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TSS Mardi Gras / Star
The Empress of Canada was the last passenger liner built for Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, and she was certainly their most attractive ship in the fleet. Her interiors were not very spacious, but they had that wonderfully understated British charm. Her cabins were large compared to the modern cruise ships of today, and featured fine timber walls. When purchased by Carnival, she received a comprehensive refit, giving her a brighter feel. As the Mardi Gras she became one of the most popular cruise ships in the American cruise market, so much so, that Mardi Gras was the success story that made Carnival what it has become today, tragically the largest cruise company in the world, which now is destroying everything that is good in shipping and genuine ocean going travel, for they have turned it more like a mass transport system, where you are now paying not just your cruise fare, but also for far more other on board facilities than ever before. But that is another matter!
Interiors shown on this page are those of the Mardi Gras, which remains mostly unchanged as the Apollo and Apollon.
Flamingo Dining Room
Twin bedded Stateroom
A fine night view of the Mardi Gras
An excellent postcard of the Mardi Gras
A fine close up of the Mardi Gras
Apollo looking magnificent with her new dark blue hull
The Cinema and Conference Centre
Hallway leading to the cinema stairs on the right
Lower level of the Grand Lounge
Stairs of the upper level of the Grand Lounge
Many cabins remain as they were when originally built
The tragedy, all the ocean going beauty of the
above will never be seen again, for now ships are just huge top-heavy balcony
clad square floating boxes that many call apartment (condo) boxes! Indeed
inside the have 12 deck high atriums with
Epirotiki’s Apollon, seen laid up, awaiting her journey to the breakers
TSS Apollon ex Empress of
Canada was beached at Alang
The Empress of Canada & Mardi Gras Photo Album
Apollon’s Deck Plan & Photographs provided
by the Breakers, Alang India
TSS Apollon’s Deck Plan & Photographs provided by the Breakers, Alang India
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Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
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