Carnival launches its biggest ever cruise ship which cost £630m to build, can accommodate 6,600 passengers and boasts 17 restaurants, 23 bars and even a water park
The Carnival Corporation has christened its biggest ship to date, with the giant vessel able to accommodate up to 6,600 passengers.
The firm's AIDA Cruise brand has named its new liner the AIDAnova and a big party to celebrate the occasion was held on Friday night at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The colossal vessel, the fifth biggest in the world, measures 1,106 feet long and boasts 20 decks, 17 restaurants, 23 bars, a casino, rock climbing walls, a water park, mini golfing green, a state-of-the-art gym and spa.
Other highlights include a two-storey penthouse suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, a three-deck high theatre space and robot staff members.
The build project cost £630million (EUR 700 million) and investment was make the 184,000-ton ship more environmentally-friendly, with it running on liquefied natural gas instead of diesel.
A more bizarre feature of the boat, is a smiling face adorning its bow.
The exterior painting, applied to all AIDA ships, was based on an idea from German artist, Feliks Büttner. It took 50 liters of black, orange, and red paint to paint the brand symbol.
Friday's christening ceremony attracted 25,000 spectators and DJ David Guetta performed as a light show also took place.
Commenting on event, AIDA president Felix Eichhorn said: 'AIDAnova's naming ceremony was a special event in a special place: We are delighted that we were able to stage the AIDA Open Air in Papenburg at the Meyer Werft shipyard, so that we could share our enthusiasm about our new ship with so many people.'
A competition was run to find a family to christen the ship.
Sonja and Asad Mirza and their two children from Hanau, Germany, were picked as the winners.
Sonja said that she wished the guests and crew would always enjoy 'smooth sailing' and 'fair winds' aboard the AIDAnova as she gave it her blessing.
At the end of September AIDAnova will be going on her first short trip, setting sail for Eemshaven in the Netherlands for final fit-out and sea trials.
From December the liner will begin her maiden season with cruises around the Canary Islands.
AIDAnova is the world's first cruise ship that can be powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas both at sea and in port.
Two further AIDA ships of this new generation will be built by 2023 - also at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.
Currently the record for the largest cruise liner is held by Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas which stretches 1,188 feet long and can host up to 6,680 guests.