In 2023, AIDA Cruises will take delivery of the third vessel in a new series of LNG powered cruise ships, which was ordered this week at Meyer Werft.
‘AIDAnova’, the first newbuild of this class, will join AIDA Cruises’ fleet this autumn. She will then be followed by the two sisterships in spring of 2021 and 2023.
“The interest in ‘AIDAnova’, the first ship of our new generation, is enormous, even before the commissioning in autumn this year. With today’s newbuilding contract, we will ensure the further growth of the cruise market in the long term and will be able to provide exciting offers for this steadily growing holiday segment in the future as well. Thanks to an even wider variety on board, we are opening up completely new possibilities for attracting new target groups across generations for this unique holiday experience,” said Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises.
The company said that it had confirmed its commitment to the environment and relying on ‘Made in Germany’ with the construction of another ship at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, that can be run entirely on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Tim Meyer, Meyer Werft managing director, said: “This is the 10th AIDA ship we are building in Papenburg, emphasising a long-term partnership between AIDA and Meyer Werft. ‘AIDAnova’ and the following two sister ships are featuring the latest technology focusing on sustainability and energy efficiency.”
Over the course of the coming years, AIDA Cruises claimed it will be investing more than €3 bill into the expansion of its fleet. With each new ship, AIDA Cruises generates around 2,000 jobs on board and ashore and further provides many thousands of jobs in German and European shipbuilding and in the domestic supply industry.
The new ship ordered this week, will be more than 180,000gt with an estimated 2,700 staterooms, is the ninth LNG powered cruise ship being built at the shipyards of Meyer Werft in Germany and Finland for four of the nine cruise lines owned by Carnival Corp, parent company of AIDA Cruises.
AIDA Cruises will take delivery of ‘AIDAnova’ from Meyer Werft on 15th November, 2018 in Bremerhaven.