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AIDA Cruises takes delivery of LNG-powered cruise ship

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Carnival Corp. & plc has announced that AIDA Cruises has taken delivery of the AIDAperla in Nagasaki, Japan, from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

The LNG-powered vessel will set sail for the Mediterranean in the next few days, and will be christened by model and presenter Lena Gercke on 30 June 2017 in Palma de Mallorca. It is 300 m long, 37.6 m wide and has a gross tonnage of 124 100 GT.

Michael Thamm, CEO Costa Group, said: “Employing their creativity and innovative strength, our team has convincingly succeeded in meeting our high standards of product quality in an exemplary manner. Future guests of AIDAperla, the second cruise ship of this new generation, can look forward to unique cruising experiences on board thanks to the high-quality and innovative technology.”

Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, added: "With the successful commissioning of AIDAprima in May 2016, we have inspired many guests for a cruise vacation. For the first time, more than 2 million Germans have decided to go cruising. With the sister ship AIDAperla we will be injecting further important growth momentum into the German vacation market. Today, with our 12 ships sailing on 130 different routes to more than 250 ports worldwide, we offer the greatest vacation diversity and we will inspire even more holidaymakers for one of the most beautiful ways of travelling.”

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