Carnival Cruise Line has more cruise ships in service than any other cruise line in the world. Carnival currently has 26 cruise ships cruise ships in service with another three on order or under construction.
A total of 33 different cruise ships have sailed under Carnival Cruise Line since the company’s first cruise in 1972. Here is a look at what happened to the seven cruise ships that are no longer sailing under the Carnival brand.
Mardi Gras (1972-1993)
Mardi Gras was Carnival’s first cruise ship. On the maiden voyage, the cruise ship ran aground on a sandbar shortly after leaving Miami. Future voyages went much smoother. The cruise ship sailed under Carnival for 21 years before being sold. The ship sailed under the names Empress of Canada, Olympic, Star of Texas, Lucky Star, Apollo, and Apollon. The ship was finally scrapped in 2003.
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