The latest addition to the AIDA Cruises fleet, AIDAnova set sail on its maiden voyage from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain on 19 December 2018.
The ship was delivered to AIDA Cruises by the Meyer Werft shipyard on 12 December 2018 in Bremerhaven, Germany. AIDAnova was originally due to be delivery to the cruise line in November but due to continued delays some cruises had to be cancelled as a result.
The maiden voyage which departed from Tenerife, Spain is a seven-night cruise around the Canary Islands and Madeira. As the ship left port fireworks lit up the night sky in celebration of the special occasion. Also in port was the oldest ship in the AIDA Cruises fleet, AIDAcara which was built in 1996.
AIDAnova is the world’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered cruise ship. At 183,900 gross tonnes new ship is the largest ever built for the cruise line and the largest constructed by partner company, Carnival Corporation.
The ship includes a wide variety of features including the first 360-degree stage in the population theatrium, with more than ten LED walls and a ‘magic tunnel’ for spectacular artist performances. Four Elements atop the ship towards the stern includes a climbing wall, waterslides and a beach club.
AIDAnova also boasts a large 3,500-square-metre spa, outdoor gym and numerous swimming pools and whirlpools. The ship also offers guests 17 restaurants and 23 bars and lounges to choose from.
Accommodation consists of 21 different categories, from standard inside cabins to a two-deck-high Penthouse suite. The ship also has a number of single cabins.