AIDAblu

AIDAblu Review and Specifications

Specifications of AIDAblu

Year built2010  /  Age : 9
Flag state Italy
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Building costUSD 420 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorAIDA Kreuzfahrten (AIDA Cruises)
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)253 m / 830 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage71304 gt
Passengers2192 - 2500
Crew607
Passengers-to-space ratio33
Decks15
Cabins1096
Decks with cabins12
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsAIDAmar, AIDAstella, AIDAsol
Former namesCrown Princess, Ocean Village 2
Christened byJette Joop

Current itinerary of AIDAblu

AIDAblu current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig. The itinerary starts on 19 May, 2019 and ends on 26 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
19 May 20:00    Departing from Venice, Italy hotels
21 May 12:00 - 20:00    Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece
22 May 10:00 - 18:00    Bari, Italy
23 May 07:30 - 16:00    Dubrovnik, Croatia
24 May 10:00 - 18:00    Zadar, Croatia
26 May    Arriving in Venice, Italy hotels

Review of AIDAblu

Launched in 2010, AIDAblu is one of the Sphinx-class AIDA Cruises ships, with sisterships AIDAmar, AIDAstella and AIDAsol.

History - construction and ownership

AIDA Cruises is a Rostock-headquartered subsidiary company owned by Carnival Corporation. AIDA is Europe's largest German cruise line (followed by TUI) targeting younger and more active travellers. AIDA was founded in 1960 (as "Deutsche Seereederei") and in 2000 was acquired by P&O Princess Cruises, which merged with Carnival Corporation (shipowner) in 2003. AIDA's first World Cruise (AIDAcara) was in 2017-2018 (October-February) with 116-day roundtrip itinerary from Hamburg Germany.

AIDAblu cruise ship

The 71,304-ton, 2,000-passenger cruise ship AIDAblu is a modernly equipped cruise vessel created in the famous shipbuilding yard of Meyer Werft, Germany. The record for a fast crossing of the English channel was set by AIDAblu in 2011 with time, between Le Havre and Southampton, of 6 h and 45 min. AIDAblu pioneered the first cruise ship brewery.

Besides the ship's staff and crew, AIDA cruise passengers are also served by Peper robots - the latest cyborg technology implemented fleetwide in 2016. These humanoid robots greet and guide passengers upon embarkation. They also assist them throughout the cruise by providing information and tips on onboard dining, entertainment, enrichment program (workshops, pre-scheduled events), casino and shopping promotions, shore excursions and tours. Pepper robots are mobile and communicate in 3 languages (English, German, Italian). They can also interpret human emotions by analyzing voice tones and facial expressions.

Cruise itinerary program

AIDAblu itinerary program is based on round-trip Canary Islands cruises from Gran Canaria, as well as the Mediterranean from Palma de Mallorca.

Cabins

Most AIDAblu staterooms are 185-250-sq.foot Balcony rooms (471). There are a total of 1096 staterooms (of which 23 Suites, 487 Balcony rooms, 172 Outside, 374 Inside) in 24 categories. The largest aboard AIDAblu is the Panorama Deluxe Suite (580 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

AIDAblu was built with ten taprooms (plus beer fermentation plant) and a wealth of dining options, all of which open seating. The buffets give passengers the chance to try food from several countries. Good wines are available to try. The Markt buffet Restaurant is located on deck 9. It is self-service and has a diverse and rich buffet. There are no strict dress codes or fixed dining times. Basic beverages, including house wines and beer, are free of charge at the buffet restaurants.

Follows the complete list of AIDAblu restaurants and food bars.

  • Rossini (a speciality, dinner-only restaurant at surcharge, reservations required; offers waiter service and 6-course a-la-carte menu)
  • Markt Restaurant (complimentary main dining room; self-service buffet restaurant with a variety of food stations and a small terrace)
  • Bella Donna (Italian cuisine restaurant, complimentary, buffet-style dining, open 24 hours)
  • Buffalo Steakhouse (American fare restaurant with a la carte menu; reservations required; at a surcharge)
  • Sushi Bar (Japanese restaurant at surcharge, reservations are required)
  • California Grill (complimentary, American cuisine restaurant)
  • East Restaurant (Asian cuisine, buffet-style complimentary restaurant).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

AIDAblu has one of the largest cruise ship wellness centres, spreading on over 2,600 sqm. Apart from the recreational areas, the ship also boasts a modern Theatrium, unique in this class, and a special kids’ zone.

AIDAblu cruise ship

Follows the complete list of AIDAblu lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Pier 3 Bar (coffee bar)
  • Kids Club (AIDA Cruises kids program is complimentary, with supervised, age-appropriate activities: the 3 age groups include Seahorses for 3-6 yo, Dolphins for 7-9 yo and Sharks 10-11 yo; the Kids Club has an outdoor area with a paddling pool)
  • Internet stations with printers (located in the Reception/Lobby area; Wi-Fi coverage is available shipwide, including in all guests rooms)
  • Studio AIDA (TV studio, producing films related to ship's itinerary and activities, plus a radio program)
  • AIDA Blu Bar (cocktail bar with live music)
  • Theatrium (948-seat, 3-deck high; a combination of an Atrium and a theatre, with glass walls, a stage with dynamic platforms, and glass dome; hosts large-scale productions)
  • Art Gallery (Kunstgalerie; sells original artworks of renowned art schools and German artists; hosts art auctions)
  • AIDA Lounge (with 270-degree panoramic views and comfortable seating)
  • The Library (Bibliotek; offers card and board games)
  • AIDAblu casino
  • Cafe Mare (patisserie & speciality coffee bar)
  • Vinotek (fine wines shop; offers sommelier service and wine tasting events)
  • Brauhaus (beerhouse; onboard brewery, purified seawater is used for brewing beer; the Beer House sells its own draft beers)
  • Destille (Distillery; fruit spirits bar)
  • AIDA Bar (big-capacity lounge with panoramic windows)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop (professional photo & video services, duty-free accessories and equipment; new feature are the photo kiosks with touch-screens /face-recognition system)
  • AIDA Shop (duty-free merchandise at discount prices; the shopping arcade has a general store selling liquor and tobaccos, as well as small boutiques for jewellery, luxury watches, perfumes, brand fashion clothing, AIDA logo goods)
  • Beauty Salon (Friseur; provides hairdresser, barber services, professional manicure/pedicure)
  • Body & Soul Sports Fitness Centre (with a modern Gym and separate area for classes)
  • Zen Lounge (relaxation room; hosts indoor classes)
  • 4D Kino Cinemare (4D Cinema room)
  • Time Out Bar (sports bar); Ocean Bar (outdoor cocktail bar)
  • Blutenmeer (Blooming Sea flower shop)
  • Sundeck area (served by the Beach Bar)
  • Anytime Bar (Diskothek; ship’s disco & nightclub with DJ program and themed dance parties; during the day hosts organized dance classes)
  • HYPE (teens club with supervised activities in two age groups – Orcas for 12 -13 yo and Teens 14 -17 yo; complimentary)
  • Body & Soul SPA complex (Africa-themed, with Beauty Salon & Spa Reception, massages /treatments rooms, Wellness Suite, Wellness Oase, Aroma Sauna, Finish Sauna, Steam Room, relaxation room)
  • Wellness Oase (Oasis, with a large whirlpool, hammocks, relaxation beds, decorated with palm trees and live plants)
  • Wellness Suite (max 4 guests, rented for 4 hours; with its own veranda, Sauna, Whirlpool, luxury bath amenities)
  • SPA Bar (complimentary fresh fruits, tea, wellness drinks)
  • Sundeck / sunbathing area (Freibereich, located above the swimming pool; with loungers, served by the Pool Bar); the ship’s Top Deck is dedicated to Freikorperkultur / FKK Bereich nudist area with sun loungers)
  • Sun Deck games area (Sonnendeck – Freibereich, with shuffleboard, giant chess, Boccia, backgammon, darts, table tennis)
  • Videowand (outdoor theatre, with a big-size LED screen)
  • Sports Deck area (Sportaussendeck with a combined sports court volleyball/basketball, Golf Cage, putting green area, golf simulator)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track.

