Carnival Cruise Ships By Age And Size, Newest To Oldest 2024


If you’re planning a cruise with Carnival Cruise Line, you might wonder which cruise ship to book for your next cruise. Thus, we have researched Carnival Cruise Ships by age, newest to oldest, size, and weight, and we have included many interesting facts about Carnival Cruise Line. Some because we are geeks and love a bit of history.

Notably, it’s also great to know not only the Carnival Ships by age and size to help you decide if you want to stay on a newer Ship with all the bells and whistles and a roller coaster or an older vessel. We have also included passenger numbers and Carnival Cruise Ship renovation dates.

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Carnival Cruise Ships By Age And Size, Newest To Oldest 2024

(Originally Costa)
Mardi GrasExcel202152821735180,8001,130ft
Panorama Vista201940081450133,5001,055ft
FreedomConquest 2007201929801150110,000952ft
Miracle Spirit2004 2020212493488,500963ft
Glory Conquest 2002201029801150110,000952ft
Spirit Spirit 20012021212493088,500963ft
Was Destiny
Carnival Ships By Age and Name, Newest To Oldest

What Was Carnival Cruise Lines First Ever Ship?

The very first Carnival cruise ship was the Mardi Gras. However, she wasn’t built for the cruise line but was the first ship for the newly formed Ted Arison Carnival Cruise Line. Mardi Gras started sailing for Carnival Cruise Line in 1972, and ever since, Carnival has expanded quickly, creating more exciting and innovative ships as time has passed.

Carnival has recently named one of their newer ships Carnival Mardi Gras in a loving nod to their first ship. The original Mardi Gras was around 27,200 gross tons and held 1240 passengers, which is tiny compared to today’s ships, such as the new Carnival Mardi Gras, at 180,000 gross tons and holding 5282 guests.

Carnival Cruises first ship Carnival Mardi Gras
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How Many Ships Do Carnival Cruise Line Have?

As of 2024 and after selling 6 of the fleet in the last couple of years but also expanding the fleet, Carnival Cruise Line has 27 ships in service or on sale to book.

Which is the Newest Carnival Cruise Ship In 2024?

The newest Carnival Ship is Carnival Jubilee, Gross Tonnage: 183,521 Length: 1130 feet Beam: 137 feet. With a Cruising Speed: 17 Knots Guest Capacity: 5,374 (Double Occupancy)
Total Staff: 1,735. However, Carnival has also added 3 Costa ships to the fleet, Carnival Venetia, Firence and Luminosa.

Carnival Cruise Line Ships by Age
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Carnival Cruise Ships By Age New To Old A Glance And Which Ships Have Been Refurbished?

  1. 2024- Carnival Firenze ( Moved from Costa)
  2. 2023 – Carnival Venezia
  3. 2023 – Carnival Jubilee
  4. 2023 – Carnival Luminosa
  5. 2022 – Carnival Celebration
  6. 2021 – Carnival Mardi Gras 
  7. 2019 – Carnival Panorama 
  8. 2018 – Carnival Horizon 
  9. 2016 – Carnival Vista 
  10. 2012 – Carnival Breeze, Refurbished in 2017
  11. 2011 – Carnival Magic, Dry Dock Update 2021
  12. 2009 – Carnival Dream, Refurbished in 2017
  13. 2008 – Carnival Splendor, Refurbished in 2019
  14. 2007 – Carnival Freedom, 2019
  15. 2005 – Carnival Liberty, Refurbished in 2016
  16. 2004 – Carnival Valor, Refurbished 2021
  17. 2004 – Carnival Miracle, Refurbished 2020
  18. 2003 – Carnival Glory, 2010
  19. 2002 – Carnival Conquest, Refurbished in 2017
  20. 2002 – Carnival Pride, Refurbished in 2019
  21. 2002 – Carnival Legend, Refurbished in 2019
  22. 2001 – Carnival Spirit, Dry Dock, New Carpets 2021
  23. 2000 – Carnival Radiance (2021) Was Carnival Victory
  24. 1999 – Carnival Triumph, Renovated and named Carnival Sunrise in 2019
  25. 1998 – Carnival Paradise, Refurbished 2018
  26. 1998 – Carnival Elation, Refurbished 2020
  27. 1996 – Carnival Sunshine, Upgraded from Carnival Destiny in 2013 and Renovated in 2019

What are the Biggest Carnival Ships

The largest Carnival Cruise Ships is Carnival Jubilee with a gross tonnage of 183,521 followed by Mardi Gras and Celebration. At 344.4m in length with a gross tonnage of 180,000, Mardi Gras and Celebration are almost 2.5 times heavier than Carnival Ecstacy and Sensation, which are the smallest ships in the Carnival Fleet and carry over double the amount of passengers.

  • Carnival Jubilee, at 344.4m in length with a gross tonnage of 183,521, which is tiny compared to Icon of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean, at 236,857 GT and currently the biggest cruise ship in the world.
  • Mardi Gras and Celebration follow at 182,800 GT and 1,130ft long.

Carnival Cruise Line also has Carnival Jubilee, due in 2023, which will be the same size as Carnival Celebration.

Carnival cruise ships by age,Carnival Cruise Lines Biggest Ships
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Which are the Smallest Carnival Cruise Ships?

  • Carnival Paradise at 71,925 GT, 855ft long and carrying 2124 passengers at full capacity.
  • Carnival Elation, 71,909 GT, 855ft long and carrying 2190 passengers at full capacity.
Carnival Mardi Gras new and old
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Which Ships Have Carnival Acquired From Sister Company Costa Cruises?

There has been a reshuffle within the Carnival Corps, and Costa Venezia, Costa Firenze and Costa Luminosa have moved over to be part of the Carnival Fleet.

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Which Carnival Ships Have Been Scrapped Or Sold

A sad part of global cruising pausing in 2020/2021 is that cruise lines sought to economise. This means that most cruise lines had ship casualties. Carnival sold or scraped 4 of its fleet. However, also spend funds upgrading the existing fleet.

  • Carnival Inspiration, July 2020
  • Carnival Imagination, out of service March 2020
  • Carnival Fantasy, out of service July 2020
  • Carnival Fascination was Sold to Century Harmony Cruise and renamed Century Harmony
  • Carnival Sensation was sold to be scrapped in 2022
  • Carnival Ecstasy, was sold for scrap at the end of 2022 and was beached at the scrapyard in Aliağa, Turkey.
Ship ClassYearPassengers
carnival inspiration sold
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I hope all that information on Carnival Ships has helped book your next Carnival Cruise Vacation. Or you wanted to know Carnival Cruise Ships By Age because you were curious; we spend a lot of money cruising, travelling and thinking about the cruise industry, and sometimes it’s just great to know a little about behind the scenes.

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Carnival Ships by age and passenger numbers
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  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

1 thought on “Carnival Cruise Ships By Age And Size, Newest To Oldest 2024”

  1. This was an excellent report. Thank you so much – so very helpful.


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