Just 19 days before she is to welcome her first guests, Meyer Werft has delivered the new Excel-class Carnival Jubilee to Carnival Cruise Line in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Meyer Werft Managing Director Jan Meyer was joined by Carnival President Christine Duffy along with Ben Clement, Carnival’s SVP of New Builds, Refurbishments & Product Innovation, and the ship’s senior officers as they took delivery of the new ship. Carnival Jubilee is the first Carnival ship that Meyer Werft has built in Papenburg, Germany. The delivery of the ship to Carnival Cruise Line officially transfers ownership from Meyer Werft shipyard to the cruise line.
“With a strong team effort and a lot of commitment from everyone involved in the Meyer Group and our partner companies, we have once again managed to deliver a particularly innovative cruise ship to Carnival Cruise Line. I would like to thank everyone involved in its completion for their work,” said Jan Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft.
She now begins her journey to Galveston, Texas where she will welcome guests for the first time on December 23, 2023. Carnival Jubilee will homeport in Galveston year-round and sail week-long Western Caribbean voyages. As the 26th ship in the Carnival fleet, Carnival Jubilee not only expands the cruise line’s capacity in Galveston, but also the cruise line’s capacity overall.
“Carnival Jubilee is the fifth additional ship we’ve welcomed into our fleet since 2021 and an integral part of our growth strategy. This ship will bring our most dynamic offering of fun to one of our most popular homeports and will be a great addition to our plans to remain the number one cruise line in Galveston,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “From the thrill of the roller coaster, BOLT, to a piece of paradise at the Serenity retreat, and so much more, we’re delivering a new level of fun for our guests sailing from Galveston that will complement our current and upcoming operations there.”
Carnival Jubilee joins Carnival Breeze and Carnival Dream at the port of Galveston as part of a four-ship deployment plan which will be complete in October 2024 when Carnival Miracle repositions to Galveston. This plan along with the Texas Lone Star on Carnival Jubilee’s bow further solidify Carnival Cruise Line’s commitment to the community and the port of Galveston.
When Carnival Jubilee arrives in Galveston on December 20, 2023, she will arrive with great fanfare. On December 23 2023, she will begin her inaugural sailing–a 7-night Christmas holiday cruise with ports of call in Roatan, Honduras, Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico.