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. 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. 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. 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. On 1 January 1998, DSR split their operations into cargo and tourism, with a new company Arkona Touristik taking over the cruise business. Then during 2000 a company was formed, known as AIDA Cruises; with P&O Cruises acquiring a 51% stake in the new organisation, and Arkona Touristik retaining the other 49%.
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. In 2003, P&O Princess merged with Carnival Corporation, to form Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest cruise holiday company. Seetours was rebranded as AIDA Cruises in 2004.
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. 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 and has been led by President Felix Eichhorn since 1 September 2015.
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. The ship visited Southampton, Lisbon, Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Ushuaia, Easter Island, Tahiti, Singapore, and the Maldives, among other destinations. On 8 October 2018 AIDAaura left Hamburg on the company's second World Cruise, the 117-day voyage visited 41 ports in 20 countries on four continents. Several of the destinations were new to the company, including South Africa, Namibia, Melbourne, Tasmania, Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia.
In December 2018, AIDA debuted AIDAnova, the first cruise ship to be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Earlier, in May 2016, AIDAprima and AIDAsol had become the first two ships in the AIDA fleet to be simultaneously powered by LNG. In August 2019, AIDA signed an agreement with Corvus Energy to install battery storage systems for the electrification of their ships. 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.
|EB Deutsche Seereederei Rostock (DSR)||1952—1974|
|Deutsche Seereederei Touristik & Seetours||1994—1997|
|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|
|AIDAvita||2002||Aker MTW||2002 – present||42,289 tons||Italy|
|AIDAaura||2003||Aker MTW||2003 – present||42,289 tons||Italy|
|AIDAdiva||2007||Meyer Werft||2007 – present||69,203 tons||Italy|
|AIDAbella||2008||Meyer Werft||2008 – present||69,203 tons||Italy|
|AIDAluna||2009||Meyer Werft||2009 – present||69,203 tons||Italy|
|AIDAblu||2010||Meyer Werft||2010 – present||71,300 tons||Italy||The name was used for a former AIDA ship from 2004 to 2007.|
|AIDAsol||2011||Meyer Werft||2011 – present||71,300 tons||Italy|
|AIDAmar||2012||Meyer Werft||2012 – present||71,300 tons||Italy|
|AIDAstella||2013||Meyer Werft||2013 – present||71,304 tons||Italy|
|AIDAprima||2016||Mitsubishi||2016 – present||125,572 tons||Italy||Delivered on 14 March 2016 and began operating on 25 April|
|AIDAperla||2017||Mitsubishi||2017 – present||125,572 tons||Italy||Delivered on 27 April 2017 and began operating on 28 May|
|AIDAnova||2018||Meyer Werft||2018 – present||183,858 tons||Italy||Largest ship ever built and operating for AIDA|
|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|
|Ship||Scheduled delivery date||Builder||Gross Tonnage||Planned flag||Notes||Image|
|AIDAcosma||May 2021||Meyer Werft||183,858 tons||Italy||Steel cutting ceremony 15 August 2019|
|TBD||2023||Meyer Werft||183,858 tons||Italy||Ordered on 27 February 2018 with Meyer Werft|
for AIDA Cruises
|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
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