MHI Finally Delivers Delayed Aida Cruise Ship, AIDAPrima

AIDAPrima. Photo: MHI
AIDAPrima. Photo: MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) announced that it has delivered the fuel-efficient AIDAprima cruise ship to AIDA Cruises at a ceremony held at Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Japan.

AIDAprima is the first of two large cruise ships being built by MHI and will be the flagship of the German cruise line.

Delivery of the AIDAPrima was originally anticipated in March of 2015, but was delayed by MHI several times.

The cruise ship will move to Hamburg, Germany, where it is scheduled to commence its first regular cruise on April 30, including port stops in Rotterdam (Netherlands), Zeebrugge (Belgium), Le Havre (France) and Southampton (United Kingdom).

The 300-meter long and 37.6-meter wide ship has 18 decks and 1,643 staterooms, making it the most expansive ship in the AIDA Cruises fleet. It has a gross tonnage of 125,000 tons.

MHI said in a statement that AIDAprima is the world’s first cruise ship to get Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System designed to enhance fuel efficiency. The ship is equipped with a pod propulsion system2, liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel supply system, modern gas emissions treatment system, and a new air-conditioning system that saves on energy consumption by using waste heat.

“We are proud to deliver AIDAprima, the first of a new generation of energy-efficient cruise ships superbly equipped to provide a fantastic cruising experience. Given the cutting-edge nature of the ship, construction was challenging but ultimately we built a cruise ship of the very highest quality, offering superior comfort and entertainment features for passengers. It provided us with many key learnings to enable a smoother construction process for future vessels – starting with AIDAprima’s sister ship,” MHI President and CEO Shunichi Miyanaga said in a statement.

In Europe, AIDAprima’s official public presentation will take place at a christening ceremony to be held on May 7 as part of the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary celebrations.