AIDAprima Cruise Ship, Germany
AIDAprima is a cruise ship being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for the German cruise operator AIDA Cruises. MHI was awarded a contract to build two new generation cruise ships for AIDA Cruises in August 2011.
Construction on the first cruise ship began with the keel laying ceremony, held in the Tategami Plant of MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works in June 2013. The cruise ship touched water for the first time in May this year.
The ship will be christened AIDAprima before its scheduled delivery in March 2015.
The second vessel will be delivered in March 2016.
AIDAprima is expected to embark on her maiden voyage from October 2015, sailing from the Japanese city of Yokohama to Hamburg, Germany. The cruise vessel will be the first to sail from the German port of Hamburg all year round.
Design and features of the AIDA cruise ship
TGE Marine Gas Engineering has secured a contract from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to deliver two complete LNG fuel systems to be equipped on two new-build cruise ships.
The Hyperion Class AIDAprima will be the first cruise ship to use MHI's proprietary technology Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS). The system forms small air bubbles, which cover the bottom of the vessel like an "air carpet", thereby reducing friction between the hull and seawater when sailing. MALS reduces carbon dioxide and fuel consumption by approximately 7%.
The ship will also be fitted with a detailed filter system, which will reduce harmful emissions such as soot particles, nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide.
AIDAprima has a length of 300m, width of 37.6m and a draft of 8m. The gross tonnage of the cruise ship, which will be classified under the DNV GL class, is 124,500t.
Accommodation facilities on-board the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-built ship
The new cruise ship will feature 1,643 staterooms of 14 different categories to accommodate up to 3,300 passengers.
The luxurious Veranda staterooms vary in size, from 20m² to 2,520m², and feature walk-in closets, two bathrooms and a convertible sofa. They also have a 6m² sunning area with space for up to two sun loungers.
Deck eight of the vessel will feature Lanai staterooms, which will feature a winter garden and a large veranda. The doors to the winter garden in the rooms can be opened all the way to create a 32m² of open, sunny area.
AIDAprima's 36 Panorama staterooms provide exclusive access to a new patio deck, housing the bar, a protected sunny area and a private water landscape.
The 32 suites on-board the ship will have 53m² of living space with up to 82m² of private sun deck. Each suite will feature a separate bedroom, a king size sofa bed, two bathrooms and a walk-in closet.
AIDAprima cruise ship's on-board entertainment and recreation facilities
The most remarkable feature of the cruise ship will be the weather-independent, transparent UV-permeable membrane dome of the AIDA Beach Club. The almost invisible dome-shaped membrane will allow guests to relax in a beach atmosphere under palm trees, and serves as a screen for the projection of virtual starry skies and laser shows. Guests will be able to enjoy a multitude of activities on the 4 Elements deck, or have fun on the water slides of the AIDA Racer and enjoy other sports activities on the sports deck.
AIDA Mini Club, the first dedicated childcare facility on AIDA cruise ships, will provide care for children aged six months and above and offer Kids and Teen Clubs.
Other highlights of the cruise ship include a glass skywalk at a height of 45m at the stern of the ship, and glass elevators connecting the outer areas of the vessel.
The spas and wellness treatment venues on-board the ship will include a Body & Soul Organic Spa, saunas, indoor and outdoor pools and a tepidarium.
The AIDA Plaza will comprise of shops and bars and can be transformed into a stage for street artists and meetings. There will also be an expanded theatrium, which will house a circular stage, advanced LED technology, aerial performance equipment and an interactive floating globe.
Dining facilities of the AIDA cruise liner
The new cruise liner will have a variety of dining options, including 13 restaurants and 18 bars. It will feature some classical dining options, such as the Markt Restaurant, Bella Donna and the Fuego buffet family restaurant, and service restaurants such as French Kiss and Casa Nova serving French and Mediterranean cuisines respectively. The Scharfe Ecke will offer currywurst recipes.
Guests on-board can also visit the AIDA cooking school where chefs will offer interactive cooking classes.
The ship features an exclusive Spray Bar spread across two decks and operated in cooperation with Moët & Chandon. The stern side will feature the Lanai Bar on Deck 8, while guests of the Patio Bar on Deck 16 at the bow of the ship can enjoy the same view as the captain. Other bars include the nightclub Nightfly, club D6 and M Bar, as well as Tapas & Bar.
Engine and propulsion of the AIDAprima
The cruise ship is fitted with three MaK 12V M43C main engines and one MaK M46DF dual-fuel marine engine, burning gas, marine diesel oil or heavy fuel oil. The three diesel generators of the ship will be equipped with pistons from Rheinmetall.
The propulsion system will include two new Azipod XO propulsion systems, supplied by ABB.
Contractors and suppliers involved with the AIDA cruise liner's build
The engineering drawings of passenger staircases were provided by Sance-Sandelin in collaboration with Naval Interior Team (NIT).
RANZ FERTIG will supply high-end convertible sofa-beds for about 900 cabins and 32 suites.
Elomatic has provided its expertise in co-ordinating the design of a number of fire zones on-board the ship using Nupas-Cadmatic and MHI Mates software. Elomatic is also providing coordination and supervision at the Nagasaki yard, as well as interior design for the spa area.