In the presence of Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group; Felix Eichhorn, president of AIDA; Shunichi Miyanaga, president and CEO MHI; and Kazuaki Kimura, president and CEO, Industry & Infrastructure MHI, the commissioning of the 12th ship in the AIDA fleet took place in the course of a traditional Japanese ceremony.
Eichhorn said in a prepared statement: "With the successful commissioning of the AIDAprima in May 2016, we have inspired many guests to cruise. For the first time, more than 2 million Germans have decided to go cruising. With the sister ship, the AIDAperla, we will be injecting further growth momentum into the German vacation market. Today, with our 12 ships sailing on 130 different itineraries 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".
Starting from June 1, 2017, before the official launch of the christening cruise on June 24, 2017, passengers will have opportunities to familiarize themselves with the new ship on a number of introductory cruises, including a five-day cruise from June 1, to June 6, 2017, from Palma de Mallorca to Marseille, Barcelona und Valencia. Prices for this cruise start at 549 euros per person in an interior stateroom.
Starting July 1, 2017, the AIDAperla will be sailing in the Western Mediterranean. Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona will be turnaround ports for the seven-day cruises, calling at Rome (Civitavecchia), Corsica, and Florence (Livorno).
The AIDAperla moves to Northern Europe next summer.