Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Hawaii

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

A Better Than Expected Cruise

Sail Date: April 01, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This is our first cruise with Carnival and given what was happening with their ships just before we sat sail\, needless to say\, we were sceptical. However\, it turned out to be a most enjoyable cruise that was worth every penny we paid.
It gives you everything you ever wanted in a cruise at a very reasonable price. What you dont get is the Champaign on embarking the ship; no staff in the restroom to hand you a towel and nobody to dispense hand cleaner when you walk into the buffet. You simply get what you pay for. In short\, it is a no nonsense cruise.
It is a well lay out ship of just the right size. The dcor however\, as noted by many\, is horribly gaudy\, overwhelming you everywhere on board in every way imaginable. It is a fun ship oaky\, lots of entertainment\, large cabin\, friendly staff and reasonably good food and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip.

Pros: Many 'enclosed' public rooms

Cons: The poor decor

Recommends Carnival Miracle? Yes!

Entertainment was good but can use some improvements. Their sail away parties\, except the first one\, were complete failures. Except the DJ\, there was no staff member to stir up the atmosphere and they turned out to be mere music sessions for a few listeners. However\, the whole staff were there for the first one and also for the Hawaiian Deck party and they were both very successful events with many attendees.
Among the many evening shows\, not to be missed is the ships signature Beatles show. They also had a hypnosis show that brought down the whole floor. They eventually put on an encore show that even attracted the ships captain. There were many other activities targeting guests with different interests.
Service and Staff
The staff was friendly\, even better than those in some other higher end cruise ships. However\, the white uniforms of the officers were something else; dirty and wrinkle; and their dirty white shoes were all different and compare poorly with the smartly clean uniforms of other cruise lines.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a Deck 5 cabin with a partially obstructed balcony but the ocean view isnt really blocked except when you want to look straight down. It is interesting to view the launching and recovery of the tenders right in front of your balcony. The cabin is of good size and has most amenities with the exception of a clock. The bed is comfortable and there is a sofa that can be used as a single bed. Luggage can be stored under the bed\, which is a very good feature. The safe though\, is locked and opened with any credit card with a magnetic strip. This means if you have locked the safe with your card\, you cant ask somebody else to go pick something up unless you give him/her your card. I believe the house staff can do a better job cleaning the room and the bathroom.
Food and Dining
The buffet was not that great but the cook to order pizza\, hot dog and other grilled sandwiches were better. The food in the dining room was excellent though\, no repeat menu in all 15 nights; lots of varieties to choose from. The soups were particularly good. You could always ask for rare steaks or roast beef and they delivered; a rarity these days at sea since most ships tend to overcook their beef. Two often misses out eating sessions were the English style afternoon Tea & Music in the dining room and the late afternoon Taste Bar by the Fountainhead Caf. They are not to be missed. Also\, make sure to try out the samples at the specialty restaurant cooking demo at the beginning of the cruise. The Hawaiian midnight buffet and the last days chocolate extravaganza came as surprises. While the dining room staff was not bad\, the receptionist had a hard time recognising faces and remembering their seating preferences.
Ship Quality
Layout of the ship is traditional; every venue is located where it should be as in most cruise ships. We particularly like the enclosed public rooms\, e.g. Frankie & Johnnie Jazz Club\, where we could sit down\, enjoyed the live band and did some dancing without having many fellow guests looking at you. I have cruised in the bigger Celebrity Solstice Class with no enclosed public room for music and dancing with just standing room in the Atrium where hundreds of people walk by you and fighting each other to grab a seat and drag it to the Atrium just for some live music. Nothing like this happened in the Miracle with its many enclosed public rooms. In addition to the Jazz Club\, it has its Night Club\, Piano Bar\, Sports Bar and the smaller full size theatre the Mad Hatter etc. etc. They tried very hard to keep the ship meticulous clean but because of the blue green coloration of the restroom partitions; the restrooms do look dirtier than they appear.

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