Carnival: The Biggest Ship They Never Built


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, at the time.

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 is now a third ‘Oasis’ class ship, ‘Harmony of the Seas’ in service, which is slightly bigger at around 227,000gt. RCI also have a fourth on their order books ‘Symphony of the Seas’ which will enter service in 2018.

However Carnival have announced some ‘new big’ ships for some of their Carnival, AIDA, Costa and P&O brands at around 185,000 gross tonnes carrying up to 6,600 passengers.  The first ship will be delivered in 2019 for AIDA.

I wonder if ideas from the ‘Pinnacle’ design will be incorporated into their design?

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

However begining in 2019, Carnival and some of their brands such as P&O, Costa, AIDA, Carnival, will receive their biggest ships yet at 185,000 gt:

Biggest class of ship today: ‘Oasis of the Seas’ review: HERE