The first steel cutting has been carried out on the world’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-propelled cruise ship. AIDA, the Rostock-based cruise company, had issued an order mid-summer to Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, for two new vessels of the next AIDA generation.
AIDA Cruises will be the first cruise shipping company in the world with the capability to operate its new generation of ships using 100% LNG, part of the company’s ‘Green Cruising’ concept. The vessels, with a size in excess of 180,000 GT (gross tonnage) and around 2,500 cabins each will strengthen the AIDA fleet in the fall of 2018 and spring 2021 respectively.
The first 7-day cruises on the 13th member of the AIDA fleet will take guests to the Canaries from December 2018.