AIDA Cruises has taken delivery of the 12th vessel of its fleet, AIDAperla, from Japanese shipbuilder Mitshubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).
The vessel was commissioned April 27 at a ceremony in Nagasaki, Japan in the presence of Michael Thamm, CEO Costa Group; Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises; Shunichi Miyanaga
, President and CEO MHI; and Kazuaki Kimura, President and CEO, Industry & Infrastructure MHI.
In the coming days AIDAperla will set sail for the Mediterranean where the vessel will be christened by model and presenter Lena Gercke on June 30, 2017, in Palma de Mallorca.
Starting from June 1, 2017, before the official launch of the christening cruise on June 24, 2017, there will be the opportunity to familiarize with the youngest fleet member on
Through June AIDA will host a number of “introductory cruises” from Palma de Mallorca
to Marseille, Barcelona und Valencia. Then from July 1, 2017, AIDAperla will travel in the Western Mediterranean. Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona will be the start and end ports for the seven-day cruises which include destinations such as Rome (Civitavecchia), Corsica and Florence (Livorno).
From March 2018 Hamburg will be the home port of multiple seven-day round trips for AIDAperla to the Western Europe destinations
such as London (Southampton), Paris (Le Havre), Brussels (Zeebrugge) and Rotterdam.
According to Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, “With the successful commissioning of AIDAprima in May 2016, we have inspired many guests for a cruise vacation. For the first time, more than 2 million Germans have decided to go cruising. With the sister ship AIDAperla we will be injecting further important growth momentum into the German vacation market. Today, with our 12 ships sailing on 130 different routes to more than 250 ports worldwide, we offer the greatest vacation diversity and we will inspire even more holidaymakers for one of the most beautiful ways of traveling.”
Shipyard: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Nagasaki
Commissioning: April 27, 2017
Length: 300 meters
Width: 37.6 meters
Max. draft: 8.00 m
Gross tonnage: 124,100 GT
Number of staterooms: 1,643, 32 suites, 1,101 veranda staterooms, 198 oceanview staterooms, 312 interior staterooms
Crew members: over 900