|Owner||Carnival Corporation & plc|
After the reunification of Germany in the early 1990s Deutsche Seereederei was privatised and became DSR. DSR acquired Seetours of Bremen and cruises were marketed under the Seetours brand.
In 2001, P&O Princess Cruises acquired the remaining 49% interest in the company. In 2003, P&O Princess merged with Carnival Corporation, to form Carnival Corporation & plc, the worlds largest cruise holiday company. Seetours was rebranded as AIDA Cruises in 2004.
Following the merger, executive control of AIDA Cruises transferred to Costa Cruises Group, one of the main operating companies of the Carnival Group, with responsibility for the group's European brands.
AIDA Cruises is now one of ten brands owned by Carnival Corp, based at Miami, Florida, accounting for 6.5% of its share of revenue and has been led by President Felix Eichhorn since 1 September 2015. AIDA ships cater to the German-speaking market. As seagoing "club resorts", AIDA ships have on-board amenities and facilities designed to attract younger, more active vacationers.
In October 2017, AIDAcara departed from Hamburg on the company's first round-the-world cruise. After a 116-day sailing, the ship returned to Hamburg on 10 February 2018. The ship visited Southampton, Lisbon, Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Ushuaia, Easter Island, Tahiti, Singapore, the Maldives, and many other destinations.
AIDAaura took the company's second World Cruise in fall 2018. On 8 October 2018, the ship departed from Hamburg on a 117-day voyage visiting 41 ports in 20 countries on four continents. During this voyage, AIDAaura became the company's first ship to visit several destinations including South Africa, Namibia, Melbourne, Tasmania, Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia.
In December 2018, Aida Cruises launched the first cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas. In August 2019, AIDA signed an agreement with Corvus Energy to install battery storage systems for the electrification of their ships. In October 2019, AIDA announced that it would test a new fuel-cell technology for large-scale cruise ships aboard the AIDAnova as early as 2021.
|Ship||Built||Builder||Entered Service for AIDA||Gross Tonnage||Flag||Notes||Image|
|AIDAcara||1996||Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Finland)||1996–Present||38,531 tons||Italy||Previously AIDA|
|AIDAvita||2002||Aker MTW||2002–Present||42,289 tons||Italy|
|AIDAaura||2003||Aker MTW||2003–Present||42,289 tons||Italy|
|AIDAdiva||2007||Meyer Werft||2007–Present||69,203 tons||Italy|
|AIDAbella||2008||Meyer Werft||2008–Present||69,203 tons||Italy|
|AIDAluna||2009||Meyer Werft||2009–Present||69,203 tons||Italy|
|AIDAblu||2010||Meyer Werft||2010–Present||71,300 tons||Italy||The name has been used for a former AIDA ship from 2004–2007.|
|AIDAsol||2011||Meyer Werft||2011–Present||71,300 tons||Italy|
|AIDAmar||2012||Meyer Werft||2012–Present||71,300 tons||Italy|
|AIDAstella||2013||Meyer Werft||2013–Present||71,304 tons||Italy|
|AIDAprima||2016||Mitsubishi||2016–Present||125,572 tons||Italy||Ship Delivered in March, began Operating April 25|
|AIDAperla||2017||Mitsubishi||2017–Present||125,572 tons||Italy||Ship Delivered in April, began Operating May 28|
|AIDAnova||2018||Meyer Werft||2018-Present||183,900 tons||Italy||AIDA's largest ship ever, planned with 6600 passengers.|
|Ship||Delivery||Builder||Gross Tonnage||Planned flag||Notes||Image|
|AIDAmira||December 2019||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||48,200 tons||Italy||Currently sailing as Costa neoRiviera.|
|AIDAcosma||May 2021||Meyer Werft||183,900 tons||Italy||Steel cutting ceremony 15 August 2019|
|Unnamed||2023||Meyer Werft||183,900 tons||Italy|
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