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Carnival Ships by Class [2022] Compare Size & Features

Jeremy CamosseMay 19 2021Travel
 
 

Our ULTIMATE Carnival Ships by Class post has all of the information you'll need to choose your next vacation!

Your experience will be heavily influenced by the class of ship you pick. Carnival has gone through massive changes in 2021. A few vessels were scrapped. Others have had their name changed. Some went through renovations. And a couple are soon to launch!

 

We have the latest and greatest info by Class. Here are some of the many pieces of info you'll find below.

Ship Stats: including size, capacity, speed, age & more Features: every Carnival feature and whether it's included on your ship Home Ports: see which class of ships is nearest you More: fun facts and tidbits you won't want to miss

Whether you're looking for your next vacation or sizing up a ship you've booked, we have the info you need.

 

The above infographic shows all Carnival Ships by Class. Make sure to save it to pinterest to refer to any time you're shopping for cruises.

We're just scratching the surface with that info above. The real meat and potatoes is below.

Feel free to click any of the Carnival ship classes below to jump to that section. No rush, though. We've got all day.

Carnival Ships by Class

Carnival Classes & Ships
Carnival Classes & Ships
  • XL: Carnival Celebration
  • XL: Carnival Mardi Gras
  • Vista: Carnival Panorama
  • Vista: Carnival Horizon
  • Vista: Carnival Vista
  • Dream: Carnival Breeze
  • Dream: Carnival Magic
  • Dream: Carnival Dream
  • Splendor: Carnival Splendor
  • Conquest: Carnival Freedom
  • Conquest: Carnival Liberty
  • Spirit: Carnival Miracle
  • Conquest: Carnival Valor
  • Conquest: Carnival Glory
  • Conquest: Carnival Conquest
  • Spirit: Carnival Legend
  • Spirit: Carnival Pride
  • Spirit: Carnival Spirit
  • Sunshine: Carnival Radiance
  • Sunshine: Carnival Sunrise
  • Fantasy: Carnival Elation
  • Fantasy: Carnival Paradise
  • Fantasy: Carnival Inspiration
  • Sunshine: Carnival Sunshine
  • Fantasy: Carnival Imagination
  • Fantasy: Carnival Fascination
  • Fantasy: Carnival Sensation
  • Fantasy: Carnival Ecstasy
  • Fantasy: Carnival Fantasy

The eight Carnival Ship Classes shown above each have a distinct vibe. Some are huge, others more intimate. A few are more geared towards families. Others offer venues catered more towards adults. A few have more character (realtor speak for "older") and some still have that "new ship smell."

You should be able to use the info below to find exactly what you're looking for. Be sure to take advantage of our detailed charts below. They list every Carnival feature offered. Click through the tabs to filter by type of venue (ex: Bars, Dining, etc). On each tab we show all Carnival venues in that category and whether that ship offer each.

 
Does Carnival Cruise Ship Class impact price?

Often we're asked if Carnival class affects price. The cost of a Carnival cruise isn't directly correlated with class. You won't find that the Fantasy Class is always more expensive than the Spirit Class or vice versa. It will all depend on the specific itinerary. To get a sense of pricing, please use our widget below. Play around with destinations and dates to see the resulting prices. Feel free to click through for all details.

 

Conquest Class Info

The first of Carnival’s Conquest Class was launched in 2002. The original Conquest ship was designed similar to the Destiny (now “Sunshine”) class of ships.

All ships among this class underwent significant renovations in the years spanning 2016 through 2019. The most notable change was a “lengthening” of each ship by roughly 60 feet! Most features were expanded and a new dining venue was added above the Lido deck. The number of passenger cabins was also increased.

Among the five ships in the Conquest Class, each have similar common areas. Yet, the decor varies among these and is consistent with the ships names.

One distinguishing characteristic of the Conquest Class is the patriotic theme you’ll find on each. This was influenced by the ships timing, having launched shortly after 9/11.

