The Carnival Miracle Panamax size cruise ship (newbuilding 503) was built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards' Helsinki shipyard for the Carnival Corporation.
The Carnival Miracle features 12 passenger decks, plus four decks below for machinery and crew spaces. The Metropolis Atrium stretches over ten decks. The Phantom main lounge, which is three decks high, seats some 1,160 guests. The location of the show lounge/night club, Mad Hatter's Ball, is underneath the main lounge.
With the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle Panamax size cruiser (and sister ships Carnival Spirit, Carnival Pride and Carnival Legend from the Panamax Size Cruise Project) Carnival introduced new features, including a wedding chapel and supper club located high in a portion of the funnel. Carnival Miracle has so many balcony cabins -- 80% of all outside cabins -- that the exterior resembles a Mediterranean-style apartment building more than a cruise ship. On this 88,500-ton ship, Carnival's master architect/designer Joe Farcus interprets the Carnival "Fun Ship" motto as a high-energy, "let's party, dance and gamble until dawn" experience. On Carnival's ships, the slot machines are operational at 8 a.m. while the library is open one hour per day. These are ships for people who want to be energized, not imbibing champagne and caviar in an elegant setting. If this is your idea of fun, grab a cabin aboard Carnival Miracle.
Considering the moderate cost of this ship, this Carnival Miracle Panamax size cruiser constantly surprises with the quality of its food. It is amazing that they can actually serve 2,000 passengers and almost 1,000 crew more than 10,000 individual meals daily and not only do it in an orderly manner, but present really wonderful tasting and beautifully presented meals. You can find food available 24/7 either in one of the restaurants, room service, the buffet, or specialty shops like the deli and pizza bar. New on this ship is a specialty coffee bar with pastries and desserts, available at an extra charge.
Sports and fitness lovers would be hard-pressed to find better shipboard facilities. The fitness center encompasses 13,700 sq. ft. The two-deck gym, with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views, has elliptical walkers, treadmills, Stairmasters, stationary bikes, rowing machines, free weights, and hydraulic weight machines on a multi-level theater setting. There is also a whirlpool strictly for adults as well as steam rooms and saunas for both men and women. Adjacent is the Beauty Salon, operated by Steiner's of London. While every massage and beauty treatment imaginable is available, expect the staff to push the sale of their products aggressively. The jogging deck encircles the Sky Deck forward. The Carnival Miracle Panamax size ship boasts its impressive pool areas, including a multi-directional water slide. Topless sunbathing is allowed in a secluded section near the main funnel and is on two levels.
You enter the ship on Deck 2 (Promenade), into the Metropolis Atrium. This is the area where you will find a nine-deck-high ceiling with frescos painted all the way to the top. Additionally there are four glass elevators that will take you to Deck 9 (Lido), where you can take a glass stairway to The Nick & Nora's Supper Club--the reservations-only, jackets-required dining area featuring prime beef, seafood and the stone crabs from the famous Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant. There is a bar with a three-piece orchestra for your enjoyment as well as the Purser's and Shore Excursions desks. Most of the lounges, casino, shops, and main dining room can be found on Decks 2 and 3. Deck 9 (Lido Deck) is where alternative dining, pools, spa etc. are located. The other decks are mainly passenger cabins. Deck 1 forward has the Mad Hatter's Ball Lounge. Decks 2,3 and 4 also contain the main showroom called Phantom. The Wizards Arcade is located all the way forward on Deck 4, and Pinocchio's Club children's room is all the way forward on Deck 5. There is a quiet place called the Gatsby's Garden located on Deck 3 that wraps around the main showroom, where you can sit in quite contemplation if you need time away from the activities and the hustle and bustle of the ship.
All in all it is a perfect place for a family vacation!!