At the end of 2016 German cruise line AIDA Cruises announced that AIDAperla will be delivered two months earlier than scheduled. Following the premature delivery of AIDAperla, she will take over the routes from AIDAbella, who will reposition to Northern Europe, creating more travel opportunities during the summer season.
After her arrival from Japan, AIDAperla will start sailing the Western Mediterranean on July 1, 2017. The capital of Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona are the start and end ports for the seven-day “Pearls of the Mediterranean” cruises. On these cruises AIDAperla will be making stops at the island of Corsica, Florence/Livorno and Rome/Civitavecchia.
As AIDAperla is taking over the routes AIDAbella was planned to offer during the summer season, AIDAbella will be setting sail for Northern Europe. Departing from Kiel, Germany, she will offer two new itineraries to some of the most beautiful spots along the Baltic Sea and Norway.
On the “Norwegian Fjords” route guests can marvel at natural wonders such as the Seven Sisters waterfalls, the steep cliff sides of Geirangerfjord, or take a ride on the 18-kilometer-long serpentine mountain road Trollstigen with a spectacular view of wild mountain clefts.
Stops on this voyage include Bergen, Hellesylt/Geirangerfjord, Åndalsnes and Molde, Trondheim, Alesund, Eidfjord and Stavanger. This 10-day cruise is offered from July 14-24, 2017, and August 11-21, 2017.
The second route takes guests to the Baltic, where they can visit treasures like Tallinn’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the splendor of the Tsarist period. Other ports on this 9-day cruise include Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Danzig and Copenhagen. The Baltic Sea cruise is offered from July 24 to August 2, and August 2-11, 2017.
From August 21 to September 3, 2017, AIDAbella will sail back toward the sun. On this 13-day cruise, from Kiel to Palma de Mallorca, guests travel around Denmark, down the English Channel, along the Portuguese coast, and through the Strait of Gibraltar to the main Balearic Island. Ports will include Dover, Le Havre, A Coruña, Lisbon, Cádiz, Malaga and Valencia.