Carnival’s biggest cruise ship which cost £630m to build

Carnival launches its biggest ever cruise ship which cost £630m to build, can accommodate 6,600 passengers and boasts 17 restaurants, 23 bars and even a water park

  • The firm’s AIDA Cruise brand held a party to celebrate the christening of the AIDAnova on Friday night
  • The colossal vessel measures 1,106 feet long and boasts 20 decks, 17 restaurants, 23 bars and a casino 
  • From December the liner will begin her maiden season with cruises around the Canary Islands 

The Carnival Corporation has christened its biggest ship to date, with the giant vessel able to accommodate up to 6,600 passengers.

The firm’s AIDA Cruise brand has named its new liner the AIDAnova and a big party to celebrate the occasion was held on Friday night at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

The colossal vessel, the fifth biggest in the world, measures 1,106 feet long and boasts 20 decks, 17 restaurants, 23 bars, a casino, rock climbing walls, a water park, mini golfing green, a state-of-the-art gym and spa.

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The Carnival Corporation has christened its biggest ship to date, with the giant vessel able to accommodate up to 6,600 passengers. Friday's christening ceremony attracted 25,000 spectators and DJ David Guetta performed as a light show also took place

The Carnival Corporation has christened its biggest ship to date, with the giant vessel able to accommodate up to 6,600 passengers. Friday’s christening ceremony attracted 25,000 spectators and DJ David Guetta performed as a light show also took place

The new ship is seen at the shipyard in Germany while under construction 

The new ship is seen at the shipyard in Germany while under construction 

Cranes help workers apply finishing touches to the giant vessel which will set sail on its first voyage in December 

Cranes help workers apply finishing touches to the giant vessel which will set sail on its first voyage in December 

The boat is seen through the shipyard doors. In total there are 20 decks, with 11 of these used as cabin space

The boat is seen through the shipyard doors. In total there are 20 decks, with 11 of these used as cabin space

A bird's-eye view from the ship's top deck gives a sense of scale 

A bird’s-eye view from the ship’s top deck gives a sense of scale 

The large ship features a roof deck, with a water park, mini golf course and climbing walls to keep guests entertained  

The large ship features a roof deck, with a water park, mini golf course and climbing walls to keep guests entertained  

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    Other highlights include a two-storey penthouse suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, a three-deck high theatre space and robot staff members.

    The build project cost £630million (EUR 700 million) and investment was make the 184,000-ton ship more environmentally-friendly, with it running on liquefied natural gas instead of diesel.

    A more bizarre feature of the boat, is a smiling face adorning its bow. 

    The exterior painting, applied to all AIDA ships, was based on an idea from German artist, Feliks Büttner. It took 50 liters of black, orange, and red paint to paint the brand symbol.  

    The firm's AIDA Cruise brand has named its new liner the AIDAnova and a big party to celebrate the occasion was held on Friday night at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany (above, the ship outside Hamburg)

    The firm’s AIDA Cruise brand has named its new liner the AIDAnova and a big party to celebrate the occasion was held on Friday night at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany (above, the ship outside Hamburg)

    The project cost £630million (EUR 700 million) and investment was make the 184,000-ton ship more environmentally-friendly, with it running on liquefied natural gas instead of diesel

    The project cost £630million (EUR 700 million) and investment was make the 184,000-ton ship more environmentally-friendly, with it running on liquefied natural gas instead of diesel

    The colossal vessel measures 1,106 feet long and boasts 20 decks, 17 restaurants, 23 bars, a casino, rock climbing walls, a water park, mini golfing green, a state-of-the-art gym and spa. Above, a view of one of the double cabins

    The colossal vessel measures 1,106 feet long and boasts 20 decks, 17 restaurants, 23 bars, a casino, rock climbing walls, a water park, mini golfing green, a state-of-the-art gym and spa. Above, a view of one of the double cabins

    The ship features a large water park and multiple swimming areas, with a tropical theme getting people in the holiday spirit

    The ship features a large water park and multiple swimming areas, with a tropical theme getting people in the holiday spirit

    THE AIDANOVA AT A GLANCE 

    • Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruise brand has named its new liner the AIDAnova 
    • The colossal vessel boasts 17 restaurants, 23 bars, a casino, rock climbing walls, a water park, mini golfing green, a state-of-the-art gym and spa
    • AIDAnova is the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) both at sea and in port with a top speed of 26 mph
    • It measures 1,106 feet long and 138 feet wide, with a weight of 184,000 tons
    • There is capacity for up to 6,600 passengers and 1,500 crew members 
    • In total there are 20 decks, with 11 of these used as cabin space  
    • Starting December 2018, AIDAnova will offer seven-day trips around the Canary Islands
    • Two further AIDA ships of this new generation will be built by 2023 – also at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg 

    Friday’s christening ceremony attracted 25,000 spectators and DJ David Guetta performed as a light show also took place.

