- AIDAnova has grown in size
- More cabins and suites
- Food and drink on board
- Buffet restaurants
- Specialty restaurants
- À la carte restaurants
- Snack Bars - The Street Food Mile - Deck 7
- Remarkable bars and lounges at AIDAnova
- Deck 6
- Deck 7
- Deck 8
- Deck 16, 17 and 18
- Even more space for sport and wellness
- Novel entertainment formats
- Lanai - another highlight of the AIDAnova
- Standards in environmental protection and energy efficiency
- Design and equipment of the ship
- Information about AIDAnova *
- Evaluation of the AIDAnova
With AIDAnova, AIDA Cruises' latest new build, a new generation of ships has been ushered in that sets standards inside and outside the AIDA Cruises fleet. The current flagship of the Rostock shipping company is 37 meters longer than the AIDAprima and AIDAperla that were previously in service. The bed capacity has increased by 983 beds to a total of 5.228 guest beds.
AIDAnova also has a significantly lower impact on the environment than the other fleet members. By using LNG liquefied natural gas, emissions of fine dust and sulfur oxides are largely avoided and nitrogen oxides and CO2 emissions are noticeably reduced. The proof: No more dark clouds of exhaust gases leave the ship's chimney.
AIDAnova in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
AIDAnova has grown in size
The increase in the length of the ship by a total of 37 meters and two additional decks create space for 983 additional cabins and suites. The size of the ship requires new room designs. Attractive restaurants and bars were added and the STUIO X was the first TV studio on the sea.
More cabins and suites
AIDAnova offers a total of 2.626 cabins and suites. Guests can choose from 21 different cabin types. From the single inside cabin with an area of 10 m² to the suite with a capacity of 83 m² for five people and a sun deck of up to 38 m², almost every wish is fulfilled.
Cabins wherever you look
The cabins have a homely, clear and pleasant design. The feel-good factor sets in straight away. There is enough storage space and a number of light sources. The cabins are decorated in red or blue tones.
Veranda cabin with red tones
Both color variants look pleasing. The size of the bathrooms within the standard categories is perfectly adequate. In cabins with a portable wardrobe, however, the wet cells are usually smaller.
The suite residents enjoy additional privileges such as priority check-in, priority baggage service on the day of arrival or assistance from a concierge. Guests in the standard cabins are offered a rather limited service compared to competitors. For example, you only see your cabin steward once a day. But that is an AIDA standard that is accepted by customers.
Food and drink on board
A cruise ship that can accommodate well over 5.000 guests must offer a variety of dining options. AIDAnova has a total of 15 restaurants, three snack bars and 17 cafes and bars. The restaurant concepts differ considerably. As before on the AIDAperla and the AIDAprima, guests can discover various dining options and, as a side effect, also consume drinks that are subject to a fee. It doesn't have to be the inevitable market restaurant on AIDA ships where you eat. The shipping company definitely does what it advertises on the AIDAnova: “culinary diversity”. A distinction is made between the following restaurant categories.
Food and selected drinks are included - coffee and wine specialties for a surcharge - reservations not possible.
Bella Donna Restaurant - Deck: 6
Bella Donna offers Italian specialties. Anyone who eats there makes no mistake.
Bella Donna Restaurant
East Restaurant - Deck: 6
The East impresses with its clear, almost strict lines. Asian and European cuisine is skilfully mixed. The restaurant can also be recommended to those guests who do not immediately melt away with Asian cuisine.
Fuego Restaurant - Deck: 16
A family restaurant with an attached children's buffet. The turbulent and loud Fuego is the hip "dining room" for burgers, pizza & Co.
Market Restaurant - Deck: 5
The Markt Restaurant is one of the established institutions on AIDA ships. In the spacious restaurant, the focus is on seasonal freshness.
Yacht Club Restaurant - Deck: 7
At the stern of the ship, the yacht club offers "pleasure variety in maritime flair". Multimedia screens create a sea atmosphere. The food offer seems a bit limited compared to the other buffet restaurants. The yacht club has outdoor seating; that makes it particularly attractive.
With service at the seat - drinks are to be paid for - reservations are recommended.
Best Burger @ Seas - Deck 7
The name is program. The burger station is open until midnight.
Best Burger @ Sea
Brewery - deck: 8
In the brewery the guest can take the three main meals. The brewery is in top form in the evening. Then hearty meals and beers brewed on board are served. Chicken and pork knuckles are preferred. Depending on the destination, you can also eat outside. After dinner, the brewery turns into a party scene. Karaoke events or Bavarian evenings then determine the action.
French Kiss - the Brasserie - Deck: 7
The Brasserie French Kiss stands for fine French specialties such as snails or beef fillet and exemplary service. For those who like it stylish: Breakfast is served with étagères at the seat. Visually, the restaurant is an asset to the ship. However, the guests placed in the corridor area experienced a lot of unrest.
