MV AIDAcara, Past and Present


ex Aida

© Joonas Kortelainen
© Joonas Kortelainen

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Kvaener-Masa Yard, Åbo, Finland  (Yard No 1337) for Deutsche Seereederei Touristik, Rostock. Germany.

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: DM 300 million
  • Length: 193.34m (overall), 174.15m (registered)
  • Breadth of hull: 27.60m
  • Depth: 16.95m (moulded)
  • Draught: 6.00m
  • Tonnage: 38,531 gross/ 38,557 (2009)/17,094 net/ 17,766 (2009)/3,752 deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x MAN B & W 6L48/60 diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 21720kW/2
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Capacity: 1,230 passengers
  • Crew: 369
  • Navigation Officers: German
  • Passenger Decks: 9
  • Call Sign: IBNR (AIDAcara)
  • IMO Number: 9112789
  • Registry: Genova, Italy


September 11th 1995: Keel laid.

February 16th 1996: Launched.

June 4th 1996: Completed and delivered to Deutsche Seereederei Touristik, Rostock, Germany.

June 7th 1996: Christened in Warnemünde.

June 11th 1996: Maiden cruise from Bremerhaven – Palma De Mallorca. In the summer she cruised in the Mediterranean and the remainder of the year the Caribbean.

August 1997: Taken over by Norwegian Cruise Line, Monrovia, Liberia.

August 1999: Sold to Deutsche Seereederei, Germany. (Arkona-Touristik).

September 1999: Taken over by Aida Cruises.

December 2001: Renamed AIDACARA.

September 2003: Registered Owner: P & O Cruises.

March 2004: Registered Owner: Carnival PLC

December 2004: Registered Owner: Costa Grociere

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström
© Aleksi Lindström (both)

April 2005: Arrived in Rostock for rebuilding, lasting two weeks.

April 2005: Resumed cruising.

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström
© Aleksi Lindström (both)

We would like to thank:  Joonas Kortelainen and Aleksi Lindström for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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