What I Saw This Weekend: Carnival Cruise Honors the Military #celebratefreedom

by Carrie with Children with comments closed

This past weekend, I traveled to Galveston to welcome the arrival of the Carnival Freedom to its new homeport in Texas.

As part of the celebration in partnership with Operation Homefront, Carnival Cruise Lines welcomed 1,000 active and retired military members aboard the ship for an overnight, pierside celebration.

Celebrate Freedom Martina McBride concert Credit Andy Newman

image courtesy of Andy Newman for Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines presented the organization with a donation of $100,000 honoring the military members. The highlight of the event included a concert by country superstar Martina McBride on the Lido deck of the ship and we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather.

It was so inspiring to see military families enjoying a day on the ship. From the accommodations, the restaurants, shows, outdoor activities – it was a great day of fun. And it left me yearning to cruise soon!

image courtesy of Andy Newman for Carnival Cruise Lines

image courtesy of Andy Newman for Carnival Cruise Lines

 As of this past weekend, Carnival Freedom now sails from Galveston with year-round departures with four- to seven-day cruises calling at ports throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida.

Carnival Freedom joins Carnival Triumph and Carnival Magic in Galveston. Together these three ships will carry more than 600,000 passengers annually from Texas — more than any other cruise line.

For another look at this past weekend’s festivities, check out Cruise Radio’s wrap up.

Have you sailed on the Carnival Freedom? 


** I am attending the Carnival Freedom event in Galveston as a guest of Carnival Cruise Lines. Travel has been provided by them. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. **n