Delivering a German pearl – AIDA Cruises takes delivery of AIDAperla

Earlier today, during a traditional Japanese ceremony, Germany based cruise line AIDA Cruises has taken delivery of its newest cruise ship AIDAperla in Japan from Mitshubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

The commissioning of the 12th member of AIDA Cruises fleet took place earlier today in the course of a traditional Japanese ceremony in Nagasaki, Japan.

Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises (l.) and Kazuaki Kimura MHI (r.)
Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises (l.) and Kazuaki Kimura MHI (r.) exchanging gifts during the official delivery of AIDAperla

AIDAperla will now set sail for the Mediterranean in the coming days and will be christened in Palma de Mallorca by model and presenter Lena Gercke on June 30, 2017.

“Employing their creativity and innovative strength, our team has convincingly succeeded in meeting our high standards of product quality in an exemplary manner. Future guests of AIDAperla, the second cruise ship of this new generation, can look forward to unique cruising experiences on board thanks to the high-quality and innovative technology,” said Michael Thamm, CEO Costa Group, on the occasion of the ship handover.

Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises: “With the successful commissioning of AIDAprima in May 2016, we have inspired many guests for a cruise vacation. For the first time, more than 2 million Germans have decided to go cruising. With the sister ship AIDAperla we will be injecting further important growth momentum into the German vacation market. Today, with our 12 ships sailing on 130 different routes to more than 250 ports worldwide, we offer the greatest vacation diversity and we will inspire even more holidaymakers for one of the most beautiful ways of traveling”.

The many highlights on board the new AIDAperla include the Beach Club under a weatherproof and UV-permeable foil dome and the Four Elements with water slides and climbing garden. The award-winning Body & Soul Organic Spa which delights guests with its various saunas, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a tepidarium and a fireplace room for complete relaxation.

The AIDAperla Beach Club

The Lanai Deck complements the varied facilities offered with its infinity pools, glass elevators, two skywalks, state-of-the-art LED technology and aerial structures for extraordinary performances, as well as an interactive floating globe for the entertainment program. In addition to the Kids and Teens Club, there is also a Mini Club on board to look after small children from the age of 6 months. Furthermore the food & beverage facilities offered on board leave nothing to be desired: 12 restaurants, 3 snack bars and 14 bars invite guests to embark on a culinary world tour.

Whirlpools on the Lanai Deck onboard AIDAperla
A Lanai Deck stateroom onboard AIDAperla

Starting from June 1, 2017, cruise fans will have the opportunity to get to know the youngest member of the fleet on several introductory trips. The five-day welcome cruise from June 1, to June 6, 2017, from Palma de Mallorca, leads to Marseille, Barcelona und Valencia. Prices for this cruise start at 549 euros per person in an interior stateroom.

The Christening Cruise will last from June 24 until July 1, 2017, leading from Palma de Mallorca to three of the most beautiful Mediterranean metropolises: Rom (Civitavecchia), Florence (Livorno) and Barcelona.

The christening celebrations in Palma de Mallorca on June 30, 2017 will be transmitted live on the internet and various social media channels.

From July 1, 2017, the 300 meter long and 37.6 meter wide AIDAperla will be traveling in the Western Mediterranean. Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona will be the start and end ports for the seven-day “Pearls of the Mediterranean” cruises which include destinations such as Rome (Civitavecchia), Corsica, and Florence (Livorno).

From March 2018 the Hanseatic City of Hamburg will be the home port of multiple seven-day round trips for AIDAperla to the most beautiful metropolises in Western Europe, such as London (Southampton), Paris (Le Havre), Brussels (Zeebrugge) and Rotterdam.

Pictures courtesy of AIDA Cruises.

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