The first AIDA Cruises ship to use LNG is scheduled to leave Meyer Werft's covered building dock August 21.
AIDAnova is the first cruise ship in the world that will be operated both at sea and in port on LNG, using 4 dual-fuel Caterpillar engines.
On leaving the building dock, the vessel will berth at the outfitting pier of the shipyard where her mast and funnel cladding are to be fitted, along with interior fitting out. Additionally, ship's engines will be tested using LNG. Approx 1,400 members of the crew will shortly be commencing onboard training.
The passage of AIDAnova along the river Ems to North Sea for sea trials is scheduled for the end of next month. The 5,200-passenger liner will be welcoming her first passengers onboard in the middle of November, immediately following delivery. AIDAnova will feature more than 2,600 guest cabins, with a GT of over 180,000, a length of 1,105 feet (337 meters) and a width of 138 feet (42 meters).