Costa neoRiviera to be transformed into new AIDA Cruises ship

Costa neoRiviera to be transformed into new AIDA Cruises ship
AIDAmira will sail to South Africa as part of the AIDA Selection Explorer programme (Image: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises is to add a new ship to its fleet to provide more capacity on its AIDA Selection Explorer program and enable it to expand into new destinations.

In December 2019, AIDA will welcome the new AIDAmira, which is currently sailing as Costa neoRiviera for sister brand Costa Cruises. Before joining the fleet, the ship will undergo an extensive remodelling and refurbishment project. Key onboard highlights will include 624 guest staterooms (including 96 suites), six bars, six restaurants, two large pools and two whirlpools on a spacious sun deck and much more.

AIDAmira will then join AIDAaura, AIDAcara and AIDAvita, which have been sailing off-the-beaten-track itineraries as part of the AIDA Selection Explorer programme since 2017. The vessel will sail a series of new 14-day itineraries from Cape Town and take guests to destinations in South Africa, including Durban, East London, Lüderitz, Namibia and Walvis Bay.

“The feedback we have received from our guests and the high demand for our AIDA Selection programme continually inspires us to keep expanding our variety of routes and to call at new dream destinations in the most beautiful regions in the world,” said Felix Eichhorn, president of AIDA. “Therefore, we are very pleased to have found with Costa neoRiviera the perfect ship within the Costa Group for our explorer fleet at such short notice. Many of our guests have been hoping for AIDA cruises to South Africa for a long time. I am pleased that we are now able to fulfil this wish."

AIDA will soon welcome two new LNG-powered ships – one in 2021 and 2023. This will bring the fleet up to 16 ships.


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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Friday, May 25, 2018