Carnival Cruise Line is one of eleven cruise lines owned by Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise ship operator in the world. Six of the eleven cruise lines owned by Carnival Corporation are part of the World’s Leading Cruise Lines, which includes Carnival Cruise Line, as well as some other popular cruise lines, like Holland America Line and Princess Cruises.
With 23 ships in their fleet, Carnival Cruse Line is “the world’s most popular cruise line,” and for this reason Carnival actually has a registered trademark for the phrase “the world’s most popular cruise line.” In the present article, we examine the cruise ships that belong to the Carnival Cruise Line, explaining their measurements and the classes into which each ship fits.
Virtually all major cruise lines classify their ships into classes, and Carnival Cruise Line is no exception. The largest class in the Carnival fleet is the Fantasy class, which is comprised of eight ships: Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Elation, and Carnival Paradise. All of the ships in the Fantasy class were built in the 1990’s, with the oldest ship, Carnival Fantasy, being built in 1990, and the newest ship, Carnival Paradise, being built in 1998. All of the cruise ships in this class weigh 70,367 tons, making them the smallest ships in the fleet.
As you may have noticed, the name of every ship in the Fantasy class begins with “Carnival,” and in fact this is true of every ship in Carnival’s fleet.
With five ships, the Conquest class is the second largest class of the Carnival fleet. Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty, and Carnival Freedom were built in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, respectively. All five of the ships have a gross tonnage of 110,000.
The third-largest class, composed of four ships, is the Spirit class. Carnival Miracle was built in 2004, Carnival Legend in 2002, and the remaining two ships – Carnival Spirit and Carnival Pride – were both built in 2001. Just like the other two classes, the ships of the Spirit class have the same gross tonnage, 88,500.
There are two classes that are comprised of only two ships: the Triumph class and the Dream class. The former contains 101,509 ton ships – Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory – and the latter has 128,000 ton ships, Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic. The Dream class is notable for two reasons. First, it has the newest ships in the fleet (Carnival Dream was built in 2009, Carnival Magic in 2011), and second, these ships are the largest of the entire Carnival fleet, with each weighing 128,000 tons. A third ship, Carnival Breeze, will join the Dream class in 2012. It will also weigh 128,000 tons.
The final two classes of the Carnival fleet are made up of only one ship each. In the Destiny class is the Carnival Destiny, which weighs 101,353 tons. When it was built in 1996, it was the largest cruise ship in the world. It was also the first cruise ship to have a gross tonnage that exceeded 100,000. The Splendor class is home to Carnival Splendor, a ship built in 2008 that weighs 113,300 tons.
Before concluding, it’s worth mentioning that every ship in the Carnival fleet, regardless of which of the seven classes it fits into, is called a “Fun Ship,” presumably because cruise passengers are known to enjoy themselves while travelling on a Carnival cruise ship.
For more information about the Carnival fleet, check out this page on the Carnival Cruise Line website: