Early Casino Chips of Carnival Cruise Line to Collect
Carnival Cruise Line, the world's largest owner of multiple cruise line companies like Costa, Celebrity, Windstar, Holland America, Princess, P&O, AIDA, Seabourn, etc, had its humble beginning with just one ship out of New Orleans, LA known as the Mardi Gras.
That was in 1972, and three other ships soon joined the fleet -- two of which were the Tropicale and Festival. Chips on these ships used a generic format with the only distinction being the color inserts. These early class chips were known as "Sky" chips that were colored, red, yellow, green, orange, purple, white, peach, etc.
These older chips can still be found on all Carnival ships because the "Fun Chips" -- even though obsolete -- are still playable and redeemable in the ship's casino.
New ships joining the fleet started adding Limited Edition chips like land-based casinos, and the ship's names were added -- and all ships had individual designs which made them even more collectible to those known in the hobby as "Wet Chippers."