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Carnival Freedom - Carnival Cruise Lines - cruise ship review and photos.

For those of you that have secretly fantasized about time travel, Carnival Cruise Lines now offers a convenient way to make your dreams come true. On their latest 110,000 ton 'Fun Ship' Carnival Freedom, 17th century France is only a few steps away from Hemingway's Havana and the hanging gardens of Babylon. And though the overpowering extravaganza of forms and colors might look completely mismatched at first, odds are you will feel completely at home before you can say 'Fun'!

Seemingly endless row of balconies

Carnival Freedom was built by Fincantieri's Maghera yard located at a stone's thrown from Venice, so it came as no surprise that Carnival chose the Italian city as the backdrop for Carnival Freedom's naming ceremony. At 8.00 PM on March 4, 2007, former super model Kathy Ireland let the bottle crash on the giant ship's hull. Carnival Freedom will spend her first summer in European 

waters, showing that the quintessentially American brand is showing a definite interest in the Old World. If Carnival Freedom's sellout maiden Mediterranean cruises are anything to go by, prepare for a lot more European 'fun' in the years to come!

Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Lines
Built: 2007
Building Yard: Fincantieri, Maghera, Italy
Gross Tonnage: 110,239
Length: 290.2 m (951.4 ft)
Beam: 35.5 m (116.4 ft)
Passengers (norm.): 2,974
Passengers (max): 3,700
Crew: 1,160
Service speed: 19.6 knots
Sister ships: Carnival Destiny, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Victory, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty
Carnival Freedom at Venice, Italy
Carnival Freedom at Venice, Italy
Carnival Freedom at Venice, Italy
Carnival Freedom at Venice, Italy
Carnival Freedom at Venice, Italy


All photos and text: 2007 Bart de Boer -

First published on April 8, 2007

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