AIDAnova will be the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ship, and is currently under construction at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for Carnival Corporation’s German cruise line AIDA Cruises.

It is the first of seven next-generation LNG-powered cruise ships ordered by leisure travel company Carnival and represents the 13th vessel in the AIDA fleet.

The contract for the construction of the AIDAnova ship was awarded in June 2015, while the keel-laying ceremony was held at Meyer Werft’s shipyard at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg in September 2017.

The vessel’s delivery is currently scheduled for August 2018.

AIDAnova is expected to operate a seven-day vacation cruise to Madeira and the Canary Islands from December 2018, covering such locations as Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

AIDAnova design and features

The AIDAnova LNG-powered cruise ship features a ‘green cruising’ design and is being built in compliance with the rules of classification society RINA.

It incorporates a number of innovative designs with regards to amenities, entertainment and dining.

The ship has a length of 337m, a width of 42m and a maximum draught of 8.8m.

The vessel can carry up to 1,500 crew members and features a gross weight of 183,900t.

It can accommodate up to 5,200 passengers in 2,600 staterooms, which include 31 suites, 312 interior cabins, 198 ocean-view cabins and 1,655 balcony cabins.

AIDAnova features 5,000 lower berths and the ship’s staterooms will be available in 21 different categories, including double or family cabins, single cabins, verandas and junior suites with a light-flooded winter garden, as well as premium or penthouse suites with an area of up to 53m².

A number of family cabins equipped with guest-friendly features will be located on decks 15, 16 and 17, while deck 16 will also be outfitted with a mini club, a kids club and a spacey wave club.

A luxury day spa spanning an area of 3,545m² will be situated across two decks and provide guests with sea views. It will feature five different saunas, two private wellness suites and a tepidarium.

In addition, a spacious sun deck will offer with three outdoor Jacuzzis and more than 80 spa treatments.

Passengers will also have access to the latest equipment available at the ship’s modern fitness centre, which will feature both indoor and outdoor areas.

The ship’s other features will include three giant water slides, a water park, a climbing garden and a mini golf course, as well as a wide range of public areas and deck spaces for relaxing.

Dining facilities

The LNG-powered ship will have a total of 17 restaurants, including six à la carte restaurants, five specialty restaurants, five buffet restaurants and one snack bar.

It will offer multiple dining options with a wide range of culinary delights in specialty restaurants and snack bar, while buffet restaurants will serve drinks to the guests.

The ship’s Lanai deck is to be equipped with restaurants and bars and a Lanai Bar at the stern, which will allow the guests to stroll around the entire ship.

The pool deck has been designed to feature a lightweight construction and will be located on the roof of the ship.

“The ship’s staterooms will be available in 21 different categories, including double or family cabins, single cabins, verandas and junior suites with a light-flooded winter garden.”

Additionally, the ship will comprise 23 bars in order to provide guests with a wide range of refreshing drinks, coffee specialties and cocktails.

AIDAnova cruise ship propulsion and performance

AIDAnova will be capable of operating both in port and on the open sea using four Caterpillar dual-fuel hybrid engines.

The engines will be driven by environmentally friendly LNG, which reduces harmful emissions.

The propulsion system will also include four marine diesel generators to generate electricity for use by the ship’s various onboard systems.