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How Many Carnival Cruise Ships Are There?

Carnival Cruise Lines has the largest cruise fleet in the world, with 24 cruise ships taking guests to exotic destinations around the world. Here’s a quick guide to the Carnival cruise ships you should know. 

Carnival Cruise Lines is a British-American owned cruise company with a 21% share of the world cruise market. And it’s no wonder, because they really know how to create a cruise experience to remember!

Famously known as “The Fun Ships”, each of the 24 Carnival ships is designed to provide excellent value for money and endless fun for passengers of all ages. And you’ll be made to feel right at home in a comfortable stateroom whilst you head to some of the world’s most exotic destinations.

There are two ships in the Carnival fleet that call Australia home: Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend. Both cruise ships sail from Sydney to destinations around Australia, the South Pacific Islands and New Zealand. And a special treat for the Australian cruisers, both of these ships serve Carnival’s very own bespoke ale as well as expertly made coffee!


Here’s a quick guide to the best of the Carnival fleet:

Carnival Legend: Carnival Legend might have been launched in 2002, but you’ll think it was built yesterday. That’s because Carnival Legend had a $47 million refurbishment in 2014 in advance of her Australian debut. Enjoy the Green Thunder slide, Splashdown children’s waterslides, the adult-only Serenity Retreat, Bonsai Sushi restaurant, and much more. Carnival Legend’s crew has even undergone special training to satisfy the Australian passion for top quality coffee!

Carnival Legend


Carnival Spirit: Launched in 2001, Carnival Spirit moved to Sydney permanently in 2012. Before arriving in Sydney, the ship was refitted with a range of exciting features, including the Green Thunder waterslide, Aqua Park, outdoor barbecue area, and serenity deck. She also has Australian power points and the on-board currency was switched to the Australian dollar. Carnival Legend will carry you on 8-12 day cruises to Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and New Zealand, and more.

Carnival Spirit


Carnival Dream: Fancy getting away for a Caribbean dream holiday or even further afield? Carnival Dream is the ship for you. Launched in 2009, the ship carries 3,646 passengers and features the two-level adults-only Serenity area and the longest at-sea waterslide. Prepare to be wowed by the spectacular 11-deck-high atrium with air-borne piano and many more inspired design ideas, including a comedy lounge decorated with 109 Venetian masks. Carnival Dream offers 7-night cruises from Florida to the Caribbean, sailing to ports in Mexico, Honduras and Belize City as well as to the old-pirate ports of the Bahamas, Antigua, Virgin Islands and Guadeloupe.


What next for Carnival Cruises?

The countdown is on for the launch of Carnival’s 25th ship, the Carnival Vista. Scheduled for launch in 2016, the state–of-the-art design will deliver great views across the ocean from everywhere on the ship, so each of its 4,000 passengers can enjoy stunning vistas. Construction has already begun at the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy, so watch this space!


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