The third ship in the Sphinx class (there will be six in total) will join sister ships AIDAdiva and AIDAbella when it is christened in April 2009.
The 69,200-ton, 2,050-passenger ship is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany; it is being built at a cost of 315 million euro.
Geared mainly to the German market, AIDAluna will feature a number of innovations, including a 4D movie theatre. The fourth dimension here actually refers to physical effects that go along with the three-dimensional movie. On AIDAluna, filmgoers will have the experience of actually being in the movie with shaking chairs, jets of water spray and air movement in the theatre.
There will also be a giant (8 metres by 4.5 metres) LED screen, which will broadcast entertainment on the sun deck in a traditional widescreen cinema format, and laser light shows, with images projected into the night sky.
For relaxation, AIDAluna will offer a 2,300-square-metre wellness area. The Body and Soul Spa will be based on an Indian temple theme. As well as individual treatment rooms, there will be a Spa Suite -- perfect for couples -- with its own sauna, large heated water bed, and a special wellness bath and balcony that accommodates two.
There will be a total of seven restaurants, from a steakhouse to a traditional Mediterranean market restaurant. There will also be 11 bars onboard.
AIDAluna will be christened on 4 April next year in the port of Palma de Mallorca. No details of the ceremony have yet been revealed.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor