AIDA Cruises Christens New Fleet Addition

German cruise line AIDA Cruises has christened its newest cruise ship, the 71,300-GRT AIDAstella, in the port of Warnemunde. Entering the harbour in the morning accompanied by a flotilla of boats, the ship was the main highlight for the accompanying carnival held throughout yesterday around the port’s Pier 7, culminating in a fireworks display during her christening ceremony.


Constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, AIDAstella is the seventh and final ship of the line’s Sphinx-class designed specifically for German cruisers. She features contemporary-designed accommodation (the majority of which enjoy ocean views) and a selection of restaurants and bars serving cuisines from around the world. Entertainment is provided at the onboard Theatrium and 4D cinema, while a large sundeck and pool caters to sun worshippers.


AIDAstella is currently on her maiden voyage to Oslo, with port calls to Amsterdam, Le Havre and Southampton enroute. For her inaugural season, she will homeport in Hamburg and operate a series of short cruises through April 2013, before switching to a 14-day Northern Europe itineraries visiting Belgium, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the UK.


Headquartered in Rostock and a division of Carnival Corporation & PLC, AIDA Cruises currently operates a fleet of 10 cruise ships dedicated to German cruisers. The line now shifts its focus to its upcoming 125,000-GRT newbuilds set to join its fleet in 2015 after construction in Japan.


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