According to a statement from the line, the decision to dedicate Freedom to the region for a second season was based on positive consumer feedback to Carnival Freedom's 2007 European itineraries.
Carnival Freedom's 2008 European cruise season will run May through October, and encompasses 12-day "Grand Mediterranean" and "Mediterranean & Greek Isles" cruises roundtrip from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome. Ten "Grand Mediterranean" cruises include calls at Naples, Venice (two days), Dubrovnik, Messina, Barcelona, Cannes and Livorno. Five "Mediterranean & Greek Isles" voyages will visit Naples, Rhodes, Izmir, Istanbul, Piraeus, Katakolon and Livorno, with an overnight at Civitavecchia before disembarkation.
Carnival, a major player in the Caribbean, is one of the last mainstream lines to regularly offer cruises in Europe; its first full season was in 2005.
Carnival Freedom is under construction at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Italy.
--by Dan Askin, Editorial Assistant