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Thursday, December 23, 2021 

Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany, has handed over 'AIDAcosma', the ninth cruise ship it has built for Carnival brand Aida Cruises and the fourth such vessel delivered since the start of the pandemic..

MD Jan Meyer said: "I would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication and commitment on board, at the shipyard and from the home office. We have proven once again that we can build and deliver first-class ships despite the difficult circumstances caused by the Corona pandemic. With Meyer Turku's Costa Toscana, it is even the second ship that we as Meyer Group deliver to Carnival Corporation within less than three weeks."

Like sister ship AIDAnova, AIDAcosma features low-emission LNG propulsion. In 2018, the AIDAnova was the world's first cruise ship with this innovative propulsion system.

The effects of the pandemic caused challenges on board the AIDAcosma in recent weeks. Project Manager Jochen Busch said: "Overall, however, we managed these well until the end. The progress of the completion and the sea trials went well, so that we again delivered a ship in high MEYER quality, which our customers know from us."

Meyer Werft's order book now includes eight cruise ships for international customers until 2025, as well as an apartment ship for Ocean Residences, the construction of which is still subject to financing.

Joint MD Thomas Weigend said: "In 2022, we will deliver two more large ships, the Disney Wish and the Arvia for P&O Cruises. In the following years, it will be one large and one small newbuilding each. This is significantly less than we had planned before the outbreak of the pandemic."

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