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Keel-laying ceremony held for LNG-powered cruise ship

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AIDA Cruises has announced that it has held a keel-laying ceremony for its second LNG-powered cruise ship at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany.

At the ceremony, the first of 90 building blocks was successfully put in place. Once complete, the ship will be named AIDAcosma, and will be cruising from Kiel to the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic Sea from summer 2021.

AIDA President, Felix Eichhorn, said: “With AIDAcosma we are consistently continuing our sustainable growth. The keel-laying of our second LNG-powered cruise ship here in Rostock is also an expression of our company’s economic and innovative power in Rostock and throughout northern Germany.

“AIDA stands for some 8200 direct and indirect jobs with our suppliers here in the north. With our investments in the development and use of sustainable technologies, we are providing key momentum for research and science clusters throughout Germany.”

The AIDAcosma will have a gross tonnage of 183 900 and a length of 337 m, as well as 20 decks and space for 2600 staterooms.

It will begin her maiden season in summer 2021. From May to October, it will be sailing from Kiel on two northern routes. On alternating weeks, the ship will travel to the Norwegian fjords and to numerous cities on the Baltic Sea. Depending on the travel date, AIDAcosma will stay overnight in St. Petersburg, Tallinn or Helsinki.

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