Carnival Ships By Age: Newest to Oldest (2022)

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Carnival Cruise Line has 24 ships in service in 2022, with another two set to join the fleet in November 2022, two more in 2023 and another in 2024. That’s more than any other cruise line in the world!

With so many ships to choose from, it can be virtually impossible to remember which Carnival cruise ships are the newest and which are the older ones. But, with some stark contrasts between the newest and oldest ships in the Carnival fleet, this is something that you’ll probably want to know before you book.

Carnival cruise ships

After all, a cruise on a ship that’s 20+ years old is going to be quite a different experience from what you’ll get if you choose one of Carnival’s fun new mega-ships! And to further confuse things, Carnival has re-named several of its older ships, to create some new ships that are actually pretty old.

So, read on for a list of Carnival cruise ships by age, as well as some helpful info about the various ships in the fleet.

Carnival Cruise Ships By Age

This table shows all Carnival cruise ships from newest to oldest as well as when they were last refurbished.

Note that Carnival Jubilee and Carnival Celebration are yet to make their maiden voyages.

ShipClassYearRefurbished
Carnival JubileeExcel2023
Carnival CelebrationExcel2022
Mardi GrasExcel2021
Carnival PanoramaVista2019
Carnival HorizonVista2018
Carnival VistaVista2016
Carnival BreezeDream20122017
Carnival MagicDream20112021
Carnival DreamDream20092017
Carnival SplendorSplendor20082019
Carnival FreedomConquest20072019
Carnival LibertyConquest20052021
Carnival MiracleSprit20042020
Carnival ValorConquest20042021
Carnival GloryConquest20032021
Carnival ConquestConquest20022017
Carnival LegendSprit20022018
Carnival PrideSprit20022019
Carnival SpiritSprit20012018
Carnival RadianceSunshine20002020
Carnival SunriseSunshine19992019
Carnival ElationFantasy19982020
Carnival ParadiseFantasy19982018
Carnival SunshineSunshine19962021
Carnival Ecstasy*Fantasy19912019

*Carnival Ecstasy is set to retire in October 2022.

Although some Carnival cruise ships are pretty old, every ship undergoes an extensive dry dock refurbishment at least every five years. So even if you choose one of the oldest ships, you can rest assured that everything will be in good working order and looking good.

Carnival is also set to acquire three ships from Costa Cruises and add them to the Carnival fleet on 2022, 2023 and 2024. You can read more about those here: The Newest Carnival Ships (including ships acquired from Costa Cruises).

What is the newest Carnival cruise ship in 2022?

The newest and biggest Carnival cruise ship is Mardi Gras. The first of Carnival’s new Excel Class of cruise ships, Mardi Gras made her maiden voyage on July 31, 2021. Featuring the first-ever rollercoaster at sea, Mardi Gras is an LNG-powered cruise ship that’s based in Port Canaveral.

Suggested read: The Newest Carnival Ships (In Order)

Interestingly, Mardi Gras was named after Carnival Cruise Line’s first ship, TSS Mardi Gras, which launched in 1972. For this reason, the new Mardi Gras is the only ship in Carnival’s fleet not to include the word ‘Carnival’ at the start of its name.

Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras

While you’re here, you might also be interested in this list of Carnival Cruise Ships by Size.

What will be the next Carnival cruise ship to launch?

The next Carnival cruise ship to launch will be Carnival Celebration. A sister ship to Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration is set to make her maiden voyage on November 6, 2022. The launch of this new ship will mark Carnival’s 50th birthday.

Carnival Celebration will sail out of Miami all year round. However, as the ship is currently being built at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, the maiden voyage will be a transatlantic cruise from Southampton, England to Miami.

Carnival Celebration
Carnival Celebration

What is the oldest Carnival cruise ship still in service?

The oldest Carnival ship in service is the Carnival Ecstasy which was launched in 1991 and is set to retire in October 2022. This Fantasy-class ship is also one of the smallest ships in the Carnival fleet, accommodating just 2,606 guests across 10 decks.

Carnival Ecstasy was last refurbished in 2019 with upgrades to the retail shops, a new video arcade, and the addition of a Bonsai Sushi Express eatery.

Carnival Elation
Carnival Ecstasy

Which Carnival ships were scrapped?

Here’s a list of Carnival ships that were scrapped recently:

  • Carnival Sensation retired in February 2022. The ship never restarted operations after the global pause in 2020.
  • Carnival Fascination left the Carnival fleet in September 2020. After initial plans to be turned into a floating hotel fell through, the ship was scrapped in Pakistan.
  • Carnival Imagination was sold in September 2020 after a long lay-up. The ship then headed to Turkey to be scrapped.
  • Carnival Inspiration was sold for recycling in July 2020 along with the Carnival Fantasy.
  • Carnival Fantasy was the first ship to leave the fleet in July 2020 as a result of the shutdown. The ship was scrapped in Turkey.

