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Carnival Ships by Age [2021] Newest to Oldest with Infographic

Carnival Ships by Age [Infographic] from Newest to Oldest

Jeremy CamosseMay 4 2021Travel
Below you'll find all Carnival Ships by Age from newest to oldest. We know that some members of our cruise community like the newest Carnival ship off the line. And we've heard that others prefer some nostalgia. Fortunately, Carnival offers a wide variety of ship ages.
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 active ship, the Mardi Gras (a beast), to its oldest ship still in operation (spoiler... it's the Ecstasy).
Carnival Newest and Oldest Cruise Ships side by side

Carnival Oldest and Youngest Ships

Many cruisers will scroll to the very top or the very bottom of the chart. Maybe they want the freshest ship off the line. Or, perhaps they just want to avoid sailing the most ancient of the fleet. Either way, here are the most common two questions ask from potential Carnival cruisers.
What is Carnival’s newest cruise ship? Carnival's newest active ship is the Horizon, launched in 2018. The next ship to be launched will be the Panorama in December 2019 and then the Mardi Gras in 2020. See details on each below.
What is Carnival’s oldest ship? Carnival's oldest cruise ship, which is still active today, is the Carnival Fantasy. It was launched in 1990 and currently offers departures form Mobile, Alabama.
Fun FactCarnival's newest, active 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 active ships go back to 1991. If you're on one of these older ships, however, don't think expect a 90's throwback complete with Nirvana music and tamagotchis. Cruise ships are regularly upgraded to provide the newest venues and a fresh coat of paint.
Let's be honest, the Carnival Ecstasy 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 the details below. In addition to the Carnival cruise ship age, you'll also find the most recent renovation date included. The adjoining text will provide detail on the venues added during that retrofit.
Enough ship talking. Below, find the complete list of active Carnival Ships by Age.

Carnival Ships by Age Infographic

Carnival Ships by Age Infographic Newest to Oldest
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.
Feel free to use the menu below to jump to your Carnival ship.
Without further ado, below is our complete list of Carnival Ships by Age. You'll find them listed from newest to oldest.

Carnival Celebration Year Built and Renovation Date

1) Carnival Celebration Year Built & Renovated

The Carnival Celebration is scheduled for launch in 2022. It will share the rank of "Carnival’s largest ship" with the Carnival Mardi Gras. Both are in Carnival's "XL" Class.
Carnival Celebration Year Built
  • Year Built: 2022
  • Status: future ship
  • Year Renovated: N/A
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: XL
  • Gross Tonnage: 183,900
  • Years Served: Future (2022)
  • Capacity: 6,630 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 2,641
  • Ship Cost: $1000 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 1,130 feet (344 meters)

Carnival Mardi Gras Year Built and Renovation Date

2) Carnival Mardi Gras Year Built & Renovated

The Carnival Mardi Gras was built in 2020 and shares the rank of "Carnival’s largest ship" with the Carnival Celebration. Both are in Carnival's "XL" Class.
Carnival Mardi Gras Year Built
  • Year Built: 2020
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: N/A
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: XL
  • Gross Tonnage: 183,900
  • Years Served: 2020–present
  • Capacity: 6,630 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 2,641
  • Ship Cost: $950 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 1,130 feet (344 meters)

Carnival Panorama Year Built and Renovation Date

3) Carnival Panorama Year Built & Renovated

The Carnival Panorama was the cruise line’s only new ship to launch in 2019. It entered service late in the year on December 11, 2019. It should still have that "new ship smell."
Carnival Panorama Year Built
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: N/A
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Vista
  • Gross Tonnage: 135,500
  • Years Served: 2019–present
  • Capacity: 5,146 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,823
  • Ship Cost: $780 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 1,055 feet (322 meters)

