Spotted: AIDA Starts Its First World Cruise
On October 17, AIDAcara embarked from Hamburg on AIDA Cruises’ very first world cruise.
The 116-day cruise around the world will take the ship to 41 ports in 23 countries on five continents, until February 10, 2018.
Highlights of the journey are, amongst others, Easter Island, New Zealand and Australia, Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro and the Maldives.
Before AIDAcara and around 1,100 guests aboard said goodbye to Hamburg, however, Captain Lars Krüger made a trip from the cruise terminal in Steinwerder around the port passing the Hafencity and the Elbphilharmonie.
Afterwards, the ship set out towards Altona where a fireworks display illuminated the Hamburg night sky. Around 2,000 spectators watched AIDAcara’s farewell from the banks of the river Elbe or live on Facebook.
From Hamburg, AIDAcara sets a course to South America via Southampton, Lisbon, Funchal (Madeira) and Praia (Cape Verde).
On October 31, 2017, Neptun and his entourage are expected aboard to christen guests and crew alike when the equator will be crossed for the first time. Destinations such as Recife and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego are just some of the stops along the way before AIDAcara travels from Valparaiso (Chile) to Easter Island.
The cruise continues on to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora in the South Seas paradise of French Polynesia. Other stops include Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia), the Great Barrier Reef, Bali, Singapore and the Maldives.
On October 8, 2018, another ship will start the world cruise from Hamburg. Sailing until February 2, 2019, AIDAaura’s route over 117 days will take it to 41 ports in 20 countries on four continents.
Many of the destinations will be visited for the first time in AIDA’s history. These include South Africa, Namibia, Melbourne, Tasmania and the South Seas archipelago of Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia.
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