The longest cruise ship to date that entered Grand Harbour, Malta and berthed at Valletta Cruise Port was the 2021 built AIDAcosma during her maiden call, on Monday 31st October, 2022.
In March 2015, Carnival Corporation and Meyer Werft agreed on a letter of intent to build four new ships at the Papenburg and Turku sites between 2019 and 2022, later to become AIDAnova; COSTA SMERALDA; AIDAcosma and COSTA TOSCANA. In June 2015, the four ships were finally ordered. The agreed date for the delivery of the later AIDAcosma was early 2020 however, her delivery was later postponed by a year.
The first steel cut of yard number P 709 took place on August 15th, 2019 in the Meyer shipyard with her keel laid on October 15th, 2019 in the Neptun shipyard in Rostock , Germany where the entire machine section including the tanks was built, in February/March 2020 she was transferred to Papenburg towed by tugboat.
In 2020, delivery was postponed to fall 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic . AIDAcosma left the building dock back to 10th July, 2021. The commissioning of the ship was meanwhile planned for late 2021 and since there were further delays, the commissioning was postponed to spring 2022.
She is the second ship of the Helios class. It is up to a few differences such, att the stern, for example, she is identical in construction to her sister ship AIDAnova , which was put into service at the end of 2018. The AIDAcosma does not have a covered so called Four Element area, but rather additional areas on the outer decks, where there is also a bouldering wall as a replacement for the climbing garden , as installed on the AIDAnova .
The ship is one of the few cruise ships that can run entirely on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The 183,200-ton ship is the latest addition to the Aida Cruises fleet and AIDA’s second ship fueled by low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) with an operational focus on green cruising and clean energy.
She was berthed at Pinto 1 and 2 wharves part of Valletta Cruise Port.
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