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IMO Number: 9490040


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 (S659), AIDAbella (S666), AIDAluna (S660), AIDAblu (S680), AIDAmar (S690), AIDAstella (S695)


December 13th 2007: Ordered as MEYER 689.

October 20th 2008: Keel laid.

February 17th 2011: Floated out.

Meyer Werft

© Meyer Werft (River Eems conveyance)

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 РCopenhagen РOslo РLondon / Dover РParis / Le Havre -Amsterdam , Amsterdam , Hamburg from Kiel , Copenhagen , Oslo , London and Dover , Paris / Le Havre РAmsterdam/, Amsterdam РHamburg.

© Jens Boldt © Jens Boldt © Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt (all)
© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping) © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping) © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)
© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)(Arriving at Dover from Le Havre on the 08/05/15)

April 30th 2021:

“Berthed in Rostock-Warnem√ľnde to test the shore power supply facility which was built by the Siemens Group in the area of berths 7 and 8. The commissioning and test phase had been delayed by a few months due to the corona pandemic. This was originally planned for early autumn 2020 in Rostock. The shore power system is technically designed to supply up to two modern cruise ships at the same time. The city, the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and the port of Rostock jointly invested around 19 million Euros in the entire complex in Warnem√ľnde. Stadtwerke Rostock Netzgesellschaft provides the technical supply and the grid connection. According to official information, the new system can deliver up to 20 MVA of electrical energy. The complex system tests with the new supply station are scheduled for the end of the week.”.

April 11th 2023: Called at Dover.

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 Strait Shipping) and Meyer Werft for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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