Carnival Ships by Age [Infographic] from Newest to Oldest
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Carnival Ships by Age [2019] Newest to Oldest with Infographic

  • GW Staff
  • Apr 3rd 2019
  • Travel

Below you’ll find all Carnival Ships by Age from newest to oldest. We know that some in our cruise community like the newest Carnival ship off the line. And we’ve heard that others prefer some nostalgia.

In this age of hyper-sensitivity, we wouldn’t dare favor the youngest over the oldest Carnival Cruise ship. Nor vice versa. We love all ships equally. As annoyingly “PC” as that sounds, we truly have a soft spot in our hearts for all Carnival’s ships regardless of age.

Our charts below will help you find the perfectly aged ship for your specific preference. We’ve prepared an infographic laying out Carnival ships by Age from its newest ship, the Mardi Gras (a beast), to it’s oldest active vessel (spoiler… it’s the Fantasy).

Carnival Mardi Gras Old and New Ship

FUN FACT: Carnival’s newest ship, the Mardi Gras, is also Carnival’s oldest ship… say, “whaaa?!” The original Mardi Gras launched in 1972 and served over two decades. It left Carnival’s fleet in 1993 and lived another 10 years before it was scrapped in 2003 (pouring a little out in memory). Carnival has kept its memory alive by naming its newest ship with the same name!

You’ll see from our Carnival Ship Age Infographic that the cruise line’s ships go back to 1990. But, don’t think it’ll be Nirvana and tamagotchis all week. Cruise ships are regularly upgraded to provide the newest venues and a fresh coat of paint.

Let’s be honest, the Carnival Fantasy won’t have the same “new ship smell” that you’ll find on the Panorama. And cruise pricing typically reflects this. Newer ships and ships more recently renovated will command higher prices than those in need of some updates.

If you’re looking for the newest cruise ship off the lot, then our graph below should be exactly what you need. If you’re cool with a recently upgraded ship, be sure to check out our Carnival Cruise Ship Renovation Schedule… coming soon!

Enough ship talking. Below, find the complete list of active Carnival Ships by Age.

Carnival Ships by Age [Infographic]

Carnival Ships by Age

Ship age alone won’t tell the full story. Most of Carnival’s ships have been renovated since first launched. Below, you’ll find each of Carnival’s ships with birth date, renovation date, and some other helpful info to help you find the perfect ship.


Carnival Mardi Gras Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Mardi Gras Age and Stats

The Carnival Mardi Gras was originally built in 2020 and is among Carnival’s XL Class. She has a passenger capacity of 5,200 and measures 185,000 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Mardi Gras.

Year Built: 2020
Year Last Renovated: N/A
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: XL
Gross Tonnage: 185,000 GT
Passenger Capacity: 5,200
Retrofit Notes: The Carnival Mardi Gras will be built in 2020 and stands to be Carnival’s largest ship and the first among its new class, “XL.”


Carnival Panorama Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Panorama Age and Stats

The Carnival Panorama was originally built in 2019 and is among Carnival’s Vista Class. She has a passenger capacity of 4,008 and measures 135,500 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Panorama.

Year Built: 2019
Year Last Renovated: N/A
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Vista
Gross Tonnage: 135,500 GT
Passenger Capacity: 4,008
Retrofit Notes: The Carnival Panorama is the cruise line’s only new ship to launch in 2019.


Carnival Horizon Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Horizon Age and Stats

The Carnival Horizon was originally built in 2018 and is among Carnival’s Vista Class. She has a passenger capacity of 3,960 and measures 133,500 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Horizon.

Year Built: 2018
Year Last Renovated: N/A
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Vista
Gross Tonnage: 133,500 GT
Passenger Capacity: 3,960
Retrofit Notes: The Carnival Horizon was newly constructed in 2018.


Carnival Vista Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Vista Age and Stats

The Carnival Vista was originally built in 2016 and is among Carnival’s Vista Class. She has a passenger capacity of 3,934 and measures 133,500 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Vista.

Year Built: 2016
Year Last Renovated: N/A
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Vista
Gross Tonnage: 133,500 GT
Passenger Capacity: 3,934
Retrofit Notes: The Carnival Vista is one of the newest in the fleet, built in 2016.


