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Carnival Miracle Berlitz Review

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Berlitz Rating:

Recommended:
Families With Children
Ship Beam (ft/m):
105.6/32.2
Ship Builder:
Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Finland)
Ship Cabins (for one person):
0
Ship Cabins (total):
1,062
Ship Cabins (wheelchair accessible):
16
Ship Cabins (with private balcony):
750
Ship Casino (gaming tables):
Yes
Ship Crew/Passenger Ratio:
2.2
Ship Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
Ship Elevators:
15
Ship Entered Service:
Apr 2004
Ship Former Names:
none
Ship Hot Tubs (on deck):
5
Ship IMO Number:
9237357
Ship Length (ft/m):
959.6/292.5
Ship Library:
Yes
Ship Onboard currency:
US$
Ship Passenger Decks:
13
Ship Passenger Space Ratio:
40.4
Ship Passengers (lower beds):
2,124
Ship Propulsion:
diesel-electric (62,370kW)/2 azimuthing pods
Ship Self-Service Launderette:
Yes
Ship Size:
Mid-size Ship
Ship Size Range (sq ft/m):
185.0–490.0/17.1–45.5
Ship Star Rating:
???
Ship Swimming Pools (outdoors):
3 (1 w/ sliding glass dome)
Ship Tonnage:
85,942
Ship Total Crew:
961
Ship Wheelchair accessibility:
Good
This fun-filled, family-friendly ship is for high-energy cruising

Carnival Cruises - Carnival Miracle

Overview: Carnival Miracleis sister toCarnival Legend,Carnival Pride, andCarnival Spirit, andshares the same layout and configuration. It is good for the whole family. It was built in 100 blocks, each weighing up to 450 tons, and assembled in the shipyard.

The Ship: Carnival Magic is sister to Carnival Dream, introduced in 2010, and both are 13 percent larger than earlier close sister Carnival Splendor. One thing that stands out (apart from Carnival’s wing-tipped red, white and blue funnel) is a long Twister Water Slide, part of The WaterWorks on pool deck, which includes multiple water-spray fountains – all good fun for active kids.Open deck and sunbathing space is not extensive, but there are two small swimming pools (one can be covered by a sliding glass dome when required). An extra-cost, adults-only area, Sanctuary, has its own bar, pool, hot tub, and other facilities. Located at the aft of the ship on Lido Deck, it is for anyone wanting to have a quieter space for sunbathing and relaxation.Inside, the decor is dedicated to ‘fictional icons,’ including the Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe, and Captain Ahab. Bronze statues of Orpheus and Ulysses adorn the swimming pools.There are two main entertainment/public room decks, the upper with an exterior promenade deck. A walkway, named the Yellow Brick Road, connects many of the major public rooms on Atlantic Deck, one deck above Promenade Deck, which also sports a number of public rooms, including a large Club Merlin Casino that’s full of gaming tables and slot machines.The colorful atrium lobby spans eight decks and has wall decorations best seen from any of the multiple viewing balconies on any deck above the main lobby level. Take a drink from the lobby bar and look upwards – the surroundings are visually stunning, or overpowering, depending on your viewpoint.Perhaps the most dramatic large room is the Phantom Showlounge, which spans three decks in the forward section. Directly underneath is the Firebird Lounge, which has a bar in its starboard aft section.Other facilities include a wedding chapel, a shopping street, with boutique stores, a photo gallery, video games room, and an observation balcony in the center of the vessel, at the top of the multi-deck atrium. The large Mr Lucky’s Casino invites wishful gamers and slot players.Niggles include the small reception desk in the atrium lobby, which can become very congested. Many private balconies are not so private and can be overlooked from public locations. You need a credit card to open the personal safe in your cabin – inconvenient if your credit cards and wallet are inside the safe! In 2015, some facilities were added or changed. These include a RedFrog Pub (it dispenses Carnival’s own brew, Thirsty Frog Red), an Alchemy Bar (for vintage pharmacy-inspired cocktails), four new production shows, and Hasbro, The Game Show (live versions of favorite games).Niggles: Many pillars obstruct passenger flow – the ones in the dining room make it difficult for proper food service by the waiters for example. Books and computers cohabit the ship’s Holmes library/Internet center, but anyone wanting a book has to lean over others who may be using a computer, which is an awkward arrangement.Note that in 2018 the ship will be based year-round in Shanghai, for cruises for the Chinese domestic market, and the onboard product will be modified accordingly.

