Celestyal Discovery

Former names: Miray MV Lara, AIDAaura

Celestyal Discovery current position

Celestyal Discovery current location is at Aegean Sea (coordinates 37.30571 N / 23.61485 E) cruising at speed of 14.7 kn (27 km/h | 17 mph) en route to Piraeus-Athens. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Celestyal Discovery

Year of build2003  /  Age: 20
Flag state Italy
BuilderAker MTW Werft (Lloyd Werft Wismar, Germany)
Building costUSD 350 million
Engines (power)Wartsila (18.8 MW / 25211 hp)
Speed21 kn / 39 km/h / 24 mph
Length (LOA)203 m / 666 ft
Beam (width)28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage42289 gt
Passengers1266 - 1300
Crew418
Passengers-to-space ratio33
Decks12
Cabins627
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2023
Sister-shipsAIDAvita
Former namesMiray MV Lara, AIDAaura
Christened byHeidi Klum (AIDAaura)
OwnerLouis Group Plc
OperatorCelestyal Cruises

Celestyal Discovery Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Mar 22 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $279
2024 Mar 23 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $499
2024 Mar 25 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $399
2024 Mar 26 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $399
2024 Mar 29 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $279
2024 Mar 30 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $499
2024 Apr 01 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Apr 02 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $429
2024 Apr 05 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $499
2024 Apr 06 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $669
2024 Apr 08 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Apr 09 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $589
2024 Apr 12 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $669
2024 Apr 13 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $839
2024 Apr 15 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $459
2024 Apr 16 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $649
2024 Apr 19 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $649
2024 Apr 22 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Apr 23 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $709
2024 Apr 26 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $839
2024 Apr 27 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $839
2024 Apr 29 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Apr 30 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi
2024 May 03 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $599
2024 May 04 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $769
2024 May 06 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $519
2024 May 07 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $709
2024 May 10 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $649
2024 May 11 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $619
2024 May 13 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $459
2024 May 14 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $709
2024 May 17 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 May 18 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $749
2024 May 20 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 May 21 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $899
2024 May 24 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $729
2024 May 25 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2024 May 27 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 May 28 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $899
2024 May 31 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jun 01 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $649
2024 Jun 03 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jun 04 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1029
2024 Jun 07 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jun 08 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $859
2024 Jun 10 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jun 11 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi
2024 Jun 14 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $949
2024 Jun 15 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $949
2024 Jun 17 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jun 18 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1029
2024 Jun 21 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $779
2024 Jun 22 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $949
2024 Jun 24 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jun 25 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1059
2024 Jun 28 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $859
2024 Jun 29 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $819
2024 Jul 01 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $649
2024 Jul 02 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $709
2024 Jul 05 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $579
2024 Jul 06 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $579
2024 Jul 08 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $559
2024 Jul 09 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $749
2024 Jul 12 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $689
2024 Jul 13 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $689
2024 Jul 15 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $559
2024 Jul 16 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $749
2024 Jul 19 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $729
2024 Jul 20 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $729
2024 Jul 22 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens
2024 Jul 23 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $749
2024 Jul 26 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $449
2024 Jul 27 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $619
2024 Jul 29 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $749
2024 Jul 30 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $749
2024 Aug 02 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $509
2024 Aug 03 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $579
2024 Aug 05 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $649
2024 Aug 06 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $519
2024 Aug 09 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $689
2024 Aug 10 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $689
2024 Aug 12 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $749
2024 Aug 13 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $749
2024 Aug 16 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $519
2024 Aug 17 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $689
2024 Aug 19 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $749
2024 Aug 20 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $749
2024 Aug 23 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $619
2024 Aug 24 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $619
2024 Aug 26 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $459
2024 Aug 27 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $709
2024 Aug 30 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $619
2024 Aug 31 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $619
2024 Sep 02 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Sep 03 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1029
2024 Sep 06 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $819
2024 Sep 07 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $819
2024 Sep 09 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Sep 10 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1029
2024 Sep 13 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $689
2024 Sep 14 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $859
2024 Sep 16 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $1089
2024 Sep 17 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1089
2024 Sep 20 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $909
2024 Sep 21 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $909
2024 Sep 23 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $939
2024 Sep 24 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1129
2024 Sep 27 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $779
2024 Sep 28 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $949
2024 Sep 30 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $839
2024 Oct 01 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1029
2024 Oct 04 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $739
2024 Oct 05 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $909
2024 Oct 07 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $1029
2024 Oct 08 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1029
2024 Oct 11 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $909
2024 Oct 12 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $909
2024 Oct 14 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $839
2024 Oct 15 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $1029
2024 Oct 18 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $859
2024 Oct 19 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $859
2024 Oct 21 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $649
2024 Oct 22 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $649
2024 Oct 25 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer Piraeus-Athens $479
2024 Oct 26 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Summer from Kusadasi Kusadasi $649
2024 Oct 28 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens
2024 Oct 29 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $649
2024 Nov 01 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $279
2024 Nov 02 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $449
2024 Nov 04 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $589
2024 Nov 05 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $399
2024 Nov 08 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $449
2024 Nov 09 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $449
2024 Nov 11 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $859
2024 Nov 12 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $859
2024 Nov 15 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $689
2024 Nov 16 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $689
2024 Nov 18 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $859
2024 Nov 19 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean from Kusadasi Kusadasi $859
2024 Nov 22 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $689
2024 Nov 23 3 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Kusadasi $689
2024 Nov 25 4 days, round-trip Iconic Aegean Piraeus-Athens $669

Celestyal Discovery Review

Review of Celestyal Discovery

The 2003-built (as AIDAaura) cruise ship Celestyal Discovery was one of the two smallest and oldest in the AIDA's fleet, together with the sistership AIDAvita (2002-built).

In 2023, following a major refurbishment, the ship (as "MV Lara") was planned to start operations for Miray's travel brand Life at Sea Cruises. However, the deal with Miray International was not finished and instead, AIDAaura was sold to Louis Group Plc and now is operated by its subsidiary and travel brand Celestyal Cruises.

The vessel (IMO number 9221566) is currently Italy-flagged (MMSI 247117400) and registered in Genova. Celestyal Discovery will be reflagged to Malta (MMSI tba) and registered in Valletta.

History - construction and ownership

On January 5, 2023, AIDA announced that the 20-year-old AIDAaura is sold and leaves the fleet in October 2023. Aura's last voyage for AIDA in 2023 was first scheduled to depart on Sept 26th (12-day "Westeuropas Flusse" (roundtrip from Bremerhaven to ports in the UK, France, and Belgium) but was rescheduled first for Aug 19th (21-day "Island Gronland 2" roundtrip from Bremerhaven) and finally for Sept 9th (12-day "Westeuropas Flusse").

On June 29, 2023, Miray International (─░stanbul Turkey-based travel company that owns Miray Cruises) announced that its new travel brand's ("Life at Sea Cruises") 3-year-long World Voyage (roundtrip from Istanbul/departure November 1st/2023) will be on AIDAaura/MV Lara instead of the initially scheduled MV Gemini (1992-built).

The vessel was officially handed over to Miray International (Life at Sea) on September 29th, 2023, in Port Bremerhaven. During the scheduled drydock refit in Port Rotterdam (Holland), the hull and superstructure were repainted, receiving Life at Sea Cruises' dark blue livery (hull and funnel). The project included regular maintenance works, classification works, some machinery upgrades. All passenger staterooms were renovated, the conference hall was redesigned into a business center (with private offices) and a new cigar lounge/wine bar was added. All public areas (bars, lounges, dining venues) were redesigned to suit long-term residents.

Celestyal Discovery cruise ship (AIDAaura)

In November 2023, AIDA announced that Miray International is no longer the buyer and confirmed that the new shipowner is Celestyal Cruises. The ship (renamed Celestyal Discovery) was scheduled to start operations for Celestyal in March 2024, replacing the 1982-built Celestyal Olympia.

The 1300-passenger ship AIDAaura was the third vessel joining AIDA's fleet.

Decks and Cabins

AIDAaura/Celestyal Discovery staterooms (627 total, in 9 grades) include 2 Suites, 62 Balcony, 357 Oceanviews and 214 Inside cabins. The largest accommodations are the Forward-Facing Premium Suites (sized 355 ft2 / 33 m2) plus a private sundeck terrace (sized 270 ft2 / 25 m2).

The boat has 12 decks, of which 10 are passenger-accessible and 5 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are a couple of bigger restaurants onboard, one of which is called the Calypso and the other - Markt Restaurant. Both offer open-seating, buffet meals. There are no strict dress codes or fixed dining times. Basic beverages, including house wines and beer, are free of charge during meals at the buffet restaurants. There are also several beverage packages that may be bought at reduced rates. The extra-tariff a la carte Rossini includes waiter service and near-gourmet food with good quality.