Conquest Class
Conquest Class
  • Carnival Class: Conquest
  • Ship Count: 5 ships
  • Inaugural Year: 2002
  • Tonnage: 110,000 GT
  • Length: 952 ft (290 m)
  • Beam: 116 ft (35 m)
  • Draft: 27 ft (8 m)
  • Passenger Decks: 13
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (22 knots)
  • Max Capacity: 3,756 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,158
  • Total on Board: 4,914
  • Total Staterooms: 1,488

Departure Ports: Miami; New Orleans; New Orleans; Port Canaveral; Galveston

Included Ships: Conquest (2002); Glory (2003); Valor (2004); Liberty (2005); Freedom (2007)

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Mongolian WokDining🚫🚫
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Lip Sync Battle: CarnivalEntertainment🚫🚫
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Piano BarEntertainment
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Build-A-Bear Workshop at SeaKids & Teens
Camp OceanKids & Teens
Circle CKids & Teens
Club O2Kids & Teens
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Green Eggs and Ham BreakfastKids & Teens
Night OwlsKids & Teens
Seuss at SeaKids & Teens
Seuss-A-Palooza ParadeKids & Teens
Seuss-a-palooza Story TimeKids & Teens
Towel Animal TheaterKids & Teens
Video ArcadeKids & Teens
ZumbiniKids & Teens
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Cherry On TopShops
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Medi-SpaSpa & Fitness
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ZSpaSpa & Fitness
 

 

Dream Class Info

The first of Carnival’s Dream Class was launched in 2009. The original Dream ship was designed similar to the Conquest class of ships with a few notable exceptions.

Most obvious was the massive, outdoor promenade on deck five. The venue featured outside cafes, a waterpark and jacuzzis lining the edge of the promenade. Dream Class ships were also the first to feature the Sky Course Ropes Course and the amazon 4D Theater.

When initially launched, the Dream Class was Carnival’s largest of the lot. This held true until the Vista Class came along.

The three ships in the Dream Class are similar, but the Magic and Dream are more identical to each other than the Dream. You’ll notice in our chart that there are some differences in features. The Magic and Breeze offer the ropes course, whereas the Breeze does not. The Breeze, however, does include the 4D theater not seen on the other two ships.

Dream Class
Dream Class
  • Carnival Class: Dream
  • Ship Count: 3 ships
  • Inaugural Year: 2009
  • Tonnage: 130,000 GT
  • Length: 1,004 ft (306 m)
  • Beam: 122 ft (37 m)
  • Draft: 27 ft (8 m)
  • Passenger Decks: 14
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Max Capacity: 4,693 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,380
  • Total on Board: 6,073
  • Total Staterooms: 1,838

Departure Ports: Galveston; Miami; Port Canaveral

Included Ships: Dream (2009); Magic (2011); Breeze (2012)

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RedFrog PubBars🚫
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Drinks On Us!Casino
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Seafood ShackDining
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Steakhouse SelectionsDining
SwirlsDining
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CLUE: The Murder MysteryEntertainment🚫
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Hasbro, The Game ShowEntertainment
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Lip Sync Battle: CarnivalEntertainment🚫
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NightclubEntertainment
Piano BarEntertainment
Playlist ProductionsEntertainment
The Punchliner Comedy ClubEntertainment
Thrill TheaterEntertainment🚫🚫
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Sailaway PartyEvents
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Build-A-Bear Workshop at SeaKids & Teens
Camp OceanKids & Teens
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Club O2Kids & Teens
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Night OwlsKids & Teens
Seuss at SeaKids & Teens
Seuss-A-Palooza ParadeKids & Teens
Seuss-a-palooza Story TimeKids & Teens
Towel Animal TheaterKids & Teens
Video ArcadeKids & Teens
ZumbiniKids & Teens
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Serenity Adult Only RetreatOutdoor
SkyCourseOutdoor🚫
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BeautyShops
Cherry On TopShops
Dreams StudioShops
Fine JewelryShops
LiquorShops
Onboard InternetShops
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Medi-SpaSpa & Fitness
Men's Spa ServicesSpa & Fitness
SkyFitnessSpa & Fitness🚫
ZSpaSpa & Fitness
 

 

Fantasy Class Info

The Fantasy Class is one of Carnival’s more mature family of vessels. The original Fantasy ship was introduced in 1990 and has had seven siblings added down the line.

