AIDAnova is a cruise ship built by Meyer Werft GmbH in Papenburg, Germany under contract from Carnival Corporation for AIDA Cruises. The first of the new Excellence-class ships, she was launched on 21 August 2018 and delivered on 12 December 2018.

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AIDAnova at Meyer Werft, August 2018
OperatorAIDA Cruises
Port of registryGenoa,  Italy
BuilderMeyer Werft
Laid down6 September 2017
Launched21 August 2018
Christened31 August 2018
Completed12 December 2018
In service19 December 2018
General characteristics
Class and typeExcellence-class cruise ship
Displacement87,306 tons[3]
Length337 m (1,105 ft 8 in)[1]
Beam42 m (137 ft 10 in)[3]
Height69.3 m (227 ft 4 in)[2]
Draught8.8 m (28 ft 10 in)[1]
Speed17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)[4]
  • 5,252 (double occupancy)[4]
  • 6,654 (max passengers)[3]

She has one sister ship scheduled for delivery in 2021.[5][6]

General informationEdit

The ship is the first cruise ship in the world that can operate completely using liquefied natural gas (LNG), like the cruiseferry Viking Grace.[7][8][9]

AIDAnova has four dual-fuel hybrid engines, which can use either LNG or traditional fuel oil.[7]

Her delivery was marred by delays; complications arose from her engineering being the first-of-its-kind for a ship of her scale. In October 2018, the first postponement was announced, cancelling all scheduled preview cruises.[10] A small fire had also broken out during its construction in the shipyard, delaying her sea trials.[10] Her maiden voyage was then scheduled for 2 December 2018 from Hamburg.[10] Later, in November 2018, a second postponement was announced.[11] Her sea trials were scheduled to begin on 16 November 2018 and all work was scheduled to be completed by 30 November 2018.[11] AIDAnova was delivered on 12 December 2018 and her maiden voyage was on 19 December 2018 for a seven-day cruise from Santa Cruz de Tenerife around the Canary Islands and Madeira.[12]

As of September 2019, AIDAnova was sailing on cruises around the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "AIDAnova (9781865)". LR Class Direct. Lloyd's Register. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Captain Boris Becker will take command of AIDAnova". 31 May 2018. Archived from the original on 29 August 2021. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "AIDAnova (9781865)". Leonardo Info. Registro Italiano Navale. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b "AIDAnova Kreuzfahrten". AIDA Cruises (in German). Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b "AIDAnova launches its premiere season with the Canary Islands & Madeira". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  6. ^ Staff, C. I. N. (23 June 2021). "Carnival Cruise Line to Get Two More Ships by 2023". Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b "AIDAnova LNG-Powered Cruise Ship".
  8. ^ Parkin, Brian; Wilkes, William & Dezem, Vanessa (20 April 2019). "Trump's LNG Push Is Helping Power German Green Cruise Liner Boom". Bloomberg.
  9. ^ "Viking Grace". Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  10. ^ a b c Staff, C. I. N. (25 October 2018). "AIDAnova Delivery Pushed Back". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  11. ^ a b Staff, C. I. N. (16 November 2018). "AIDAnova Delivery Further Pushed Back". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  12. ^ Staff, C. I. N. (12 December 2018). "AIDAnova Delivered". Retrieved 13 September 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to IMO 9781865 at Wikimedia Commons