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AIDA Cruises

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General Information
AIDA Cruises
President:
Michael Thamm
Ships in Fleet: 7
Year Established: 1960
Corporate Location: Rostock, GE
 
Overview
The AIDA Cruises Fleet
Destinations & Itineraries
Onboard Experience
Past Passenger Program
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Overview of AIDA Cruises
AIDA Cruises is the world's largest German cruise line. Originally founded during the 1960s, AIDA is now one of the many brands owned and operated by Carnival Corporation & plc. Marketed towards the German-speaking world, AIDA Cruises is known for being casual with a youthful style. Their seven "club ships" feature many amenities that a four-star resort would, which typically attracts an active consumer.

AIDAcara, known as Aida when she debuted in 1996, was the first ship built specifically for the AIDA Cruises fleet. When she launched she introduced the "club cruising" concept to the world, which brought about quite a different experience than what traditional cruising offered during that time. Among the innovative onboard features was a very casual dress code, an emphasis on fitness and mostly buffet dining.

The newest ship in the AIDA Cruises fleet is the 71,000-ton AIDAblu, which debuted in February 2010 and became the largest ship ever in AIDA's fleet (an honor which previously was held by the line's Sphinx class ships). AIDA Cruises is expected to launch two sister ships to AIDAblu, one in 2011 (AIDAsol) and another in 2012 (yet to be named). Both of these upcoming cruise ships will be built in the famous Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.
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AIDA Cruise Destinations
AIDA Cruises offers cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Arabian Gulf and around the Canary Islands.
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Onboard AIDA Cruises
This cruise line is primarily marketed towards the younger, more active German-speaking traveler. As mentioned above, their ships are operated with a very casual "club resort" theme in mind. In fact, AIDA Cruises is so casual that they allow their off-duty crew members to meet and mingle with passengers throughout each cruise. If you don't speak German you're really going to feel out of place, and quite confused, while on an AIDA ship.

The casual onboard atmosphere of an AIDA cruise ship is further emphasized by their choice in dining style, as they only offer an open seating format. Aside from a single a la carte restaurant available on each ship (offering a more upscale dining experience), there are a slew of casual buffets onboard the AIDA cruise ships.

Because of the active, wellness and fitness theme of AIDA Cruises, the spa and fitness center is one of the most popular daytime venues onboard each of the AIDA ships. There are many bars and lounges onboard each of AIDA's ships, and lively entertainment is available nightly in each ship's theatre.
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AIDA Cruises Past Passenger Program
AIDA Cruises does not currently have a past passenger program in place. This is subject to change, so check back with us every now and then.
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AIDA Cruises Fleet
There are currently 7 ships in the AIDA Cruises fleet, including the new AIDAlblu which entered AIDA's fleet in 2010. The next ship expected to join AIDA's expanding fleet is AIDAsol, expected to debut in February of 2011.

AIDAaura

AIDAaura
Inaugural Year: 2003
AIDAbella

AIDAbella - NEW SHIP!
Inaugural Year: 2008
AIDAblu

AIDAblu - NEW SHIP!
Inaugural Year: 2010
AIDAcara

AIDAcara
Inaugural Year: 1996
AIDAdiva

AIDAdiva
Inaugural Year: 2007
AIDAluna

AIDAluna - NEW SHIP!
Inaugural Year: 2009
AIDAsol

AIDAsol - COMING SOON!
Expected Debut: 2011
AIDAvita

AIDAvita
Inaugural Year: 2002


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