Meyer Werft held a traditional steel-cutting ceremony for AIDA's latest ship on 15 August (Image: AIDA Cruises)
Meyer Werft has cut the first piece of steel for AIDA Cruises’ second LNG-powered cruise ship at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The yet-to-be-named newbuild will begin service in spring 2021 and was designed as a sister to AIDAnova, which was the first cruise ship in the world to be fully powered by LNG. AIDA has invested around €2 billion (US$2.2 billion) to build both ships, which will produce almost not sulphur oxide or particulate matter emissions. Nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions will also be substantially reduced.
“By 2023, around half of all AIDA guests will be sailing on our state-of-the-art LNG ships that stand apart with many further technical innovations for greater efficiency, less fuel consumption and conserved resources,” said Felix Eichhorn, president of AIDA Cruises.
“At the same time, we are offering our guests onboard our ships an extraordinary variety of individual vacation options, innovative entertainment and culinary concepts that provide lasting impulses to the vacation market in Germany.”
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