AIDA Cruises Welcomes History-Making AIDAnova When AIDA Cruises took receipt of its latest ship, AIDAnova, from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg last December, it marked its place in the history books with the first cruise vessel to be powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. “AIDAnova is a milestone for our company and the entire cruise industry,” said Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Group. “With Carnival Corporation pioneering LNG technology, we start a new era of environmentally friendly cruising. It’s important now that the respective infrastructure will be further developed as more and more cruise lines are following our example.” For many years, AIDA Cruises has been a pioneer in the development of alternative modes of energy production on board its ships. The cruise line began investing in LNG as a propulsion technology more than 10 years ago – and with LNG, emissions of particulate matter and sulfur oxides are almost completely eliminated. In 2021 and 2023, two additional ships from the new AIDA Cruises generation of vessels will join the AIDA fleet, in addition to new LNGpowered ships on order for Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises in the UK, and
Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises in the U.S. In total, Carnival Corporation has an additional 10 next-generation “green” cruise ships on order that will be powered by LNG in port and at sea, with expected delivery dates between 2019 and 2025, leading the cruise industry’s use of LNG to power cruise ships. By making history as the first cruise ship to be powered in port and at sea by LNG, AIDAnova underscores Carnival Corporation’s longtime role as an industry leader in developing innovative solutions for sustainability, including the environmental technology breakthrough of making its Advanced Air Quality Systems (AAQS) highly functional in the small confines of a cruise ship. Its pioneering Advanced Air Quality Systems, generically known as exhaust gas cleaning systems, are installed on 71 of the company’s more than 100 ships. In addition, over 40 percent of the company’s fleet has “cold ironing” capabilities, enabling ships to use shoreside electric power where available while in port. The company has also implemented broad initiatives to optimize onboard energy usage and innovative hull designs and coatings to reduce fuel consumption by minimizing frictional drag.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras Makes Waves with Itinerary and Shipboard Offerings One of those Carnival Corporation vessels powered by LNG and the first North American-based cruise ship to do so as part of the company’s “green cruising” design platform—Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and largest ship, Mardi Gras—has made waves with a series of announcements building up to its inaugural schedule. Now on sale, and breaking records on opening day, the diverse schedule features six- to 15-day sailings visiting top destinations throughout Europe and the Caribbean beginning in summer 2020.
“For Mardi Gras, we’ve developed some truly exciting and diverse itineraries that will provide our guests with opportunities to experience and explore top destinations in Europe and the Caribbean,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “These itineraries will serve as the perfect complement to the unique shipboard experience that Mardi Gras will offer.” As for those unique shipboard experiences, get ready to ride! In another cruise industry first, Mardi Gras will feature the first-ever roller coaster at sea, providing an unforgettable and unique open-air thrill ride on the line’s newest and most innovative ship. Built by Munich-based Maurer Rides, BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster is a heart-pounding rush of adrenaline offering nearly 800 feet of exhilarating twists, turns and drops with riders reaching speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour. According to Duffy, BOLT is the cornerstone of innovations and features being designed for Mardi Gras, which will be the ultimate playground at sea for fun seekers of all ages. “Mardi Gras will be our most innovative ship ever with some truly special features and attractions, highlighted by BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea,” said Duffy. “BOLT will continue the tradition FIRST QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE 33