The next ship to leave the Carnival fleet will be Carnival Ecstasy in October 2022. It’s as yet unknown whether the 31-year-old ship will be scrapped or go on to sail again.

Are the newer Carnival ships better?

Many people believe that the newest Carnival cruise ships are the best. And if you want to ride a sky bike or rollercoaster high above the top deck, then they might well be. However, even the oldest Carnival cruise ships have water slides, splash parks, mini golf, kids’ clubs, casinos, and nightclubs, so you’ll never be short of something to do.

Carnival cruises can be very loud and brash, so you may even find that sharing your ship with 5,000 other guests is a little too much and prefer the atmosphere of a smaller 2,000-passenger ship.

You’ll also want to think about the price. People are willing to pay a premium to be among the first to try the latest and greatest new ships, so there are some real bargains to be had if you’re willing to give one of the older vessels a chance.

One thing to consider though, is that balcony rooms are pretty rare on Carnival’s oldest ships. But if you’d be happy with an Ocean View, then these can be a good option.

Suggested read: What to Expect From Carnival’s Ocean View Rooms

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Carnival Cruise Ships

Here’s some more information about each of the ships in the Carnival Cruise Line Fleet along with photos…

Carnival Jubilee

Carnival Jubilee will be Carnival’s newest cruise ship when it sets sail in 2023Carnival Jubilee. This Excel-class cruise ship will be a sister ship to Carnival Celebration and Mardi Gras.

Carnival Celebration

Carnival Celebration is Carnival’s new cruise ship for 2022. This Excel-class cruise ship is a sister ship to Mardi Gras and the second ship to feature the BOLT rollercoaster. Carnival Celebration will cruise out of Miami all year round.

Carnival Celebration
Carnival Celebration

Mardi Gras

Carnival’s Mardi Gras cruise ship was launched in 2021. This Excel-class cruise ship can accommodate up to 6,500 passengers at maximum occupancy as well as a crew of 2,000.

Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras

Carnival Panorama

Carnival Panorama is three years old, being launched in 2019. This Vista-class cruise ship can accommodate 4,008 guests and was the flagship of Carnival Cruise Line until Mardi Gras was launched.

Carnival Panorama
Carnival Panorama

Carnival Horizon

The Carnival Horizon cruise ship is four years old and was launched in the spring of 2018. This Vista-class cruise ship and can accommodate 3,960 guests, slightly less than sister-ship Carnival Panorama.

Carnival Horizon
Carnival Horizon

Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista cruise was launched in 2016, making the ship six years old. The first of Carnival’s Vista-Clas ships, this ship was highly-anticipated, marking the end of a four-year-long pause in shipbuilding for the cruise line.

Carnival Vista
Carnival Vista

Carnival Breeze

The Carnival Breeze cruise ship is ten years old. The ship was launched in 2012 and was last refurbished in 20167. Carnival Breeze is a Dream-class cruise ship and can accommodate 3,690 guests and 1,386 crew members.

Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze

Carnival Magic

The Carnival Magic cruise ship is 11 years old. Launched in 2011, the ship was last refurbished in May 2021 and now has the new blue, white and red livery. Carnival Magic is a Dream-class cruise ship and can accommodate 3,690 guests.

Carnival Magic
Carnival Magic

Carnival Dream

Carnival Dream was launched in 2009, making her 13 years old. The most advanced cruise ship in the world at the time, this ship was last refurbished in 2017. Like the other Dream-class ships, she can accommodate around 3,600 guests at double occupancy.

Carnival Dream
Carnival Dream

Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor cruise ship is 14 years old. Launched in 2009 and last refurbished in 2017, she is the only Splendor-class ship in Carnival’s fleet. This is because she was originally ordered by Costa Cruises as a sister ship to the Costa Concordia which tragically sank in 2012.

Carnival Splendor
Carnival Splendor

Carnival Freedom

Carnival Freedom is a 15-year-old cruise ship that was launched in 2007. She has since been refurbished in 2019. The last of Carnival’s Conquest-class ships, she can accommodate 2,980 guests at double occupancy.

Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom

Carnival Liberty

Carnival Liberty was launched in 2005, making her 17 years old. This ship has been refurbished several times. In 2011 she was the first ship to receive the FUN 2.0 enhancements and in 2021 she received the new blue, white and red livery.

Carnival Liberty
Carnival Liberty

Carnival Miracle

The Carnival Miracle cruise ship is 18 years old. The ship was launched in 2004 and was last refurbished in 2020. Carnival Miracle is a Spirit-class cruise ship, offering more space per passenger than any other ship in the fleet.

Carnival Miracle
Carnival Miracle

Carnival Valor

Carnival Valor launched in 2004, making this cruise ship is 18 years old. However, she was refurbished recently in 2021. This Conquest-class cruise ship accommodates just under 3,000 guests.

