AIDAmira

AIDAmira Review and Specifications

Specifications of AIDAmira

Year built1999  /  Age : 19
Flag state Madeira
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassMistral
Building costUSD 240 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorAIDA Kreuzfahrten (AIDA Cruises)
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)216 m / 709 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage48200 gt
Passengers1248 - 1498
Crew670
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks12
Cabins624
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesMistral, Grand Mistral, Costa neoRiviera
Christened byDeschamps (as Mistral)

Review of AIDAmira

Launched in 1999, AIDAmira cruise ship was operated until 2019 as "Costa neoRiviera". The liner was built under the name “MS Mistral” for Festival Cruises (1999-202). After company's collapse in 2004, Mistral was sold to Ibero Cruises (Spain) and renamed “Grand Mistral”. In November 2013, the newly named Costa neoRiviera joined Costa Cruises fleet after EUR 10 million drydock refurbishment. In 2019, Costa neoRiviera joins AIDA's fleet under the name "AIDAmira", departing oh its inaugural cruise for AIDA on December 4, 2019 (leaving from Palma de Mallorca).

IMPORTANT: All 2018-2019 itineraries are for Costa neoRiviera. For AIDAmira itineraries see in the "Cruise itinerary program" below.

AIDAmira joins the "AIDA Selection" ships AIDAcaraAIDAvita and AIDAaura. These fleetmates are fleet's smallest and operating on longer itineraries with unusual cruise routes. Prior its AIDA service, Costa neoRiviera will be drydock refurbished and remodeled. Swimming pools will be reduced from 3 to 2 (larger) with 2 large whirlpools on sun deck. From the 624 staterooms, 96 are suites (80 with balconies). AIDAmira will have 6 restaurants and 6 bars. AIDAmira's inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) is scheduled for December 4, 2019, leaving from Palma de Mallorca to South Africa.

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 travelers. AIDA was founded in 1960 (as "Deutsche Seereederei") and in 2000 was acquired by P&O Princess Cruises, which in 2003 merged with Carnival Corporation (shipowner). AIDA's first World Cruise (AIDAcara) was in 2017-2018 (October-February) with 116-day roundtrip itinerary from Hamburg Germany.

Costa neoRiviera cruise ship

The 48,200-ton, 1,600-passenger cruise ship AIDAmira had its maiden voyage (as MS Mistral) on July 17, 1999 (roundtrip from Venice to the Greek islands). During the winter, the ship offered Caribbean cruises. In 2004, the Greek company Festival Cruises experienced financial difficulties and filed for bankruptcy. The vessel was sold to Ibero Cruises (Iberojet) and renamed Grand Mistral. In 2013, the liner was transferred to Costa's fleet (as Costa neoRiviera) joining company's “neoCollection” ship Costa neoRomantica.

Besides the ship's staff and crew, AIDA cruise passengers are also served by Peper robots - 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 face expressions.

Cruise itinerary program

AIDAmira itinerary program is based on winter cruises in South Africa (leaving roundtrip from homeport Cape Town) and summer Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Palma de Mallorca (Spain).

  • The 14-day South African itineraries visit Namibia (ports Luderitz and Walvis Bay / overnight) and South Africa's ports Cape Town (overnight), East London, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
  • The Mediterranean cruise itinerary as ports of call is yet to be announced.

AIDAmira itineraries 2019-2020

Next are listed AIDAmira itineraries 2019-2020 (themed "Sudafrika und Namibia") as departure dates and call port dates and times (arrival / departure).

