Destiny-class cruise ship

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Carnival Destiny in Castries, St. Lucia 2.jpg
Carnival Sunshine in 2007 as Carnival Destiny
Class overview
Builders: Fincantieri
Preceded by: Fantasy class
Succeeded by: Spirit class
Built: 1996–2004
In service: 1996–present
Completed: 5
Active: 5
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 101,509–102,853 GT
Length: 893 ft (272 m)
Beam: 116 ft (35 m)
Decks: 13
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 2,642 passengers
Crew: 1,040

The Destiny class is a class of cruise ships owned by Carnival Cruise Line. The class was modified after the lead ship, Carnival Destiny, was launched. This is reflected in both Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory.


Carnival Destiny was launched in 1996 as the first in Carnival Cruise Line's Destiny class of ships. When launched it held the distinction as the world's largest passenger ship as well as the first passenger ship to be built over 100,000 GT. A sister ship, Carnival Triumph, launched in 1999 and was followed by Carnival Victory in 2000. Though similar to Carnival Destiny, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory were larger, containing an additional passenger deck and additional cabins. As a result both stood apart from the Destiny class and were ultimately classified as Triumph-class ships. Carnival Cruise Line and Costa Cruises would build larger variations based on the Destiny-class ships in the years that followed.

Sunshine/Triumph/Fortuna-class ships[edit]

Sunshine-class ships[edit]

Ship Year
Sailed for
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Carnival Sunshine 1996 1996– Present 102,853 GT  Bahamas Originally sailed as Carnival Destiny. The ship underwent a major refit in 2013 to become the Carnival Sunshine.
World's largest passenger ship (measured by gross tonnage), when built.
First cruise ship over 100,000 GT.
Carnival Sunshine Curacao 2014.jpg
Carnival Sunrise 1999 1999–Present 101,509 GT  Bahamas Originally sailed as Carnival Triumph. The ship underwent a major refit in 2019 to become the Carnival Sunrise.
Built with one additional deck than the original Carnival Destiny.
Originally identical to the Carnival Victory as built.
On February 14, 2013 the ship was towed to Mobile, Alabama for repairs after an engine room fire and resumed service on June 13, 2013, four months after being out of service.[1]
Carnival Triumph Half Moon Cay.jpg

Triumph-class ship[edit]

The Carnival Victory will receive a major refit in 2020 that will make it part of the transformed Sunshine Class.

Ship Year
Sailed for
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Carnival Victory 2000 2000–Present 101,509 GT  Panama Originally identical to Carnival Triumph when it was built. Will be dry docked and renamed Carnival Radiance in spring 2020, similar to the Carnival Destiny becoming Carnival Sunshine in 2013. Carnival Victory2.jpg

Fortuna-class ships[edit]

Two additional ships of the Triumph design were built for subsidiary Costa Cruises:[2]

Ship Year
Flag Notes Image
Costa Fortuna 2003 2003–Present 102,587  Italy Similar to the Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory 14DSCF0634 COSTA FORTUNA.jpg
Costa Magica 2004 2004–Present 102,587  Italy Similar to the Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory Costa Magica in Venice 2.jpg


  1. ^ Helen Anders (2013-04-23). "Carnival Triumph to cruise again in June after repairs, upgrades". Seattle Times (online).
  2. ^ "Carnival Cruise Lines: Die Kreuzfahrtschiffe" (in German). Archived from the original on 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-01-19.

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