Carnival Corp. & Plc has announced that it has christened its new, LNG dual-fuel cruise ship. The AIDAprima is now the flagship vessel for its German brand, AIDA Cruises. The vessel weighs 124 100 t and is able to accommodate 3300 passengers. The naming ceremony included a lightshow, and was seen in person by 1.6 million people at the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary.
The President of AIDA Cruises, Felix Eichhorn, said: “The christening was an emotional moment for me – I'm very proud of our new ship […] With AIDAprima and the next three new ships to be built for our line, we are once again charting new territory in the tourism industry, and we will continue to drive growth in the German cruise market."
The Chief Communications Officer for Carnival Corp., Roger Frizzell, added: “We are thrilled to officially welcome such a beautiful and technologically advanced ship to our fleet, and it was only fitting that AIDAprima's naming was celebrated with a show and ceremony as impressive as the ship itself.
“This weekend marked another important milestone as we welcome four new ships to our fleet in 2016. Whether we are sailing our new or existing ships, our number one goal always remains the same – to do everything we can to make sure our guests have a great experience."
The vessel has also recently completed its test run on LNG. Eichhorn said: “LNG is the world's cleanest burning fossil fuel, and with AIDAprima, we are the first cruise line in the world to supply a ship with low-emission LNG for operation in port.
"We are once again proving that we are pioneers of innovation, and I am convinced that our path is a clear signal to the ports and LNG producers to invest in the necessary infrastructure."
A further four next-generation cruise ships for AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises are scheduled for delivery in 2019 – 2020. These vessels will generate 100% of their power in port and at sea.
Edited from press release by David Rowlands
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