AIDAnova Christening Ceremony

AIDAnova World’s First Cruise Ship Powered by LNG is Officially Named

Largest ship in all of Carnival Corporation’s fleet is named

AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise vessel to be powered by LNG, has officially been named in a spectacular naming ceremony.

The Christening Event

The open-air concert, attended by 25,000 people and headlined by DJ David Guetta was the first of its kind in the business of ship christenings.

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In another first for the industry, AIDAnova was christened not by one godmother but rather a young family who was selected from hundreds of applicants. Sonja (31), Asad (33) Mirza, and their two children Adrian (3) and Sophia (2) from Hanau were the lucky winners and stars of the event.

Sonja blessed the ship, ”Dear Godchild, You are very welcome to the AIDA family. You bring the whole word together in a single place, and you will make many guests of all ages happy. We name you AIDAnova and hope you, your guests and your crew will always enjoy smooth sailing, fair winds and following seas.”

As Godmother Sonja hit the buzzer, honouring age-old maritime traditions of shattering a bottle of champagne against the bow of the ship, fireworks lit up the sky with gold and lasers brought AIDAnova’s livery to life with a little smile and a wink to the audience.

Then the concert began and DJ David Guetta took the stage playing chart-topping hits such as “I Gotta Feeling,” “Flames” and “When Love Takes Over“.

AIDAnova sets sail for the first time at the end of September to Eemshaven in the Netherlands for internal fit-out and sea trials. She will leave the shipyard on November 15 to embark on her maiden voyage.

The Ship

AIDAnova is the largest ship to join the AIDA fleet, and in fact, the largest Carnival-owned ship ever built. She is the world’s first cruise vessel run on LNG both at sea and in port. LNG is the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel and fast becoming the standard for new cruise ships.

The ship features Street Food Strip, where you’ll find some of the 17 restaurants and 23 bars, or, the Time Machine Restaurant for something different.

Entertainment options include the Beach Club and Four Elements adventure deck, with three water slides, a climbing garden under the retractable glass dome roof, a new escape room for thrill seekers, 360-degree Theatrium and Studio X, the first TV studio at sea. There is a wellness area, an outdoor gym and the Body & Soul Spa spans two decks and offers 80 different treatments.

There are 20 different stateroom types, ranging from a two-deck penthouse suite to spacious family and patio cabins to comfortable single options with a balcony.

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