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Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review

Sail Date: February 13, 2016
Ship: Carnival Miracle
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 5143
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

This was my first cruise.  I am not sure I will go on another one.  The carnival miracle was just so so.  I felt like service was moderately good, but the facilities were very ho hum.  The food was obviously prepared way ahead of time and sat under heat lamps for a long time.  The desserts spanned the spectrum from awful to pretty good.  I also felt a bit annoyed at being nickle and dimed for gratuities, exercise classes, coffee drinks, etc.  I would have preferred these things be included in the price of the cruise.  

Before the cruise, I imagined myself and my family and friends sitting around the pool on the sea days, and getting some workouts in in the fitness center.  The pool facilites were terrible, They were tiny and the water freezing.  Because of this the hot tub was filled with children during the whole cruise (mine included.)  There was an adults only pool area that I didn't check out, because I was travelling with my kid, so maybe that was nicer. The few workout classes offered, yoga and pilates once a day, were all at an additional cost.  I wish there had been some cardio classes offered included in the cruise fare.  

There were a lot of cigarette smokers on the cruise and they were allowed to smoke on one side of the pool deck, in the night club that had good music for dancing at night and in the casino, that you had to walk through to get to the activities and theatre in the front of the ship.  I guess i have gotten really used to people not being able to smoke in public indoor spaces, so it really bothered me.  One day, I was trying to play a game of outdoor giant chess on the pool deck with my 7 year old and we were inundated with smoke the whole time.  

 I like to experience the culture of a place when I visit, and I felt like it was very difficult to get away from the total tourist zones in the time we had at port and with the options available for excursions away from the ship on port days.  

I did like being out on the ocean and waking up in the morning and looking out the window to see the waves.  We got to see a number of whales and dolphins, and that was cool.  Overall, I think I would prefer to go stay at an all inclusive resort and go out to explore the area from there.  I am glad I tried cruising, now I know what it is like.  

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


1 out of 5

Children's Programs

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
It was small, as expected, and there was no tub, just a curtain to close around a corner of the floor. There was lots of little storage cubbies and we were able to live comfortably and were not too cramped, for the amount of time we spent in the room, which wasn't a lot. I would say that the room quality was on the level of a 2 star hotel, clean, but with scratched wood and dated fixtures.
3 out of 5
Make sure you don't accidentally book a hotel near the world cruise center port instead of the port of long beach. I searched for hotels in long beach and found one that said it was next to the world cruise ship center and assumed that was where our ship left from, but there are two different locations for ships toleave from, and carnival leaves out of long beach port.
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