The delivery of AIDA’s largest cruise ship yet, the 183,900 gross tonne AIDAnova has been further delayed.
The vessel is now expected to set sail on its inaugural cruise on 19 December 2018. All scheduled cruise prior to this date have been cancelled.
The new ship, which was constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, was previously delayed. As a result, a number of preview cruises had to be cancelled. AIDAnova was then expected to depart on its maiden voyage on 02 December 2018 from Hamburg.
The latest delay has seen the maiden voyage from Hamburg now also cancelled and the ship is now expected to depart of its first cruise from Tenerife on 19 December 2018.
In a statement, Meyer Werft said: "The new cruise ship AIDAnova is a particularly complex and innovative prototype. The completion of the ship has been further delayed. The shipyard is working hard to complete all work and testing by November 30."
AIDAnova is now expected to be delivered to the cruise line in December 2018, ahead of the first cruise on 19 December 2018.
The ship will set sail on its next sea trails in the North Sea on 16 November 2018.