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Carnival Freedom Will Get Replacement “Whale Tail” Funnel

Carnival Freedom Will Get Replacement “Whale Tail” Funnel

Carnival Cruise Line’s ship Carnival Freedom will receive a new funnel nearly 18 months after the original structure was significantly damaged by fire.

Carnival Freedom will once more be adorned with the instantly recognizable winged funnel design she was created to carry. The signature funnel—also featured in the Fun Ship logo—can be found atop the majority of Carnival Cruise Line‘s fleet.

The ship’s original funnel caught fire in May 2022 while docked in Grand Turk, destroying the iconic “whale tail” design of the structure. The funnel was temporarily repaired after the fire and Freedom returned to service without her wings.

I snapped this pic of Carnival Freedom in Grand Turk in November 2022, six months after a fire destroyed the top of her whale tail funnel

The replacement funnel, which was built at Navantia shipyard in Cádiz, Spain, is one of several upgrades planned for Carnival Freedom during her current dry dock.

The 2,980-guest ship began the 16-day dry dock refurbishment project on Friday, marking the first time Navantia shipyard has designed and manufactured a Carnival funnel.

Carnival Freedom‘s new funnel will soon be installed at Navantia shipyard in Cádiz, Spain (image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Along with replacing the funnel, the exterior of the ship will also undergo a number of additional renovations, including installing new decking and adding the red, white, and blue hull design that has become synonymous with Carnival and is present on the majority of the brand’s ships.

A Heroes Tribute Bar will also be introduced on Carnival Freedom as a tribute to veterans and active-duty service members.

In a press release, Carnival indicated that the company will share more details about the enhancements made to Carnival Freedom once work at the shipyard is completed.

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Are you a fan of Carnival Freedom? How happy are you that she’s finally getting a new funnel? Let me know in the comments!

Carrie Ann Karstunen