a beverage.  The casino is on deck 2 also and is very roomy and despite smoking still being allowed tolerable.  There is a larger theater for live performances and a separate comedy club.

 

The live performance were energetic and were based on musical genre themes.  The 60's beach era, the 80s, and a salute to Motown.  Very energetic 7 person troupe.  The comedy club had 2 comedians for the first half of the trip and then 2 new ones on the 2nd half of the trip.  Except for one night comedians perform several shows from PG to R.  No show is a repeat.  I found the comedy to be very good.

 

The pool areas were nice.  It was a bit cool on the trip and not as crowwed as they might be.  There is an adult only pool area, but it is not large and fills easily.  It provides hammocks and little clam shelters to relax in.  And not this-a hot tob that is hot.  A general pool area actually has a dome it can close which made it feel warmer on cool days.

 

Now the food.  The Lido on deck 9 had a continuous flow of buffet food and pizza.  During the day Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken, and Nachos were available near the pool.  The buffet has sever well signed stations.  Each with different themed food.  I found the selection good and the food was good.  Breakfast with eggs to order was good.  The Bachus dining room on deck 2 and 3 served the more formal meals.  Breakfast from the menu was very good.  The orange juice tastes fresh squeezed in the dining room.  Which had 'My Time' dining the first 2 nights then were able to switch to early seating.  I found service a bit strange.  Several times an appetizer and a salad or soup were put in front of me at the same time.  I have never experienced that on a cruise.  It seems a bit rushed.  Typically, only 1 fork was on the the table setting.  The waiter told me to keep it for the next serving.  I'm not a snob, but I expect better from a ship.  At our assigned table we had a waiter and 2 assistants.  Sometimes one of the assistants did the waiting on the table.  It seemed a bit unusual..  Although never pushed hard it seemed that dinners were rushed.  I found the food average at best.  My 4 star instead of 5 is because of the dining room experience.

 

There are lots of activities each day on the cruise that we don't participate in.  We like to relax during the day.  There were 3 stops.  Strangely we stopped a Cabo  two times.  We got off the ship (tendered) once for a short tour of tourist area.  Very clean.  Puerto Vallarta is stop 2 and we took a tour arranged through Carnival.  Had a very good time.  The tour was a tequila factory and Old Town tour.  Would recommend.

 

To summarize:  We liked the ship, its size, layout, entertainment opportunities, and our room.  Buffet dining was good.  Dining room dining suspect.  Just a note.  The dress code doesn't exist on this ship.  Don't pack your tux unless you like that sort of thing.  You may be the only one.  There are plenty of photographers on board.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

love cruising!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The staff and ship was great. The entertainment was lacking. We have been on several cruises and always love the shows and games but this time it just wasn't up to par. Still had a great time and met lots of new friends!!Love

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3 out of 5

carnival miracle cruise experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

most of the crew are nice,respectful and attend to your needs right away.at the dinner restaurant very noisy,not only children but adult people very loud.some adult goes to dinner wearing flip flops,short pants  and t-shirts with no sleeves even formal nights.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

The worst Carnival Cruise I have taken.

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CARNIVAL MIRACLE.

I have taken several cruises with Carnival and this one was the worse.

I noticed the quality and quantity has decreased. The food was awful, and not available when needed at the buffet. The only food available was pizza and the cheese tasted like plastic. The servers hardly spoke English and difficult to converse with. Philippines servers were arrogant and didn't even want to clean the table.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Not the best experience

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We made the best of the situation we had. The first problem was the muster drill which took 1.5 hours in the blazing sun!!  Then the tenders to get people off the ship in Cabo San Lucas took over 3 hours!!  With only a 6.5 hour stop that was unacceptable to say the least. If you are looking for a cheap cruise this is it, but you get what you pay for. The type of people reflect the price of the cruise. Most people didn't bother to dress for formal night in the dining room and when it was casual night a lot of people wore baseball hats, which is not allowed.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Hawaii- Carnival Miracle

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We had a good time.  The food was very good.  The weather was not good.  The wind was real high and we did not make 2 of our islands because of the wind.  But we was safe!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Overall a very good enjoyable cruise

