Construction has started on what will be the largest cruise ship ever built for the German cruise operator, AIDA Cruises.
The steel cutting ceremony for the new 180,000 gross tonne Helio-class ship took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 21 February 2017.
Fuelled by Liquified Natural Gas, the new ship will be the cleanest cruise ship to ever sail, when it launches in December 2018. A sister ship is also scheduled to launch in 2021.
The ship will accommodate up to 6,600 passengers in 2,500 cabins. It will feature a range of accommodation, including dedicated family cabins, single cabins and luxury suites. Passenger amenities on board will include 23 bars and a choice of 15 restaurants.
The new ship will be based in the Canary Islands during its inagrual season, operating seven-night cruises from Gran Canaria, which will visit Madeira, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.