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Medevac in Kiel Bight
In the evening of June 23, 2019, at 9 p.m. a passenger had to medevaced from the "Aidaluna" two hours after its departure from Kiel, bound to Kirkwall. The ship's doctor requested a medevac in the Great Belt, and the vessel turned around with more than 20 knots, while the lifeboat "Berlin" of the DGzRS station Laboe headed towards the vessel and rendezvoused with the "Aidaluna" one hour after the alert about four miles East of Kiel l/h. The lifeboat went alongside, and the 68 old woman was transferred aboard and taken to Laboe, where an amulance was waiting and took her to a hospital in Kiel. The "Aidaluna" then resumed its voyage to the Orkneys.
Medevac on the Elbe
The fire brigade Stade was alerted by the "AIDAluna" in the evening of May 6, 2019, after a passenger, aged 74, fell down a staircase and suffered severe injuries which required a medevac. A fire boat went alongside the ship which was sailing on the Elbe and took the patient off, supported by a boat of the DLRG. The cruise ship had sailed from Hamburg at 7 p.m. and issued a distress call already off Finkenwerder. German report with video: https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/lueneburg_heide_unterelbe/Feuerwehr-holt-Verletzten-von-AIDAluna,kreuzfahrtschiff334.html
AIDAluna resumes service after Blohm+Voss refit
AIDA Cruises’ AIDAluna has returned to service after a 13-day refurbishment and technical upgrade project at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Blohm+Voss’s team renovated multiple public spaces onboard the ship, including the restaurants and bars. It also added the new ski-style lodge Almhütte, which will offer fresh draft beer, traditional dishes from the Alps and live music. Other new venues include the Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop and the expanded and reconfigured AIDA Shopping World, which sells products from Gebr. Heinemann. The spa and guests staterooms were also revitalised. In addition, AIDAluna underwent regular class and maintenance work, which involved Blohm+Voss servicing her stabilisers, bow and stern thrusters, helm, electrical propulsion plant, exhaust and tanks. Plus, the shipyard installed technology to enable the ship to connect to shore power and refreshed her exterior coating and hull artwork.Upload News