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: December 9, 1988
Sponsored by: Tellervo Koivisto
Christened: March 1, 1990
Completed: January 27, 1990
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 December 9, 1988, completed on January 27, 1990 [2] and formally named on March 1, 1990, as Fantasy by Tellervo Koivisto,[3] 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,[4] she is currently the oldest vessel in the Carnival fleet.[5]


Carnival Fantasy entered service in 1990 and is now the oldest cruise ship in the fleet;[6] the ship assisted the US Coast Guard in rescuing 23 people at sea in April 2019.[7]

Areas of operation[edit]

Until 1993 she cruised from the Port of Miami when she relocated to Port Canaveral.

In the Fall of 2006, the Carnival Fantasy was the first Carnival ship to move back to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina with New Orleans becoming its home port, undertaking cruises to Mexico.[citation needed]

Carnival Fantasy spent a month in drydock being refitted in the Fall of 2008.[8]

On September 17, 2009, Carnival announced that Fantasy would be based out of Mobile, Alabama.[9]

Subsequently she was relocated to Charleston, South Carolina.

Carnival Fantasy was refitted in February 2016; 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.[10]

In November 2016, she moved back to Mobile,[11] it is planned that she will continue being homeported there until at least November 2019.[12]

Carnival Fantasy was again refitted in January 2019.[13]



  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. ^ "Carnival Fantasy (8700773)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Smith 2010, p. 36.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Fritscher, Lisa (2013). "Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship". USA Today. Demand Media. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  6. ^ Sloan, Gene. "Most Popular". USA Today.
  7. ^ "Coast Guard worked with Carnival cruise to rescue 23 illegal Cubans adrift for days in Gulf of Mexico". USA TODAY. April 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Carnival Fantasy to Under Full Evolutions of Fun Upgrades This Fall". Carnival Cruise Lines. January 28, 2008. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009.
  9. ^ Kaija Wilkinson (August 18, 2008). "Carnival's Fantasy cruise ship coming to Mobile". Press-Register. Retrieved August 18, 2008.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Cruises return to Mobile with move of Carnival Fantasy ship, reports". Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  12. ^ Stump, Olivia (November 26, 2018). "Carnival Fantasy contract extended for another year". WKRG. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Carnival Cruise Line's Cruise Ship Dry Dock Schedule and Upgrades". Retrieved July 11, 2018.


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