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MV AIDAaura – Past and Present


© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Ajaccio, 08/04/2015)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Aker MTW, Wismar, Germany (Yard No 004) for P&O Princess Cruises Intl, Ltd.

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $350 million
    Length: 202.85m (overall), 179.74m (Registered)
    Breadth of hull: 28.10m
    Depth: 8.75m (moulded)
    Draught: 6.30m
    Tonnage: 42,289 gross/20,877 gross/4157t
    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: IBNZ
    IMO Number: 9221566
    DNV GL id: G94691
    Registry: London/UK, Genoa/Italy
    Sister Ship: AIDAvita
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January 11th 2002: Keel laid.

September 7th 2002: Launched.

March 5th 2003: Completed.

April 5th 2003: Delivered to P&O Princess Cruises Intl, Ltd, London, England. (management Aida Cruises).

April 12th 2003: Christened in Warnemünde.

April 13th 2003: Shakedown cruise for invited guests from Warnemünde to Hamburg.

April 15th 2003: Maiden cruise from Hamburg to the Mediterranean.



© Aleksi Lindström

February 2004: Sold to Carnival Plc, London, England. (management Aida Cruises).

November 2004: Sold to Costa Crociere Spa, Genoa, Italy. (management Aida Cruises).

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 20/01/2009)

© John Mavin

© John Mavin (Dover, 18/05/2010)

May 16th 2019: Due at Dover

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, Carsten Dettmer, Aleksi Lindström and John Mavin for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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