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Big Changes Coming to Carnival’s Galveston Ships: Breeze & Liberty in 2016

Carnival-Liberty

For the past 10+ years, Carnival has been the 800-pound gorilla in Galveston cruising. That presence in the port is getting a little stronger. The cruise line just announced that starting in 2016, it will reposition the Carnival Breeze and the Carnival Liberty to Galveston, replacing the Magic and Triumph.

You’ll remember that Carnival just positioned the Carnival Freedom to Galveston, making it the third ship from the cruise line to sail from the port. Bringing the Freedom was big news. Its capacity means roughly 3,000 more passengers can sail from the Port of Galveston at any one time.

But in cruising, it’s all about adding something new and fresh to get your most loyal cruisers back on the ship. The Freedom was a great move in that regard. Repositioning the Breeze and the Liberty is even better.

Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph have sailed from Galveston for years. And while the Magic is one of the fleet’s newest ships (launched in 2011), the Triumph has been one of the most troubled cruise liners. In fact, after the problems it faced in being stranded a couple of years ago, many people refused to set foot on the ship.

The Breeze and Liberty should change some of that, while offering some new features for Galveston cruisers. As explained in a recent press release from Carnival:

“Carnival Breeze offers such innovations as a multi-dimensional cinema experience called Thrill Theater, Bonsai Sushi full-service Asian restaurant and WaterWorks highlighted by a 312-foot-long slide, while Carnival Liberty offers a classic American steakhouse, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar and a 14,500-square-foot spa.”

When all three ships are in place in late 2016, they are expected to carry 600,000 passengers annually from Galveston — roughly the population of Las Vegas.

Cruisers can expect to see the Liberty in port starting March 2016. The Breeze will arrive December 2016.

Photo: James Willamor

3 Responses so far.

  1. Dewayne Dawson says:

    Tell me the month and day when the breeze comes to Galveston,Texas

  2. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    The Carnival Breeze will come to Galveston starting December 9, 2016.

  3. Deborah Day says:

    It moved early… Sets sail from Galveston on first voyage on May 8th 2016.

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