Carnival Breeze Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Breeze Age and Stats

The Carnival Breeze was originally built in 2012 and is among Carnival’s Dream Class. She has a passenger capacity of 3,690 and measures 128,000 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Breeze.

Year Built: 2012
Year Last Renovated: 2017
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Dream
Gross Tonnage: 128,000 GT
Passenger Capacity: 3,690
Retrofit Notes: Carnival Breeze added Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ restaurant as well as the Alchemy Bar. Also completed were some general renovations to the rooms and public areas.


Carnival Magic Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Magic Age and Stats

The Carnival Magic was originally built in 2011 and is among Carnival’s Dream Class. She has a passenger capacity of 3,690 and measures 128,000 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Magic.

Year Built: 2011
Year Last Renovated: 2016
Scheduled Renovation: 2020
Ship Class: Dream
Gross Tonnage: 128,000 GT
Passenger Capacity: 3,690
Retrofit Notes: In 2016, new features added during the Carnival Magic renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, The Library Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar, and The Punchliner Comedy Club. The ship will be going into dry-dock again in January, 2020.


Carnival Dream Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Dream Age and Stats

The Carnival Dream was originally built in 2009 and is among Carnival’s Dream Class. She has a passenger capacity of 3,646 and measures 128,000 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Dream.

Year Built: 2009
Year Last Renovated: 2017
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Dream
Gross Tonnage: 128,000 GT
Passenger Capacity: 3,646
Retrofit Notes: In 2017, new features added during the Carnival Dream renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, The Library Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Bonsai Sushi, Pizzeria del Capitano and Guy’s Pig and Anchor BBQ.


Carnival Splendor Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Splendor Age and Stats

The Carnival Splendor was originally built in 2008 and is among Carnival’s Splendor Class. She has a passenger capacity of 3,012 and measures 113,300 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Splendor.

Year Built: 2008
Year Last Renovated: 2016
Scheduled Renovation: 2019
Ship Class: Splendor
Gross Tonnage: 113,300 GT
Passenger Capacity: 3,012
Retrofit Notes: In 2019, the Carnival Splendor will have a new waterpark added to the ship.


Carnival Freedom Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Freedom Age and Stats

The Carnival Freedom was originally built in 2007 and is among Carnival’s Conquest Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,980 and measures 110,000 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Freedom.

Year Built: 2007
Year Last Renovated: 2019
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Conquest
Gross Tonnage: 110,000 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,980
Retrofit Notes: In 2019, the Carnival Freedom was renovated to now include Bonsai Sushi and Waterworks.


Carnival Liberty Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Liberty Age and Stats

The Carnival Liberty was originally built in 2005 and is among Carnival’s Conquest Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,980 and measures 110,000 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Liberty.

Year Built: 2005
Year Last Renovated: 2016
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Conquest
Gross Tonnage: 110,000 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,980
Retrofit Notes: The only significant improvements noted during Carnival Liberty’s dry dock were made to crew areas.


Carnival Valor Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Valor Age and Stats

The Carnival Valor was originally built in 2004 and is among Carnival’s Conquest Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,980 and measures 110,000 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Valor.

Year Built: 2004
Year Last Renovated: 2016
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Conquest
Gross Tonnage: 110,000 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,980
Retrofit Notes: New features added in the 2016 renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar, Skybox Sports Bar, and Camp Ocean.


Carnival Miracle Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Miracle Age and Stats

The Carnival Miracle was originally built in 2004 and is among Carnival’s Spirit Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,124 and measures 88,500 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Miracle.

Year Built: 2004
Year Last Renovated: 2015
Scheduled Renovation: 2020
Ship Class: Spirit
Gross Tonnage: 88,500 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,124
Retrofit Notes: In 2015, new features added during the Carnival Miracle renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, The Library Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Skybox Sports Bar, Cherry on Top and Dr Seuss Bookville


Carnival Glory Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Glory Age and Stats

The Carnival Glory was originally built in 2003 and is among Carnival’s Conquest Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,980 and measures 110,000 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Glory.

Year Built: 2003
Year Last Renovated: 2016
Scheduled Renovation: 2019
Ship Class: Conquest
Gross Tonnage: 110,000 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,980
Retrofit Notes: In 2017, the Carnival Glory was renovated and now includes a Waterworks feature.


