June 23, 2021 - The AIDAcara, AIDA Cruise's first and oldest ship, is leaving the fleet after 25 years. The buyer was not named. The ship, which is getting on in years, can accommodate almost 1.200 guests with double occupancy. AIDA Cruises relies on sustainable fleet growth and low emissions Liquefied natural gas (LNG). The AIDAcosma, which is powered by LNG, will join the fleet this year.
AIDAcara was an old-school cruise ship when ships still looked pleasant. The 193 meter long cruise ship was designed as a "club ship". Crusaders, who liked to renounce social norms and especially valued the freedom of the buffet restaurants, felt comfortable on board. The reduced cabin service in comparison to domestic and foreign competition was evidently not perceived as a restriction by the passengers. AIDAcara met the expectations of German vacationers for casual and unconventional cruise vacations.
AIDAcara in Mindelo / Cape Verde
With the commissioning of the AIDAcosma (2.600 cabins) in 2021, AIDA Cruises will make a significant leap in capacity. The ship is one of nine ships commissioned by Carnival Corporation & plc for various brands of the group at the MEYER Group with the same platform concept and future-oriented environmental technology. As can be heard, another new ship planned for 2023 will not be taken over by AIDA Cruises. Instead, the Carnival Cruise Line will put the ship into service to secure growth in the US market. In addition, it became known in this context that the Costa Magica is switching from Costa to Carnival. Before it goes into service in mid-2022, the Costa Magica is going through a dry dock phase.
Unemployed AIDA ships off Tenerife
The trips currently planned with AIDAcara will be taken over by other ships in the AIDA fleet. Affected guests will be informed promptly about further details. AIDA Cruises have so far been using three ships after the pandemic-related cruise break. The Rostock shipping company plans to deploy six ships on European routes by the end of July. A few days ago there were four unemployed AIDA ships in the roadstead of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. One of the ships was that AIDAnova.