AIDA Cruises has modified the vessel slated for its epic 117-night World Cruise only one week earlier than setting sail. The cruise line is citing technical causes as the reason for the alteration.
Ships Swapped for World Cruise
AIDAsol was slated to depart for a 117-night roundtrip World Cruise crusing from Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. A final-minute determination, nevertheless, has now meant the vessel for this monumental cruise shall be AIDAmar as an alternative.
Booked friends first observed the change when logging in to their cruise line accounts, solely to note a “canceled” alert for the cruise. In truth, the crusing shouldn’t be canceled, however will now occur on a special ship as an alternative.
In accordance with Moin.de, the reasoning behind the swap is because of a “slight technical downside” with AIDAsol, which requires a particular half for restore.
The precise restore work wanted has not been defined, nevertheless it doesn’t stop the ship from crusing and no security or visitor methods are impacted. It’s merely extra handy for the cruise line to maintain AIDAsol near transport ports in order that when doable, the work could be accomplished immediately.
Because of the nature of the World Cruise itinerary, which shall be visiting dozens of distinctive ports from South America to Antarctica, French Polynesia, Australia, Africa, and Europe, it can’t be assured that repairs could possibly be made to AIDAsol en route at any time when the half could turn into out there.
As an alternative, AIDAsol and AIDAmar will now swap itineraries, with AIDAmar taking up the World Cruise, and AIDAsol crusing AIDAmar‘s deliberate Canary Island itineraries for the following few months.
It’s doable that the swap will stay in impact till April 2023, which may imply a number of of AIDAsol‘s spring northern European cruises may be aboard AIDAmar as an alternative.
This particular World Cruise was to have been the primary time AIDAsol set sail on such a outstanding journey, however the 2023-2024 World Cruise has already been deliberate for the vessel, which can be 117 nights and can go to 43 ports of name on 4 totally different continents.
The swap additionally implies that this World Cruise shall be AIDAmar‘s first time crusing a circumnavigation. Highlights of the itinerary embody prolonged in a single day stays in a lot of fashionable ports, together with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Papeete, Tahiti; and Cape City, South Africa.
An in a single day keep in Sydney, Australia is of specific curiosity, because the ship shall be in port to welcome the New 12 months, from 8 a.m. on December 31, 2022 till 6 p.m. January 1, 2023.
Evaluating the Ships
AIDAsol and AIDAmar are sister ships, each within the fashionable Sphinx-class, with almost an identical layouts, options, and facilities. This implies friends on board mustn’t discover too many variations, nor ought to there be any problem in maintaining friends’ stateroom picks the identical between the 2 vessels.
AIDAmar is definitely one yr youthful than her sister ship, having entered service with AIDA Cruises in 2012, whereas AIDAsol debuted in 2011.
Each ships weigh in at 71,304 gross tons, and have 1,096 staterooms. Every ship is 252 meters (827 ft) lengthy and has 14 decks of fantastic choices for friends to get pleasure from, together with eight eating places, 13 bars, and the refreshing Physique & Soul Spa.