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Aplmac - Those first few Carnival ships

Aplmac - Those first few Carnival ships
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1972–1993 -Mardi Gras.jpg

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Wow. Nice snaps.  I'm just wondering where I'd mount my 50 cal.  These vessels almost have a destroyer design to them 😎

 

Thank you for sharing.

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I wish there were more good quality photos of these great ships of this era

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As I come across them, I Save them like crazy
- they're rare as hen's teeth!

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On ‎2‎/‎3‎/‎2019 at 10:04 PM, plettza said:

Wow. Nice snaps.  I'm just wondering where I'd mount my 50 cal.  These vessels almost have a destroyer design to them 😎

 

Thank you for sharing.

You are right!  And not tall enough to have balcony rooms.  I wonder how many passengers on these early ships!  Cabins must be very small.  Wow, we've "come a long way baby"!

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I love this album, it really shows how much cruise ships have changed.

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Cabins on Carnivale were very comfortable.  Food was good too.  In fact we were married on Carnivale.  Everyone seemed to want to buy us champagne so some parts are a bit fuzzy but definitely pre-Farcus.🍸

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our first carnival cruise was on the Carnivale! 

 

3 nights out of Miami where we overnighted at Nassau  our 3rd cruise after two on NCL's Sunward II with their Bahamarama Monday hangover kits they'd hand out when you got off the ship and headed home on Mondays!

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Honeymoon cruise on Madi Gras July, 1983 to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios. Many years later, Carnival wouldn't give us credit for the cruise because we didn't have the room key. 🤔  Back then, they used real, brass keys, not plastic cards.  

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My first Carnival was Carnivale. Dining room was low with no windows, lots of dark paneling. That was my first adventure with midnight buffets! Our cabin was large, with fixed beds. Fortunately, there was lots of open floor space!!

Jim

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Our very first cruise was on the Mardi Gras in 1975.  It was 7 days, Miami, Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas.  We had an inside cabin with folding upper berth.  The bathroom consisted of a commode with a shower head directly above it.  To dry your hair, you had to go down the hallway to a room that was wired to handle it.  Two of the shipboard activities, which you couldn’t do today, were skeet shooting and a golf ball driving contest off an aft platform, with a tether line to mark distance as you drove your ball into the sea.

 

The cost was $399 pp and that included airfare from LAX as well as a day room in Miami.  At 22, that was not just our first cruise, but our first flight.  
 

We are now on our 38th cruise and hope to do our 40th cruise by our 50th anniversary.  The ships have gotten bigger, but we still prefer smaller ships, with a bit more luxurious accommodations than we experienced back then.  LOL

 


 

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Honeymooned on Mardi Gras March 1976. Lucked out and got one of the few double bed cabins.

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Cruised on the Mardi Gras out of Baltimore in December 1975 for 8 days to Norfolk, VA, San Juan P.R., St. Thomas V.I., St. Croix V.I. and then ending in Nassau with a charter flight back to Baltimore for $399.

 

I was only 24 years old and most of the passengers that got on board in Norfolk, VA were college kids that had just started winter break so I had a good time and back then part of the draw of a cruise was the cheap drinks.

 

But the food was abysmal, the ship was dirty, the service was absolutely horrible and I knew then that Carnival was not a cruise line for me.  That was my first and only cruise on Carnival.

 

I guess part of the problem was I had done a 2 week cruise earlier in April 1975 on Royal Carribean's Nordic Prince and it was top notch - RCCL before they lowered their standards to compete head to head with Carnival.  When I went on the Nordic Prince RCCL was the reigning World's Best Cruise Line based on their passenger's reviews.

 

Of course, RCCL in the 70's had all of the things cruise passengers expected at the time including nightly midnight buffets and breakfast, lunch and dinner at your assigned table in the dining room every day.

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Was on the Carnivale in March of 1990. Aplmac, do you remember if Malcolm Kennedy was still the CD when you went in September? I will always remember him as the CD of my first real, i.e. not SeaEscape, cruise.

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