Follows the complete list of AIDAaura 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)
  • Calypso Restaurant (the second main dining room; complimentary buffet restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

AIDAaura entertainment facilities include the theatre (Das Theater) - the largest public room onboard, and the huge AIDA Bar & Anytime Disco. The SPA Body & Soul and fitness Fit & Fun center are also big enough. A pool area is provided with a deck built like a beach - with many palm trees, artificial rock formations, volleyball and basketball courts. AIDAaura guests may choose from several shore excursion options. For example, on Grand Cayman island cruisers could try snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, horseback riding, or there is an option to spend spare time on shopping trips or visit the island's pristine beaches.

Celestyal Discovery cruise ship (AIDAaura)

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

  • 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)
  • Ocean Bar (cocktail bar with outdoor seating)
  • The Theater (750-seat, 2-level main show venue for large-scale show productions; also hosts daily lectures, trivia games, Bingo)
  • Conference Room (45-seat Konferenzraum / Seminarraume; part of the venue is the AIDA TV Studio, producing video films related to AIDAaura itinerary and activities, and a daily radio program)
  • Art Gallery (Kunstgalerie) sells original artworks of renowned art schools and German artists. It hosts art auctions with "Blind Dates".
  • 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 jewelry, luxury watches, perfumes, brand fashion clothing, AIDA logo goods)
  • Nightfly Bar (adults-only cocktail bar & nightclub with panoramic windows and live music entertainment)
  • Beauty Salon (Friseur; provides hairdresser, barber services, professional manicure/pedicure)
  • Body & Soul Sports Fitness Centre (with a modern Gym and separate area for classes)
  • Mini Golf (indoor putting green area); Golf simulator (virtual golf courses)
  • Sunbathing area (Freibereich, served by the Pool Bar and the Pool Grill /American fast-food fare)
  • The Hemingway Lounge (the Library /Bibliotek; offers card and board games)
  • Anytime Bar (Diskothek / disco & nightclub with DJ program and themed dance parties; during the day hosts organized dance classes)
  • Time Tunnel (Video Games Arcade with Playstation consoles)
  • Waikiki Lounge (teens club with supervised activities in two age groups - Orcas for 12 -13 yo and Teens 14 -17 yo; complimentary)
  • Sports deck area (Sportaussendeck with a combined sports court for basketball/volleyball)
  • Pool deck (with one swimming pool, 3 whirlpools, Pool Shop for towels, deck games - Shuffleboard, Giant Chess, Table Tennis, Backgammon, sunbathing areas; a stage for live performances, bingo evenings, nightly pool parties, laser shows is also available)
  • Body & Soul SPA complex (with Beauty Salon & Spa Reception, massages /treatments rooms, indoor whirlpool, Aroma Sauna, Finish Sauna, Steam Room, relaxation room)
  • Sundeck / sunbathing area (Freibereich, located above the swimming pool; with loungers and 2 whirlpools; the ship's Top Deck is dedicated to Freikorperkultur / FKK Bereich nudist area with sun loungers)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track

Celestyal Discovery itineraries

Starting in March 2024, Celestyal Discovery will take over the schedule of Celestyal Olympia. The voyages will be open for booking in December 2023.

Celestyal Discovery's Maiden Voyage departs from Piraeus-Athens on March 22nd (2024). The program is based on the "Iconic Aegean" itineraries which are in length 3-4-5 days. Roundtrip departures are offered from two homeports - Piraeus-Athens (Greece) and Kusadasi-Ephesus (Turkey).

These voyages visit the Greek islands Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos as well as Heraklion Crete.

AIDAaura itineraries

AIDAaura itinerary program was based on South Africa roundtrips (from homeport Cape Town) and Iceland-Greenland and Northern European voyages from Germany (homeports Hamburg and Bremerhaven).

In Europe, the liner visited popular port cities in the UK (England, Scotland, Ireland), France, Belgium, Spain.

Due to the COVID crisis, the AIDA ship Aura was paused for 2+ years (March 2020 thru May 2022) and resumed passenger shipping operations on May 7th (2022).

During its 20-year service with AIDA, Aura offered voyages in the Caribbean, North America (Canada and the USA), Europe (Mediterranean, Baltic, Iceland, Greenland), South America (including the Amazon), Asia.

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AIDAaura was AIDA's 3rd liner, with sistership AIDAvita. Shortly before Aura's delivery, CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines merged with P&O Princess forming Carnival Corporation. This way, AIDA became part of the world's largest cruise shipowner - Carnival Corporation & PLC.

Like all AIDA ships, Aura carried its own fleet of complimentary bicycles for passengers to use in call ports during the voyage. Inside the ship, a significant amount of space is devoted to sports. The onboard language was German as most AIDA customers are German-speaking Europeans (Germans, Austrians, Swiss), the majority of whom are young and active; since older Germans gravitate to more traditional brands on the German-speaking market.

