Costa hands over one ship to Aida
The Italian cruise line will give to its German sister company the Costa neoRiviera, to be transformed at San Giorgio del Porto shipyard in Genoa into the new AIDAmira
Costa neoRiviera will be transformed in Genoa into the new AIDAmira, destined for the German brand AIDA Cruises, with a total investment of 50 million euro.
An agreement was signed with San Giorgio del Porto shipyard, which will carry out a significant part of the work, due to last one month, from October 30 to November 28.
The deal was announced after the signing of an agreement, at the Italian company's Genoa headquarters, by Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia, and Ferdinando Garrè, CEO of San Giorgio del Porto, in the presence of the President of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority, Paolo Emilio Signorini and the Councilor for City Planning, Public Property and Urban Renewal of the Municipality of Genoa, Simonetta Cenci.
Costa neoRiviera will complete its last 11-night cruise in the Med calling on October 29 in Savona. At the end of the deep restyling operations, a completely renewed ship will leave the San Giorgio del Porto shipyard and arrive in Palma de Mallorca on November 29 to be renamed AIDAmira. After a 4-night vernissage cruise in the West Med the ship will be positioned to South Africa, offering 14-day cruises from Cape Town. From May to September 2020 she will offer two different 1-week itineraries, which can be combined into a single 14-day cruise, departing from Corfu: one to Athens, Santorini, Crete and Brindisi, the other to Malta, Catania, Crotone, Olympia and Kefalonia.
This will be the fourth ship in the AIDA Selection family, the German brand's offer designed for travelers who want to discover new destinations in a unique way, with long stops on land and an intimate atmosphere on board.
AIDAmira will have large outdoor spaces, 5 different restaurants, 7 bars, a wellness area measuring 1,100 m² and about 700 cabins, including 125 with balcony or private sun terrace.
The Costa Group has 28 ships under the brands Costa Crociere, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia for a total capacity of 85,000 berths; its fleet will be strengthened by 5 new ships by 2023.