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Old March 29th, 2004, 02:32 PM
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This ought to take some people back a few years.....

Does anyone remember the original Carnival cruise ships? And what was your first cruise ship?

Hubby and I first went on Carnival's Carnivale. (We tried to remember the other ships...I think one was called the Festivale)....that was back in the 80's.
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Old March 29th, 2004, 03:59 PM
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My first was the Festivale out of San Juan. I been hooked ever since!!

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Old March 29th, 2004, 05:50 PM
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Carnival Princess in 1982, out of Miami...
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Old March 29th, 2004, 07:26 PM
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Hi,
First Carnival Cruise was the Festivale back in 1989 (San Juan), my very first cruise was the Costa Carla C back in 1985 (also San Juan). Have since gone back to Carnival - Pride 2003 out of NYC and next (can't wait) Fascination 5/24/04. I have had great experiences on all.
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Our first was the Ecstasy in '91. Have been addicted ever since.
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Hi,
I sure do remember the Festivale, Carnivale, Mardi Gras and Tropicale. I took my first cruise in February 1983 on the Festivale. Second cruise in February 1984 on the Mardi Gras. I still have the key chain I bought on the first cruise. Thank you for reminding me of those very fond memories.

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I''m still waiting for my first cruise ! Conquest August 2005

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Old March 30th, 2004, 09:20 AM
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The Mardi Gras in 1977. What a blast!! High school senior trip from Battle Creek, MI. You could drink & gamble @ 18!!!! We lost some major brain cells that week.
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Old March 30th, 2004, 10:03 AM
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i was on the SPIRIT for the inside passage cruise to alaska. all i can say is

WOWWWWWWW. it was a wonderful ship and i loved everything about it. the cabin was great, i had a inside on the main deck ( the same size and set up as the inside riviera deck but i was upgraded to main ), my cabin steward bent over backwards to take care of me, all the employees were so nice, smiled all the time and kept the ship super clean and frienly. i loved all the food ( even the lido buffet was great ). i didnt see very many of the shows but every oned said they were fantastic. i am planning my next trip back next may and will go on the spirit again. it might be kind of a pain to go out of vancouver because of customs but it is worth it for the ship and the city. vancouver is a wonderful place to visit and spend time before or after the cruise. happy sailing and hope this helps.

oh and i forgot to mention, the spirit had better prices than the other ships when i priced the cruise. just another bonus to sail on her.
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I don't remember the year but it was the Paradise out of Miami, first cruise for me AND for the Paradise. It was their "grand opening".
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Our first Carnival cruise and first ever cruise was on the Sensation in late 1996. Needless to say it impressed us greatly and is the major reason why we have over two dozen more cruises under our belt now on six differant cruise lines! Mostly though they still are CCL.
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Old March 30th, 2004, 10:20 AM
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Festival in 1990 out of San Juan (hooked me on to cruiseing)
Madi Grai in 1992 to the Bahamas
Sensation in 1996 to Eastern Carr
Jubile in 2002 to Western Carr


Now just 11 days left and will be on the Destiny out of San Juan It should bring back memories of my first Cruise in 1990

What a difference 1990 Single no kids in tow
Today 2004 Married with a 5 & 7 year old in tow
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Old March 30th, 2004, 10:56 AM
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Elation - January 2000
Elation - April 2000
Tropicale - January 2001
Victory - November 2001
Destiny - April 2002
Imagination - November 2002
Destiny - November 2003
Pride - April 2004
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Our first cruise was in 1997 on the FANTASY.... since then:

1998 Celebration
1999 Holiday
2000 Paradise
2002 Victory
2003 Elation
2003 Glory
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first cruise Sensation 3/04 and now I am hooked. Trying to get together a cruise for Mexican Rivera next March out of San Francisco or Los Angeles. Cannot wait. Girls only this time.
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ours was on the Carnival Ecstasy in 1997. Been hooked on 5 cruises ever since.
Had a penthouse suite in august 2003 on the glory.
cant wait for this years cruise, Destiny sept 5th.

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My first Carnival cruise was
Festivale, 1983 followed by Mardi Gras, 1984 Celebration , 1991 Celebration 1992, Spirit, 2003 and soon to be followed by spirit again in September 2004 Vancouver to Honolulu.
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Our first cruise was for my 40th birthday combined with my college graduation in January 2000 on Carnival Sensation!

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Estacy, early 90's had a great time.

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First cruise ever was on the Mardi Gras out of Miami for a 7day western to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios back in 1983.
We were on Riveria deck in a tiny outside cabin. My cot ( couldn't call it a bed ) had a block of 2x4 wood holding up one corner.
We didn't know whether the ship was good or bad--and didn't realy worry--we just had a great time.
Since then we have sailed on 18 Carnival cruises, last one on the Glory a few months ago. It's fun to sail on something like the Pride or Glory and think back to that cruise on the Mardi Gras and how far cruise ships, Carnival and cruising in general have come.

The Mardi Gras will always be one of my favorites, along with the Sensation in ' 94.
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