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In with a bang ... AIDA Cruises welcomes new flagship AIDAprima to its fleet

With a customary firework and music spectacular and watched by an audience of millions, Carnival Corporation has officially welcomed AIDAprima into its family - the first of four new ships which will be spearheading the the German-based AIDA Cruises brand.

The 124,100-ton vessel, which accommodates 3,300 passengers, made its debut with a naming ceremony witnessed in person by 1.6 million visitors at Hamburg Port.

AIDAPrima fireworks celebration
More than 1.6 million people were at Hamburg Port to watch the fireworks celebrating the naming of AIDAPrima

“The christening was an emotional moment for me - I’m very proud of our new ship,” said Felix Eichhorn, president of AIDA Cruises. “With AIDAprima and the next three new ships to be built for our line, we are once again charting new territory in the tourism industry, and we will continue to drive growth in the German cruise market.”

Several million people watched the festivities at the harbor, on television, online and on Facebook when the young actress Emma Schweiger christened the ship.

A dazzling music and light show followed by brilliant fireworks turned the night sky over the Port of Hamburg’s festival promenade into a glittering sea of color. AIDAprima was accompanied for the occasion by another member of the fleet, AIDAaura, which was also part of the christening ceremony.

Said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation: “This marks another important milestone as we welcome four new ships to our fleet in 2016. Whether we are sailing our new or existing ships, our number one goal always remains the same - to do everything we can to make sure our guests have a great experience.”

Carnival Corporation has now taken delivery of three new ships in 2016. In addition to AIDAprima, Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista on 28 April 28, while Holland America Line celebrated the handover of its 2,650-passenger ms Koningsdam on 2 April 2.

The company is scheduled to receive its fourth new ship delivery of 2016 when the Seabourn Encore joins the fleet later this year. Including Seabourn’s new Encore ship, Carnival Corporation has a total of 15 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2020.

AIDAprima is the first ship to be based in Germany year-round

AIDAprima is homeported in Hamburg, making AIDA Cruises the first cruise line to have a ship based in Germany year-round.

Its all-season seven-day cruises through Western Europe including London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam began on 30 April.

Onboard AIDAprima guests of every generation will enjoy individuality, diversity, service and comfort, with a choice of 14 stateroom categories. In the areas of dining and entertainment, the ship features 12 restaurants and 18 bars, and it features a variety of world-class entertainment, dining and shopping, as well as onboard activities.

Posted on 11th May 2016 at 04:00 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | New Ships |

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