Sounds like the “newness” of AidaNova may have been a contributor, as well as a late fire. Regardless... I’m fine with a medium-rare ship.
Translated article from NDR
The Papenburger Meyer shipyard is clearly delayed in the delivery of the "AIDAnova" apparently also in other ship new buildings. This is reported by the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" (NOZ, Thursday edition) with reference to internal publications. According to the report, the shipyard is said to have called for voluntary overtime in a staff magazine. The workforce in "critical areas" has been called to work up to 45 hours a week, it says. The big delays could be made up only with extraordinary measures, company boss Bernard Meyer is quoted in the magazine.It has been known for some weeks that the recently transferred "AIDAnova" will finish later than intended. Originally, the cruise ship was to be handed over today in Bremerhaven to the shipping company AIDA Cruises. After a cabin fire in late October, the shipyard announced that this appointment can not be held. The decision was justified at that time with the "current development status" of the ship. The shipyard does not publicly announce the new delivery date. Chief spokesman Hackmann said only that, according to the current state, the maiden voyage planned for December 2 will take place as planned. AIDA Cruises did not want to comment on NDR.de.The "AIDAnova" returned to Dutch Eemshaven on Tuesday after a first six-day test drive that had been postponed because of the fire. In the North Sea extensive test programs had been completed, said Hackmann. That everything went well. According to the Marine Traffic website, the ship covered 3,000 kilometers - sometimes even at top speed. Hackmann acknowledged, however, that there is still a lot to do on board. In addition to the interior design would run numerous trials and acceptances currently. "We continue our focused work," said the spokesman. According to him, the ship is scheduled to leave for a second multi-day test drive at the weekend.Hackmann justified the delay in the completion with the size and complexity of the prototype as well as the new technical equipment. The "AIDAnova" is the first cruise ship built by the Meyer shipyard that can be operated completely with liquefied natural gas (LNG). The information from the NOZ also indicates that there were considerable problems with the construction of the ship. "We have to question what we did wrong with 'AIDAnova' and why we disregarded warning signs," the newspaper quoted from the shipyard staff magazine.