AIDAprima is a new cruise ship 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 2014.
The ship was delivered in March 2016 and was christened in May 2016. The second vessel was delivered in April 2017.
AIDAprima embarked on her maiden voyage in March 2016, sailing from Yokohama, Japan, to Hamburg, Germany. The cruise vessel then started sailing 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 is 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 similar to an ‘air carpet’, thereby decreasing friction between the hull and seawater when sailing. MALS reduces carbon dioxide and fuel consumption by approximately 7%.
The ship is fitted with a detailed filter system, which reduces 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. Classified under the DNV GL class, the gross tonnage of the cruise ship is 124,500t.
Accommodation facilities on-board the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-built ship
The new cruise ship features 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 features Lanai staterooms, which 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 has 53m² of living space with up to 82m² of private sun deck. Each suite features 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 is the weather-independent, transparent UV-permeable membrane dome of the AIDA Beach Club. The almost invisible dome-shaped membrane allows 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, provides care for children aged six months and above, as well as Kids and Teen Clubs.
Other highlights of the cruise ship include a 45m-high glass skywalk 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 includes a Body & Soul Organic Spa, saunas, indoor and outdoor pools and a tepidarium.
The AIDA Plaza comprises shops and bars and can be transformed into a stage for street artists and meetings. There is also an expanded theatrium, which houses 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 has a variety of dining options, including 13 restaurants and 18 bars. It features 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 offers currywurst recipes.
Guests on-board can also visit the AIDA cooking school where chefs 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 features 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 are equipped with pistons from Rheinmetall.
The propulsion system includes 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 supplied high-end convertible sofa-beds for 900 cabins and 32 suites.
Elomatic 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.