AIDAblu

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This article is about the 2010 AIDA Cruises ship. For the former ship of the same name, see Pacific Jewel.
AIDAblu Ajaccio.jpg
AIDAblu in Ajaccio
Career
Name: AIDAblu
Owner: Costa Crociere S.p.A.[1]
Operator: AIDA Cruises
Port of registry: Genoa, Italy[2]
Ordered: July 1, 2006[2]
Builder: Meyer Werft (Germany)
Cost: $420 million
Yard number: S. 680[2][3]
Christened: February 9, 2010 in Hamburg by Jette Joop[4]
Maiden voyage: February 9, 2010 to Palma, Majorca
Identification: Call sign: IBWX
IMO number: 9398888
MMSI number: 247282500
Status: In service[5]
General characteristics
Class & type: Sphinx-class[6] cruise ship
Tonnage: 71,304 GT[1]
Length: 253.33 m (831.14 ft)[1]
Beam: 32.2 m (105.64 ft)[1]
Draught: 7.3 m (23.95 ft)[1]
Decks: 15 decks
Installed power: Diesel-electric (about 36,000kW)[3]
Propulsion: 4 Caterpillar MaK engines[3][6]
Capacity: 2,050 passengers
Crew: 607 crew

AIDAblu is a Sphinx-class cruise ship, operated by the German cruise line, AIDA Cruises. AIDAblu is the seventh ship[7] in the cruise line. The vessel was delivered by Meyer Werft to its owners last 4 February 2010.[5] She is a sister ship to AIDAdiva, AIDAbella, AIDAluna[7] with a half deck more, and is followed by similar AIDAsol and AIDAmar. She has a passenger capacity of 2,050.

The name of AIDAblu has been used for a former AIDA ship from 2004-2007. AIDA Cruises' parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc, then transferred the ship to another cruise line., Ocean Village, and was renamed Ocean Village Two. In 2009, Ocean Village Two was again transferred to another cruise line, P&O Cruises Australia, also a Carnival daughter company, and was renamed Pacific Jewel.

Record Holder[edit]

AIDAblu is presently the record holder for the fastest English Channel crossing between Le Havre and Southampton by cruise ship. AIDAblu left Le Havre, France at 20:00 5/9/2011 in poor weather with 70 mph winds and 5metre seas and arrived in Southampton, England at 02:45 5/9/2011 (a crossing time of 6 hours, 45 minutes). This was originally reported in SHIPS MONTHLY shipping journal, November 2011, Page 8, published by Kelsey -http://www.shipsmonthly.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=54 .

Facilities[edit]

AIDAblu offers six restaurants (with a total area of 3,988 square metres (43,000 sq ft),[6] ten bars,[6] a 1,956 square metres (21,000 sq ft) wellness area,[6] 8,120 square metres (87,000 sq ft) of outer deck area,[6] and a 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft) theatrium.[6] There are also special internal and external areas for children.[6]

AIDAblu currently feature one of the largest wellness centers on a cruise ship, at 2,600 m2, surpassing the Costa Concordia, of Costa Cruises, with a 2,000 m2 (21,000 ft2).[5] It also has the first brewery installed on a cruise ship, where the beer served in the ship are brewed.[5]

AIDAblu has 1096 cabins, 374 are on the inside and 722 on the outside.[5] The callsign is IBWX . IMO 9398888 . MMSI 247282500.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "AIDAblu (112808)". Register online. Germanischer Lloyd. http://www.gl-group.com/register/index.jsp?STyp=204&RegNo=112808. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Yard No. 680 Meyer W.". Vessel Assessment System. Archived from the original on 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  3. ^ a b c "AIDA Cruises orders new cruise ship". Meyer Werft. 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2009-07-08. [dead link]
  4. ^ "AIDAblu Christened Successfully". Cruise Industry News. 2010-02-10. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Delivery of AIDAblu". Meyerwerft website. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "New club ship generation with MaK engines from Caterpillar" (PDF). Caterpillar Marine Power Systems. 2005. p. 6. Archived from the original on 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 

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