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Take a look at the AIDA Cruises success story. Here you can read about the company's history from 1994 up to the present day.


30. June 2017 - Lena Gercke tauf AIDAperla in Palma de Mallorca

The big moment finally arrived at 10:30 p.m. on June 30, 2017: Model and presenter Lena Gercke christened the 12th member of the AIDA fleet with the name “AIDAperla.”

31. May 2017 - AIDAnova will be the first ship of the next AIDA generation from Papenburg

On 31 May, 2017, at 6:00 pm, one of the best-kept secrets of the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg was lifted: a spectacular graffiti surprise revealed the name of the first ship of the first generation that can run on LNG (liquefied natural gas) with nearly zero emissions. This name, AIDAnova, is now displayed on a graffiti banner in the construction halls where the ship is being built.

21. February 2017 - First Steelcut of the first LNG cruise ship in the world at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg

On February 21, 2017, a new age dawned for the cruise shipping sector at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. AIDA President Felix Eichhorn and Meyer Werft Director Bernard Meyer performed the symbolic first steel cutting for the world’s first cruise ship that can be run completely on liquid natural gas (LNG).

07. June 2016 - 20 years of AIDA – A success story celebrates its anniversary

AIDA Cruises is celebrating its anniversary: Twenty years ago today, on June 7, 1996, the first ship in the AIDA fleet was christened by former first lady Christiane Herzog in Rostock/Germany and put into service. From the very beginning, AIDA has stood for innovation and product diversity like no other company in the industry.

07. May 2016 - Christening of AIDAprima in Hamburg

Emma Schweiger christens AIDAprima on May 7, 2016 in the framework of the 827th HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY. From April 30, the hanseatic city will be the start and end port for seven-day round trips to Western Europe's most beautiful metropolises such as London, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam.

14. March 2016 - AIDA Cruises takes delivery of AIDAprima in Nagasaki

On March 14, 2016, AIDA Cruises took delivery of its first newbuild of a new ship generation from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) in Nagasaki during a formal ceremony.


08. October 2013 - Publication of the name of the first ship of a new AIDA generation

On the 8th of Oktober 2013 the name of the first ship of the new AIDA Generation, AIDAprima, is announced in Hamburg.

16 March 2013 - Christening of AIDAstella

AIDAstella was christened at a special ceremony held in Warnemünde on the evening of March 16, 2013.

01 July 2012 - Michael Ungerer President of AIDA Cruises

Michael Ungerer has been appointed President of AIDA Cruises.

12 May 2012 - Christening of AIDAmar in Hamburg

AIDAmar was inaugurated on the evening of May 12, 2012 with an extravaganza at the Port of Hamburg, accompanied by her three sister ships. A total of 1.4 million guests attended the Port of Hamburg’s 823rd anniversary celebrations.

03 Aug 2011 - AIDA Cruises on course for growth

The Rostock cruise company AIDA Cruises announced today that it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the construction of two innovative new-generation Clubships. The 125,000-ton ships with 3,250 berths each will be delivered in March 2015 and March 2016.

09 Apr 2011 - Christening of AIDAsol

Christening of AIDAsol in Kiel under the heading: “Stars for AIDAsol: The AIDA Christening Night of the Proms.

31 Mar 2011 - Delivery of AIDAsol

AIDA Cruises takes delivery of its fifth new vessel from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.

12 Aug 2011 - Announcement of 10th order with delivery in 2013

AIDA Cruises announces the ordering of the 10th AIDA ship. It will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, with delivery scheduled for 2013.

09 Feb 2010 - Christening of AIDAblu in Hamburg

AIDAblu christened in Hamburg by designer Jette Joop

04 Feb 2010 - Delivery of AIDAblu

AIDA Cruises takes delivery of its fourth new vessel from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.

11 July 2009 - 2,000,000th guest

AIDA welcomes its 2,000,000th guest. Captain Przemyslaw Kurc and Club Director Harald Bernberger welcome the Grob family on board AIDAluna.

04 Apr 2009 - Christening of AIDAluna

Christening of AIDAluna in Palma de Mallorca by top model Franziska Knuppe.

20 Oct 2008 - Laying down AIDAblu

AIDAblu laid down at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. The fourth ship of the "Sphinx class" to be commissioned in spring 2010.

05 July 2008 - AIDA Cruises welcomes its 1,500,000th guest

AIDA Cruises welcomes its 1,500,000th guest. Captain Nico Berg and Club Director Klaus Grosse receive Jürgen Hinrichsen and his wife, Beate, on board AIDAaura in Hamburg.

23 Apr 2008 - Christening of AIDAbella in Warnemünde

AIDAbella is christened in Warnemünde.
“Our most beautiful smile for the Baltic Sea”
Godmother: top model Eva Padberg

29 Mar 2008 - Laying down AIDAluna

AIDAluna is laid down at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.

13 Dec 2007 - AIDA Cruises orders two ships for 2011 and 2012

AIDA Cruises orders two more new vessels from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, with delivery schedules for 2011 and 2012 respectively. The AIDA fleet will then comprise nine ships.

