Fantasy class cruise ship
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|Builders:||Kvaerner Masa-Yards Helsinki, Finland|
|Operators:||Carnival Cruise Lines|
|Preceded by:||Holiday Class No longer in service for Carnival|
|Succeeded by:||Destiny Class|
|Length:||855 ft (261 m)|
|Beam:||103 ft (31 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 fixed propellors on the first 6 ships. 2 Azipod Propellors on the last 2 ships.|
|Capacity:||2,052 - 2,056 Passengers|
The Fantasy class is a cruise ship class operated by Carnival Cruise Lines. The first vessel of the class, Fantasy, entered service in 1990. All eight vessels of the class were constructed by Kvaerner Masa Yards, in Helsinki, Finland. The Elation and the Paradise differ from the other ships of the class in that they have Azipod azimuth thrusters. They were also the last cruise ships built with the lifeboats only on the upper deck. This class has a so called modern ocean/cruise liner design, with all of its cabins situated within the hull and only a handful of suites on the superstructure, similar to the Holiday Class cruise ships built in the late 80's.
- Carnival Fantasy (1990)
- Carnival Ecstasy (1991)
- Carnival Sensation (1993)
- Carnival Fascination (1994)
- Carnival Imagination (1995)
- Carnival Inspiration (1996)
- Carnival Elation (1998)
- Carnival Paradise (1998)
On May 8, Carnival Cruise Lines announced that all eight ships will get the 'Carnival'- prefix. The new names shall be Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Ecstasy, and so on. This makes the naming in line with the newer ships, as Carnival started to add the prefix with the Carnival Destiny. The name change is planned in conjunction with the line's $250 million "Evolutions of Fun" product enhancement project, started in 2007.
Evolutions Of Fun
In late 2006, Carnival Cruise Lines announced a massive refurbishment to its Fantasy class fleet called "Evolutions Of Fun". This is expected to be completed in 2010. 
Features Of The Evolutions Of Fun
All ships will receive a repainted name with the "Carnival" prefix (i.e. Carnival Ecstasy) after their final refurbishment to their pools and outside decks. A temporary "Carnival" prefix has been painted on any remaining ships that haven't received the final stage of refurbishment.
Pools and Outer Decks
A miniature golf course was added to the forward sun deck. The most distinguishable feature will be the aft pool deck. This will be replaced by a waterpark with multiple slides. The main pool will be completely refurbished with new materials and new spiral staircases to the top deck. The original waterslide will be removed. The adults-only area (around the funnel) will be moved replacing the children's wading pool on the back of the Promenade deck. The wading pool will be part of the new waterpark. So far, the waterpark has been added on the Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, and the Carnival Inspiration.
The restaurant and the majority of the public areas will receive new decors and new electronic equipment. Except for the Carnival Elation and the Carnival Paradise, the sculpture found in the atrium will be removed and replaced with an atrium bar and an orchestra platform. An atrium bar was already installed in the Carnival Elation and the Carnival Paradise when they were constructed.
All staterooms will receive new decors and new beds. A flat screen TV will also be added to all staterooms. An extra feature is currently being added to the Carnival Sensation. The Carnival Sensation will get 98 new balcony cabins. In addition, 8 suites on the Upper Deck will get larger balconies.
- Owner's Suite 1,100 square feet (100 m2) Only available through special reservations. Available on the Carnival Fantasy,Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, and Carnival Inspiration.
- Suite with large private balcony 330 square feet (31 m2)
- Suite with large private balcony 220 sq ft (20 m2)
- Balcony cabin 186 sq ft (17.3 m2) Available on the Carnival Ecstasy ,Carnival Sensation ,and Carnival Fascination.
- Oceanview cabin 186 sq ft (17.3 m2)
- Obstructed view cabin (some with small porthole)186 sq ft (17.3 m2)
- Inside cabin 186 sq ft (17.3 m2)