Cruise Facts List of Carnival Cruise Ships Newest to Oldest

List of Carnival Cruise Ships Newest to Oldest

Carnival Cruise Line currently has 24 cruise ships in service. Carnival has earned the title “America’s Cruise Line” as they sail from more U.S. ports than any other cruise line. 50% of the population in the U.S. can drive to a Carnival homeport in five hours or less.
Carnival Cruise Line currently has 26 cruise ships in service.

Here is a list of every Carnival cruise ship from newest to oldest that will be updated as new ships enter Carnival’s fleet.  Also listed are the ages of each ship as well as the size. The ships range from the 70,000 gross ton Fantasy class to the 180,000 Excel class LNG powered cruise ships.

The majority of Carnival’s ships offer cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas that range from three days to over a week.  A few vessels are based on the West Coast as well as a couple in Australia.

Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras is Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and largest cruise ship at 180,000 gross tons.  The ship is the first in North America to be powered by LNG and is also the world’s first cruise ship with a roller coaster. Mardi Gras homeports at Port Canaveral and entered Carnival’s fleet in 2021.  View Top Cruise Itineraries on Mardi Gras

Carnival Panorama

Carnival Panorama debuted in December 2019 and is the third and final Vista class ship from Carnival. Carnival Panorama comes in at 133,500 gross tons and carries just under 4,000 passengers. Read: Is Carnival Panorama the Most Fun Ship at Sea?

Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon debuted in the spring of 2018 and is the second Vista class ship from Carnival.  At 133,500 gross tons, it’s currently the largest ship in Carnival’s fleet and can carry 3,960 passengers. Take a Video Tour of Carnival Horizon

Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista was the first Vista class ship from Carnival and debuted in 2016. Also at 133,500 gross tons, the ship holds slighter fewer passengers than Carnival Horizon and currently sails cruises to the Caribbean. Read 10 Impressive Features on Carnival Vista

Carnival Breeze

The third and final Dream class ship, Carnival Breeze went into service in 2012 and was the largest ship in Carnival’s fleet until Carnival Vista debuted four years later.  The ship is 128,000 gross tons in size and can carry 3,690 passengers. Carnival Breeze Review and Video Tour

Carnival Magic


Carnival Magic debuted in 2011 and has the same dimensions and passenger capacity as Carnival Breeze.

Carnival Dream

The first Dream class ship from Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Dream was the first Carnival ship to be over 120,000 gross tons in size.  The ship debuted in 2009 at 128,000 GT and carries 3,646 passengers.

Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor is one of a kind when it comes to the different classes of ships from Carnival.  The vessel was originally designed for sister cruise line Costa Cruises but was transferred to Carnival Cruise Line during construction.  The cruise ship is 113,300 gross tons and carries 3,012 passengers. Carnival Splendor debuted in 2008.

Carnival Freedom

The final Conquest class ship from Carnival, Carnival Freedom debuted in 2007.  The 110,000 gross ton cruise ship carries just under 3,000 passengers.

Carnival Liberty

Another Conquest class ship from Carnival, Carnival Liberty debuted in 2005.  The 110,000 gross ton cruise ship carries just under 3,000 passengers.

Carnival Valor

The third Conquest class ship from Carnival, Carnival Valor debuted in 2004.  The 110,000 gross ton cruise ship carries just under 3,000 passengers.

Carnival Miracle

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The last of four Spirit class ships from Carnival, Carnival Miracle debuted in 2004.  The 88,500 gross ton ship carries 2,124 passengers.  The Spirit class offer more space per passenger than any other vessels in Carnival’s fleet.

Carnival Glory

Carnival Glory

The second Conquest class ship from Carnival, Carnival Glory debuted in 2003.  The 110,000 gross ton cruise ship carries just under 3,000 passengers.

Carnival Conquest

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The first Conquest class ship from Carnival, Carnival Conquest debuted in 2002.  The 110,000 gross ton cruise ship carries just under 3,000 passengers.

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Carnival Legend

One of four Spirit class ships from Carnival, Carnival Legend debuted in 2002.  The 88,500 gross ton ship carries 2,124 passengers.  The Spirit class offer more space per passenger than any other vessels in Carnival’s fleet.

Carnival Pride

One of four Spirit class ships from Carnival, Carnival Pride debuted in 2002.  The 88,500 gross ton ship carries 2,124 passengers.  The Spirit class offer more space per passenger than any other vessels in Carnival’s fleet.

Carnival Spirit

The first Spirit class ship from Carnival, Carnival Spirit debuted in 2001.  The 88,500 gross ton ship carries 2,124 passengers.  The Spirit class offer more space per passenger than any other vessels in Carnival’s fleet.

Carnival Victory/Carnival Radiance

The final Destiny class ship from Carnival, Carnival Victory is scheduled for a major makeover in 2021 that will see the vessel renamed as Carnival Radiance. Once the makeover is complete, Carnival Radiance will become a Sunshine class ship. The ship originally went into service in 2000.  The 101,509 gross ton ship can carry 2,754 passengers. Carnival Victory Review

Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Sunrise started off as Carnival Triumph. In 2019, Carnival Cruise Line gave the cruise ship a massive $200 million renovation and a name change to Carnival Sunrise. The vessel originally debuted in 1999 and was the second Destiny class ship.

Carnival Paradise

The final of eight Fantasy class ships from Carnival, Carnival Paradise first debuted in 1998.  The 71,909 gross ton cruise ship carries 2,124 passengers.

Carnival Elation

One of the Fantasy class ships from Carnival, Carnival Elation first debuted in 1998.  The 71,909 gross ton cruise ship carries 2,130 passengers.

Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine originally debuted in 1996 as Carnival Destiny. Carnival Destiny was the first passenger cruise ship ever built over 100,000 gross tons in size.  In 2013, the cruise ship was transformed in Carnival Sunshine.  The 3,002 passenger ship is currently 102,853 gross tons after the remodel.

Carnival Sensation

One of of eight Fantasy class ships from Carnival, Carnival Sensation first debuted in 1993.  The 70,367 gross ton cruise ship carries 2,056 passengers.

Carnival Ecstasy

One of eight Fantasy class ships from Carnival, Carnival Ecstasy first debuted in 1994.  The 70,367 gross ton cruise ship carries 2,056 passengers.

Carnival Cruise Line’s Future Ships

Carnival Cruise Line currently has two Excel class cruise ships on order or under construction. Both ships will be 180,000 gross tons in size, the largest ever built by Carnival.

Carnival Celebration will debut in 2022 and will be the largest cruise ship in Carnival’s fleet.  The cruise ship will have the first roller coaster on a ship and the vessel will be powered by LNG. A third and currently unnamed sister ship will debut in 2023.

Carnival Cruise Line will also receive a cruise ship from sister cruise line Costa.  Costa Magica will be converted to a Carnival ship and will enter service as a Funship in 2022.

Note: This article was updated in July 2021.
List of Carnival Cruise Ships Newest to Oldest

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