May 25, 2018 - AIDA Cruises' selection program comprises three ships: AIDAaura, AIDAcara and AIDAvita. More than 157.000 guests have traveled on the Selection ships since 2017. From December 2019, a fourth ship will be added with the AIDAmira. After the renovation and redesign, the cruise line is taking trips to South African destinations with the AIDAmira.
Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, probably didn't have to go into much effort in the search for a new ship. He found it at the parent company Costa Crociere. There it goes under the name Costa neoRiviera for the Costa sub-brand neoCollection. Under Costa neoRiviera We reported on the cruise ship, which is 216 meters long and measured at 48.200 GT. In terms of size and design, it fits well into the AIDA Selection ships' fleet.
Costa neoRiviera in front of Ibiza
Extensive renovations and redesigns are pending before it can be commissioned. As before, the ship will have two pools and two whirlpools on the sun deck. The number of cabins and suites apparently remains unchanged. The suite offer is given as 96; 80 of the suites have a balcony. Guests can choose from six restaurants and six bars. The first trip after the takeover is scheduled for December 4, 2019. The journey starts in Palma de Mallorca. The trips with AIDAmira can now be booked.
AIDAmira Rendering © AIDA Cruises
Details on trips to southern Africa: The start and destination port of the 14-day route "South Africa & Namibia" is Cape Town. Other ports to visit are Durban, East London and Lüderitz on the edge of the Namib Desert. The absolute highlight of the trips are the multi-day stops in Cape Town. There the guests have enough time to explore Table Mountain and Lion's Head, Cape Town's second local mountain. Another overnight stay is in Namibia's Walvis Bay. There, guests can observe wild animals in the large lagoon between the desert and the sea.