AIDA Cruises has announced the AIDAnova will not be delivered as scheduled, following a notification from Meyer Werft.
As a result, a number of preview cruises will not take place, but the ship is still on schedule to sail its maiden voyage on Dec. 2 from Hamburg to the Canary Islands.
“Our aim is to use AIDAnova for a ship that not only complies with the usual high AIDA quality but also inspires our guests in many product areas with new innovations,” AIDA said, in a prepared statement.
Earlier this week, a small fire broke out onboard the ship but was quickly contained, with local media suggesting it may have been arson. As a result, sea trials were also said to be delayed.
Quantum of the Seas, the next addition to Royal Caribbean’s fleet, has suffered damage after a fire broke out on one if its decks.
The vessel is still being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and is due to enter service at the end of October, with an initial season scheduled in the Bahamas over the winter before it relocates to Shanghai in China from next spring.
According to reports, the blaze broke out in a cabin on deck three of the 167,800-ton vessel, which will be capable of carrying up to 4,180 passengers.
Local fire services were called to the shipyard and were able to tackle the fire in a short amount of time, however two people were transferred to the local hospital in Papenburg to be treated for smoke inhalation.
It is estimated that the damage to Quantum of the Seas will cost approximately €50,000 (£40,300) to remedy.
The first Quantum-class vessel from Royal Caribbean, it will be followed next spring by sister ship Anthem of the Seas, which will sail out of Southampton.