Carnival Cruise Line is the largest cruise line in the world so to keep track of the growing fleet we’ve decided to put together Carnival ships by size.

What we’ve done is listed all the Carnival ships in Size order along with a brief description about each ship so if you’re not fully familiar with the cruise line can know more.

With so many new ships on the way, it’s always been a popular question in knowing which ship is the biggest, well now you are about to find out.

Also Read: A Simple Guide on Royal Caribbean Ships by Size

Which Carnival Cruise Ship is the Biggest?

To cut it short the largest Carnival cruise ship right now is Carnival Horizon which joined the fleet in 2018. This will soon change when sister Ship Carnival Panorama arrives at the end of 2019. The ship will have a slightly higher tonnage. You can see all the Carnival ships in size order below, starting with the biggest.

Carnival Panorama

  • Gross Tonnage: 133,500
  • Guest Capacity: 4,008
  • Length: 1,055 Feet

The final Vista-class ship has not yet joined the fleet, but we thought we would stay ahead and let you know that she will become the largest once arrived at the end of 2019. There is a rumor that Carnival Panorama won’t be featuring an IMAX Theater and could be using that space for something new or already popular on previous ships.

Carnival Panorama will be based on the U.S. west coast, and the inaugural sailings will depart Los Angeles on December 11, 2019.

Carnival Horizon

  • Gross Tonnage: 133,500
  • Guest Capacity: 3,960
  • Length: 1,055

The second Vista-class ship and the largest in the fleet until Carnival Panorama arrives. Carnival Horizon has a slightly larger guest capacity than sister ship Carnival Vista even though she offers many of the same features.

Carnival Horizon was the first ship to introduce a new Guy Fieri’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse venue, Dr. Seuss WaterPark, and a dedicated Teppanyaki restaurant.

Carnival Vista

  • Gross Tonnage: 133,500
  • Guest Capacity: 3,934
  • Length: 1,055 Feet

The first in her class which brought brand new features to the Carnival fleet and entered service in Spring 2016. The ship was the first to introduce SkyRide, a big ride like experience located on the open deck at the very top of the ship. Carnival Vista also has her own onboard brewery with exclusive tastes just for those cruising on the ship.

Carnival Breeze

  • Gross Tonnage: 130,000
  • Guest Capacity: 3,690
  • Length: 1,004 Feet

The last ship int he Dream class which started sailing for Carnival Cruise Line in 2012. Carnival Breeze was the flagship for a while as there wasn’t a new ship until Carnival Vista arrived in 2016.

The ship has some really good features and during dry docks has been added with a new Alchemy Bar and Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ. Carnival Breeze was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and debuted on March 6, 2012.

Carnival Magic

  • Gross Tonnage: 130,000
  • Guest Capacity: 3,690
  • Length: 1,004 Feet

The second dream class vessel which was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. Carnival Magic debuted on May 1, 2011, which was the same year all the new FUN 2.0 upgrades were introduced.

Carnival Dream

  • Gross Tonnage: 130,000
  • Guest Capacity: 3,646
  • Length: 1,004 Feet

This is where the Dream class all started which is an evolution of the popular Conquest-class ships. Carnival Dream changed the layout compared to ships before her and had a distinct red theme throughout. All the latest FUN features were added during a 217 dry dock. Carnival Dream debuted on September 21, 2009, and was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

Carnival Splendor

  • Gross Tonnage: 113,300
  • Guest Capacity: 3,012
  • Length: 952 Feet

Kind of an odd ship and the only one of her class in the fleet. However sister cruise line Costa Cruises does have an identical class ship. Carnival Splendor was built at the Fincantieri Genoa shipyard and sailed her maiden cruise on July 2, 2008. The ship spent a season sailing the Baltic which is very rare for Carnival. The ship will be based in Australia form the end of 2019.

Carnival Freedom

  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Guest Capacity: 2,980
  • Length: 952 Feet

The final Conquest-class cruise ship which has proved to be extremely popular for Carnival. Just like many ships in the fleet she was built by Fincantieri and cost $500 Million. Carnival Freedom departed on her maiden voyage on March 14, 2007.

Carnival Liberty

  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Guest Capacity: 2,974
  • Length: 952 Feet

Carnival Liberty was the first ship in the fleet to have all the FUN 2.0 upgrades during a huge refurbishment in 2011. The updates included the hugely popular Guy’s Burger Joint which has since become an important food venue across the fleet. The inaugural cruise departed on July 20, 2005.

Carnival Valor

  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Guest Capacity: 2,980
  • Length: 952 Feet

Carnival Valor is the third in the Conquest-class and continued by offering a large ship experience and to expand the cruise line even further. The ship received all the latest onboard features during a huge dry dock in 2016.

Carnival Glory

  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Guest Capacity: 2,980
  • Length: 952 Feet

Another large ship for Carnival Cruise Line at the time but now this tonnage would not be considered the biggest. Carnival Glory was built in Italy like her sister ships and set off on her inaugural sailing on July 14, 2003. The ship had a fairly recent refurbishment in 2017 so is up to date.

Carnival Conquest

  • Gross Tonnage: 110,000
  • Guest Capacity: 2,980
  • Length: 952 Feet

The very first Conquest-class ship which started a new era for the cruise line and started a new shipbuilding boom. Carnival Conquest was built by Fincantieri in Italy and departed on her inaugural cruise November 15, 2002. The Carnival ship was one of the early ships to receive all the FUN 2.0 upgrades in 2012. The most recent updates were in 2017, so the ship is all updated with the latest that the cruise line has on offer.

