Meyer Werft cuts first steel for Carnival Jubilee

The third Excel-class ship is set to debut from Galveston, Texas, in November 2023

Meyer Werft cuts first steel for Carnival Jubilee

Carnival Cruise Line

A silhouette of Carnival Jubilee was cut from the first sheet of steel at the ceremony

By Alex Smith |

Meyer Werft shipyard has cut the first steel for Carnival Cruise Lines’ third Excel-class ship, Carnival Jubilee. 

A ceremony was held in the yard in Papenburg, Germany, attended by representatives of Carnival Cruise Line and Meyer Werft. A silhouette of the ship was cut from the steel and signed by those in attendance. A plaque was also cut from the same piece of steel to commemorate the cruise line’s 50th anniversary. 

“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 of Carnival Cruise Line. 

The 182,800gt ship is part of the Carnival’s Excel-class design, which was first delivered by the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. 

“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 of Meyer Werft. 

Carnival Jubilee is the sister ship to Mardi Gras, which is currently sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida, as well as Carnival Celebration, which will be based in Miami, Florida, from late 2022. The ships all operate with LNG as the main fuel and feature BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea. Carnival Jubilee will also feature unique design elements and signature venues. 

The ship will offer seven-day Western Caribbean cruise vacations from the Port of Galveston, Texas,  from 18 November 2023, with stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, as well as Mahogany Bay in Honduras.

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