February 26, 2014
Colourful ships of AIDA Cruises
Although headquartered in Germany, AIDA Cruises is actually owned by British/American interests. This German line débuted in 1960 with a ship named Völkerfreundschaft, which means 'friendship among peoples'. Acquired in 2000 by P&O Princess Cruises, the new entity subsequently merged with Carnival Corporation in 2003. AIDA Cruises thus forms a part of the European Division of this leading cruise industry player.
The distinguishing characteristics of AIDA Cruises include onboard services with a decidedly German touch and a generally younger passenger base in search of active discovery activities.
Aida Cruises currently operates 10 ships in regions across the globe, with two new ships under construction. The first, AIDAPrima, with a capacity of 3250 passengers, is set to be inaugurated in 2015. The second, identical in size, is scheduled to enter service in 2016.
In the past five years, the volume of German passengers has risen sharply by over 80%. In 2013, the German market ranked third in the world in terms of total numbers of cruise passengers carried, all destinations combined. It therefore only stands to reason that AIDA Cruises would seek to boost fleet size!
To satisfy increasing demand on Canada/New England itineraries from 2012, AIDA Cruises doubled passenger capacity by replacing the AIDAAura with the AIDABella. This coming fall, as in 2013, the AIDABella will be returning to sail the waters of the Saint Lawrence. With some 2500 passengers aboard, the ship will call into port at Québec and Montréal.
Planned 2014 itinerary:
AIDABella: 11-day cruise from Montréal to New York: 1 to 22 October
If you are seeking a cruise itinerary destined for the more active at heart, and speak a little German, you will delight in warm, friendly, outdoor excursion-based AIDA Cruises.