AIDAcara’s 116-day cruise will take guests to 41 ports in 23 countries on five continents (Image: AIDA Cruises)
AIDA Cruises launched its first-ever world cruise from Hamburg, Germany, marking the occasion with a fireworks display.
More than 1,000 guests boarded AIDAcara and enjoyed a short tour from the Steinwerder cruise terminal around the harbour past the Hafencity and the Elbphilharmonie, before heading out to Altona for the fireworks display. Around 2,000 spectators watched AIDAcara’s departure from the banks of the river Elbe, or live on Facebook.
AIDAcara’s 116-day cruise will take guests to 41 ports in 23 countries on five continents. Destination highlights will include South America via Southampton, Lisbon, Portugal; Funchal, Madeira; Praia, Cape Verde; Recife and Rio de Janeiro,Brazil; Montevideo, Uruguay; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego; Valparaiso, Chile; Easter Island; Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora in French Polynesia; Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Bali; Singapore; the Maldives; and more.
While onboard AIDAcara, guests will be able to enjoy more than 70 regional specialty menus and a specially devised entertainment programme inspired by the culture of the different destinations the ship visits. Highlights will include talks given by crime writer Jörg Böhm, documentary filmmaker and expedition leader Klaus Kiesewetter, and actor Wanja Mues, who will present as part of the line’s ‘Celebrities Read’ series. Pedro Gonzalez, fitness coach for Germany’s DFB soccer league and the St. Pauli soccer club, will also share his scientific training programme.
AIDA Cruises has already scheduled its second world cruise from Hamburg, which will start on 8 October 2018 on AIDAaura. The ship will sail a 117-day voyage to 41 ports in 20 countries on four continents, making maiden calls in destinations such as South Africa, Namibia, Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia, and Melbourne and Tasmania in Australia.