AIDA Cruises Welcomes AIDAsol

AIDA Cruises, the German cruise line owned by industry giant Carnival Corporation, welcomed the latest addition to its fleet yesterday in a ceremony attended by an estimated 45,000 guests and spectators. At exactly 2134 hrs, the 2,192-passenger AIDAsol was christened at Kiel’s Ostseekai dock by her godmother Bettina Zwickler with the traditional champagne bottle amidst spectacular fireworks, capping a day of festivities that included a free concert by Kim Wilde, OMD, John Miles and other international artistes.


The fifth vessel of the line’s Sphinx-class, AIDAsol features 12 guest decks of contemporary accommodation, dining and recreation facilities designed for the German cruise market. Featuring light, Mediterranean colours, the Theatrium forms the heart of the 71,100-GRT vessel, with dual 40-meter high staircases producing 3D effects and patterns from the clever use of materials and lighting.


The ship’s 1,097 spacious cabins and suites are furnished with modern amenities and comforts, with nearly 70 percent boasting views of the sea from panoramic windows or balconies, while 7 restaurants and 12 bars (including the Market Restaurant with smoked fish from the onboard smokehouse and the Brewery Bar where draft beer is brewed from purified seawater) offer culinary specialties from Germany and around the world. The 2,602-square meter Wellness Oasis is designed to give guests the impression of being on a Greek island, where spa staff pamper them with a selection of wellness treatments.


AIDAsol is currently on her maiden voyage through northern Europe, calling at Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Oslo before arriving in Hamburg. She joins her sister ships AIDAdiva, AIDAbella, AIDAluna and AIDAblu in forming the mainstay of AIDA Cruises’ fleet, with a sixth sister ship, the AIDAmar, due to be launched in 2012.


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