One Last Carnival Miracle Day At Sea

The sleek Carnival Miracle, at anchor off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on June 1, 2015.  Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The sleek Carnival Miracle, at anchor off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on June 1, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Friday, June 5, 2015

Today, guests aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle – including myself – are all asking the same question: where did the time go?! A week at work never goes so fast, yet as our weeklong cruise to the Mexican Riviera comes to a close, I’m not sure where the past six days went.

Our Full Live Voyage Report from onboard Carnival Miracle:

Of course, just because it’s our last day onboard doesn’t mean that there’s any shortage of things to do! In fact, the Fun Times daily program for today lists an astonishing 63 different activities for the day, from a bright-and-early Sunrise Stretch at 7:00a.m. to the 11:30p.m. Late Night After Party in Frankenstein’s Night Club on Deck 2 aft.

Guests aboard Carnival Miracle enjoy one last afternoon of fun and leisure in the Atrium Bar on Deck 2.  Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Guests aboard Carnival Miracle enjoy one last afternoon of fun and leisure in the Atrium Bar on Deck 2. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

So how did the week stack up? Very well. This was my third experience with Carnival after voyages to the Eastern Caribbean aboard Carnival Breeze and the Western Caribbean from Galveston with Carnival Freedom. I knew what to expect, and I was pleased to see that Carnival’s product is fairly consistent on a fleetwide basis. Sure, I missed the BlueIguana Cantina and the odd burger at Guy’s Burger Joint, but the staples that make Carnival great – from the fun onboard atmosphere to the better-than-average food to the wonderful crews – were all present here onboard the Carnival Miracle.

The verdict? This is a cruise I’d have no issues repeating.

Sail Carnival to the Mexican Riviera if:

  • You want to sail to the Mexican Riviera. Carnival is the only game in town during the summer months, and offers the most regularly-scheduled departures during the prime winter season of October to March.
  • You want a good, big-ship cruise at an affordable price. Carnival’s strength has always been their attractive price-point; a balcony stateroom aboard Carnival Miracle can run significantly less than an oceanview stateroom on, say, Disney Cruise Line.
  • You’re travelling with friends or as a multi-generational family. There’s nothing like a Fun Ship for friends and family travelling together; every Carnival ship really does offers something for people of all ages and interests.
  • You want to have FUN! There’s nothing dull or boring about this cruise experience!

Give it a Pass if:

  • You’re looking for a quiet, peaceful cruise. This isn’t it – though Carnival Miracle does offer an unusual amount of quiet, peaceful spots onboard.
  • You prefer sailing with a wide mix of international passengers. Carnival’s passengers are predominantly American, with a few Canadians and the odd Brit thrown in for good measure. Expect a lot of jokes from the onboard comedians at the expense of people and cultures that aren’t American, eh?
  • You don’t like kids. They’re everywhere – as they should be. Carnival is a very family-friendly cruise line. Expect to see kids (and plenty of them) on any sailing, at any time of the year.
  • You’re on a budget. I know this might sound odd given Carnival’s very affordable prices, but guests that book should know that there are many add-on costs onboard, from drinks to gratuities to excursions. Just because the cruise costs $699 per person doesn’t mean the buck stops there.*

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle has sadly come to a close – but you can still check out our Voyage Reports from onboard Carnival Breeze and Carnival Freedom by clicking the name of the ship. And we have more Live Voyage Report fun coming up this month – tune in tomorrow for details. Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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