Helios-Class: AIDAnova Keel Laid

(Courtesy AIDA)

Carnival marked the start of construction of a total of seven ‘Helios-Class’ cruise ships with a keel laying ceremony, of the first. This took place on September 6th, for the AIDAnova, at the Meyer Werft shipyard, in Germany.

The seven vessels will all be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ships will be shared between the Carnival brands: Carnival (2), AIDA (2), Costa (2) and P&O (1).

Each will be around 184,000 gross tonnes and carry up to 6,600 passengers, which will be a record.

AIDAnova will be delivered to AIDA in late 2018 and an as yet unnamed sister ship, in 2021.

In AIDAnova’s maiden season, the ship will offer trips around the Canary islands for the German market.

Click to enlarge. (Courtesy AIDA)

On-Board

Among the facilities aboard is a revamped Beach Club concepts, with lush greenery, guests can climb above the treetops or float along the Wild River.

For the first time, there will be three water slides on board. Cozy lounge seating offers the perfect spot for daydreaming, while movies and sporting events are screened on the LED wall.

The Art Club is the multimedia version of the AIDA Gallery, offering an exciting mix of art, photography, videos, games and high-tech. Apart from the works of well-known artists that are on show, guests can also enjoy virtual art using 3D glasses. The bar is designed to look like the lobby of a city hotel.

There will be 17 restaurants across the ship, including the traditional German self-service options, a-la-carte restaurants and five speciality options .

Among the speciality options will be French Kiss, Casanova and the Brauhaus.

Deck 16 will be an activity deck with a waterslide, water park, mini golf and a ropes course.

The pool deck will have a light-weight retractable glass roof, giving the ships the deployment option of Northern Europe in the winter. This will also bring back AIDA’s trademark beach-club which has been a solid hit on the AIDAprima.

AIDAnova Beach Club (AIDA – Click to enlarge)

(AIDA)

P&O’s Helios-class ship, see HERE.

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2 Responses to “Helios-Class: AIDAnova Keel Laid”

  1. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Don’t worry Edwin, I will not make you cruise on this ship! ;-)

  2. Edwin Todd. Says:

    No Thanks.

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