Carnival Cruise Line has marked the steel cutting for its new ship Carnival Jubilee at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany.
Representatives of Carnival Cruise Line and Meyer Werft attended the event, which marks the first significant milestone in Carnival Jubilee’s construction.
The maritime tradition was celebrated with confetti and a champagne toast as it coincided with the cruise line’s birthday year.
Earlier this month, Carnival Cruise Line celebrated its 50th anniversary, and it is this milestone that inspired the name of the new Excellence-class cruise ship, the third sister ship to Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration.
“It’s our birthday and with today’s steel cutting for Carnival Jubilee, this is a great way to honour the accomplishments of Carnival Cruise Line’s first 50 years and to celebrate the excitement ahead,” said Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line.
The 182,800-ton ship will have a capacity for more than 5,400 passengers, and will reprise many of the groundbreaking and hugely popular features that debuted aboard Mardi Gras, such as the BOLT roller coaster, and the six distinct onboard zones.
Carnival Jubilee will also offer 20 different cabin categories and a three-deck atrium overlooking the ocean that converts to an entertainment venue at night, just like her sister ships Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration.
Carnival Jubilee will also feature two zones that will be specific to the ship, although Carnival Cruise Line hasn’t revealed any details on those yet. Carnival Jubilee is certain to at least have the Lido, Summer Landing, Central and Ultimate Playground zones found aboard Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration.
Her dining and entertainment venues will likely be located in zones designed specifically for the ship, aboard Mardi Gras these are known as the French Quarter and La Piazza.
In February, Carnival Cruise Line confirmed that all but those last two would also feature aboard Carnival Celebration, suggesting the same might be the case for Jubilee.
The first ship of the Excellence-class for Carnival Cruise Line was built by Meyer Turku, but for Carnival Celebration, the cruise line is using Meyer Werft for the first time.
“This is the first ship Meyer Werft is building for Carnival Cruise Line and the first time a ship design has been transferred from Meyer Turku to Meyer Werft, which shows our flexibility,” said Jan Meyer, Managing Director, Meyer Werft.
Carnival Jubilee will offer seven-day Western Caribbean cruise itineraries from the Port of Galveston from November 18th, 2023, calling in Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, as well as Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Honduras.