Long Beach not so hot

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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13 Night Mexican Riviera Carnival Journeys (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 31, 2016
Ship: Carnival Miracle
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8247
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 2 years ago

This cruise got off to a poor start because the boarding process at Long Beach was terrible.  Because the ship was late coming in, hundreds of people were made to stand outside in long lines in cold windy weather.  Many people complained.  They had half the number of agents they needed to check people in.  We complained to the terminal manager and they offered no apology, but instead blamed it on the weather.  When we returned, an escalator was broken in the terminal, so it took longer than usual to disembark, plus we had to carry large luggage down a long flight of stairs. We will never take a cruise out of Long Beach again.  Also, on the negative side, a port of call was eliminated, after having been on the itinerary for over a year.  We didn't find out about the cancellation until a week before the cruise, so we had too many days at sea, and they were grouped together, which we didn't like.  Having said that, the cruise ship was clean, the food good and the service very good.  We had never been to La Paz before, and I can't see going back again.  There was really nothing to do or see there and the dock is a good 30 minutes out of town, so you have to be bussed in.  The other ports were nice and there was plenty of choices of things to do, even though we have been to all the destinations before.  The rooms on the Carnival are beginning to show wear and tear, but overall, this is a nice ship, with a good crew, good food, and good service.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was nice and in an excellent location. The rooms, however are showing signs of wear and tear, the ship having been built in 2004 and has not been upgraded to my knowledge. The drawers do not fit well and the cabinets are nicked up in places. As in most all ships the rooms are on the small side, but adequate.

Ship Tip

We always get a balcony when traveling in a warm climate. It is worth the extra you pay to be able to sit outside in warm weather, and it seems to make the room a little larger

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