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Galveston outlines $53m cruise terminal upgrade for Carnival Jubilee

Carnival Jubiliee will be the latest and greatest Fun Ship to sail from Port of Galveston, where Carnival has operated for more than 20 years
Galveston Wharves is investing $53m in a major expansion of Cruise Terminal 25 for Carnival Cruise Line’s LNG-powered Carnival Jubilee, set to arrive in December.

'We’re proud to have Carnival Cruise Line, our long-time cruise partner, choose Galveston as the home port for its newest ship,' said Rodger Rees, Galveston Wharves port director/CEO.

With capacity for 6,500 passengers, Carnival Jubilee is larger than the Carnival ships currently sailing from the terminal.

The two-decade-old facility will be improved to accommodate the ship and move passsengers efficiently during debarkation and embarkation.

New gangways, CBP facilities and more

Construction plans include gangway modifications, a ramp, two elevators and an escalator, as well as a new roof. The new gangways are being built in Spain. The port also will make mandated improvements to facilities used by US Customs and Border Protection.

The port will fund the cruise terminal expansion with cash reserves, a proposed bond issue and a usage agreement with Carnival.

Earlier believer in Galveston

'Carnival was the first major cruise line to homeport in Galveston more than 20 years ago. They believed in us then and believe in Galveston’s growing prominence as a top cruise port today,' Rees said.

Cruise operations will continue during the terminal upgrade project. 

The Port of Galveston is on track to set new records in 2023 as the result of more people returning to cruising, new and larger ships and the opening of a third cruise terminal, by and for Royal Caribbean International, in late 2022.