The float out for AIDA Cruises newest and largest cruise ship, AIDAnova will take place on Tuesday 21st August 2018.
The 183,900GRT, 337m long ship will begin her depart from the Meyer Werft building dock II at Papenburg, Germany at approximately 7am, however this depends on the weather conditions.
Once AIDAnova has been floated out of the building dock, she will then proceed to berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier where her mast and funnel cladding will be fitting. She will remain in the shipyard harbour until she is scheduled to depart for her passage along the River Ems to the North Sea at the end of September. She will also undergo further outfitting whilst in the shipyard harbour with interior fittings being completed whilst further testing of the ship’s engines, including the performance of the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) will take place. At the same, there will be nearly 1400 members of the ship’s crew arriving to start their onboard training.
AIDAnova is scheduled to be delivered to AIDA Cruises on 15th November in Bremerhaven before immediately undertaking a four night pre-premiere cruise with calls to Oslo and Hamburg. There will also be further short cruises to either Rotterdam or Oslo before her maiden voyage. She is due to commence on her maiden voyage from Hamburg on 2nd December to the Canaries where she will be based on a series of 7 night cruises.
To allow AIDAnova to berth alongside at the outfitting pier, a floating section of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas, currently moored there, will be moved to another berth within the shipyard habour and once AIDAnova has moved, the floating section for Spectrum of the Seas will be moved back to the vacated building dock II, where work on it will continue.
To enable the AIDAnova to berth at the outfitting pier, the floating part of the Spectrum of the Seas that is currently moored there will be moved to another berth at the shipyard harbour. Once the AIDAnova has undocked, the floating part of the Spectrum of the Seas currently being fitted at the pier will be manoeuvred back to the vacated building dock II, where work will continue.
AIDAnova will be the first of two new ships for AIDA that will be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and will be the largest in the AIDA fleet, measuring 183,900grt and will have more than 2500 cabins on board. Her sister ship will join the fleet in 2021.
For those wishing to see the float out of AIDAnova, Meyer Werft will be showing live coverage of it on their website next Tuesday.
Image and source: Meyer Werft