Carnival Freedom To Sail Two Transatlantic Crossings in 2008

Ana Figueroa Carnival Cruise Lines’ new Carnival Freedom will operate two transatlantic crossings in 2008. Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom will debut in Europe March 5, 2007. Carnival Freedom’s two transatlantic voya

By: Ana Figueroa

Carnival Cruise Lines’ new Carnival Freedom will operate two transatlantic crossings in 2008. Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom will debut in Europe March 5, 2007.

Carnival Freedom’s two transatlantic voyages include a 14-day crossing departing Miami April 26, 2008 and a 16-day voyage departing Rome

(Civitavecchia) November 6, 2008. The 14-day crossing will arrive in Rome on May 10, 2008. The itinerary features daylong calls at St.

Maarten, Netherlands Antilles; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; Malaga, Spain; and Livorno, Italy. The voyage will serve to position Carnival Freedom for its previously announced 2008 European cruise season operating May October.

The 16-day transatlantic crossing will depart Rome on November 6 and arrive in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., November 22, 2008. The journey includes calls at Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, Spain; Las Palmas, Canary Islands Carnival’s first call at this scenic destination; and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.

One of the largest cruise ships at sea, Carnival Freedom will offer innovative facilities and features that include a 270-square-foot LED screen on Lido deck displaying movies, concerts and other programming, along with “100 percent bow-to-stern” wireless Internet access, and cell phone service. The ship also features a 13,300-square-foot health and fitness center and four swimming pools.

Prices for the 14-day crossing begin at $699 per person and $849 per person for the 16-day crossing. Special rates for third and fourth guests staying in the same stateroom, along with round-trip air supplements, are also available.

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