Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a new video series on its YouTube channel in which popular bloggers offer their own unique insights on the recently renovated Carnival Freedom. The 110,000-ton ship underwent a massive $70 million makeover that added a variety of dining, bar and entertainment options that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program, as well as the new Dr. Seuss Bookville family reading venue and Camp Ocean children’s program.
Taped during an eight-day cruise that visited Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao and the Dominican Republic, “Cruising Chronicles” follows five bloggers – Caroline Murphy, Amanda Tinney, Carrie McLaren, and the husband-and-wife team of Stefanie and Rick Fauquet – as they sail with their families and experience the ship’s many wide-ranging innovations. The bloggers were also provided with hand-held, water-resistant video cameras to document their experiences during their fun-filled Caribbean adventure.
Murphy, who sailed with her two young daughters Isabella and Cecilia and adult cousin Josefina, offered feedback on the new Seuss at Sea program, including the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with Cat in the Hat and Friends. Much to the delight of her children, Murphy was also selected as a participant in Hasbro, The Game Show, featuring larger-than-life adaptations of the line’s iconic games.
Tinney, a self-described foodie who likes to “experience travel through her taste buds,” was sailing with her husband Travis and their teenage daughter Alexus. Together, the trio sampled freshly grilled burgers at Guy’s Burger Joint, a poolside venue developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, and authentic Mexican fare at the BlueIguana Cantina. Tinney and her husband also checked out the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar while their daughter made new friends at Club O2.
McLaren, sailed with her husband Rob and their daughters, Maggie and Molly, who spent some time in Camp Ocean, the line’s new marine-themed children’s program featuring more than 200 educational activities inspired by the wonders of the sea. McLaren’s daughter Molly also marked her fourth birthday during the cruise complete with a delicious cake and dining room celebration. McLaren and her husband also enjoyed some “me” time at the Serenity adults-only retreat.
The Fauquets and their daughter Paris enjoyed a variety of experiences both on and off the ship. In addition to snorkeling in crystal-clear Caribbean waters, the Fauquets took in a family-friendly comedy performance at the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez and hit the links for a round of miniature golf up in the fresh sea air. Rick even got up on stage as part of SuperStar Live – a karaoke activity with a four-piece band and backup singers.
Carnival Freedom will operate five- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., through February before repositioning to Galveston for year-round seven-day Caribbean departures, becoming the line’s third ship based year-round in Texas.