Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Hawaii

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

Disappointing Mystery Tour

Sail Date: December 06, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Poor weather and rumored mechanical problems resulted in a very late arrival at the first port of call.  This affected all our following ports of call and we didn't even get to visit Maui.  We only got to do 2 of the 5 shore excursions we had booked. The cruise line did reimburse us for the missed excursions (we had booked these through Carnival) and they also gave a $200 credit to all the passengers.   I know the weather is out of our control, but I suspect the mechanical problems may have played a role in the delays we experienced. 

Our cabin was nice and the food was ok.  The coffee was terrible and we had to pay for a semi-decent cup of coffee.  I should add the shows in the evening were excellent and the music was really good.  Unfortunately we heard that the cruise line is getting rid of the live music. That will be a real shame and is one more reason we would probably not go on another cruise. 

Ship Quality
Our cabin was nice. The dining room was tacky. The swimming pools were too small.
Food and Dining
The coffee was terrible. Semi-good coffee was available for a price. Curry was used in the most unusual places (such as olives). Food on the Lido deck was lukewarm to cold if you didn't get there as soon as it was put out.
Service and Staff
Absolutely no complaints about the staff. They were amazing!
Overall the evening entertainment was very professional and very good. Great live music, excellent costumes and dancers and the other performers such as the ventrilogquist were wonderful.
Destinations and Excursions
We were only able to do 2 of our 5 shore excursions due to the ship being late. We didn't even get to visit Maui, which was very disappointing.
Cabin / Stateroom
We liked our cabin. The bed was comfortable and there was a good amount of storage. The bathroom was small but very adequate.
Ensenada, Mexico Not worth getting off. The cruise line stopped here for 3 hours at night in order to make this an international cruise.


Don't take a cruise on this ship until it has been refurbished. It is getting tired-looking and they are having mechanical problems that they don't tell people about. There was apparently a story on CNN while we were at sea, about the Miracle having problems.

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