  • 2019 Dec 4 - 19-day repositioning cruise from Palma De Mallorca to Gibraltar (Dec 6, 7 am-6 pm), Gran Canaria (Dec 8, 1 pm-8 pm), Praia, Cape Verde (Dec 11, 8 am-6 pm), Walvis Bay (Dec 19, 10 am-6 pm), Luderitz (Dec 20, 10 am-7 pm), Cape Town (Dec 22-23 / overnight, 6 am)
  • 2019 Dec 4 - 26-day Palma De Mallorca to Gibraltar (Dec 6, 7 am-6 pm), Gran Canaria (Dec 8, 1 pm-8 pm), Praia, Cape Verde (Dec 11, 8 am-6 pm), Walvis Bay (Dec 19, 10 am-6 pm), Luderitz (Dec 20, 10 am-7 pm), Cape Town (Dec 22-23 / overnight), East London (Dec 25), Durban (Dec 26, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Dec 28, 8 am-8 pm), Cape Town (Dec 30, 6 am)
  • 2019 Dec 23 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to East London (Dec 25, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Dec 26, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Dec 28, 8 am-8 pm), Cape Town (Dec 30, 6 am-9 pm), Luderitz (Jan 1, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Jan 2-3 / overnight, 5 pm)
  • 2019 Dec 30 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to Luderitz (Jan 1, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Jan 2-3 / overnight, 5 pm), Cape Town (Jan 4-5 / overnight, 9 pm), East London (Jan 8, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Jan 9, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Jan 11, 8 am-8 pm), Cape Town (Jan 13, 6 am)
  • 2020 Jan 6 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to East London (Jan 8, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Jan 9, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Jan 11, 8 am-8 pm), Cape Town (Jan 13, 6 am-9 pm), Luderitz (Jan 15, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Jan 16-17 / overnight, 5 pm)
  • 2020 Jan 13 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to Luderitz (Jan 15, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Jan 16-17 / overnight, 5 pm), Cape Town (Jan 19-20 / overnight, 9 pm), East London (Jan 22, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Jan 23, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Jan 25, 8 am-8 pm
  • 2020 Jan 20 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to East London (Jan 22, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Jan 23, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Jan 25, 8 am-8 pm), Cape Town (Jan 27, 6 am-9 pm), Luderitz (Jan 29, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Jan 30-31 / overnight, )5 pm),
  • 2020 Jan 27 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to Luderitz (Jan 29, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Jan 30-31 / overnight, 5 pm), Cape Town (Feb 2-3 / overnight, 9 pm), East London (Feb 5, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Feb 6, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Feb 8, 8 am-8 pm
  • 2020 Feb 3 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to East London (Feb 5, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Feb 6, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Feb 8, 8 am-8 pm), Cape Town (Feb 10, 6 am-9 pm), Luderitz (Feb 12, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Feb 13-14 / overnight, 5 pm)
  • 2020 Feb 10 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to Luderitz (Feb 12, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Feb 13-14 / overnight, 5 pm), Cape Town (Feb 16-17 / overnight, 9 pm), East London (Feb 19, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Feb 20, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Feb 22, 8 am-8 pm)
  • 2020 Mar 2 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to East London (Mar 4, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Mar 5, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Mar 7, 8 am-8 pm), Cape Town (Mar 9, 6 am-9 pm), Luderitz (Mar 11, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Mar 12-13 / overnight, 5 pm)
  • 2020 Mar 9 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to Luderitz (Mar 11, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Mar 12-13 / overnight, 5 pm), Cape Town (Mar 15-16 / overnight, 9 pm), East London (Mar 18, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Mar 19, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Mar 21, 8 am-8 pm)
  • 2020 Mar 16 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to East London (Mar 18, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Mar 19, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Mar 21, 8 am-8 pm), Cape Town (Mar 23, 6 am-9 pm), Luderitz (Mar 25, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Mar 26-27 / overnight, 5 pm)
  • 2020 Mar 23 - 14-day roundtrip from Cape Town to Luderitz (Mar 25, 8 am-4 pm), Walvis Bay (Mar 26-27 / overnight, 5 pm), Cape Town (Mar 29-30 / overnight, 9 pm), East London (Apr 1, 8 am-3 pm), Durban (Apr 2, 9 am-8 pm), Port Elizabeth (Apr 4, 8 am-8 pm)
  • 2020 April 6 - 19-day repositioning cruise from Cape Town to Luderitz (Apr 9, 8 am-6 pm), Walvis Bay (Apr 10, 11 am-6 pm), Praia, Cape Verde (Apr 18, 8 am-6 pm), Gran Canaria (Apr 21, 8 am-6 pm), Gibraltar (Apr 23, 1 pm-8 pm), Palma De Mallorca (Apr 25, 5 am).

Costa neoRiviera itinerary program featured exotic routes around the world with unusual ports of call and more overnight port stays. neoRiviera was Costa fleet's second "neoCollection” ship - together with Costa neoRomantica.

  • In December 2018 through March 2019, Costa neoRiviera had scheduled cruises in India - leaving roundtrip from homeport Mumbai and visiting ports in India (Mangalore, Cochin, Mormugao-Goa), Sri Lanka (Colombo) and Maldives (Male, Kaafu Atoll).
  • For the rest of 2019, the ship had scheduled Western Mediterraneran itineraies departing roundtrip from homeports Savona (Italy) and Toulon (France).
  • However, both programs were cancelled after the decision was made for the ship to be transferred to AIDA.

