Carnival is known for its plethora of onboard activities, and the Miracle is no exception to this. Listed in the Fun Times, the ship's daily newsletter, activities include beanbag tosses, trivia, bingo, games, dance classes (including a "Thriller" class) and Camp Carnival, the ship's kids club.

Camp Carnival offers designated activities to kids in three different age groups: 2 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11. Meals are also served, and include favorites like chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. At night, kids gather for the Carnival Night Owls program (offered for an additional fee), where they get to stay up late while mom and dad enjoy a night out.

Other events include a Hairy Chest Contest (the whole family will laugh at dad for this one!), mixology competition, and singles meet-ups for all age groups.

Even if the ship didn't offer organized activities, you couldn't possibly be bored. Located at the top of the ship, a life-size chess set, kid's pool and giant waterslide await families. Beneath the waterslide is a new adults-only area, which features lounge booths (more like beds with shields that partially block the sun), a bar and a pool.

Another large pool with a hot tub can be found toward the middle of the ship, and is surrounded by lounge chairs, tables, a bar and a stage. If you're thinking what we're thinking, yes, you can sit in the hot tub just feet away from the stage as a live band performs.

At the front of the ship, you'll find a mini-golf course encircled by an outdoor running track. Directly beneath it is the fitness center, which includes several cardio machines and a limited selection of free weights machines. It also includes separate steam rooms and saunas for men and women.

At night, you'll be entertained by live shows, performed by the ship's singers and dancers. Kids will especially like the family-friendly comedy shows held at the Mad Hatter's Ball. They'll also like the Legends show, held on the last night of the cruise. This show features guests from the ship performing as musical icons such as Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.

Seemingly geared toward 20-somethings, Dr. Frankenstein's Nightclub is a two-floor venue with two bars, tables and chairs and, of course, a dance floor.

Written by Amanda Geronikos



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