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TSS Empress of Canada

TSS Mardi Gras / Star of Texas / Lucky Star / Apollo / Apollon


Page Two - Photo Album

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.

TSS Empress of Canada


TSS Mardi Gras


TSS Apollon


Grand Ballroom


Carousel Lounge


Showboat Lounge


Club Disco


Showboat Casino


Flamingo Dining Room


Twin bedded Stateroom


Indoor Swimming Pool


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 following Photographs are indicative of the interior beauty of this fine ship


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 Las Vegas style décor, but that id gaudy and over the top typical American style of junk! There are more people in the world and that include countless American’s who agree with me, that loathe Carnivalisation, for it was Arison who started the destruction of all that was beautiful in shipping and turned the industry into a money making concern, with the majority of the emphasis on the shareholders! I am sorry, but when I see a superbly beautiful ship such as thus go to waste, I am greatly saddened, and when I see the overall cruise industry today with ships up to 230,000 tons, that is just hideous!

Epirotiki’s Apollon, seen laid up, awaiting her journey to the breakers

TSS Apollon ex Empress of Canada was beached at Alang India on December 9, 2003. The Crown Steel Company is the ship breaker. Prior her departure there were a number of overtures to save her, but sadly these failed. Click here for interesting photographs supplied to me by the breaker.

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The Empress of Canada & Mardi Gras Photo Album


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TSS Apollon’s Deck Plan & Photographs provided by the Breakers, Alang India


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