UPDATE (OCT 26):
We contacted Aida Cruises about the delayed delivery of Aidianova and we received a detailed statement:
The Meyer Werft shipyard has informed AIDA Cruises that the current construction status does not permit a delivery of the ship as scheduled and therefore must be postponed.
We deeply regret that due to this reason the planned pre-premiere-cruises during the period from November 15 to December 2, 2018, cannot take place.
The mayden voyage of AIDAnova starts as scheduled on December 2, 2018, from Hamburg to the Canary Islands.
With AIDAnova it is our aspiration to commission a ship that does not only comply with the usual high AIDA quality standards, but also inspires our guests with a wide range of innovations in many product areas.
Today, AIDA Cruises has informed all guests and sales partners about the itinerary change and, of course, provides alternative travel options with AIDAnova or from our diverse range of vacation offers.
During her premiere season from mid-December 2018, AIDAnova will be sailing to the Canary Islands and Madeira on seven-day cruises.
Information on the travel data of the pre-premiere-cruises:
Pre-premiere 1: November 15-19, 2018: Bremerhaven-Oslo-Hamburg
Pre-premiere 2: November 19-23, 2018: Hamburg-Rotterdam-Hamburg
Pre-premiere 3: November 23-27, 2018 Hamburg-Oslo-Hamburg
Pre-premiere 4.1: November 27 – December 1, 2018: Hamburg-Rotterdam-Hamburg
Pre-premiere 4.2: November 27 – December 2, 2018: Hamburg-Rotterdam-Hamburg
Aidanova which is the largest ever Carnival-owned cruise ship is delayed. The ship which will be operated by German-based Aida Cruises will now take delivery from the shipyard at a later date than originally planned.
The huge new class cruise ship is in the final stages of construction by Meyer Werft in Germany. According to Cruise Industry News, a notification was sent from the popular shipyard that the delivery to the cruise line would be delayed.
The fully powered Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) ship is currently based at the Eemshaven port for the final stages of outfitting all the interior spaces and for Sea Trials. The ship is still scheduled for sea trials this weekend and was recently fueled with the natural gas on October 18 for the very first time.
The reasons for the delayed delivery isn’t known but there was a fire in one of the cabins during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The ship was docked at the time and local fire crews successfully had control of the emergency. It could just be that the ship is the first in her class and is more complex than first thought.
As a result, some of the preview cruises have been canceled. These cruises are not officially and are a good way to test out the guest experience onboard. The maiden 6-night cruise from Hamburg, Germany to the Canary Islands departing on December 2 is still on schedule to go ahead.
Aidanova already had her naming ceremony in August at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. There is a huge anticipation of the new generation vessel as she is the largest ever to be built by Carnival Corp. There are also more identical ships on order for sister cruise brands. The ship is 180,000 gross tons with 2,600 passenger cabins.