Galveston: Carnival Freedom joins Magic and TriumphGalveston: Carnival Freedom joins Magic and Triumphhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=17452015-02-13T07:40:00Z2015-02-13T08:30:00Z

GALVESTON - The Port of Galveston will welcome a third year-round ship from Carnival Cruise this month.

Carnival Freedom will make its inaugural sailing from Galveston on Feb. 15, 2015.

Carnival will host a special event honoring military families, including a performance by Martina McBride, at the Port of Galveston on Feb. 14.

Carnival Freedom will be the first Carnival ship to offer seven-day cruises. Carnival is the first cruise line to deploy three year-round ships in Texas, as the Freedom joins the Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph in Galveston.

It also brings Carnival's annual passenger count to 600,000 people departing from Texas, more than any other cruise operator, according to the company.

Cruise activity generated $43 million in passenger onshore spending and another $12 million in services provided in Galveston in 2013, according to a report conducted by Pennsylvania-based Tourism Economics for the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In recent years, the Port of Galveston has pursuing growth in the face of new local competition from the Port of Houston Authority's Bayport Cruise terminal, which began operating cruises at the end of 2013 after sitting vacant for years.

Last year, the Port of Galveston said it is investing about $10 million to expand its second cruise terminal, which will help accommodate bigger ships and more passengers. The port’s governing board has also approved spending up to $100,000 to commission design plans for a third cruise terminal.

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