French Kiss - the brasserie
Ocean's - the fish restaurant - deck 7
The Ocean's spoils with fresh fish and seafoold specialties. The quality of the food is really remarkable. In addition to the service on site, there is a buffet with fish rolls, salads and dessert. Our tip: reserve early or hope for a lucky hit. Our verdict: absolutely great.
Ocean's - the fish restaurant
Ristorante Casa Nova - Deck: 8
The restaurant is the right place to enjoy Italian delicacies. The furnishings borrowed from Venetian models. In our opinion, this restaurant presents the best architectural concept on board. Pleasing: the very good service. At Casa Nova it is also said: Please reserve early!
À la carte restaurants
In all à la carte restaurants, the following applies: You have to pay for food and drinks. However, the prices are moderate compared to other shipping companies. The dishes are served at the seat.
Chuarrascaria Steakhouse - Deck 8
The restaurant specializes in South American grill specialties.
Gourmet Restaurant Rossini - Deck: 6
Always a cornerstone of sophisticated cuisine on AIDA ships!
Gourmet restaurant Rossini
Cooking studio - deck: 7
The program item “Cooking as an event” is used here. The shipping company promises "creative cooking courses" as a group experience. In the cooking studio, nutritional advice is also offered.
Sushi House - Deck: 6
The Sushi House is aimed at fans of Japanese cuisine.
Teppanyaki Asia Grill - Deck 6
Another place to enjoy fresh cuisine with an Asian touch.
Teppanyaki Asia Grill
Time Machine Restaurant - Deck 6
3-course menus are offered in an imaginative setting. Variety is a must!
Snack Bars - The Street Food Mile - Deck 7
Passengers can get delicious food on hand at “Brot & Stulle”, “Scharfe Ecke” and at the kebab stand. The food stations satisfy hunger in between; they are very welcome to revelers. The meals are eaten standing or in the seating area opposite.
Street food mile
Remarkable bars and lounges at AIDAnova
Sea voyages and lots of free time make you thirsty. We have a total of 17 bars and lounges on board the AIDAnova. We present the bars by deck. Most of it speaks to us; but it is well known that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.
There are four bars on the 6th deck. They are
Art bar - a multimedia bar embedded in the Art Gallery;
Nova Bar - the central bar at the theatrium;
Rossini Bar - the annex of the gourmet restaurant of the same name;
Tokyo bar - it attracts with the diversity of Asia.
They're on this deck
Casino Bar - a part of the casino;
French Kiss Bar - French charm next to the French Kiss brasserie;
Lanai Bar - a sheltered outside bar with awnings on the aft deck;
Box 7 bar - another bar in the vicinity of the theatrium;
Rock Box Bar - Pub atmosphere with live music, mostly rock;
The Cube - an exclusive lounge, bar and discotheque. The Cube is the only place on board where you can party late into the night.
This deck is home to the following bars and cafes
Café Mare - the coffee bar is the result of a cooperation with Starbucks;
Eisbar - Ice cream from our own production and other items are offered for a fee;
Juicy's - Smoothies & Co. - located in the Body & Soul Sport;
wine shop - the right place for wine connoisseurs and lovers.
Deck 16, 17 and 18
The three decks offer
5. Element - the outdoor bar behind the Four Elements. (Deck 16);
AIDA bar - the tried and tested star-shaped bar in the Beach Club (deck 16);
AIDA lounge - placed between Beach Club and Four Elements (Deck 17).
Even more space for sport and wellness
Body & Soul Sport
The large gym on the 8th deck is superbly done. Also the Sports outdoor area is not without. Athletes can choose from more than 30 offers. A small selection: fitness checks, fitness courses, cardiovascular training, muscle building training, private coaching lessons and more. Some of the courses and services are chargeable. There is also indoor cycling and a large mini golf landscape.
The closed area of the activity deck Four Elementsfamilies on the 16th deck are especially popular. With the Racer and the Water Slide, AIDAnova has two impressive water slides, a climbing garden and a large LED video wall. The entrance to the water slides is on the 20th deck. The outlets are on the 16th deck. There also have Mini Club, the Kids Club and the Wave club of teens their domiciles.
The other day at the Four Elements
In the middle section of the AIDAnova, high above the Theatrium, on the 16th and 17th decks of the AIDA Beach Club. During the day there is a relaxed beach atmosphere.
Beach Club by day
In the evenings, the Beach Club mutates into a party zone with live music as well as LED and laser shows. - The best mood arises at the "Silent Party". Three DJs play different tracks at the same time. The music can only be heard through illuminated headphones. Each DJ is assigned a specific color, and the participants see what the others are hearing based on the colors. This tempts you to switch from one DJ to another. We are familiar with the concept from other ships; it works everywhere ... and it is anything but "silent".
