Great Spa, terrible port/excursions

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Mexico

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
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Carnival Miracle

4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 04, 2021

Ship: Carnival Miracle

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7307

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Review summary

We had a nice time BUT Carnival has to 1. Update their cabins for tech. TVs are too small, channels too limited, and there is one plug and no USB charging ports. 2. Stop canceling excursions 3. Find better ports! I would have preferred staying overnight in Catalina than going on to Ensenada. Ensenada is a dead town with big problems, closed beaches, and questionable safety.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Easy, but have required documents

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food is great, especially the Steakhouse

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
These are what you make them. Great if you join in.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Good quality

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our Steward, John Paul was very attentive and sweet. Yes, we got a towel animal each day!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
One plug in the cabin. No USB charging ports. Clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Entry is very narrow. Bed is comfortable. Balcony is a must to extend living space. The TV was TINY and limited channels (Princess much better). No USB ports and only 1 plug in the entire cabin.

Ship tip

Bring an extension cord with extra plugs and USB ports

Ports of call

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5
We booked our own post cruise tour with Tours by Locals to see Hollywood

Catalina Island, California

5 out of 5
Carnival cancelled our zipline tour, so we booked through Trip Advisor. Bison Adventure Tour. It was great and fun. Biofueled military grade Hummer. 1600 ft above sea level. Saw 3 bison close up and a herd in the distance. Learned a bunch. Then went shopping and sat on the beach. Nice port of call.

Ensenada, Mexico

1 out of 5
Carnival canceled our excursion, Food Teller, a walking tour of food places with a tour of downtown, and with nothing on Trip Advisor but poorly reviewed Bufodora, we decided to go to the beach and have lunch. No directions were given by the ship. Off we went into a seedy, run down area. We walked for 30 min and asked a man where the beaches were. He pointed 2 directions but indicated the swimming beaches were 10 BLOCKS away. So we headed that way. We came upon horse and buggy rentals and rode the rest of the way (5 blocks) for $35 (high). And...beaches PERMANENTLY CLOSED. Ugly fencing up around the beaches, graffiti on the cement surrounds. A rundown trailer park across the street. Thankfully a few acceptable restaurants available. Not fancy, but the food was great. Nothing else to do but look at junk souvenirs, so went back to the ship.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Had to wait 2 hours for Authoritied to allow disembarkation. Didn't affect us, but people with early flights?

Traveler Photos

Beary nice Bison Tour- gaining altitude
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