In 2023, the German market leader for cruises vacation
will put another ship of its new generation into service. AIDAnova, the first
newbuilt of this ship class, will join AIDA Cruises' fleet this autumn. She
will then be followed by the two sister ships of this series in spring of 2021
and in 2023. Thanks to this substantial expansion of its range of holiday
offers over the next five years, AIDA Cruises will give the tourism market new
impulses for growth and meet the strong increasing demand for cruise vacations.
"On board our ships, which travel the most beautiful
destinations worldwide, we offer the greatest holiday variety on the German
market with a complete package of culture, entertainment, sports, wellness and
culinary delights. The interest in AIDAnova, the first ship of our new
generation, is enormous, even before the commissioning in autumn this year. With
today's new building contract, we will ensure the further growth of the cruise
market in the long term and will be able to provide exciting offers for this
steadily growing holiday segment in the future as well. Thanks to an even wider
variety on board, we are opening up completely new possibilities for attracting
new target groups across generations for this unique holiday experience", said Felix
Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises.
Starting with AIDAnova, the next generation ship class
will combine innovations with further developments of successful product
features already offered on board the existing fleet. More than 40 different restaurants
and bars on board entice guests to enjoy new worlds of gastronomic experiences
and set culinary trends. Versatile entertainment offerings, such as the
enhanced theatrium, a ship's own TV studio or new event restaurants will
inspire. Guests have the choice between more than 20 different cabin types – from
the Penthouse Suite to generously sized family staterooms or single staterooms
with a balcony.
At the same time, the company is affirming its
commitment to the environment and relying on "Made in Germany" with the
construction of another ship at the yard Meyer Werft in Papenburg, that can be
run entirely on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Tim Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft: "This is the
tenth AIDA ship we are building in Papenburg, emphasizing a long-term partnership
between AIDA and Meyer Werft. AIDAnova and the following two sister ships are
featuring the latest technology focusing on sustainability and energy
Over the course of the coming years, AIDA Cruises will
be investing more than three billion euros into the expansion of its fleet. With each new ship, AIDA Cruises
generates around 2,000 quality jobs on board and ashore and further provides
many thousands of highly-qualified jobs in German and European shipbuilding and
in the domestic supply industry.
The new construction, which will have more than
180,000 gross tons and an estimated 2,700 staterooms, is already the ninth LNG
cruise ship being built at the shipyards of Meyer Werft in Germany and Finland
for four of the nine cruise lines owned by Carnival Corporation & plc, the
world's largest leisure travel corporation and parent company of AIDA Cruises.
AIDA Cruises will take delivery of AIDAnova from Meyer
Werft on November 15, 2018 in Bremerhaven. Before the maiden voyage of
AIDAnova, which will depart from Hamburg on December 2, 2018 towards the Canary
Islands, guests can experience the new flagship at exclusive pre-premieres.
In its debut season, starting mid-December 2018,
AIDAnova will be traveling on seven-day cruises to the Canary Islands and
Madeira, which, thanks to year-round pleasant temperatures, varied landscapes
and short flying times, are among the top holiday destinations for Germans.
Find out more at www.aida.de/genaumeinurlaub. The
AIDAnova cruises can be booked at travel agencies, the AIDA Customer Center at
+49 (0)381/202 707 07, or at www.aida.de.