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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Price was good but you get what you pay for.1000 feet of food .terrible main dining room food was inedible. The reason I gave 2 stars and not one the cabin crew was excellent clean room .institutional food at it worst burgers ... Read More
Price was good but you get what you pay for.1000 feet of food .terrible main dining room food was inedible. The reason I gave 2 stars and not one the cabin crew was excellent clean room .institutional food at it worst burgers horrendous main dining the worst pizza was raw. Could not even get a omelet for breakfast being raw the only food was watermelon Entertainment was good comedy was best ship was clean.my wife got food poison and confined on cabin for 2 days. complained in er and wanted to quarantine her for rest of trip.a joke .this ship needs a complete training on cooking and hire a new chef and sraff. Carnival ship is the most un fun ship at sea. If not for the cleaning staff this ship is a waste. Avoid it at any cost. For a first time cruise was a disaster . Took all desire to ship again Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because it sailed from Tampa and was less expensive than other cruises for this time and itinerary. However it was a very disappointing cruise in many ways. It started in the terminal. Everything was so ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it sailed from Tampa and was less expensive than other cruises for this time and itinerary. However it was a very disappointing cruise in many ways. It started in the terminal. Everything was so disorganized. Passengers were going every which way. Then the computers went down which slowed the progress even more. We dined a few nights in the Bacchus formal dining room. Our wait staff was very "silly", not professional at all. They were also very slow in service. We were at early dining and for seven consecutive nights, we missed the shows in the Phantom Theater because it took approximately two hours for dinner. Time was also wasted on three nights where the wait staff stood on tables and danced around instead of serving tables. And not once was our table ever served dinner at the same time. A few would get their food, and the rest would wait several minutes before they were served. It didn't matter much, however, because the food was always lukewarm at best. We resorted to eating on the Lido Deck for part of the cruise, but even then, some of the venues closed up and we were limited to only one or two options. We did not receive our wake-up calls, and almost missed a shore excursion because of it. We finally had to set our own cell phones to wake up. We were not able to connect to anything on our cell phones because some passengers were told in the terminal how to set up the Carnival app and we were not. The cruise never really had sales in the Fun Shops either. The few items they did discount, were not were having to start with. I will think long and hard before sailing with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, ... Read More
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, lunch and snacks, pizza pirate never disappointed, steakhouse was worth the $35, I reserved a table for us before the price increase, Chopsticks was a tasty treat. The ship is very easy to navigate and we loved the decor throughout the ship and she is still clean even though it is a older ship, there is a little rust here and there and I expected that. Our shore excursions were faster to the fun, Deluxe Beach, Catamaran Sail & Snorkel in Cozumel and Rays & Reef Snorkel in Grand Cayman, all of these excursions we outstanding and well worth the price, in Mahogany Bay we just walked to the beautiful beach and Tiki bar were we swam then had the really delicious jerk chicken with wonderful margaritas. We took the tender to the port of Belize were we did some shopping and had drinks along the way till we went back to the ship, it was a awesome trip and we will sail on her again in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose the short (4 night) cruise as we wanted to depart from Tampa. Last year we did the same itinerary out of New Orleans on the Triumph. We liked the triumph better - but didn’t care for cruising down the a Mississippi. The ... Read More
We chose the short (4 night) cruise as we wanted to depart from Tampa. Last year we did the same itinerary out of New Orleans on the Triumph. We liked the triumph better - but didn’t care for cruising down the a Mississippi. The balcony cabin was small. We knew that a head time. Plenty of storage. But we did not need the Pullman bunk directly overhead of the twin beds. It seems poorly placed. I hit my head on it at least once. The steward inquired if we wanted nightly cabin service. Never been asked that before. We did decline as he was very busy- lots of families with small children. The serenity deck is nice - but as others noted - there is not a lot of shade. Food was okay. Breakfast in the dining room was very good. Always lines at the bars. Elite champagne snorkel tour in Cozumel was excellent. Booked through carnival. We did not think the various restrooms were cleaned frequently enough. Overall - it seemed they were short staffed. Fitness area was well maintained. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at our scheduled time and were on the ship in about 20 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Carnival Paradise has a mixture of pros and cons that make this an ok cruise; with all the ships at sea, I wouldn’t choose this ship again. First I’ll start with the cons: Shows felt more like a talent show. Average talent, ... Read More
