© Cees Bustraan
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
- Original Cost: $350 million
- Length: 202.85m (666 ft), 182.02m (Registered)
- Breadth of hull: 28.10m (92.2 ft)
- Depth: 8.75m (moulded)
- Draught: 6.30m (20.7 ft)
- Tonnage: 42,289 gross/20,877 gross/3750t
- Engines: Four 12-cylinder Wartsila 12V38B diesels
- Power/Propellers: 27,550 kW/2
- Speed: 21.00 knots
- Capacity: 1266 passengers (1687 max)
- Crew: 426/389
- Navigation Officers: German
- Passenger Decks: 10
- Call Sign: IBNP, 5LKV2
- MMSI Number: 636022869
- IMO Number: 9221554
- DNV GL id: G94690
- Registry: London/UK 🇬🇧, Genoa/Italy 🇮🇹, Monrovia/Liberia ,
- Sister Ship: AIDAaura (004)
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November 20th 2000: Keel laid.
November 15th 2001: Launched.
April 30th 2002: Delivered to P&O Princess Cruises Intl, Ltd, London, England. (Management Aida Cruises).
May 17th 2002: Maiden cruise from Hamburg – Mediterranean.
© Erwin Willemse
May 31st 2002: Cruising in the Eastern Mediterranean with winter cruises in the Caribbean.
February 2004: Sold to Carnival Plc, London, England. (Management Aida Cruises).
November 2004: Sold to Costa Crociere Spa, Genoa, Italy. (Management Aida Cruises).
© Aleksi Lindström
March 25th 2017 – April 4th 2017: To dry-dock at Lloyd Werft for regular refit and to carry out a redesign and renovation of numerous areas of the ship. She then resumed cruising.
© Neil Hopper (Dover 13/05/2018)
February 2020: In Bangkok, ceased cruising owing to COVID -19 pandemic and sailed to Europe.
April 2020: Sailed to Hamburg.
June 2022: AIDA Cruises announced that it will not be returning the vessel from its COVID -19 pandemic lay-up.
September 15th 2022: Arrived Tallinn and laid-up.
© Marko Stampehl (Tallinn)
February 2023: Renamed AVITAK and remains in Tallinn.
March 16th 2023: Registered Owner/Manager: Beta Marine Ltd.
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: Cees Bustraan, Neil Hopper, Aleksi Lindström, Marko Stampehl and Erwin Willemse for their assistance in producing this feature.