AIDAblu wiki

AIDAblu is AIDA Kreutzfahrten's 7th liner. Between 2004-2007, vessel's name was used for a former AIDA liner - later renamed Ocean Village 2 (Pacific Jewel / now Karnika). Ship's Godmother was Jette Joop (jewelry designer). The vessel was christened on February 9, 2010, in the Port of Hamburg on the ice-covered Elbe River. The naming ceremony was accompanied by numerous street artists, ice carvers, and there was a traditional fireworks display.

AIDAblu (Sphinx-class vessel) is half a deck bigger than the sister-ships AIDAluna, AIDAdiva and AIDAbella, and was followed by AIDAmar and AIDAsol. AIDAblu holds the record for fastest English Channel crossing by cruise vessel with time, between Le Havre (Paris) and Southampton, of 6 hours and 45 minutes (2011).

AIDA Blu also has one of the largest cruise ship wellness centers - sized 2600 m2. The ship provides a biking station and the supply of bicycles are used by passengers on shore excursions in ports of call. AIDAblu has the first brewery at sea, which permanently produces 3 kinds of draft beer stored in three 1000 L service copper tanks (ZKGs units) in the onboard storage cellar. Recycled seawater is used as brewing water. A special challenge was the requirements for ship-specific fixings, space-saving construction, compliance with the USPH standard (standards of the American public health authority).

There was another cruise ship named "AidaBlu". P&O Australia's Pacific Jewel was formerly known as Crown Princess (Princess Cruises), A-Rosa Blu (ARosa Cruises), AIDAblu (from 2004 to 2007, for AIDA Kreutzfahrten) and Ocean Village 2 (for the Carnival's Ocean Village brand).

German is the language that is largely used on board, as the majority of AIDA cruise ship passengers are Germans and German-speaking Europeans (Austrians, Swiss). AIDA customers tend to be quite active, so older Germans usually prefer more traditional lines on the German-speaking market.

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AIDAblu Itineraries

The below listed AIDAblu cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest AIDA Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 May 05 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 May 12 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 May 19 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 May 26 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2019 Oct 27 7 days, one-way from Venice to Heraklion Venice
2019 Nov 03 16 days, one-way from Heraklion to Mahe Island Heraklion
2019 Nov 03 23 days, one-way from Heraklion to Port Louis Heraklion
2019 Nov 19 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2019 Nov 26 14 days, round-trip Mauritius & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2019 Dec 03 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2019 Dec 10 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2019 Dec 17 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2019 Dec 24 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2019 Dec 31 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2020 Jan 07 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2020 Jan 14 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2020 Jan 21 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2020 Jan 28 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2020 Feb 04 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2020 Feb 11 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2020 Feb 18 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2020 Feb 25 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2020 Mar 03 24 days, one-way from Port Louis to Heraklion Port Louis
2020 Mar 03 33 days, one-way from Port Louis to Venice Port Louis
2020 Mar 10 17 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Heraklion Mahe Island
2020 Mar 27 9 days, one-way from Heraklion to Venice Heraklion
2020 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 May 03 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 May 10 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 May 17 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 May 24 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 May 31 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Adria Ab Venedig Venice
2020 Oct 25 5 days, one-way from Venice to Heraklion Venice
2020 Oct 30 18 days, one-way from Heraklion to Mahe Island Heraklion
2020 Oct 30 25 days, one-way from Heraklion to Port Louis Heraklion
2020 Nov 17 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2020 Nov 24 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2020 Dec 01 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2020 Dec 08 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2020 Dec 15 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2020 Dec 22 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2020 Dec 29 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2021 Jan 05 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2021 Jan 12 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2021 Jan 19 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2021 Jan 26 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2021 Feb 02 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2021 Feb 09 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2021 Feb 16 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 2 Port Louis
2021 Feb 23 14 days, round-trip Mauritius, Seychellen & Madagaskar 3 Mahe Island
2021 Mar 02 24 days, one-way from Port Louis to Heraklion Port Louis
2021 Mar 09 17 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Heraklion Mahe Island