Carnival Paradise has a mixture of pros and cons that make this an ok cruise; with all the ships at sea, I wouldn’t choose this ship again. First I’ll start with the cons: Shows felt more like a talent show. Average talent, horrible seating, bad sound system. Food in the dining room was terrible. I ate most of my meals at the Pizza Pirate it Guys Burgers which is terribly unhealthy. Motion Sickness was bad; never felt a ship that rocky Now the pros: Excellent size room! I had a porthole room (R17) and never felt crowded. I utilized the ledge on the porthole shelf for most of my belongings and put the suitcase under the bed. Drinks were really good Staff was the friendliest Leon, our cruise director, was also the best Excellent embarkation process and getting on and off the ship; never waited in a line other than disembarkation Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This ship is small. I didnt think there was enough ro do. The shows were mediocre except for the comedy, that was my favorite Tom Foss was the funniest comedian I have ever seen live. The singers were Horrible. Did not enjoy those shows ... Read More
This ship is small. I didnt think there was enough ro do. The shows were mediocre except for the comedy, that was my favorite Tom Foss was the funniest comedian I have ever seen live. The singers were Horrible. Did not enjoy those shows but we enjoyed the game shows. I did not purchase anything except for 2T shirts and a souvenir cup there was not a lot of selection for shopping on board unless you're intrested in perfume cigarets alcohol or jewelry. There was not much of a selection of souvenirs. I think carnival could make some improvements to their app and allow GPS location of people that are signed in to your group on the apps you'd know exactly where you were on the map in the ship and could keep track of your group. I don't think there was enough outdoor activities for the children they were kept in rooms with views but outside activities. There was only one pool available on this ship which means it's very very crowded. The crew was phenomenal. These people really work hard to make your vacation top notch. Everyone was very friendly. Leon was the best cruise director. I was not impressed with the food but the wait staff always went above and beyond.We had the good weather and enjoyed our excursions in the 2 ports we went to. I did not find value in the faster to the fun package I kept having to explain I had fast forward to the fun to people during embarkation and was passed over for the initial photograph when you come on to the ship. Overall, it was a great vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This cruise in general was a good cruise; Leon the CD is amazing, he brings the passengers together and is very good at doing his job. Good singer too! The food was very good, variety was with many choices, and they take great care to ... Read More
This cruise in general was a good cruise; Leon the CD is amazing, he brings the passengers together and is very good at doing his job. Good singer too! The food was very good, variety was with many choices, and they take great care to control waste. You can have as much as you want, but don't waste it. My negative comment would be that they have taken the couches or chairs out of the rooms, as well the open deck and limited seating in the Main areas. If their intention is to keep people out of the rooms and into the bars, it's is working. Pool area was in excellent shape, clean and well managed. Entertainment could be improved, two independent guitarist and one piano player. Not the best. The shows were very good, you have to get use to the idea that orchestra players are gone. Latin night had musicians, it that was excellent. Staff was excellent. Not a bad cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this ship and itinerary for three main reasons - it was over our wedding anniversary, it sailed out of our home port of Tampa, and it stopped in Belize City. I want to start and end the review on a positive note, so I'll ... Read More
