AIDA Confirms Next Dates for Evolution Drydock Program


AIDA Cruises has confirmed the refit schedule for two more ships in its fleet: the AIDAluna and the AIDAbella.

These refurbishments are part of the AIDA Evolution drydock program, which was announced earlier this year as the largest fleet modernization initiative in the company’s history.

According to a press release, three of the Sphinx class vessels will be extensively modernized by 2026 as part of the refurbishment program.

The first ship to undergo the refit will be the AIDAdiva, which will enter the Chantier Naval shipyard in Marseille, France, from February 3 to March 22, 2025.

The drydock periods for the next two ships have also been scheduled: the AIDAluna will be in the shipyard from October 22 to December 10, 2025, followed by the AIDAbella from January 21 to March 11, 2026.

During the seven-week drydock overhaul, AIDA will focus on upgrading the ship’s technology and increasing the variety of experiences, services and comfort available onboard.

Concepts from the latest AIDA generation will also be introduced on these vessels, which entered service between 2007 and 2009.

All guest staterooms are set to receive a new look, the company said, and the number of suites will be increased.

Other changes include the addition of new restaurants, signature bars, and activity areas for families with children.

The Theatrium, AIDA’s unique combination of atrium and theater, will be redesigned with new seating and a fresh color scheme.

According to AIDA, when first introduced, the seven-ship Sphinx class ships significantly shaped the company’s onboard experience.

In addition to the AIDAluna, the AIDAbella and the AIDAdiva, the series also includes the 2010-built AIDAsol, the 2012-built AIDAmar and the 2013-built AIDAstella.

According to the latest edition of the Global Cruise Ship Index by Cruise Industry News, the average age of the AIDA Cruises fleet is currently 12 years.

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