AIDA Cruises AIDAvita (left) will sail four cruises from the Port of Tampa in late 2014. AIDAmar (right) will then sail from Tampa with seven cruises the following season, in 2015.
TAMPA, Fla.— The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) is extremely pleased to announce that AIDA Cruises will home port two of its ships in Tampa—AIDAvita for the 2014/15 and AIDAmar for the 2015/16 cruise season. The cruise line, headquartered in Germany, is “the embodiment of casual cruising.”
As part of AIDA Cruises’ new Caribbean butterfly route, providing customers with unique new cruise experiences and destinations, the AIDAvita will begin sailing the first of four Western Caribbean cruises from Tampa in December 2014, and then the following season, in 2015, AIDAmar will sail seven cruises out of Tampa. AIDA Cruises’ entry into the Tampa market means that the Port of Tampa will now home port ships from five of the world’s most popular cruise lines.
AIDAvita, the second ship in the AIDA fleet, was launched in 2002, and has a 1,266-passenger capacity and crew size of 384. Launched in 2012, AIDAmar, a Sphinx Class ship, has a 2,194-passenger capacity and 609 crew.
“AIDA Cruises’ announcement to come to Tampa is a milestone for us, not only at the port, but for all of our tourism and economic development partners in the region,” Paul Anderson, TPA president and CEO, said. “We are thrilled to welcome AIDA to Tampa Bay and we know this will be the beginning of a long and rewarding relationship with this fine cruise line that has recognized our strong and distinct market and has decided to be a part of the growth we are experiencing in the region,” he said.
About AIDA Cruises
AIDA Cruises is one of Germany’s fastest growing and most successful tourism businesses. As a cruise line and tour operator, AIDA Cruises currently operates and markets a fleet of 10 of the most modern and environmentally friendly cruise ships in the world. The ships are operated in compliance with the highest international quality, environmental, and safety standards. By 2016, the AIDA fleet will have grown to twelve ships that will be offering voyages in the Mediterranean, all around the Canaries, in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, in North and South America, in the Persian Gulf, and in Asia. The fleet’s trademark is the characteristic smiling lips on the prow of the ship. AIDA provides casual cruises that are compatible with the lifestyle of active, open-minded guests of every age. For more information visit www.aida.de
About the Tampa Port Authority
The Port of Tampa is the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. The port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a top ten cruise homeport and shipbuilding and repair center. The Port of Tampa was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.tampaport.com.