Cabins

Most AIDAmira staterooms are 13 m2 (140 ft2) Oceanview cabins (287) from a total of 624. Two cabins are wheelchair accessible (handicap). The largest passenger cabins are Grand Suites (50 m2 / 505 ft2). The ship has 96 suites, of which 80 are with balconies.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Note: The following review is related to Costa neoRiviera. Information will be updated as soon as AIDA Cruises officially releases details on ship's new venues, facilities and amenities.

Most of the onboard dining is included in cruises' fares. With the exception of the pizza on ship's Lido Deck, you better choose the main dining room for most of the meals. As a neo ship, The ship promotes eat-when-you-wish casual dining. There is no assigned seating and reservations are not needed. Located on Deck 11, neoRiviera's buffet features seven stations and is smaller than the buffets on most cruise ships. Its decor is casual cafeteria. The buffet is more popular in the summer when there is a younger crowd with more kids.

Costa neoRiviera cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Costa neoRiviera restaurants and food bars.

  • Ristorante Cetara (forward Dining Room; complimentary, with round-shaped windows and extensive wine list for dinner, with 2 fixed seatings at 6:30 or 9 pm, open seating breakfast and lunch)
  • Ristorante Saint Tropez (complimentary aft Dining Room with 2 fixed Dinner seatings)
  • Ristorante Buffet Vernazza (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary; offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea at 4-5 pm, and dinner; in the evening is transformed into Pizzeria, complimentary, with waiter service)
  • Grill Manarola (fast food station, complimentary)
  • Pizzeria Monterosso (lunch & dinner only pizza restaurant, complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Note: The following review is related to Costa neoRiviera. Information will be updated as soon as AIDA Cruises officially releases details on ship's new venues, facilities and amenities.

The ship has 3 restaurants, including buffet Grill & Pizzeria, six bars, show lounge and disco, two shopping arcades, beauty and wellness center, fitness center, three swimming pools (plus splash pool for children), hydrotherapy, hot tubs, and massages.

Costa neoRiviera cruise ship

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

  • Teatro Ravello (2-level main show lounge for grand musical and show productions, ballets, classical concerts, circus shows)
  • Bar Anacapri (foyer bar)
  • Atrio Riviera (2-deck high Atrium and central ship area with live entertainment, served by Positano bar)
  • Amalfi Lounge (Cigar Lounge & Bar, also selling cigars and fine liquor)
  • Cafe Positano (wine bar)
  • Sala Carte (cards room)
  • Casino Saint Maxime (served by Porquerolles bar)
  • Biblioteca & Internet Point (combined library Biblioteca Conca dei Marini and Internet computers room)
  • Galleria Shops Sorrento; Gallery Shops Grasse (duty & tax free shops for brand watches, jewelry, perfumes, fashion clothes, Costa-logo merchandise, sportswear, gifts, tobacco and liquor)
  • Cafe Eze (patisserie & specialty coffee bar)
  • Saint Paul de Vence Lounge & Bar (stage for live shows, band music in the evenings)
  • Bar Corniglia (smoothies, ice-cream)
  • Photo Gallery Cannes
  • Video Games Arcade
  • Discoteca Portofino (Disco & Nightclub)
  • Squok Club (kids lounge with Mini Club (3-6 yo) and Maxi Club (7-11 yo) playing rooms; with complimentary kids programme and supervised activities; complimentary babysitting)
  • Teen Zone (teenagers' lounge with Teen Junior (12-14 yo) and Teen Club (15-17 yo) rooms; complimentary supervised activities, themed parties, sport contests)
  • Centro Benessere Portovenere (Spa & Wellness complex, with Fitness and separate Spinning/Aerobics Room; Salone di Bellezza Framura Beauty Salon, Massages and Treatments Rooms, Japanese TeaRoom, Relaxation Room, Thermal Suites, Solarium, Laconium, Aroma Steam Baths, Thalassotherapy pool, Solarium, Sauna)
  • Lido Via dell’Amore pool area (with 2 small pools, 2 Whirlpools, foosball table, ping pong table; served by Bar Riomaggiore)
  • Outdoor playing zone for kids (with a paddling pool)
  • Multi-sports court (volleybal, basketball, mini football, golf putting area)
  • Solarium (open-air relaxation area).

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Costa neoRiviera itineraries 2016 changes

Costa neoRiviera’s itinerary program for 2016 (March 28 through November 8) was changed. All originally scheduled calls to Istanbul Turkey were replaced with Rhodes Greece. Passengers booked with embarkation from Istanbul boarded the ship in Rhodes (instead of Istanbul).

Next are listed Costa neoRiviera's scheduled roundtrip cruise itineraries for 2019 that were later cancelled.

11-day "Italy, Spain, Balearic Islands, Malta" - prices from USD 1100 pp

26 SepDeparting from Savona, Italy
27 Sep 09:00 - 16:00Toulon, France Riviera
28 Sep 09:00 - 18:00Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Spain
29 Sep 08:00 - 20:00Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain
01 Oct 07:00 - 18:00Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
02 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Trapani, Sicily, Italy
03 Oct 09:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
04 Oct 08:00 - 17:00Catania, Sicily, Italy
05 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Salerno, Italy
06 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
07 OctArriving in Savona, Italy

13-day "India, Maldives, Sri Lanka" - prices from USD 1900 pp

23 DecDeparting from Mumbai, Bombay, India
25 Dec 07:00 - 18:00Mangalore, India
26 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Cochin, India
28 Dec 07:00 - 20:00Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
01 Jan 07:00 - 17:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
03 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Mormugao, Goa, India
04 JanArriving in Mumbai, Bombay, India

 

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AIDAmira Itineraries

The below listed AIDAmira 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
2018 Dec 15 14 days, round-trip Indian Ocean From MalÉ Male$925
2018 Dec 15 7 days, one-way from Male to Mumbai Male$497
2018 Dec 22 14 days, round-trip Indian Ocean From Bombay/Mumbai Mumbai$1549
2018 Dec 22 7 days, one-way from Mumbai to Male Mumbai$713
2018 Dec 29 14 days, round-trip Indian Ocean From MalÉ Male$1597
2018 Dec 29 7 days, one-way from Male to Mumbai Male$497
2019 Jan 12 7 days, one-way from Male to Mumbai Male$497
2019 Jan 26 7 days, one-way from Male to Mumbai Male$497
2019 Feb 09 14 days, round-trip Indian Ocean From MalÉ Male$1309
2019 Feb 09 7 days, one-way from Male to Mumbai Male$497
2019 Feb 23 14 days, round-trip Indian Ocean From MalÉ Male$1229
2019 Feb 23 7 days, one-way from Male to Mumbai Male$497
2019 Mar 09 7 days, one-way from Male to Mumbai Male$497
2019 Mar 23 21 days, one-way from Male to Savona Male$853
2019 Mar 23 20 days, one-way from Male to Civitavecchia Male$829
2019 May 27 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1239
2019 May 27 11 days, one-way from Savona to Civitavecchia Savona$1149
2019 May 28 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1509
2019 Jun 08 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1379
2019 Jun 09 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1199
2019 Jun 19 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1349
2019 Jun 20 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1349
2019 Jun 30 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1399
2019 Jul 01 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1399
2019 Jul 11 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1449
2019 Jul 12 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1449
2019 Jul 22 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1639
2019 Aug 02 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1609
2019 Aug 13 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1679
2019 Aug 14 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1749
2019 Aug 24 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1449
2019 Sep 04 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1249
2019 Sep 05 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1249
2019 Sep 15 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1239
2019 Sep 16 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1149
2019 Sep 25 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Civitavecchia/Rome Civitavecchia$1099
2019 Sep 26 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1099
2019 Sep 27 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1099
2019 Oct 06 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Civitavecchia/Rome Civitavecchia$949
2019 Oct 07 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$949
2019 Oct 08 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$949
2019 Oct 17 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Civitavecchia/Rome Civitavecchia$1049
2019 Oct 18 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1049
2019 Oct 19 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Toulon Toulon$1049
2019 Oct 28 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Civitavecchia/Rome Civitavecchia$1049
2019 Oct 29 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$1049
2019 Nov 09 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$219
2019 Nov 10 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Marseilles Marseille$219
2019 Nov 11 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Barcelona Barcelona$289
2019 Nov 12 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean From Savona Savona$219
2019 Dec 04 26 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Cape Town Palma de Mallorca
2019 Dec 04 19 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Cape Town Palma de Mallorca
2019 Dec 30 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 2 Cape Town
2020 Jan 13 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 2 Cape Town
2020 Jan 20 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 1 Cape Town
2020 Jan 27 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 2 Cape Town
2020 Feb 03 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 1 Cape Town
2020 Feb 10 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 2 Cape Town
2020 Feb 17 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 1 Cape Town
2020 Feb 24 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 2 Cape Town
2020 Mar 02 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 1 Cape Town
2020 Mar 09 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 2 Cape Town
2020 Mar 16 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 1 Cape Town
2020 Mar 23 14 days, round-trip Sudafrika & Namibia 2 Cape Town
2020 Mar 30 26 days, one-way from Cape Town to Palma de Mallorca Cape Town
2020 Apr 06 19 days, one-way from Cape Town to Palma de Mallorca Cape Town