AIDA Cruises

AIDA Cruises is an American/British-owned cruise line based in Rostock, Germany. AIDA Cruises caters primarily to the German-speaking market and it’s ships have on-board amenities and facilities designed to attract a younger, more active clientele.

The company was founded as Deutsche Seereederei (German Shipping Company) and entered the cruising industry in the 1960s. After the reunification of Germany in the early 1990s Deutsche Seereederei was privatised and became DSR. DSR acquired Seetours and cruises were then marketed under the Seetours brand. On 1 January 1998, DSR split their operations into cargo and tourism, with a new company Arkona Touristik taking over the cruise/tourism business aspect of the business.

In the year 2000 Arkona Touristik created a new subsidiary company, AIDA Cruises. In April 2000 the Peninsular and Oriental Navigation Company (P&O) acquired a 51% stake in the new company, with Arkona Touristik retaining the remaining 49% stake.

In September 2001 it was announced that the Peninsular and Oriental Navigation Company (P&O) had acquired the remaining 49% interest in AIDA Cruises for approximately DM 115 million.

At the end of the year 2000, the passenger cruise operations of the P&O Group (P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, AIDA Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia) we demerged to create a new operating company, P&O Princess Cruises plc.

In 2003, P&O Princess Cruises plc merged with the Carnival Corporation, to form Carnival Corporation & plc, becoming the world’s largest cruise holiday company.

Following the merger, executive control of AIDA Cruises was transferred to the Costa Cruises Group, one of the main operating companies within Carnival Corporation & plc, with responsibility for the group’s European brands (excluding the UK).

MV AIDAmar – Past and Present

MV AIDAmar – Past and Present

MV AIDAmar - Steel twin screw 'Sphinx' class motor vessel built in 2012 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No. S.690) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for AIDA Cruises
MV Crown Princess (1990) – Past and Present

MV Crown Princess (1990) – Past and Present

MV Karnika, ex Pacific Jewel, Ocean Village Two, Aidablu, A’Rosa Blu, Crown Princess - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No…
MV AIDAaura – Past and Present

MV AIDAaura – Past and Present

MV AIDAaura © Carsten Dettmer (Ajaccio, 08/04/2015) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Aker MTW, Wismar, Germany (Yard No 004) for P&O Princess Cruises Intl, Ltd. Technical Data…
MV AIDAluna – Past and Present

MV AIDAluna – Past and Present

MV AIDAluna © Erwin Willemse Steel twin screw “Sphinx” series motor vessel built in 2011 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg (Yard No. S.660)as a passenger ship. Technical Data Length: 251.89m (overall),…
MV AIDAvita – Past and Present

MV AIDAvita – Past and Present

MV AIDAvita - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2002 by Aker MTW, Wismar, Germany (Yard No 003) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for P&O Princess Cruises Ltd.
MV AIDAbella – Past and Present

MV AIDAbella – Past and Present

MV AIDAbella - Steel twin screw 'Sphinx' class motor vessel built in 2008 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No. S.666) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for AIDA Cruises.
MV AIDAcara – Past and Present

MV AIDAcara – Past and Present

MV AIDAcara, ex Aida - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Kvaerner-Masa Yard, Åbo, Finland (Yard No 1337) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Deutsche Seereederei Touristik,…
MV AIDAsol – Past and Present

MV AIDAsol – Past and Present

MV AIDASol - Steel twin screw 'Sphinx' class motor vessel built in 2011 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No. S.689) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for AIDA Cruises.
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