As one of the biggest cruise lines in the world, Carnival is well known to anyone with an interest in cruising, as well as the general public. But there may be some facts you don’t know about the cruise line, which I’ve brought to you here.
#1 – Carnival is the first cruise line to advertise cruises on network television in the US, with a campaign that began in the 1984 and ran for much of the next two decades. It featured Kathie Lee Gifford nee Johnson, famed as the co-host of ‘Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee’. However it’s taken nearly thirty years for Carnival to show their first TV advert in the UK, with the ‘Switch on Fun’ campaign.
#2 – There are eight ships in the Fantasy Class of Carnival’s fleet – more than in any other cruise ship class across the world. Beginning with the Fantasy in 1990 (later renamed the Carnival Fantasy), new ships were launched on a regular basis until 1998 to complete the class, which in full has the Carnival Fantasy, the Carnival Ecstasy, the Carnival Sensation, the Carnival Fascination, the Carnival Imagination, the Carnival Inspiration, the Carnival Elation and the Carnival Paradise.
#3 – In 2005, three of Carnival’s ships were chartered by the US government to be used as temporary housing, following the destructive Hurricane Katrina. For six months, former ship the Carnival Holiday was docked in Mobile, Alabama and Pascagoula, Mississippi while the Carnival Ecstasy and Carnival Sensation were docked in New Orleans, Louisiana.
#4 – The maiden voyage for Carnival Cruise Lines in 1972 didn’t go smoothly. The TSS Mardi Gras, which had previously been the Empress of Canada, ran aground on a sandbar just outside the Port of Miami.
#5 – The CEO of Carnival Corporation, the company that operates Carnival Cruise Lines, is Micky Arison. Micky’s father Ted founded Carnival Cruise Lines in 1972, and he is also the current owner of the NBA team Miami Heat.
By Ian Lewis