Carnival Horizon Year Built and Renovation Date

4) Carnival Horizon Year Built & Renovated

The Carnival Horizon was newly constructed in 2018. It was the largest Carnival ship ever built until the Panorama came along. Her first sailing was on April 2, 2018.
Carnival Horizon Year Built
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: N/A
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Vista
  • Gross Tonnage: 133,500
  • Years Served: 2018–present
  • Capacity: 4,977 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,967
  • Ship Cost: $800 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 1,055 feet (322 meters)

Carnival Vista Year Built and Renovation Date

5) Carnival Vista Year Built & Renovated

The Carnival Vista is one of the newest in the fleet, built in 2016. As such, it includes all of the major Carnival Fun Ship features as well as extras like the IMAX theater, SkyRide, Dr Seuss Bookville and much more.
Carnival Vista Year Built
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: N/A
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Vista
  • Gross Tonnage: 133,500
  • Years Served: 2016–present
  • Capacity: 4,977 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,967
  • Ship Cost: $800 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 1,055 feet (322 meters)

Carnival Breeze Year Built and Renovation Date

6) Carnival Breeze Year Built & Renovated

Carnival Breeze was fully renovated in 2017. Carnival 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.
In April of 2017 the Breeze received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Breeze: Bonsai Sushi; Cucina del Capitano; Fat Jimmy's BBQ; Guy's Pig & Anchor BBQ; SeaDogs Hot Dogs.
Carnival Breeze Year Built
  • Year Built: 2012
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2017
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Dream
  • Gross Tonnage: 130,000
  • Years Served: 2012–Present
  • Capacity: 4,724 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,845
  • Ship Cost: $740 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 1,004 feet (306 meters)

Carnival Magic Year Built and Renovation Date

7) Carnival Magic Year Built & Renovated

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 March, 2021.
In March of 2016 the Magic received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Magic Cucina del Capitano; Guy's Pig & Anchor BBQ; Pizzeria del Capitano; SeaDogs Hot Dogs.
Carnival Magic Year Built
  • Year Built: 2011
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2016
  • Scheduled Renovation: 2021
  • Ship Class: Dream
  • Gross Tonnage: 130,000
  • Years Served: 2011–Present
  • Capacity: 4,724 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,845
  • Ship Cost: $740 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 1,004 feet (306 meters)

Carnival Dream Year Built and Renovation Date

8) Carnival Dream Year Built & Renovated

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.
In Feb of 2017 the Dream received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Dream Bonsai Sushi; Guy's Pig & Anchor BBQ; Pizzeria del Capitano.
Carnival Dream Year Built
  • Year Built: 2009
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2017
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Dream
  • Gross Tonnage: 130,000
  • Years Served: 2009–Present
  • Capacity: 4,631 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,823
  • Ship Cost: $740 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 1,004 feet (306 meters)

Carnival Splendor Year Built and Renovation Date

9) Carnival Splendor Year Built & Renovated

In 2019, the Carnival Splendor experienced a FunShip 2.0 renovation complete with Serenity Retreat, Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Pub, Guy's Burger Joint and an overhaul of the waterpark, including a fre-fall water slide. The reno cost Carnival $60 Million.
In Nov of 2019 the Splendor received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Splendor.
Carnival Splendor Year Built
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2019
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Splendor
  • Gross Tonnage: 113,300
  • Years Served: 2008–Present
  • Capacity: 3,734 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,506
  • Ship Cost: $700 Million
  • Flagged Country: Malta
  • Ship Length: 952 feet (290 meters)

Carnival Conquest Year Built and Renovation Date

10) Carnival Conquest Year Built & Renovated

In 2017, the Carnival Conquest experienced all of the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades including: Guy's Burger Joint, Punchliner Comedy Club, EA Sports Bar, RedFrog Pub, Blue Iguana, Alchemy, and Library Bars. Additionally, the Conquest added the Seafood Shack.
In October of 2017 the Conquest received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Conquest Seafood Shack; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Conquest Year Built
  • Year Built: 2002
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2017
  • Scheduled Renovation: 2020
  • Ship Class: Conquest
  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Years Served: 2002–Present
  • Capacity: 3,756 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,487
  • Ship Cost: $500 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 953 feet (290 meters)

