Carnival Cruise Line, Texas’ number one cruise operator, welcomed Carnival Freedom to its new year-round homeport of Galveston, Texas, on Saturday, February 14, by hosting a celebration to honor U.S. military families. Through a partnership with Operation Homefront, Carnival provided a day of onboard fun and exciting activities for service members and their families who applied to attend in late 2014. Among the day's festivities there was a special outdoor Carnival LIVE performance by country superstar Martina McBride.
As part of the festivities, 14-time GRAMMY® nominee Martina McBride performed that afternoon outdoors on one of the ship's top decks. The country singer has previously performed as part of the line’s breakthrough onboard concert series, Carnival LIVE, which offers guests the best live music at sea from some of the most popular and highly requested music acts.
Military families who registered through Operation Homefront enjoyed a full day and evening of fun aboard the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom while it was in port, including overnight accommodations, meals, entertainment and activities, all compliments of Carnival Cruise Line.
Prior to the concert, Carnival conducted a special check presentation to Operation Homefront providing $100,000 to the organization.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Carnival to honor military families and celebrate the cruise line’s expansion in Texas,” said Tim Farrell, chief operating officer of Operation Homefront. “While we serve military families across the nation, we’re grateful for a partner like Carnival who wants to give back right here in our home state of Texas where we have the second largest active duty and veteran population in the country.”
Carnival Freedom recently underwent a $70 million makeover which added an array of Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancements. Event attendees had access to the ship’s new family entertainment programming including Seuss at Sea, as well as the new Camp Ocean kids facilities.
Carnival Freedom kicked off year-round sailings from Galveston February 15, 2015, with a special six-day voyage to Mexico followed by the launch of four- to seven-day cruises that visit beautiful ports throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida. Together with Carnival Triumph and Carnival Magic, the line will carry more than 600,000 passengers annually from Texas – more than any other cruise line.