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: Caribbean, Mexico
Yard number: 479
Launched: March 1, 1990
Sponsored by: Tellervo Koivisto
Completed: February 1990
Acquired: 1989
Maiden voyage: March 1, 1990
In service: 1990[1]–present


2016 (Funship 2.0)
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
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)
  • 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 American/British company 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,[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, during 2006-2010.[5] She currently sails out of Mobile, Alabama.


Carnival Fantasy entered service in 1990 and is now the oldest cruise ship in the fleet.[6] She 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. She 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.

Carnival Fantasy was refitted in February 2016 under Carnival's "Fun Ship 2.0" standard. The upgrades included being fitted with diesel engine scrubbers as well the alteration of some of the restaurants and child care areas on the ship.[8]

In November 2016, the Fantasy was moved back to Mobile, which had not had a cruise ship stationed there since 2011 when the Elation moved to New Orleans.[9]

The Fantasy was named Most Improved Ship in Members’ Choice Awards in spring 2018.[10]

Carnival Fantasy is scheduled to undergo her next renovation in January 2019.[11]

Current service[edit]

Fantasy sails year-round out of Mobile, Alabama until at least November 2019.[12]



  1. ^ a b c d "Carnival Fantasy Review". Cruise Critic. The Independent Traveler, Inc. 1995–2008. Archived from the original on August 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  2. ^ 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 (2013). "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.
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  9. ^ "Cruises return to Mobile with move of Carnival Fantasy ship, reports". Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  10. ^ " Members' Choice Awards". 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  11. ^ "Carnival Cruise Line's Cruise Ship Dry Dock Schedule and Upgrades". Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  12. ^ Stump, Olivia (2018-11-26). "Carnival Fantasy contract extended for another year". WKRG. Retrieved 2018-11-30.


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