Carnival Valor Year Built and Renovation Date

11) Carnival Valor Year Built & Renovated

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.
In August of 2016 the Valor received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Valor Seafood Shack.
Carnival Valor Year Built
  • Year Built: 2004
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2016
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Conquest
  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Years Served: 2004–Present
  • Capacity: 3,756 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,490
  • Ship Cost: $500 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 952 feet (290 meters)

Carnival Liberty Year Built and Renovation Date

12) Carnival Liberty Year Built & Renovated

In 2016, the Carnival Liberty experienced all of the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades including: Guy's Burger Joint, Punchliner Comedy Club, EA Sports Bar, RedFrog Pub, Blue Iguana, Alchemy, and Library Bars.
In Dec of 2016 the Liberty received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Liberty Seafood Shack.
Carnival Liberty Year Built
  • Year Built: 2005
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2016
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Conquest
  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Years Served: 2005–Present
  • Capacity: 3,756 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,487
  • Ship Cost: $500 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 952 feet (290 meters)

Carnival Glory Year Built and Renovation Date

13) Carnival Glory Year Built & Renovated

In 2017, the Carnival Glory experienced all of the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades including: Guy's Burger Joint, Punchliner Comedy Club, EA Sports Bar, RedFrog Pub, Blue Iguana, Alchemy, and Library Bars. Additionally, the Glory added the Seafood Shack.
In March of 2017 the Glory received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Glory Seafood Shack; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Glory Year Built
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2017
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Conquest
  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Years Served: 2003–Present
  • Capacity: 3,756 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,485
  • Ship Cost: $500 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 952 feet (290 meters)

Carnival Freedom Year Built and Renovation Date

14) Carnival Freedom Year Built & Renovated

In 2019, the Carnival Freedom was fully renovated with FunShip 2.0 upgrades. It now includes Cherry on Top, Bonsai Sushi, mini golf, and a new waterpark featuring, Waterworks.
In March of 2019 the Freedom received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Freedom Bonsai Sushi; Cherry On Top; Seafood Shack; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Freedom Year Built
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2019
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Conquest
  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Years Served: 2007–Present
  • Capacity: 3,754 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,490
  • Ship Cost: $500 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 952 feet (290 meters)

Carnival Sunshine Year Built and Renovation Date

15) Carnival Sunshine Year Built & Renovated

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. The full renovation cost Carnival $155 Million.
In May of 2016 the Sunshine received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Sunshine Bonsai Sushi; Cucina del Capitano; Havana Bar; JavaBlue Cafe; Ji Ji Kitchen; Pizzeria del Capitano; SeaDogs Hot Dogs; Shake Spot.
Carnival Sunshine Year Built
  • Year Built: 1996
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2016
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Sunshine
  • Gross Tonnage: 102,853
  • Years Served: 2013–Present as Carnival Sunshine 1996-2013 as Carnival Destiny
  • Capacity: 3,002 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,321
  • Ship Cost: $400 Million
  • Flagged Country: Bahamas
  • Ship Length: 893 feet (272 meters)

Carnival Radiance Year Built and Renovation Date

16) Carnival Radiance Year Built & Renovated

In 2020, the Carnival Victory was renovated and its name changed to the Carnival Radiance. The full upgrade cost Carnival $200 million and included all of the latest and greatest Carnival upgrade features.
In Jan of 2018 the Radiance received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Radiance Bonsai Sushi; Cherry On Top; Seafood Shack.
Carnival Radiance Year Built
  • Year Built: 2000
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2018
  • Scheduled Renovation: 2020
  • Ship Class: Sunshine
  • Gross Tonnage: 101,509
  • Years Served: 2000–2020 as Carnival Victory and 2020 - present as Carnival Radiance
  • Capacity: 3,873 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,492
  • Ship Cost: $410 Million
  • Flagged Country: Bahamas
  • Ship Length: 893 feet (272 meters)