I chose this ship and itinerary for three main reasons - it was over our wedding anniversary, it sailed out of our home port of Tampa, and it stopped in Belize City. I want to start and end the review on a positive note, so I'll begin with our favorite bartender - Jakub. Jakub worked the bar at Nick & Nora's, was very passionate about his job, and obviously cared about our experience as passengers. We spent several hours sitting at his bar chatting to him over the course of the cruise. He quickly learned our preferences and asked our permission to initially play with some classic cocktails we ordered, and eventually create things just for us. He hit the mark every time. In fact, with our last dinner we simply asked our waiter to bring us whatever Jakub wanted to make us, confident that we'd love it. My only regret is that I couldn't convince him to defect to MSC Seaside for our summer cruise! I hope Carnival knows what they have in him. Miracle is an older ship, and while it does show in some areas, it's still in perfectly adequate shape. Most of the public areas were nicely furnished. The more colorful themed appearance of most areas of the ship may not be to everyone's taste, but it didn't cause us any concern. I'd say though that I probably preferred the more subdued, elegant style of Independence of the Seas, which we sailed last year. We only caught one comedy show on the ship, and enjoyed it. It was an 18+ show, and no punches were pulled. As such, some invariably found certain things offensive - we saw a few people pointedly walk out at certain jokes. Best advice is to stick to the family shows if you like your humor strictly-PC. I'm not sure if we just failed to figure out the schedule, but there didn't seem to be any broadway-type entertainment. Only the comedy and music. Best music on the ship was probably Amelia playing down in Alchemy. We didn't think too much of the variety music show in the atrium. The violin trio was ok, but their set seemed limited. The food was disappointing. The buffet was uninspiring to say the least. The sushi bar was ok, but limited opening times, and the second time we went the rolls were wrapped so poorly they fell apart as soon as picked up. Bacchus (main dining room) was not good, and the service was impersonal. One experience was enough to lead us to book every night at Nick and Nora's (steak house). N&N food was better, though I'd put it barely on par with the MDR on Independence. Menu wasn't very varied - I get that it's a steakhouse so there will several steaks, but if it's your only specialty restaurant on board, it needs more variety. Every steak (and even the lamb) was accompanied by Bearnaise and garlic confit - not a bad accompaniment, but if you are eating there every night it gets old. The way the menu was structured was odd. Choose a protein, choose a side. Perhaps it's just me, but in a restaurant I expect the chef to craft a coherent meal with sides that complement the protein. One food highlight was the 'art at the table' dessert, which added a little fun and drama to the meal, and was generally pretty tasty. The itinerary was very good, and we did a Carnival excursion in every port. In Cozumel we did the shopping and beach break, including Tequila tasting. Our guide Sylvia was knowledgeable and funny. In Belize City, we went to Lamanai, which was amazing. Cesar and his colleague (I forget her name, sadly) were very, very knowledgeable and gave us a good laugh on the coach ride. When we reached Lamanai, Cesar handed off to a Mayan friend of his to do the tour and it was great. I'm not sure how many more times I can use the word 'knowledgeable', but since this individual actually lived on site and aided in the excavation, I can't think of a better word. We docked in Roatan on valentine's day, and I can't think of a better way to spend the day. We did the horseback riding in the ocean, followed by snorkeling and a quick massage before we left. My apologies to our fellow excursionists, because although we were told the bus was going to be late and we had time, I'm not so sure it was. We got back to the bus to find everyone already in place... In Grand Cayman, we swam with stingrays and sea turtles. I'm not sure there are any superlatives that suffice. Swimming with the sea turtles was the highlight of my trip (well, aside from my beautiful wife, of course). Finally we had our third massage of the cruise (what can I say, we spoiled ourselves). Thanda and her colleague gave us probably the best couple's massage we've ever had, and it really put a bow on our anniversary vacation. Would I book Miracle again? If another ship weren't available, I wouldn't *not* book it, if you see what I mean. It was adequate. But with the food being bad enough to force specialized dining every night, that extra $38 per person per night could easily be put toward a ship/line with a better MDR experience. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We have cruised 35+ times and enjoyed this trip as one of our best.. First, we love cruising out of Tampa. We really enjoy their valet parking. We wish other ports adopted this, it would hurt the "Off Site" parking. The cabin ... Read More
