Costa's Carla you remember her?...some FYI

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Joined Dec 2004
Remember the Costa Carla C
I found this on a website. My first cruise ever was on The Costa Carla C

The former Flandre in service as the Carla C
Flandre, also known as Carla C, Carla Costa, and Pallas Athena, was an ocean liner and cruise ship that took passengers on transatlantic voyages and on Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises from 1952 to 1994. She was operated by the French Line, Costa Cruises, and the Epirotiki Line.

Flandre, also known as Carla C, Carla Costa, and Pallas Athena, was an ocean liner and cruise ship that took passengers on transatlantic voyages and on Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises from 1952 to 1994. She was operated by the French Line, Costa Cruises, and the Epirotiki Line.

The Flandre was the French Line's first new ocean liner following World War II. Her maiden voyage was considered a complete disaster, as she experienced mechanical difficulties throughout the voyage. The first sign of trouble was when her fuel line filters became clogged, due to impurities in the oil that she was carrying. This caused her to become essentially "dead in the water" for four hours while her fuel filters were cleaned out, and her boilers restored to normal operation. This was repeated later in the voyage, after which the Flandre's captain elected to reduce speed for the remainder of the voyage. Upon arrival at the Quarantine Station at New York, she experienced a short circuit in her main electrical switchboard, causing a near-complete loss of power. Nearly three hours later, she had sufficient power restored to raise the port anchor. An additional three hours were required to raise the starboard anchor to allow her to continue.
Unlike most ocean liners' maiden arrivals, where they receive the traditional fireboat welcome while sailing under their own power, the Flandre arrived in New York Harbor and received the traditional welcome while under tow by four Moran tugs, while also running one propeller of her own. Her funnel put out thick clouds of smoke, seeming to almost be straining as it was doing so. She was initially blowing her whistle as she arrived under tow, but after the whistle failed due to her limited power, the ship's siren was substituted.
Flandre's return voyage was delayed to allow engineers to repair her engines. Following her return to France, all of her 1952 sailings were cancelled, and she returned to her builders for thorough repairs. Repairs would take six months, and she returned for the 1953 sailing season.
During her French Line career, her passenger configuration changed several times, with the Flandre running on the transatlantic route for nine months out of the year, and three months cruising with her near-sister Antilles. In 1967, she would be withdrawn completely, and was sold to the Italian firm Costa Cruises, who renamed her the Carla C.

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The first assignment for the newly-refitted Carla C was a charter for Princess Cruises, which marketed her as the "Princess Carla" (the ship was not renamed).
The ship proved problematic at first, after problems were detected with the boilers. In 1974 and 1975, Costa replaced the boilers with Stork-Werkspor diesel engines and Carla C was returned to service around the Caribbean, where she served until 1992. In 1984, the ship underwent another major refit, to ensure safe travel for its passengers for many years to come. In 1986, the Carla C was renamed the Carla Costa. No other changes occurred with the name change.
Carla Costa was a common sight on the San Juan ship dock on Saturdays and Sundays during that era, and she travelled to Miami, the Bahamas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the United States Virgin Islands, St. Maarten and many other Caribbean destinations.

Epirotiki Line
In 1992, the Carla Costa was sold to the Greek Epirotiki Line, and was renamed Pallas Athena, after the Greek goddess Pallas Athene. For the Epirotiki Line, she ran seven-day cruises from Athens to the Aegean Isles and Turkey. On March 23, 1994, Pallas Athena was destroyed by fire, which caused the superstructure and funnel to cave in on themselves. She arrived at the Aliaga Company scrapyards on December 25, 1994, one of only two surving French Line ocean liners.
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Memphis TN
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Joined Sep 2004
Thank you so much for the information.
Our very first cruise in 1989 was on the Carla and we loved her
To this day, it was one of our favorite trips.

To a fellow Carla Costa shipmate.... lets sing, ci ci ci Carla Costa ci ci ci!
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My Parents and a group of their friends on a yearly basis in February
took the Carla C out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. I believe their group
began taking the Carla C on a seven night Caribbean cruise beginning
sometime in the late 1960's (or very early 1970's...uncertain as to
actually beginning and ending dates). They took the Carla C the same week
until sometime in the early 1980's. The Carla C sailed out of San Juan
and if I remember correctly the first full day on board was a sea day.
Then they docked at a ports in Venezuela, Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique
and St. Thomas. Again I am not clear as to the order of these ports.
The last port they docked at was St. Thomas. If I remember correctly,
they left St. Thomas and sailed overnight arriving in San Juan the next day.
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