AIDA to upgrade ‘Sphinx’ class cruise ships

2024-06-15T08:09:21+00:00 June 15th, 2024|Refurbishment|

‘AIDAdiva’ is to become the first of AIDA’s Sphinx class ships to be modernised when she docks in early 2025.

Dubbed ‘AIDA Evolution’, Carnival Corp’s brand AIDA Cruises is launching the largest fleet modernisation programme in its history.

‘AIDAdiva’ will be the first ship to go to the Chantier Naval shipyard in Marseille, France. From 3rd February to 22nd March 2025, extensive modernisation work will be carried out in the guest areas. In addition, technical equipment and systems will be updated.

During the seven-week drydocking period, ‘AIDAdiva’ will be redesigned and enhanced, while also incorporating popular concepts from the latest AIDA generation of cruise ships.

All staterooms will be re-decorated and in addition, the number of suites will be increased. For the first time for this class of ship, exclusive areas and services will be created.

Guests will be able to chose from an even larger variety of restaurants and more service offerings. Popular signature bars will also be added.

The distinctive Theatrium will be refurbished with enhanced seating and a harmonious colour concept. Specifically for families with children, new activity areas will be introduced.

“The desires of our guests constantly inspire us to rethink cruising and take existing concepts to the next level. The ships of the Sphinx series made cruise history with their innovative space concept and design.

“We want to build on that with our AIDA Evolution programme. Our guests can look forward to an even greater variety of experiences, service and comfort on board,” said Felix Eichhorn, AIDA Cruises’ President.

Following her drydocking period, ‘AIDAdiva’ will offer three itineraries from Rome/Civitavecchia to Italy and Malta starting 23rd March, 2025. She will then head to her summer home port of Warnemünde, Germany, from where Baltic Sea destinations and Norway will be offered.

She will also embark on her first world cruise from 10th November, 2025 to 18th March, 2026. Departing from Hamburg, the itinerary will include four continents and 28 countries.

The Sphinx class ships were commissioned between 2007 and 2013. Following ‘AIDAdiva’, the modernisation of ‘AIDAluna’ and ‘AIDAbella’ will take place in the Autumn of 2025 and in the spring of 2026, respectively.