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Carnival’s Third Ship — Freedom — Set to Sail from Galveston


As if the past decade wasn’t exciting enough, 2015 looks to be the biggest year for Galveston cruising ever. During this year, 232 different departures are scheduled from the port. That includes the return of Disney Cruise Lines later in the year, and the placement of Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas — a “Freedom Class” ship that will be the largest cruise liner ever to sail from Galveston.

But the changes for 2015 get started a little earlier when Carnival begins sailing the Carnival Freedom from the port in February. The Carnival Freedom will be the third of the company’s ships to sail from the Texas coast during the year.

The Freedom will be criss-crossing the Gulf and Caribbean with a wide variety of itineraries. Trips include 4, 5, 6 and 7-day sailings to ports ranging from Nassau, Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Roatan, and more.

The ship is one of the newer vessels in Carnival’s fleet. Built in 2007, Freedom measures more than 950 feet, carries roughly 3,000 passengers and 1,150 crew. Meanwhile, the ship was upgraded in 2014, where it added Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, and the RedFrog Rum Bar, along with a host of other upgrades in amenities.

The Carnival Freedom is repositioning to Galveston from Port Everglades, Florida. Her first voyage will be a 6-day trip to Mexico on February 15th.

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