AIDA Cruises introduced a new cruise ship, AIDAmar, in May 2012. She is the sixth of the seven Sphinx-series ships and ninth in the AIDA fleet.
The cruise ship was constructed at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg. The ship was launched in May 2012 during the 823rd Hamburg Port Anniversary celebration.
The new cruise ship joined its sister ships AIDAluna, AIDAblu and AIDAsol. For the first time in the history, these three AIDA club ships were christened together.
AIDAmar headed for its maiden voyage in June 2012.
In December 2007, the Carnival Corporation placed a €765m contract with Meyer Werft to build two cruise ships, AIDAsol and AIDAmar, for its AIDA Cruises brand. AIDAsol was delivered in March 2011.Design of AIDAmar
Like her sister-ships, AIDAmar was built around the informal club resort cruise concept of AIDA Cruises.
The ship is designed to attract younger and more active guests from Germany.
The cruise ship has an overall length of 252m, width of 32.2m and a draft of 7.2m. The displacement of the ship is 71,100t. It is served by 607 crew members and features 15 decks.
Staterooms, dining and entertainment of Meyer Werft’s AIDAmar ship
The ship can accommodate 2,194 passengers in 1,097 double cabins, including 722 outside rooms.
The rooms are available in various categories, such as balcony cabins, panorama balcony cabins, ocean-view cabins, inside cabins and suite rooms.
Dining facilities onboard include seven restaurants and 12 bars. The restaurants occupy an area of 4,323m².
The Bella Donna Restaurant on deck ten serves Italian cuisine and the East Restaurant on deck 11 offers Asian food.
The California Grill serves fresh burgers and wrap creations, grilled steaks and fresh salads. Other dining venues includeRossini, the Buffalo Steak House and Sushi Bar restaurants.
The onboard brewery makes fresh beers from purified sea water. The Anytime Bar, the Ocean Bar and the Pool Bar on deck 12 serve a variety of drinks for the guests.
The Time Out Bar is located at the Theatrium, while AIDA Bar is located on deck ten.
Wellness and sports facilities located on deck 14 include Wellness Oase, the Body & Soul Spa, Wellness Suite and Sportaußendeck. Body & Soul Spa occupies an area of 2,602m². The Wellness Suite offers a sauna, whirl-pool and dedicated balcony with an ocean view.
The Cinemare movie theatre on deck 11 shows the latest movies in 4D. The area of sun deck is 6,620m².
The cruise ship also features the AIDA lounge, Casino, Buffalo Steak House, AIDA shop, internet station and Kids Club.
Propulsion of the Sphinx-series cruise ship
AIDAmar is powered by four nine-cylinder MAK diesel engines. Each engine weighs about 127t and delivers a power output of 9,000kW.
Two propellers are driven by a pair of Siemens propulsion motors. The propulsion also integrates two bow thrusters and two stern thrusters.
The diesel-electric propulsion system aboard the AIDAmar reduces emission levels in the rated load range when diesel engines are running.
Four diesel generators supply electricity for the ship systems. The propulsion system provides a maximum speed of 22kt.
After the maiden voyage, AIDAmar sailed on a 14-day Norwegian Fjords voyage from Hamburg. The ship will operate on a series of cruises to Western Europe and Iceland.
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