Carla C who remembers her !!

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#21
3 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
My times aboard the Carla C were the best of times on the sea. Loved the departure night in San Juan harbor. The midnight sailing was something to behold. The three long blasts on the horn while backing out of the slip were bone chilling. Of all the other ships that I have sailed out on the Carla was the most like visiting with family. I think of her often and will always remember my times aboard her.

Don Bradley
#22
3 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
My times aboard the Carla C were the best of times on the sea. Loved the departure night in San Juan harbor. The midnight sailing was something to behold. The three long blasts on the horn while backing out of the slip were bone chilling. Of all the other ships that I have sailed out on the Carla was the most like visiting with family. I think of her often and will always remember my times aboard her.

Don Bradley
#23
Englewood, FL, USA
3,512 Posts
Joined Feb 2002
My mother keeps a photo of her and my late father aboard the Carla C. from sometime in '80's. Mom really likes cruises and my father did not (couldn't get over the memory of WWII troop ships) so they didn't cruise except once or twice. After dad died though she became quite the cruiser and turned us all on to it!
#24
Philadelphia
5,076 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
My first cruise was also on the Carla C. I was traveling alone, but with a group from Singleworld, which made me feel very safe. To this day, I can remember the taste of the birthday cakes...mmm, and the flat garlic tasting bread in the breadbaskets. If I have something now that tastes similar, it brings me back to the Carla C. I also remember those special rooms where you could use your blow dryer. Did any of you take the excursion to the Murano factory in Caracas? My favorite cruise souvenir was purchased there and to this day sits on my mantle. It is a crystal scupture of a man and woman embracing. That purchase was made on my second Carla C sailing. I love the Italian way of cruising. I later moved on to SITMAR ships....alas, they are gone as well... I prefer the smaller ships of old to the mega ships of today, but I guess I am in the minority. As I am typing, the Carla C song is going through my head.... I kept all of my photos, menus, daily programs and news sheets, even the candle from my birthday cake...from both cruises. I know, I'm nuts...but it makes for a nice keepsake. I hear that there is another Italian cruise line...is it any good? Does it remind anyone of the old Costa or SITMAR days?

Cindra
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#25
Northbrook, illinois
2,288 Posts
Joined Nov 2001
my 1st cruise when I was in my early 20s was over new years 1970. I remember the food was good and the new years party was wild. It was a fun old ship and the drink prices were dirt cheap, something less than $1. Ah, the good old days!
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#26
LI, NY
564 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
OMG I just found this thread and I'm singing.

This was my first cruise in the early 90's. It was called the Carla Costa then and was a great ship. I remember singing the song 'CCC Carla Costa...' and loved it. I remember the song was recorded and had a litle glich in it when it played. The crew was all Italian and friendly and flirted with us all the time and the pasta dishes every night--great. The CD and the ports were the best ever. It sailed out of San Juan across the pier from the Cunard Countess (my 2nd cruise). My best friend and I loved it. Since then, my DH and I cruise a few times each year. The song and the pasta hooked me!!!!!!!!!!!
#27
NJ
690 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
Thanks for the photos they really bring me back .It was our 3rd of 62 cruises .And i still remember it as if it was yesterday !!
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#28
Milan, Italy
135 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
Originally posted by zackiedawg
I took her in August of 1984...it was my 4th cruise, but first out of San Juan. I loved the cruise, not only because of the great ship, but the fun Italian flare, the song (c-c-c-cc-carla-c-ccc-la-la-la-la-la-la...later to be repeated on the Costa Riviera as c-c-c-ri.vi-e-ra-c, etc)
This song ..i've listened this fantastic song on Costa Classica in 1999....the cruise director was Franco Lo Faro...fantastic cruise director, i saw him for the last time on Atlantica in 2003...the song was: sisisisisisisisisisisisisi Costa Classica sì lalala la la la la laaa laaaaa...very similar to the old-song of Carla C and Costa Riviera, doesn'it?
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#29
USA
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Joined May 2007
I sailed the Carla C in May of 1980 with my college friend and travel companion. We were just 22 or 23 at the time and I loved the cruise so much that I convinced my mom to go the following year. One of the previous posts left out one other port that we visited. Caracas, Venezeula. I loved the fact that she sailed to South America.
#30
I live in Ohio
2 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
Wow this is so neat I found this site! All these people talking about my beloved Carla C! I worked on the Carla from 1980 to 1983 and it is a time in my life I will never forget. I probably have met alot of the people who are posting on here. There was just something about the atmosphere on the Carla that was hard to find anywhere else. I eventually got married and after I had my daughter we took her on her first cruise on the Carla C when she was 6 months old. She got to sit at the Captain's table on his lap even! It was very upsetting to hear that the Carla after being sold caught on fire and was destroyed. They took her to the scrapyards on December 25, 1994.

