The news came a month after the line launched China marketing campaign. In announcing new deployment, AIDA Cruises said only that there was strong demand for Western Mediterranean.
Following eight 2-week Southeast Asia voyages from Bangkok December 2016-March 2017, AIDAbella will reposition to Europe. First, a 16-day voyage from China to Singapore calls at ports including Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hainan, Hong Kong, Da Nang, with the first stop for AIDA at Halong Bay. Then, an 18-day sailing out of Singapore to Dubai will visit destinations in the Maldives, Malaysia, India and Oman. A 13-day cruise from Dubai ends at Palma de Mallorca where the Western Mediterranean voyages begin.
Starting in May 2017 AIDAbella will sail 7-day cruises from Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. Then, in September, she will introduce new 10- and 11-day sailings between Palma and Venice to destinations like Cagliari, Palermo, Valletta, Corfu, Dubrovnik and Split.
Starting in October, AIDAbella will sail two 7-day and one 10-day Adriatic voyages from Venice. After that the ship charts course, via Dubai, for Bangkok, its 2017-2018 winter season home for another season of 14-day Southeast Asia cruises.