Carnival Conquest Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Conquest Age and Stats

The Carnival Conquest was originally built in 2002 and is among Carnival’s Conquest Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,980 and measures 110,000 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Conquest.

Year Built: 2002
Year Last Renovated: 2017
Scheduled Renovation: 2020
Ship Class: Conquest
Gross Tonnage: 110,000 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,980
Retrofit Notes: New features added in the 2017 renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Pizzeria Del Capitano, Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ, Alchemy Bar, and Bonsai Sushi.


Carnival Legend Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Legend Age and Stats

The Carnival Legend was originally built in 2002 and is among Carnival’s Spirit Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,124 and measures 88,500 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Legend.

Year Built: 2002
Year Last Renovated: 2018
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Spirit
Gross Tonnage: 88,500 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,124
Retrofit Notes: New features added in the Carnival Legend 2018 renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Red Frog Rum Bar, Camp Ocean and Circle C Kids Area.


Carnival Pride Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Pride Age and Stats

The Carnival Pride was originally built in 2002 and is among Carnival’s Spirit Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,124 and measures 88,500 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Pride.

Year Built: 2002
Year Last Renovated: 2019
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Spirit
Gross Tonnage: 88,500 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,124
Retrofit Notes: In 2019, new features added during the Carnival Pride renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, The Library Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Cherry on Top, Camp Carnival and Carnival Waterworks.


Carnival Spirit Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Spirit Age and Stats

The Carnival Spirit was originally built in 2001 and is among Carnival’s Spirit Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,124 and measures 88,500 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Spirit.

Year Built: 2001
Year Last Renovated: 2018
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Spirit
Gross Tonnage: 88,500 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,124
Retrofit Notes: In 2018, the following was added during the retrofit to the Carnival Spirit: The Warehouse Arcade; Soul Play Studio. Improvements were made to other common areas including the art studio, shops, and photo gallery.


Carnival Victory Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Victory Age and Stats

The Carnival Victory was originally built in 2000 and is among Carnival’s Destiny/Sunshine Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,754 and measures 101,509 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Victory.

Year Built: 2000
Year Last Renovated: 2018
Scheduled Renovation: 2020
Ship Class: Destiny/Sunshine
Gross Tonnage: 101,509 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,754
Retrofit Notes: In 2020, the Carnival Victory will be renovated and its name changed to the Carnival Radiance.


Carnival Sunrise Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Sunrise Age and Stats

The Carnival Sunrise was originally built in 1999 and is among Carnival’s Destiny/Sunshine Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,984 and measures 101,509 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Sunrise.

Year Built: 1999
Year Last Renovated: 2016
Scheduled Renovation: 2019
Ship Class: Destiny/Sunshine
Gross Tonnage: 101,509 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,984
Retrofit Notes: In 2019, the Carnival Triumph was renovated and its name changed to the Carnival Sunrise. The ship will be entirely renovated and include new features like Cloud 9 Spa, Serenity Area, Liquid Lounge, Piano Bar 88, Red Frog Rum Bar, Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ, Bonsai Sushi, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Chef’s Table Java Blue Cafe and Cucina Del Capitano.


Carnival Paradise Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Paradise Age and Stats

The Carnival Paradise was originally built in 1998 and is among Carnival’s Fantasy Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,124 and measures 71,909 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Paradise.

Year Built: 1998
Year Last Renovated: 2018
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Fantasy
Gross Tonnage: 71,909 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,124
Retrofit Notes: In 2018, new features added during the Carnival Paradise renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Waterworks, and Cherry On Top Ice Cream Shop. Improvements were made to all cruise cabins during this retrofit.


Carnival Elation Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Elation Age and Stats

The Carnival Elation was originally built in 1998 and is among Carnival’s Fantasy Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,130 and measures 71,909 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Elation.

Year Built: 1998
Year Last Renovated: 2017
Scheduled Renovation: 2020
Ship Class: Fantasy
Gross Tonnage: 71,909 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,130
Retrofit Notes: In 2017, new features added during the Carnival Ecstasy renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Red Frog Rum Bar, Carnival Waterworks and Camp Ocean. The ship will be going into dry-dock again for three weeks in March, 2020.


