The new cruise ship AIDAprima is currently getting the basic equipment for its operation. The first containers departed the Hamburg port for Nagasaki on the freighter “Antwerpen Express” on June 3, 2015.
The 31 containers are carrying equipment for the hotel and technical areas. This includes the first kitchen utensils for the crew mess hall with pots, cups, glasses, cutlery and plates, for example. The beds, pillows, covers and towels for the crew area are also being brought to Japan by sea for AIDA’s new addition to the fleet. IDAprima’s first seven-day journey from Hamburg to Western European cities will start on 30 April 2016. In the future, this route will be on the cruise schedule throughout the year.
Additional two Vessels
AIDA Cruises is continuing its long-standing strategic partnership with the shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg with an order for two new ships of the next AIDA ship generation. The ships, each exceeds180,000 gross tons and has a capacity of more than 2,500 staterooms, will join the AIDA fleet in 2019 and 2020.
Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation: “The cruise industry is booming in Hamburg, and AIDA continues its growth trend on the German cruise market: thus, two successful concepts are complementing each other! I am particularly pleased that AIDA Cruises – as well as the Hamburg Senate – relies on innovative eco-friendly technologies from Northern Germany. We are well prepared in Hamburg to welcome the future of cruising in our smartPort!”
Green Cruising with 100 Per Cent LNG
As pioneer in the industry, AIDA Cruises is again setting an example for environmental protection with a revolutionary ship design: With the “Green Cruising” concept, AIDA will be the first cruise line in the world to operate its new ship generation to 100 percent with LNG (liquefied natural gas). This eliminates emissions of soot particles and sulfur oxides.
Zero-Emission Energy for Cruise Vessels in Hamburg’s Smart Port
At HafenCity Hamburg, the required infrastructure for LNG barges has been set up. At the Altona cruise terminal, a land power plant will enter service this summer. Another option for the alternative energy supply is planned at the new cruise terminal Steinwerder: here, fueling the ships with LNG has been made possible for Hamburg’s booming cruise industry that saw 189 arrivals of cruise ships last year, bringing a total of 590.000 passengers to the city.