Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2024

46 MAIDEN SEASON Carnival Jubilee The third Excel-class ship will begin sailing in the Western Caribbean in December 2023, allowing guests to experience some of Carnival Cruise Line’s most popular destinations Carnival Cruise Line is to debut its latest Excel-class ship, Carnival Jubilee, in December 2023, introducing a range of new experiences alongside returning favourites such as the Bolt rollercoaster and Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken restaurants. The ship will feature two new zones, Currents and The Shores, which are inspired by the ocean. Currents will include six LED windows and an LED ceiling, which will combine with theatrical show lighting and sound design to create an immersive environment for guests as they try cocktails at new bar Dr. Inks, Ph.D. and The Golden Mermaid lounge or creole cuisine at Emeril’s Bistro 717. The Shores, meanwhile, is intended to recall the seaside, with a boardwalk featuring a Ferris wheel-inspired ceiling feature and casual indoor and outdoor seating areas. Guests can visit Coastal Slice for fresh pizza, Beach Buns for sandwiches or hot dogs, and the nautical-themed Marina Bar for coffee or cocktails. Rudi’s Seagrill and Cucina del Capitano both offer indoor and al fresco seating and complete The Shores zone. “The ship will pay homage to the ocean in many ways, from the use of technology and design to the incorporation of new food and beverage offerings to heighten and enhance the theming,” says Fred Stein, Carnival’s vice president of revenue planning and deployment. “When our guests walk into these spaces, they’ll feel like they’re being transported to a totally different place – from boardwalk-style attractions and restaurants to an underwater world.” Carnival has chosen to introduce the new experiences onboard Carnival Jubilee in the Western Caribbean, as the ship embarks on a maiden season of seven-day itineraries that will visit popular destinations such as Mahogany Bay in Honduras and Costa Maya in Mexico. But it’s another Mexican port that Stein highlights as a particular draw. “The Western Caribbean is home to several destinations that are among the most popular with our guests,” says Stein “The region allows us to offer week-long cruise vacations that feature multiple visits to an array of ports, including one of our most popular ports overall: Cozumel, Mexico.” Stein also highlights the wide-ranging appeal of the available excursions as another key reason for Carnival choosing Photo: Carnival Cruise Line