AIDA Cruises has announced that the AIDAaura will leave its fleet this September, in line with Carnival Corporation’s announcement to slim down its fleet by divesting of another three older and smaller ships.
The German brand has therefor announced a farewell season for the ship, kicking off on Jan. 9, 2023 in Cape Town with the first of a total of four 14-day voyages to South Africa & Namibia.
On March 6, 2023, the 27-day cruise from South Africa to Hamburg (Germany), via Namibia, the Cape Verde Islands and Canary Islands, as well as Portugal and Spain, will depart from the metropolis on the Cape of Good Hope.
Starting in April, cruises include the “Great Norway Round Trip” to the North Cape over Easter, or the two new seven-day voyages on the AIDAaura from/to Hamburg to Norway’s fjords and to Scotland. These can also be booked as a 14-day cruise.
In July and August 2023, it’s time to sail from Hamburg and Bremerhaven on 21-day cruises to Iceland and Greenland with passages along the glaciers and icebergs in Prins-Christian-Sund or Disko Bay.
AIDAaura’s last voyage for AIDA Cruises leads on well-known European rivers such as the Thames to Tilbury on the outskirts of the British capital London, the Seine in France to Rouen or the Scheldt in Belgium to Antwerp.
The AIDAaura was named on April 12, 2003 in Rostock. Among highlights, in its debut season, AIDAaura was the official German Olympic ship during the Summer Games in Athens (Greece) and sailed to destinations in the Mediterranean as well as the Caribbean and Central America. Further highlights were the exclusive AIDAselection voyages to Mauritius and the Seychelles, to the Orient, to India and Greenland, to Iceland or as far as the Arctic Circle to Spitsbergen.
As part of the world cruise in winter 2018/2019, AIDAaura guests visited 41 destinations on four continents in 117 days.