Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Mexico

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5 out of 5

Second family cruise

Sail Date: June 11, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

We had such a wonderful time that we already booked our next cruise onboard. Our cruise was perfect but I'll try to be helpful to others. The ship constantly shook while underway. While this was a non-issue for us, it may bother others. Had FTTF so embark and debark were easy but it looked like a nightmare for others. Had two ship excursions (Dolphin Swim and Las Caletas) and one off ship (Mazatlan ATV). Next cruise is 9 months out but FTTF is sold out already and embark, debark and tenders are so bad the wife is thinking about cancelling.

Cabin / Stateroom
Got a normal balcony. Reviews complained about the size. While you can't lay out, the wife and I (I'm 6'6" 300lbs) enjoyed coffee every morning sitting on the balcony. We all used it more than I thought we would.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Good for FTTF but really horrific for everyone else.
Ship Quality
Ship was clean but it's layout was terrible. There were fewer people on this cruise than my 4 day cruise yet you were always fighting through the lines to get anywhere. Seemed like we were always going the length of the ship.
Destinations and Excursions
Had an excursion at all 3 ports. Ship excursions were nice but your still with a crowd. Book Mazatlan online and it was awesome. Away from main crowd but we had police escorts so you felt safe. Everywhere had excursions for sale on the pier when you get off. For price and excitement I recommend trying that.
Onboard Activities
Not a lot going on. 9 hole mini golf was crowded. Pools are crowded. You'll need to push/ scoot yourself down the disappointing water slide. Serenity decks are kind of a joke as that's where drunken 21 year olds want to go to whoop it up. Arcade was expensive and a waste of money.
Children's Programs
7 year old loved camp carnival. He met new friends and ate a couple of meals with the kids.
Enjoyed comedy (with and without my 7 year old) and was pleasantly surprised with a couple of musical shows. Lounge singers alternated stages and 2 were good, 2 not so good (okay they were awful).
Service and Staff
Pleasant crew everywhere. Room steward made sure he knew all our names and would greet us every time he saw us in the passageway. Get a bucket of ice from room service and cabin steward kept it filled the entire cruise.
Food and Dining
Dining room dinner 3 times all excellent, Steakhouse one night which is definitely worth it, and buffets the rest which were a lot better than my 4 day cruise. Sea Day brunch in dining room is a must.
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Dolphin Swim was pricey but worth it for a one time thing. Negotiate on your picture price.
Mazatlan, Mexico
Use and book the ATV Beach and Backcountry tour.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Las Caletas is pretty fun but popular. Good photos but stand firm on a price and you'll get them for $10 (they want $60) by the time you get back to the ship.


Stay near the elevator. Reviews in general say that's a noisy area but the way Carnival is set up, the elevator lobbies are isolated from the passageways.

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