Meyer Werft officially delivered the Carnival Jubilee to Carnival Cruise Line yesterday during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.
The addition makes it among the biggest ships in Carnival’s fleet and the fifth Excel-class cruise ship. It also marks a significant expansion in Carnival’s capacity as it homeports from Galveston, Texas.
Carnival President Christine Duffy, the company’s SVP of New Builds Ben Clement, and other key representatives attended the event.
|Christine Duffy welcomed Jubilee by saying, “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.”
Jubilee is Carnival’s first ship built in Papenburg, Germany. The vessel comes in at 183,521 gross registered tons, the same size as the sister ship Carnival Celebration.
It is now on its way to its home port in Galveston. Along the way, it will collect supplies and pick up crew members before arriving in Texas on December 20.
On December 23, the Jubilee will leave for its inaugural voyage, a special Christmas cruise that will visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, and Roatan, Honduras.
Upon its return on December 30, the Jubilee will continue offering weeklong Western Caribbean sailings throughout the year.
Jubilee means added capacity in Galveston, Texas
Carnival has consistently highlighted the importance of the Galveston home port to its operations. It was the first cruise line to offer year-round cruises from the Texan port in 2001.
Last July, it unveiled the Texas-style star on Carnival Jubilee’s bow, symbolizing its commitment to growing its Galveston cruises.
Carnival will have four ships homeporting from the Galveston port by October next year. In addition to the Jubilee, the Lone Star State will be home to Carnival Dream, Carnival Breeze, and Carnival Miracle.