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Aida Cruises review

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German-style voyages with decent rates and a casual vibe.

This niche cruise line caters to mostly German-speaking passengers, but anyone with a sense of adventure can enjoy its cruises — just download Google Translate to decipher its web page.

13 ships

Number of ships

No

Price matches

Details

Target demographic Families, Toddlers, Kids
Number of ships 13 ships
Contact options Phone
Payment options Visa, Mastercard
Deposit required Deposit at checkout
Deposit required No price matching
Food Food included
Drink Alcohol included
Room service No free room service

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Aida targets German speakers. While it’s possible to get by on a voyage without knowing German, you’ll have to read between the lines a bit. The safety announcements are in English, but otherwise most information is in Deutsche.

If you’re looking to cruise from the US to Europe and like the idea of picking up a few words beyond just bitte and danke (please and thank you), Aida offers transatlantic trips with unique port stops and a casual atmosphere complete. Your fellow passengers will be a variety of ages from diverse backgrounds.

The vibe on board is relaxed and casual. Don’t expect a theme-park experience. While there are pools on board, most aren’t that impressive — shallow, good for wading but not much else. Still, these cruises can be great for people that aren’t crazy about “organized fun.”

Its nightly shows, however, are known for being wildly entertaining: German cabaret, original musicals and high-energy theatrical performances. But you won’t have lots to choose from.

You’ll enjoy an Aida cruise if you have an open mind and are content to occupy yourself during days at sea.

Where do Aida cruises depart from?

New York City is Aida’s primary US departure port — though sometimes it also docks in Baltimore.

Around the world, here’s where you can kick start that Aida trip:

Amsterdam, Athens, Bali Denpasar, Barbados, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dover, Dubai, Dubrovnik, Fort Lauderdale, Guam, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Keelung, Lima, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Mahe Island, Miami, Mumbai, New Orleans, New York City, Palma De Mallorca, Papeete, Puerta Caldera, Quebec, Rome, San Diego, San Juan, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Venice, Yokohama

Aida cruise destinations

Aida sails around the world. Its short trips around the Mediterranean and Baltic and North seas might be handy for travelers looking for a short respite above the waves. Otherwise, expect cruises that last at least a week. Here’s where you can cruise with Aida:

Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Hawaii, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Mexico, Middle East, Northern Europe, Pacific, South Pacific, Transatlantic, Western Europe

What language is spoken on board Aida?

German is the primary language — though many crew members also speak English.

What’s the primary currency on Aida ships?

Euros. However, all of your purchases are charged to your shipboard account, and is settled with a credit card at the end of the trip. We recommend using a credit card that won’t ding you for overseas transactions.

That said, you may want cash to make purchases during shore excursions, depending on the itinerary. Be sure to take care of the exchange before boarding to get the best rates.

What’s included on an Aida cruise

Here’s what’s covered in your fare:

  • Gratuities
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at three themed buffet restaurants
  • House red and white wine and Berliner Pilsner beer in the buffet restaurants
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Fitness classes and sauna
  • Kids and teen clubs

While gratuities are included in the price, you can leave an envelope with extra cash at the reception desk upon disembarkation for above-and-beyond service.

Note that you’ll pay extra for shore excursions, Internet and drinks at the bars. Food and drinks at specialty a la carte restaurants are also extra.

Expert review

Aida targets German speakers. While it’s possible to get by on a voyage without knowing German, you’ll have to read between the lines a bit. The safety announcements are in English, but otherwise most information is in Deutsche.

If you’re looking to cruise from the US to Europe and like the idea of picking up a few words beyond just bitte and danke (please and thank you), Aida offers transatlantic trips with unique port stops and a casual atmosphere. Your fellow passengers will be a variety of ages from diverse backgrounds.

The vibe on board is relaxed and casual. Don’t expect a theme-park experience. While there are pools on board, most aren’t that impressive — shallow, good for wading but not much else. Still, these cruises can be great for people that aren’t crazy about “organized fun.”

Its nightly shows, however, are known for being wildly entertaining: German cabaret, original musicals and high-energy theatrical performances. But you won’t have lots to choose from.

You’ll enjoy an Aida cruise if you have an open mind and are content to occupy yourself during days at sea.

Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with Aida

There’s no doubt Aida is unlike most American cruise lines. But is the experience right for you? Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

Pros

  • Affordable fare compared to other cruise lines
  • Well-stocked onboard libraries
  • Pools on all ships
  • Workshops and wine tastings
  • Wine and beer included with buffets
  • Gratuities included
  • Great live music performances, some with original musicals

Cons

  • Entertainment, menus and website are in German
  • Fewer onboard entertainment options than larger American lines
  • Higher crew-to-passenger ratio compared to the industry

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