It’s unsure whether Carnival planned to thin down the Fantasy Class, but that’s certainly been the case during 2020. The lock down has led to CCL retiring three Fantasy ships (Fantasy, Imagination & Inspiration). Additionally, the Fascination is in long term lay-up mode and has an unknown return date.

If we’re being honest, the Fantasy Class of ships aren’t the company’s “show ponies.” They’re older, smaller, and have less bells & whistles. That’s why you can typically find great cruise deals on this class of ships. It’s not uncommon to find cruises cheaper than $40 per day!

The Fantasy Class tends to sail short runs of less than five days. These are popular with repeat visitors and last-minute cruisers.

Fantasy Class
Fantasy Class
  • Carnival Class: Fantasy
  • Ship Count: 4 ships
  • Inaugural Year: 1991
  • Tonnage: 70,367 GT
  • Length: 855 ft (260 m)
  • Beam: 103 ft (31 m)
  • Draft: 26 ft (8 m)
  • Passenger Decks: 10
  • Max Speed: 24 mph (21 knots)
  • Max Capacity: 2,606 passengers
  • Crew Members: 920
  • Total on Board: 3,526
  • Total Staterooms: 1,026

Departure Ports: Jacksonville; Mobile; Port Canaveral; Tampa

Included Ships: Ecstasy (1991); Sensation (1993); Elation (1998); Paradise (1998)

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Master the MartiniActivities
Military AppreciationActivities
Mini GolfActivities
Mixologist CompetitionsActivities
Beer StationBars
BlueIguana Tequila BarBars
Casino BarBars
Cheers!Bars
Cruise the VineyardsBars
Exclusive Carnival BrewsBars
RedFrog Rum BarBars
BlackjackCasino
Carnival Players ClubCasino
Casino Prize GamesCasino
Casino TournamentsCasino
Drinks On Us!Casino
PokerCasino
Scratch-OffsCasino
SlotsCasino
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Bonsai Sushi ExpressDining🚫
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Coffee BarDining🚫
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Kids' MenusDining
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Pizza PirateDining
Seaday BrunchDining
Special DietsDining
Steakhouse SelectionsDining
SwirlsDining
The Carnival DeliDining
The Chef's TableDining
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Lip Sync Battle: CarnivalEntertainment🚫🚫🚫
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NightclubEntertainment
Piano BarEntertainment
Playlist ProductionsEntertainment
The Punchliner Comedy ClubEntertainment
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Mega Deck PartyEvents
Sailaway PartyEvents
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Build-A-Bear Workshop at SeaKids & Teens
Camp OceanKids & Teens
Circle CKids & Teens
Club O2Kids & Teens
Green Eggs and Ham BreakfastKids & Teens
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Seuss at SeaKids & Teens
Seuss-A-Palooza ParadeKids & Teens
Seuss-a-palooza Story TimeKids & Teens
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PoolsOutdoor
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Twister WaterslideOutdoor
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BeautyShops
Cherry On TopShops🚫
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Fine JewelryShops
LiquorShops
Onboard InternetShops
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Jogging TrackSpa & Fitness🚫🚫
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Spa CarnivalSpa & Fitness
ZSpaSpa & Fitness
 

 

Spirit Class Info

The Spirit Class of Carnival ships includes four, active vessels. The first of which introduced in 2001 is, not surprisingly, the Carnival Spirit. She was followed by the Pride, Legend and Miracle.

Carnival’s sister brand, Costa Cruise Line, also has some Spirit Class ships. The Atlantica and Mediterranea are among the Spirit Class and similarly built.

In terms of size, the Fantasy Class of ships is smaller than the Triumph Class and larger than the Fantasy Class. Each ships holds just over 2k passengers.

You’ll find longer itineraries on Spirt Class ships. Typically 6-10 days and often longer.

FUN FACT

: the Spirit Class of ships was built with a specific structure necessary to pass through the Panama Canal. Each gets the green light when it comes to “Panamax form factor.”

Spirit Class
Spirit Class
  • Carnival Class: Spirit
  • Ship Count: 4 ships
  • Inaugural Year: 2001
  • Tonnage: 88,500 GT
  • Length: 963 ft (293 m)
  • Beam: 106 ft (32 m)
  • Draft: 26 ft (8 m)
  • Passenger Decks: 12
  • Max Speed: 25 mph (22 knots)
  • Max Capacity: 2,645 passengers
  • Crew Members: 920
  • Total on Board: 3,565
  • Total Staterooms: 1,062

Departure Ports: Brisbane; Tampa; Baltimore; San Diego, San Francisco

Included Ships: Spirit (2001); Legend (2002); Pride (2002); Miracle (2004)

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Build-A-Bear Workshop at SeaKids & Teens
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Cheers!Bars
Cherry On TopShops
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Jogging TrackSpa & Fitness
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KaraokeEntertainment
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Seuss-A-Palooza ParadeKids & Teens
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The Punchliner Comedy ClubEntertainment
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Twister WaterslideOutdoor
Video ArcadeKids & Teens
WatchesShops
WaterWorksOutdoor
ZSpaSpa & Fitness
ZumbiniKids & Teens
 

 

Splendor Class Info

This poor ship sits alone in its own Splendor Class. It has no brothers or sisters and it appears she never will. Carnival had planned to remove the Splendor ship from its line in 2019. These plans were eventually scrapped. It’s likely she won’t be with the company for many more years.

The Splendor ship was launched in 2008 and served a bit in Europe until coming to Florida. Eventually the ship was moved to the west coast.

Fun Fact

: The Splendor was transitioned from Florida to California in 2009. The ship was too wide to fit through the Panama Canal so was sailed around Cape Horn. This took 49 days! It was the first Carnival ship to make the journey.

Significant renovations were completed on the Splendor in late 2019.

Splendor Class
Splendor Class
  • Carnival Class: Splendor
  • Ship Count: 1 ships
  • Inaugural Year: 2008
  • Tonnage: 113,300 GT
  • Length: 952 ft (290 m)
  • Beam: 116 ft (35 m)
  • Draft: 27 ft (8 m)
  • Passenger Decks: 13
  • Max Speed: 25 mph (22 knots)
  • Max Capacity: 3,734 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,150
  • Total on Board: 4,884
  • Total Staterooms: 1,506

Departure Ports: Sydney

Included Ships: Splendor (2008)

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RedFrog Rum BarBars
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Bottomless BubblesDining
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Kids' MenusDining
Masala TigerDining
The Chef's TableDining
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Pizza PirateDining
Pizzeria del CapitanoDining
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Seafood ShackDining
CLUE: The Murder MysteryEntertainment
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SteakhouseDining
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WaterWorksOutdoor
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Dive-In MoviesEntertainment
Hasbro, The Game ShowEntertainment
PixelsShops
Casino TournamentsCasino
Live MusicEntertainment
NightclubEntertainment
Piano BarEntertainment
Playlist ProductionsEntertainment
The Punchliner Comedy ClubEntertainment
Holidays AboardEvents
SwirlsDining
Arts and CraftsKids & Teens
Build-A-Bear Workshop at SeaKids & Teens
Drinks On Us!Casino
Seuss at SeaKids & Teens
ApparelShops
Exclusive Carnival BrewsBars
Sailaway PartyEvents
Circle CKids & Teens
Cloud 9 SpaSpa & Fitness
Seuss-a-palooza Story TimeKids & Teens
Towel Animal TheaterKids & Teens
Video ArcadeKids & Teens
ZumbiniKids & Teens
PoolsOutdoor
Steakhouse SelectionsDining
The Carnival DeliDining
Lido MarketplaceDining
Seuss-A-Palooza ParadeKids & Teens
BeautyShops
Cherry On TopShops
Dreams StudioShops
Fine JewelryShops
LiquorShops
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Make It With MichaelsActivities
Pizza DeliveryDining
Club O2Kids & Teens
Cloud 9 Spa: Thalassotherapy PoolSpa & Fitness
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Facial TreatmentsSpa & Fitness
Fitness CenterSpa & Fitness
Fitness ClassesSpa & Fitness
Hair & Beauty SalonSpa & Fitness
Jogging TrackSpa & Fitness
MassageSpa & Fitness
Medi-SpaSpa & Fitness
Men's Spa ServicesSpa & Fitness
ZSpaSpa & Fitness
 

