(12:30 p.m. EDT) -- This spring Carnival Freedom will undergo an extensive dry dock to add the line's first-ever Bookville -- part of an all-new Seuss at Sea program -- along with signature Fun Ship 2.0 amenities.
Bookville is a dedicated play space and reading room for children and families inspired by the world of Dr. Seuss. The space will feature themed decor, arts and crafts, and toys and games to build imagination and encourage family time. An interactive reading event called Seuss-a-palooza Story Time will also engage younger cruisers in the author's wild and wonderful world.
Other Seuss at Sea activities include a Green Eggs and Ham character breakfast with Cat in the Hat and friends, and a character parade along the promenade.
Bookville and other Seuss at Sea activities are scheduled to be available by the May 24 departure.
Among Freedom's Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades, Carnival is adding: Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Rum Bar and RedFrog Pub, EA Sports Bar, Alchemy Bar, Cherry on Top, Playlist Productions, The Warehouse and Hasbro, The Game Show.
The dry dock will take place from April 19 to May 3 in Freeport, Bahamas. Once complete, Freedom will resume a number of six- and eight-night Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, including two new five-night itineraries, making it the first ship with Fun Ship 2.0 amenities to sail short itineraries from South Florida.
One new five-night Freedom itinerary will call on Ocho Rios, and Grand Cayman or Cozumel; the other will call on Grand Turk, Nassau and Half Moon Cay.
Freedom's six-night sailings will call on Key West, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel or Ocho Rios. Ports for the three eight-night voyages include Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao.
-- By Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant