David Guetta in concert
The ceremony is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. local time. An open-air concert featuring French DJ David Guetta will follow. AIDAnova's christening is going to be accompanied by a light and laser show, for which some 550 lamps, lasers and spots have been set up on board and around the ship.
The winning godparents
AIDAnova's godparents, selected in a contest, are the Mirza family: Sonja, Asad, Sophia and Adria from Hanau in the federal state of Hesse.
AIDAnova's christening is part of the NDR 2 Papenburg Festival, a two-day event held by a local radio station. In addition to the spectators for the ceremony, another 25,000 people are forecast to attend the festival on Friday and on Saturday.