Carnival cruise ships by size (2021)

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Carnival has 24 cruise ships with three more on order for 2022 and beyond. But did you know that they vary in size massively?

Carnival cruise ships in Miami
Carnival ships in Miami
Photo credit: Carnival

The biggest Carnival cruise ship, Mardi Gras is two and a half times as big as the smallest ships in the Carnival fleet. But how do the other Carnival ships size up? And does bigger mean better? Read on to find out…

Carnival ships: Biggest to smallest

Below is a list of all Carnival ships by size, ordered from largest to smallest…

ShipGross TonnageLength (Feet)Guest DecksTotal Guest Capacity
Mardi Gras180,0001,130176,465
Carnival Panorama133,5001,055155,146
Carnival Horizon133,5001,055154,977
Carnival Vista133,5001,055154,977
Carnival Breeze130,0001,004143,690
Carnival Magic130,0001,004143,690
Carnival Dream130,0001,004133,646
Carnival Splendor113,300952133,734
Carnival Conquest110,000952133,756
Carnival Glory110,000952133,756
Carnival Liberty110,000952133,756
Carnival Valor110,000952133,756
Carnival Freedom110,000952133,754
Carnival Sunshine102,853893133,758
Carnival Radiance101,509893133,873
Carnival Sunrise101,509893133,873
Carnival Miracle88,500963122,680
Carnival Pride88,500963122,680
Carnival Legend88,500963122,610
Carnival Spirit88,500963122,610
Carnival Ecstasy70,367855102,606
Carnival Elation70,367855102,606
Carnival Paradise70,367855102,606
Carnival Sensation70,367855102,606

The biggest Carnival ship

The biggest Carnival cruise ship is Mardi Gras. Launched in 2021, this ship is the first of the new Excel Class ships. At 180,000 gross tons, Mardi Gras is 35% larger than the next biggest ship in the fleet, Carnival Panorama.

Aside from the bigger size, with 17 decks compared to the usual 10 to 15, Mardi Gras has some features that you won’t find on other Carnival ships, such as the first-ever rollercoaster at sea.

Mardi Gras is the first ship in North America to be powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). She is also the only ship in the Carnival fleet whose name isn’t preceded by the word ‘Carnival’.

The different classes of Carnival ships (Biggest to smallest)

There are currently eight classes of Carnival cruise ships. Each ship in a particular class is almost identical, with some small differences.

The table below shows the Carnival ship classes from largest to smallest, based on ship volume.

ClassShipsAvergae Gross Tonnage
Excel ClassMardi Gras180,000
Vista ClassHorizon, Panorama, Vista133,500
Dream ClassBreeze, Dream, Magic130,000
Splendor ClassSplendor113,300
Conquest ClassConquest, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Valor110,000
Sunshine ClassRadiance, Sunrise, Sunshine102,000
Sprit ClassLegend, Miracle, Pride, Spirit88,500
Fantasy ClassEcstasy, Elation, Paradise, Sensation70,367

Carnival cruise ships on order

Carnival’s next cruise ship will be a sister-ship to Mardi Gras by the name of Carnival Celebration. This new ship will be delivered in October 2022.

It’s believed that Carnival Celebration will be slightly larger than Mardi Gras, with a gross tonnage of 183,900, compared to Mardi Gras’ 181,808 GT. [Source]

In 2023 and 2024, Carnival will launch two as-yet-unnamed cruise ships. These will be smaller than Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration and will be dedicated to the Chinese and Asian cruise market.

Carnival Liberty

Are bigger Carnival ships better?

There are advantages to both the bigger and smaller Carnival ships. The biggest ships are newer and have more facilities on board with bigger water parks and more stuff for kids to do.

The older, smaller ships in the Carnival fleet can be great too, though. The itineraries may be more destination focussed, so you’ll spend less time at sea during your cruise. Cruising on the older, smaller ships is usually a little cheaper, too.

Get the best price on your Carnival cruise

Whether you want to book a cruise on Mardi Gras or one of the smaller Carnival cruise ships, the price you pay will depend on which travel agent you book it with, even though what you get will be exactly the same!

Click here to compare the best prices for Carnival cruises

Gallery of Carnival Ships by Size

Here are some photos of the Carnival cruise ships, from biggest to smallest.

Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras
Carnival  Panorama
Carnival Horizon
Carnival Horizon
Carnival Vista
Carnival Vista
Carnival Panorama
Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze
Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic
Carnival Dream
Carnival Dream
Carnival Splendor
Carnival Splendor
Carnival Conquest
Carnival Conquest
Carnival Glory
Carnival Glory
Carnival Liberty
Carnival Liberty
Carnival Valor
Carnival Valor
Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom
Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Radiance
Carnival Radiance
Carnival Sunrise
Carnival Sunrise
Carnival Miracle
Carnival Miracle
Carnival Pride
Carnival Pride
Carnival Legend
Carnival Legend
Carnival Spirit
Carnival Spirit
Carnival Ecstasy
Carnival Ecstasy
Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation
Carnival Paradise
Carnival Paradise
Carnival Sensation
Carnival Sensation

Carnival ship size FAQ

Which Carnival cruise ship is the biggest?

The biggest Carnival cruise ship is Mardi Gras. With a volume of 181,808 gross tons, a length of 1,130 feet and 17 passenger decks, Mardi Gras is 35% bigger than the second-biggest Carnival ship, Carnival Panorama.

Which Carnival cruise ship is the smallest?

The smallest Carnival cruise ships are the Fantasy class ships – Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Carnival Paradise and Carnival Sensation. These ships have a gross tonnage of 70,367 GT and 10 passenger decks.

Which is the nicest Carnival cruise ship?

The nicest Carnival cruise ship is Mardi Gras. The newest ship in the fleet, this ship has some great facilities such as the biggest water park, a huge atrium with aerial performers and even a rollercoaster on the top deck.

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