Carnival Corp has signed a shipbuilding contract for a third next-generation cruise ship for its AIDA Cruises brand.
Scheduled for delivery in 2023, the 180,000-tonne ship, being built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, will feature Carnival Corp’s ‘green cruising’ design and will be powered by LNG.
With this announcement, AIDA Cruises now has three LNG ships on order. AIDAnova is scheduled to join AIDA Cruises’ fleet in December as the first ship of its new generation of LNG vessels, and the first-ever cruise ship in the world to be fully powered by LNG. The second ship of this series will be christened in 2021.
The three next-generation LNG ships for AIDA Cruises are part of Carnival Corp’s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy with 20 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2023.
AIDA Cruises president Felix Eichhorn said “The interest in AIDAnova, the first ship of our new generation, is enormous, even before the commissioning later this year. With today’s new shipbuilding contract, we will ensure the further growth of the cruise market in the long term and will be able to provide excellent cruises for this steadily growing holiday segment in the future as well.”
A Carnival statement said “With its three new LNG ships on the horizon, AIDA Cruises continues to pursue its pioneering mission of “green cruising” and sustainable operations. As of 2023, more than half of AIDA Cruises’ guests will be spending their vacation on a cruise ship that runs fully or partially on LNG.”….
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