Carnival Sunrise Year Built and Renovation Date

17) Carnival Sunrise Year Built & Renovated

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.
In March of 2019 the Sunrise received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Sunrise Seafood Shack.
Carnival Sunrise Year Built
  • Year Built: 1999
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2019
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Sunshine
  • Gross Tonnage: 101,509
  • Years Served: 1999–2019 as Carnival Triumph (Currently being refitted to be renamed Carnival Sunrise)
  • Capacity: 3,873 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,492
  • Ship Cost: $420 Million
  • Flagged Country: Bahamas
  • Ship Length: 893 feet (272 meters)

Carnival Miracle Year Built and Renovation Date

18) Carnival Miracle Year Built & Renovated

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
In March of 2020 the Miracle received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Miracle Cherry On Top; Dr Seuss Bookville; Skybox Sports Bar.
Carnival Miracle Year Built
  • Year Built: 2004
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2020
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Spirit
  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Years Served: 2004–Present
  • Capacity: 2,680 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,062
  • Ship Cost: $375 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 963 feet (294 meters)

Carnival Pride Year Built and Renovation Date

19) Carnival Pride Year Built & Renovated

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.
In Feb of 2019 the Pride received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Pride Bonsai Sushi; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Pride Year Built
  • Year Built: 2002
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2019
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Spirit
  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Years Served: 2002–Present
  • Capacity: 2,680 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,062
  • Ship Cost: $375 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 963 feet (294 meters)

Carnival Legend Year Built and Renovation Date

20) Carnival Legend Year Built & Renovated

In 2018, the Carnival Legend experienced all of the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades including: Guy's Burger Joint, Punchliner Comedy Club, EA Sports Bar, RedFrog Pub, Blue Iguana, Alchemy, and Library Bars. Additionally, the Legend added the Bonsai Sushi and Cherry on Top.
In May of 2018 the Legend received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Legend Bonsai Sushi; Cherry On Top; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Legend Year Built
  • Year Built: 2002
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2018
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Spirit
  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Years Served: 2002–Present
  • Capacity: 2,610 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,062
  • Ship Cost: $375 Million
  • Flagged Country: Malta
  • Ship Length: 963 feet (294 meters)

Carnival Spirit Year Built and Renovation Date

21) Carnival Spirit Year Built & Renovated

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.
In May of 2018 the Spirit received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Spirit Bonsai Sushi; Cherry On Top; SoulPlay Kids Club; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Spirit Year Built
  • Year Built: 2001
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2018
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Spirit
  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Years Served: 2001–Present
  • Capacity: 2,610 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,062
  • Ship Cost: $375 Million
  • Flagged Country: Malta
  • Ship Length: 963 feet (294 meters)

Carnival Ecstasy Year Built and Renovation Date

22) Carnival Ecstasy Year Built & Renovated

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.
In October of 2019 the Ecstasy received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Ecstasy Bonsai Sushi; Camp Ocean; Cherry On Top; Dreams Studio; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Ecstasy Year Built
  • Year Built: 1991
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2019
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Fantasy
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Years Served: 1991–Present
  • Capacity: 2,606 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,026
  • Ship Cost: $275 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 855 feet (261 meters)

Carnival Elation Year Built and Renovation Date

23) Carnival Elation Year Built & Renovated

In 2017, new features added during the Carnival Elation 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.
In September of 2017 the Elation received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Elation Camp Ocean; Cherry On Top; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Elation Year Built
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2017
  • Scheduled Renovation: 2020
  • Ship Class: Fantasy
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Years Served: 1998–Present
  • Capacity: 2,606 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,026
  • Ship Cost: $300 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 855 feet (261 meters)