Carnival Sunshine

  • Gross Tonnage: 102,853
  • Guest Capacity: 3,002
  • Length: 892 Feet

Formerly known as the Carnival Destiny, the ship was completed overhauled in a huge dry dock in 2013 and renamed as Carnival Sunshine. Under the new name, the inaugural sailing departed on May 5, 2013. The transformation cost $155 Million and added a ton of new features and upgrades.

Carnival Sunrise

  • Gross Tonnage: 101,509
  • Guest Capacity: 2,984
  • Length: 893 Feet

Carnival Sunrise will become a reality in 2019 when the ship is completely transformed from the currently named Carnival Triumph. The ship will become new and fresh offering new features to guests. The ship will undergo her dry dock in Cadiz, Spain and the inaugural sailing will depart on April 29, 2019.

Carnival Victory

  • Gross Tonnage: 101,509
  • Guest Capacity: 2,764
  • Length: 893 Feet

Carnival Victory is in the same class to Carnival Triumph and just smaller than the popular Conquest-class ships. The ship was built by Fincantieri in Italy and cost $430 Million. A major refurbishment was completed in Spring 2018 where all the latest FUN 2.0 upgrades were added along with newly added cabins.

Carnival Miracle

  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Guest Capacity: 2,124
  • Length: 963 Feet

The final Spirit-class vessel which entered service in 2004. Unlike many other ships in the fleet, the Carnival Miracle was built at the Kvaerner-Masa Yards in Helsinki, Finland. The Fantasy-class ships were also built here. The ship s 12 passenger decks and can fit through the Panama Canal.

Carnival Legend

  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Guest Capacity: 2,124
  • Length: 963 Feet

Another Spirit-class Carnival ship and this one has just about sailed everywhere including Australia and Alaska. Carnival Legend was built in Finland just like her sister ships and departed on her inaugural cruise on August 24, 2002.

Carnival Pride

  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Guest Capacity: 2,124
  • Length: 963 Feet

A fully updated Carnival cruise ship which has all the latest FUN 2.0 features. The also is scheduled for a dry dock in 2019. Carnival Pride was built in Finland and began cruising on January 12, 2002.

Carnival Spirit

  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Guest Capacity: 2,124
  • Length: 963 Feet

The very first in her class, the Carnival Spirit was built to sail through the Panama Canal and offer a cruising experience not just in the Caribbean but other continents too. The ship was built in Finland has 12 passenger decks and joined the fleet in 2001.

Carnival Elation

  • Gross Tonnage: 71,909
  • Guest Capacity: 2,130
  • Length: 855 Feet

Carnival Elation is a Fantasy-class ship and she might be an older type ship but can often offer the best experience. With fewer passengers guests usually have a great vacation. The ship entered service in March 1998 and has 11 passenger decks.

Carnival Paradise

  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Guest Capacity: 2,124
  • Length: 855 Feet

The ship is slightly newer than Carnival Elation but has a little lower gross tonnage. The ship is Fantasy-class and sailed her inaugural cruise on December 6, 1998. Carnival Paradise underwent a dry dock in 2018 and is fully updated with all the latest Carnival features.

Carnival Inspiration

  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Guest Capacity: 2,054
  • Length: 855 Feet

A popular cruise ship and just like her sister ships is a great choice for shorter cruise vacations. Carnival Inspiration has gone through seven drydocks since entering service in March 1996. There is also a planned refurbishment at the end of 2018.

Carnival Imagination

  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Guest Capacity: 2,056
  • Length: 855 Feet

Carnival Imagination arrived in July 1995 and was built at the Masa-Yards in Finland. The ship has ten passenger decks and costs $330 million. The ship is perfect for shorter cruises in the Caribbean or Bahamas and features all the FUN 2.0 upgrades. Another dry dock will take place in 2019.

Carnival Fascination

  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Guest Capacity: 2,056
  • Length: 855 Feet

Another Fantasy-class Carnival ship which is the smallest in the fleet. Carnival Fascination made her debut in October 1994 and has ten passenger decks where a great small ship experience is offered. The most recent renovation took place in 2018 so she’s fully updated with all the latest.

Carnival Sensation

  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Guest Capacity: 2,056
  • Length: 855 Feet

One of the oldest ships in the fleet but still among the best. Carnival Sensation has gone through nine drydocks, and there is another one scheduled for 2020. She’s fully updated with everything you would expect on a Carnival cruise. The ship was built in Finland, has ten passenger decks and entered service in November 1993.

Carnival Ecstasy

  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Guest Capacity: 2,056
  • Length: 855 Feet

Now we’re almost into the 80’s with the Carnival Ecstasy. If the cruise line decides to sell or transfer Carnival Fantasy, then she will be the oldest ship in the fleet. The Fantasy-class vessel has ten passenger decks and sailed her inaugural cruise on June 2, 1991.

Carnival Fantasy

  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Guest Capacity: 2,056
  • Length: 855 Feet

And we come to the oldest ship in the fleet which entered service in 1990 and kicked off a new era for Carnival Cruise Line with a new class of ships and the first new build for the Miami-based cruise line. Carnival Fantasy might not be the largest in the fleet but still can offer a just as good experience like in her heyday. The ship has ten passenger decks and costs $225 million to construct in Finland.

Also Read: The Former Carnival Cruise Ships, Where Are They Now?

We’ll See You Onboard!

Carnival Cruise Line is changing and constantly moving towards larger cruise ships. When we look beyond the Carnival Panorama, there will be an even larger Carnival sized ship at 180,000 gross tons. We don’t know too many details about that ship yet but when she arrives will take over as the new flagship and the biggest.

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