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Meyer Werft

© Meyer Werft

Steel twin screw ‘Sphinx’ class motor vessel built in 2011 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No. S.689) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for AIDA Cruises

Technical Data

  • Length: 253.33m (overall), 230.20m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 32.20m
  • Depth: 9.30m (moulded)
  • Draught: 7.300m
  • Tonnage: 71,304 gross/45,164 net/7891t deadweight
  • Engines: Two VEM-Elekrtomotorenwerk DTMSZ 3352-16YS diesel electric engines
  • Power/Propellers: 36,000kW/ 48,960 hp
  • Speed: 21.0 knots
  • Capacity: 2,194 passengers
  • Crew: 620
  • Passenger Decks: 15
  • Call Sign: ICPE
  • IMO Number: 9490040
  • MMSI Number: 247302900
  • Germanischer Lloyd Register Number: 114575
  • Registry: Genova/Italy
  • Sister Ships: AIDAdiva, AIDAbella, AIDAluna, AIDAblu, AIDAmar, AIDAstella

Current Location

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December 13th 2007: Ordered as MEYER 689.

October 20th 2008: Keel laid.

February 17th 2011: Floated out.

Meyer Werft

River Ems conveyance © Meyer Werft

March 31st 2011: Completed and delivered to Costa Crociere Spa, Italy. Registered Manager; Aida Cruises, Germany.

April 9th 2011: Christened in Kiel, Germany

April 9th 2011: Inaugural voyage  Kiel – Copenhagen – Oslo – London / Dover – Paris / Le Havre -Amsterdam , Amsterdam , Hamburg from Kiel , Copenhagen , Oslo , London and Dover , Paris / Le Havre – Amsterdam/, Amsterdam – Hamburg.

© Jens Boldt  © Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt (all)

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt

Arriving at Dover from Le Havre on the 08/05/15 © Nigel Scutt

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Jens Boldt, Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina) and Meyer Werft for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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