Carnival Miracle

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Carnival Miracle July 2011.jpg
Carnival Miracle docked in the Turks and Caicos islands in July 2011
Name: Carnival Miracle
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Line
Port of registry: Panama City,  Panama
Cost: US $375 million
Yard number: 503
Launched: June 5, 2003
Sponsored by: Jessica Lynch
Christened: February 27, 2004
Completed: 2004
Maiden voyage: February 27, 2004 (Bahamas)
In service: February 2004–present
Status: In service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Spirit-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 88,500 GT
Length: 963 ft (294 m)
Beam: 105.7 ft (32 m)
Draft: 25.5 ft (8 m)
Decks: 12 decks
Installed power: Six diesel engines
62,370 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two ABB Azipods (17.6 MW each)
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 2,124 passengers
Crew: 930
Notes: [1]

Carnival Miracle is a Spirit-class cruise ship. Like the majority of her sisters, she is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc and operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was floated out on June 5, 2003, and christened by United States Army soldier Jessica Lynch in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 27, 2004.[2][3][4] Soon after the conclusion of the christening ceremony, she departed on her maiden voyage, a three-day cruise to the Bahamas.[2]

Eighty percent of Carnival Miracle's staterooms have ocean views, and eighty percent of those feature private balconies.[5] Also unique to Carnival Miracle is an 11-story Metropolis atrium with a ruby-red glass ceiling, which is also part of the "whale tail" funnel.[5] Next to every room is a large picture of a famous fictional character such as Long John Silver or Sherlock Holmes.[6]


Carnival Miracle under construction at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki on June 16, 2003.

Prior to April 2012, the Miracle offered Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay, Florida during the winter months with ports of call in Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico as well as Southern Caribbean cruises to St. Lucia and St. Kitts. During the summer months, she offered cruises from New York City with ports of call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, and Nassau, Bahamas, as well as Carnival Corporation's private island Half Moon Cay.

From April 2012 to March 2013, Carnival Miracle sailed year-round from New York City, New York. During the winter months she sailed an 8-Day Bahamas Cruise stopping at Port Canaveral, Nassau, Bahamas and Freeport, Bahamas. During the summer season she continued her other regular 8-Day Bahamas/Caribbean run.[7]

Since March 2013, Carnival Miracle sailed through the Panama Canal repositioning to the West Coast sailing alternating cruises from Long Beach, California & Seattle, Washington . Currently, she sails from Long Beach to Hawaii and Mexican Riviera. Since October 2014, the Miracle is based in Long Beach year round. Carnival Legend replaced the Miracle in its summertime Alaska cruises in 2015.

On March 8, 2015 the "Miracle" was maneuvered into "Drydock #2" operated by BAE Systems at Pier 70 in San Francisco, California to receive its Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades. These upgrades included the RedFrog Pub, Alchemy Bar, Playlist Productions, Seuss at Sea, Hasbro the Game Show, Cherry on Top, New Sports Bar, and Spin U.

In October 2015, Carnival announced that Carnival Miracle, as well as Carnival Splendor, would be repositioned to China in 2018 offering year-round short cruises.

In May 2016, Carnival announced that the Carnival Spirit will sail to China instead of Carnival Miracle.[8] In November 2016, Carnival announced that the Miracle will relocate to Tampa, Florida in January 2018 to offer 7 day cruises to the western Caribbean.[9]

On January 27, 2018, Carnival Miracle departed on her first sailing from the new homeport. Before reaching Tampa, the ship transited the Panama Canal.[10]

In June 2018, the cruise line announced that Carnival Miracle would reposition to San Diego, California in late 2019. The ship will operate three to 15 day sailings from December 2019 through February 2020.[11]


At approximately 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 2013 during an eight-day voyage of Carnival Miracle, an 18-year-old male guest died in his cabin. It has been speculated that alcohol was involved in his death, though autopsy reports have returned inconclusive.[12]



  1. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (2005). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. ISBN 981-246-510-3. 
  2. ^ a b "Jessica Lynch Christens Carnival Miracle In Jacksonville". Cruise Critic. The Independent Traveler, Inc. February 28, 2004. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ Seldon, Lynn (October 2004). "Carnival Miracle: Wherein Farcusian Fiction Becomes Reality". Cruise Travel: 46–49. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ Smith 2010, p. 45.
  5. ^ a b "Carnival Miracle - Destination Oceans". Destination Oceans. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Carnival Miracle". HanBanPhotos. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Carnival Miracle to Offer Year-Round Eight-Day Caribbean/Bahamas Cruises from New York Beginning in April 2012". Carnival-News. June 15, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Carnival Spirit to Offer Winter Season in Shanghai for Carnival's First China Cruises". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  9. ^ "Carnival to offer sailing through new Panama Canal locks". USA TODAY. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Carnival Cruise Line News". Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  11. ^ "Carnival Cruise Line Moving Cruise Ship from Florida to California". Retrieved 2018-07-04. 
  12. ^ Edelman, Adam (February 28, 2013). "Feds investigate teen's death after Carnival cruise ship docks in New York". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 


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