Carnival Corporation celebrated the launch of its fourth new cruise ship this year, the AIDAnova. A member of its German subsidiary AIDA Cruises, the new ship marks the first cruise vessel to be powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
AIDA Cruises began investing in LNG overt ten years ago. The substance, the world’s cleanest-burning fossil fuel, significantly reduces emissions of particulate matter and sulfur oxides. In 2021 and 2023, two more ships of this new generation of vessels will join AIDA Cruises’ fleet. Between 2019 and 2025, Carnival Corporation has plans to add 10 LNG-powered ships.
AIDAnova marks the largest ship built at a German shipyard. The ship will offer 40 different restaurants and bars, including the new Time Machine restaurant, a new seafood venue called Ocean’s, the Teppanyaki Asia Grill, the Rock Box Bar and more. Under the dome of a retractable glass roof, The Beach Club and Four Elements adventure deck offers three water slides and a climbing garden. The ship will offer 20 different types of staterooms, from a two-deck penthouse suite to single options with a balcony. Other features include an escape room, a television studio and a 360-degree theater.
The ship left today for Spain, where it will pick up its first guests at Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Starting December 19, the inaugural cruise will be a seven-day holiday trip around the Canary Islands and Madeira.