Carnival Jubilee has successfully floated out from her construction dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.
Carnival Cruise Line‘s next new ship, Carnival Jubilee, marked a significant construction milestone as she floated out of the covered building dock at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, marking the completion of the outer hull of the 183,521 GRT (gross register ton) cruise ship.
Meyer Werft had originally announced that Carnival Jubilee would be officially floated out on the morning of July 22, 2023. However, inclement weather caused the shipyard to move the float out ahead by 12 hours.
Carnival Jubilee sports a unique symbol on her bow
The July 21 float out revealed a fun feature of Jubilee‘s design: a Texas star proudly displayed on the bow.
“The Texas star on Carnival Jubilee‘s bow is a symbol of our commitment to the Port of Galveston. 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,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“I’m looking forward to Carnival Jubilee showing off her Texas pride starting later this year,” Duffy added.
Jubilee’s float out included a tailgate party
Hundreds of people arrived at the shipyard to catch a peek at the newest Carnival ship, while also having a chance to experience a little taste of Texas. The ship’s float out was accompanied by a fantastic tailgate-style celebration, complete with refreshments from Carnival partner PepsiCo.
Carnival Jubilee will now move into the next phase of construction alongside the shipyard’s outfitting pier.
Over the weekend, Jubilee will briefly cast off from the pier to conduct various tests on the bow thrusters and stabilizers. The ship’s sea trials are scheduled for November 2023.
About Carnival Jubilee
Carnival’s newest ship is part of its groundbreaking Excel class and will offer many features already aboard her sister ships Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration—including the newest version of the first roller coaster at sea, BOLT: The Ultimate Seacoaster.
The new ship will sail Western Caribbean itineraries year-round from Galveston beginning in late December 2023—though she won’t be the first Carnival Jubilee to sail from the Texas port!
Like her sisters, the ship shares a name with a classic Carnival ship, and the first Carnival Jubilee sailed from Galveston in 2002. The new Jubilee is four times larger than her predecessor.
Carnival Jubilee will offer many food, beverage, and entertainment options throughout the ship’s six zones, two of which are unique to the ship and artistically themed to celebrate the sea.
For a behind-the-scenes peek at Jubilee‘s float out, click on the short video below:
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