The 86,000-ton, 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle, pictured here in a photo taken this month at Helsinki's Kvaerner Masa-Yards, is slated for a February 27 debut. Joe Farcus, Carnival's ubiquitous architect, says the style of the new Miracle will be completely different from any others in the fleet. Public room designs are inspired by a range of characters – from movies, books, Broadway, myths, songs and poems – such as P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and the Batman-influenced Gotham Lounge. Others include the lower promenade, which is an ode to Ayn Rand's Fountainhead and the upper promenade, which celebrates Orson Wells' "Citizen Kane."
The ship's supper club will be called "Nick and Nora" after Dashiell Hammett's classic characters and the Mad Hatter's Ball show lounge comes from "Alice in Wonderland." The most contemporary theme is Carnival Miracle's McGuire's Sports Bar, named after the Tom Cruise flick "Jerry Maguire" (note the confusion in spelling – Carnival's "McGuire" version comes from its release while ours is from the front of our DVD copy of the movie). The most eerie adaptation is sure to be The Raven Library, an ode to Edgar Allan Poe’s sinister poem.
Carnival Miracle will debut in Jacksonville, Florida, a seasonal port for the ship, where it will sail a series of three-to-six night trips. The vessel then repositions to Baltimore and New York for spring/summer seven-night cruises before heading to its year-round home port in Tampa in November (2004). From there, Carnival Miracle will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries.