Dream-class cruise ship

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Carnival Dream Bow.png
The class flagship, Carnival Dream departing Port Canaveral
Class overview
Builders: Fincantieri in Monfalcone and Marghera,[1] Italy
Operators: Carnival Cruise Lines; Costa Crociere
Preceded by: Concordia class
Succeeded by: Vista class
Built: (2008-2014)
In service: 2009–Present
Building: 0 ship
Planned: 4 ships
Completed: 4 ships
Active: 4 ships
General characteristics
Type: Cruise Ship
Tonnage: 130,000 GT
Length: 1,004 ft (306.02 m)
  • waterline: 122 ft (37.19 m)[2]
  • extreme: 158 ft (48.16 m)[2]
Draught: 27 ft (8.23 m)[2]
Decks: 14 passenger decks
Installed power: 6 Engines generating approx. 84,933 hp (63,335 kW)
Propulsion: Diesel-Electric
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)[2]
  • Normal: 3,646 (double occupancy)[2]
  • Maximum: 4,631[2]
Crew: 1,367 Crew

The Dream class is a class of cruise ships, operated by Carnival Cruise Lines and Costa Cruises, The lead vessel of the class, Carnival Dream, entered service in September 2009.[3]

Carnival Dream and her sisters, Carnival Magic, Carnival Breeze and Costa Diadema, measure about 130,000 GT and the first three were the largest ships ever built for Carnival Cruise Line until the Carnival Vista launched in 2015. The vessels design is an evolution from the Conquest class cruise ships. Notable additions in the designs are a half-mile exterior promenade on deck 5, with outside cafes, Jacuzzis situated along the edge of the promenade (on the Carnival trio), and an Aqua Park.


The first Dream-class vessel, which was eventually named Carnival Dream, was ordered on December 14, 2005, from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. The order also includes the ships: Nieuw Amsterdam, for Holland America Line; Ruby Princess, for Princess Cruises; and Costa Pacifica, for Costa Cruises. The four ships, and the options, were simultaneously ordered by Carnival Corporation for USD 3 billion.[4]

The Carnival Dream then launched at Monfalcone on 24 October 2008.[5] The ship was delivered on 17 September 2009, eleven months after her launch, at the Monfalcone yards.[6]

Option for a second vessel was exercised, which is the Carnival Magic. The ship was ordered on 18 December 2006[7] and keel was then laid on 12 January 2010.[8] The ship debuted on 1 May 2011.[8]

The third ship was ordered 1 December 2009, which was officially named Carnival Breeze on 11 May 2010.[9] She sailed on 3 June 2012.

Costa Cruises has ordered a ship of 132,500 GT, Costa Diadema in 2011, which is a fourth sister to this class.
Delivered on 25 October 2014, she sailed her inaugural cruise on 1 November, christened and began regular service on 8 November.


The Dream-class cruise ships offer a limited number of family size staterooms, with two bathrooms and five beds, a 19,000 sq ft (1,800 m2) children's facility with expansive play areas, a huge Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, a two-level adults-only Retreat, and a 23,750 sq ft (2,206 m2) wellness area.[10]



Ship Year
In Service Gross Tonnage Homeport Flag Notes Image
Carnival Dream 2006 2009–Present 128,251 GT New Orleans,
 Panama Carnival Dream In fog (recropped).jpg
Carnival Magic 2007 2011–Present 128,048 GT Port Canaveral,
Florida, moving to Miami, Florida in 2018
 Panama Carnival Magic in Venedig.JPG
Carnival Breeze 2010 2012–Present 128,052 GT Galveston, Texas, moving to Port Canaveral
Florida in 2018
 Panama Carnival Breeze (ship, 2011) 001.jpg

Costa Cruises[edit]

Ship Year
In Service Gross tonnage Homeport Flag Notes Image
Costa Diadema 2011 2014–Present 132,500 GT Savona, Italy  Italy Largest and flagship in the Costa Cruises fleet.[11] Costa Diadema (24922971025) (cropped).jpg


  1. ^ "M/S Costa Diadema.". Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Fact Sheet: Carnival Dream. Carnival Cruise Lines. Retrieved 11 May 2010
  3. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/travel/cruises/2009-11-18-carnival-ship-port-canaveral_N.htm USA Today accessed 14 April 2010
  5. ^ “CARNIVAL DREAM”, THE BIGGEST CRUISE SHIP EVER BUILT BY FINCANTIERI, LAUNCHED IN MONFALCONE TODAY. Press Release. Fincantieri. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2010
  6. ^ “CARNIVAL DREAM”: THE LARGEST CRUISE SHIP BUILT IN ITALY BY FINCANTIERI. Press Release. Fincantieri. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2010
  7. ^ FINCANTIERI: CARNIVAL CONFIRMS OPTION FOR CRUISE SHIP WORTH € 565 MILLION. Press Release. Fincantieri. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2010
  8. ^ a b “CARNIVAL MAGIC” LAID: WORK STARTS CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE’S NEW FLAGSHIP. Press Release. Fincantieri. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010
  9. ^ Carnival Cruise Lines' 130,000-ton ship to be named Carnival Breeze. Cruise Industry News. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010
  10. ^ "Carnival Dream christened in New York". Cruise Industry News. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 

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