2017 EDITOR'S PICKS
Carnival Freedom begins sailing year-round from Galveston in February with a special six-day voyage to Mexico. That makes three ships sailing from the popular Texas port, carrying over a half million passenger every year. To mark the occasion, Carnival Cruise Line will host a celebration to honor U.S. military families featuring a special outdoor Carnival LIVE performance by country superstar Martina McBride.
Joining Carnival Triumph and Carnival Magic, a revitalized Carnival Freedom will sail four- to seven-day cruises, visiting beautiful ports throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida. But first, Carnival will partner with Operation Homefront, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial and other assistance to military families for a special Carnival LIVE event featuring 14-time GRAMMY® nominee Martina McBride.
Carnival Welcomes Families With Unique Dockside Event
Better yet, military families who have registered through Operation Homefront will enjoy a full day and evening of fun aboard the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom while it is in port, including overnight accommodations, meals, entertainment and activities, all compliments of Carnival Cruise Line.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate this occasion by giving back to the great state of Texas and welcoming aboard military families who make our freedom possible,” said Jim Berra, chief marketing officer for Carnival Cruise Line.
Pretty Darn Thrilled Alright
How thrilled is Carnival about the event? Prior to the concert, Carnival will conduct a special check presentation to Operation Homefront providing $100,000 to the organization.
Not long ago, Carnival Freedom recently underwent a $70 million makeover which added a bunch of Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancements including Seuss at Sea, the ship’s new family entertainment programming as well as the new Camp Ocean kids facilities. Also included in the latest update were a number of bar, dining and entertainment venues including complimentary eateries such as BlueIguana Cantina and Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri, poolside bars serving up delicious frozen drinks and cocktails including BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar, as well as the pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar and the line’s Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub.