Carnival Jubilee’s Steel Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Start of Construction

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Carnival Cruise Line celebrates the official start of construction on their newest mega-ship, Carnival Jubilee.

The cruise line’s third excel-class cruise ship kicks off construction celebrating the cutting of the first steel. The vessel is built at the famous Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.

The newest LNG-powered cruise ship is the first Excel-class ship built in Germany following Carnival’s decision to assign Jubilee to Carnival instead of the German cruise line AIDA Cruises. Jubilee’s sister vessels, Mardis Gras and Carnival Celebration are constructed at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

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Carnival and Meyer Weft Celebrate Cutting of Steel for Jubilee

Meyer Werft has officially begun construction on Carnival Cruise Line’s third Excel-class cruise ship, Carnival Jubilee. Representatives from the shipbuilder and cruise line attended the steel cutting ceremony, representing the first significant milestone in the ship’s construction.

The vessel has a scheduled delivery for the fall of 2023 and will welcome its first guests on its October 30, 2023, maiden voyage.

Carnival Cruise Line and Meyer Werft shipbuilders celebrating the first steel cut for Carnival JubileePin
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The shipbuilding team celebrated the maritime tradition with confetti and champagne at the Meyer Werft laser cutting center. The shipbuilders cut a silhouette of the ship from the steel which was signed by everyone in attendance.

Additionally, a second plaque was cut from the same piece of steel to commemorate Carnival’s 50th birthday.

“It’s our birthday and with today’s steel cutting for Carnival Jubilee, this is a great way to honor the accomplishments of Carnival Cruise Line’s first 50 years and to celebrate the excitement ahead,”

Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line’s President

Carnival Cruise Line’s Thrid Excel-Class Cruise Ship

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Once completed, Carnival Jubilee will have an internal volume of 182,800 GT and a length of 344.5 meters.

The ship will become the third LNG-based cruise ship in Carnival’s fleet. Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) burns cleaner than traditional diesel ship engines and allows for a reduction of up to 20% of fossil fuel emissions. The technology is pioneered by Carnival Corporation and is a popular choice for powering new cruise ships.

Jubilee follows in the hugely successful launch of sister ship Mardi Gras in 2021. Her second sister ship, Carnival Celebration, is scheduled for November 2022. Celebration’s launch coincides with the cruise line’s 50th-anniversary celebrations.  

First Excel-Class Cruise Ship for Meyer Werft

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Carnival originally planned to construct two Excel-class ships for its cruise line with the third dedicated for German-based AIDA Cruises. However, following the huge success of Mardi Gras, the cruise line switched the build from AIDA to Carnival Cruise Line.

So, while the first two Excel-class ships were built at Meyer Turku in Finland, Carnival Jubilee will be built at the famous Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.

“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,”

Jan Meyer, Meyer Werft’s managing director

Despite the change in build location, Jubilee will feature the same exciting thrills and amenities that passengers love on Mardi Gras. Highlights include the Bolt rollercoaster, six themed zones, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse, and the two-story RedFrog Tiki Bar.

Marcello De Lio
Marcello De Lio

Marcello's been cruising since he was 12 years old. He loves the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. Marcello created High Seas Cruising to share his passion for cruising and travel with readers and grow a community of passionate voyagers.

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