AIDAnova Begins Its First Voyage

AIDAnova
Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft

In the evening hours of October 8, AIDA Cruises’ newest ship AIDAnova left the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, to be transferred on the river Ems to Eemshaven in the Netherlands.

During the Ems-transfer, AIDAnova passed the dock gate in Papenburg, the Friesen-bridge near Weener followed by the Jann-Berghaus-bridge in Leer.

After the passage of the Ems barrier Gandersum, the 180,000-ton ship is expected to arrive in Emden and moor in Eemshaven on Wednesday morning, according to the vessel’s transfer plan published by Meyer Werft.

Following AIDAnova’s arrival in Eemshaven, final fit-out and sea trials will be carried out.

AIDAnova, which is the world’s first cruise ship fueled on low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG), was christened at the abovementioned yard in August this year, following its float-out.

From December 2018, AIDAnova will begin its maiden season with cruises around the Canary Islands. Before those cruises get underway, the new ship will come to Hamburg. On December 2, 2018, the newbuilding will visit the Hanseatic City on the Elbe, after which it will head for Gran Canaria.

Featuring a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters, AIDAnova is able to accommodate 6,600 passengers.

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