In line with its green cruising Strategy, AIDA Cruises announced that it will use bicycles made from renewable materials on all its ships for shore excursions.
To this effect, AIDA Cruises said in a press release that it had concluded an agreement with the manufacturer of bamboo bicycles my Boo GmbH from Kiel. My Boo is a business that manufactures the frames of the bikes in collaboration with a social project in Ghana.
“We have tested the bamboo bikes extensively on shore excursions from Antigua to Sydney, and they hold up perfectly. Guests are convinced of the comfort and find the social sustainable aspect simply fantastic,” said Patrick Reinartz, head of digital guest experience & operation at AIDA Cruises.
“Together with our guests, we are looking forward to taking this project all over the world onboard all AIDA ships in the future, as ambassadors of the bamboo bikes, so to speak,” Reinartz continues.
AIDA Cruises purchased a total of 1,155 e-bikes and bicycles for its twelve ships thus supporting this innovative product and social commitment to sustainable action, the company said.
AIDA said it had welcomed the first bicycles made of raw renewable material onboard its ships in 2019. Bamboo has proven to be as strong as steel but light as aluminum. It comes in the classic mountain bike version as well as e-bikes, which are equipped with an electric auxiliary motor, the company said.
AIDA is also part of the Ghanaian Yonso Project, a rural community development organization focused on improving educational as well as economic opportunities.