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71% of cruisers loved it
Why Go?
  • Third ship to join the AIDA fleet
  • Caters to Europeans who speak German
  • Ultra-casual vibe appeals to young, active cruisers
  • Cabins are bright and cheerful
  • Rossini restaurant features near-gourmet quality food
  • Beachy pool deck has palm trees and volleyball
  • Trademark AIDA Bar is one of the largest at sea

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.

AIDAaura Member Reviews 15 Reviews
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November 2013

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 ...continue

   Suntastic Cruise!!
October 2013

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. ...continue

   This is THE Norwegian Training Ship
October 2013

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.

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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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