Families: Youngsters have their own play areas, with children’s programs divided into five age-specific groups under Camp Ocean (ages 2-11 – with children ages 2-5 called ‘Penguins’; 6-8-year-olds called ‘Sting Rays’; 9-11-year-olds called ‘Sharks’). Tweens have ‘Circle C’, while teenagers have their own ‘Club O2’ – a chill-out (no adults allowed) room/disco.In 2015, the world of Dr. Seuss were added as part of the line’s children’s program- from ‘green eggs and ham’ for breakfast, served by waiters in Dr. Seuss-inspired uniforms, and characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, and Sam attending, to special showings of movies such asThe Cat in the HatandHow the Grinch Stole Christmas(shown on the poolside Seaside Theater screen on Lido Deck).

Accommodation: There are many cabin categories, priced by grade, location, and size. The range of cabins includes suites (with private balcony), outside-view cabins with private balcony, ocean-view cabins with French balconies (pseudo balconies that have doors that open, but no balcony to step out onto), and a healthy proportion of standard outside-view to interior cabins.All cabins have spy-hole doors, twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed, individually controlled air conditioning, infotainment system, and telephone. A number of cabins on the lowest deck have lifeboat-obstructed views. Some cabins can accommodate a third and fourth person, but have little closet space, and only one personal safe. Note that audio channels are provided on the infotainmentsystem, but you can’t turn the picture off, nor can you turn off the air conditioning in cabins or bathrooms.Among the most desirable suites and cabins are those on five aft-facing decks, with private balconies overlooking the stern. You might think that these would suffer from vibration, but they don’t, thanks to the ‘pod’ propulsion system.For extra space, if the budget allows, it’s worthwhile booking one of the larger deluxe balcony suites on Deck 6, with private teakwood balcony.

Cuisine/Dining: The Bacchus Dining Room is the 1,300-seat main restaurant; it spans two decks, with seating on both upper and main levels, with large murals on the ceiling of the upper level. The galley is underneath the restaurant, with escalator access. Tables are for two to eight; small rooms on both upper and lower levels can be booked for groups of up to 60. Choose either fixed-time dining (6pm or 8.15pm) or flexible dining (between 5.45pm and 9.30pm). Note that it is not open for lunch on port days.For casual eats, Horatio’s Lido Restaurant is an extensive self-serve buffet-style eatery that forms the aft third of Deck 9 (part of it wraps around the upper section of the atrium). Unicorn murals are everywhere. It includes a central area with a deli sandwich corner, Asian corner, rotisserie, salad bar, international counter, a dessert counter, and a 24-hour pizzeria, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Movement around the buffet area is in a slow-go line.Nick & Nora’s Steakhouse is a more upscale dining spot atop the ship, with just 156 seats and a show kitchen. It is located on two of the uppermost decks of the ship, above Horatio’s Lido Restaurant, with good views over the atrium lobby.

Entertainment: The 1,170-seat Phantom Showlounge is the principal venue for large-scale production shows and cabaret shows. Spiral stairways at the back of the lounge connect all three levels. Shows are best seen from the upper three levels. Directly underneath the showlounge is the Mad Hatter’s Ball Lounge, which has a bar in its starboard aft section.Almost every lounge/bar, including Sam’s Piano Bar, the Jazz Lounge, and Jeeves Lounge, has live music in the evening. Finally, for the very lively, there’s a disco; and there’s always karaoke.

Spa/Fitness: SpaCarnival, spanning two decks, is located directly above the navigation bridge in the forward part of the ship and has 13,700 sq ft (1,272 sq m) of space. Lower-level facilities include a solarium, eight treatment rooms, lecture rooms, sauna and steam rooms for men and women, and a beauty parlor. On the upper level there’s a large gymnasium with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, including forward-facing ocean views, and an aerobics room.An outdoor jogging track is located around the ship’s mast; it doesn’t go around the whole ship, but it’s long enough for some decent walking.

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