What is the Newest-Largest-Best Carnival Cruise Ship?

By ,   November 26, 2015 ,   Ships and Lines

What is the largest Carnival cruise ship? What the newest Carnival cruise ship - now and in near future (ordered/under construction projects)? What is the best Carnival cruise ship (customers ratings / reviews)? If you're very intregued by these three questions, just add a little bit curiosity about the Carnival Pinnacle cruise ship (the one with the suffix "never to be built") - and you got it! This article is integrated with our Carnival cruise news, the list of all Carnival cruise ships /largest to smallest (basic specifications and statistics) and Carnival cruise secrets, tips and tricks.

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What is the NEWEST Carnival cruise ship?

The right answer (for now), guys, is Carnival Sunshine! She was originally built as Carnival Destiny and when in 1996 entering service was the first ever built passenger ship over 100,000 tons gross tonnage. Carnival Sunshine is Destiny-class lead ship and has four Carnival sister ships: Carnival Victory and Carnival Triumph sailing for Carnival, Costa Magica and Costa Fortuna sailing for Costa.

Carnival Sunshine is a 17-year-old completely refurbished vessel with new features including restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, new partial deck and 182 new cabins. The refitting took place in Trieste, Italy and was completed May 2013. Its total cost reached $155 million for 49 days transformation.

If anyone sailed on Carnival Destiny, would be too confused to recognize where she ends and where the new Sunshine begins - changes are profound. A few features only remained- the palm tree design punctuating spaces between passengers' cabins and the copper-colored bizarre iron structures on areas that lead to the corridors. Otherwise, the ship is Carnival Sunshine.

What WILL BE the newest Carnival ship?

Jim Berra - Chief Carnival Marketing Officer said that Vista would be extremely connected to ocean and would look much different from the Breeze, but a lot of same spaces would be available onboard. It was not said but it is expected Carnival Vista to be new class vessel, not addition to some of the existing classes. Berra said Carnival was looking at the following key areas for changing: dining, entertainment, kids' clubs. Dining is expected to be "more contemporary". Entertainers are going to include musicians and performers. Kids' clubs will be innovative and will use technology to make Carnival Camp "more memorable".On October 26, 2012 Carnival Corporation and plc announced, that CCL had ordered a brand-new ship for the Carnival Cruise Line brand. The vessel was expected to be the largest in the fleet, built by Fincantieri. She has been named Carnival Vista, the first one of new class cruise ships - passenger capacity 3,954; gross tonnage 133,500. The Vista is scheduled for delivery in 2016 winter. The Carnival Vista itinerary program offers Mediterranean cruises in Europe during ship's 2016 Inaugural season. A transatlantic repositioning cruise is following in October (from Barcelona to New York).

What is the LARGEST Carnival cruise ship?

Carnival Dream is Dream class Carnival ship at 128,000 GT, the largest yet built for CCL. Her sister ships are Carnival Breeze (the latest, entered service Jun 03, 2012), and Carnival Magic (entered service May 2011). They all currently are the largest vessels ever built by Fincantieri in Italy. Carnival Dream was based in Port Canaveral and offers week-long voyages to Eastern & Western Caribbean. In 2014 she was repositioned to New Orleans, replacing Carnival Sunshine. The Dream puts extra space to good use, by adding public rooms (with more legroom & elbowroom), and expanding Carnival signature attractions.

Carnival Dream is first in Carnival Corporation featuring water park with lots of slides as newbuilt. She uses larger water park variation (recently added to all Fantasy class vessels). The Dream provides miniature 2-deck golf course, and an outdoor promenade deck with outdoor cafe & whirlpool jacuzzi.
While Carnival Dream is the largest operated by Carnival ship, she is not largest in the whole world, surpassed by Royal Caribbean Oasis & Freedom classes, Cunard RMS Queen Mary 2, and Norwegian Cruises Norwegian Epic. Carnival Dream is equal to RCCL Voyager class, but however, the Dream is 17 ft shorter. She is about 15% larger than the others in Carnival fleet, but still miles behind Oasis of the Seas - her debute was in the U.S. only a few weeks after Carnival Dream.

Carnival Vista is expected to be 133,500 tons, so who will be the largest Carnival winner then?

What is the BEST Carnival cruise ship?

Best Carnival cruise ship for kids and families

Carnival Magic and Carnival Dream feature epic waterparks, corkscrew waterslides that are four-deck-high, and Magic even has ropes course suspended in air - isn't that enough? The kids' areas contain activities that are usual for other lines too, but one cool innovation onboard Carnival Magic is the Fun Hub - social network tool, intranet portal offering teens and other guests daily activities' info. Carnival Breeze puts families on focus with waterslides, 150-feet SkyCourse above-sea-level ropes course, and game shows for family competitions at larger than Sorry! & Yahtzee life versions.

Best Carnival cruise ship for adults

Carnival Serenity is an ocean-going tranquil oasis of comfort and relaxation for adults only. Ships featuring the Serenity include Carnival Dream, Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Sunshine. This special area is only available to passenges 21 years and older. The Serenity provides all the necessary features for creating the perfect you-time moments. Take advantage of Carnival complete bar service offered by attentive waiters and feel at ease in shaded separate area. Enjoy a dip in the beautiful whirlpools while listening to soothing music - that's what we call kid-free heaven ;-) .

Best Carnival cruise ship for dining and entertainment

Carnival Breeze, which still has only two dining rooms, praises Guys Burger Joint for hamburgers all-you-can-eat, designed by Guy Fieri, a Food Network star. Nearby are Red Frog Rum and Blue Iguana Cantina & Tequila bars. Additional new dining options provided are Fat Jimmys BBQ, Bonsai Sushi, Seadogs, Mongolian Wok.

