The success story of AIDA Cruises began on June 7, 1996 with the christening of the first AIDA ship, today's AIDAcara. With the concept of the club ship, the company ushered in a new era of vacation on the water a quarter of a century ago.
Before the end of this year, AIDA Cruises will continue its successful growth path and with the commissioning of AIDAcosma, the second cruise ship to be operated with low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG), it will reach another milestone on the way to emission-neutral cruises in 2040. This further increase in capacity gives the company the opportunity to optimize the fleet structure, particularly with a view to achieving its sustainability goals.
AIDA Cruises has therefore decided to hand AIDAcara over to a new owner in the coming weeks after 25 years of service. The handover to the new owner took place on August 10, 2021. AIDAcara was officially handed over to the new owner in the port of Tallinn. The new name of AIDAcara is Astoria Grande. Astoria Grande will fly the Panamanian flag in the future.
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.
21.02.2017 - 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).
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.
Anlässlich des Erstanlaufs von AIDAprima in Rotterdam am 19. April 2016 besiegelten AIDA Cruises und Shell ihre Partnerschaft für die künftige Versorgung von AIDAprima und ihrem Schwesterschiff AIDAperla mit LNG. AIDAprima ist das erste Kreuzfahrtschiff weltweit, dass im Hafen umweltfreundlich mit Flüssigerdgas (LNG) betrieben werden kann.
Felix Eichhorn (35), previously Senior Vice President Sales, Yield Management & Flight Operation AIDA Cruises, is appointed President of AIDA Cruises as of September 1, 2015, succeeding Michael Ungerer (49), who will assume new management responsibilities at Carnival as Chief Operations Officer Shared Services Carnival Asia.
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.
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.