VIDEO: CCL's newest ship Carnival Jubilee floated out at Meyer Werft Papenburg (Germany)

   July 24, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

CCL-Carnival Cruise Line's upcoming vessel, Carnival Jubilee, achieved a significant milestone in her construction when she gracefully emerged from the covered building dock at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. A remarkable aspect of her design was also unveiled during this momentous event: a proud Texas star prominently adorning the ship's bow.

Christine Duffy (CCL's President) spoke about the symbolic significance of the Texas star, stating that the star on Jubilee's bow was a testament to CCL's unwavering commitment to Port Galveston TX.

"As the first cruise line to sail year-round from Galveston, we have a long history with the community, and our next new ship is our latest investment in support of the local economy’s impressive growth while delivering innovative experiences for our guests."

The unveiling of the newest Carnival ship drew the attention of hundreds of spectators who gathered at the shipyard, eager to witness its grand reveal. To add to the festivities, a fun tailgate-style party was organized, featuring delectable snacks and beverages provided by CCL's partner PepsiCo.

Carnival Jubilee now enters the next phase of construction at the shipyard's outfitting pier. Over the weekend, the ship briefly set sail from the pier to conduct various tests on its bow thrusters and stabilizers. Sea trials are scheduled for November, marking another step toward the eventual launch.

As part of CCL's innovative Excel class, the newest ship will offer breathtaking features that have already impressed guests on its sisterships Mardi Gras and Celebration. Notably, she will feature the next iteration of the first-ever roller coaster at sea, BOLT: The Ultimate Seacoaster. With six exciting zones, two of which are exclusively themed to celebrate the ocean, Jubilee will provide an array of dining, beverage, and entertainment options.

Schedule for inauguration in December 2023, the liner starts year-round Western Caribbean itineraries leaving roundtrip from Texas.


Interestingly, the new Carnival Jubilee shares the name of the Carnival ship MS Jubilee (1986-built/2017-scrapped at Alang India) that first sailed from Galveston in 2002. The new Jubilee is four times larger and promising four times the fun and excitement for CCL's guests to relish.