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MV AIDAcara – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9112789

MV Astoria Grande

ex Aidacara, Aida

© Joonas Kortelainen

Aidacara – © 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: ELVB5 (Aida) IBNR (AIDAcara) VSOR6 (Aidacara)
  • IMO Number: 9112789
  • MMSI Number: 247117300
  • Registry: Monrovia/Liberia, London/UK, Genoa/Italy

Location Data

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September 11th 1995: Keel laid.

February 16th 1996: Launched as AIDA.

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

Aidacara – © 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


Aidacara – © Aleksi Lindström (both)

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

April 2005: Resumed cruising.


Aidacara – © Aleksi Lindström (both)

September 18th 2018: Called at Dover

© Neil Hopper © Neil Hopper  

© Neil Hopper © Neil Hopper  

© Neil Hopper © Neil Hopper  

Aidacara – © Neil Hopper

June 2021: After having been laid up in Tallinn an announcement was made that she had been sold to an independent Russian buyer for further use or scrap.

August 2021: The Russian puchaser renamed her ASTORIA GRANDE. Listed as the bareboat owner of the ship is Aquilon Shipping, Moscow.

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)

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