The vessel's physical construction/assembly started on January 11, 2002, with the keel-laying ceremony. The ship was launched/floated out from drydock on September 7, 2002, and delivered to AIDA on April 3, 2003. From the same shipbuilder (Aker MTW/Lloyd Werft Wismar) is the sistership AIDAvita.

AIDAaura ship (Celestyal Discovery)

The vessel (Nordic Yards Wismar hull number A325282/Aker MTW yard hull number 004) has volume 42289 GT-tons, DWT-deadweight 4157, max width 35,5 m (including the Bridge wings), max draught 6,3 m. The propulsion is diesel-electric and the powerplant is based on Wartsila diesel generators powering two ABB electric motors (model AMZ 1600YX-14) with combined output 18,8 MW (25210 hp). When managed by AIDA CRUISES, the shipowner was COSTA CROCIERE SPA.

AIDAaura's christening ceremony was held on April 12, 2003, in Port Warnemunde (Germany).

Next table shows Aura's last cruise for AIDA - the 12-day "Westeuropas Flusse Ab Bremerhaven" " itinerary (2023).

Date / TimePort
09 Sep 18:00Departing from Bremerhaven
11 Sep 10:00 - 21:00Weymouth, Isle of Portland, Dorset England
12 Sep 08:00 - 18:00Falmouth, England
13 Sep 08:00 - 19:00Saint-Malo, France
14 Sep 15:00 - 15 Sep 16:45 (overnight)Rouen, France
17 Sep 05:00 - 19:00London-Tilbury, England
18 Sep 10:00 - 19 Sep 20:00 (overnight)Antwerp, Belgium
21 Sep 08:00Arriving in Bremerhaven

AIDAaura 2013 refurbishment review

Deck plan changes after the ship's 2013 drydock refurbishment (April 18-28, done in Trieste Italy) included newly added teen lounge Waikiki (on Deck 10) and new Art Gallery (on Deck 8). The fitness equipment was upgraded, and all floors were replaced.

  • Waikiki Lounge is a beach bar exclusive for teenagers. It features floor-ceiling windows and is furnished with comfortable bean bags. Here are held parties, DJ workshops (mixing desk), Nintendo Wii game competitions.
  • The ship's gym (part of the AIDA Body & Soul sports complex) received new cardio and weight equipment. Also added were new MyRide indoor cycles with virtual trainers.
  • At the Art Gallery are displayed and available for purchasing well-known painters (including James Rizzi, Romero Britto, Udo Lindenberg). Onboard art auctions with "Blind Dates" are also regularly held.

On the ship were also changed carpets in most public areas (approx 1800 m2). The new carpeting is made from environmentally friendly and recyclable materials. The old carpets were recycled and used as fuel for cement production.

(CANCELED) Life at Sea Cruises' 3-year World Voyage (2023-2024-2025)

On March 1, 2023, Miray International announced its new travel brand "Life at Sea Cruises" and opened for booking the "Ultimate Adventure" voyage.

Creating a unique travel experience, Miray Cruises scheduled a 3-year World Voyage (initially on MV Gemini) allowing tourists along with the cruising to also enjoy living and working on the ship. In July 2023, Miray Cruises changed the "world cruise ship" to AIDAaura/MV Lara.

Initially scheduled to depart from Istanbul (Turkey) on November 1st (2023), the 3-year cruise ("Ultimate Adventure" itinerary) had to visit 382 destinations (ports and islands) in 148 countries and featured a total of 112965 NM (130,000 mi / 209214 km) of cruising, 288x overnight port stays, visits to 13x UNESCO-listed wonders, 6x Equator crossings, all 7 continents.

The unique voyage was later rescheduled twice - to November 11th and November 30th.

Embarkation was alternatively offered in Barcelona Spain and Miami Florida USA.

The 3-year-long Around-the-World Voyage (1095 days full itinerary length) was also available in smaller itinerary segments.

  • The 206-day "Explore the Mesmerizing Landscapes of the South Pacific & Australia" itinerary visits 71 destinations in 26 countries.
  • The 177-day "Embrace Europe's Timeless Charms" itinerary visits 74 destinations in 38 countries.
  • The 173-day "Journey to the Heart of North Asia" itinerary visits 54 destinations in 32 countries.
  • The 169-day "Cultural Heritage in Asia and the South China Sea" itinerary visits 55 destinations in 12 countries.
  • The 98-day "A Journey Through South America and Antarctica" itinerary visits 35 destinations in 11 countries.
  • The 98-day "North America & Hawaii" itinerary visits 32 destinations in 8 countries.
  • The 70-day "Journey to the Heart of North Asia" itinerary visits 23 destinations in 4 countries.
  • The 67-day "Discover the Beauty of the Caribbean & Central America" itinerary visits 29 destinations in 23 countries.

