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.
Carnival Corporation has revealed it will launch four new cruise ships in 2018 across four of its ten brands. Carnival Cruise Line, America’s most trusted and popular line; Holland America Line, one of cruising’s most popular premium lines with a 145-year history; Seabourn, the leader in small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising; and AIDA Cruises, the leading cruise brand in Germany, will all receive new ships.
AIDA Cruises has taken delivery of its first new-build vessel. The ship is a new ship generation from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and was delivered in Nagasaki during a formal ceremony. In the presence of Michael Thamm, chief executive of the Costa Group, and Felix Eichhorn, president AIDA Cruises, AIDAprima was handed over to the cruise line by Shunichi Miyanaga, president Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Yoichi Kujirai, president, commercial aviation and transportation systems, MHI.