One of the big steps in building a ship, is when the dry-dock, where the hull has been built, is flooded and the ship floats out for the first time. Carnival's next ship, Carnival Liberty, took that step earlier this week at Fincantieri's yard at Monfalcone (Italy).
The initial stages of a cruise ship construction take place in a dry-dock facility. Once exterior outfitting is completed, the dry-dock is filled with water and the ship is "floated out" and moved to a wetdock facility where construction continues.
Following this significant milestone in Italy Carnival Liberty construction, interior outfitting has begun in preparation for the line first-ever Mediterranean cruises started July 20, 2005. The 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty is the largest ship in the contemporary market sailing in Europe.
Italy Carnival Liberty was floated to the wetdock where it will remain while the interior is fitted out over the next six months. The 110,000-ton Conquest-class ship is scheduled for delivery in July 2005. Of the 1,487 staterooms, 60% will offer an ocean view with 60% of those featuring a private balcony. Initial deployment will be in the Mediterranean for Carnival's first-ever series of Mediterranean cruises. The eight 12-day cruises from Rome (Civitavecchia) will run from July 20 to October 12. Its 16-day transatlantic crossing sails on October 26, putting it in is new homeport of Ft. Lauderdale on November 9. Once in Ft. Lauderdale, Carnival Liberty is scheduled for a pattern of year round 6- and 8-day Caribbean cruises.
Italy Carnival Liberty seven-port, 12-day Mediterranean cruises was operate round-trip from Civitavecchia July 20 - Oct. 12, 2005, and include visits to Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy; Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France; and Livorno, Italy.
Following this program, Carnival Liberty departed Civitavecchia on a 16-day transatlantic crossing Oct. 24 and arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 9, 2005, positioning the vessel for a one-of-a-kind program of six- and eight-day Bahamas/Caribbean voyages began Nov. 12. It will return to Europe in May 2006 for another season of 12-day Mediterranean cruises.
Among the largest passenger vessels at sea, new Carnival Liberty houses 22 lounges and bars, including a sports bar, piano bar, wine bar, dance club, and a 1,500-seat theater showcasing lavish Vegas-style productions. Its 13 passenger decks also house a 13,500-square-foot health club, four swimming pools, a cascading water slide, a 4,200-square-foot children play area, and a 1,800-square-foot teen club. Dining options include twin two-level main dining rooms, a spacious poolside eatery and an intimate reservations-only supper club serving U.S.D.A. prime beef and other gourmet cuisine.
With its casino, spa and variety of restaurants, clubs and lounges, the Italy Carnival Liberty is more like a resort than a ship. Of the ship 1,487 staterooms, 60 percent offer either an ocean view or private balcony.