Carnival's newest, as-yet-unfinished ship -- the 110,000-ton, 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom -- has been assigned Miami as its homeport and will sail alternating seven-night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean ports include San Juan, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while the western route calls feature Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios.
Cruises begin on November 17 -- that's next year, by the way -- after a one-time four-day trip to Key West and Cozumel on November 12.
In the wake of yesterday's announcement that Carnival Triumph will leave Miami for New Orleans next year, Freedom's arrival becomes the line's replacement in Miami. Carnival Freedom will be among five Miami-based ships.
The ship actually launches in March 2007, and will spend the spring, summer and early fall on a slate of cruises in the Mediterranean. Trans-Atlantic fans will get a rare opportunity to cross the Atlantic on a Carnival ship when Carnival Freedom repositions to Miami from Rome (Civitavecchia); that 14-night cruise departs October 28.
Carnival Freedom is the fifth -- and last -- ship in Carnival's Conquest-class of vessels; others include Carnival Liberty, Carnival Glory and Carnival Valor.
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Carnival Freedom to Homeport in Miami
August 17, 2006