AIDA’s cruise ships to be modernised

2024-03-01T18:52:18+00:00 March 1st, 2024|Refurbishment|

Carnival Corp’s AIDA brand is to embark upon the most extensive modernisation programme in the company’s history.

Under the banner of AIDA Evolution, the first phase of the programme will be a major overhaul of the ‘Sphinx’ class ships ‘AIDAdiva’, ‘AIDAbella’ and ‘AIDAluna’ in 2025 and 2026.

The focus will be on a new interior design for the ships. In addition, technical equipment and systems will be updated.

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

Suite guests, for example, will benefit. Guests can also look forward to an even greater variety of restaurants, selected signature bars and enhanced services.

The heart of the ‘Sphinx’ ships is the light-flooded Theatrium. This area will be enhanced with seating and a harmonious colour concept. Especially for families with children, new activity areas will be introduced.

Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises, said: “As the market leader and pioneer in the industry, we are committed to constantly rethinking cruising. The ships of the ‘Sphinx’ series have written cruise history with their innovative space concept and colourful design. The AIDA Evolution programme will further develop these fantastic ships,” he said.

As part of its de-carbonisation strategy, AIDA Cruises has been investing in a future-proof and sustainable cruise market for many years and is putting innovative solutions into practice.

As early as 2004, when the first ‘Sphinx’ class ship was ordered, the company considered the use of shore power in ports to reduce local emissions.

In recent years, AIDA Cruises has not only invested in state-of-the-art propulsion and environmental technology for its new ships, but has also continuously implemented a wide range of efficiency measures in ship operations and retrofitted new technologies on the ships of its existing fleet.

As part of the forthcoming shipyard overhauls, further investments are planned, including measures to reduce fuel consumption, increase energy efficiency and conserve resources.

As part of Carnival Corp’s cruise brands, AIDA has set a goal to reduce its carbon intensity by 20% by 2026, compared to 2019.

The ‘Sphinx’ series was commissioned between 2007 and 2013. With their open-space concept and colourful design, they are a key part of the AIDA experience.

‘AIDAdiva’ will be the first ship to be modernised during her six-week drydocking scheduled for the spring of 2025. ‘AIDAbella’ and ‘AIDAluna’ will follow in the Autumn 2025 and spring 2026, respectively.