Show in the beach club
We come to the Sundecks: The sundecks are spacious. Not only loungers, but also cabanas and beach chairs are ideal on days at sea with good weather. Anyone who has got hold of a nice spot defends it for hours without actually using it. Apparently there is a lack of willingness on the part of those responsible to clear away loungers that have not been used for a long time in the interests of other guests. Other cruise companies deal with such grievances more efficiently.
Body & Soul Organic Spa
The AIDAnova wellness heaven measures 3.545 square meters. It is located in the forward area of the ship on decks 7 and 8. There are five different saunas, three jacuzzis, a fireplace room, a warm room called a “tepidarium” and two private wellness suites. The more than 80 treatments on offer are as varied as the day is long.
In the spa
Novel entertainment formats
The entertainment program of the AIDAnova is varied and varied. One of the centers of entertainment on board the ship is the three-story Theatrium. It ranges from deck 6 to deck 8. The ship's singers, dancers and artists have five AIDA shows in their program.
Show in the theatrium
On the decks around the theatrium, life goes on during the day and in the evening. The decks are a social meeting point and stage for the "street performers".
That was newly created STUIO X. AIDA Cruises is the first TV studio to present it at sea. 500 studio guests can attend the production of the shows broadcast on board TV.
A hotspot for night owls is The Cube. During the day the club is a studio for Cocktail and dance workshops.
Before us The Cube
Cruise ships are apparently a suitable place to bring art to lovers. A means to an end is that AIDA art gallery on the 6th deck.
It's on deck 7 On-board casino. The slot machine casino is well attended on evenings at sea.
In the on-board casino
Lanai - another highlight of the AIDAnova
The Lanaideck (decks 7 and 8) spoils you with views and sea air. Both sides of the stern offer the opportunity to stroll, to see and to be seen. Lanai is similar to classic promenade decks. The Lanai Bar, which is very popular on nice days, is located between the two areas.
Lanai Deck with Lanai Bar
Standards in environmental protection and energy efficiency
Cruise ships are generally a thorn in the side of environmentalists. Above all, ships of the older generation are not unjustifiably classified as environmental pollution. The burning of heavy fuel oil is known to cause serious environmental and health pollution. As far as this topic is concerned, the AIDAnova is regarded by experts as a model ship for environmental protection and energy efficiency. The dual-fuel ship engines can be operated 100 percent with LNG liquid natural gas at sea and in port, if it is available. When using LNG, emissions of fine dust and sulfur oxides are avoided as far as possible, and nitrogen oxide and CO2 emissions are significantly reduced. Dark exhaust plumes above the chimney are a thing of the past under normal conditions.
Not a dark cloud over the chimney
Further technical improvements were also achieved in the hydrodynamics of the underwater hull, heat recovery and water purification.
Design and equipment of the ship
The AIDAprima and AIDAperla were the inspiration for the external appearance. The AIDAnova has also taken over the new, straight ship's bow and the covered forecastle. The ship's design is consistently straightforward. The interior design was designed tastefully. The choice of colors and the materials used testify to the high stylistic and quality requirements of the shipping company.
Information about AIDAnova *
Length 337 meters; Width 42 meters
Number of decks
5.228 with double occupancy
approx. 1.500 employees
Italy, home port Genoa
Meyer shipyard, Papenburg
The Mirza family, Hanau
Currency on board
*) the technical information is based on shipyard information
Evaluation of the AIDAnova
In our opinion, AIDA Cruises is presenting the most successful cruise ship in the 13-ship fleet to date with the new building.
AIDAnova is a further development of the AIDAprima and AIDAperla introduced in 2016 and 2017. Compared to the two predecessor ships, the AIDAnova has grown noticeably in size. Passengers must be able to accept more than 5.000 fellow travelers at any time. But the size of the ship is not only exhausting; it also offers individualists enough retreat opportunities on the generously dimensioned ship. Especially outside the holiday season, it is good to endure on board this huge ship.
The variety of restaurants and bars is remarkable. The entertainment on offer, how could it be otherwise at AIDA Cruises, caters to many tastes. And AIDAnova is a ship for the whole family. Passengers who can live with the once-daily cabin service typical of AIDA Cruises in the standard area will like the new flagship very much.
AIDAnova uses the most modern environmental technology in all areas. As a cruise ship, she definitely sets standards.
Tip: We tested the AIDAnova on a Canary Island cruise. You can find an overview of the offers at AIDAnova Canary Islands on our website kreuzfahrtenkanaren.de.
(Karl Beyer - Update 10/2021)