What’s on Carnival Miracle
As you may know already… Carnival is making its debut in San Francisco with Carnival Miracle in 2020. This is BIG news because it opens up short 4 day cruises to the huge demand of “first time cruisers” The ship is also very kid-friendly for families and perfect for groups of friends looking to get away (such as bachelorette/bachelor parties). Let’s take a look at what Carnival Miracle has to offer:
- 64 percent of the cabins have a balcony which means it is much cheaper to get a balcony on this ship than most other ships… usually balconies are double the price of an interior room. Having your own private space and being able to sit there staring at the ocean (enjoy room service breakfast) is really relaxing.
- There are three pools aboard Carnival Miracle, each with a whirlpool and located on Deck 9, plus a kiddie pool on Deck 11 next to the slide. One of the pools has a retractable roof, which means the area can be used in rainy or cold weather. There is also water slides.
- There is a three-deck large theater that puts on shows every night (singing, dancing, music). Throughout the day, there are many activities like trivia, bingo, karaoke, towel folding classes, cooking classes, dancing classes, etc.
- A typical sailing on Carnival Miracle is filled with families, making activities and services for kids a top priority. Camp Ocean, the kids facility aboard Carnival Miracle, is located on Deck 5, and is designed for kids age 2 and 11 on each cruise. Children are broken up into three categories, Penguins (age 2 to 5), Stingrays (age 6 to 8) and Sharks (age 9 to 11), and activities are tailored for each age group. It is staffed with childcare professionals and you can either leave your child there or participate in activities together. Watch for other activities around the ship such as Dr.Seuss-a-Palooza parade through the Atrium lobby with Dr. Seuss characters followed by an interactive story-time hosted by the ship’s cruise director, Build-a-Bear Workshops, and Dr.Seuss Green Eggs and Ham special breakfast (extra fee).
- When a major sports game was played, the TVs at SkyBox Sports Bar would be tuned in so they won’t miss any games. There is also a library (books and board games), casino (extra fee), video arcade (extra fee), and spa (extra fee). Outdoor activities include mini golf, ping pong, basketball, and shuffleboard.
- The buffet is has several stations opened up to provide various options: A deli station with hot and cold sandwiches, a carving station with a different hunk of meat daily, an Asian station (Chopsticks), a salad bar, a grill with burgers, dogs, grilled chicken breast and a garden burger, and a themed station that changed each day — Caribbean, French, Italian, etc. Located near the pools, Pizza Pirate was open 24 hours, as were the ice cream and frozen yogurt self-serve machines.
- There will be traditional restaurant seating where you can order as many appetizers, entrees, or desserts you would like!
- Examples of breakfast: fresh fruits, cold packaged cereals and hot oatmeal, yogurt, bagels with salmon and cream cheese, eggs Benedict, pancakes and Belgian waffles.
- Examples of lunch: fried calamari, cream of spinach soup, and garden and field greens salad were typical appetizers, with a Philly steak sandwich, chicken parmigiana and salade nicoise for entrees.
- Examples of dinner appetizers: stuffed mushrooms or butternut squash soup ranging to more exotic items such as spicy alligator fritters and braised ox tongue (identified as “rare finds”), shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, etc.
- Examples of dinner main courses: a pan-seared basa fillet with a cherry tomato vinaigrette, the roast chicken with herb sausage stuffing, and a filet mignon and short rib combo, salmon fillet, pork chop, chicken breast and a flat iron steak. There is always at least one vegetarian entree available each night (vegetable lasagna, portabello mushrooms filled with spinach and squash)
- Examples of dinner dessert: Carnival’s famous melting chocolate cake, a choice of ice creams and a cheese or fruit plate; a low-calorie, sugar-free option is also on the dessert menu nightly.
- You will never go hungry because at any time, there is free room service 24/7
- There is live music and bars all around the ship (alcohol is extra fee). You can also buy alcohol package for all you can drink (many people do this if they like drinking). One of the special bars they have is called Alchemy Bar: these bartenders are professional cocktail mixologists and you only have to tell them what flavor you like and they will make a perfect drink for you (ex: lavender and gin or strawberry and vodka)
- At night, the nightclubs open and is similar to the nightclubs in the city for dancing and drinking.
Bookings are open and rooms are already being sold in an alarming rate… it’s so popular that Carnival added two more sailings only weeks after the announcement. Don’t wait, and book your balcony cabin today!