Meyer Werft pushes back delivery of LNG-powered Carnival Jubilee

Germany’s Meyer Werft has delayed delivery of the LNG-powered vessel, Carnival Jubilee, owned by Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, for about two months.

The Papenburg-based shipbuilder started building this LNG-powered ship in March this year and held a keel-laying ceremony in July.

Meyer Werft previously planned to deliver the 344.5 meters long newbuilding in October 2023.

However, the shipbuilder has notified Carnival Cruise Line, a unit Of Carnival, that the delivery had been pushed back.

“Due to supply chain logistics and related matters, the October 2023 delivery date has been re-set for early December 2023,” Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement issued on Friday.

Carnival Jubilee would then transit directly to Galveston to operate the first guest cruise for the Christmas holiday, departing on December 23, 2023, it said.

In total, the original October 30, 2023 transatlantic journey from Southampton, UK to Galveston, and then five Caribbean sailings from Galveston have been cancelled.

To remind, the US cruise line said in June last year it took over the newbuilding slot originally reserved for its Germany-based sister firm AIDA Cruises, also a unit of Carnival, at the Meyer Werft yard.

The vessel is part of the Carnival’s Excel-class design first delivered by the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

Meyer Turku delivered Mardi Gras in 2020, followed by Carnival Celebration in 2022.

Carnival Cruise Line recently christened the new LNG-powered flagship, Carnival Celebration, at its PortMiami homeport.

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