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Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has postponed the delivery of its first large sized next-generation cruise ship to Carnival’s German-based cruise operator AIDA Cruises by three more months to December.

Originally, the delivery was scheduled for September, but the ship is still in construction phase at MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works.

A statement posted on MHI’s website read as: “The new schedule was decided working closely with AIDA Cruises to ensure delivery of a first-class passenger ship of the very highest levels of quality, comfort and entertainment.

“MHI is constructing two new-generation cruise ships for AIDA Cruises, bringing together its full complement of shipbuilding technologies accumulated to date.”

Claimed to be the largest ships ever constructed for AIDA, the vessels will have a holding capacity of 3,300 passengers with 124,500 gross tonnage.

“The new schedule was decided working closely with AIDA Cruises to ensure delivery of a first-class passenger ship.”

According to MHI, the cruise ships will offer all comfort and entertainment features for a better passenger experience and are being equipped with advanced technologies to ensure optimum safety with better fuel efficiency.

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The advanced environmental technologies include the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), which is expected to reduce fuel consumption by about 7% and cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through the use of a layer of air bubbles blown from the vessel’s bottom.

The order for two new AIDA ships follows MHI’s successful delivery of two 116,000t ships for Carnival’s Princess Cruises.

Costa Crociere, a member of Carnival, comprises of the brands Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Iberocruceros.

Image: The first new-generation AIDA cruise ship is scheduled for delivery in December 2015. Photo: courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.