July 22, 2022 – With the Carnival Jubilee, Papenburg-based MEYER WERFT is building a cruise ship for the Miami-based cruise brand Carnival for the first time. If everything goes according to plan, the third ship in the “Excel Class” will depart from Galveston, Texas in November 2023 on seven-day Caribbean cruises.
The MEYER shipyard group at the Finnish site in Turku had previously been commissioned to build two Excel-class ships. In 2020, MEYER TURKU delivered the Mardi Gras to Carnival. The Carnival Celebration will follow in the current year. The new building was originally intended for another company in the world's largest cruise group. In response to the corona pandemic and the associated crisis, Carnival and the shipyard group agreed to change the design and move from the Finnish to the Papenburg shipyard location. The shipyard emphasizes that for the first time a ship design was transferred from MEYER TURKU to MEYER WERFT "in record time".
Sister Ship Mardi Gras - Photo © Carnival Corporation
The three Excel-class ships are powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Carnival Corporation justifies the use of LNG with the company's progressive (self-)commitment to sustainability and the reduction of harmful emissions. The ships, measured with more than 182.000 GT, are completely tailored to the needs of American guests. The Carnival Jubilee has many of the features that passengers have come to expect from Mardi Gras. This includes “BOLT”, the first roller coaster on the high seas. The two vehicles reach speeds of 60 kilometers per hour. The track length is 220 meters. The capacity of the vehicles is 190 passengers per hour. More updates will be reported later.
Carnival Jubilee - Keel Laid - Photo © Carnival Corporation
The keel-laying of the first 375-ton steel block and the placing of the traditional lucky coins took place in the presence of the shipyard's senior director Bernard Meyer, the president of Carnival Cruise Line, Christine Duffy and the senior vice president of Newbuilds Carnival Cruise Line, Ben Clement. In appreciation of the future Galveston location, Ms. Duffy and her companions wore hard hats in the form of cowboy hats.
Carnival Jubilee will feature on their seven-day Caribbean cruises Cozumel and Costa Maya call at destinations in Mexico and on Isla Roatan, which belongs to Honduras.