AIDAblu Christened In Hamburg

German cruise operator AIDA Cruises has christened its newest vessel in the port city of Hamburg. The 68,500-GRT AIDAblu was named in front of the Hamburg Fish Market at exactly 9 minutes past 2000 hrs by her godmother, renowned designer Jette Joop, who released the traditional bottle of champagne via remote control as the vessel was kept steady by Captain Dr. Friedhold Hoppert.


Following the ceremony, the entire ship became the projection area for a film on the natural elements. Above AIDAblu, the skies were illuminated by a brilliant fireworks display high above the Port of Hamburg, accompanied by red and blue lighting effects in the colours of fire and ice, the theme of the evening. A specially-constructed Winter Village on the banks of the River Elbe, complete with powdery snow, gave more than 20,000 spectators the opportunity to witness the festivities, which included firewalkers and ice carvers demonstrating their skills.


Constructed in Germany by Meyer-Werft shipyard at Papenburg, AIDAblu features luxury accomodation in its 1,096 cabins for up to 2,050 guests. 7 restaurants and 13 bars, including the signature restaurant Rossini, California Grill serving American cuisine and the first microbrewery at sea, provide gourmet dining onboard. For wellness and recreation, the vessel’s expansive spa, one of AIDA Cruises’ largest at 2,602 square meters, offers massages, aromatherapy baths, thalasso therapy and saunas, while more than 8,000 square meters of open deck area lets guests enjoy the ocean breeze and sun. Guests preferring to stay indoors can enjoy performances at the 3,000-square meter theatrium.


AIDAblu joins her sister ships AIDAbella, AIDAdiva and AIDAluna to become the seventh ship in AIDA Cruises’ fleet. She is currently enroute on her maiden voyage to Palma de Mallorca and will sail Northern Europe during its inaugural season, taking guests to the cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, London and Paris between 6 March and 30 April 2010.


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