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Making a splash: World’s first LNG-powered cruise ship launched in Germany

Making a splash: World’s first LNG-powered cruise ship launched in Germany
A 5,200-guest cruiseliner was floated on Tuesday at Meyer shipyard in Germany’s Papenburg. It will now be positioned at the shipyard’s dock for final hotel outfitting ahead of a delivery this autumn.

The AIDAnova LNG-powered cruise ship, which features a ‘green cruising’ design, has been built in compliance with the rules of classification society RINA.

It has a length of 337 meters (1,106ft), a width of 42 meters and a maximum draught of 8.8 meters. The ship has 2,600 staterooms, which include 31 suites, 312 interior cabins, 198 ocean-view cabins and 1,655 balcony cabins.

Passengers will have access to the latest equipment available at the ship’s modern fitness center, which will feature both indoor and outdoor areas. A luxury day spa area spanning two decks will provide guests with sea views. It will feature five different saunas, two private wellness suites and a tepidarium. In addition, a spacious sun deck will offer three outdoor jacuzzis and more than 80 spa treatments.

The ship also has three giant water slides, a water park, a climbing garden and a mini golf course, as well as a wide range of public areas and deck spaces for relaxing.

A total of 17 restaurants will offer multiple dining options with a wide range of culinary delights in specialty restaurants and snack bars, while buffet restaurants will serve drinks to the guests.

AIDAnova is expected to operate a seven-day vacation cruise to Madeira and the Canary Islands from December 2018, covering locations such as Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

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