February 11, 2004
Carnival Cruise Lines has taken delivery of its new 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle. Following a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Helsinki, Finland, to Jacksonville, Fla., Carnival Miracle will be officially christened on Feb. 27 by former Army private Jessica Lynch, then depart on an inaugural three-day voyage to the Bahamas. Carnival Miracle will operate three-, five- and six-day departures from Jacksonville through April 17, followed by a series of seven-day cruises from Baltimore and New York through the fall. Beginning in November, the ship will call Tampa home, from where it will conduct seven-day Caribbean cruises year round.