My first cruise was on Festivale in February 1983. On this cruise I purchased a key chain. The fob is metal and rectangular. On one side it says "The Fun Ships" and has the Carnival logo as it was back then. On the back the names of all the ships in Carnivals fleet at the time. Carnivale, Festivale, Mardi Gras and Tropicale. Carnival has grown since then when they had 4 ships in their fleet. This key chain has been in daily use for the last 25 years. It is worn but is in remarkably good shape for its age and amount of use. I did replace the ring at one point using the ring from a players club keychain that Carnival sent me. The original ring had stretched open from adding and taking off keys.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“
I have a lot of souvenirs, cups, glasses, ship models, pins, and of course photos. But I think my favourite so far are the autographed CD and DVD from Bert Stratton on the Caribbean Princess. Every once in awhile we take them out and enjoy his zany humour and wonderful entertainment!
Can't wait to go see him again in April!
Song of America Dec '90
Starship Majestic May '89
Sovereign X 5
Majesty Jul '01
Enchantment X 4
Regal Empress Dec '02
Mariner May '07 April '08
Grandeur Feb '08
Inspiration Oct '08
Radiance of the Seas Oct '10
on the charter jazz cruises, they have special posters made for the cruise featuring the performing artist..so I have the artist sign their names on the poster and take a picture with them..then when I get home I have the poster framed along with my pictures of each artist and then hang over my fire place
My favorite cruise souvenir is a replica of an indian totem pole that was purchased in Vancouver, pre-cruise to Alaska. Being a typical tourist I really enjoy buying momentos in each and every port that the ship docks.
On one of our trips to Nassau we bought the worlds best back scratcher...silly and tacky but boy does it get the job done!
My favorite souvenir is probably the metal palm tree we bought in Labadee that now hangs on the patio.
I too am collecting the medals, and of course, the coveted 24 caret gold, plastic, ships on a stick. I usually get one, or the other for participating in either the passenger talent show, or the legends show. (or on an 8 day, both). You know you cruise too much when your trophy case is filled with this crap.
I have a ceramic mug with the name of the ship from every ship I have been on. I love adding to that collection. But, by far, my favorite souvenier is my waiter from my very first cruise on the Carnival Fascination in 1995. He is now my husband!