Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom is undergoing a restoration of its iconic red-white-and-blue funnel and fins at a shipyard in Spain. The funnel was temporarily replaced after the starboard fin caught fire in May 2022. The ship’s winged funnel, known as the whale-tail funnel, was damaged during a port call in Grand Turk. The fire destroyed the starboard fin but caused no injuries. The ship sailed to a shipyard in the Bahamas, where the funnel was temporarily replaced. Now, the ship has arrived at a dry dock in Cadiz, Spain, where the funnel will be restored.
During the dry dock, the ship will also receive other exterior work and interior upgrades, including a new hull design and the addition of the Heroes Tribute Bar. Carnival Cruise Line’s brand ambassador, John Heald, shared that the ship will have a new whale tail funnel and other refurbishments, such as new decking and the signature red, white, and blue hull design. More details about the enhancements will be revealed once the work is completed.
Carnival Freedom, a 2,980-guest ship that entered service in 2007, was last refurbished in 2019. The fire in 2022 caused the ship to cancel its current cruise and three additional sailings. Guests were required to report to their muster stations, but were not evacuated as the fire was brought under control. Following the dry dock, Carnival Freedom will return to its homeport at Port Canaveral and resume its Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean cruises.