What Are the Sizes of Carnival Cruise Ships?

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Carnival ships are large enough to accommodate water slides, swimming pools and thousands of staterooms.
Carnival ships are large enough to accommodate water slides, swimming pools and thousands of staterooms. (Image: Jim Lopes/iStock/Getty Images)

Carnival has 23 cruise ships in its fleet, and according to the Cruise Lines International Association, they carry more passengers on their boats than any other cruise operators. Carnival refers to their ships as "Fun Ships" due to the number of activities, entertainment opportunities and dining options available on board. The sizes of their ships vary, depending on where the boat is based and where it's scheduled to sail.

Carnival's Smallest Ships

The smallest ships in Carnival's fleet are 855 feet in length. Caribbean-bound boats such as the Sensation, Fascination, Fantasy and Elation all fall into this category. The Carnival Ecstasy and the Carnival Paradise, which sail to the Bahamas and Bermuda, also measure at 855 feet. The Carnival Imagination and the Carnival Inspiration, which sail from Los Angeles to Mexico, are also this size. These boats hold just over 2,000 guests and about 920 crew members.

Carnival Ships Under 900 feet

The next category of Carnival's ships is larger than the smallest ships but still somewhat compact, compared to the rest of the fleet. The Sunshine is 892 feet long and takes passengers to the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda. It holds just over 3,000 guests and 1,040 crew members. The Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory make trips from Galveston and Miami to the Caribbean, and measure in at 893 feet. These ships have a guest capacity of 2,754 and enough space for a 1,100-person crew.

Carnival's Larger Ships

Most of the Carnival fleet is made up of ships that measure between 952 feet and 963 feet. The Liberty goes to the Bahamas, and it's 952 feet long with the capacity to hold 2,974 guests and 1,160 staff members. The Carnival Splendor is the same size but makes room for more guests (3,002) and fewer crew (1,150). The Glory and the Freedom are 952 feet, with accommodations for 2,980 guests and 1,150 crew.

Just a bit bigger are the 953-foot boats. These include the Carnival Valor, with room for 2,980 guests and 1,180 crew, and the Conquest which has space for 2,984 travelers and 1,150 crew. Measuring 963 feet are the Carnival Pride, Legend and Miracle, all of which welcome 2,124 guests onto their decks and around 930 crew members.

The Largest Carnival Ships

If you think bigger is better, take a cruise on the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream or Carnival Magic. These ships sail to the Caribbean and measure in at 1,004 feet. The guest capacity on these sailing resorts is 3,546 with 1,367 crew.

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