AIDA Cruises has announced that its new cruise ship, AIDAperla, will sail from Hamburg in the summer of 2018, after a winter season operating in the Mediterranean. The news comes as the German-based cruise line announced its widest variety of cruises to date for the 2018 season.
The twelfth cruise ship in the German cruise line’s fleet, the new AIDAperla will begin operating Mediterranean cruises from September 1, 2017, offering four different itineraries. Guests will have the option of joining AIDAperla in Palma de Mallorca or Barcelona for seven-day cruises. Depending on itinerary, AIDAperla will be making stops at the island of Corsica, Livorno for Florence and Pisa, and Civitavecchia for Rome. Other sailings include an overnight visit to Marseille, instead of Corsica.
From March 2018, the 125,000 GT ship will set sail to Hamburg, operating seven-day cruises to Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam, a route currently being operated by AIDAprima.
From October 2017, AIDAprima will head to the warmer climates of the Canary Islands, sailing from Las Palmas on Gran Canaria or Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the island of Tenerife. Guests will be able to visit Madeira, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote on seven-day sailings.
On October 17, 2017, AIDAcara will embark on AIDA’s first ever world cruise from Hamburg. Visiting 41 ports in 23 countries on 5 continents over a period of 116 days, the cruise ship will eventually return to Hamburg on February 10, 2018, after visiting exotic destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, Tahiti, Sydney, Singapore and a passage through the Suez Canal.
Between November 2017 and February 2018, AIDAaura will offer 14-day cruises from Mauritius. Guests will be able to enjoy an overnight in the Seychelles, as well as visits to Réunion Island, and Madagascar.
From May 2017, AIDAbella will sail seven-day Western Mediterraean sailings from Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, before embarking on new 10 or 11-day cruises between Palma de Mallorca and Venice from September 2017. Ports of call include Cagliari, Palermo, Valletta, Corfu, as well as Dubrovnik and Split. AIDAbella will then set sail to Bangkok, via Dubai in November, where the ship will offer 14-day sailings visiting Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. In April 2018, the ship will embark on a repositioning cruise from Shanghai back to Palma de Mallorca, with a 16-day segment from Shanghai to Singapore, an 18-day sailing from Singapore to Dubai, and a 13-day non-stop sailing from Dubai to Palma, with a passage through the Suez Canal.
Cruises up until April 2018 can be booked from October 6, 2016.