Carnival Corporation has signed a shipbuilding contract for a third next-generation cruise ship for its growing AIDA Cruises brand, the leading cruise line in Germany. Scheduled for delivery in 2023, the new 180,000-ton ship, being built by leading German shipbuilder Meyer Werft GmbH at its shipyard in Papenburg, will include an estimated 2,700 staterooms and other onboard features. Featuring Carnival Corporation’s exclusive “green cruising” design and the marine industry’s most advanced fuel technology, the ship will also be fully powered at sea and in port by LNG, the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, which will significantly reduce air emissions.
With today’s announcement, AIDA Cruises now has a total of 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 the spring of 2021.
The three next-generation LNG ships for AIDA Cruises are part of Carnival Corporation’s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy with 20 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2023.
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. The use of LNG for ship power prevents emissions of particulate matter and sulfur oxides almost entirely at sea and in port. It also significantly reduces the emission of nitrogen oxides and CO2.