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AIDAcara Helsinki.jpg
AIDAcara departing from Helsinki.
  • AIDA (1996–2001)
  • AIDAcara
Owner: AIDA Cruises
Operator: AIDA Cruises
Port of registry:
Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard (Finland)[1]
Cost: DM 300 million[1]
Launched: 16 February 1996
In service: June 1996[1]
Refit: 2005
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 38,531 GT
Length: 634.2 ft (193.30 m)
Beam: 90.5 ft (27.58 m)
Draft: 20.3 ft (6.19 m)[1]
Decks: 11 total, 9 passenger
Installed power: 2 diesel-electric[clarification needed] (21,720 kW)[1]
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Capacity: 1,186 passengers
Crew: 360 crew

AIDAcara (formerly AIDA[1]) is the first cruise ship in the fleet of German cruise company, AIDA Cruises.


AIDAcara was built for Deutsche Seetouristik/Arkona Reisen as a Clubschiff (Club Ship),[2] and was launched in 1996 under the name AIDA. When P&O Cruises purchased a controlling stake in Arkona Reisen in 1999, they transferred the ship, and it became part of the new AIDA Cruises fleet, and was named AIDAcara, after two of its sister ships entered operation, AIDAvita and AIDAaura.[1]

In 2005, the vessel underwent refits, which increased the number of cabins.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ward, Douglas (2005). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. ISBN 981-246-510-3.
  2. ^ "AIDAcara". Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 2008-07-16.

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