Carnival Cruise Line Ships by Size: Largest to Smallest

Carnival Cruise Line currently has 24 ships, and they range wildly in size: from 70,000 all the way up to 180,000 gross registered tons.

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With eight classes of Carnival cruise ships, it can be confusing trying to keep track of how old each vessel is, how big they are, and what amenities are available on each one.

To help, we’ve put together this overview of each ship in the Carnival fleet, organized from largest to smallest by gross tonnage.

Mardi Gras

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  • Gross tonnage: 180,800
  • Entered Service: 2021
  • Year Refurbished: N/A
  • Passenger Count: 5,282 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 2,000

Key Features: First Carnival ship powered by Liquified Natural Gas, BOLT roller coaster, Family Feud Live, RedFrog Tiki Bar, WaterWorks aqua park, Excel suites with exclusive Loft 19 access, Chibang! Mexican and Chinese restaurant, revamped Faienheit 555 steakhouse, Rudi’s Seagrill, Shaq’s Big Chicken, adults-only Serenity Retreat, and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse

RELATED: Mardi Gras Dining Guide 

Carnival Panorama 

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  • Gross tonnage: 133,500
  • Entered Service: December 2019
  • Year Refurbished: N/A
  • Passenger Count: 4,008 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,450

Key Features: Sky Zone indoor trampoline park, Heroes Tribute Bar, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse, WaterWorks aqua park, Bonsai Teppanyaki, SkyRide cycling attraction, Cucina del Capitano, and the adults-only Serenity Retreat. This was Carnival’s first brand new west coast ship debut in almost 20 years. 

Carnival Horizon 

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Carnival Horizon (Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 133,500
  • Entered Service: 2018
  • Year Refurbished: N/A (Note: In December 2021, the ship was taken out of service for an emergency propulsion repair.)
  • Passenger Count: 3,960 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,450

Key Features: WaterWorks aqua park, adults-only Serenity Retreat, SkyRide cycling attraction, Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse, Bonsai Teppanyaki, Cloud 9 Spa, and BlueIguana Cantina

Carnival Vista

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  • Gross tonnage: 133,500
  • Entered Service: 2016
  • Year Refurbished: N/A (Note: In July 2019, the ship was taken out of service for emergency propulsion repair in The Bahamas.)
  • Passenger Count: 3,954 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,450

Key Features: SkyRide cycling attraction, RedFrog Pub & Brewery, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, IMAX movie theater, Havana Bar, JiJi Asian Kitchen, Camp Ocean kids’ club, Seafood Shack, Cucina del Capitano, and the WaterWorks aqua park. The is the first ship in Carnival’s three-ship Vista class. 

Carnival Breeze

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  • Gross tonnage: 130,000
  • Entered Service: 2012
  • Year Refurbished: 2017
  • Passenger Count: 3,690 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,386

Key Features: BlueIguana Tequila Bar, Guy’s Burger Joint, Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, Cloud 9 Spa, Alchemy Bar, Cucina del Capitano, Bonsai Sushi, WaterWorks aqua park, adults-only Serenity Retreat, and Camp Ocean kids’ club

Carnival Dream

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 128,250
  • Entered Service: 2009
  • Year Refurbished: 2017
  • Passenger Count: 3,646 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,367

Key Features:  Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, Camp Ocean kids’ club, WaterWorks aqua park, Alchemy Bar, Seafood Shack, Cloud 9 Spa, Bonsai Sushi, Guy’s Burger Joint, Punchliner Comedy Club, and Lip Sync Battle: Carnival. This was the first ship in Carnival’s Dream class. 

This was the first Carnival ship to introduce the cove balcony concept. These balcony cabins are located on deck two and that is like a giant oval porthole.

Carnival Magic

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 128,048
  • Entered Service: 2011
  • Year Refurbished: 2021
  • Passenger Count: 3,690 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,367

Key Features: WaterWorks aqua park, Guy’s Burger Joint, Cloud 9 Spa, Seafood Shack, Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, BlueIguana Cantina, and the Alchemy Bar

Carnival Splendor

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 113,573
  • Entered Service: 2008
  • Year Refurbished: 2019
  • Passenger Count: 3,012 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,150
  • Currently deployed for Carnival Australia

Key Features: Punchliner Comedy Club, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Guy’s Burger Joint, Cloud 9 Spa, Alchemy Bar, Camp Ocean kids’ club, RedFrog Pub, Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina

MORE: Carnival’s Mardi Gras: Is An Aft Excel Suite Worth The Price?

Carnival Glory

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 110,000
  • Entered Service: 2003
  • Year Refurbished: 2010
  • Passenger Count: 2,980 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,150

Key Features: WaterWorks aqua park, BlueIguana Cantina, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Alchemy Bar, Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, Camp Ocean kids’ club, Guy’s Burger Joint, Seafood Shack, and Spa Carnival

Carnival Liberty

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Carnival Liberty (Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 110,000
  • Entered Service: 2005
  • Year Refurbished: 2016
  • Passenger Count: 2,974 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,160

Key Features: Guy’s Burger Joint, SkyBox Sports Bar, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Alchemy Bar, Punchliner Comedy Club, Seafood Shack, BlueIguana Cantina, Camp Ocean kids’ club, and Spa Carnival

Carnival Conquest

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  • Gross tonnage: 110,000
  • Entered Service: 2002
  • Year Refurbished: 2012
  • Passenger Count: 2,980 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,150

Key Features: Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, Seafood Shack, Camp Ocean kids’ club, Alchemy Bar, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Punchliner Comedy Club, BlueIguana Cantina, and Guy’s Burger Joint. This is the first ship in the Carnival Conquest-class. 