Carnival Paradise Year Built and Renovation Date

24) Carnival Paradise Year Built & Renovated

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.
In March of 2018 the Paradise received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Paradise Camp Ocean; Cherry On Top; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Paradise Year Built
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2018
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Fantasy
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Years Served: 1998–Present
  • Capacity: 2,606 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,026
  • Ship Cost: $300 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 855 feet (261 meters)

Carnival Sensation Year Built and Renovation Date

25) Carnival Sensation Year Built & Renovated

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.
In February of 2017 the Sensation received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Sensation Camp Carnival; Cherry On Top; Waterworks Water Park.
Carnival Sensation Year Built
  • Year Built: 1993
  • Status: active
  • Year Renovated: 2017
  • Scheduled Renovation: 2020
  • Ship Class: Fantasy
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Years Served: 1993–Present
  • Capacity: 2,606 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,026
  • Ship Cost: $300 Million
  • Flagged Country: Bahamas
  • Ship Length: 855 feet (261 meters)

Carnival Fantasy Year Built and Renovation Date

26) Carnival Fantasy Year Built & Renovated

In January 2019, the Carnival Fantasy was renovated to now include the Dreams Studio along with other small improvements.
Carnival Fantasy Year Built
  • Year Built: 1990
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: NA
  • Scheduled Renovation: NA
  • Ship Class: Fantasy
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Years Served: 1990–present
  • Capacity: 2,056 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,026
  • Ship Cost: $225 Million
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Length: 855 feet (261 meters)

Carnival Fascination Year Built and Renovation Date

27) Carnival Fascination Year Built & Renovated

In 2018, new features added during the Carnival Fascination 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.
In February of 2018 the Fascination received a FunShip 2.0 upgrade, complete with the following features: RedFrog Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Alchemy Bar, DJ IRIE, Punchliner's Comedy Club, Hasbro Game, EA Sports Bar, Library Bar, Taste Bar, & Carnival Steakhouse. Additionally, the following was added to the Fascination Bonsai Sushi; Cherry On Top.
Carnival Fascination Year Built
  • Year Built: 1994
  • Status: laid-up
  • Year Renovated: 2018
  • Scheduled Renovation: 2020
  • Ship Class: Fantasy
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Years Served: 1994–Present
  • Capacity: 2,056 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,026
  • Ship Cost: $315 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 855 feet (261 meters)

Carnival Imagination Year Built and Renovation Date

28) Carnival Imagination Year Built & Renovated

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 Imagination Year Built
  • Year Built: 1995
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: 2018
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Fantasy
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Years Served: 1995–Present
  • Capacity: 2,056 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,026
  • Ship Cost: $330 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 855 feet (261 meters)

Carnival Inspiration Year Built and Renovation Date

29) Carnival Inspiration Year Built & Renovated

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 Inspiration Year Built
  • Year Built: 1996
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: 2018
  • Scheduled Renovation: N/A
  • Ship Class: Fantasy
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Years Served: 1996–Present
  • Capacity: 2,056 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: 1,026
  • Ship Cost: $270 Million
  • Flagged Country: Panama
  • Ship Length: 855 feet (261 meters)

Carnival Celebration Original Year Built and Renovation Date

30) Carnival Celebration Original Year Built & Renovated

The original Carnival Celebration was constructed in 1987 and served under the Carnival flag for close to two decades. It then bounced around from owner to owner and currently operates under the name Grand Celebration. It's owned by the cruise line, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
Carnival Celebration Original Year Built
  • Year Built: 1987
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: NA
  • Scheduled Renovation: NA
  • Ship Class: Holiday
  • Gross Tonnage: 47,262
  • Years Served: 1987 - 2008
  • Capacity: 1,496 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: NA
  • Ship Cost: $130 Million
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Length: 733 feet (223 meters)

