German cruise shipbuilder Meyer Werft announced that it has delivered the world’s first LNG-fueled cruise ship to AIDA Cruises, part of Carnival. ‘AIDANova’ is the largest cruise ship ever built in Germany, setting new standards in terms of environmental sustainability as the LNG technology is expected to significantly reduce emissions.
The ship’s delivery was scheduled for delivery in mid-November, however delivery was delayed due to complexity of innovative technical developments, the shipbuilder had explained.
Before the ship was handed over, AIDANova had proven its seaworthiness during three sea trials on the North Sea when many technical and nautical systems were put to the test.
AIDAnova is 337 meters long and 42 meters wide, while it will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers.
AIDAnova is the first of three new ships for the AIDA brand. The other ships with a rating of over 183,000 GRT and capacity for more than 2,500 cabins each will be reinforcing the AIDA fleet at the end of 2021 and 2023. Six other ships for Carnival Corporation for other brands of the group have already been ordered in Papenburg and with Meyer Turku.