AIDAprima and AIDAvita have become the first cruise ships to dock at the new Dubai Cruise Terminal. The two vessels, operated by Aida Cruises, docked at the terminal earlier this month.
The move follows a decision from the German government to impose further restrictions on public life and travel to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Germany-based Aida Cruises has confirmed it now hopes to offer trips from November as the line seeks to return from a Covid-19 enforced suspension of operations.
The decision follows approval from Italy, flag state of its fleet, of new safety measures in place onboard. The first trips from Kiel will start on September 6th.
In a rare moment of good news for the cruise sector, Aida will begin sailing operations next month. Following an industry-wide pause in operations in mid-March, three of its ships will restart sailing in August.
Aida Cruises has announced it will extend its pause of operations until August 31st. The Carnival Corporation-owned line confirmed last month it would cancel all North American sailings in 2020, with a number of European departures now axed.
The route back from the Covid-19 pandemic appears increasingly treacherous for the cruise sector, with AIDA the latest line to extend a partial suspension of sailing.
Costa Cruises, Aida Cruises and Marella Cruises have all delayed the return of sailings in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The ship becomes the world’s first cruise vessel to be powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas and is Carnival Corporation’s fourth new ship of 2018.
The vessel will debut with innovative guest experience features and as the world’s first cruise vessel to be powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas, the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel.
Carnival Corporation has signed a shipbuilding contract for a third next-generation cruise ship for its rapidly growing AIDA Cruises brand. Featuring Carnival Corporation’s exclusive “green cruising” design, the ship will also be fully powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas.