New Carnival ship for Cayman

The new Carnival Freedom cruise ship will be the newest Carnival fun ship visiting Grand Cayman towards the end of next year.

The 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom will visit Grand Cayman every second week, as part of its year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from the Port of Miami beginning in November 2007.

The 2,974-passenger super-liner’s schedule will involve alternating weeklong eastern and western Caribbean cruises.

The western route will visit three ports of call – Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, while the Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at the islands of San Juan, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten,

Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Maghera, Italy, Carnival Freedom will replace Carnival Triumph which will be deployed from Miami to New Orleans to begin year-round seven-day Caribbean departures beginning in September next year.

Carnival Freedom will offer an array of on-board amenities and facilities, including 22 lounges and bars, and a wide range of dining options.

A number of family-friendly amenities, including a 4,200-square-foot children’s play area, and a 1,800-square-foot teen dance club/recreation area, will also be featured. The ship will also house a 13,300-square-foot health club, jogging track, four swimming pools, and a comprehensive golf programme with professional instruction both aboard ship and during golf excursions. In addition to cell phone service and an Internet café, Carnival Freedom will offer 100 percent wireless internet capabilities.

Of the ship’s 1,487 staterooms, 60 percent will offer either an ocean view or private balcony.