Carnival Freedom Boasts New Waterpark (And More) Following Refurb

If you’re sailing from Galveston aboard the Carnival Freedom in the coming months, then you’re going to get more from the ship than you originally thought. That’s because Carnival Freedom just emerged from a multi-million-dollar renovation this month, debuting a new waterpark, plus new restaurants.

The latest Carnival upgrade means Freedom passengers can now enjoy Carnival’s signature WaterWorks park. This includes the 203-foot-long enclosed slide, AquaTunnel, and the 212-foot-long Twister waterslide. Other newly added water features include the 75-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket and SplashZone designed for kids.

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Freedom guests seeking a dryer form of onboard fun can take advantage of a nine-hole miniature golf course, moved to deck eleven. Plus, the ship gained a new dining option: Bonsai Express sushi, a casual version of Carnival’s popular Bonsai Sushi restaurant serving sushi, sashimi, and rolls. Also, Freedom now offers a rebranded deli on deck nine. Guests seeking some onboard retail therapy now have expanded options, including a new Carnival Adventures shop with Carnival-branded gear.

And what about the classic made popular on Carnival like Guy’s Burger Joint? The Conquest-class Freedom continues to showcase these popular Carnival attractions added during its last refurbishment. That includes the family-friendly Seuss at Sea program, as well as BlueIguana Cantina, Guy’s Burger Joint, Punchliner Comedy Club, Alchemy Bar, and RedFrog Pub.

Following its 3-week makeover in the Bahamas, Freedom has returned to its homeport in Galveston. The ship will sail six- and seven-day Caribbean cruises to Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Belize, and Mexico.

Freedom, which debuted in 2007, is the third Carnival vessel to receive upgrades in 2019. Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Pride were renovated earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Carnival’s $2 billion fleetwide renovation Fun Ship 2.0 continues with more ships receiving major renovations. For example, Carnival Triumph recently entered drydock in Cadiz, Spain, and will emerge with a new name. As Carnival Sunrise, the vessel will sail out of Norfolk, Virginia beginning in late April.

Have you experienced any of Carnival’s most recently upgraded ships yet? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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