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New Carnival Jubilee Delivery Will Be Delayed

New Carnival Jubilee Delivery Will Be Delayed

Due to shipyard delays, delivery of Carnival’s new ship Carnival Jubilee has been postponed. Jubilee‘s first six scheduled sailings have been canceled.

On December 9, 2022, Carnival Cruise Line notified guests booked on the first six cruises of Carnival Jubilee that delivery of the new ship has been postponed. Jubilee‘s first cruise will now be the December 23, 2023 sailing from Galveston, Texas.

Why is Carnival Jubilee delayed?

Carnival Jubilee is currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. Meyer has notified Carnival that due to supply chain logistics and other related matters, the original October 2023 delivery date has been re-set for early December 2023. 

The delayed ship is Carnival Cruise Line’s first vessel built at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, though the shipyard has built four other LNG-powered ships for other cruise lines under the Carnival Corporation umbrella.

Carnival and Meyer Werft representatives at Carnival Jubilee‘s keel laying ceremony in Papenburg, Germany in July 2023 (image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Jubilee will then transit directly to Galveston to operate the first guest cruise for the Christmas holiday, departing on December 23.

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Guests booked on canceled Carnival Jubilee cruises have been notified

Carnival reports that all guests booked on the six canceled cruises, along with their travel advisors, have been notified of the change. 

In total, the original October 30, 2023 transatlantic journey from Southampton, UK to Galveston, as well as five Caribbean sailings from Galveston have been canceled.

“This is disappointing news, but with the notification from the shipyard, we are advising our guests as quickly as we can,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. 

“We appreciate their understanding as we work to deliver another spectacular ship that will provide a vacation experience our guests deserve and will absolutely love,” Duffy continued.

About Carnival Jubilee

Carnival Jubilee will be the line’s third Excel Class ship, joining her sisters Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration. Jubilee is also Carnival’s third ship to run on a liquified natural gas (LNG) technology platform.

Carnival Jubilee will be the cruise line’s third Excel Class ship (artist’s rendering courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

The new ship will share many of the same popular features guests have already experienced on Mardi Gras, including the award-winning BOLT, The Ultimate Sea Coaster.

Carnival Jubilee will sail from her homeport of Galveston, offering seven-day Western Caribbean cruises with stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, as well as Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatán), Honduras.

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Carrie Ann Karstunen