AIDA Cruises, the German unit in Carnival Corp & plc group, will name the new shiop due to enter service next year AIDAstella, whule the company will increase the number of sailings from German ports by extending the season of AIDAsol in Hamburg so that it will run from May to December, the company said in a statement.
In addition to detailed descriptions of the destinations, the 2013/2014 catalogue contains a lot of information about onboard facilities and activities. It also contains a large number of photos from guests who responded to a call from AIDA and sent in their nicest holiday snaps. Exciting add-ons are provided by the QR codes, which enable readers to quickly access videos and other Internet pages. Those who do not want to wait for the printed version can view the online catalogue or compile their own individual catalogue at www.aida.de, where destinations and topics can be selected and then downloaded as a pdf file with just a few clicks of the mouse.
AIDAstella is the name of the ship that will set course on its maiden voyage through Northern Europe on 17 March 2013, following its christening ceremony. It will also spend its premiere season in northern climes, embarking on two-week cruises from Hamburg starting in May. In winter, AIDAstella will visit the fascinating world of the Canary Islands.
AIDA Cruises is further expanding its Northern European program in the 2013/2014 season, with the Rostock-based company offering cruises from Hamburg on AIDAsol for the first time from May to December. Also new is the 4-day city tour on AIDAstella, which takes guests from Hamburg to Amsterdam and London in March and April. In addition to the 10-day alternative, the popular Baltic Sea cruise will now also be offered as a 1-week trip. In future, globetrotters too can embark on great adventures from just outside their front door, e.g. from Warnemünde to New York on AIDAbella or from Hamburg to Buenos Aires on AIDAcara. In all, there will be six AIDA ships travelling on 34 different routes from Hamburg, Kiel and Warnemünde.
AIDA passengers can discover new ground in Northern Europe at Ísafjörður in Iceland as well as Klaksvik on the Faroe Islands and on the southern coast of England, the Isle of Portland will be visited by an AIDA ship for the very first time. From Le Verdon and Brest on the Atlantic coast of France, guests can embark on excursions to Brittany and the region of Bordeaux while, from the Portuguese port of Leixões, guests can visit the home of Port wine. The Dutch port city of IJmuiden, the Malaysian island of Langkawi and the Caribbean island St. Kitts are likewise new additions to the program.
In addition, AIDA guests can look forward to a greater choice of cruises in the Adriatic. From April to October, there will be four different routes to Venice, Dubrovnik and Zadar, while AIDAaura will set course from Antalya through the Bosporus and on to the Black Sea. The routes in the western and eastern Mediterranean are also a must in the AIDA program, of course. The cruises on offer range from short 3-day trips starting from Palma de Mallorca to 2-week voyages giving guests ample opportunity to explore and experience the relaxing way of life in the Mediterranean. AIDAaura will also set course for the Black Sea region again between June and August.
Those drawn to far-off places will find an extensive range of cruises to the USA and Canada, the islands of the Caribbean, as well as Brazil and further to Cape Horn, while AIDAmar, AIDAdiva and AIDAaura head for the mysterious and fascinating world of the East. Their cruises through the Red Sea, the Orient and Southeast Asia include such exotic destinations as Luxor, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
And it pays to book early, with an Early Booker Plus discount of up to €450 for the first and second person in the cabin. The allocation is limited, though, so be quick. And another first: AIDA is now offering the new X season as a particularly economical period to travel on a large number of cruises.