Freedom Comes to Galveston

Carnival Freedom at her berth in Cozumel, Mexico during her first Western Caribbean sailing from Galveston, Texas. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Repositioning a ship to a new homeport is big news. It creates jobs, diversifies itineraries, and adds more options for cruisers looking to try something new and possibly different. Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom just relocated to Galveston, Texas, and by all accounts, her first six-day voyage to the Western Caribbean was a rousing success for the nearly 3,000 guests who sailed aboard her.
Our full Live Voyage Report from Carnival Freedom’s first Galveston sailing:

The real diamond-in-the-rough of this sailing was, ironically enough, the city of Galveston. Once too poor to even tear down their derelict and abandoned buildings, Galveston is experiencing a modern-day resurgence. Their turn-of-the-century streets and buildings are shockingly well-preserved, and the city boasts nearly 30 antiques shops, three luxury hotels (plus numerous others), and even a Starbucks situated directly across from the cruise terminal.

Walking the historic streets of Galveston.  Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Walking the historic streets of Galveston. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Boutique shops, restaurants and bars line the streets, and there are more attractions here than you could ever hope to take in. My advice? Galveston is one cruise port you want to spend a few days in before embarkation. Personally, it’s one of my unexpected favorites in the United States.

Galveston boasts plenty of trendy little cafes and restaurants. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Galveston boasts plenty of trendy little cafes and restaurants. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Carnival As Underdog

I have to admit I have a soft spot for Carnival: the line is frequently maligned and often underappreciated. Like the boy who cried wolf, Carnival has a tough time being taken seriously for the things they do right each and every day. My first sailing last year onboard the Carnival Breeze did much to dispel my own misconceptions, and this second Carnival sailing aboard Carnival Freedom only reinforced in my mind just how strong their onboard product is – and how much you’re getting for the price.
You might not think of Carnival as ‘the underdog’, but in many ways, they are. And that’s a good thing.

The BlueIguana Tequila Bar is a recent FunShip 2.0 addition to Carnival Freedom - and just one of many ways the line is diversifying their onboard product. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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