Good news and bad news were announced by AIDA Cruises. Unfortunately, the voyages of AIDAprima from October 2015 can not take place as originally planned as the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, said it would not able to maintain the schedule for completing MHI-commissioned ship AIDAprima. This affects Maiden Voyage 1 from Yokohama to Dubai, the Orient voyages, as well as Maiden Voyage 2 from Dubai to Hamburg.
Michael Ungerer, President AIDA Cruises: “We deeply regret that we are not able to offer our guests the vacation they were hoping for as we had planned. All impacted guests will be informed and of course be offered alternatives and generous compensations. We are firmly convinced that we will be getting a first-class ship that will set new standards and exceed guest expectations with its product innovations, top-notch quality, and even more services.”
AIDAprima will take up its Metropolitan cruises from Hamburg in April, 2016, as planned. AIDAprima’s christening will also be held in Hamburg.
The AIDAprima will be setting new standards in terms of environmental protection. A comprehensive filter system to reduce exhaust is being installed in the new ships currently under construction. With this yet unrivaled exhaust treatment technology, AIDA Cruises will be able to filter and thus reduce by between 90 and 99 percent of all three significant emissions, namely soot particles, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur oxide, for the very first time.
A completely new kind of hull design increases energy efficiency considerably. Another first for the cruise industry is the use of the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS). This modern technology allows the ships to glide on a carpet of air, thereby further reducing fuel usage. The latest in pod drive technology also contributes significantly to the decrease in fuel usage. Ships of the new AIDA generation will be the first passenger ships to be outfitted with dual fuel engines and can also be powered almost emissions-free with liquefied gas regardless of availability in the port.
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