AIDAcara

The AIDAcara will sail from Hamburg on Feb. 11, marking the first departure of the new AIDA Selection which are “cruises for cosmopolitan explorers that offer even more exceptional vacation experiences,” according to a statement.

AIDA Selection includes itineraries on the classic AIDA ships, the AIDAcara, AIDAvista and AIDAaura.

The AIDAcara will join up with the new AIDAprima, sailing into Hamburg together on Feb. 11. The AIDAcara will dock in Altona, while AIDAprima will go to her berth at the Cruise Center Steinwerder.

The ship departs later on Saturday, on a 14-day cruise north, with port calls at Haugesund, Bodø, Tromsø and Alta. From there, AIDAcara will set a course for Vesteralen, Trondheim and Bergen.

There is a special ceremony planned for her Hamburg departure, the ship will first head for the HafenCity, passing the Elbphilharmonie concert hall at around 8:30 p.m. From the Pool Deck, guests at the Sail Away Party will be treated to the traditional Hamburg dishes, labskaus and pannfisch, as well as an exclusive view of Hamburg's new landmark.

After a further turning maneuver, the ship will glide down the Elbe in the direction of Altona. AIDAprima will cast off at 9:00 p.m. and line up behind AIDAcara as the two will parade together toward the North Sea with a fireworks display scheduled.

Following the ship’s two week cruise are three more 14-day cruises, and then later this summer, three 21-day cruises to Iceland and Greenland.

As part of the new AIDA Selection program, there is also the first AIDA round-the-world cruise will cast off from Hamburg on October 17, 2017. The AIDAcara will be at sea for 116 days, calling at 41 ports in 23 countries on five continents, returning on February 10, 2018.