Carnival Valor
Carnival Valor

Carnival Glory

Carnival Glory made her debut in 2003 but was last refurbished in 2021. This 19-year-old cruise ship is a Conquest-class cruise ship, accommodating around 3,000 guests.

Carnival Glory
Carnival Glory

Carnival Conquest

Launched in 2002, the 20-year-old Carnival Conquest cruise ship was the first of a new class of ships for Carnival Cruise Line, back in the day. The ship was last refurbished in 2017.

Carnival Conquest
Carnival Conquest

Carnival Legend

The Carnival Legend cruise ship is 20 years old. The ship was launched in 2002 and was last refurbished in 2018. Carnival Legend is a Spirit-class cruise ship with space for 2,124 passengers – relatively small compared to most modern cruise ships.

Carnival Legend
Carnival Legend

Carnival Pride

Carnival Pride is a Spirit-class cruise ship. Launched in 2002, this ship is now 20 years old but was last refurbished in 2019. Carnival Pride can carry just 2,124 passengers but is one of the most spacious ships in Carnival’s fleet.

Carnival Pride
Carnival Pride

Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit debuted in 2001 and is now 21 years of age. If this ship were a person, she’d be old enough to drink! This first of the spacious Spirit-class ships, Carnival Spirit was last refurbished in 2018.

Carnival Spirit
Carnival Spirit

Carnival Radiance

Carnival Radiance was first launched in 2000 under the name Carnival Victory. In 2021, the ship underwent a huge $200 million bow-to-stern makeover, was given the new livery and was Christened again with the new name.

Carnival Radiance
Carnival Radiance

Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Sunrise started off as Carnival Triumph in 1999. But in 2019, the ship underwent a $200 million transformation that took 38 days to complete. She was then Christened again with the new name – Carnival Sunrise.

Carnival Sunrise
Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Elation

The Carnival Elation cruise ship is 24 years old. The ship was launched in 1998 and was last refurbished in 2020. One of the smallest in Carnival’s fleet, Carnival Elation is a Fantasy-class cruise ship and can accommodate 2,130 guests.

Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation

Carnival Paradise

Just like Carnival Elation, Carnival Paradise also made her debut in 1998 and is 24 years old. This Fantasy-class cruise ship was last refurbished in 2018.

Carnival Paradise
Carnival Paradise

Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine was originally named Carnival Destiny when the ship was launched in 1996. In 2013, the ship underwent a $155 million transformation which saw an entire deck added to the front third of the ship and the addition of 182 more cabins.

Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Ecstasy

Carnival Ecstasy is the oldest ship in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet at 31 years old. This Fantasy-class ship made its debut all the way back in 1991. Despite her old age, Carnival Ecstasy continues to provide a party atmosphere on short cruises to the Bahamas in a Vegas-style setting.

Carnival Ecstasy
Carnival Ecstasy

Carnival Cruise Ship FAQs

When was Carnival’s first cruise?

Carnival Cruise Lines commenced sailing in 1972. The first cruise was on board Mardi Gras on March 11, 1972.

What was the second Carnival cruise ship?

Carnival Cruise Line’s second cruise ship was called Carnivale. Launched in 1975, this ship belonged to the Canadian Pacific Line before it was acquired by Carnival.

Has a Carnival cruise ship ever sank?

No Carnival Cruise Line ship has ever sunk. However, the Costa Concordia which sank in 2012 was owned by Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of the Carnival Corporation.

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2 thoughts on “Carnival Ships By Age: Newest to Oldest (2022)”

  1. Just an FYI there was (1st) Carnival Jubilee. We sailed on it in 1994 for our Honeymoon. I looked up some history on the ship and found it was built in 1986 for Carnival and sailed until 2004 when transferred to P&O Cruises Australia and renamed Pacific Sun, then 2012 sold to HNA Cruises a Chinese Co, renamed Henna. Sailed for only about a year, then sat until 2015. They tried to sell but no takers, eventually sold for scrap in 2017:(

  2. Carnival should also build a 4th Excel-Class ship for Long Beach to replace the Carnival Miracle, on Hawaiian and Mexican Riviera Cruises. The Miracle is even smaller than the Radiance but is used on LONGER Cruises. I know Long Beach has the Panorama, but that ship doesn’t go to Hawaii. And The Radiance REPLACED Inspiration and Imagination, but I really do think that Long Beach should have ANOTHER Excel-Class cruise ship to replace the Miracle. And I’d imagine if that were to happen, then the Ship could also be relocated to Alaska in the future for some seasonal cruises, and due to it likely being the LARGEST cruise ship on the west coast, it would even DWARF Norwegian Bliss and Joy by Gross Tonnage, which is ALREADY the largest cruise ships in the west coast, and sail on the same itineraries, but WHAT IF Carnival joins the competition of THE LARGEST Cruise Ship, and THE FIRST LNG POWERED Cruise Ship in the Pacific West Coast?

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