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CARNIVAL Cruise Line’s MARDI GRAS, the first FUN SHIP and former CP Liner RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA.

Canadian Pacific Lines in 1972, faced with dwindling passenger numbers on the North Atlantic,  sold the RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA to Micky Aronson’s new Carnival Cruise Lines Ltd. The Empress of Canada, soon to become the Mardi Gras. Aronson was very clever and lucky to select one of the Canadian Pacific ships. They had maintained the ship; it was only ... Read More »

The RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA was Carnival Cruises first ship known as the MARDIS GRAS

Today Carnival Corporation is the largest operator of cruise ships in the world with a combined fleet of over 100 vessels across ten cruise line brands. However, in 1972, it owned exactly one ship, the RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA, which they renamed the MARDIS GRAS. The EMPRESS OF CANADA of 1961 was the last passenger ship to be built for ... Read More »