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Carnival News - Kathy Ireland to Serve as Godmother to New Carnival Freedom

Kathy Ireland has been named godmother of Carnival Cruise Linesí new 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom, scheduled to launch European service in March 2007.

In her role as godmother, she will break a bottle of champagne across the shipís bow during a naming ceremony scheduled to take place in Venice, Italy, March 4, 2007, immediately prior to a gala overnight reception.

"Kathy Ireland is an excellent choice for the godmother of this magnificent new ship. Not only is she extremely successful as both a model and businesswoman, but she lends her support to a wide variety of charitable causes and philanthropic organizations," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

"It is a great joy and honor to serve as godmother for this incredible ship. Carnival Freedom is a bold and beautiful salute to greatness and humanity. Our company shares the wonderful values of Carnival Cruise Lines. I admire their support of families and their incredible spirit of adventure. My heart will forever cherish this ship and every one of its passengers on the maiden voyage and on each and every sailing in the future," Kathy said.

Kathy rose to fame as a supermodel in the 1980s, appearing on the covers of countless magazines, including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harperís Bazaar and Sports Illustrated. From there, she branched out into a wide range of highly successful business ventures. Her line ranks as the seventh most popular in its category by Womenís Wear Daily and she was named "Business Woman of the Year" by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

A leading health advocate, Kathy currently serves as the Entertainment Industry Foundationís Ambassador for Womenís Health Issues and the organizationís Ambassador for the National Womenís Cancer Research Alliance. For these efforts, UCLA has named her one of the top 10 womenís health advocates in the U.S.

Active with the Special Olympics, Kathy also works each year with Feed the Children on annual food and toy drives for underprivileged youth, and pioneered the first and only national wish-granting organization for terminally ill adults, the Dream Foundation.

Following the naming ceremony and gala, Carnival Freedom will debut with a nine-day cruise to the Mediterranean and Greek Isles departing March 5, 2007, then operate a summer schedule of 12-day Mediterranean and Greek Isles voyages round-trip from Rome (Civitavecchia) March 14 - Oct. 16, 2007. The Freedom will then sail a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Miami, positioning the vessel for the launch of year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from that port Nov. 17, 2007.

The Freedom will feature a number of high-tech amenities, including "100 percent bow-to-stern" wireless Internet access, cellular phone service, and a 270-square-foot LED screen on Lido Deck displaying movies, concerts and other programming. The ship will also house 22 lounges and bars, four swimming pools, Carnivalís signature "Twister Waterslide," a 14,500-square-foot spa, and four dining venues, including two two-deck-high formal restaurants, a 1,400-seat casual poolside eatery featuring a 24-hour pizzeria, and an elegant upscale supper club offering U.S.D.A. prime steaks and other gourmet cuisine.

Carnival is currently accepting reservations on all of Carnival Freedomís European and Caribbean departures.