New era for the cruise industry: delivery of the world’s first LNG cruise ship

12 December 2018

Today in Bremerhaven, MEYER WERFT from Papenburg handed over the world’s first LNG (liquid natural gas) cruise ship to AIDA Cruises (Rostock). The largest cruise ship ever built in Germany will be setting new standards in terms of environmental compatibility with its innovative LNG technology. The emissions produced by the ship will be cut drastically by using the clean fuel LNG.

Before the ship was handed over, AIDANova had proven its seaworthiness during three sea trials on the North Sea when many technical and nautical systems were successfully put to the test. The engine room unit with the modern power station supplying energy for all the ship and hotel operations was made at NEPTUN WERFT in Warnemünde. The four very low-emission dual fuel engines came from Caterpillar (Kiel/Rostock) and can run 100% on LNG both at sea and in port.

AIDAnova is the first of three new ships for the AIDA brand. The other ships with a rating of over 183,000 GRT and capacity for more than 2,500 cabins each will be reinforcing the AIDA fleet at the end of 2021 and 2023. Six other ships for Carnival Corporation (Miami) for other brands of the group have already been ordered in Papenburg and with MEYER TURKU.

Technical equipment and organization systems for the very best in entertainment concepts are standard for cruise ships from Papenburg. Besides numerous entertainment possibilities, many other technical systems on board the ship help to protect the environment, illustrated clearly by features such as the electric pod drive, improved hydrodynamics, heat recovery or extensive water cleaning systems.

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New ground was broken in building AIDAnova with many technical innovations. The shipyard received support and assistance in the form of innovation grants from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the state of Lower Saxony.


From left: Felix Eichhorn (President AIDA Cruises), Boris Becker (AIDA Captain), Michael Thamm (CEO Costa Crociere), Tim Meyer (Managing Director MEYER WERFT) und Bernard Meyer (Managing Director MEYER WERFT). Image by Meyer Werft GmbH



Main data AIDAnova
Tonnage: 183.900 GRT
Overall length: 337,00 m
Width: 42 m
Number of decks: 20
Draught: 8,60 m
Machine output: gesamt 61.760 kW
Propulsion power: 37.000 kW
Speed: 17 kn
Passengers: 5228
No. of passenger cabins: 2626
Crew: ca. 1500
Theatre seating capacity: ca.1.100
No. of restaurants: 17
No. of bars/lounges: 17
Total weight of applied paint: ca. 350 t
Total length of installed cables: 2.500 km
Flag: Italien
Class: RINA
Diameter of the propellers: 5,2 m
Weight of each propeller: 13,2 to
Carpet: 65.000m²
Parquet flooring: 2.500 m²
PVC: 14.100m²
Tiles : 16.000m²
Glass for the exterior: 4.555 m²
Glass wall (theatre): ca. 300 m²
Size of the AIDA “eye”: 140 m²
Length of the AIDA “mouth”: 16,8 m
Length of the AIDA “tail”: 196 m
Light fittings: 40.030 fittings
LED strip material: 8.000 m

Meyer Werft GmbH, press release