Construction Underway for World’s First-ever LNG Cruise Ship

Carnival Corporation & plc marked the official beginning of construction for the first of its seven next-generation cruise ships that will be fully-powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) with a keel-laying ceremony at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg. (PRNewsfoto/Carnival Corporation & plc)

In a first, an AIDA Cruises ship is set to be the first of seven such ships operated by Carnival Corp. & plc that use liquefied natural gas for propulsion and power in port. This move comes at a time when there is a global trend to curb emissions across all spectrums.

AIDAprima, and her sister, AIDAperla, will be the world’s first cruise ships capable of producing their energy from LNG while docked in port.

The ships are being built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg and Finland’s Meyer Turku and are to be delivered between 2018 and 2022.

AIDA President, Felix Eichborn, said, “One of the main tasks AIDA Cruises sets itself is to make cruises sustainable. With AIDAnova and its sister ship, we are sticking to this course with our pioneering work. Thanks to our trailblazing “green cruising” design, the use of only LNG in the cruise industry will become a reality in 2018.”

In Hamburg, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Southampton, and Zeebrügge, AIDAprima can be operated with LNG while docked. AIDA Cruises is working to make the technology available in even more ports in Europe.