AIDAstella christening opens new cruise season in Warnemünde

By Peter Pospiech at March 19, 2013 09:35
Filed Under: Company News, General, Marine Diesel Engines

The first arrival of AIDAstella in Warnemünde signals the opening of the new cruise season, with the ship passing by the pier heads at the entrance to the port at 7.45 a.m. on March 16. A parade of boats with tugs, buoy tenders and passenger vessels with hundreds of spectators on board accompanied the beautiful new ship as far as the Warnemünde Cruise Center. AIDAstella then docked at Pier 7 at 8.45 a.m. in brilliant sunshine. The 253-meter long, 32.2-meter beam cruise ship has been christened at a special ceremony in the Baltic Sea coastal resort during that evening. 8 AIDA and 2 Meyer-Werft employees were the godmothers and named the new build ship. From 12 noon, there has been plenty offers for the residents of Rostock, holidaymakers and AIDA fans. Visitors at Karls Pier 7 came into mood for the exciting event with a competition, music, presentations, a shanty choir and delicious culinary delights. 

AIDAstella during the naming ceremony in port of Warnemünde (home town of AIDA Cruises)

All the visitors have been able to follow the emotional moment of the christening live on two huge LED screens from 7.30 to 7.50 p.m. One screen was located between the railway station tunnel and the ferry dock, the other between the ferry dock and the terminal. From 7.50 to 8 p.m., AIDAstella has then been sparkled in the starlight of a fireworks display, which has also been shown on large LED screens. 

AIDAstellas maiden voyage has started on Saturday evening, 17. of March and travels first to Oslo followed by Southampton, Paris and Amsterdam. 

AIDA and the Baltic Sea port will remain closely associated in 2013. The first arrival of AIDAstella in Warnemünde signals the start of this year’s cruise season, with AIDAbella and AIDAmar cruises departing from here from April to the end of September. The program includes various cruises to the pearls of the Baltic Sea, such as Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Dansk and Copenhagen, as well as short cruises with stops in Copenhagen and Oslo. In total, AIDA Cruises will call at Rostock-Warnemünde 43 times during 2013. 

AIDAstella enters port of Warnemünde for the naming ceremony

 

images: courtesy of AIDA Cruises

Comments (1) -

Not exceptionally commercial vessel's name for prospective passengers not familiar with owner's name AIDA as vessel' s name AID Abella..... may be construed as an AID's passenger ship.
It stroke my interest as soon as I saw ship's name reason why I read the whole article to find out that the company's name is AIDA.
I wonder how many other will desist to book a cabin on the believ that the passenger vessel was built for AIDs'  patients...!!!

Regards,
Pedro J.

Pedro J. Castro |     3/22/2013 2:12:08 AM #

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