AIDAnova Delivery Pushed Back


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.

Fire not expected to affect Norwegian Joy delivery

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Norwegian Joy

A fire over the weekend in the construction shed where the Norwegian Joy is being assembled should not impact the delivery of the ship next spring, a spokesman for the Meyer Werft shipyard said.

The blaze took the yard’s fire brigade about 30 minutes to extinguish, spokesman Peter Hackmann said.

“Lucky us, it was no big deal. Damage is very limited,” Hackmann said.

The 3,900-passenger Norwegian Joy is the next Breakaway Plus ship to be delivered to Norwegian. It is being designed for use in China.

Quantum of the Seas damaged in ship fire

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.