Ever wonder how many cruise ships Carnival has?

Before the pandemic, Carnival Cruises had one of the largest fleets of cruise ships: 26 ships. But that’s just under the Carnival Cruises brand.

Carnival owns nearly half the market

Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) owns several other cruise lines, including Princess Cruises, Holland America Cruises, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia & UK), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, and Cunard.

Between all 9 brands, Carnival owns 99 ships

  • Carnival Cruises – 26 ships
  • Princess Cruises – 16 ships
  • Holland America Cruises – 14 ships
  • Seabourn Cruises – 5 ships
  • P&O Cruises Australia – 3 ships
  • P&O Cruises UK – 5 ships
  • Costa Cruises – 14 ships
  • AIDA Cruises – 13 ships
  • Cunard – 3 ships

Coronavirus pandemic hit cruise lines hard financially

Since the pandemic’s financial downturn, Carnival announced it will part with 13 ships so far. 

Due to the upkeep and fuel costs of older ships, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald told The Points Guy, “absolutely, there will be an acceleration of retirement of ships. There’s no question about that. I’d go so far as to say it’s highly probable you’re going to see some ships actually scrapped as opposed to just moving to secondary or tertiary markets.”

Selling ships to other cruise lines may be challenging in this climate. Smaller cruise lines have already begun to collapse under the financial pressure. Scrapped means they would be disassembled for the value of the parts.

Confirmed sales

So far, Carnival Corp. confirmed the sale of:

  • Pacific Dawn (P&O Australia)
  • Pacific Aria (P&O Australia)
  • Costa Victoria
  • P&O Oceana

As for Carnival Cruises itself, there is no word yet if any beloved ships will leave the fleet. However, there is speculation some Fantasy class ships will retire.

Here is a list of all of the cruise ships Carnival has in their fleet currently:

Vista Class (newest)

  • Carnival Horizon
  • Carnival Vista

Dream Class

  • Carnival Breeze
  • Carnival Magic
  • Carnival Dream

Fantasy Class

  • Carnival Fantasy
  • Carnival Ecstasy
  • Carnival Sensation
  • Carnival Fascination
  • Carnival Imagination
  • Carnival Inspiration
  • Carnival Elation
  • Carnival Paradise

Sunshine Class

  • Carnival Sunshine

Triumph Class

  • Carnival Triumph
  • Carnival Victory

Conquest Class

  • Carnival Conquest
  • Carnival Glory
  • Carnival Valor
  • Carnival Liberty
  • Carnival Freedom

Splendor Class

  • Carnival Splendor

Spirit Class

  • Carnival Spirit
  • Carnival Pride
  • Carnival Legend
  • Carnival Miracle

Carnival’s future ships

Carnival’s new flagship, Mardi Gras, is slated for delivery in February 2021.

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