I would love to hear from anyone who had cruised on the Carla C and if anyone is out there that used to work onboard please post a message!.
#31
Rolling Meadows, IL
704 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Carla "C" was my second cruise on Costa. 1st was the Flavia. We went on a 7 day from San Juan August of 1988. I remember Grenada being one of our ports, and it was just after the US sent in troops. The people on Grenada were so grateful and we were treated "royally" at that port.

I joined the Costa C club at that time and still have the "passport book." I took it with me on the Atlantica in March of 2005 and had it stamped at the pursers desk.

I am going on the Mediterranea in March of 08 and will have my book stamped again. They say I am a Costa Club member, but it is hard to get info from them by email. Guess I will be using the telephone to get some info.

It was great reading everyone's memories of this ship and YES we still sing the CCC song!!
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#32
161 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
I flew on Eastern, and on the flight back everyone was from the cruise, and we all started singing C, C, C, CC Carla C, CCC la, la, la, la, la, la, la......

My first and most favorite cruise ever. Booked with Singleworld...shared a cabin with 2 strangers...and had a blast. I still have my picture with Captain Nardini, as well as our waiter and Chef. Dinner (tables of 10) was a cross between French Service and Family Style. Waiters carried platters of food, and you could try anything they brought out, even if you didn't order it. There was a different theme every night and the waiters all dressed in the theme. There was also a display as you walked into the dining room. On Country Western night there were live baby chicks in the display.

I remember non-passengers were allowed on the ship until 11 pm before we left San Juan. It was their night out on the town(ship).

No towel animals back then, but every night you're bed was turned down, the night light was on. and there was always a special treat or souvenir on your pillow. No automatic doors, but bingo was cheap and had big payouts. payouts).

My kids laugh at the pictures and can't believe ships were that small. They want to know what we did for fun....Fun? We were on a cruise, what could be more fun than that.

Oh what great memories.....
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#33
Silver Spring, MD
3,414 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
The Carla Costa was my first cruise too. I went as a solo and had a single inside cabin. Boy was it small! The bed was bordered by the wall on 3 sides and there was barely enough room for the closet, vanity and chair. I don't remember if there was a tv or even a radio. The bathroom was an ok size. I didn't know any better and thought it was heaven. I loved that ship. I had an absolutely fabulous time on that cruise. Everyone was so nice to me and concerned that I didn't spend any time alone. I still have the cruise VHS videos that they sold, although I don't have any way to view them anymore. One day I'll have them converted to DVDs. Is Costa still the same these day?
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#34
37 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
I just saw this post and had to provide my 2 cents. I sailed (1987?) a southern Caribbean itinerary with my (then) wife and my business partner and his wife. It was the first cruise for the three of them. I had previously sailed on the Starward of NCL. We departed in the evening from San Juan. When we arrived at the ship, there was a full blown party with live music, dancing, drinking. It was a wild scene, everyone was having a great time. Suddenly, the whistles start blowing, the PA comes on, announcing that the ship would be sailing soon. To our chagrin and ultimate sadness, everyone that was partying on the deck disembarked, leaving us with an entire ship filled with AARP retirees from New Jersey. We were easily the youngest people on board by at least 50 years.