20 Apr 2007 - Christening AIDAdiva in Hamburg

AIDAdiva is christened in Hamburg with a spectacular light show.
Godmother: Maria Galleski
1,000,000 spectators on the landing stages

27 Mar 2007 - New plans for AIDAblu from 2007

After ordering a total of four newbuildings from the Meyer Shipyard in Papenburg, AIDA Cruises announces that the AIDAblu will be leaving the German market in the spring of 2007 and relocating to the affiliated company Ocean Village in Great Britain. The ship will be replaced by the first newbuilding which will be put into service in spring of 2007.

10 Mar 2007 - Laying down AIDAbella

AIDAbella, the second of the four new vessels, is laid down at the Meyer Werft shipyard.

25 Aug 2006 - One million guests

AIDA Cruises reaches the magical mark of one million passengers, with Karlheinz Zahm from Leonberg checking in on AIDAaura as the one millionth guest on 25 Aug 2006.

21 Aug 2006 - Awarded for the "GLC Social Responsibility" certificate

AIDA Cruises is awarded certification in accordance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, as well as the new industrial standard “GLC Social Responsibility”. They confirm the company’s compliance with the best international standards relating to quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

12 June 2006 - Ordering for a new ship with delivery in 2010

AIDA Cruises places order for a fourth new ship, also to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg for a cost of € 330 million. Delivery scheduled for spring 2010.

07 June 2006 - AIDAcara celebrates her 10th birthday

AIDAcara celebrates her 10th birthday with a big party in Warnemünde together with all the staff from AIDA Cruises & its subsidiary companies. AIDAcara, the ship of the first AIDA generation, was christened on 7 June 1996 in Rostock/Germany.

03 Mar 2006 - Laying down AIDAdiva

Laying down of AIDAdiva at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg and presentation of the relaunch of the brand with the new AIDA logo.

16 Oct 2005 - Agency in Vienna/Austria

AIDA Cruises opens its own agency in Vienna/Austria. The new  AIDA office in the Danube metropolis strengthens the presence of AIDA Cruises in Austria.

12 July 2005 - Order for a new vessel with delivery in 2008

AIDA Cruises places an order for a third new vessel at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg at a cost of € 315 million.
Delivery scheduled for spring 2008.

19 Oct 2004 - AIDA places order for two new Clubship vessels

Two new Clubship vessels built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg at a cost of €630 million.
Delivery: spring 2007 and 2009

12 Aug -30 Aug 2004 - AIDAaura at the 2004 Olympic Games

AIDAaura as the German ship at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

13 Apr-27 Apr 2004 - Conversion of A´ROSA BLU to AIDAblu

Conversion of A´ROSA BLU to AIDAblu at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg

12 Apr 2003 - Christening of AIDAaura

Christening of AIDAaura in Warnemünde.
AIDAaura by Night
Godmother: top model Heidi Klum

14 June 2002 - Christening of A´ROSA BLU

Christening of A´ROSA BLU at the Grasbrook Quay in Hamburg
VIP Godmother: actress Iris Berben

04 May 2002 - Christening of AIDAvita

Christening of AIDAvita in Warnemünde with Doris Schröder-Köpf, the wife of Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, as the VIP Godmother.

14 Mar 2001 - Founding of AIDA Entertainment GmbH

AIDA and Schmidts Tivoli GmbH found a joint company for onboard entertainment. Seelive Tivoli, today's AIDA Entertainment GmbH, hs its head office in Hamburg.

29 Sep 1999 - Order for two more ships

The order for two further ships (AIDAvita/AIDAaura) for the AIDA line is awarded to Aker MTW in Wismar.

07 June 1996 - Christening of Clubship AIDA

Christening of the Clubship AIDA (now AIDAcara) in Warnemünde.
Godmother: Christiane Herzog

26 Aug 1994 - Signing building contract of first AIDA ship

Unterzeichnung des Bauvertrages für das Clubschiff AIDA (jetzt AIDAcara) mit der Kvaerner Masa Yards in Turku/Finnland.

AIDA Cruises- simply unique:AIDA all-inclusiv service:
  • The finest combination of cruising, wellness holiday, city tours and experiencing nature
  • Excellent service and the most modern comfort  
  • Culinary delights of the world in different A-la-carte and Buffet restaurants 
  • With one of the largest spa and sports areas on the seven seas
  • Various cabin types - Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Suites - with the most recent and convenient equipment make our guests feel like home
  • Breathtaking entertainment, arranged specially for AIDA
  • Lots of fun in the Kids Club and great programs for teens 
  • Large variety of onshore tours, from the very relaxed to the active sporting variety
  • Wide range of varied courses, for example in diving or golfing
  • One of the most modern and eco-friendly fleets in the world
  • German as the onboard language 
  • Full board with table drinks in the Buffet Restaurant
  • Use of many sport and wellness facilities
  • Top-class entertainment
  • Childcare for over 3-year-olds at the Kids Club
  • Tips and gratuities