AIDA Cruises today took delivery of their latest ship, AIDAperla from Mitsibushi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Nagasaki, Japan.
The ceremony, which was traditionally Japanese, was undertaken in the presence of Michael Thamm, CEO Costa Group, Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, Shunichi Miyanaga, President and CEO of MHI and Kazuaki Kimura, President and CEO for Industry and Infrastructure at MHI and was conluded with the lowering of the Japanese flag and the rising of the Italian flag.
AIDAperla will join her sister ship, AIDAprima as the largest ships in the current AIDA fleet. At 125,000grt and measuring 300m in length, AIDAperla has 18 decks and will be able to accomodate over 3200 passengers in 1643 cabins on board.
AIDAperla will sail at the beginning of May on a repositioning voyage to Palma de Mallorca where she will be based for the summer season and from March 2018, she will be homeported from Hamburg for seven night cruises to Western Northern Europe. 30th June will see the ship christened in Palma by German model and presenter, Lena Gercke.
Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises was delighted with the handing over of AIDA’s latest vessel, he said:
“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”.
AIDAperla is the 12th vessel in an expanding fleet of ships and more ships are on the cards in the future including 2 even bigger 180,000grt ships which will be powered by LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) and will enter service in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2021 respectively.
So all it remains for us to say is:
Hallo und willkommen AIDAperla. Mögen wir Ihnen ruhige Meere und schöne Winde vor uns wünschen
(Hello and welcome, AIDAperla. May we wish you calm seas and fair winds ahead.)
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Sources: AIDA Cruises and Mitsibushi Heavy Industries (MHI)