MV Lara's World Cruise prices were all-inclusive and started at USD 44712 per year per person (12-13 m2/130-140 ft2 Inside Cabin with double occupancy), with an optional per-month payment of US$3726 pp.

Suites (sized 20-24 m2 / 210-260 ft2) were priced from USD 119,295 per year pp or US$9990 per month pp.

The reselling of staterooms was not allowed.

In May 2023, Life at Sea Cruises introduced the following booking options.

  • A 50% Buy-Back Guarantee bookings (new and existing) allow guests to prevent completing the remainder of the voyage with Life at Sea Cruises buying back the remainder at 50% off.
  • Flex Fare booking guarantees the cheapest inside cabin starting from US$35000 pp/per year.
  • By the Resident Referral Program, Life at Sea Cruises provides US$100 OBC/onboard credit per month for every booking (single and/or double occupancy) up to US$3600 per booking.

In August 2023, were announced Life at Sea Cruises' partnerships with The Dive Place (Winter Garden, Florida-based Scuba Diving store/sales, training, certification, rentals, service) and Scuba Diving International/SDI (1988-founded, Stuart Florida-based training and certification agency). The deals were for the "Dive Around the World" program available for Life at Sea Cruises' residents to receive official certificates during the 3-year World Voyage.

On November 19th, Miray Cruises canceled Life at Sea Cruises/ Around the World Voyage, citing challenges due to investor withdrawals.

  • Vedat Ugurlu (Miray Cruises' CEO) apologized to customers and acknowledged the challenges faced by the company. His statement outlined efforts to create alternative plans and acquire a similar (or charter a "temporary ship" for several months before acquiring a vessel), with the option of alternative departure dates or expedited refunds if the December 1st departure was jeopardized.
  • The statement followed the resignation of Kendra Holmes (Life at Sea Cruises' CEO).

Life at Sea Cruises committed to refunding the minimum US$115,500 per person package (with monthly refund installments starting mid-December 2023) and also offered to cover hotel expenses (until December 1st) and to provide flights for passengers who had already arrived in Istanbul for the voyage.

AIDAaura World Cruise 2019-2020

On Aug 3, 2018, were opened bookings for AIDA's 3rd world cruise (2nd on AIDAaura) leaving from Hamburg on October 28, 2019.

  • The 117-day full itinerary (October 28, 2019, through February 22, 2020) had scheduled a total of 41 ports in 17 different countries, including Australia (5 ports), New Zealand (3 ports), South America - Tierra del Fuego (Chilean Fjords), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), Argentina (Buenos Aires), Pacific Ocean - Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Indian Ocean - Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia, Dakar, Canaries, stops in Lisbon and Le Havre (Paris).
  • AIDAaura world cruise segments vary between 34-48 days (35-day Hamburg to San Antonio Chile, 48-day San Antonio to Mauritius, 34-day Mauritius to Hamburg). Segment prices started from EUR 4700 pp (including EUR 700 Early Saver discount for bookings made by May 31, 2019).
  • New Year's Eve is in Mauritius.

AIDAaura World Cruise 2018-2019

On July 21, 2017, were opened bookings for AIDA's second world cruise on AIDAaura leaving from Hamburg on October 8, 2018.

The 117-days long itinerary (October 8, 2018, through February 2, 2019) had scheduled a total of 41 ports in 20 different countries on 5 continents. Many of the visited destinations were maiden calls, including South Africa, Namibia, South Pacific (Melbourne Australia, Tasmania, Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia). Among the most popular port destinations along the itinerary route are South America (Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Buenos Aires Argentina, Ushuaia Chile), Santiago Chile, Easter Island, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Samoa, French Polynesia.Sydney Australia, Tasmania, Fremantle-Perth Australia, Madagascar, South Africa, Namibia.

Passengers will also enjoy an onboard New Year's Eve party while the ship is in Mauritius.

AIDA's 2018 world cruise prices started from EUR 12995 pp (USD 15360 pp /inside cabin) and from EUR 16565 pp (USD USD 19580 pp / oceanview cabin).

Aura became the second AIDA boat to operate an around-the-world voyage - following AIDAcara (in 2017). Cara's 116-days global itinerary (October 17, 2017, through February 10, 2018) visited a total of 41 ports in 23 different countries on 5 continents. The route was westbound, featuring a Transatlantic crossing and a Suez Canal transit.