This past weekend Carnival Cruise Line held an amazing #CelebrateFreedom event in Galveston, Texas. The event included a $100,000 donation to Operation Homefront and a shipboard concert by Martina McBride.
I was supposed to be at the event but with John getting sick in Florida and having to go to the emergency room I changed my plans and flew home early with John. I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to see the great pictures from this event and see all of the great things that Carnival did for military families.
Thankfully Carnival was nice enough to send me these photos so I could share them with all of you. I talked to my travel writing friends who attended the event and they said it was amazing.
The celebration honoring U.S. military personnel and their families in partnership with Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization that supports military families, service members and their families. Military families and service members were treated to an overnight event featuring a variety of daytime activities, including an exclusive outdoor Carnival LIVE performance by country music superstar Martina McBride, along with dinner and a full evening of entertainment, all compliments of Carnival.
Carnival presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to Operation Homefront prior to the Martina McBride concert.
Were excited to kick off Carnival Freedoms year-round deployment from Galveston with a donation to an organization that touches so many lives and a special event for the brave men and women who serve our country, said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line
Martina McBride, a 14-time GRAMMY nominee, performed on Carnival Freedoms upper deck in the first Carnival LIVE show staged outdoors. It was her second time participating in the Carnival LIVE concert series that offers guests the best live music at sea from popular acts spanning a variety of musical genres. Check out our photos of Martina McBride’s Carnival Live concert on the Carnival Ecstasy!
Performing for these military families was an incredible honor. And everyone really enjoyed the outdoor setting on the ships deck, said McBride. I hope that everyone who was there had a special Valentines Day experience; I’m so glad I was asked to be part of it.
Carnival Freedom kicked off year-round departures from Galveston yesterday with a special six-day voyage to Mexico and will launch four- to seven-day cruises calling at ports throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida beginning Feb. 21. 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.
Carnival Freedom recently underwent a $70 million makeover that added an array of Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancements, and attendees at Saturdays event had full access to the ships many on-board innovations, including new family entertainment programming such as Seuss at Sea and Camp Ocean featuring 200 marine-themed activities.
The renovation also included complimentary eateries such as BlueIguana Cantina, and Guys Burger Joint, developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri, along with exciting new bar concepts BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar and the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub. Four new high-tech Playlist Productions shows were added, as well.
For additional information on the Carnival Freedom or any other Fun Ship vacation, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.