Sunday, August 14, 2011

AIDA Cruises Orders New Ships (see Article from Yesterday Too)

The Rostock cruise company AIDA Cruises announced today that it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Japans Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the construction of two innovative new-generation Clubships.

The 125,000-ton ships with 3,250 berths each will be delivered in March 2015 and March 2016. The all-in cost for these vessels will be approximately 140,000 per lower berth. Details of the newbuilds will be released in due course.

"The newbuilds will set new standards both in product-innovation and environmental performance. With this decision we will be able to meet the high demand for cruising with AIDA's Clubships", said Michael Thamm, President of AIDA Cruises.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has already built two highly successful cruise ships for Carnival Corporation and plc, the parent company of AIDA Cruises.

With currently eight Clubships, AIDA Cruises is market leader in Germany. Two further vessels will be added to the fleet in 2012 and 2013.

The memorandum of agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is subject to customary closing conditions, including execution of shipbuilding contracts and financing.

Rostock, 3. August 2011

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