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Cruise Shipping

Kvaerner Masa-Yards has delivered the $375 million, 2.124-passenger

Carnival Miracle, to Carnival Cruise

Lines - its 20th Fun Ship - in the tradi- tional handover ceremonies in Helsinki.

For anyone who has ever had the priv- ilege to attend such a delivery, seeing a new cruise ship rolled out in the middle of the Finnish winter is truly an awe- inspiring, if not one of the most ironic, sights. However, it is a testament to accrued cruise industry expertise and a stable infrastructure of equipment and system suppliers that keeps the shipyard at the forefront.

Carnival Miracle is the sixth cruise ship in the Spirit class series of new

Miracle Main Particulars

Gross tonnage 85.900 (including balconies, approx. 88.500)

Passenger capacity, lower bed 2.124

Passenger capacity, max 2,680

Passenger staterooms, total 1,062

Passenger staterooms, outside 849 (80%) - with balconies 750 (70%)

Crew capacity 961

Length o.a. ' 959.6 ft. (292.5 m)

Breadth, max 127.3 ft. (38.8 m)

Breadth, dwl 105.6 ft. (32.2 m)

Draft, dwl 25.5 ft. (7.8 m)

Speed, service 22 knots

Machinery output 62,370 kW

Propulsion 2 x 17.6 MW Azimuthing rudder propellers (Photo Credit: Kvaerner Masa-Yards)

Panamax-size cruise ships for Carnival

Cruise Lines (four ships) and Costa

Crociere (two ships). The first ship in the series, Costa Atlantica, was deliv-

A Miracle Inside, Too! The central idea of "Famous Fictional Icons" has inspired Joe Farcus,

Carnival's ship architect, in the design of Dr. Frankenstein's Lab onboard Carnival Miracle. See more

Miracle interior photos in a related story on page 30). ered in year 2000. Carnival Spirit and

Carnival Pride were delivered in 2001,

Carnival Legend in 2002 and Costa

Mediterranea followed in 2003.

Carnival Miracle was officially named

February 27, 2004, by former Army pri- vate Jessica Lynch, after which is was schedule to depart on its inaugural three- day voyage from Jacksonville. "Not only is the Carnival Miracle a spectacular 'Fun Ship' with all the fea- tures and facilities desired by today's discriminating vacationers, it also will operate a truly innovative inaugural schedule with departures from four con- venient U.S. homeports, including our first-ever voyages from Jacksonville," said Bob Dickinson. Carnival president and CEO.

Following the trend towards more rooms with outside views, 80 percent of

Miracle's 1,062 staterooms offer an ocean view, with 80 percent of those featuring private balconies. All the pre- fabricated staterooms have been manu- factured by Piikkio Works Oy.

In designing a more narrow super- structure, one more deck with passenger staterooms could be added. In the super- structure most of the staterooms face the sea, and the technical spaces, including 26 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

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