Carnival Valor

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 110,000
  • Entered Service: 2004
  • Year Refurbished: 2021
  • Passenger Count: 2,980 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,180

Key Features: Alchemy Bar, Camp Ocean kids’ club, Punchliner Comedy Club, Seafood Shack, Guy’s Burger Joint, adults-only Serenity Retreat, BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub, and Spa Carnival

Carnival Freedom

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(Photo courtesy of Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 110,000
  • Entered Service: 2007
  • Year Refurbished: 2019
  • Passenger Count: 2,980 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,150

Key Features: Seafood Shack, WaterWorks aqua park, BlueIguana Cantina, Punchliner Comedy Club, Alchemy Bar, Guy’s Burger Joint, SkyBox Sports Bar, Camp Ocean kids’ club, Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, and Bonsai Sushi Express

Carnival Sunshine

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 102,853
  • Entered Service: 1996 (as Carnival Destiny)
  • Year Refurbished: 2018
  • Passenger Count: 3,002 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,040

Key Features: Havana Bar, WaterWorks aqua park, Punchliner Comedy Club, JiJi Asian Kitchen, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Guy’s Burger Joint, Cucina del Capitano, Camp Ocean kids’ club, and Guy’s Burger Joint

MORE: Everything You Need To Know About Carnival’s Drink Package

Carnival Sunrise

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 101,509
  • Entered Service: 1999 (as Carnival Triumph)
  • Year Refurbished: 2019
  • Passenger Count: 2,984 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,108

RELATED: 31 Carnival Sunrise Cruise Tips

Key Features: Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Seafood Shack, Cloud 9 Spa, Punchliner Comedy Club, Alchemy Bar, Cucina del Capitano, Camp Ocean kids’ club, BlueIguana Cantina

Carnival Radiance

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 101,509
  • Entered Service: 1998 (as Carnival Victory)
  • Year Refurbished: 2021
  • Passenger Count: 2,984 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 1,108

Key Features: Heroes Tribute Bar & Lounge, Shaq’s Big Chicken, Cloud 9 Spa, Cucina del Capitano, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Seafood Shack, RedFrog Pub, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, and the Alchemy Bar

Carnival Miracle

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(Photo courtesy of Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 88,500
  • Entered Service: 2004
  • Year Refurbished: 2020
  • Passenger Count: 2,124 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 934

Key Features: WaterWorks aqua park, Alchemy Bar, Bonsai Sushi Express, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Camp Ocean kids’ club, Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, Guy’s Burger Joint, Punchliner Comedy Club, and BlueIguana Cantina

Carnival Pride

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival)
  • Gross tonnage: 88,500
  • Entered Service: 2002
  • Year Refurbished: 2019
  • Passenger Count: 2,124 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 930

Key Features: Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Pub, Bonsai Sushi, Spa Carnival, Camp Ocean kids’ club, WaterWorks aqua park, Guy’s Burger Joint, Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, BlueIguana Cantina, and Punchliner Comedy Club

In February 2022, Carnival Pride will sail the ultimate nude cruise with the vacation charter company Bare Necessities.

Carnival Legend

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 88,500
  • Entered Service: 2002
  • Year Refurbished: 2021
  • Passenger Count: 2,124 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 930

Key Features: Camp Ocean kids’ club, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Guy’s Burger Joint, Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, Bonsai Sushi, WaterWorks aqua park, Punchliner Comedy Club, and BlueIguana Cantina

Carnival Spirit

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 88,500
  • Entered Service: 2001
  • Year Refurbished: 2021
  • Passenger Count: 2,124 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 930
  • Currently deployed for Carnival Australia

Key Features: Alchemy Bar, Punchliner Comedy Club, adults-only Serenity Retreat, Seafood Shack, Spa Carnival, Bonsai Sushi, Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Pub, and BlueIguana Tequila Bar. This was the first of four Spirit class ships. 

Carnival Paradise

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  • Gross tonnage: 71,925
  • Entered Service: 1998
  • Year Refurbished: 2018
  • Passenger Count: 2,124 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 920

Key Features: Camp Ocean kids’ club, Punchliner Comedy Club, WaterWorks aqua park, Spa Carnival, BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Rum Bar, Guy’s Burger Joint, and the adults-only Serenity Retreat

Carnival Elation

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 70,367
  • Entered Service: 1998
  • Year Refurbished: 2020
  • Passenger Count: 2,190 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 900

Key Features: Guy’s Burger Joint, Punchliner Comedy Club, Alchemy Bar, Bonsai Sushi Express, Spa Carnival, WaterWorks aqua park, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, and the adults-only Serenity Retreat

Carnival Ecstasy

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  • Gross tonnage: 70,367
  • Entered Service: 1991
  • Year Refurbished: 2019
  • Passenger Count: 2,056 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 920

Key Features: Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, Guy’s Burger Joint, adults-only Serenity Retreat, WaterWorks aqua park, BlueIguana Cantina, Bonsai Sushi Express, and the Alchemy Bar

Carnival Sensation

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
  • Gross tonnage: 70,367
  • Entered Service: 1993
  • Year Refurbished: 2020
  • Passenger Count: 2,052 at double occupancy
  • Crew: 920

Key Features: Alchemy Bar, Punchliner Comedy Club, Guy’s Burger Joint, WaterWorks aqua park, Camp Ocean kids’ club, Bonsai Sushi Express, and the adults-only Serenity Retreat. 

The next Carnival ship to debut will be Carnival Celebration, which will have its first cruise in early November. The new ship will be a carbon copy of Mardi Gras, with possibly new entertainment and dining options.

Note:

During the 2020 cruise industry shutdown, Carnival sold off four of its Fantasy-class ships.

Three were sold for scrap metal, including Carnival FantasyCarnival Imagination, and Carnival Inspiration.

Carnival Fascination was sold to another cruise line that never got off the ground, it was eventually scrapped in December 2021.

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