I love cruises. I love cruise ships. If you ask me about the perfect vacation, I don't hesitate to answer: Go on a cruise! I've been on 25 cruises and counting. I'll blog a lot about cruises, destinations and deals, but today I want to talk about my first time. Who can forget it, right?
It was 1973, January to be precise. I was 10 then, (turned 11 on board) and my parents took me on a 30 days cruise, round trip from Santos, Brazil to Port Canaveral, Florida, with stops in Rio, Salvador, several Caribbean island, Miami and then Port Canaveral. The vessel? Eugenio Costa. Let me give a little bit of background on this iconic ship...
This fine liner was launched on November 21 1964 and was delivered to Linea C on August 22, 1966 and duly departed for her maiden Trans-Atlantic voyage from
Eugenio Costa Gross Registered Tonnage: 32.753 Tons
Titanic Gross Registered Tonnage: 46.000 Tons
Allure of the Seas Gross Registered Tonnage: 220.000 Tons
But at that time, Eugenio C was the biggest liner on Earth and the most luxurious. Linea Costa was an Italian operated company (today it belongs to Carnival) so, the crew was all Italian and the food... oh, the food was fantastic. A chef would cook your meals tableside. I remember eating the best "spaghetti al vongole" I ever tasted! And they even sang the tarantella during your meal!
It was a cozy, yet sophisticated ambiance and during that long journey we felt welcome and at home.
Eugenio Costawas sold in 1999 to the Bremen Vulkan shipyard in part exchange for the Costa Victoria. The new owner turned her into the Big Red Boat II and sadly in 2005 this magnificent ship was sold to Indian breakers. This once great liner is coming to the end of her life, a sad sight!
Those 30 days aboard were a life changing experience for me. Eugenio C still has a lot of followers, people that experienced her charisma and now try to recapture those moments on dozens of other cruises, but it's never the same. Well, that explains a lot!