• 2019 April 28 12:23

    Costa Group brings to Barcelona the first LNG powered cruise ship

    Today at Barcelona Port a traditional crest exchange took place on board AIDAnova for celebrating her very first call to this important port of the Mediterranean. AIDAnova is the world's first cruise ship to run on low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) in port and at sea, thanks to its dual-fuel engines on board.

    At the cutting edge of technology with its AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises brands, The Costa Group, along with its sister brands within Carnival Corporation's global portfolio, has been an industry leader in promoting and developing sustainable and environmental solutions.

    "At AIDAnova, we have assembled a wide variety of products with exceptional enthusiasm and creativity. We are very proud to operate the most environmentally friendly cruise ship and will continue along this path" said Felix Eichhorn, AIDA President, who welcomed with Captain Boris Becker numerous representatives from national institutions, industry and tourism on board this state-of-the-art cruise ship on the day.

    In addition to the use of LNG for cruise ships, Costa Group and Carnival Corporation's global cruise brands have been industry leaders in pioneering the use of Advanced Air Quality System (AAQS) in the small confines of a cruise ship. Considered an environmental breakthrough, AAQS are already installed on over 70 percent of ships in the Costa Group and Carnival Corporation fleet. The use of LNG and AAQS both play an important role in further improving the impact of Costa Group's marine operations.

    At the same time, AIDAnova arrives to Barcelona port, the largest cruise port which offers the possibility of refuelling with the lowest emission fuel currently available in shipping. Thanks to a partnership with Shell, the cruise ship will also be regularly supplied with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Spanish metropolis.

    "We are delighted to receive AIDAnova in Barcelona," said Francesco Muglia, General Manager for Spain & Portugal of Costa Cruises. "This ship together with the arrival of Costa Smeralda in October prove the firm commitment of Costa Group to sustainability and technology while contributes to the cruise industry making sustainable tourism a fundamental part of our industry leadership."

    Until early November 2019, AIDAnova will offer seven-day trips to some of the most popular destinations among German guests in the Mediterranean region - Civitavecchia (Rome), La Spezia (Florence), Marseille and Barcelona. The Spanish port is not only the second port of change for these trips. In Barcelona, AIDAnova will also be regularly supplied with low-emission LNG from April 26, 2019.

    The Costa Smeralda will call Barcelona on her first cruise on October 30th, 2019 and will have her christening ceremony in grand style in Savona on November 3, 2019. The six-day inaugural cruise will depart from Savona on November 4, 2019, and sail to Barcelona, Marseilles and Civitavecchia (Rome). Costa Smeralda will then continue to sail around the Western Mediterranean until April 2021, offering one-week cruises including Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia/Rome and La Spezia.

    Technical data AIDAnova:

    Shipyard: Meyer Werft, Papenburg (Germany)
    Keel laying: September 4, 2017
    Commissioning: December 12, 2018
    Length: 337 meters
    Width: 42 meters
    Max. draft: 8.80 m
    Gross tonnage: 183,900 GT
    Decks: 20
    Number of staterooms: 2,626 (21 different stateroom varieties)
    Restaurants: 17
    Bars: 23
    Crew: approx. 1,500

    About the Costa Group

    The Costa Group is the leading cruise company in Europe and China, headquartered in Genoa (Italy). The 28 ships of the brands Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia together have a total capacity of more than 85,000 beds. The fleet will be further strengthened by five new vessels by 2023. The company has a global workforce of 30,000 employees working onboard and in its 20 offices in 14 countries.

    AIDA Cruises is the first cruise company on the German market. There are currently 13 AIDA vessels in service. Two new vessels, propelled by liquefied natural gas, will be delivered by 2023. AIDA vessels are marketed in German-speaking countries and are distinguished by a young style and informal service.




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