November 16, 2018 - The problems at MEYER WERFT are obviously more serious than previously assumed. In a press release from today, the shipyard states that it still needs some time to prepare AIDAnova for the first guests. The new building would be handed over to the shipping company in December and will be available for the first passengers in Tenerife on December 19th.
Tonight starts Aida Nova from Eemshaven in the Netherlands to the next test drive in the North Sea. That's good news. The bad thing is that the first regular cruises had to be canceled. MEYER WERFT provides the following information: “The new cruise ship AIDAnova is a particularly complex and innovative prototype. The completion of the ship with its 184.000 GT has been further delayed. The shipyard is working flat out to successfully complete all work and tests by November 30th. - It just takes a little more time to prepare the ship for the first guests. Therefore, the first regular cruises have to be canceled. The ship will be handed over to the shipping company AIDA Cruises in December and will be available for the first passengers in Tenerife on December 19th."
Photo: AIDAnova © AIDA Cruises
Share in addition AIDA Cruises with the fact that the following trips cannot take place:
• Maiden voyage "From Hamburg to Gran Canaria" 13 days, 02. – 15.12.2018
• Maiden voyage “From Hamburg to Tenerife” 10 days, 02. – 12.12. 2018
• "From Hamburg to Lisbon", 6 days, 02. – 08.12. 2018
• “From Lisbon to Gran Canaria”, 7 days, December 08-15.12. 2018
• "Canaries & Madeira 4" from / to Tenerife, 7 days, 12-19.12 December. 2018
• "Canaries & Madeira 3" from / to Gran Canaria, 7 days, 15–22.12 December. 2018
The travel prices will be refunded immediately. Reserved on-board services and excursions will be booked back. Amounts paid and transaction fees will be refunded. The costs incurred will also be reimbursed for individually booked arrivals and departures. For future bookings of trips up to a maximum of 14 days, prevented passengers are promised 50 percent price reductions on the cruise portion.
MEYER WERFT - Undocking the Ovation of the Seas
According to reports in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ), the shipyard is also behind schedule with other newbuildings after the delivery delay at AIDAnova. Internally, they have called on the workforce in "critical areas" to work up to 45 hours per week. Anyone who previously believed that delivery delays only occur at Japanese or Croatian shipyards will now be taught better.