AIDA Cruises will be the first German cruise Brand to have a homeport in China and on a year-round basis. The leading cruise line will deploy AIDAbella in Shanghai in Spring 2017, introducing its lifestyle-oriented and innovative “Made in Germany” premium offering to the surging Chinese vacation market
The cruise ship AIDAbella – 826 feet long and 105 feet wide – has 1,025 staterooms, 457 of which are balcony staterooms and suites. The ship was christened by top model Eva Padberg on April 23, 2008. It will be ready for deployment in China when it goes to dry dock at the beginning of 2017.
One of the ship’s most striking features is the Theatrium, the vibrant heart of AIDAbella, which will feature popular shows. There are also bars, the casino and various stores carrying premium German and international brands. In the seven on-board restaurants, Asian cuisine will come together with high-end German dining. The restaurants all merge into a single, unique sensory experience across three decks.
The youngest guests will have a dedicated area with a pool and separate sundeck at the supervised AIDA Kids Club. AIDAbella caters to teenagers as well. They will have an area of their own with state-of-the-art digital entertainment technology.
AIDA Cruises is part of the world’s largest travel and leisure company Carnival Corporation & plc. Two of Carnival Corporation’s brands – Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises – already have a strong presence in China, and in 2017, two more of the company’s brands — AIDA Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line – will operate out of China. This will make Carnival Corporation the first to operate four brands in China – expected to eventually become the world’s largest cruise market based on surging demand for cruise vacations by Chinese travelers.
SOURCE:Carnival Corporation & plc/PRNewswire