GREAT ship, and superior crew. She's Spirit Class, which IMO is the best in the entire fleet. Big enough to have lots of activities, but not so big that you're overrun with people. I think she's going into dry dock very shortly to have a bit of propulsion work done, but even with that slight problem we really enjoyed our 8 day cruise on December 7th of '08.
Have no fear,,you'll love "Miracle".
We have just booked our second trip on the Miracle. Went out of NY last summer. I call the Miracle the GoldyLocks ship, not to big and not to small.,just right. Last July it had just been refurbished and was in great shape. I have been on just about every ship in the Carnival fleet and everyone in my family agrees that this is the best one.
I have never been on the Miracle but I have been on the Spirit and the Pride and they are a spirit class like the Miracle. I love the Spirit class, so the Miracle should be great!
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