Carnival Cruise Line today notified guests booked on the first six cruises of Carnival Jubilee that, because of shipyard delays, delivery of the cruise ship has been postponed and the first cruise will now be the December 23, 2023, embarkation from Galveston, Texas.
Carnival Jubilee is under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. Meyer has notified Carnival that due to supply chain logistics and related matters, the October 2023 delivery date has been re-set for early December 2023. Carnival Jubilee will then transit directly to Galveston to operate the first guest cruise for the Christmas holiday.
Guests and travel advisors have been notified of the change. In total, the original Oct. 30, 2023 transatlantic journey from Southampton, U.K., to Galveston, and then 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.”
The LNG-fueled, 5,228-passenger Carnival Jubilee is a sister ship to Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration and the third ship in the Carnival XL class.