(1 p.m. EDT) -- Carnival Freedom will replace Carnival Legend in 2021 as the Seattle-based cruise ship sailing to Alaska for Carnival Cruise Line. The larger ship will increase Carnival's capacity in Alaska in 2021 by 40 percent (about 900 more Carnival cruisers, per sailing).
Carnival Freedom will begin sailing from Seattle in April 2021, operating Carnival's week-long Glacier Route voyages. The ship joins Carnival Miracle in the region, which will operate 10- and 11-day Alaska cruises from San Francisco beginning May 2021.
"Alaska is a 'bucket list' destination that offers a unique combination of fascinating wildlife and unique cultural and sightseeing opportunities," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "We're delighted to provide our guests with even more opportunities to choose fun as they experience and explore the beauty and majesty of Alaska."
Carnival Freedom will sail 21 Alaska cruises from Seattle between April 27 and September 22, 2021, departing every Tuesday; port stops will include Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Victoria and Tracy Arm Fjord sightseeing. It will also offer one eight-night sailing that adds in a call to Icy Strait Point.
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Prior to its Alaska sailings, Carnival Freedom will operate a 17-night Carnival Journeys Panama Canal cruise from Galveston to Seattle from April 10 to 27, 2021. After its Alaska season, Freedom will reposition to Fort Lauderdale, via a 17-night Panama Canal sailing from September 22 to October 9, 2021, where it will launch a winter schedule of six- and eight-day eastern and southern Caribbean cruises.
Carnival Miracle will return to San Francisco in 2021, after launching San Francisco service for the line in 2020. In 2021, it will operate a summer schedule of 10- and 11-day Alaska cruises. The 10-day itinerary includes calls to Juneau, Skagway, Victoria and either Icy Strait Point or Ketchikan, along with scenic cruising of Tracy Arm. The 11-day sailing visits both Icy Strait and Ketchikan.
Following its Alaska season, Carnival Miracle will relocate to San Diego for two- to six-day Mexico and Baja California sailings, along with a series of 15-day Carnival Journeys to Hawaii, from October 3 to April 18, 2022.