Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises has unveiled the AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship powered by LNG at sea and in port. At 337 metres long and a capacity of 6,600, the $1.2 Billion cruise ship is the line’s largest cruise ship ever yet and currently the fifth biggest in the world.
The ship’s naming ceremony was held at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg and the celebration included a first-of-its-kind AIDA Open Air concert featuring lights and fireworks display and live musical performance by superstar DJ David Guetta in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 25,000 with additional viewers tuning in via livestream.
With considerations for the state of the environment, the AIDAnova ditches diesel for liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. It also has a rather interesting design — a huge smiling face with bold red lips painted on the front.
The ship features 23 bars, 17 restaurants, a beach club, floating TV studio, theatre, water slides, a rock climbing wall and an outdoor gym. It weighs 184,000 tonnes and also features a massive Penthouse Suite which extends over two decks and has robotic staff.
At the end of September, AIDAnova will head to Eemshaven in the Netherlands for final fittings and sea trials before being delivered to AIDA Cruises on November 15 in Bremerhaven, Germany. The ship is scheduled to make its inaugural voyage on December 2, from Germany to the Canary Islands.
Source: AIDA Cruises