As Carnival’s new ship “Freedom” prepares to launch in March 2007, she will bring with her a new era for Carnival. Previously missing Europe from its list of itineraries until the launch of “Liberty” in 2005, Carnival now sails the Mediterranean. With the addition of “Freedom,” Carnival will venture on its first visit to the Greek Isles as well.
Extensive tours whisk passengers away for 12-day cruises with seven ports each. Filled with history, art, architecture and scrumptious food, guests can elect a Greek Isles tour that makes a figure eight through the region. Ports include Naples, Italy; Rhodes, Greece; Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; Athens and Katakolon, Greece and Livorno, Italy.
For those interested in the Mediterranean, a 12-day coastline tour is available, stopping in Naples and Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France and Livorno, Italy.
<B>Decades Through the Ages</B>
Joe Farcus, Carnival’s ship architect, wanted to step back (and forward) in time, so he took his inspiration from various decades of the past and one decade yet to come. The public areas of “Freedom” each represent a particular era of time. The nine-story Millennium Atrium looks forward to the decade, starting with 2010, with lots of curves, cylindrical forms, stainless steel and glass. Here you’ll find special entertainment, including string quartets, jazz musicians, pianists and more.
Other impressive areas of the ship include the Victorian Show Lounge, named after British Queen Victoria. The ornate molding, marble and gold leaf give the distinct feeling that you’re in an 1800s London theatre. The Sun King Supper Club adorns a fabulous theme accredited to Louis XIV and the glorious 18th century complete with massive chandelier and skylight dome. From Studio 70 Dance Club (with its disco theme) to Babylon Casino (taken from 1000 B.C.), passengers will find interesting twists at every turn.
<B>You Choose When & How You Dine</B>
As with all Carnival ships, you choose when and how you dine. From the elegant sophistication of the main dining room featuring signature selections from Chef George Blanc to intimate reservations-only dining to midnight buffets and 24-hour pizza, you’ll find fresh, delightful dishes every member of your family will love.
From economical interior cabins to elaborate verandah suites, accommodations onboard “Freedom” include TV, radio, telephone, wall safe, hair dryer and minibar/refrigerator. Sixty percent of “Freedom’s” staterooms are ocean view, and of those, 60% have balconies giving you the best views on the ship.
For those seeking more space and luxury, suites and demi-suites offer two to three times the square footage along with large balconies complete with patio furniture, spacious living rooms, vanity/dressing areas and whirlpool tubs.
<B>Kids Love It, Too!</B>
Because families need activities that appeal to everyone, “Freedom” offers extensive activities for kids and teens. From the indoor/outdoor pool with sliding sky dome and 250′ waterslide to cookie decorating and teen-only dances, kids will find age-appropriate activities in five age groups. There’s even a teen club with dance floor, coffee bar and video games.
Of course, our entire children’s and youth staff is trained and attentive to be sure your children have a fabulous time in a safe, secure environment.
The entire family can meet back up to watch movies, sporting events or concerts on the outdoor 12-foot high movie screen, the Seaside Theater.