We have cruised 35+ times and enjoyed this trip as one of our best.. First, we love cruising out of Tampa. We really enjoy their valet parking. We wish other ports adopted this, it would hurt the "Off Site" parking. The cabin (and extended balcony) were very comfortable and Ray kept it clean and well stocked.. The first "sea day" we had, just for a moment, a rainbow that appeared to end in the water right outside our cabin... AND we are on the Miracle.. The steakhouse, Nick & Nora's (Topper fame) was one of the best (although stay away from the Wagu)... Chef Bijoy, was excellent as well as the hostess, Edina and server, Daria... This trip was extra nice as we did win a few jackpots in the casino. The staff there Christina, and Nozi, (and in the cage Maria and Presley) were extra attentive. The drink service, unlike other cruise line, was fast and delicious.... Thank you Miracle... Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Pre-cruise: We flew in the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Tampa downtown. Our stay was excellent and I would highly recommend. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had 11:30 to 12:00 check in time. We arrived right about 11:30 ... Read More
Pre-cruise: We flew in the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Tampa downtown. Our stay was excellent and I would highly recommend. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had 11:30 to 12:00 check in time. We arrived right about 11:30 and were onboard shortly after noon. We didn't have to even sit in the terminal to wait. The Miracle isn't the newest ship with all the latest things. That was fine with me as the goal was relaxation. Live the ship size and layout. One dining room so you can cross the ship on all decks. Ship is clean and does have some of the 2.0 upgrades. Food was good to excellent. MDR dinner was fine. There were a few entrees that weren't great, but the wait staff quickly brought something else. Steakhouse was excellent. If you get a reservation for the right time, you can watch the sun set at dinner. Lido was good. I also loved the new deli sandwiches. Entertainment was a highlight of this cruise. We attended all the shows and they were great! The cast was also very approachable and interacted a lot with the audience. Go see the Daft Sailors in the Red Frog Pub. They were excellent and it was the place to be for both guests and crew. Leigh the CD and his staff were personable and energetic. With 4 sea days, it could have been easy to get bored and they kept everyone engaged and entertained. Ports: Limon, Costa Rica- We did the sloth tour through Carnival. This isn't the fanciest port. There is a large craft market near the dock. There are no Diamonds International if that's what you're looking for. The sloth tour was excellent. We drove about 45 minutes on an air conditioned bus to the sloth sanctuary. The tour guide spent that time teaching us about Costa Rica and the area. First, they gave us time to use the restrooms. Then we had about 20 minutes in the gift shop. Prices were reasonable and they take USD. After that, we split into two groups to see the rescued sloths in two different rooms. It was amazing and very educational. We then went on a canoe ride through the canals to see animals. We saw sloths, howler monkeys, geckos, a crocodile and more. The canoe guide was very good at spotting animals and waiting for us to take pictures. We took the bus back to the port. We skipped the planned fruit stand stop due to there being too many buses there already. We had time to shop after the tour. The craft market was crowded, but people were friendly. There is wifi, but I had trouble getting it to work. Panama Canal- This was basically like a sea day. There was a historian onboard to explain everything to us as we went through the canal. If you want to see from the front of the ship, get there early because it was crowded. A lot of people watched from balconies. They also had a makeshift store on lido for t-shirts and souvenirs. A lot of the souvenirs went quickly. There were t-shirts available in the fun shops until the end of the cruise. Shops and casino were open while we were in the canal. They also showed movies in Mad Hatter's lounge during the afternoon. Grand Cayman- We did not do a tour here as we've been before. We got off the ship and just did some shopping with a stop for lunch. Do bring smaller bills if you can as we found some places didn't have a lot of USD to give change. If you go to the right from where you tender in (after you leave the gated area) and walk down a ways, there is a small craft market where you can buy things like jewelry, coin purses, art, etc... Prices there were way more reasonable than at the little stands near the port. Special note: We did an ashes scattering on this cruise and they were amazing. A crew member from guest services and security officer met us and escorted us to an aft crew area. They told us where we could scatter and gave us as much time as we needed. They also provided us with the coordinates later. Debark: We were not in a hurry so we picked the latest tag. Debarkation was a little delayed due to only having two customs officers. Things went much quicker once they got a few more. Once off the ship and through customs, we flagged down a porter and got our checked bags. He directed us to a shuttle to the airport for 8 dollars per person. A taxi would have cost 28 dollars. Tips: Bring a glass with a lid for drinks on lido. Great to fill up and take to the bar after dinner. A string backpack is great to use around the ship on sea days or in port. A lanyard made things so much easier. Bring extra plugs so that you can charge more than one thing at a time. Read Less
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