Carnival: The Biggest Ship They Never Built

Not a news item, but a bit of nostalgia.


Pinnacle? (Fincantieri rendering)

In 2004, the Carnival Corporation launched a development program called the ‘Pinnacle Project’. It was shrouded in secrecy, however it is said that the aim was to design the world’s biggest cruise ship.

They say project Pinnacle was to be a 200,000 gross tonnes, 6,000 passenger prototype, cruise ship.


(Fincantieri rendering)

Around the same time Royal Caribbean International were developing their ‘Genesis’ Project, which later went on to become ‘Oasis of the Seas’.

Carnival abandoned their Pinnacle project, stating that the Dollar to Euro rate was not conducive to making such a large investment in a giant ship.

(Photo from intelcom)

(Oasis: Photo, intelcom)

Clearly RCI disagreed and ‘Oasis’ entered service in 2009, at 225,000 gt easily making her the world’s biggest cruise ship (and her class still is).  In fact there will be a third ‘Oasis’ class ships, ‘Harmony of the Seas’ by 2016, which will be slightly bigger at around 227,000gt. RCI also have an option on a fourth, for 2018.

I wonder if ideas from the ‘Pinnacle’ design will be incorporated into carnival’s new 180,000gt ships?

Below is a video form the Fincantieri shipyard, designed by Maurizio Cergol, which was almost certainly one of the ‘concepts’ for the Carnival Pinnacle:



Carnival Vista slide-show HERE


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2 Responses to “Carnival: The Biggest Ship They Never Built”

  1. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Yes Jeff, these days Joe Farcus is working his magic (or abominations, depending on your view-point) on the new Costa ship interiors.

    However, the new décor on Carnival ships, RCI and NCL’s is becoming more tasteful than the Las Vegas glitz of old.

  2. Jeff Crouchley Says:

    And not a trace of Joe Farcus!

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