German cruise line AIDA Cruises took delivery of AIDAprima, its first newbuild of a new ship generation, from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Nagasaki on March 14.
AIDAprima, the 11th cruise ship in the AIDA fleet, left Nagasaki and is currently on its way to Hamburg, where it will be homeported from April 30, 2016.
From there, the new ship, featuring a length of 300 meters and a width of over 37 meters, will conduct seven-day round trips to Western Europe.
“With our new flagship and the three newbuilds to follow, the company will continue to provide important growth impulses for the German cruise market. We are once again charting new territory by being the first German cruise line to offer cruises starting from Germany the whole year round,” Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, said.
Built to accommodate 3300 guests and over 900 crew members, AIDAprima will be christened on May 7 on the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary.
The ship is equipped with Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System which enhances fuel efficiency, as well as other such as a pod propulsion system, liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel supply system, the latest gas emissions treatment system, and a new air-conditioning system.
Construction of the second of the two ships will now be streamlined leveraging the knowledge gained from building the AIDAprima, MHI said.