AIDAbella Christened in Germany

April 25, 2008
On April 23, international model Eva Padberg christened AIDAbella, the fifth ship in German line AIDA Cruises' fleet. The ceremony took place in Rostock-Warnemunde, Germany, with approximately 1,400 guests in attendance.

The ceremony's festivities included scenes from AIDA's new onboard musical "Avalon," performances by the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and a specially written christening song performed by Volkan Baydar, a member of the pop duo Orange Blue. Padberg wished the ship "six inches of water under the keel," and the champagne smash was successful.

AIDAbella then set off on a one-night Baltic cruise, accompanied by fireworks and music. The ship, a sister to AIDAdiva, will spend its maiden season summering in the Baltic and wintering in the Canary Islands.

AIDA is part of the Carnival Corp. family.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor