Wednesday, July 13, 2005

AIDA Grows Its Fleet

AHOY, GERMAN CRUISERS: Carnival Corporation & plc has ordered a 68,500-ton cruise ship for its AIDA Cruises brand, catering exclusively to the German-speaking market, marking the third ship order placed for its German cruise line in the past nine months. The 2,030-passenger vessel, to be constructed by Germany's Meyer Werft Shipyard at an all-in cost of $315 million, is set to enter service in April 2008. AIDA's two previously announced 68,500-ton cruise ships also will be built at Meyer Werft and are expected to enter service in April 2007 and April 2009. Like its sisters, the new vessel will operate under AIDA's informal "club resort" cruise concept aimed at younger, active vacationers, with myriad on-board amenities and facilities. AIDA Cruises revolutionized the German cruise market with its first club ships in 1996. By 2009, seven club ships will sail voyages to the Mediterranean, Canaries, North Sea, Baltic, Caribbean and Central America. Check out Metroguide.com’s cruise port guide at www.portofcallguide.com