 

Sunshine Class Info

The Sunshine Class in Carnival’s fleet includes three, active ships.

Originally, the class was launched as the Destiny Class in 1996. At this time, the Destiny was the largest passenger ship in the world!

In 2013 it went into dry dock where it received significant renovations. It floated out with all new bells and whistles and was renamed, the Sunshine.

The Destiny wasn’t the only ship in its class to go through such a change. The Triumph was born in 1999 and Victory in 2000. Like their sister, they went under the scalpel and came out anew. You may not even recognize these two pretty ladies, especially considering they too changed their names. The Triumph is now the Sunrise and the Victory goes by, “Sunrise.”

Sunshine Class
Sunshine Class
  • Carnival Class: Sunshine
  • Ship Count: 3 ships
  • Inaugural Year: 1996
  • Tonnage: 101,957 GT
  • Length: 893 ft (272 m)
  • Beam: 125 ft (38 m)
  • Draft: 27 ft (8 m)
  • Passenger Decks: 13
  • Max Speed: 24 mph (21 knots)
  • Max Capacity: 3,583 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,122
  • Total on Board: 4,705
  • Total Staterooms: 1,435

Departure Ports: Charleston; Miami; Long Beach

Included Ships: Sunshine (1996); Sunrise (1999); Radiance (2000)

FEATURETYPERADIANCESUNRISESUNSHINE
Alchemy Martini TastingActivities🚫
Art AuctionsActivities
Art ExhibitionsActivities
Art GamesActivities
Art SeminarsActivities
AtriumActivities
BasketballActivities
BingoActivities
Cooking DemonstrationActivities🚫🚫
GamesActivities
LibraryActivities🚫🚫
Make It With MichaelsActivities
Military AppreciationActivities
Mini GolfActivities
Mixologist CompetitionsActivities
Ocean PlazaActivities🚫🚫
Beer StationBars🚫
BlueIguana Tequila BarBars
Casino BarBars
Cheers!Bars
Cruise the VineyardsBars
Exclusive Carnival BrewsBars
Havana BarBars🚫🚫
RedFrog PubBars
RedFrog Rum BarBars
SkyBox Sports BarBars
BlackjackCasino
Carnival Players ClubCasino
Casino Prize GamesCasino
Casino TournamentsCasino
Drinks On Us!Casino
PokerCasino
Scratch-OffsCasino
SlotsCasino
Table GamesCasino
Big ChickenDining🚫🚫
BlueIguana CantinaDining
Bonsai SushiDining
Bottomless BubblesDining
Cucina del CapitanoDining
Dining RoomDining
Dining Room BreakfastDining
Guy's Burger JointDining
Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-QueDining🚫
JavaBlue CaféDining
JiJi Asian KitchenDining🚫🚫
Kids' Meals for CampersDining
Kids' MenusDining
Lido MarketplaceDining
Lucky BowlDining🚫🚫
Pizza DeliveryDining
Pizzeria del CapitanoDining
Seaday BrunchDining
Seafood ShackDining🚫
Special DietsDining
SteakhouseDining
Steakhouse SelectionsDining
SwirlsDining
The Captain's Pasta BarDining🚫🚫
The Carnival DeliDining
The Chef's TableDining
Dive-In MoviesEntertainment
Hasbro, The Game ShowEntertainment
KaraokeEntertainment
Live MusicEntertainment
NightclubEntertainment
Piano BarEntertainment
Playlist ProductionsEntertainment
The Punchliner Comedy ClubEntertainment
Groove for St. JudeEvents
Holidays AboardEvents
Mega Deck PartyEvents
Sailaway PartyEvents
White Hot Night PartyEvents🚫
Arts and CraftsKids & Teens
Build-A-Bear Workshop at SeaKids & Teens
Camp OceanKids & Teens
Circle CKids & Teens
Club O2Kids & Teens
Green Eggs and Ham BreakfastKids & Teens
Night OwlsKids & Teens
Seuss at SeaKids & Teens🚫
Seuss-A-Palooza ParadeKids & Teens
Seuss-a-palooza Story TimeKids & Teens
Video ArcadeKids & Teens
ZumbiniKids & Teens
PoolsOutdoor
Serenity Adult Only RetreatOutdoor
SkyCourseOutdoor
SportSquareOutdoor
Twister WaterslideOutdoor
WaterWorksOutdoor
ApparelShops
BeautyShops
Cherry On TopShops
Dreams StudioShops
Fine JewelryShops
LiquorShops
Onboard InternetShops
PixelsShops
WatchesShops
Cloud 9 SpaSpa & Fitness
Cloud 9 Spa: Thermal SuiteSpa & Fitness
Facial TreatmentsSpa & Fitness
Fitness CenterSpa & Fitness
Fitness ClassesSpa & Fitness
Hair & Beauty SalonSpa & Fitness
Jogging TrackSpa & Fitness
MassageSpa & Fitness
Medi-SpaSpa & Fitness
Men's Spa ServicesSpa & Fitness
SkyFitnessSpa & Fitness🚫🚫
ZSpaSpa & Fitness
 

