As Meyer Werft said, AIDAnova is a very complex, innovative ship with many new technical developments. It also presents a challenge for commissioning and testing.

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For this reason, and as the shipyard wanted to thoroughly test all systems to ensure smooth operation for the ship, it announced that 'the scheduling of these tests can no longer be kept due to the current configuration status'.

As a result, the start of the first long sea trials and the delivery of AIDAnova will be delayed.

Managing Director Tim Meyer, commented on the occasion:

We very much regret this date change. For MEYER WERFT it is very important that we can thoroughly test and test the ship and finish it in the usual high quality and hand it over to the shipping company AIDA Cruises.

For its part, AIDA Cruises said that despite the delay in delivery, the LNG-fueled vessel will start its maiden voyage as scheduled on December 2 from Hamburg to the Canary Islands.