AIDA Cruises

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AIDA Cruises
HeadquartersRostock, Germany

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 acquiring a 51% stake in the new organisation, and Arkona Touristik retaining the other 49%.[5]

As subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc[edit]

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 world's 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] 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.[13] Several of the destinations were new to the company, 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[edit]

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 to 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 25 April[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 183,858 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[edit]

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[24]
TBD 2023 Meyer Werft 183,858 tons  Italy Ordered on 27 February 2018 with Meyer Werft[25]

Former fleet[edit]

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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  20. ^ "AIDAprima in Singapore – Cruise Industry News | Cruise News". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
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  22. ^ a b "AIDAnova Delivered". Cruise Industry News. 12 December 2018.
  23. ^ "AIDAmira Christened". Cruise Industry News. 1 December 2019.
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