Carnival Freedom, the newest ship from Carnival, freshly minted by the Fincantieri shipyards just outside of Venice, Italy, has now officially entered service as of March 4, 2007. The inaugural ceremony, in Venice, was presided over by godmother (actress, model and mother) Kathy Ireland. With the words, "My heart will always cherish this ship and everyone who experiences her will always be in my prayers. God bless everyone who comes in contact with this vessel," she "cut the ribbon" suspending the champagne bottle over the bow of the ship to send it crashing and breaking against the side of the ship.
According to eclectic Carnival ship architect and designer, Joe Farcus, this ship takes on "a journey through the centuries by decade" as its overall theme, one that is reflected in its décor. It starts with the dawn of civilization in ancient Babylonia, as represented by the "Babylon Casino." Also on tap is the Monticello Library, a tribute to one of our country's greatest thinkers, Thomas Jefferson, and his infamous obsession with literature. Other rooms include the Victoriana Show Lounge, an homage to Britain's Queen Victoria, reminiscent of the 19th-century theaters of London's West End.
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The piano bar, "Scott's Piano Bar," is named for famed American Ragtime Music innovator, Scott Joplin. The dining rooms carry the somewhat vague and trendy names "Chic" and "Post" which reflect the post-modern architecture of today, as interpreted by Farcus.
As the newest "Conquest class" ship in Carnival's fleet (number five in this class), the 110,000-ton, 2,974-passenger Freedom's public rooms and other amenities include the expected Carnival venues -- 22 lounges and bars, generously sized staterooms, a high ratio of balcony cabins, a nine-deck-high atrium, an Internet Cafe, a huge spa and Camp Carnival for kids.
Carnival Freedom features Carnival's Seaside Theater, a poolside 270-square-foot LED screen displaying movies, concerts and other programming, along with "100 percent bow-to-stern" Internet wireless access and cellular phone service.
So far, the number of photos of the new ship that have been released are limited, but here are a few:
The new 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom arrives in Venice, Italy, following a short voyage from the Fincantieri shipyard March 3, 2007. The 22nd vessel for U.S.-based Carnival Cruise Lines is 952 feet long, has 1,487 staterooms, a 13,300-square-foot health and fitness center and wireless Internet access throughout the vessel. Carnival Freedom debuts today with a nine-day Mediterranean voyage then launches 12-day Mediterranean and Greek cruises March 14-Oct. 16, 2007. The ship will then reposition to Miami to operate seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning Nov. 17. (Photo credit: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines.
Kathy Ireland, right, learns ship maneuvering operations from Carnival Freedom Captain Orazio D'Aita, left, Sunday, March 4, 2007, while the ship is docked in Venice, Italy. Ireland, Carnival Freedom's godmother, presided over naming ceremonies Sunday for the 22nd vessel in Carnival Cruise Lines' fleet. The ship is 952 feet long and is to begin a series of Mediterranean and Greek Isle cruises March 5, before being repositioned to Miami for Caribbean voyages starting Nov. 17. (Carnival Cruise Lines, Andy Newman)
Above, Ms Ireland gets a tour of the bridge, with a chance to sit in the captain's navigational chair.
Some of the limited news to come out so far includes mention of a new style of spa cuisine to debut on the Carnival Freedom, said to incorporate the "latest trends in gourmet preparation, ingredients and presentation to create the ultimate in healthy fine dining options. The new selections will be featured on all dining room menus and include nearly 50 different salads, appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts, all lower in calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium content, and free of trans fat."
The new items will debut on the Carnival Freedom's European sailings March 5 and be rolled out fleetwide over the next several months.