Carnival Freedom returns to service after refurbishment in Spain

The ship has new hull paint, a winged funnel and onboard Heroes Tribute Bar

Carnival Freedom returns to service after refurbishment in Spain

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Freedom’s new winged funnel was the first of its kind that Navantia shipyard has worked on

By Laura Hyde |

Carnival Cruise Line’s newly renovated Carnival Freedom has returned to service with a 14-day transatlantic voyage from Barcelona, Spain, to its homeport of Port Canaveral in Florida.

The vessel spent 16 days undergoing an extensive refurbishment in dry dock at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, in October 2023. This included the addition of Carnival’s signature red, white and blue hull livery and the installation of a new winged funnel (pictured), a first for the shipyard’s team members.

The ship also now features the Heroes Tribute Bar, a venue that is being added to other vessels across the Carnival fleet. The venue honours military veterans and active service members. 

Carnival Freedom also now has a Dreams Studio onboard, where guests can capture memories and turn them into keepsakes from their cruise with the help of Carnival’s photography staff. Other refurbishment work was carried out in the ship’s casino, staterooms and public areas.

Once it arrives in Port Canaveral, Carnival Freedom will offer four and five-day itineraries to The Bahamas, as well as other Caribbean destinations. From 2025, the ship will call at Carnival’s upcoming exclusive destination, Celebration Key.

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