There is much to explore on Carnival Miracle, the fourth of Carnival’s Spirit-class ships. Miracle introduced some significant firsts for Carnival: fantastic alternative steakhouses found on every Carnival new-build thereafter and onboard wedding chapels. Spirit-class ships also offer an impressive 80 per cent ratio of outside cabins as well as museum-quality artwork, and “designer” martinis. A refurb saw touch-ups to carpeting and upholstery and the addition of Carnival’s adults-only Serenity deck. The popular kid-free retreat, featuring plush loungers, a pair of hot tubs and an endless view of the wake, is now featured on 21 out of 23 Carnival ships.
Seemingly well soundproofed, cabins are quiet during the day and night. Furniture is constructed of solid cherry wood and cabins are well lit with attractive lamps and fixtures. All cabins have flat-screen TVs. Inside cabins are laid out with a small desk/vanity area, a bathroom with a curtained stand-alone shower, twin beds that convert to a queen, a flat-screen TV and a mini-fridge. Higher-grade cabins have a small sitting area with a sofa and table. Suites range from 360 square feet to 465 square feet and have larger verandahs with upgraded furnishings and whirlpool tubs.
The Bacchus Dining Room, named for the Greek god of wine, is the main restaurant for dinner. It’s purple hues with grape motifs on the ceiling and walls and pale pink table linens provide a regal atmosphere appropriate for its name. Menus feature low-carb entrees daily, as well as special selections for children and vegetarians. Often, the low-carb choices mirror the main menu choices – fish, steak, chicken, but are prepared with lighter sauce or accompanied by healthier sides such as steamed vegetables. Breakfast and lunch are also served in an open-seating fashion every day. The breakfast menu is the same each morning and includes French toast, pancakes, omelets and eggs Benedict to name a few. Lunch choices often reflect what’s available in Horatio’s, the buffet area. Dinner at Nick & Nora’s, nestled under a skylight in Carnival’s signature red funnel, will be an unforgettable experience. For $30 per person it offers ab exquisite atmosphere and extra-attentive service. Be sure to take the glass-backed elevator up – there is a gorgeous black and white photo of the 1930s Manhattan skyline that pops into view as you arrive, and it aptly feels as if you are leaving the cruise ship behind for something entirely different.
Treatments are readily available ranging from aromastone therapy and body wraps to facials and massages. The multi-level fitness centre has steppers, bikes, rowers, treadmills and weights facing the windows on escalating levels that give the whole room an arena or stadium sort of feel. The fitness centre offers Pilates, yoga and cycling classes for a fee of $10, but if you are interested in taking one, be sure to check in at the facility in advance.
Pinocchio’s Club, the children’s facility on Miracle, is a colourful, adult-free hideaway and what’s inside is even better: eMac computers, several small televisions hooked up to PlayStation consoles and a mosaic of wall-mounted screens for watching movies. There’s also a huge flat-screen TV set up with Dance Revolution, which is basically an arcade dance simulation game where you can create your own routines.
Shows, dining options and an adults-only retreat for the grown-ups and plenty of fun for kids – a good value family experience.
– Cruise Passenger
“Ultimately, Carnival Miracle offers quintessential Carnival — solid dining options, unpretentious fun and affordable rates — in a less mega-sized package.”
– Cruise Critic
“This fun-filled, family-friendly ship is for high-energy cruising.”
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