CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES
Carnival Cruise Lines is the largest and most successful cruise line in the world, carrying more passengers than any other.
But “Today’s Carnival” is a vastly different company than the one started from humble beginnings nearly three decades ago. Carnival was launched with a converted transatlantic ocean liner and a dream of entrepreneur Ted Arison, a pioneer in the modern-day cruise industry who set out to realize his vision of making a vacation experience once reserved for the very rich accessible to the average person.
The rest, as they say, is history.
THROUGH THE YEARS . . .
-- Maiden voyage of Carnival’s first ship, the TSS Mardi Gras, which runs aground on sandbar outside the Port of Miami
1975-- Carnival purchases Empress of Britain, enters service as the TSS Carnivale
1978--The Festivale, formerly the S.A. Vaal, undergoes $30 million refurbishment, begins service for Carnival as the largest and fastest vessel sailing from Miami to the Caribbean
1982--Debut of the Tropicale, the first new cruise ship the cruise industry has seen in many years; ship marks the beginning of an industry-wide multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding boom
1984--Carnival becomes first cruise line to advertise on network T.V. with the premiere of new advertising campaign starring company spokesperson Kathie Lee Gifford (then Johnson)
1985-- Debut of 46,052-ton Holiday
1986-- Launch of 47,262-ton Jubilee
1987--The 47,262-ton Celebration begins service
Carnival earns distinction as “Most Popular Cruise Line in the World,” carrying more passengers than any other
Carnival Cruise Lines undertakes its initial public offering on Wall Street, raising approximately $400 million to fuel future expansion; entity later becomes Carnival Corporation, a multi-line worldwide cruise conglomerate
1990--The 70,367-ton Fantasy – the first and namesake vessel in the highly successful “Fantasy-class” -- enters service as first new ship ever placed on three- and four-day Bahamas cruise program from Miami. Eventually, Carnival would construct eight “Fantasy-class” vessels, the most cruise ships in a single class.
1991--Launch of 70,367-ton Ecstasy
1993--Carnival introduces its third 70,367-ton SuperLiner, Sensation
1994--Debut of 70,367-ton Fascination
Carnival’s parent company renamed Carnival Corporation to distinguish between it and its flagship brand, Carnival Cruise Lines
1995--70,367-ton Imagination enters service
1996--Carnival’s launches sixth “Fantasy-class” vessel, the SuperLiner Inspiration
Carnival debuts the first passenger vessel to exceed 100,000 tons, the 101,353-ton Carnival Destiny, at the time the world’s largest cruise ship
1998–-Carnival Cruise Lines introduces seventh “Fantasy-class” vessel, the Elation, the first new cruise ship deployed on the West Coast
The eighth and last in the “Fantasy-class” series, the Paradise, enters service as the world’s first totally smoke-free cruise ship
1999--Debut of the 102,000-ton Carnival Triumph, Carnival’s second “Destiny-class” vessel
2000-- A third “Destiny-class” vessel, the 102,000-ton Carnival Victory, is launched.
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE…
2001--Carnival introduces a brand new class of vessel with the launch of the 86,000-ton Carnival Spirit, the first new “Fun Ship” ever positioned in the Alaska and Hawaii markets
2002–-Debut of a second “Spirit-class” vessel, the Carnival Pride, which will operate the only seven-day cruise program from Port Canaveral, Fla. beginning Jan. 12, 2002.
A third “Spirit-class” ship, the 86,000-ton Carnival Legend, is scheduled for delivery in summer 2002.
The 110,000-ton Carnival Conquest – a larger, longer version of the “Destiny-class” – is slated to debut in fall 2002
2003–-Second 110,000-ton “Conquest-class” ship, the Carnival Glory, is scheduled for delivery in summer 2003.
2004–-Carnival Miracle, the fourth in Carnival’s “Spirit-class,” is slated to enter service in spring 2004.
A third 110,000-ton “Conquest-class” ship, the Carnival Valor, is expected to debut in summer 2004, which would bring the total number of ships in the “Fun Ship” fleet to 21.
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