The Carnival Miracle Panamax-size cruise ship (newbuilding 503) was built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards’ Helsinki shipyard for the Carnival Corporation. It will work in the Florida-Bahamas-Mexico area.

The ship has an overall length of 292.5m, a 38.8m maximum breadth over the bridge wings (32.2m at water level) and a 7.8m draught. In total, there are 1,062 passenger staterooms, of which 849 (80%) face outside and 750 (70%) have balconies.

The Carnival Miracle features 12 passenger decks, plus four decks below for machinery and crew spaces. The Metropolis Atrium stretches over ten decks. The Phantom main lounge, which is three decks high, seats some 1,160 guests. The location of the show lounge/night club, Mad Hatter’s Ball, is underneath the main lounge.


The main restaurant, Bacchus, is two decks high and seats some 1,300 guests. In order to achieve this, the galley was positioned below the restaurant using escalators for service. Nick & Nora’s is a supper club located at the top of the soaring ten-deck-high atrium and housed under a red-tinted glass dome that forms the forward portion of the Carnival Miracle’s massive winged funnel.

Horatio’s Restaurant, behind the main pool area, is a casual Lido-area and has a variety of special dining areas for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, and 24-hour pizza and ice cream.


There is the two-level health and fitness centre, four swimming pools, one featuring a retractable dome, five whirlpools, a large casino (Mr. Lucky’s) and more than ten themed bars, lounges and public areas for activities and entertainment, including Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab dance club, Frankie & Johnnie’s jazz club and Maguire’s sports bar. In addition there is a large shopping area and a wedding chapel. There is also an Internet library, a conference centre and large facilities for children and youngsters, including a cascading water slide.


Carnival Miracle has a very high level of plant redundancy; at least 50% of nominal capacities remain available after any single failure.

Carnival Miracle has diesel-electric machinery, consisting of six Wärtsilä 9L46D diesel engines, with a total power of 62,370kW, each connected to an alternator producing electricity to the ship’s main electric network. The six 14,405kVA / 60Hz / 11,000V units are supplied by ABB.

The propulsion consists of two fixed pitch azimuthing electric Azipod propulsion units. The brushless synchronous motors, mounted inside the pods, have double windings. The maximum output power of each motor is 17.6MW, with a speed range of 0rpm to 150rpm. The Carnival Miracle has three 1.91MW tunnel thrusters in the bow. The service speed is 22 knots and there are a pair of fin stabilisers.

The vessel has three fresh water production plants: two 650t/day evaporators and a 200t/day FW Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant.

The machinery is arranged into two independent parts. The main electric distribution and monitoring between the wheelhouse and control room (on Deck A) is divided and there are two separated high voltage switchboards (on Deck B) and two separate cyclo-converter rooms (on Deck B). Five of the six generators can supply all normal service rating. This arrangement allows for one engine to be out of service for maintenance.

There are two oil-fired steam boilers rated at 13,000kg/h at 9bar each and six exhaust gas boilers at 2,600kg/h at 9bar each. There are also divided redundant telephone, public addressing, control and alarm systems.

The navigation system is integrated (STN Atlas NACOS) and has a electronic chart system.

The Carnival Miracle is classified by RINA and flagged by Panama. It has the notation *100-A-1.1-NavIL; TP with additional notations +IAQ-1, IWS, TMS, CLEAN-SEA, CLEAN-AIR, +AVM-DPS.

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