Aida starts record modernization of the fleet

Caption: "Aidadiva" (© Aida/ Ralph Richter)

The Rostock-based cruise line Aida Cruises, part of the Carnival Group, is launching the “largest modernization programme” of its fleet.

“Aida Evolution” is the most extensive program of its kind in the company’s history, the shipping company, which is part of the US Carnival Group, has now announced[ds_preview].

In a first step, the ships “Aidadiva“, “Aidabella” and “Aidaluna” from the Sphinx series are to be fundamentally overhauled in 2025 and 2026. They were put into service between 2007 and 2013. The focus of the work is on a completely new interior design for the ships, but the “technology and systems” are also to be overhauled.

“Aidaluna” will make the start in spring 2025

When the first Sphinx-class ship was commissioned in 2004, the use of shore power in ports to reduce local emissions was taken into account, for example. Since then, the company has continued to invest in modern propulsion and environmental technology. Further investments are planned as part of the upcoming shipyard visits, for example in measures to reduce fuel consumption, increase energy efficiency and conserve resources. Further details have not yet been published. As part of Carnival Corporation’s cruise brands, the company has set itself the goal of reducing carbon intensity by 20% by 2026 compared to 2019.

The first ship to be modernized will be “Aidadiva” in spring 2025 during her six-week shipyard stay. “Aidabella” and “Aidaluna” will follow in fall 2025 and spring 2026.

All guest cabins will be given a completely new look. The range of suites will also be expanded. According to the information provided, exclusive areas and services will be created for the first time on this class of ship, which will benefit suite guests, among others. There will be a greater variety of restaurants as well as selected signature bars and more services. “The heart of the Sphinx ships beats right in the middle – in the light-flooded Theatrium. This style-defining area will be further developed with inviting seating and a harmonious color concept,” Aida continued. New activity areas will be created especially for families with children.

Felix Eichhorn, head of the shipping company, says that the aim of the program is to “constantly rethink cruises”. The ships in the Sphinx series have “written cruise history” with their innovative room concept and colorful design. “We want to build on this with our Aida Evolution program,” Eichhorn continues.

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