Carnival Liberty at St. Thomas on April 26, 2006
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Operator:||Carnival Cruise Lines|
|Port of registry:||Panama|
|Builder:||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Cost:||US $500 million|
|Christened:||July 19, 2005 by Mira Sorvino in Civitavecchia, Italy|
|Maiden voyage:||July 20, 2005|
|In service:||July 2005-present|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9278181
Call Sign HPYE
|Class & type:||Conquest-class cruise ship|
|Length:||952 ft (290.2 m)|
|Beam:||116 ft (35.4 m)|
|Draft:||27 ft (8.2 m)|
|Installed power:||2 diesel-electric propellers (63,400kW each)[clarification needed]|
|Speed:||22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)|
Carnival Liberty is a Conquest-class cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Lines. She was built by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and was the first Carnival ship to feature Carnival's Seaside Theater—a 12-foot (3.7 m) high by 22-foot (6.7 m) wide LED screen. Located by the midship pool on the Lido deck, it is used to show movies, sporting events, concerts and other ship programming.
In fall 2011, Liberty was the first vessel in the fleet to receive an extensive overhaul, a $500 million USD renovation called the Fun Ship 2.0 initiative, that added "signature" dining venues (including a Guy Fieri hamburger joint), bars and entertainment options. A dozen more Carnival ships will receive this refit in the next few years.
|Eastern Caribbean||7 Days||Miami, Florida|
|Western Caribbean||7 Days||[Orlando (Port Canaveral)], [Florida]|
Carnival Liberty is planned to reposition to Port Canaveral starting in 2014, where at the time it will be as part of the three Carnival ships sailing from that port along with Carnival Sunshine and Sensation. With those three ships, Carnival will carry the most passengers sailing from Port Canaveral.
On November 3, 2006, Carnival Liberty departed Rome, Italy, to Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades). During the 16-day transatlantic voyage, over 700 people contracted the contagious norovirus illness. On the morning hours of November 15, Carnival Cruise Lines announced it would shorten the next cruise by two days for an extensive cleaning. Originally, the next cruise was scheduled to depart on November 19 for a six-day cruise. The November 19 cruise was rescheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale on November 21 for a four-day cruise using new ports-of-call. Safety measures were also enacted on a few of the future cruises to prevent further contamination. These safety measures included fully suspending self-service on the buffet lines. When the first cruise after the outbreak ended on November 25, fewer than 60 passengers were reported to have contracted the norovirus.
Sudden List to Port
On January 8, 2012 in the morning in calm seas, the Carnival Liberty suddenly listed (tilted) to port (the left) in a motion that caused many dishes and glasses to fall to the floor and break in the restaurants, and significant amounts of water sloshed out of the pools onto the decks, resulting in some panic by passengers. Shortly after this happened, the cruise director came over the ship's public address system and acknowledged that an incident had occurred, and that they were investigating the cause. Neither the guests nor the crew were informed what the cause of the listing was, but it seemed as if the ship had veered suddenly off course and quickly righted.
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