|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Operator:||Carnival Cruise Lines|
|Port of registry:||Panama City, Panama|
|Launched:||April 28, 2006|
|Sponsored by:||Kathy Ireland|
|Christened:||March 4, 2007|
|Acquired:||February 28, 2007|
|Maiden voyage:||March 5, 2007|
|Class and type:||Conquest-class cruise ship|
|Length:||952 ft (290.2 m)|
|Beam:||116 ft (35.4 m)|
|Decks:||13 (14 is the top 13 was skipped)|
|Installed power:||Six diesel generators|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
Carnival Freedom is a Conquest-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line, and the final Conquest-class vessel to enter service. Built by Fincantieri at its Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy, she was floated out on April 28, 2006, delivered to Carnival on February 28, 2007, and christened in Venice by American model, actress, author and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland on March 4, 2007. The following day, March 5, 2007, she departed on her maiden voyage, to the eastern Mediterranean.
One of Carnival Freedom 's main features is the Carnival Seaside Theatre – a 12-foot by 22-foot LED screen located by the pool on the Lido deck, which is used to show movies, sporting events, and concerts. Freedom was constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
Carnival Freedom originally sailed two itineraries from her home port in Civitavecchia near Rome. Stops on her Grand Mediterranean itinerary included: Naples, Dubrovnik, Venice, Messina, Barcelona, Cannes, and Livorno. Stops on her Mediterranean and Greek Isles itinerary included: Naples, Marmaris, Izmir, Istanbul, Athens, Katakolon, and Livorno. In the Fall and Winter of 2007, she sailed the Caribbean Sea from the Port of Miami. In the Summer of 2008 she returned to Europe and sailed the same itineraries as above. In the Fall of 2008 she again sailed the Caribbean but from Fort Lauderdale out of Port Everglades.
Carnival Freedom began sailing year-round from Fort Lauderdale starting November 22, 2008, with six-day cruises departing Sundays and visiting Key West, Fla., George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, while eight-day voyages departing Saturdays alternate to the eastern and western Caribbean.
Carnival Freedom repositioned to Galveston, Texas in February, 2015.
As of 2015[update], Carnival Freedom is sailing to the Western Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean visiting ports Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Roatan Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya, Progresso, Key West, Freeport, and Nassau.
Carnival Freedom entered a three-week scheduled drydock in Freeport, Bahamas on March 30, 2014 for upgrade to Fun Ship 2.0 status, including refurbishment, addition of Guy Fieri's Burger Joint, The Blue Iguana Cafe and other improvements.
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