Carnival Jubilee Year Built and Renovation Date

31) Carnival Jubilee Year Built & Renovated

The Jubilee was built in 1986 and served for close to two decades with Carnival. In 2008 it became the Pacific Sun under the P&O flag. It was then transferred to Costa Cruise Line in late 2014 and was eventually scrapped in 2017.
Carnival Jubilee Year Built
  • Year Built: 1986
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: NA
  • Scheduled Renovation: NA
  • Ship Class: Holiday
  • Gross Tonnage: 47,262
  • Years Served: 1986 - 2004
  • Capacity: 1,486 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: NA
  • Ship Cost: $134 Million
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Length: 733 feet (223 meters)

Carnival Holiday Year Built and Renovation Date

32) Carnival Holiday Year Built & Renovated

Built in 1985, the Carnival Holiday served with Carnival all the way through 2009. It was then transferred to Iberocruceros under the name, Grand Holiday. Most recently, it sailed as the Magellan with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. In the summer of 2020, it was laid up.
Carnival Holiday Year Built
  • Year Built: 1985
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: NA
  • Scheduled Renovation: NA
  • Ship Class: Holiday
  • Gross Tonnage: 46,051
  • Years Served: 1985 - 2009
  • Capacity: 1,452 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: NA
  • Ship Cost: $170 Million
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Length: 728 feet (222 meters)

Carnival Tropicale Year Built and Renovation Date

33) Carnival Tropicale Year Built & Renovated

The Tropicale was built in 1982 and sailed with Carnival through 2001. It has since bounced around and changed names a handful of times. It's been known as the Costa Tropicale, Pacific Star, and Ocean Dream.
Carnival Tropicale Year Built
  • Year Built: 1982
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: NA
  • Scheduled Renovation: NA
  • Ship Class: Holiday
  • Gross Tonnage: 36,674
  • Years Served: 1982 - 2001
  • Capacity: 1,412 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: NA
  • Ship Cost: $100 Million
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Length: 671 feet (205 meters)

Carnival Festivale Year Built and Renovation Date

34) Carnival Festivale Year Built & Renovated

The Festivale was built in 1977 and sailed with Carnival through 1996. It then bounced around and changed names a handful of times. It's been known as the Transvaal Castle, SA Vaal, Island Breeze and Big Red Boat III. It was scrapped in 2003.
Carnival Festivale Year Built
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: NA
  • Scheduled Renovation: NA
  • Ship Class: Festivale
  • Gross Tonnage: 32,697
  • Years Served: 1977 - 1996
  • Capacity: 1,432 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: NA
  • Ship Cost: $78 Million
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Length: 760 feet (232 meters)

Carnival Carnivale Year Built and Renovation Date

35) Carnival Carnivale Year Built & Renovated

The Carnivale was built in 1975 and sailed with Carnival through 1993. It bounced around and changed names a handful of times. It's been known as the Empress of Britain, Queen Anna Maria, Fiesta Marina, Olympic, and The Tropaz. It was scrapped in 2008.
Carnival Carnivale Year Built
  • Year Built: 1956
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: NA
  • Scheduled Renovation: NA
  • Ship Class: Carnivale
  • Gross Tonnage: 31,500
  • Years Served: 1975 - 1996
  • Capacity: 1,054 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: NA
  • Ship Cost: $NA Million
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Length: 640 feet (195 meters)

Carnival Mardi Gras Original Year Built and Renovation Date

36) Carnival Mardi Gras Original Year Built & Renovated

The Original Carnival Mardi Gras was built in 1972 and sailed with Carnival through 1993. It bounced around and changed names a handful of times. It's been known as the Empress of Canada, Olympic, Star of Texas, Lucky Star, Apollo, and Apollon. It was scrapped in 2003. Carnival has planned a new Mardi Gras ship to be launched in 2020.
Carnival Mardi Gras Original Year Built
  • Year Built: 1961
  • Status: retired
  • Year Renovated: NA
  • Scheduled Renovation: NA
  • Ship Class: Mardi Gras
  • Gross Tonnage: 18,261
  • Years Served: 1972 - 1993
  • Capacity: 1,048 passengers
  • Total Staterooms: NA
  • Ship Cost: $6.8 Million
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Length: 650 feet (198 meters)

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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