AIDAaura Review

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Why Choose AIDAaura?

  • Third ship to join the AIDA fleet
  • Caters to Europeans who speak German
  • Ultra-casual vibe appeals to young, active cruisers

AIDAaura Overview

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.
By Douglas Newman, Cruise Critic contributor

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Ship Facts

Ship Stats
Crew:  418
Launched:  2003
Decks:  12
Tonnage:  42,289
Passengers:  1,266
Registry:  Italy
CDC Score:  100
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diba59
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Last week we made a cruise with AIDA again. This time on one of their smaller ships. The trip went from Palma de Mallorca to Hamburg with 5 days at sea. It was a repositioning cruise. Despite that the ship was smaller we enjoyed it the ... Read more
dtowncruiser59
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We took this cruise as a family group of 10 people; 7 are residents of Germany and 3 are residents of the United States. The cruise line is very up front about the fact that they only provide printed information in German, this also ... Read more
cablack
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
82 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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 ... Read more

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