Carnival Freedom to Sail Out of Miami

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Carnival recently announced they were moving the Triumph to sail from New Orleans leaving a bit of a void in Miami. Now, they have announced their newest ship under construction, the Freedom, will home port out of Miami. Here is the press release.

110,000-ton SuperLiner Will be the Newest Carnival Fun Ship Sailing from Miami

Carnival Cruise Lines announced today that the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom will operate year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from the Port of Miami beginning in November 2007, becoming the newest “Fun Ship” to operate from that port.

Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Maghera, Italy, the 2,974-passenger SuperLiner will launch alternating weeklong eastern and western Caribbean cruises from the Port of Miami beginning November 17, 2007. Prior to the start-up of this program, Carnival Freedom will operate a special one-time four-day cruise from Miami to Key West and Cozumel Nov. 12-16, 2007.

“With its wide range of on-board amenities, array of balconied staterooms, myriad dining, dancing and entertainment venues, and expansive facilities for children and teens, Carnival Freedom will be a spectacular addition to the Fun Ship fleet. Deploying this ship to Miami will provide our guests with even more exciting Fun Ship vacation options from the Cruise Capital of the World,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Carnival Freedom will replace Carnival Triumph which will be deployed from Miami to New Orleans to begin year-round seven-day Caribbean departures beginning in September 2007. Including Carnival Freedom and the lines four other Miami-based ships, Carnival will have 12,810 total lower berths at that port the most of any of its 18 North American departure points.

Prior to the start-up of its new Miami-based cruises, Carnival Freedom will debut with an inaugural summer schedule of Mediterranean/Greek Isles voyages March 14 – October 16, 2007, followed by a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy to Miami Oct. 28 – Nov. 11, 2007.

Exciting Caribbean Itineraries

Carnival Freedoms new Miami-based schedule will begin November 17, 2007, and consist of seven-day cruises departing Saturdays alternating to the eastern and western Caribbean. Each itinerary features a variety of scenic island destinations, with magnificent beaches and watersports opportunities, excellent duty-free shopping, and a diversity of historical attractions and landmarks.

Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at the popular islands of San Juan, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while the western route will visit three different tropical ports of call – Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios.

Signature Fun Ship Amenities

The fifth in Carnivals highly successful “Conquest-class,” Carnival Freedom will offer an array of exciting on-board amenities and facilities, including 22 lounges and bars with dramatic interiors inspired by prominent design themes and styles employed over the past decades and centuries.

A wide range of dining options, including full-service multi-course meals in twin two-deck-high formal restaurants, an upscale reservations-only supper club offering U.S.D.A. prime aged beef and other gourmet cuisine, and a 1,400-seat casual poolside restaurant featuring extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, Asian and American specialty areas, and 24-hour pizza and ice cream, will be available. All dining venues will feature “Georges Blanc Signature Selections” created by the French master chef who has maintained the coveted three stars from Michelin for more than 25 years.

A number of family-friendly amenities, including a 4,200-square-foot childrens play area, part of the fleetwide “Camp Carnival” program, and a 1,800-square-foot “Club 02” teen dance club/recreation area, will also be featured. The ship will also house a 13,300-square-foot health club, jogging track, four swimming pools, and a comprehensive golf program with professional instruction both aboard ship and during golf excursions. In addition to cell phone service and an Internet cafe, Carnival Freedom will offer “100 percent bow to stern” wireless Internet capabilities.

Of the ships 1,487 staterooms, 60 percent will offer either an ocean view or private balcony – perfect for scenic cruising. All Carnival Freedom staterooms will feature the “Carnival Comfort Bed” sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality pillows and linen.

Pricing and Reservations

Carnival will begin accepting reservations for the Carnival Freedoms Caribbean departures from Miami September 6, 2006.

Prices for the weeklong sailings begin at $599 per person; rates for the special one-time four-day cruise start at $299 per person based on double occupancy. Special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom and air supplements from a variety of North American gateways are also available.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.