Carnival's Fantasy Class cruise ships are the oldest and largest class of the ships in Carnival's fleet. This is Carnival's smallest class of ships length wise, but Carnival's fact sheets report the ships are between 800 and 900 feet in length. This is close to the size of three American football fields. This class of ships launched in 1990 with the M/S Fantasy and the last one built was in 1998 with the launch of the M/S Paradise. The Fantasy Class presently consists of the Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Elation, and Carnival Paradise. It is inevitable that these ships will be sold too because they are aging, getting older, and there is a great demand for newer and larger cruise ships.
Carnival has not sold or transferred any ships out of its fleet since 2009 when the Holiday was transferred to Iberocruceros to become the Grand Holiday. This was after the Holiday's sister ships, Celebration & Jubilee, were transferred out of the fleet in previous years. The company transferred the ships out of the fleet slowly as newer and larger ships were being introduced to the Carnival fleet. When the dreadful day comes for the Fantasy class ships to be transferred or sold they will probably phase the ships out one by one for a period of many years. However, I predict, Carnival will start this process when they have ships that can replace the tonnage of the Fantasy class.
The Fantasy Class ships may be older, but they are still providing many people with a fun and enjoyable cruise vacation. I understand ships like the Fantasy Class are not for everyone and the great thing about the cruise industry is there are ships that cruise on that fit their style. Someday they will leave the Carnival fleet after their mission of providing people with a fun vacation for Carnival Cruise Lines is done. Someday the class will be split up as the ships are sent to other cruise lines and parts of the world. It is inevitable, but for now, enjoy the Fantasy Class ships while they are still around and enjoy a cruise on a ship, no matter how big or small.
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(Includes Carnival Fantasy, Ecstasy, Sensation, Fascination, Imagination, Inspiration, Elation, or Paradise)