On April 22, 2020, AIDA Cruises (the Germany-based subsidiary company of Carnival Corporation) announced a plan to use the AIDAperla to repatriate all the non-essential shipboard staff-crew from 6x AIDA liners (Luna, Mira, Nova, Stella, Diva, Mar).
On April 24, to AIDAperla (anchored off Port Bridgetown Barbados, Southern Caribbean) were transferred crew from AIDAluna (currently anchored off Bridgetown). Then, Perla started a 10-day Transatlantic crossing to Canary Islands (scheduled arrival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on May 4), where is planned to pick up crew from AIDAnova (currently anchored off Tenerife).
Off Port Funchal (Madeira Island, Portugal), Perla is planned to collect crew from the fleetmates Mira (currently off El Hierro Canaries) and Stella (currently docked at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), then to proceeds to Hamburg Germany. In Port Hamburg is planned debarkation of all the non-essential crew and repatriation via charter flights from Hamburg Airport.
Note: Since March 14, 2020, the world's largest cruise shipowner Carnival Corporation suspended fleetwide (all brands) and globally its passenger shipping operations due to the ongoing pandemic. AIDA fleet's cruise operations are planned to resume on June 1.