 

Vista Class Info

When the Vista was first launched in 2016, it took the crown for largest Carnival Ship. Her reign continued for a few years until her sister trumped her in 2019. The Horizon is just slightly larger. The Panorama will soon launch as the Vista’s newest ship and take the torch for largest.

Vista class ships boasted more than size. Amazon new ship features were introduced. Some of the more notable include the IMAX Theater at Sea, Family Harbor, Dr Seuss at Sea and cabins with recreational space.

While the three ships are fairly consistent, there’s one big change to note. The Panorama chose not to include the IMAX theater in exchange for their SkyZone Trampoline Park!

You’ll find a wide variety of itineraries (length and destination) on these three ships.

Vista Class
Vista Class
  • Carnival Class: Vista
  • Ship Count: 3 ships
  • Inaugural Year: 2016
  • Tonnage: 134,167 GT
  • Length: 1,055 ft (321 m)
  • Beam: 122 ft (37 m)
  • Draft: 27 ft (8 m)
  • Passenger Decks: 15
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Max Capacity: 5,033 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,450
  • Total on Board: 6,483
  • Total Staterooms: 1,919

Departure Ports: Galveston; Miami; Long Beach

Included Ships: Vista (2016); Horizon (2018); Panorama (2019)

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Alchemy Martini TastingActivities
ApparelShops
Art AuctionsActivities🚫🚫
Art ExhibitionsActivities🚫🚫
Art GamesActivities🚫🚫
Art SeminarsActivities🚫🚫
Arts and CraftsKids & Teens
AtriumActivities
BasketballActivities
BeautyShops
Beer StationBars
BingoActivities
BlackjackCasino
BlueIguana CantinaDining
BlueIguana Tequila BarBars
Bonsai SushiDining
Bonsai TeppanyakiDining🚫
Bottomless BubblesDining
Build-A-Bear Workshop at SeaKids & Teens
Camp OceanKids & Teens
Carnival KitchenActivities🚫🚫
Carnival Players ClubCasino
Casino BarBars
Casino Prize GamesCasino
Casino TournamentsCasino
Cheers!Bars
Cherry On TopShops
Circle CKids & Teens
Cloud 9 SpaSpa & Fitness
Cloud 9 Spa: Thermal SuiteSpa & Fitness
Club O2Kids & Teens
CLUE: The Murder MysteryEntertainment
Cooking DemonstrationActivities
Cruise the VineyardsBars
Cucina del CapitanoDining
Dining RoomDining
Dining Room BreakfastDining
Dive-In MoviesEntertainment
Dr. Seuss BookvilleKids & Teens
Dreams StudioShops
Drinks On Us!Casino
Exclusive Carnival BrewsBars
Facial TreatmentsSpa & Fitness
Fine JewelryShops
Fitness CenterSpa & Fitness
Fitness ClassesSpa & Fitness
GamesActivities
Green Eggs and Ham BreakfastKids & Teens
Groove for St. JudeEvents
Guy's Burger JointDining
Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-QueDining
Guy's Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | BrewhouseBars🚫
Hair & Beauty SalonSpa & Fitness
Hasbro, The Game ShowEntertainment
Havana BarBars
Holidays AboardEvents
IMAXEntertainment🚫
JavaBlue CaféDining
JiJi Asian KitchenDining
Jogging TrackSpa & Fitness
KaraokeEntertainment
Kids' Meals for CampersDining
Kids' MenusDining
LibraryActivities
Lido MarketplaceDining
Lip Sync Battle: CarnivalEntertainment
LiquorShops
Live MusicEntertainment
Make It With MichaelsActivities
MassageSpa & Fitness
Medi-SpaSpa & Fitness
Mega Deck PartyEvents
Men's Spa ServicesSpa & Fitness
Military AppreciationActivities
Mini GolfActivities
Mixologist CompetitionsActivities
Night OwlsKids & Teens
NightclubEntertainment
Ocean PlazaActivities
Onboard InternetShops
Piano BarEntertainment
PixelsShops
Pizza DeliveryDining
Pizzeria del CapitanoDining
Playlist ProductionsEntertainment
PokerCasino
PoolsOutdoor
RedFrog Pub & BreweryBars🚫🚫
RedFrog Rum BarBars
Sailaway PartyEvents
Scratch-OffsCasino
Seaday BrunchDining
Seafood ShackDining
Serenity Adult Only RetreatOutdoor
Seuss at SeaKids & Teens
Seuss-A-Palooza ParadeKids & Teens
Seuss-a-palooza Story TimeKids & Teens
Sky ZoneActivities🚫🚫
SkyBox Sports BarBars🚫
SkyCourseOutdoor
SkyFitnessSpa & Fitness
SkyRideOutdoor
SlotsCasino
Special DietsDining
Sports BarBars🚫🚫
SportSquareOutdoor
SteakhouseDining
Steakhouse SelectionsDining
SwirlsDining
Table GamesCasino
The Captain's Pasta BarDining
The Carnival DeliDining
The Chef's TableDining
The Punchliner Comedy ClubEntertainment
Thrill TheaterEntertainment🚫
Twister WaterslideOutdoor
Video ArcadeKids & Teens
VolleyballActivities
WatchesShops
WaterWorksOutdoor
White Hot Night PartyEvents
ZSpaSpa & Fitness
ZumbiniKids & Teens
 

 

XL Class Info

Carnival’s XL Class is the newest and most exciting addition. The first of the two planned ships was launched in 2021. The Mardi Gras is now the largest ship in Carnival’s fleet at 184k gross tons.

It’s common to mistake the XL Class name for a nod to its massive size. But, XL does NOT necessarily stand for “extra large.” This class of ships is actually a sub-class under Carnival Corporation’s Excellence Class of ships including some Costa, P&O and AIDA ships.

The XL class will be fueled by standard gas as well as liquid natural gas (LNG)! This allows for more environmental sustainability. The complexity has also led to the ship’s delay.

FUN FACT

: Both planned ships in the XL class had a predecessor. The original Carnival Mardi Gras was launched in 1972. The original Carnival Celebration had a maiden voyage in 1987!

