Carnival Miracle Overview

By - Updated Aug. 27, 2019

Carnival cruises are all about laidback fun, and Carnival Miracle embraces the brand’s spirit with fantasy-inspired spaces, creative restaurants, and thrilling activities. Whether it’s a trip down the ship’s corkscrew Twister waterslide or a chance to win a giant game of Connect 4 at Hasbro, The Game Show, this Spirit-class ship has activities and entertainment to please travelers of all ages. For the kids, Miracle offers Seuss at Sea, where Dr. Seuss’ timeless characters jump off the page to interact with passengers. Kids can also spend the day at Carnival’s Camp Ocean, where counselors keep younger travelers entertained with ocean-themed activities like games, songs, and crafts. For the 21-and-over crowd, the Serenity adults-only retreat provides a space for older cruisers to relax and reconnect, while Spa Carnival offers pampering and luxury with hot stone massages, aromatherapy treatment, and full-body wraps.

When it comes to shipboard entertainment, passengers can sit back and enjoy Playlist Productions’ vibrant musicals or laugh out loud at Punchliner Comedy Club. For gutsy travelers who’d rather take the stage themselves, the ship puts on a cruise-long Lip Sync Battle, a series of competitions that let cruisers showcase their talent and compete for the top prize.

For dining and drinks, Carnival Miracle offers a variety of palate-pleasing options. From the gourmet multi-course dining at the Chef’s Table to the whimsical Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, Carnival Miracle has options that should appeal to the whole family’s taste buds. During Miracle’s FunShip 2.0 renovations in 2015, the Alchemy Bar was also added — a cocktail “pharmacy” that turns mixing drinks into an artful science.

Carnival Miracle itineraries depart from San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Tampa, cruising to Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and Alaska’s stunning coastal panhandle region. Caribbean ports of call include Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize, and Mahogany Bay. The ship also offers cruises to the Mexican Riviera, including stops in Ensenada and Catalina Island.

Ship Highlights

  • Twister corkscrew waterslide
  • Seuss at Sea themed activities
  • Hasbro, The Game Show
  • Camp Ocean, Circle C and Club O2 kid’s clubs
  • Serenity adults-only retreat
  • Playlist Productions musical stage performances
  • Onboard casino
  • Cherry on Top candy store and ice cream shop
  • Punchliner Comedy Club
  • Miniature golf
  • Lip Sync Battle
  • SkyBox Sports Bar
  • Four swimming pools and four whirlpools

Before You Book

Why Sail on Carnival Miracle: This mid-sized ship offers a variety of amenities that should appeal to couples, families and other travelers looking for a traditional onboard experience. Its well-rounded offerings and budget fares also make it ideal for first-time cruisers testing the waters.

You Should Know: Carnival Miracle lacks some of the bells and whistles of Carnival’s newer and larger ships, and its dining options might feel somewhat limited to passengers used to sailing on more modern ships. Miracle likely won’t appeal to travelers looking for a cruise ship with state-of-the-art amenities, amusement-park-like attractions, or the sheer variety of options offered on larger vessels.

Carnival Miracle Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,667
  • Total Crew: 910
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.93
  • Built: Feb 2004
  • Refurbished: Jan 2012
  • Number of Decks: 12
  • Total Cabins: 1,062
  • Cabin Categories: 28
  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Length: 963
  • Beam: 106


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 3.7
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.1
  • Entertainment 3.8
  • Food and Dining 3.9
  • Onboard Activities 3.8
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.1


1062 cabins and 28 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(103 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $94/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(49 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $106/night
Balcony Balcony
(422 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 192 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $119/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(46 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 271 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $203/night

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Sushi Bar Sushi Bar
(4 Reviews)
Bacchus Dining Room Bacchus Dining Room
(57 Reviews)
Pizzeria Pizzeria
(18 Reviews)
Nick & Noras Steakhouse Nick & Noras Steakhouse
(13 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Beauty Salon Beauty Salon
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Jogging Track Jogging Track
(1 Review)
Sam''s Piano Bar Sam''s Piano Bar
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2281 Carnival Miracle Reviews

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Ok Cruise by fr8135

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This cruise was mediocre at best, I will not choose Carnival again.

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I had the time of my life!! by shanahmichels

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This was my first ever Cruise and I am hooked. Carnival was so much fun and constantly kept us entertained. I would absolutely recommend Carnival to all of my friends and family. The Staff was incredible and always positive. We were treated like family! The Shows were impressive and heart warming. The Performers were extremely talented. The Comedians made me laugh till my cheeks and stomach heart. The musicians created a peaceful and serene atmosphere. I was throughly impressed and can not wait to book my next Cruise! Thank you Carnival and all of the staff on the Miracle! You made a Cruiser out of me, I am hooked!!

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Mexican Riviera Getaway by duramax94

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

This was a great getaway cruise, I cruised over the Thanksgiving holiday which was a first. It would have been nice if travel agent would have informed us that this is one of the busiest times when children cruise. I would have gone a week earlier or later. We had over 800 children on board.

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782 Carnival Miracle Tips

Jan 19, 2015

Always get a balcony--it is so relaxing to set out on the deck in private and enjoy the view!

Jul 30, 2013

Go to the Serenity Deck for great views and a quiet and comfortable retreat on the days at sea when you simply want to rest.

Aug 05, 2013

Don't miss a night at Nick and Nora's steakhouse! If you're a couple that doesn't want to be around kids, this is not your ship. Parents with kids of all ages, enjoy! The kids will love it!

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