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The entertainment on the cruise was exceptional!  Great shows and activities to keep cruisers entertained.  Most of the food was acceptable.  Most of the food that was NOT supposed to be served hot was very fresh i.e. salad, desserts etc.   The only minor complaint we have is that both on the Lido deck and Dining room the food was not always served as hot as expected.   The entrée food was mostly fresh but just had to be heated a in a microwave for about a minute for those of us that would like it a little higher temperature.  I was told a microwave was not available on the ship.  Other than the food issues I had a very enjoyable time and would recommend Carnival for a cruise.  I would rate it a 4.5 stars.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Fun Cruise

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I was never bored with 10 days at sea.  I felt like there was always something to do, and the entertainment in the evenings was top notch.  Loved the entertainment each night.  Enjoyed the dance teachers Tom & Jo from Florida.  They were awesome and I took all their classes, so glad to have them on board.

 

The true disappointment was the fact that we could not visit 2 of our stops, Kauai and Hilo.  I was hoping that we could have rearranged our itinerary to have included them in some way.  When you have 5 stops in Hawaii and two of them you didn't make, its a real disappointment.

 

The cruise staff were amazing, from the Cruise Director Jaime and her assistant TJ to the wait staff who were so accommodating.  I felt like the staff really cared how much I was enjoying my cruise.

 

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4 out of 5

Great service and cruise despite the weather

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We were unfortunate enough to get caught in a really bad storm so two of our Island stops were cancelled. While we were bummed, we understand that safety is important. The food was amazing, especially the wait staff and our room steward with great as well. It was fun playing the games and the cruise director kept us entertained the whole time. There is plenty to do on the ship even though we were at sea for 8 days total, it never got boring.

 

Now that all the positives have been listed there was one big huge negative and that was Guest Services on board. Every single member of this team except one girl was horrible every single time we saw them. Our cabin filled with the smell of gasoline and it took them over 2 hours just to come down and we had been to the guest service desk at least three times before. Their way of solving the problem was to give us a free bottle of wine which I felt was completely unacceptable.

 

Other than that I would recommend this Cruise to anyone that loves cruising. 15 days is a long time to be at sea for many people so I would not recommend this as a first cruise. While I was disappointed with guest services the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I will be returning to Carnival in November.

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4 out of 5

Our Weather-Impacted Hawaiian Cruise

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Overall, we had a wonderful trip. Cloudy and windy as we travelled across the Pacific, so that restricted our "sun" time, and actually prohibited us from being on the upper deck for nearly the entire return trip. As we toured the islands, weather again forced us to  miss to of our scheduled ports, which was very disappointing for everyone in our party. The ship was adequate, and the staff aboard the ship did a great job of taking care of our needs. The entertainment was not as good as we remember from prior cruises.

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LIDO DECK

The Lido Deck features the Gymnasium, Spa Carnival, Venus Salon, Sirens Forward Pool, Odyssey Bar, Ulysses Main Pool, whirlpools, Horatios's Lido Restaurant,...

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The Promenade Deck features the lower level of Phantom Main Lounge, The Jazz Club, The Joker Card Room, Fountainhead Cafe, Taste Bar, Maguire's Bar, Mr....

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The Atlantic Deck features the middle level of Phantom Main Lounge, Gatsby's Garden Interior Promenade, The Raven Library, The Chapel, Way, Sam's Piano...

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The Sports Deck features the upper level of Nick & Nora's Steakhouse, the Kids' Pool, and water slide entrance.

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GGirl79
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Always get a balcony--it is so relaxing to set out on the deck in private and enjoy the view!

purrfectsongs
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Don't miss a night at Nick and Nora's steakhouse! If you're a couple that doesn't want to be around kids, this is not your ship. Parents with kids of all ages, enjoy! The kids will love it!

IslandTraveler
Contributor Level: Purser

Go to the Serenity Deck for great views and a quiet and comfortable retreat on the days at sea when you simply want to rest.

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Price

L

Size

Feb 2004

Built

5 yrs ago

Refurbished

2667

Total Passengers

2.93

Crew to Passenger Ratio

12

Number of Decks

1062

Total Cabins

28

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