Carnival Sunshine Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Sunshine Age and Stats

The Carnival Sunshine was originally built in 1996 and is among Carnival’s Destiny/Sunshine Class. She has a passenger capacity of 3,002 and measures 102,853 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Sunshine.

Year Built: 1996
Year Last Renovated: 2016
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Destiny/Sunshine
Gross Tonnage: 102,853 GT
Passenger Capacity: 3,002
Retrofit Notes: In 2013, the Carnival Destiny was renovated and its name changed to the Carnival Sunshine. In 2016, new features added during the Carnival Sunshine renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, The Library Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Bonsai Sushi, Pizzeria del Capitano, Havana Bar, Ji Ji Kitchen, JavaBlue Cafe, Shake Spot and SeaDogs.


Carnival Inspiration Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Inspiration Age and Stats

The Carnival Inspiration was originally built in 1996 and is among Carnival’s Fantasy Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,056 and measures 70,367 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Inspiration.

Year Built: 1996
Year Last Renovated: 2018
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Fantasy
Gross Tonnage: 70,367 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,056
Retrofit Notes: In 2018, new features added during the Carnival Inspiration renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Red Frog Rum Bar, Camp Ocean, Cherry on Top, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Alchemy Bar, and The Library Bar.


Carnival Imagination Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Imagination Age and Stats

The Carnival Imagination was originally built in 1995 and is among Carnival’s Fantasy Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,056 and measures 70,367 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Imagination.

Year Built: 1995
Year Last Renovated: 2018
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Fantasy
Gross Tonnage: 70,367 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,056
Retrofit Notes: In 2018, new features added during the Carnival Imagination renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Red Frog Rum Bar, Camp Ocean, Cherry on Top, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Alchemy Bar, and The Library Bar.


Carnival Fascination Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Fascination Age and Stats

The Carnival Fascination was originally built in 1994 and is among Carnival’s Fantasy Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,056 and measures 70,367 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Fascination.

Year Built: 1994
Year Last Renovated: 2018
Scheduled Renovation: 2020
Ship Class: Fantasy
Gross Tonnage: 70,367 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,056
Retrofit Notes: In 2018, new features added during the Carnival Inspiration renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Red Frog Rum Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Alchemy Bar, and The Library Bar, Cherry on Top and Bonsai Sushi.


Carnival Sensation Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Sensation Age and Stats

The Carnival Sensation was originally built in 1993 and is among Carnival’s Fantasy Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,056 and measures 70,367 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Sensation.

Year Built: 1993
Year Last Renovated: 2017
Scheduled Renovation: 2020
Ship Class: Fantasy
Gross Tonnage: 70,367 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,056
Retrofit Notes: In 2017, new features added during the Carnival Sensation renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, and Cherry On Top Ice Cream Shop, and Red Frog Rum Bar. The ship will be going into dry-dock again in January, 2020.


Carnival Ecstasy Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Ecstasy Age and Stats

The Carnival Ecstasy was originally built in 1991 and is among Carnival’s Fantasy Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,056 and measures 70,367 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Ecstasy.

Year Built: 1991
Year Last Renovated: 2017
Scheduled Renovation: 2019
Ship Class: Fantasy
Gross Tonnage: 70,367 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,056
Retrofit Notes: In 2017, new features added during the Carnival Ecstasy renovation include Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, and Cherry On Top Ice Cream Shop. The ship will be going into dry-dock again in October, 2020.


Carnival Fantasy Ship Age and Stats

Carnival Fantasy Age and Stats

The Carnival Fantasy was originally built in 1990 and is among Carnival’s Fantasy Class. She has a passenger capacity of 2,056 and measures 70,367 GT. Here’s some additional stats on the Carnival Fantasy.

Year Built: 1990
Year Last Renovated: 2019
Scheduled Renovation: N/A
Ship Class: Fantasy
Gross Tonnage: 70,367 GT
Passenger Capacity: 2,056
Retrofit Notes: In January 2019, the Carnival Fantasy was renovated to now include the Dreams Studio along with other small improvements.


If you like exploring our Carnival Ships by Age chart, you’ll also love our Carnival Ships by Size infographic! There you’ll see the dramatic difference in the cruise line’s fleet.

Carnival Ships by Size

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