Carnival Breeze showroom entertainment features 30-minute musical sketches (Motor City, the Brits, The Divas, Latin Nights) alternating with games based on Hasbro television network and featuring versions of “Sorry,” “Yahtzee,” “Operation,” “Slam Dunk.” The Carnival Punchliner Comedy Club is fleetwide and promotes George Lopez TV personality. Funny comedians who during the day are family-appropriate, but late at night are adult-oriented.

The Breeze alternates between 6 & 8-day cruises. Take a six-day voyage for $400 per person, or $600 for balcony stateroom.

Best Carnival cruise ship for prices

All of them! Carnival soon announced that it's guaranteed you're getting lowest possible price... if you find better advertised Carnival deal somewhere else. You will have 48 hours from booking time to find lower price. Carnival Cruises will give an onboard credit of 110% the difference. Lowest Price Carnival guarantee applies only to rates that are publicly available.

Carnival cruise ships classes

Vessels Names Year Built Renovations ship classes
Carnival Conquest 2002 2009

Carnival CONQUEST-class ships statistics and main features:

  • cost US $500 million each, 110,000 GT, length 290,5 m (953 ft)
  • passenger capacity 2,974 (max 3,540 - 3,700), crew+officers 1,150
  • speed 22,5 kn (26 mph, 42 km/h), 13 passenger decks, 4 swimming pools.
  • A total of 1,484 accommodations (over 60% in ocean-view categories).
  • Carnival Liberty ship was the first ever with the "Seaside Theater" installed on-board - the 3,7x6,7 m (12x22 ft) LED screen by the main pool on the Lido deck.
Carnival Glory 2003 2010
Carnival Valor 2004 2008, 2011
Carnival Liberty 2005 2011
Carnival Freedom 2007 -
Carnival Splendor 2008 2012

Carnival CONCORDIA-class:

  • cost US $700 million, 113,300 GT, length 290 m (950 ft)
  • passenger capacity 3,000 (max 4,300), crew+officers 1,150
  • speed 21 kn (24 mph, 39 km/h), 14 passenger decks.
  • 1,503 cabins (60% ocean-view, 37% balconied).
  • Concordia-class ships are a Costa Cruises' project. Carnival Splendor has as sister ships Costa Concordia sank 2012 (built 2006), Serena (2007), Pacifica (2009), Favolosa (2011), and Fascinosa (2012), the latter two being modified Concordia-class vessels.
Carnival Dream 2009 2012

Carnival DREAM-class ships:

  • cost US $740 million each, 130,000 GT, length 306 m (1,004 ft)
  • passenger capacity 3,650 (max 4,630), crew+officers 1,370
  • speed 22,5 knots, 15 passenger decks.
  • 1,823-1,845 cabins. Family staterooms are also available (2 baths, 5 guests capacity).
  • The ships' best feature is the exterior over 800 m (half-mile) wrap-around promenade on Deck 5.
  • First vessels to feature a newly built (as opposed to FUN-upgraded) and largest "Carnival WaterWorks" park with the "Twister" water-slide, along with a 2-level mini-golf course, 2-level "Serenity Retreat" area (adults-only), over 2,000 m2 (23,750 sq-ft) of wellness facilities on the Spa deck 11, and the 4 charming Jacuzzis along the Deck 5 outside edge.
  • This ship class is similar to RCCL's Voyager-class vessels.
Carnival Magic 2011 2011
Carnival Breeze 2012 -
Carnival Sunshine 1996 major refit in 2013 SUNSHINE-class(former name Carnival Destiny). The "Carnival Sunshine" ship name is a Carnival Corporation trade mark (serial No 85527099).
Carnival Vista 2016 - [new class ship] weight 133,500 tons, passenger capacity 3,954.

The list of Carnival ships refits and renovations includes adding new suites and balcony accommodations, hull structure maintenance (plus equipment inspections and hull painting), public venues and staterooms re-decoration and refurbishment (hotel maintenance, new amenities, carpeting, tile work, etc), ADA compliant modifications ("Americans with Disabilities Act"), replacing various onboard equipment and many others. Read here about the new Carnival Fun Ship 2.0 program upgrades.

The biggest Carnival cruise ship - "Carnival Pinnacle" project

Watch the amazing YouTube video about the "Carnival Pinnacle cruise ship" - Fincantieri will build their biggest ever ship. It's about the "Carnival Pinnacle" project for the CCL - and one the world's largest cruise ships ever built. Carnival Pinnacle ship details: tonnage (200,000 tons), capacity (6000 passengers), length (1,246ft / 380m), "Pinnacle Project" (Carnival Corp, 2004). I really hope they build this monster ship someday - to tip the scales in the "Carnival vs Royal Caribbean" war competition. Some say it's just a matter of time - and economy.

Never question the intentions of a huge business conglomerate, such as the Carnival Corporation & PLC company. Since its establishment in 1972, Carnival Corp has shareholders and they all need profits - more than anything in this world. And by profits I mean HUGE profits, with margins like those in the 2012 annual report. Think of revenues of almost US $14,5 billion, net income of almost US $2 billion and almost US $37,5 billion in assets. When you think of all the biggest among the largest cruise companies in the world know that Carnival is the ever largest and the richest of them all. And be sure - the "Big Money Intent" is totally based on the concept of "cheap, regular, readily available, and the most fun". It is the age of fun, it's your Carnival time!

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