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The Carnival Miracle: A Huffington Post Cruise Ship Guide

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 08/03/11 01:52 PM ET Updated: 10/03/11 06:12 AM ET

Carnival Miracle is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Carnival Miracle.


Destinations

The Carnival Miracle sails from New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ship cruises to the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Bermuda with a variety of itineraries. The Miracle also offers two-day "Cruises to Nowhere." Rather than traveling to a destination, guests simply enjoy the amenities of the ship for two days at sea.


Small And Fast

The Carnival Miracle is a Spirit-class ship in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet. These ships are smaller than some of the mega-ships the line offers, making them easier to maneuver through the Panama Canal. The Miracle is one of the fastest ships in the Carnival line.


Special Features

The highlight of the Miracle design is its 11-story atrium topped with a ruby-red skylight. The restaurants are located in the front and back of the ship, clearing the center of the ship and improving passenger flow. The pool features a three-deck water slide.


Accommodations

The staterooms on the Miracle are larger than cruise industry standards. There are fewer interior rooms. More than 80 percent of the rooms have an ocean view. Of those, 80 percent have private balconies. All rooms are furnished with luxury linens for both bed and bath, and they feature a calming pastel decor.


Cost

Because cruises on the Miracle vary in time and distance, rates vary wildly, too. A two-day cruise to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale costs as little as $199 for an interior cabin. An eight-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean may cost as much as $1,059 for the same interior room, or $2,769 for a suite. For best prices, book early and look for cruises in September.


Excursion

The Carnival Miracle cruises down the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, stopping at Port Canaveral, Fla., Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Florida Keys. When stopped at Port Canaveral, passengers can opt to visit Orlando attractions such as Universal Orlando. One CruiseCritic.com reviewer found this excursion worth the money, since the cost included transportation to and from Orlando.


Dining Experience

The Bacchus dining room offers passengers an elegant dining experience at sea. Choose the early or late seating for your meals. For a less formal meal, try Horatio's; alternatively, the buffet offers dining on the Lido deck. For the ultimate dining experience, dine at Nick and Nora's. This seaside steakhouse requires a reservation at least two weeks before sailing. Get ready to dress your best, and pay an extra $30 per person.


Maiden Voyage

The Carnival Miracle was launched Feb. 27, 2004. Jessica Lynch, the former Army soldier miraculously rescued from her Iraqi captors, was asked to christen the ship.


In The News

In January 2010, the Carnival Miracle struck the pier at St. Kitts. Repairs were quickly completed and the ship resumed its scheduled itinerary, arriving at its home port just four hours late.


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A passenger's view from the top deck.


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