The newest Spirit-class vessel to join the "Fun Ship" family, Carnival Miracle made her debut from Jacksonville, Florida in March of 2004. Along with the distinction of being the first Carnival ship to sail from this homeport, she also brings with her such innovative amenities as a two-level promenade and reservations-only supper club. Also remarkable is that 80% of her staterooms have ocean views, allowing you to admire beautiful scenery from the comfort of your own private stateroom.
The ship is Best for People Who Want: A budget/mid-priced cruise; a high energy, Las Vegas-style atmosphere with lots of glitz; many choices of excellent nightlife and daytime activities; alternative evening dining; balcony cabins; large fitness/spa facilities; enormous casino; extensive children's facilities and programs; large cabins, many of which hold three and four passengers. Above average food and friendly, although unpolished, service.
Should Be Avoided by People Who Want: A classy, more refined style of cruising; uncrowded public areas; a more intimate ambiance; kid-free cruising; freedom from constant public announcements for daily activities.
Here is a short Carnival Miracle ship review.
The design of the sixteen lounges and bars aboard Carnival Miracle is inspired by famous characters from film, literature, theater and song. Italian artist Augusto Vignali has created 18 original paintings of fictional characters including the Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe and Captain Ahab. Three bronze statues of the mythical figures Orpheus, Ulysses and Sirensa adorn the Lido pool deck. These six-foot-high statues were created by Italian sculptor Katia Tasselli. Throughout the Carnival Miracle's stair landings are 60 Bohemian crystal pieces by Czech glass artist Borek Sipek, along with 27 original murals on the ship's stair landings by artists Andrea Tana, Calman Shemi and Devita Writer. While many other ships have large panels of glass so the sea and sky are always within view, Carnival Miracle's public rooms have a cave-like, closed-in atmosphere. The sound of live music and slot machines permeates public rooms and it's hard to find a quiet corner. Every second Carnival Miracle ship review marks the good taste of the décor creators, which provides the high-energy atmosphere where entertainment and gambling are the focus.
You can expect personal and friendly, if somewhat informal, service from the staff, which is gratefully mentioned in almost each guest's Carnival Miracle ship review. They will learn your names the first evening and by the second night should have your personal preferences in drinks, extras, and breads ready and waiting for you. The staff is using a new concept called 'team service' with a headwaiter and a number of assistants serving up to four tables as a team effort--which seems to work better than the usual waiter/busboy concept. After all this they still manage a warm and friendly smile and perform dances and other entertainment almost nightly.
Carnival is well known for its lavish Las Vegas-style shows in the main showroom. These are multi-million dollar productions, with nearly half a million dollars spent for the costumes alone! With nine female and five male dancers accompanied by two singers--and often special guests--in the main show alone, the entertainment field is quite large. They also bring on featured entertainers such as musicians, jugglers, comedians, ventriloquists, magicians, etc., so the evening shows will surely have something for everyone. What's more, they have bands in the lounges and in the lobby, piano bar, and on the Lido Deck. Add to this the games that the Cruise Director's staff comes up with during the day and evening hours, and it would be hard to find anyone claiming to be bored.
While there are two formal nights, most men opt for dark suit instead of tux; jeans and shorts aren't allowed in the dining room after 6 p.m. Daytime wear is strictly casual.
The new Carnival Miracle ship continues the tradition of unparalleled fun that Carnival is famous for.
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