One year behind schedule Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has delivered the first of two passenger ships its building for Aida Cruises. After AIDAprima arrives in Hamburg, Germany, the vessel will undergo final preparations ready to commence its first regular European cruise from the port city in May. The official public christening ceremony will take place on 7 May.
The Japanese shipbuilder says the lessons learned building the AIDAprima will accelerate the construction of second ship, also underway at its works in Nagasaki.
AIDAprima is equipped with Mitsubishi’s air lubrication system, a technology that enhances fuel efficiency by blowing out air from the vessel’s bottom that produces bubbles which cover the vessel bottom like an ‘air-carpet’, reducing friction between hull and seawater. Other salient features include a podded propulsion, LNG fuel supply system, gas emissions treatment system, and an air-conditioning system that saves energy by using waste heat.
The AIDAprima has 18 decks, is 300m in overall length, and has a gross tonnage of 125,000 tons. Among its indoor amenities are a three-storey theatre in the centre of the ship's atrium, 12 restaurants, 18 bars, shops, a 3,100m2 ‘body and soul’ area, discotheque, casino as well as a micro-brewery. The upper deck has two swimming pools under large foil domes (one with a waterslide) and an ice skating rink. The ship has a total of 1,643 cabins, accommodating 3,286 passengers.