Carnival-owned cruise ship leaves fleet after 20 years

After more than 20 years in the business, AIDAvita leaves the AIDA Cruises fleet. The vessel is being decommissioned. The oldest ship sailing for AIDA has not sailed since the start of the pandemic and will not again, at least not for the German cruise line.

AIDAvita is already the third cruise ship to leave the Rostock-based cruise line since the start of the pandemic. AIDAcara and AIDAmira left the fleet in the last 12 months, while the third new build that was to join the cruise line was diverted to Carnival Cruise Line as Carnival Jubilee.

AIDAvita Leaving AIDA Cruises

The oldest ship in the AIDA fleet will leave the cruise company after twenty years of good and loyal service. The ship made its last voyage before the start of the pandemic and has not restarted despite several plans to do so.

AIDA Cruises said the following in an online statement: “After 20 years of success, AIDAvita will no longer be used for business. Customers who have previously booked travel with AIDAvita will be contacted and informed of their new travel options or new booking options.

AIDA has announced several restart options for AIDAvita over the past two years, but the pandemic and, more recently, the war in Ukraine have played a significant role in trip cancellations.

In February this year, AIDA Cruises already canceled the remaining voyages through May for the ship, possibly expecting a sale to take place later in the year.

AIDAvita (Photo credit: Fakihansa / Shutterstock)

The sale disrupts upcoming itineraries that had been planned for AIDAvita. This year, the entire cruise season expected in Northern Europe has been cancelled. These voyages, scheduled to sail to Norway, the United Kingdom and the Baltic, were due to begin on July 24, departing from Warnemuende, Germany.

AIDAbella will resume the Great Winter Break routes later this year. Included are two long trips to the Caribbean from Hamburg and back, which take 43 and 44 days respectively. AIDAbella also supported two cruises sailing from Hamburg to the Canary Islands and back.

AIDA customers with confirmed reservations for travel dates between October 2022 and April 2023 whose cruises are affected by changes will be notified directly by the cruise line.

AIDAvita

AIDAvita joined the AIDA fleet on May 4, 2022 in Warnemunde, Germany. She spent most of her 20-year career as one of the selection ships. A designation given by AIDA to ships that undertake longer, more port-intensive cruises focused on destination exploration.

AIDA Cruises has decided to employ more of its ships to navigate these routes, making ships such as AIDAcara and AIDAmira, which were sold earlier this yearand AIDAvita as the oldest ship in the fleet, no longer needed.

AIDAvita has spent the last two months in the port of Tallinn, the Estonian capital, waiting for her return to service, which never came. If AIDA Cruises and Carnival Corporation decided to sell AIDAvita to another cruise line or whether it will be scrapped is unknown.

The ship could very well follow the same path as AIDAcara, which emerged as part of a new cruise line aimed at the Russian market, while AIDAmira was sold to a new company based in the UK, Cruise Line Ambassador.

AIDA has no financial problems

Although Carnival financial records are not greatit seems unlikely that AIDAvita is sold due to economic problems. Instead, it looks like Carnival Corporation is making more and more progress in rejuvenating its fleet of ships.

Since the start of the pandemic, Carnival Corporation has focused heavily on phasing out older, more polluting ships, which represent fewer berths but more operating costs. With this, the company has successfully rolled out its Excellence Class program, with AIDA, Costa, Carnival and P&O UK cruises already sailing with the LNG-powered ships.

AIDA Cruises is one of the fastest growing companies in the Carnival Corporation group of companies. The cruise line, which now operates twelve cruise ships, is also considered one of the most successful German tourism companies operating in the German market.

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