AIDA Cruises cancels Asia trips prematurely
Aida Cruises has pulled the emergency brake for two ships based in Asia in view of the spreading corona virus in the area. The passengers of the "Aidabella" and "Aidavita" wiil be flying back, ten cruises with the ships have been canceled. The last passengers of the "Aidabella" will be disembarked in Bangkok on Feb 17. For the Rostock shipping company, the health and well-being of guests and crew were top priorities at all times, it said. Since the airlines were also reducing their flights to Asia due to the illnesses, the company has taken the decision. Both ships have around 3000 passengers on board. They have to start their journey home starting on Feb 16 e from Thailand by aircraft. The "Aidavita" will disembark the passengers on that day in Laem Chabang/Bangkok, the "Aidabella" the following day. After disembarkation, the two cruise ships were supposed to move to Europe and Dubai as quickly as possible without passengers on board. From there, new trips are to be offered, which the Aida Cruises shipping company is currently working on at short notice. The "Aidavita" will probably be used for trips to the Middle East from mid-March, the "Aidabella" for trips to the Mediterranean. Due to the early departure from Asia and the relocation of the ships, a total of ten cruises was canceled. Because the "Aidabella" takes about two to three weeks from Thailand via Singapore and Suez to Palma de Mallorca, she will arrive in mid-March, six weeks earlier than planned. The "Aidavita" should take about ten days to two weeks after Dubai. Aida Cruises claims to reimburse the over 10,000 German passengers on the canceled trips and offer alternative vacation options from the Aida travel program. A new timetable for March and April is currently being prepared for the "Aidabella". So far, only one date is certain: on April 30, 2020 the ship is due to sail from Palma de Mallorca to Kiel. The "Aidavita" will set course for Hamburg in April. Both ships are based in Northern Europe in the summer season.
Cruise ship skips calls in China
The 'AIDAbella' has changed its schedule on the next two cruises due to the coronavirus and skipped calls at Chinese ports. The final schedule was expected on Feb 7, 2020. Affected were the cruises from Feb 02 to March 30.
Crew member taken in custody
During the call of the "Aidabella" at Kiel on Aug 25, 2019, Officials of the Federal Police Kiel brought a 51-year-old German crew member from board the cruise ship and confronted him with the arrest warrant. The man has been convicted of document falsification and let the date for the main hearing pass, so that now a pre-trial detention order was issued. After consultation with the stand-by judge at the District Court of Kiel, the man was first taken to the police custody of the state police Kiel and subsequently to the prison Neumünster.Upload News