The Newest Carnival Ships (In Order)

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There are 24 ships in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet. With new ships being launched at a rate close to one per year, it can be hard to keep track of which are the newest ships.

To further confuse things, Carnival has a practice of renaming some of its older ships after they have undergone renovations. Plus, the cruise line sometimes buys ships from other cruise lines and adds them to the fleet. So, not every new Carnival ship is actually new.

In this guide, I’ll show you the newest Carnival cruise ships, including ships that are currently under construction as well as ships that have been renamed.

Newest Carnival cruise ships

The Newest Carnival Ships On Order

First, let’s take a look at the newest cruise ships that will be added to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet over the next couple of years…

Costa Magica (new name TBA) – 2022

The next ship to join Carnival Cruise Line isn’t a new ship, but it is new to Carnival. Costa Magica is an older ship, having been built in 2004 for the Italian cruise line, Costa Cruises.

On 23 June 2021, it was announced that Costa Magica would undergo an extensive dry dock renovation before joining the Carnival fleet at some point in 2022.

The new name for the ex-Costa Cruises ship has not yet been announced, but it is expected that the ship will join the Sunshine class as she is most similar to Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance.

Suggested read: Carnival Cruise Ship Classes Compared

Carnival Celebration – 2022

Carnival Celebration

The next new ship to join the Carnival fleet will be Carnival Celebration. A sister ship to the popular Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration is set to debut in November 2022.

This ship was originally ordered for German cruise line AIDA Cruises, but a change of plans by parent company Carnival Corporation means that Carnival Celebration will now join the Carnival fleet in 2023.

Carnival Celebration will cruise from Miami all year round, offering week-long cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Just like Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration will have six different areas with various things to enjoy including the Bolt rollercoaster, the RedFrog Tiki Bar and Suess at Sea productions.

This is the second Carnival ship called Carnival Celebration. The first was built in 1987 and sold to Iberocruises in 2008 before being transferred to Costa Cruises in 2014 and finally being scrapped in 2021.

Carnival Jubilee – 2023

Carnival Jubilee

The third ship in Carnival’s Excel Class, Carnival Jubilee, will launch in 2023. This ship will be almost identical to Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration. Carnival Jubliee will sail out of Galveston, Texas offering week-long Caribbean itineraries.

Again, this isn’t the first time that Carnival Cruise Line has used the name Carnival Jubilee. The original Carnival Jubilee was built for Carnival in 1986. The ship became the Pacific Sun for P&O Cruises Australia in 2004 before being scrapped in 2017.

The Newest Carnival Ships Sailing in 2022

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

The newest ship in the Carnival fleet is Mardi Gras. Unusually, this is the only ship in the Carnival fleet whose name doesn’t start with the word ‘Carnival’. This could be because Mardi Gras actually means Carnival, so the ship would be called ‘Carnival Carnival’ if that were the case. And that would be weird.

Mardi Gras is the first Excel-class ship for Carnival and so she has some exciting new features that you won’t see on other cruise ships. The most prominent of these is the Bolt rollercoaster – an 800-feet-long ride that goes up to 40 miles per hour.

Launched in July 2021, Mardi Gras is Carnival’s first LNG-powered ship and the largest ship ever built for the cruise line.

Mardi Gras has won a host of awards including ‘Best New Cruise Ship of 2021’ in Cruiseline.com’s Member Choice Awards and ‘Best New Cruise Ship’ in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

As well as being the latest ship, Mardi Gras was also the name of Carnival’s first-ever cruise ship back in 1972. The original Mardi Gras was originally launched as a transatlantic passenger ship called Empress of Canada in 1960 before being acquired by Carnival. In 1993, the ship left the Carnival fleet and had several name changes before being scrapped in 2003.

Carnival Panorama

Carnival Panorama was launched in 2019 as the third and final Vista-class ship in the Carnival fleet. The ship was originally designed for P&O Cruises Australia but was transferred during construction.

Carnival Panorama features a Sky Zone trampoline park, the ShyRide aerial bike course and a Waterworks water park that was inspired by Shaquille O’Neal. The ship sails from Long Beach, California visiting ports of call along the Pacific Coast en route to Mexico.

Carnival Horizon

Launched in 2018, Carnival Horizon is a sister ship to Carnival Panorama and Carnival Vista. She sails out of Miami offering fun-filled Caribbean cruises.

There’s so much to enjoy on Carnival Horizon including an IMAX cinema, the Dr. Seuss WaterWorks splash park and the SkyRide aerial bike track. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat and the Cloud 9 Spa.

Renamed Carnival Ships

Over the years, Carnival Cruise Line has renamed three of its ships. Each of these ships has undergone an extensive dry dock renovation. This means that the ship has been stripped back completely with brand new features and decore added.

The ‘reimagined’ ships are as good as new, but as they were built over 20 years ago, they won’t be as large as Carnival’s new mega ships.

Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine entered service in 2013. The ship was originally launched in 1996 under the name Carnival Destiny.

Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Sunshine with the new livery

Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Sunrise was originally called Carnival Triumph. Launched in 1999, the ship was extensively renovated and renamed in 2019.

New pool deck on Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Radiance

Carnival Radiance debuted in 2021. However, before its makeover, the ship was known as Carnival Victory and was originally built for Carnival in 2000.

Carnival Radiance
Carnival Radiance

To Conclude

Carnival Cruise Line launches new cruise ships at a rate of roughly one per year, with the oldest ships being scrapped at roughly the same rate to keep a consistent fleet size of over 20 ships.

While some new ships such as Mardi Gras and Carnival Jubilee were designed for Carnival, the cruise line sometimes takes on ships that were originally planned for other cruise lines in the Carnival Corporation. For example, Carnival Celebration was originally ordered for AIDA Cruises and Carnival Panorama was meant for P&O Cruises Australia before a change of plan.

Some of the new Carnival ships aren’t actually new, they’re renovated and renamed ships. While some of these come from within the Carnival fleet, the cruise line occasionally acquires older ships from other cruise lines too.

For a full list of Carnival ships, check out this List of Carnival Ships From Newest to Oldest.

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