A Last Liner Becomes a First Cruise Ship

A Last Liner Becomes a First Cruise Ship

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In 1968 Empress of Canada received Canadian Pacific’s updated-for-the-sixties funnel design. Legend has it that after acquiring Empress of Canada, Carnival liked the ship’s funnel design so much that it decided to use it as the Carnival corporate logo, which lives on, in modified form, to this day.

By 1993 Carnival was moving onto larger and more modern ships. Mardi Gras was sold to Epirotiki Line and renamed Olympic. Over the next several years, she was sold and resold several times, sailing under the names Star of Texas, Lucky Star, and Apollon. She was finally sold for scrap in 2003. Her legacy, however, lives on.

Empress of Canada Cutaway

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