MV AIDAcara – Past and Present


ex Aida

© Joonas Kortelainen

© Joonas Kortelainen

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, 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
  • MMSI Number: 247117300
  • Registry: Genova, Italy

Current Location

Show / Hide MarineTraffic Map

Please note that the AIS ship position data may be over an hour old and a specific vessels position will only be displayed if its within range of the MarineTraffic system. The ship position data featured on this page is intended for information purposes only and is no way related to the safety of navigation at sea. All the AIS ship position data featured on this page is provided by and we are therefore not responsible for its content or its accuracy.


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.

© Brian Fisher

🆕© Brian Fisher

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 (both)

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

April 2005: Resumed cruising.


© Aleksi Lindström (both)

September 18th 2018: Called at Dover

© Neil Hopper  © Neil Hopper

© Neil Hopper  © Neil Hopper

© Neil Hopper  © Neil Hopper

🆕© Neil Hopper

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Brian Fisher, Neil Hopper, Joonas Kortelainen and Aleksi Lindström for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this:

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We never collect sensitive information and we do not sell any of the data we collect. Under the GDPR regulations browser cookies are now considered pseudo-anonymized personal data and since we use cookies to deliver relevant services to you we would like to get your permission to do so. For further information please refer to our Privacy & Cookie Policies

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.