AIDA Cruises has released updated deployment spanning from March 2017 to April 2018, with a number of major adjustments.
First, the new AIDAprima will be pulled out of its year-round deployment in Hamburg at the end of 2017 in favor of the Canaries and Madeira, according to a statement. Passengers will be able to embark in Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife on a seven-day cruise program also calling in Madeira, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
The cruise line has also officially announced more on the new AIDAperla, which will start revenue service as the 12th member of the AIDA fleet on Sept. 1, 2017, offering four different Mediterranean itineraries. Two deployment options will leave from Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona; sailing to Corsica, Livorno and Civitavecchia in addition to Mallorca.
The other two cruise options on the new ship will feature the same ports, but also add in an overnight in Marseille.
AIDA is strengthening its AIDA Selection program, which offers “exceptional cruises on its first generation of ships.” These itineraries feature new regions and ports, and extensive shore excursion programs.
The AIDAcara will sail the company’s first world cruise from Hamburg as part of AIDA Selection, leaving on Oct. 17, 2017, sailing 116 days to 41 ports in 23 countries.
AIDA will also follow Costa into the Indian Ocean, also under the AIDA Selection program, debuting a Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar cruise on the AIDAaura, also calling at Reunion Island. The ship will stay overnight in Mahé (Seychelles), Saint-Denis (Réunion) and Port Louis (Mauritius). In Madagascar, AIDAaura will call at three different ports, Nosy Be, Antsiranana and Toamasina. The port of departure is Mauritius.
AIDA cited demand in a prepared released for an expanded program in the Western Mediterranean aboard the AIDAbella, which will sail the “Pearls of the Mediterranean” cruise program from Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona. The ship will then head to Dubai later in the year ahead of a Southeast Asia winter, and return to Europe in time for 2018. A previous deployment to China has been delayed.