    Commenting on event, AIDA president Felix Eichhorn said: ‘AIDAnova’s naming ceremony was a special event in a special place: We are delighted that we were able to stage the AIDA Open Air in Papenburg at the Meyer Werft shipyard, so that we could share our enthusiasm about our new ship with so many people.’ 

    A competition was run to find a family to christen the ship.

    Sonja and Asad Mirza and their two children from Hanau, Germany, were picked as the winners. 

    Sonja said that she wished the guests and crew would always enjoy ‘smooth sailing’ and ‘fair winds’ aboard the AIDAnova as she gave it her blessing.

    There is a state-of-the-art fitness centre on board and a spa so guests can keep in shape while they sail

    There is a state-of-the-art fitness centre on board and a spa so guests can keep in shape while they sail

    Highlights on the boat include a  three-deck high theatre space where daily shows will take place 

    Highlights on the boat include a three-deck high theatre space where daily shows will take place 

    There is a market-style canteen on board the boat with options to suit all tastes

    There is a market-style canteen on board the boat with options to suit all tastes

    At the end of September AIDAnova will be going on her first short trip, setting sail for Eemshaven in the Netherlands for final fit-out and sea trials.  

    From December the liner will begin her maiden season with cruises around the Canary Islands.

    AIDAnova is the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas both at sea and in port.

    Two further AIDA ships of this new generation will be built by 2023 – also at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. 

    Currently the record for the largest cruise liner is held by Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas which stretches 1,188 feet long and can host up to 6,680 guests.

    The theatre features three tiers, with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to flood in 

    The theatre features three tiers, with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to flood in 

    The Steakhouse features cosy decor, with faux brick walls and chic wooden floors

    The Steakhouse features cosy decor, with faux brick walls and chic wooden floors

    At Best Burger @ Sea guests can put together their own custom burger choosing from a wide range of ingredients and home-made sauces - using tablets at their table, or by smartphone

    At Best Burger @ Sea guests can put together their own custom burger choosing from a wide range of ingredients and home-made sauces – using tablets at their table, or by smartphone

    THE TOP TEN BIGGEST CRUISE LINERS IN THE WORLD 

     1. Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean – 228,081 tonnes

    2. Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean – 226,963 tonnes

    3= Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean – 225,282 tonnes

    3= Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean – 225,282 tonnes

    5. AIDANova, Carnival Cruises – 184,000 tonnes

    6. MSC Meraviglia, MSC Cruises – 171,598 tonnes

    7= Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean – 168,666 tonnes

    7= Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean – 168,666 tonnes

    7= Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean – 168,666 tonnes

    10 = Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian – 168,028 tonnes

    It boasts a total eight decks and has enough room on board to accommodate 8,000 people.

    The vessel was constructed at a cost of £959million at a shipyard in Saint Nazaire in France.

    Along with having 20 restaurants, it has more than six bars including one where robots rustle up the cocktails.

    Other attractions include a zip wire, ice rink, mini golf course, climbing walls, surf simulator and a full-size basketball court.

    AIDA Cruises employs about 11,400 people from 40 countries on shore and on board AIDA ships. 

    It currently operates 12 cruise ships with three new ships set to join the fleet. 

    The company is pushing ahead with a ‘green cruising’ concept, meaning vessels will be powered by liquid natural gas.

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    The ships penthouse suite features two storeys, a sun deck and floor-to-ceiling windows 

    The ships penthouse suite features two storeys, a sun deck and floor-to-ceiling windows 

    At the end of September AIDAnova will be going on her first short trip, setting sail for Eemshaven in the Netherlands for final fit-out and sea trials. Above, the Ocean restaurant 

    At the end of September AIDAnova will be going on her first short trip, setting sail for Eemshaven in the Netherlands for final fit-out and sea trials. Above, the Ocean restaurant 

    A more bizarre feature of the boat, is a smiling face adorning its bow. The exterior painting, applied to all AIDA ships, was based on an idea from German artist, Feliks Büttner. It took 50 liters of black, orange, and red paint to paint the brand symbol

    A more bizarre feature of the boat, is a smiling face adorning its bow. The exterior painting, applied to all AIDA ships, was based on an idea from German artist, Feliks Büttner. It took 50 liters of black, orange, and red paint to paint the brand symbol

    From December the liner will begin her maiden season with cruises around the Canary Islands. Above, a peek at one of the single cabin rooms, with a small balcony offering sea views

    From December the liner will begin her maiden season with cruises around the Canary Islands. Above, a peek at one of the single cabin rooms, with a small balcony offering sea views

    AIDAnova is the world's first cruise ship that can be powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas both at sea and in port. Above, a rendering showing what the Teppanyaki Grill restaurant will look like, with bar seating and an open kitchen  

    AIDAnova is the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas both at sea and in port. Above, a rendering showing what the Teppanyaki Grill restaurant will look like, with bar seating and an open kitchen  

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