Carnival Fantasy

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Carnival Fantasy
  • Fantasy (1990–2007)
  • Carnival Fantasy (2007–present)
Owner: Carnival Corporation house flag.svg Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Corporation house flag.svg Carnival Cruise Line
Port of registry: Panama City,  Panama[1]
Route: Bahamas, Bermuda (seasonal), and Florida
Yard number: 479
Launched: March 1, 1990
Sponsored by: Tellervo Koivisto (fi)
Completed: February 1990
Acquired: 1989
Maiden voyage: March 1990
In service: 1990[1]–present
Refit: 2013
Status: In service
Notes: [2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 70,367 GT[1]
7,180 DWT
Length: 855 ft (261 m)
Beam: 103 ft (31 m)
Draft: 7.80 m (25 ft 7 in)
Decks: 10
Installed power: 2 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 8ZAV40S
4 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 12ZAV40S
42,240 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two propellers
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 2,052 passengers (lower berths)
2,675 passengers (all berths)[1]
Crew: 920

Carnival Fantasy (formerly Fantasy) is the lead ship of the Fantasy-class of cruise ships operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was floated out on March 1, 1990, and christened as Fantasy by Tellervo Koivisto (fi),[2] wife of the then President of Finland, Mauno Koivisto. During 2007, in common with all of her Fantasy-class sisters, she had the prefix Carnival added to her name.[3] She is currently the oldest vessel in the Carnival fleet.[4]

Fantasy was the third ship to receive Carnival's Evolutions of Fun upgrade.[5] She currently sails year-round, sailing five- and seasonal seven-night cruises out of Charleston, South Carolina. The five-night cruises visit Nassau, Freeport or Little Stirrup Cay, and the seven-night cruises visit Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau.


Carnival Fantasy entered service in 1990 and is now the oldest cruise ship in the fleet.[6] It was initially based out of the Port of Miami as the first new ship ever placed on three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas from Miami. In 1993, she was moved to Port Canaveral becoming the first "mega-ship" to be homeported there. In the Fall of 2006, the Carnival Fantasy was the first Carnival ship to come back to Louisiana and make New Orleans its home port after Hurricane Katrina,[citation needed] embarking on four- and five-day cruises to Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Carnival Fantasy spent a month in drydock in the Fall of 2008. It was the third ship to receive the full Evolutions of Fun upgrade, which her sister ships Inspiration and Imagination had received in 2007.[5]

On September 17, 2009, Carnival announced that Fantasy would be based out of Mobile, Alabama to replace the Holiday[7] until Elation began operations in Mobile. On September 18, 2009 Carnival announced that Fantasy would be relocated to Charleston, South Carolina.

The "elegant breakfast and dinner" dining room on board the Carnival Sensation is named after the Carnival Fantasy. A model of that ship stands in front of the dining room's entrance. The "dinner-only" second dining room of the Sensation is likewise named after the Carnival Ecstasy. The Carnival Fantasy is going in for its Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades in February 2016 and is also due for diesel engine scrubbers. It will also replace "Camp Carnival" with "Camp Ocean".

Current service[edit]

The Fantasy currently sails year-round, sailing five- and seven-night cruises out of Charleston, South Carolina. The five-night cruises visit Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas, and the seven-night cruises visit Grand Turk Island, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. The Fantasy will be replaced by the Ecstasy in Charleston in 2016 and be moved to Mobile, Alabama.[8]



  1. ^ a b c d "Carnival Fantasy Review". Cruise Critic. The Independent Traveler, Inc. 1995–2008. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b Smith 2010, p. 36.
  3. ^ Dake, Shawn J. (January 2008). "Cruise Ships 2007 the year in review" (PDF). Ocean Times (Steamship Historical Society of America: Southern California Chapter) 12.1: 2–8. 
  4. ^ Fritscher, Lisa. "Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship". USA Today. Demand Media. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ a b "Carnival Fantasy to Under Full Evolutions of Fun Upgrades This Fall". Carnival Cruise Lines. 2008-01-28. Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. 
  6. ^ Sloan, Gene. "Most Popular". USA Today. 
  7. ^ Kaija Wilkinson (18 August 2008). "Carnival's Fantasy cruise ship coming to Mobile". Press-Register. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  8. ^ "Cruise Deals, Discount Cruises, and Cruise Vacations | Carnival Cruise Lines". Retrieved 2012-03-12. 


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