Destiny-class cruise ship

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 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


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

Sunshine-class ships

Sailed for
Gross tonnageFlagNotesImage
Carnival Sunshine19961996– Present102,853 GT BahamasOriginally 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 Sunrise19991999–Present101,509 GT BahamasOriginally 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]

Triumph-class ship

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

Sailed for
Gross tonnageFlagNotesImage
Carnival Victory20002000–Present101,509 GT PanamaOriginally identical to Carnival Triumph when it was built. Will be dry docked and renamed Carnival Radiance in 2020, similar to the Carnival Destiny becoming Carnival Sunshine.

Fortuna-class ships

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

Costa Fortuna20032003–Present102,587 ItalySimilar to the Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory
Costa Magica20042004–Present102,587 ItalySimilar to the Carnival Triumph and Carnival Victory


  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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