Carnival Cruise Lines - A History

Chapter 1 - Empress Class


In 1955, the Empress of britain is built, and In 1960, the RMS Empress of Canada was built.


In 1972, then-newly formed Carnival was founded by Ted Arison, he bought out both of the ships in 1972 and 1975 respectively.


The interiors were simple woodwork, to modernize it in 1990, they turned the wood black to make it look modern.


There was an Indoor pool called the Coral Pool, a far cry to today's cruise ships outdoor pools.


There were also Promenade "Boulevards" which are still used today, however, these were only used on 2 decks, the Empress deck and the Promenade deck. the floors were blue, there are tables and there are rectangle windows, and that's probably it.


Mardi gras sailed out of carnival in 1993, it was demolished in 2003.




The Carnivale was made in 1955, then traded to Carnival in 1975. It was almost the same as the Mardi Gras. ALMOST. The indoor pool is not a Coral pool, it was a dragon pool, unlike Mardi Gras, Carnivale had outdoor pools, the first in the fleet and is a feature Carnival still uses to this very day.


The Carnivale also has Boulevards, they are more detailed and have photos in photo frames, brown and white floors and HUGE rectangle windows.


The Carnivale also got the 1990 refurb, before the refurb, the alleyways had red floors, brown woodwork and lights. In the refurb, they added photos in photo frames, red and white floors, and gray walls. It looks a lot better after 1990.


The Empress Deck foyer also got a change, before 1990, it had woodwork and a caribbean map. The walls were repainted purple, the doors are now red. The only trace of the old days was the map, which is STILL There!


The ship was demolished 2008.


Chapter 2 - Festivale and Tropicale



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Interesting history Lesson. I might add that on the first sailing (a dignitary special) of the Mardi Gras it got stuck on an uncharted sand bar in Biscayne Bay. The Captain spoke with Mr. Arison, explaining that the ship would need to wait 3 hours for the tide to come in and lift the ship in order to return to the port of Miami. The solution was to open the bars. The first staggering person down the gangway when the ship returned was the entertainment editor for the Miami Herald. When asked by his minions, wanting to file a story, how was it? He replied in a slightly slurred voice, "that is one fun ship". The next morning the head line read: CARNIVAL THE FUN SHIP.... and thus the tag line was born.

I've seen a photo of that headline.

I had no idea of the history of it being called the Fun Ship. What a great story.

It is particularly a great story because it happens to be true. The best kind!Big Smile

Fun stuff - thanks! Happy

Thanks for the history lessons -- really interesting stuff!Happy

If you guys are interested in the history of Carnival and cruise history I would suggest the book "Devils of the Deep Blue Sea" It is an easy read and very interesting on more then just Carnival but also RCI and NCL history. I got a copy of the book on Amazon for about $ 5.00 USD.

It is full of fun facts like the $ to start Carnival was actuly NCL's money that was being held by Arison for reservations on NCL. Arison had worked with NCL and used the advanced reservations money to start Carnival.

Isnt that called, embezzlement ?

I thought maybe I was reading it wrong ( :SMH: )

Now that's a very interesting fact. It sure sounds like embezzlement.

My family sailed on both the Mardi Gras

& the Carnivale. I was worried that my husband's new passport would not get back in time for the cruise. This is a photo of us on the Festivale.


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