- Food and drink on board
- Sport and wellness
- Further highlights of the AIDAprima
- Environmental protection and energy efficiency
- Design of the ship
- Information about the AIDAprima
- Review AIDAprima
The AIDAprima, which went into service in April 2016, is the first of two Hyperion cruise liners built in Japan. AIDA Cruises, Germany's market leader in cruises, let the Aida Prima and its sister ship AIDAperla from the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki.
The AIDAprima went into service one year late. Despite the originally unforeseeable delay, the shipyard delivered a very appealing cruise ship. It meets the Rostock shipping company's requirements for “more space, more variety, more individuality than ever”. With regard to ship technology, there are two major innovations to report. Firstly: AIDAprima is no longer operated with heavy oil, which is highly damaging to the environment, but with diesel oil. Second: the ship glides on an air carpet. This reduces the friction under the trunk and saves energy. The fuel requirement is to be reduced by seven percent.
AIDAprima in Rotterdam
At 124.100 GT, the AIDAprima is significantly larger than the predecessor ships in the Sphinx class. They only come to around 72.000 GT. The extra tonnage means an increase of around 1.100 passengers per trip.
The AIDAprima was designed as a bad weather ship for year-round use in the changeable Northern European climate. With new ones "Worlds of Experience" the ship itself should become a destination, a year-round destination. AIDAprima spent its first season in Northern Europe.
AIDAprima Beach Club
A total of 1.643 cabins and suites offer space for around 3.300 passengers with double occupancy. The main cabin categories are:
- Inside cabins (up to 4 people - 16 m²)
- Outside cabins ("sea view cabins" up to 4 people - 22 to 23 m²)
- Veranda cabins (up to 4 people - 21 to 27 m²; including veranda 4 to 13 m²). Also available as veranda cabin comfort and veranda cabin deluxe.
- Junior suites (up to 4 people - 44 to 53 m², including veranda 12 to 16 m²)
- Suites (up to 4 people - 39 to 115 m²; including private sun deck 11 to 72 m²).
- Barrier-free cabins (22 cabins - up to 4 people - 22 to 33 m²)
All cabins of the AIDAprima are characterized by a cozy, Nordic cool design. We feel at home straight away. We would like the bathrooms in the standard categories to be bigger. The suite residents are granted additional privileges. These include priority check-in, luggage service on the day of arrival and unlimited access to the AIDA lounge and patio deck. In addition, a concierge is available to assist suite guests if required. An evening turn down service is also offered. Guests in the standard cabins, on the other hand, only see their cabin steward once a day.
Food and drink on board
A cruise ship that can accommodate more than 3.000 guests must offer many options. The deck plan of the AIDAprima shows twelve restaurants, three snack bars and fourteen cafés and bars. AIDAprima has gained significantly in this area. The restaurants of the Sphinx class are a weak point compared to the ships of the international competition. In contrast, the concepts of the AIDAprima's on-board restaurants are very different. The guests should discover the new variety of dining options. After all, it doesn't always have to be the popular market restaurant where you eat.
Gourmet restaurant Rossini
Buffet restaurants - a small selection of drinks included
Bella donna Restaurant - deck: 6
Italian specialties. The Bella Donna Restaurant is well known from the Sphinx class ships.
East Restaurant - Deck: 6
Asian cuisine. Clear lines; a pleasant restaurant that is also recommended for those guests who do not immediately melt away with Asian cuisine.
Fuego restaurant - Deck: 14
The station for burgers, pizza & Co.
Markt Restaurant - Deck: 6
The focus is on seasonal freshness; an institution on AIDA ships.
Weite Welt Restaurant - Deck: 7
Country themed evenings are offered, often adapted to the respective destination.
Specialty restaurants with full service - drinks are to be paid for
Brasserie French Kiss - Deck: 7
Fine French specialties. Also a visual benefit for the ship.
Brauhaus - Deck: 7
This offers the hearty delicacies that are already familiar from other AIDA ships.
Ristorante Casa Nova - Deck: 6
Italian goodies. The Venetian style borrowings used in the furnishings are remarkable.
À la carte restaurants
The following applies in all à la carte restaurants: The following is payable for food and drinks:
Gourmet restaurant Rossini - Deck: 8
A cornerstone of fine dining.
Cooking studio by Tim Mälzer - Deck: 7
The program item “Cooking as an event” is used here. The remarkable cooking studio has been set up for guests who want to cook socially or improve their cooking skills. The Elmshorn cook and cookbook author Tim Mälzer contributed to the conception.
Steakhouse at Tim Mälzer - Deck: 8
No ship without a steakhouse. There are plenty of grill specialties.
Sushi Bar - Deck: 8
For fans of Japanese cuisine.
Pier 3 Market - Deck: 3
Bistro & Shop.
Scharfe Ecke - Deck: 6
Meeting point for currywurst lovers.
tapas bar - Deck: 6
Small Spanish specialties.
AIDAprima bars and lounges
The range of bars and lounges is no less interesting. From the “Pier 3 Market” to the all-white “Spray Bar by Moët & Chandon”, guests can choose between an abundance of bars. Not everything speaks to us. But it is well known that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
AIDAprima Lanai Bar
AIDA bar - Deck: 15
Up next to the Beach Club. The trademark of the bar is the star-shaped counter.
