MS Carnival Jubilee of Carnival Cruise Line under construction at the Meyer Werft
Description: MS Carnival Jubilee of Carnival Cruise Line under construction at the Meyer Werft I Location: Papenburg I Date: September 2023 I Copyright: SHIPS@SEA

Carnival Jubilee – the new Carnival flagship takes shape

You can find all shots of the Carnival Jubilee under Views of Carnival Jubilee.

There’s something in the air here in Papenburg! It can be heard and smelled: The sounds of striking, hammering and flexing are just as easy to perceive as the smell of welding torches and fresh paint.
In front of me lies a gigantic-looking colossus at the shipyard quay: MS Carnival Jubilee is already gleaming in the typical cruise line colours of white, red and blue and, freshly painted, dazzles the eye of the spectator.
Apart from the sheer size of the ship, its figures are impressive: 18 restaurants, 20 decks high, 49 different cabin categories, 345m long, 1735 crew members, 5374 passengers and a measurement of 183,521 GT. Last but not least: On the day of the visit, there are still 47 days until the ship’s passage to the sea on the River Ems.

Insight tour of the new build

The tour, guided by Carnival’s expert staff, quickly reveals that the well-proven Meyer Werft team is hard at work in all areas of the ship. Just over 1,000 men and women give their utmost every day to hand over the mega-liner to its customer Carnival Cruise Line on time. And: they are right on schedule. Several areas of the ship are already very far advanced, or almost completed. The ship’s bridge or the Jubilee Theatre are examples, but also the Golden Mermaid Bar or the highlight of the ship, the spectacular „BOLT“ roller coaster. The first test laps on the Bavarian manufacturer’s parkour will soon be possible here. The adrenaline-hungry guests can control the speed themselves and spin at up to 60km/h over the sea high above on deck 19 and indulge in the mixture of speed rush and sea breeze. The popular fun shops are also almost finished, so that only the Carnival articles still have to be put on the racks.

Highlights of Carnival Jubilee everywhere

Anyone who is hungry on board a Carnival ship likes to visit Guy’s Burger Joint. Today, the legendary restaurant also presents itself in an advanced state of construction – apparently only the cooks are missing who sizzle the supposedly best burgers at sea. A special highlight of the Carnival Jubilee is that the burger grill is located on deck 17 and offers a fantastic open-air sea view as well as seating at the glassed-in railing.
Other areas are still being worked on intensively, and you need a good imagination to realise that out of the current hustle and bustle of cables, panels, boxes and cases, for example, the magnificent Atlantic Restaurant will emerge.

The picture in the cabins and suites is also varied: through open doors, some cabins look almost ready for the first guests to move in, while others still need furniture, lamps and TV sets. But any worries are unfounded here too: I see several shipyard workers carrying boxes of new TV sets and the like through the corridors to the cabins. They are working non-stop on the construction progress and those who know the “ Makers on the Ems“ from Meyerwerft know that they know how to keep their promises of deadlines and quality. „Made in Germany“ still really means something in Papenburg.

Lone Star rider for Texas by Carnival

After her passage over the Ems in late autumn, the new flagship will be taken to Emshaven for final outfitting and will set off from here on her trial voyages before travelling on the transatlantic – incidentally still without passengers – towards her home port of Galveston. The Jubilee is visibly committed to the Texan cruise capital from afar: the distinctive Texan Lone Star is emblazoned impressively large on the bow and fits seamlessly into the ship’s enormous dimensions.

In the speech with the Carnival CEO

For the date of the first presentation of the Jubilee, none other than Carnival CEO Christine Duffy did not miss the opportunity to travel to Papenburg/Germany. In a talk with Stephan from SHIPS@SEA, the sympathetic American explained further highlights of the new flagship in addition to details on the construction progress, which remains on schedule: The sustainable LNG-powered luxury liner will set sail on eight-day voyages to the Western Caribbean from December 2023, calling at destinations such as Isla Roatan, Costa Maya and Cozumel. During the weekly rotating cruises, three sea days will provide ample opportunity to sample the many amenities of the modern and versatile ship.


With MS Carnival Jubilee, Carnival Cruise Line complements the very successful MS Mardi Gras, which has entered service already. The first cruise ship built for Carnival in Germany sets new standards with its environmentally friendly LNG propulsion.
In addition to the very extensive cabin selection, the new Jubilee brings proven and popular features such as the Carnival Aqua-Parc or the BOLT roller coaster to the seven seas. With Carnival Jubilee, Carnival Cruise Line will be able to seamlessly continue the success of its predecessor ships – that is beyond doubt.

Carnival’s motto „Choose Fun“ has been the motto of the world’s largest cruise line for decades and will perfectly follow the lived tradition of the earlier ships also on the latest newbuild: The hardware for future dream cruises is almost completed; it will not be long before the final touches are applied to the ship in the form of the „software human“. Then the unlimited fun on board in a casual atmosphere can finally begin.
Ahoy Carnival Jubilee.

Sweet Delight: Impressive Jubilee!

Advertising: SHIPS@SEA visited MS Carnival Jubilee at the invitation of Carnival Cruise Line and with the kind support of the agency INEX Communications GmbH and Inter-Connect GmbH.



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