The ship reeked of creosote, the seas were high, and my partner's wife spent most of her port time in the vain attempt to get another cruise liner to take us aboard. She felt that she had been bamboozled about the cruise. It would be many years before she trusted us to take her on another cruise.

The captain made mention of the burning sinking of the Carla C's sister ship, the Bianca C, in Grenada Harbour 20-some years earlier. It was a memorable cruise, and pointed out that one should never choose a cruise based on the strength of itinerary alone.
#35
Fredericksburg, Va
105 Posts
Joined May 2008
Reading these posts made me smile. My first, and until late July, my only cruise.
It was definitely a lot less luxurious than today. I had an inside stateroom with my then husband and the beds were attached to the side of the room, you had to step over the thresh hold going into the cabin and the electricity was constantly going out (usually before dinner when everyone tried to use their blowdryers). My biggest disappointment was that someone from the cruise left the shotguns for the skeet shooting on the deck befoe we sailed. There was a lot of free time.
We had a great itinerary, a port a day, which is why I booked the cruise; Puerto Rico, Curacao, Caracas, Grenada, Martinique, St Thomas.
In Venezuela we picked up the other half of our cruise mates; wow could they party! The toga party was something to behold, the Venezuelan ladies could do amazing things with a simple sheet.
The Italian food was great and our table mates ordered two bottles of "Asti" every night.
I'll never forget the end of the cruise. In the middle of the night, cruising back to San Juan, the engines ramped up and the seas were noticably rougher, the only time I ever felt queasy. We made it to port right before hurricane Hugo. I swear that I remember people sitting in the aisle of the packed flight back to Florida.
#36
Southeast Michigan
381 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
My husband and I sailed on the Carla Costa in February, 1987. We did the southern Caribbean itinerary. Our inside cabin was tiny and had bunkbeds! I vividly remember one couple having a baby with them, and the toddler was the only child on board. The toga party was great, and I won $500 in the casino, too. We loved our cruise on the Carla C!

Linda
#37
2,221 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Yep--we sailed her too back in the day. Late 1980's...My brother and I were geeky teens and rolled our eyes everyone broke out into the "C-C-C-Carla Costa CEEEEE" song.

We (DH, kids, and I) have sailed on Costa twice in recent times. Can't beat their Kids Sail Free deals. And, you'll be glad to know that the newer Costa ships are very modern, and comparable to Carnival. There's even a kids club!

This past April we were on the Costa Fortuna, and in the atrium of the ship there is a crazy display of all the Costa ships hung (upside down) from the ceiling of one of the side decks. My mother and I took great joy in finding the tiny, little Carla Costa tucked in among the other, larger ships in the Costa fleet. Puts it all into perspective.

CeleBrat
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#38
2,221 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Aha! Just found that picture of the upside-down ship models on the Fortuna. The Carla Costa is the tiny one sandwiched between the two larger ships in the center of the picture. And, you can see in the background the largest ships of the fleet.

She was soooooo small!

CeleBrat

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#40
26,224 Posts
Joined May 2000
I wonder just how many people got their introduction to cruising onboard the Carla C. She was our first cruise in 1980 and before we boarded her, I was sure that it would be our first and ONLY cruise. When they first sang the Carla C song, I too rolled my eyes, but by the end of the cruise was singing it as lustily as everyone else and even bought an 8 track (remember them?) that had it as one of the selections. By the time we got off the ship, we were already convinced that it would not be our only cruise and now, twenty eight years later we have been on some fifty or more cruises. Reading this thread brings back many fond memories of that cruise when the phrase "no problem" was the response to any request even those that we might have thought a bit outrageous. A different midnight buffet every evening and we made all of them as evidenced by my gaining 10 pounds in seven days.
Carla C opened up a whole new world of travel possibilities for us and I will always have a special place in my heart for her. I dread to think what my reaction might be if I boarded such a ship today, but at that time she was luxurious and our inside room seemed to get more commodious every day.
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