An official crest exchange ceremony celebrated the arrival of AIDAnova,
operated by AIDA Cruises, and important milestone for the Costa Group six
months ahead of the arrival of its second LNG-powered ship, Costa Smeralda,
which will be the new flagship for Costa Cruises.
Costa Group, to which AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises belong, shows its
commitment to the environment, sustainability and innovation with the
incorporation of these vessels, unique in the sector, to its fleet.
Barcelona, April 26,
2019. Today at Barcelona Port a traditional crest exchange took place on board
AIDAnova for celebrating her very first call to this important port of the
Mediterranean. AIDAnova is the world's first cruise ship to run on low-emission
liquefied natural gas (LNG) in port and at sea, thanks to its dual-fuel engines
At the cutting edge of technology with its
AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises brands, The Costa Group, along with its sister
brands within Carnival Corporation's global portfolio, has been an industry
leader in promoting and developing sustainable and environmental solutions.
"At AIDAnova, we have assembled a wide
variety of products with exceptional enthusiasm and creativity. We are very
proud to operate the most environmentally friendly cruise ship and will
continue along this path" said Felix Eichhorn, AIDA President, who
welcomed with Captain Boris Becker numerous representatives from national
institutions, industry and tourism on board this state-of-the-art cruise ship
on the day.
In addition to the use of LNG for cruise
ships, Costa Group and Carnival Corporation's global cruise brands have been
industry leaders in pioneering the use of Advanced Air Quality System (AAQS) in
the small confines of a cruise ship. Considered an environmental breakthrough,
AAQS are already installed on over 70 percent of ships in the Costa Group and
Carnival Corporation fleet. The use of LNG and AAQS both play an important role
in further improving the impact of Costa Group's marine operations.
At the same time, AIDAnova arrives to
Barcelona port, the largest cruise port which offers the possibility of
refuelling with the lowest emission fuel currently available in shipping. Thanks
to a partnership with Shell, the cruise ship will also be regularly supplied
with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Spanish metropolis.
delighted to receive AIDAnova in Barcelona," said Francesco Muglia, General
Manager for Spain & Portugal of Costa Cruises. "This ship together with the arrival of Costa Smeralda in October prove
the firm commitment of Costa Group to sustainability and technology while
contributes to the cruise industry making sustainable tourism a fundamental
part of our industry leadership."
Until early November 2019,
AIDAnova will offer seven-day trips to some of the most popular destinations among
German guests in the Mediterranean region - Civitavecchia (Rome), La Spezia
(Florence), Marseille and Barcelona. The Spanish port is not only the second
port of change for these trips. In Barcelona, AIDAnova will also be regularly
supplied with low-emission LNG from April 26, 2019.
The Costa Smeralda will call Barcelona on her
first cruise on October 30th, 2019 and will have her christening
ceremony in grand style in Savona on November 3, 2019. The six-day inaugural
cruise will depart from Savona on November 4, 2019, and sail to Barcelona,
Marseilles and Civitavecchia (Rome). Costa Smeralda will then continue to sail
around the Western Mediterranean until April 2021, offering one-week cruises
including Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia/Rome
and La Spezia.
Technical data AIDAnova:
Meyer Werft, Papenburg (Germany)
September 4, 2017
December 12, 2018
Number of staterooms:
2,626 (21 different stateroom varieties)
About the Costa Group
The Costa Group is the leading cruise company in Europe and China,
headquartered in Genoa (Italy). The 28 ships of the brands Costa Cruises, AIDA
Cruises and Costa Asia together have a total capacity of more than 85,000 beds.
The fleet will be further strengthened by five new vessels by 2023. The company
has a global workforce of 30,000 employees working onboard and in its 20
offices in 14 countries.
AIDA Cruises is the first cruise company on
the German market. There are currently 13 AIDA vessels in service. Two new
vessels, propelled by liquefied natural gas, will be delivered by 2023. AIDA
vessels are marketed in German-speaking countries and are distinguished by a
young style and informal service.
For further information:
Costa Cruises Press Office
Gabriele Baroni –
Communication Director – M +39 3497668013
Press Office: T +39
010 5483523 - firstname.lastname@example.org