Aida Cruises finally took delivery of their latest and largest cruise ship from Mitsubushi Heavy Industries (MHI) in a ceremony at the in Nagasaki, Japan on 14th March.
The ceremony was attended by Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Group, Felix Eichhorn, President of Aida Cruises, Shunichi Miyanaga, President and CEO of MHI and Yoichi Kujirai, President and CEO for Commercial Aviation and Transport Systems for MHI.
On completion of the delivery ceremony, AIDAprima then began her mammoth voyage to Hamburg, where she is scheduled to arrive at the end of April. AIDAprima will be named on the 7th May in Hamburg and she will be christened by 13 year old German actress, Emma Schweiger in a ceremony which will act as the culmination of the 827th anniversary celebrations for the port of Hamburg.
Michael Thamm was delighted and excited at the latest cruise ship for the Aida brand. He stated:
“AIDAprima is the first ship of an entirely new AIDA product family. With creativity and great innovativeness, our team has managed to implement our high standards in terms of product quality and environmental friendliness in an exemplary and impressive way. We are extremely pleased with the successful design of the ship, and look forward to welcoming guests aboard”.
Felix Eichhorn echoed Thamm’s sentiments and was equally excited at how Aida have progressed over the last twenty years, culminating in the completion of AIDAprima. He said:
“Twenty years ago AIDA launched its concept of modern cruising. With our new flagship and the three new-builds to follow, the company will continue to provide important growth impulses for the German cruise market,”
“We are once again charting new territory by being the first German cruise line to offer cruises starting from Germany the whole year round. I am convinced that we will reach new guest groups with our unique variety of offerings aboard AIDAprima.”
Over the last twenty years, Aida Cruises have been expanding their cruise operations and AIDAprima is their 11th ship within the fleet. AIDAprima will primarily be based from Hamburg and will embark on a series of seven day round trip cruises around Western Europe.
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