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MV AIDAbella – Past and Present

MV AIDAbella

© Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

Steel twin screw ‘Sphinx’ class motor vessel built in 2008 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No. S.666) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for AIDA Cruises

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $390 million
  • Length: 252.00m (overall), m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 32.19m
  • Depth: 9.30m (moulded)
  • Draught: 7.50m
  • Tonnage: 69,203 gross/ net/8765t deadweight
  • Engines: Four MAK M43C diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 36,000kW/ hp
  • Speed: 19.5 knots
  • Capacity: 2,030 passengers
  • Crew: 646
  • Passenger Decks: 14
  • Call Sign: ICGS
  • IMO Number: 9362542
  • MMSI Number: 247229700
  • Germanischer Lloyd Register Number: 112323
  • Registry: Genova/Italy
  • Sister Ships: AIDAdiva, AIDAluna, AIDAblu, AIDAmar, AIDAsol, AIDAstella

Location Data

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March 10th 2007: Keel laid.

October 19th 2007: Launched.

March 27th 2008: Towed from Papenburg to Emden.

April 14th 2008: Delivered to Societa Di Crociere Mercurio S.r.L. Italy (Management Aida Cruises, Rostock, Germany).

April 23rd 2008: Christened in Warnemünde.

© Jens Boldt  © Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt

© Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina)

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, Willem Oldenburg, 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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