The announcement means capacity boost for Hamburg, few days after AIDA confirmed it will base its new AIDAperla there during 2018 summer. Between March-October 2018, the ship will resume its 'Metropolises' weekly itinerary visiting Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, a route that was established by AIDAprima in April.
AIDAperla's winter 2018-2019 deployment is still to be decided. It is unclear if AIDA will once again operate a ship in Hamburg port throughout the year.
MSC Cruises started calling at Hamburg with a visit by Lirica in 2007. This month the port city chalked up 100th stop by MSC cruise ship.