The first building-block for AIDA Cruises’ second LNG-powered cruise ship was put in place at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Germany. Two trainees, Charleen Hoffmann (AIDA Cruises) and Kenny Schaft (Meyer Werft shipyard) placed the traditional lucky coin beneath the first of a total of 90 blocks.
On the occasion of the keel-laying, AIDA Cruises revealed the name of the new ship and its first routing. The new LNG-powered cruise ship will be named AIDAcosma, and will be cruising from Kiel to the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic Sea from summer 2021.
A new feature on this ship is the Fun Park at the stern of the ship with a children’s pool, a twin water chute and the Water Slide. For the first time, the outdoor Sport Deck will have a boulder wall. The Pool Deck in the stern extends across the entire width of the ship. The crowning touch is the breathtaking infinity pool. The ship offers more spaces in the sun on the three tiered Sun Decks above.
Guests sailing on AIDAcosma will be pampered with 17 restaurants and 23 bars. The diverse range of gastronomic choices is being enhanced with a new restaurant: The Beach House Restaurant, which will serve deliciously summery and light dishes. The interior, in soft cream and sand shades, will conjure up a pure vacation feel. The specialty restaurant Mamma Mia is also new, offering home-made pasta and fresh Italian cuisine with table service.
The many public amenities include the Theatrium, shops, a disco, a gym area, the lavish Body & Soul Organic Spa, and the clubs for tiny tots, kids and teens.
The new LNG-powered ship will be 337 metres long, 42 metres wide and be 183.900 GT in size. AIDAcosma will have 20 decks and space for 2,600 staterooms.
AIDAcosma will begin her maiden season in summer 2021. From May to October she will be sailing from Kiel on two beautiful northern routes. On alternating weeks, the ship will travel to the Norwegian fjords and to some of the most beautiful cities on the Baltic Sea. Depending on the travel date, AIDAcosma will stay overnight in St. Petersburg, Tallinn or Helsinki.
With the keel-laying for AIDAcosma, the German cruise line is continuing its course of reducing emissions in cruising. In 2023 the third of AIDA Cruises’ LNG-powered cruise ships “Made in Germany” will be put into service. Thanks to the use of LNG, emissions of particulates and sulfur oxides are almost totally avoided, while emissions of nitric oxides and CO2 are long-lastingly reduced.