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New Carnival Liberty to Operate First-Ever Program of 'Fun Ship' Mediterranean Voyages in Summer 2005
Monday June 14, 10:00 am ET
New 12-Day 'Grand Mediterranean' Cruises on the Newest and Largest Ship Operating in Europe
MIAMI, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, Carnival Cruise Lines will offer a series of Mediterranean voyages featuring extended visits to some of Europe's most charming and historic ports of call beginning in summer 2005.
The program will be offered on the new 110,000-ton Carnival Liberty, which will be the newest and largest ship operating in Europe. It will encompass eight 12-day cruises operating roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia) July 20 - Oct. 12, 2005. Featured ports include: Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy (two-day call); Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France; and Livorno, Italy.
According to Carnival President and CEO Bob Dickinson, the new seven-port, 12-day Mediterranean cruises are designed to provide consumers with a comprehensive European vacation experience and feature a wide diversity of shoreside experiences, all while enjoying the many "resort-style" amenities and facilities of Carnival's newest and largest class of "Fun Ship."
"For our first-ever Mediterranean cruises, we've assembled a terrific itinerary with extended port calls that offer guests excellent tour opportunities to experience the rich history and outstanding sites at some of Europe's most popular destinations, including Capri, Taormina, Monte Carlo and Florence, to name just a few," Dickinson said. He noted that the 12-day voyages also include a two-day stay in Venice so that guests can explore everything this great city has to offer.
"With its mega-sized features, huge number of balconied staterooms and acres of open deck space, Carnival Liberty is ideally suited to scenic cruising, and we expect our new 'Fun Ship' Mediterranean voyages will attract both experienced and first-time Carnival guests," Dickinson added.
Following the 12-day Mediterranean cruises, Carnival Liberty will operate a 16-day transatlantic voyage departing Rome (Civitavecchia) Oct. 24, and arriving in Fort Lauderdale Nov. 9, 2005. Ports of call include Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, and Malaga, Spain; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.
Numerous shore excursion opportunities, as well as pre- and post-cruise hotel packages, will be available in conjunction with all of these departures.