© Erwin WillemseMV AIDAmar – Past and Present


© Erwin Willemse

AIDAmar – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 13/04/2025)

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

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $390 million
  • Length: 253.22m (overall), 225 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 32.19m
  • Depth: 9.30m (moulded)
  • Draught: 7.30m
  • Tonnage: 71,304 gross/45,123 net/7757t deadweight
  • Engines: Four MAK M43C diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 36,000kW/ hp
  • Speed: 19.5 knots
  • Capacity: 2,192 passengers
  • Crew: 646
  • Passenger Decks: 14
  • Call Sign: ICSJ
  • IMO Number: 9490052
  • MMSI Number: 247312900
  • Germanischer Lloyd Register Number: G114576
  • Registry: Genova/Italy
  • Sister Ships: AIDAdiva, AIDAbella, AIDAluna, AIDAblu, AIDAsol, AIDAstella

Current Location

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December 13th 2007: Ordered.

October 20th 2008: Keel struck.

April 1st 2012: Launched and towed out of construction dock.

© Jörn Prestien

© Jörn Prestien (Papenburg, 01/04/2012)

© Jörn Prestien

© Jörn Prestien (Papenburg, 09/04/2012)

April 12th 2012: Left Papenburg for Ems.

May 3rd 2012: Delivered to Costa Crociere S.p.A, Genoa, Italy (Management Aida Cruises, Rostock, Germany).

May 12th 2011: Christened in Hamburg and departed on her maiden cruise.

May 15th 2012: Made her UK debut at Dover.

© John Mavin  © John Mavin

© John Mavin (Dover, 15/05/2012)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Warnemunde, Rostock, 15/06/2013)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Pieter Inpyn, John Mavin, Jörn Prestien and Erwin Willemse  for their assistance in producing this feature.

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