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Carnival to expand Galveston fleet in 2015, adds third ship

Carnival Cruise Lines will position three ships in Galveston, Texas year-round as Carnival Freedom joins Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph in February 2015. According to an April 24, 2014 press release received by Examiner, the addition of Carnival Freedom will increase the port's passenger capacity by 38 percent, and will mark the first time that a major cruise line has positioned a trio of ships in the Lone Star State.

The first cruise from Galveston for Carnival Freedom will depart Feb. 15, 2015, and will be a six-night voyage to Costa Maya, Belize, and Cozumel. This will follow a 12-night repositioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Galveston, departing Feb. 2, that calls on St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Curacao, Aruba, and Grand Cayman.

Carnival Freedom will offer three different seven-night itineraries from Galveston beginning Feb. 21, 2015. The Exotic Western Caribbean voyages call on Cozumel, Belize, and Mahogany Bay (Roatan); Western Caribbean voyages visit Montego Bay, George Town (Grand Cayman), and Cozumel; Eastern Caribbean sailings call on Key West, Freeport, and Nassau.

Additionally, several four- and five-night cruises to Mexico will be offered on Carnival Freedom from Oct. 24 through Nov. 21, 2015 and Jan. 16, 2016 through Feb. 13, 2016.

These cruises complement itineraries from Galveston offered by Carnival Triumph and Carnival Freedom.

Carnival Triumph will sail four- and five-night Western Caribbean cruises during 2015 as well as an 11-night Southern Caribbean itinerary in October 2015.

Carnival Magic will offer seven-night cruises on alternate weeks to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

Prior to repositioning to Galveston, Carnival Freedom will undergo a number of enhancements, including the addition of new restaurants and the new Camp Ocean children's program.

For more information on the ships and sailing dates, visit Carnival's website or contact your travel agent.

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