XL Class
XL Class
  • Carnival Class: XL
  • Ship Count: 2 ships
  • Inaugural Year: 2020
  • Tonnage: 183,900 GT
  • Length: 1,130 ft (344 m)
  • Beam: 137 ft (42 m)
  • Draft: 28 ft (9 m)
  • Passenger Decks: 17
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Max Capacity: 6,630 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,745
  • Total on Board: 8,375
  • Total Staterooms: 2,641

Departure Ports: Port Canaveral; Miami

Included Ships: Mardi Gras (2020); Celebration (2022)

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ApparelShops
Art AuctionsActivities🚫
Art ExhibitionsActivities🚫
Art GamesActivities🚫
Art SeminarsActivities🚫
Arts and CraftsKids & Teens
AtriumActivities
BasketballActivities
BeautyShops
Beer StationBars
Big ChickenDining🚫
BingoActivities
BlackjackCasino
BlueIguana CantinaDining
BOLT: Ultimate Sea CoasterOutdoor🚫
Bonsai SushiDining
Bonsai TeppanyakiDining
Bottomless BubblesDining
Build-A-Bear Workshop at SeaKids & Teens
Camp OceanKids & Teens
Carnival Players ClubCasino
Casino BarBars
Casino Prize GamesCasino
Casino TournamentsCasino
Cheers!Bars
Cherry On TopShops
Circle CKids & Teens
Cloud 9 SpaSpa & Fitness
Cloud 9 Spa: Thalassotherapy PoolSpa & Fitness🚫
Cloud 9 Spa: Thermal SuiteSpa & Fitness
Club O2Kids & Teens
Cooking DemonstrationActivities
Cruise the VineyardsBars
Cucina del CapitanoDining
Dining RoomDining
Dining Room BreakfastDining
Dive-In MoviesEntertainment
Dr. Seuss BookvilleKids & Teens
Dreams StudioShops
Drinks On Us!Casino
Emeril's Bistro 1396Dining🚫
Exclusive Carnival BrewsBars
Facial TreatmentsSpa & Fitness
Family Feud LiveEntertainment🚫
Fine JewelryShops
Fitness CenterSpa & Fitness
Fitness ClassesSpa & Fitness
Fortune TellerBars🚫
GamesActivities
Green Eggs and Ham BreakfastKids & Teens
Groove for St. JudeEvents
Guy's Burger JointDining
Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-QueDining
Guy's Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | BrewhouseBars
Hair & Beauty SalonSpa & Fitness
Havana BarBars
Holidays AboardEvents
JavaBlue CaféDining
JiJi Asian KitchenDining
Jogging TrackSpa & Fitness
KaraokeEntertainment
Kids' Meals for CampersDining
Kids' MenusDining
Lido MarketplaceDining
LiquorShops
Live MusicEntertainment
Loft 19Outdoor🚫
Make It With MichaelsActivities
MassageSpa & Fitness
Medi-SpaSpa & Fitness
Mega Deck PartyEvents
Men's Spa ServicesSpa & Fitness
Military AppreciationActivities
Mini GolfActivities
Mixologist CompetitionsActivities
Night OwlsKids & Teens
NightclubEntertainment
Onboard InternetShops
Piano BarEntertainment
PixelsShops
Pizza DeliveryDining
Pizzeria del CapitanoDining
Playlist ProductionsEntertainment
PokerCasino
PoolsOutdoor
RedFrog Tiki BarBars🚫
Rudi's SeagrillDining🚫
Sailaway PartyEvents
Scratch-OffsCasino
Seaday BrunchDining
Seafood ShackDining
Serenity Adult Only RetreatOutdoor
Seuss at SeaKids & Teens
Seuss-A-Palooza ParadeKids & Teens
Seuss-a-palooza Story TimeKids & Teens
SkyCourseOutdoor
SkyFitnessSpa & Fitness
SlotsCasino
Special DietsDining
SportSquareOutdoor
SteakhouseDining
Steakhouse SelectionsDining
Street EatsDining🚫
SwirlsDining
Table GamesCasino
The Brass MagnoliaBars🚫
The Chef's TableDining
The Punchliner Comedy ClubEntertainment
Twister WaterslideOutdoor
Video ArcadeKids & Teens
VolleyballActivities
WatchesShops
WaterWorksOutdoor
ZSpaSpa & Fitness
ZumbiniKids & Teens
 

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

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