Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Mexico

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4-6 cruises

Review
1

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3 out of 5

Still a good value for your money

Sail Date: September 05, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

The ship and crew did a wonderful job, the entertainment was not all that as I've seen in other cruise lines, a 3 stars out of 5 is being nice.  The Red Frog live band was the best I've heard in a long time.  

Excursion:  In Mazatlan, we took the On and Off tour bus, which was the most reasonably priced, and we were sadly disappointed.  The first place we were dropped off we were told the buses come every half hour to pick up.  We waited over an hour only to see buses come and go full.  When an empty bus was finally came I mentioned this issue the tour guide and he took offense to it, said they are never late and always have room on the bus.  He literately called me a lair.   This bus took us to the next stop ..which was called the Golden area or city.  Apparently at one time this area was loaded with nice hotels and plenty of visitors, not really the case now.  Hotels were old and in sad shape..very bad shape.  The bus dropped us off in the middle of town and recommended a restaurant at that very location.  Margaritas Mexican restaurant has very good food ..but he prices were outrageous, you need to know the exchange rate or you will be taken.  This place used 12 pesos exchange and everyone else used 15-16 pesos.  Also check you bill carefully and know what you ordered, they will add beers and mixed drinks to your order if you're not careful.  We experience this first hand and later spoke others while waiting for the bus..they too had the same problem.  Do not eat at this place.  Sad that Carnival allows this 

Pictures from ship's photographers were very nice..but no packages like others ships .. 

Cabin / Stateroom Very nice
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
they didn't spend much to entertaining us ..sad but true
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
sit down breakfast and dinners were the best. Buffet was ok, deserts were stale at buffets
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Nice but very expensive ..so shop at Mazatlan or PV .. they don't budge much on price . not good for shopping.. 3-4 times higher
Mazatlan, Mexico
Old and dated ..but good shopping if you can haggle ..must have Pesos
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Good shopping near the river walk ..don't pay asking price, haggle at 50% less and work up

Tip

I would say, even though it says check in after 1;00 get there at 10- 11:00 and start to enjoy . Overall it's a good choice



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