First Look: Carnival Miracle

| March 15, 2004

Carnival Miracle
What do Metropolis, Fountainhead and Kane's Way have in common? They are dramatically decorated public rooms on the new 88,500-ton Carnival Miracle, which recently started sailing for Carnival Cruise Lines. Each of Carnival's new ships has its own distinctive theme; overall, Miracle has a striking but very pleasing decor that should suit the tastes of most cruisers.

Nick & Nora's
Miracle Disco
Bachus Dining Room
Bachus Lido Pool

On Miracle, Carnival ship architect Joe Farcus salutes a mélange of quirky characters from novels, songs, poems, myths, movies and Broadway shows with sophisticated decorative touches such as the white mask that graces Phantom Lounge; three-dimensional busts of the famed Horatio Hornblower in Horatio's, the Lido Deck casual dining room; and a hearts motif in the Mad Hatter's Ball show lounge. The Bacchus dining room has nearly 5,000 large pink globes hanging from the ceiling -- more resembling a ceiling virus than grapes; this is the only area I found a bit garish.

Carnival Miracle is the line's fourth "Spirit class" ship. In my opinion, these are the best-designed and most passenger-friendly vessels in Carnival's large fleet. Cabins are spacious and well-equipped, with color TV, mini refrigerator, ample closet/storage space, hair dryers and bathrobes. So much space is devoted to live entertainment that the most active passenger will be kept busy from dawn until the wee hours. There are three dining venues: the two-seating restaurant, a gourmet supper club (called Nick and Nora's on Miracle), and a large casual lido restaurant where breakfast, lunch and casual dinner are served. The quality of Carnival's food has improved so much that I personally feel it's the best available on a conventional cruise ship.

Carnival Miracle has a busy year ahead: from now through April 17, she cruises on three- to six-day voyages from Jacksonville, Fl. Beginning April 25, the ship will sail from Baltimore to Key West and the Bahamas. On June 12, Miracle begins a series of one-week cruises from New York to Florida and the Bahamas. On Nov. 7, the ship begins sailing from her new home port, Tampa, on one-week voyages.

For a personal peek at the newest "Fun Ship", see the photos below. To read our detailed review of Carnival's Spirit-class ships, click here.

Click here to view the Carnival Miracle Review.

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