Meyer Werft Provides Carnival Jubilee Construction Update, and Couples Renew Their Vows Across the Carnival Fleet
German shipyard Meyer Werft provided a construction update on Carnival Jubilee on Tuesday. The last major block for the ship has been built as the structure of the stern has been completed.
Jubilee is scheduled to debut this December in Galveston.
And to celebrate Valentine’s Day yesterday, Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal virtually officiated vow renewals for couples across the fleet. An onboard reception followed each ceremony, complete with a DJ, dancing, and a champagne toast.
Counting every ship in the fleet, the event marked Carnival’s largest-ever vow renewal at sea.
STORIES: Carnival Jubilee Construction Update [PHOTOS] and Shaq Officiates Vow Renewals Across Carnival Cruise Fleet
Royal Caribbean Makes In-App Messaging Free
Guests on Royal Caribbean can now use the line’s app to message each other free of charge.
Royal has dropped the $2 per person, per day fee to use its in-app messaging feature, which allows passengers to message other guests on the same cruise in individual or group messages.
To use the messaging function, make sure you have the Royal Caribbean app downloaded, connect to the ship’s wifi once on board, and link to your friends and family’s reservations if they’re not linked already.
STORY: Royal Caribbean Makes Messaging Free on Smartphone App
Port Everglades to Add Shore Power to Eight Cruise Terminals
A recent shore power study for Port Everglades has recommended the port be able to deliver electricity to eight of its cruise terminals.
The estimated cost would be $20 million per terminal, and it’s expected to be funded through federal and state grants, Florida Power and Light Company, Broward County, and the participating cruise lines. Construction could begin as early as mid-2024, and all phases of the project could be competed by the end of 2027.
If ships fully take advantage, the project is estimated to eliminate over 11,000 metric tons of CO2 and reduce other air pollution that would be the equivalent of taking over 2,400 cars off the road annually. The electricity will be generated by multiple sources including natural gas, solar, and wind.