Carnival Jubilee is a new Excel-class cruise ship under construction for Carnival Cruise Line. Credit: Carnival Cruise Line.
The vessel is the third LNG-powered ship for Carnival Cruises. Credit: Carnival Corporation.
The vessel is expected to enter service by December 2023. Credit: Carnival Corporation.

Carnival Jubilee is a new Excel-class cruise ship currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Operated by Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Jubilee will be the cruise liner’s first ship built in Germany and its third liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ship.

The project also marks the first ship design transferred from Meyer Turku to Meyer Werft. The steel cutting and keel laying ceremonies for the new ship were held in March and July 2022, respectively.

Carnival Jubilee is a sister ship to Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration. She is expected to be delivered by December 2023 and will set sail on her maiden voyage from Galveston, Texas, US, in the same month.

Design and features

Carnival Jubilee will measure 344.4m long with a beam width of 41.7m and gross tonnage of 183,521t. The vessel will be able to accommodate up to 5,374 guests and feature 19 decks.

Like her sister ships, Carnival Jubilee will be LNG powered, with an engine power output of 61.8MW providing 37MW of propulsion power and a cruising speed of 17k.

Carnival Jubilee will share many features with her sister ships, but also have unique designs and signature venues of her own. The vessel will feature a three-deck atrium overlooking the ocean on the starboard side. The convertible atrium will be able to serve as an entertainment venue at night.

Accommodation on board Carnival Jubilee

Carnival Jubilee will feature up to 2,626 passenger cabins spread across more than 20 different stateroom categories and divided into Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Suites.

The Interior stateroom category will feature the Interior, Havana Interior, Cloud 9 Spa Interior, Family Harbor Interior and Premium Interior rooms. The Havana Interior staterooms are for 12 years and above only and will offer exclusive access to the Havana pool area, while the Cloud 9 Spa Interior will provide exclusive spa perks. The Family Harbor Interior will offer exclusive access to the Family Harbor Lounge as well as a free evening of babysitting services. The Premium Interior and Interior staterooms will offer a luxurious stay at affordable prices.

The Ocean View stateroom category will include the Cloud 9 Spa Ocean View with exclusive spa perks and Ocean View staterooms with picturesque views of the ocean. The Family Harbor Ocean View will come with exclusive access to the Family Harbor Lounge, which includes breakfast, board games and snacks, and a free evening of babysitting services.

The Balcony stateroom categories will include the Havana Cabana and Havana Extended Cabana, both featuring an outdoor patio and exclusive access to the Havana Pool area. The Cloud 9 Spa Forward-View Extended Balcony rooms will feature bow-facing, larger-than-standard balconies and, along with the Cloud 9 Spa Balcony and Cloud 9 Spa Balcony Cove rooms, offer exclusive spa perks.

The Balcony categories will also include the Premium-View Extended Balcony, Extended Balcony, Balcony, Junior Balcony and Cove Balcony staterooms.

Carnival Jubilee will also feature 11 Suite room categories, with the largest being the Carnival Excel Presidential Suite, which will include a separate bedroom, walk-in closet, lighted vanity, sectional sofa and dining area with wet bar.

The Carnival Excel staterooms will be spread across the Suite, Aft Suite, Corner Suite and Corner Suite (Split Balcony). The other Suite staterooms will include the Cloud 9 Spa Suite, Ocean Suite, Ocean Suite (Extended Balcony) and Family Harbor Ocean View Suite.

Entertainment venues

Carnival Jubilee will share many of the features offered on her sister ships, including the award-winning, at-sea BOLT roller coaster and WaterWorks, Carnival Cruise’s on-board waterpark.

The ship will also feature the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, where adults can relax and enjoy the venue’s associated bar.

The Punchliner Comedy Club will offer a variety of shows for all ages, while the Playlist Productions venue will showcase musical productions with different genres of music. Carnival Jubilee will also feature Family Feud Live, which will host four unique games on every sailing.

Bar and dining options

The poolside RedFrog Tiki Bar will span two decks and offer drinks for adults aged 21 and above. The Havana Bar, with its Cuban-inspired design, will be open for guests of all ages and offer great ocean views. The bar will offer authentic Cuban recipes, including café Cubano and handcrafted Cuban cocktails.

The Italian-themed Cucina del Capitano will offer guests coursed dinner service, from antipasti, entrées and pasta to desserts, in a family-oriented setting. Rudi’s Seagrill, the brainchild of master chef Rudi Sodamin, will be another dinner venue.

Guests will be able to dine at Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse/Brewhouse, which offers drinks brewed on board alongside food that includes brisket, sausage, baby back ribs, salmon and dry-rubbed chicken with classic side dishes. Meanwhile, Guy’s Burger Joint is located poolside and will serve hot burgers and hand-cut fries at lunch.

The Bonsai Teppanyaki will serve lunch and dinner with a curated selection of traditional tastes and appetisers. The Bonsai Sushi will be an on-board seafood-and-soy-sauce dining venue for sushi, sashimi, rolls and soups.

Chibang will feature Chinese and Mexican delicacies, while Seafood Shack will be a seafood venue with a New England seaside spot theme. The Steakhouse will feature premium beef cuts along with a wide selection of seafood, entrées, gourmet appetisers and wine.

The Excel-class cruise ship will also feature former professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken restaurant, which will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Carnival Jubilee itinerary

Carnival Jubilee’s itinerary will include seven-day Western Caribbean cruise vacations with stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, as well as in Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Honduras.