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CARNIVAL NEWS - Carnival Miracle Features Multi-Million-Dollar Art Collection

MIAMI (February 16, 2004) – The new Carnival Miracle will feature a diverse selection of artwork, ranging from bronze sculptures and ornate glass vases to colorful bold paintings, that will highlight the ship’s “fictional icons” interior theme.

Adorning the ship’s corridors will be the works of Italian artist Augusto Vignali, who created 18 original paintings of legendary fictional characters, including the Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe and Captain Ahab.

The fictional theme will also be portrayed on the Lido pool deck with three bronze statues of the mythical figures Orpheus, Ulysses and Sirens. Created by Italian sculptor Katia Tasselli, these six-foot-high statues enhance the areas surrounding the pools that bear their names.

Throughout the Carnival Miracle’s stair landings will be 60 Bohemian crystal pieces – elegant vases, candle holders and other items -- by Czech glass artist Borek Sipek, along with 27 original murals on the ship’s stair landings by artists Andrea Tana, Calman Shemi and Devita Writer. Tana’s works, which can be seen on many Carnival ships, illustrate mythology folklore, while Shemi created a variety of bright colorful abstract murals on aluminum boards.  Writer also used bold colors to paint eight murals depicting beautiful skylines and landscapes.

The Carnival Miracle’s 1,062 staterooms will feature original motifs by American artist Janine Alter, who painted a series of warm, serene images of nature, plant life and lake views.

Carnival Miracle debuts from Jacksonville Feb. 27, 2004, with a series of 12 three- to six-day voyages through April 17, 2004, marking the first time that Carnival has ever operated from that port. 

The ship will also operate seven-day departures from Baltimore and New York before repositioning to Tampa for year-round seven-day western Caribbean cruises from that port beginning Nov. 7, 2004.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit