Take a look inside Carnival Corporation’s largest-ever ship, which holds 6,600 passengers, cost nearly $800 million to build, and has 2 private ‘islands’ and a jungle-themed water park

Meet Carnival's latest ship.

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Meet Carnival’s latest ship.
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  • Carnival Corporation just added a new ship: the AIDAnova.
  • It holds about 6,600 passengers and features a high-ropes course, three waterslides, a live TV studio, two private “islands,” and 40 bars and restaurants.
  • Carnival says AIDAnova is also the first cruise ship in the world to run on liquefied natural gas, a clean-burning fossil fuel.

Carnival Corporation and its German cruise brand AIDA Cruises introduced the newest addition to Carnival’s fleet of more than 100 ships: the AIDAnova.

AIDAnova was named on Friday in front of 25,000 people at an open-air concert headlined by David Guetta. Along with a slew of onboard features, the AIDAnova is distinctive for being the first cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas, the world’s cleanest-burning fossil fuel, Carnival said.

The AIDAnova is set to embark on its maiden voyage in December. Here’s a sneak peek of the gargantuan ship.


The AIDAnova can accommodate 6,600 passengers and 1,500 crew members, making it the fifth-biggest ship in the world.

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The AIDAnova, which reportedly cost nearly $800 million to build, is 1,080 feet long and has a gross tonnage of 184,000 tons.

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The AIDA was christened on Friday in front of a crowd in Papenburg, Germany.

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AIDA baptism
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There are plenty of options for food or drink on board — passengers can choose from 17 restaurants and 23 bars.

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The Time Machine restaurant seeks to mix “experience and culinary art,” AIDA says, adding that guests will take a trip through history and the future during their dinner.

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Guests at the Ocean restaurant can enjoy seafood while surrounded by multimedia projections of the sea.

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Or they can keep it casual at the Street Food strip, which will offer dishes like doner kebab, currywurst, and baguette sandwiches.

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There’s also the Churrascaria Steakhouse, which will feature grilled meat skewers, a Brazilian favorite.

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The Teppanyaki Grill will feature communal seating and food prepared in front of the guests.

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And there’s a sushi joint on board.

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AIDAnova also boasts the first TV studio at sea, Studio X, where shows will be produced and broadcasted in front of up to 500 guests, AIDA says. At night, there will be entertainment at the cocktail bar, the disco, or the pub, featuring trivia and karaoke.

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The Four Elements is AIDAnova’s on-board water park.

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It has a jungle theme — guests can climb among the treetops, float on the river, or try one of the three waterslides.

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There’s also lounge seating for those just looking to veg out. The Beach Club, which was designed with a Caribbean vibe, is covered by a foil dome that allows the sun in while keeping the rain out.

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And if that’s not enough relaxation, the nearly 40,000-square-foot Body & Soul Organic Spa has more than 80 treatments and features two private “islands” for wellness experiences geared toward couples.

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Finally, there are 20 types of staterooms, ranging from single rooms to a penthouse suite.

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The two-story penthouse is nearly 800 square feet, with panorama windows and a private sun deck.

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AIDAnova is set to make its inaugural cruise in early December. The eight-day cruise will tour the Canary Islands, and prices start from $625.

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