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Carnival unveils new cruise ship

Miami-based travel and cruise company Carnival Corp. has launched a new cruise ship called AIDAnova, according to a Sept. 4 release.

The new ship under Carnival's AIDA Cruises line runs on liquefied natural gas, aligning with Carnival Cruises' pledge to make its cruises more environment-friendly. It is the first of 11 cruise ships from Carnival between 2018 and 2025 that will generate their power at sea and in port from LNG, according to the release.

In July, Carnival Corp.-owned Princess Cruises Ltd. disclosed that it will build two new cruise ships that will be powered by LNG.

The ship's entertainment features include an adventure deck that has three water slides and a climbing garden, a 360-degree Theatrium, and a TV studio called Studio X. There are 20 different stateroom types, ranging from a two-deck penthouse suite to family and patio cabins and single options with a balcony.

Carnival said the AIDAnova will embark on its first voyage at the end of September, headed to Eemshaven in the Netherlands. It will be delivered to AIDA Cruises on Nov. 15, after the ship has received its final fittings and has completed various sea trials.

The new cruise ship will begin its maiden voyage from Hamburg to the Canary Islands on Dec. 2.