|Carnival Cruise Line, in its first-ever effort to offer a season of Europe-based cruises, announced today that its still-under-construction Carnival Liberty will be assigned there next summer/fall. This is Carnival's second attempt at Europe -- the cruise line dipped a toe in the water in summer 2002 when Carnival Legend, which was inaugurated in Harwich (a port for London), sailed a couple of European itineraries.|
The 110,000-ton, 2,974-passenger ship, currently being built at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard, will be home-ported at Rome's Civatavecchia. The length of the sailings -- 12 nights -- is also unusual for Carnival, which specializes in seven-night (and shorter) voyages. Ports of call will include Naples, Dubrovnik, Messina, Barcelona, Cannes, Livorno (Florence/Pisa) and an overnight stay in Venice.
The program runs from July 20 until October 12. Following the European voyages will be a trans-Atlantic voyage (another relatively unusual Carnival offering); the 16-night Atlantic crossing, which departs from Rome and arrives in Ft. Lauderdale, will call at Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Madeira and St. Maarten.
Carnival Liberty is the fourth in Carnival's Conquest class of ships.