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AIDAaura Review

AIDAaura
67% of cruisers loved it
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  • Third ship to join the AIDA fleet
  • Caters to Europeans who speak German
  • Ultra-casual vibe appeals to young, active cruisers

AIDAaura Overview

By Douglas Newman, Cruise Critic contributor
AIDAaura entered service in 2003 as the third ship to join the AIDA fleet. Like the identical, 2002-built AIDAvita, it is an enlarged and improved version of the original Aida (now AIDAcara). As with all all AIDA ships, it was specially designed around the line's ultra-casual "club ship" concept.

Like AIDAcara and AIDAvita, the two main restaurants onboard, the Calypso Restaurant and Markt Restaurant, offer open-seating, buffet meals. The extra-tariff a la carte Rossini features waiter service and near-gourmet quality food.

The Das Theater theatre is the largest public room on the ship, while other bars and lounges include the trademark AIDA Bar -- one of the largest bars at sea -- the surprisingly elegant Hemingway Bar and the Anytime Disco.

The Body & Soul spa and Fit & Fun fitness center are some of the largest of their kind at sea, and the pool deck is designed to resemble a beach, complete with palm trees, a freeform pool, artificial "rock formations" and a volleyball/basketball court. Indoors you'll find the unique AIDA Golf putting green and golf simulator.

Cabins onboard are mostly standard insides and outsides; while of average size, the bright and cheerful furnishings make them more attractive than most mass-market cabins. There are only a few balcony cabins and suites; most passengers on this ship will be more interested in having fun in the public rooms than spending time hiding away in their private quarters.

AIDAaura Member Reviews

This was our second cruise on the NCL line, our first cruise was on the NCL Star last Christmas (New Orleans). We have to admit that we came away from our second NCL cruise on the Sun with a much better experience and it is a much better ship! We ... Read more
Suntastic Cruise!! oshunreef
10/13
My DH and I arrived in Miami the night before our cruise. We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Biscayne Blvd. It was very convenient to go across the street and had many choices for dining. We arrived the next morning at the cruise port around 10:45. We ... Read more
Norwegian should be up front with its passengers that the Sun is their training ship and the cruise fare should reflect the reduction in quality of service. If you have been on any cruise line before, you are used to a professional and pleasant ... Read more
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AIDAaura Ratings

Member Rating
3.9
4.2
3.7
3.4
3.7
1.3
Shore Excursions
3.4
Enrichment
3.6
Service
4.4
Value-for-Money
4.2
Rates
4.5

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Ship Stats
Crew:
418
Launched:
2003
Decks:
12
Tonnage:
42,289
Passengers:
1,266
Registry:
Italy
CDC Score:
100

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