NCCL - which later split into NCL and Carnival started as a holiday cruise line that was to take British passengers to Spain.
Just before they started operations, the British Government passed a law severely limiting the amount of money a British tourist could take out of the country. Suddenly, most Brits could not take this cruise.
The Norwegian ship owners made a partnership with Mr. Arison, a very aggressive travel agent in Miami. He convinced them to move their ship to Miami and he would sell the new Caribbean cruises to the American market.
At the time, nobody - except Ted Arison - believed that people would be dumb enough to pay good money to travel on a ship that just sailed in a circle and really didn't go anywhere. It started in Miami, sailed in a circle to several non-descript Caribbean Islands, and returned to Miami.
Arison was correct, very lucky, and then very wealthy.
The Oasis has started several new innovations such as the life vests at muster stations.
I noticed life jacket lockers on the promenade deck of Ruby Princess. Made me feel a little better if for some reason I couldn't make it to deck 11 and back.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; John Masefield
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014, 2016
Sail Windjammer: Mandalay 2017
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
Hi bruce. Ted Arison was also played pretty fast & loose with his new partner's money, prompting him to disappear for a few years as well. Its all in the book "Devil's & the Deep Blue Sea." A great story.