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8 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Tampa

8 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Tampa

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Tampa
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 5
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Tampa

Carnival Miracle

Carnival Miracle - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Midsize ship with ample elbow room and lots of cabins with balconies

Cons

Lacks some of Carnival's (now) standard upgrades

Bottom Line

Appealing ship for Carnival regulars, but short on dining options for longer cruises


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: December 2018
We choose this cruise for a family vacation. This was the first one of many to come. We had a blast! Our daughters enjoyed every moment. On the embarkation day, Mother Nature played us a trick. The Port of Tampa was closed due to ... Read More
We choose this cruise for a family vacation. This was the first one of many to come. We had a blast! Our daughters enjoyed every moment. On the embarkation day, Mother Nature played us a trick. The Port of Tampa was closed due to extremely foggy conditions, so our departure time was 12 am (midnight) instead of 4 pm. Many thanks to Carnival staff who kept us updated by messages and emails with the correct timing. We arrived in Tampa form Atlanta a day before cruising and "thanks" to the weather, we "visited" a shopping mall and Ybor City. Anyway, on the ship the crew members were AMAZING! I will start with Nina from the Coffee Bar, she served us the best Espressos to start the day! Ms. Luxi from the "Cherry on top" who helped our daughters how to pick the yummiest candies. Mr. Igor and Mr. Frankie our waiters at Bacchus dining went above and beyond to provide us a memorable experience. These guys were absolutely amazing! We had breakfast and dinner at Bacchus every day and it felt like we were at one of the top restaurants in the world. Tip for chocolate lovers: try the Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake, it's WOW! There were a lot of activities on board, but unfortunately we didn't have enough time to do it all ( we booked shore excursions every day). Our daughters enjoyed the shows at Phantom Theater ( Lip sync battle, Hasbro games), also the Camp Ocean ( just the first day, our little one wanted mommy...), Build a Bear workshops, the water slide on Deck 10, the Chocolate extravaganza buffet. Shore excursions: 1. Cozumel ( Passion Island) thanks to our tour guides, Edwin and Addy. Great way of spending the first day of 2019!!! 2. Belize ( Jungle EcoPark Family Adventure), Shana, our tour guide was captivating in explaining the Belizean culture, history). 3. Isla Roatan ( Maya Key Private Island) WOW, definitely worth it, amazing island ( monkeys, jaguars, parrots, crocodiles, sea lions, retreat, beautiful beach, Mayan ruins). 4. Grand Cayman ( Stingray encounter and swimming with turtles)- the best at last. Awesome shore excursions, but too many. It was a little bit demanding and overwhelming for us ( by the time we were back on the ship we were exhausted). But worth it! I read a lot on cruisecritic.com ( very useful website, specially for first time cruisers) about shore excursions been to hectic and how you always have to be on time everywhere, true, but worth it! If you want to spend more time on shore, get a vacation there ( not cruise). We would definitely cruise again! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this cruise because of itinerary (western Caribbean) and timing (Christmas week). I had never travelled on Carnival before, usually having sailed on higher end ships, Holland America and Azamara. I don't drink that much and so ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of itinerary (western Caribbean) and timing (Christmas week). I had never travelled on Carnival before, usually having sailed on higher end ships, Holland America and Azamara. I don't drink that much and so didn't get the drinks pkg. One bottle of wine each brought in and consumed in the cabin, One included with the first night's dinner in the steak house, and one more purchased with onboard credits seemed quite adequate for us. The steak house served an excellent 3 course surf and turf meal. The main dining room served Ok meals, but sadly lacked adequate vegetables, even when I asked for more, it was always a small portion of just broccoli and one night there was none available at all. Tea and coffee were not offered automatically.. The lido buffet also didn't offer much variety, same food every day. Waiters didn't come around with drinks and cutlery had to be picked up as you started the buffet line, the tables were not preset. Also clearing the tables seemed to take longer than I was used to. Photographers were in our face everywhere on the ship, interrupting meals and blocking pathways. There was entertainment of the musical variety everywhere , loud music wafted throughout and interfered with other activities. The evening shows were fine, but the timing was different. The early show started at 7.30, making for a rush from the dining room after a 6pm start Embarkation went smoothly for us, as we had a later arrival. Debarkation however was chaotic. We were fogged in and delayed, debarkation didn't start until 6pm. Not the fault of the ship of course, but folks were scrambling to get access to phones and internet to rebook flights. We missed our 11.45 AM flight, but in the end, without our even asking, Carnival booked and paid for a hotel room and a new flight the next day. We took private tours so can't comment on that, but going ashore seemed to be handled smoothly. The inroom safe worked not on a combination code , but by sliding a credit card across a card reader. This meant that only one person could use it, and that card had to be carried around the ship, because you couldn't lock it inside the safe, quite inconvenient. The ship is decorated in a dazzling OTT style, this combined with Christmas decor was quite "dizzying". This might have been a fun excursion for me 20 years ago, but now I prefer a more dignified, upscale experience. I will not be booking on this ship again Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Family cruise The specialty steak house food was no better than the dining room (and the dining room food was very good) ,the noise from the atrium was loud, people were screaming, and we could not even converse. We paid good money ... Read More
Family cruise The specialty steak house food was no better than the dining room (and the dining room food was very good) ,the noise from the atrium was loud, people were screaming, and we could not even converse. We paid good money twice for the steak house, and both times were very disappointed and upset to pay good money and not even hear each other at the dining table. The steak house should be closed off to enjoy a relaxing dinner, not listening to shouting from the atrium. When fog detained the ship from docking, Carnival turned off their Carnival app, and we had to way of communicating with the family,and there was no WIFI offered. Carnival performers were ok, there we no big name entertainers, comedians were good. Nothing for teenagers aged 18 and 20 to do except mini golf and table tennis, and video arcade, which was overpriced and should have been included in the cost of the cruise. Teenagers don't have that kind of money to dump into the arcade, and that's all that was offered. They're not dance kids where there was a teenage nightclub for socializing. They enjoy camping, hiking, swimming:pool was overcrowded, or closed . Shops are typical overpriced jewelry and cheap $10 items. We took our own shore excursions, not from Carnival so I didn't rate that category. Ports of call were enjoyable..Cozumel, Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cayman Islands. Read Less
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