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AIDA Cruises

AIDA Cruises
HeadquartersRostock, Germany
OwnerCarnival Corporation & plc Edit this on Wikidata

AIDA Cruises is a German cruise line founded in the early 1960s and organized as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc since 2003.[1][2] Based in Rostock, Germany, AIDA Cruises caters primarily to the German-speaking market; as seagoing "club resorts", AIDA ships have on-board amenities and facilities designed to attract younger, more active vacationers.[3] As of December 2019, the cruise line operates 14 ships, with two additional ships on order.


The company was founded as Deutsche Seereederei (German Shipping Company) with a ship called Völkerfreundschaft ("Peoples' Friendship"), and entered the cruise industry in the 1960s.[1] After the reunification of Germany in the early 1990s Deutsche Seereederei was privatised and became DSR. DSR acquired Seetours of Bremen and cruises were marketed under the Seetours brand.[1] On 1 January 1998, DSR split their operations into cargo and tourism, with a new company Arkona Touristik taking over the cruise business.[4] Then during 2000 a company was formed, known as AIDA Cruises; with P&O Cruises aquiring a 51% stake in the new organistation, and Arkona Touristik retaining the other 49%.[5]

As subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc

In 2001, P&O Princess Cruises acquired the remaining 49% interest in AIDA and the cruise business associated with Seetours International.[6] In 2003, P&O Princess merged with Carnival Corporation, to form Carnival Corporation & plc, the worlds largest cruise holiday company.[2] Seetours was rebranded as AIDA Cruises in 2004.[7]

Following the merger, executive control of AIDA Cruises was transferred to Costa Cruises Group, one of the main operating companies of Carnival Corporation & plc, with responsibility for the group's European brands.[7][8]AIDA Cruises is now one of ten brands owned by Carnival Corporation & plc, based at Miami, Florida, accounting for 6.5% of its share of revenue[9] and has been led by President Felix Eichhorn since 1 September 2015.[10]

In October 2017, AIDAcara departed from Hamburg on the company's first World Cruise. After a 116-day sailing, the ship returned to Hamburg on 10 February 2018.[11] The ship visited Southampton, Lisbon, Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Ushuaia, Easter Island, Tahiti, Singapore, and the Maldives, among other destinations.[12] In fall 2018, AIDAaura performed the company's second World Cruise in fall 2018. On 8 October 2018, the ship departed from Hamburg on a 117-day voyage visiting 41 ports in 20 countries on four continents.[13] During this voyage, AIDAaura became the company's first ship to visit several destinations including South Africa, Namibia, Melbourne, Tasmania, Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia.[14]

In December 2018, AIDA debuted AIDAnova, the first cruise ship to be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).[15] Earlier, in May 2016, AIDAprima and AIDAsol had become the first two ships in the AIDA fleet to be simultaneously powered by LNG.[16] In August 2019, AIDA signed an agreement with Corvus Energy to install battery storage systems for the electrification of their ships.[17] In October 2019, AIDA announced that it would test a new fuel-cell technology for large-scale cruise ships aboard the AIDAnova as early as 2021.[18]

History of AIDA Cruises[4]
Company name Dates
EB Deutsche Seereederei Rostock (DSR) 1952—1974
VEB Deutfracht/SeereedereiRostock 1974—1990/1993
Deutsche Seereederei Touristik & Seetours 1994—1997
ArkonaTouristik 1998—1999
AIDA Cruises 1999—present


Current fleet

Ship Built Builder Entered Service for AIDA Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
AIDAcara 1996 Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Finland) 1996–Present 38,531 tons  Italy Previously AIDA 0906 Kreuzfahrt Norwegen 1937.jpg
AIDAvita 2002 Aker MTW 2002–Present 42,289 tons  Italy AIDAvita at Pier 25 in Tallinn 18 September 2016.jpg
AIDAaura 2003 Aker MTW 2003–Present 42,289 tons  Italy Malta-Aida.JPG
AIDAdiva 2007 Meyer Werft 2007–Present 69,203 tons  Italy AIDAdiva in Kiel.jpg
AIDAbella 2008 Meyer Werft 2008–Present 69,203 tons  Italy AIDA bella Meyer Werft.JPG
AIDAluna 2009 Meyer Werft 2009–Present 69,203 tons  Italy AIDAluna 06.jpg
AIDAblu 2010 Meyer Werft 2010–Present 71,300 tons  Italy The name was used for a former AIDA ship from 2004–2007. 2011-03-05 03-13 Madeira 130 Funchal, Hafen.jpg
AIDAsol 2011 Meyer Werft 2011–Present 71,300 tons  Italy AIDAsol at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (13293579675).jpg
AIDAmar 2012 Meyer Werft 2012–Present 71,300 tons  Italy AIDAmar at Pier 24 in Port of Tallinn 17 August 2015.JPG
AIDAstella 2013 Meyer Werft 2013–Present 71,304 tons  Italy AIDAstella, 6.jpg
AIDAprima 2016 Mitsubishi 2016–Present 125,572 tons  Italy Delivered on 14 March 2016[19] and began operating on April 25[20] AIDAprima 2016-04a.jpg
AIDAperla 2017 Mitsubishi 2017–Present 125,572 tons  Italy Delivered on 27 April 2017[21] and began operating on 28 May AIDAperla (39028672710).jpg
AIDAnova 2018 Meyer Werft 2018–Present 183,900 tons  Italy Largest ship ever built and operating for AIDA

Delivered on 12 December 2018[22] and performed inaugural cruise on 19 December 2018[22]

AIDAnova in the Eemshaven - 2.JPG
AIDAmira 1999 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2019–Present 48,200 tons  Italy Transferred from Costa Cruises and formerly sailed as Costa neoRiviera; debuted on 4 December 2019[23]

Future fleet

Ship Scheduled delivery date Builder Gross Tonnage Planned flag Notes Image
AIDAcosma May 2021 Meyer Werft 183,900 tons  Italy Steel cutting ceremony 15 August 2019[24]
TBD 2023 Meyer Werft 183,900 tons  Italy Ordered on 27 February 2018 with Meyer Werft[25]

Former fleet

Ship Built Builder In service
for AIDA Cruises
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
AIDAblu 1990 Fincantieri 2004-2007 69,845 tons  Italy Before entering AIDA fleet in 2004: Crown Princess and A'Rosa Blu

After exiting AIDA fleet in 2007: Ocean Village Two, Pacific Jewel, and Karnika

AIDAblu LaPalma (recropped).JPG


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  23. ^ "AIDAmira Christened". Cruise Industry News. 1 December 2019.
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