Café Mare - Deck: 7
Casino Bar - Deck: 6
Discotheque D6 - Deck: 6
Lanai Bar - Deck: 7
Magnum Pleasure Store - Deck: 7
AIDA Cruises promise: "In the first Magnum Pleasure Store on the sea you can create your personal favorite ice cream".
Nightfly night club - Deck: 6
Patio bar - Deck: 16
Spray Bar by Moët & Chandon - Deck: 7 (access via Nightfly Deck 6)
No frills, all in white. We would need a lot of the noble drink to get in the mood there.
Sunset Bar - Deck: 8
wine shop - Deck: 8
5. element - Deck: 14
Great bar (Theatrium Bar) - Deck: 6
AIDA lounge - Deck: 8
Exclusive retreat for suite guests
Hemingway lounge with library - Deck: 7
Teens Lounge Wave Club - Deck: 15
The meeting point for young guests on board the AIDAprima.
AIDAprima Teens Lounge
Sport and wellness
Body & Soul Sport
The sports studio is recommended. Various offers are made to the users of the gym. There is also a small selection: fitness checks, fitness courses, cardiovascular training, muscle building training, private coaching lessons and more. Some courses and services are chargeable. You can use the Sports outside deck the jogging course and the volleyball / basketball field can be used.
In the climbing garden
In winter, depending on the route, an ice rink is opened on the outside sports deck. Ice skates of various sizes can be borrowed for a fee. In heavy seas, the ice rink is closed for safety reasons.
The closed area of the Activity deck Four Elements on decks 14, 15 and offers the AIDAprima guests two water slides and a climbing garden. The is further forward on deck 15 AIDA Beach Club. All of this and a "good weather guarantee" are the characteristics of the AIDA family and holiday world. Even a nudist area has been thought of.
Body & Soul Organic Spa
The AIDAprima's spa area takes up around 3.100 square meters. It is located on deck 7 in the forward area of the ship. There are five different saunas, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis and two sun decks. The treatments offered are as varied as the day is long.
The multi-story theatrium, which is indispensable on board AIDA ships, has been further developed. Now it extends from deck 5 to deck 8. Shops and bars are located on decks 6 and 7 of the two-story AIDA Plaza. The plaza is both a social meeting place and a stage for the "street performers". There is also a small on-board casino.
Entertainment on board
Further highlights of the AIDAprima
The Lanaideck (deck 8), reminiscent of classic promenade decks, was laid out on both sides of the ship as a promenade. So-called infinity pools were placed directly on the railing.
In the outer areas of the aft the glazed panoramic elevators catch the eye. In addition, two glass skywalks at a height of 15 meters were set up on deck 45 at the stern of the ship. These are small, glass viewing platforms. They cannot withstand a comparison with the Sky Walks of the Royal Class Cruise Ships of the sister brand Princess Cruises.
Panorama elevator in the rear area
Environmental protection and energy efficiency
The older generation of cruise ships is classified by environmentalists as polluting the environment. It is well known that the burning of heavy oil causes serious environmental pollution. As far as that is concerned, the shipping company relied on constructive measures for the AIDAprima in terms of environmental protection and energy efficiency. The ship's engines no longer burn heavy oil, but diesel oil. Using scrubbers, nitrogen and sulfur oxides are filtered and reduced by up to 99%. AIDAprima is the first cruise ship in the world to have a dual-fuel engine, which allows the constantly running gensets to run on liquid gas in the port. The ship is also prepared for shore power. On land assemblies, the on-board systems are supplied with shore power; as far as ports offer such a service.
In terms of energy efficiency, AIDA Cruises is using MALS technology for the first time in the world in both newbuildings. This lets the ship slide on a carpet of air bubbles. The process saves fuel. The more efficient propulsion system used using two Azipods and the new fuselage design also help reduce fuel consumption.
Apparently the measures are not yet effective enough. The ARD consumer magazine "Plusminus" carried out covert measurements on board the ship in 2017. The tests showed a high concentration of particularly harmful micro-particles. It is concluded from this that the ship is not as clean as the company claims.
Design of the ship
The external appearance of the AIDAprima takes getting used to. At first glance, the novel ship's bow and the covered foredeck irritate the viewer. A second look reveals a consistently straightforward design. The interior of the ship was designed to be tasteful. The choice of colors and the materials used testify to the high stylistic and quality requirements of the shipping company.
The closed front deck of the AIDAprima
Information about the AIDAprima
|Dimensions||Length 300 meters; Width 37,60 meters|
|Passenger decks||15 decks|
|Machine||Diesel-electric, 2 Azipods|
|Electrical power||46,8 MW|
|passengers||Approx. 3.500 maximum|
|Manning||More than 900 persons|
|Flagge||Italy, home port Genoa|
|Werft||Mitsubishi shipyard, Nagasaki / Japan|
|Currency on board||Euro|
Compared to the two previous classes of ships, for which the AIDAcara and the AIDAstella stand, the shipping company has achieved a very good hit with the AIDAprima. Passengers who can live with the limited cabin service typical of AIDA Cruises and the still dominating range of buffet restaurants will like the AIDAprima.
With the new building, AIDA Cruises is offering a cruise ship that has caught up with the ships of the dominant international competitors.
Note: Cruise Turtle tested the AIDAprima on a short trip from Rotterdam to Hamburg.
(Karl Beyer - Update May 2019)