After an honorable 31 years, Carnivals oldest cruise ship, Carnival Ecstasy, will be taken out of service after its current sailing. After launching in 1991 as part of the cruise line’s world famous Fantasy Class, Ecstasy has treated her 5 plus million passengers to over 3 decades of fun in the sun. The ship is currently on a round trip sailing from Mobile, Alabama visiting Progresso and Cozumel with two fun days at sea.
The retirement of Ecstasy marks the 6ths Fantasy Class ship that will leave service in the past two years, leaving the celebrated class with only two remaining vessels- Elation and Paradise. While the class is significantly outdated when compared to the state-of-the-art mega-ships of today, the Fantasy class holds a certain charm and affordability while giving cruisers a look at what it was like to sail during a simpler time. These ships also give those who live in more remote locations with smaller ports, the opportunity to cruise locally.
Since her sister ship, Carnival Fantasy, was sold to scrap almost 2 years ago, the people of Alabama had been without a home cruise ship until Ecstasy sailed into town in March. After this final run, she will relinquish her title of the fleets oldest ship to Carnival Elation. Replacing Ecstasy at the port of Mobile will be the Carnival Spirit, which will mark the first non-Fantasy Class ship to sail from Alabama in almost a decade.