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Avril
June 7th, 2011, 05:47 PM
Hi!! :D

I saw one of the AIDA ships in St. Maarten when I was on the Oasis of the Seas (can't remember which one) and thought it was one of the coolest ships I've ever seen (love the paint job)!! :D I'd love to sail on one. I was wondering, are these ships/this line OK for North American (specifically Canadian) and English speaking cruisers? I only know a very little bit of German from taking it in high school. I don't want to go on a cruise where I can't communicate to any of my fellow passengers or the crew. What is the onboard atmosphere/nightlife like? What are the itineraries and where do they sail? I'm interested in the Caribbean. I tried looking at their website but it's all in German, not helpful. :(

Thanks!! :D

Avril
June 8th, 2011, 02:10 PM
Does this help at all (Hilft bei allen)?

Hallo! :D

Ich sah eines der AIDA Schiffe in St. Maarten, wenn ich auf der Oasis of the Seas wurde (kann mich nicht erinnern, welche) und dachte, es war einer der coolsten Schiffe, die ich je gesehen habe (Liebe der Lackierung)!! :D Ich würde gerne auf ein Segel. Ich frage mich, sind diese Schiffe / diese Zeile OK für Nordamerikastudien (speziell Kanada) und englischsprachige Kreuzer? Ich weiß nur eine sehr wenig Deutsch daran, es in der High School. Ich möchte nicht für eine Kreuzfahrt, wo ich keinem meiner Kollegen Fluggästen oder der Besatzung kommunizieren können gehen. Wie ist die Atmosphäre an Bord / Nachtleben aus? Was sind die Routen und wo kommen sie segeln? Ich bin in der Karibik interessieren. Ich habe versucht, auf ihrer Website suchen, aber es ist alles in Deutsch, nicht hilfreich. :( Verständlich, nur nicht hilfreich. :)

Vielen Dank allen, und ich hoffe, Sie bald an Bord zu sehen!! :D Bis dahin können Sie alle haben glatte See und Sonnenschein, Happy Cruising!! :D






Thanks to Google Translate for this (Dank Google Translate für diese)!!

GermanBoy
June 10th, 2011, 01:56 PM
Hello Avril,

i was already three times on board an AIDA ship and ist simply AWESOME!!!
AIDA is the best vacation ive ever had, i already booked another cruise in November on AIDAblu, new ship from 2010.

Unfortunately you have to speak german to be on board...Everything is in German, Meals in the Restaurants, The Bord News every evening, the Shows, the Animation...simply EVERYTHING!

So i think its difficult for a non german speaker.

Regards
Michael

Avril
June 22nd, 2011, 05:34 PM
Thanks!! :D That's too bad as they're really beautiful ships!! I guess I'll have to learn to speak German and in the meantime, stick to lines who do speak English and have the Bord News, Animation, menus, shows, etc available in English (even if it's not the line's 1st language). Is there anyway to find out about AIDA in English (website, brochure, etc)? Good to hear that you enjoyed your other cruises!!!! They're tons of fun, aren't they? Have fun on the AIDAblu!!!! :D I'd love to see your pictures when you get back (especially of the ship - inside and out)!!

Thanks again!!!! :D




Vielen Dank!! :D Das ist schade, wie sie wirklich schönen Schiffe sind!! Ich denke, ich werde lernen müssen, Deutsch zu sprechen und in der Zwischenzeit, um Linien, die Englisch sprechen und Sie haben die Bord News, Animation, Menüs, Shows, etc. in englischer Sprache verfügbar (auch wenn es nicht die Linie der 1. Sprache) halten. Gibt es trotzdem, um sich über AIDA in English (Website, Broschüre, usw.)? Gut zu hören, dass Sie Ihren anderen Kreuzfahrten genossen!!!! Sie sind jede Menge Spaß, nicht wahr? Viel Spaß auf der AIDAblu!!!! :D Ich würde gerne Ihre Bilder zu sehen, wenn Sie wieder (vor allem des Schiffes - innen und außen) zu bekommen!

Nochmals vielen Dank!! :D

cruiseaholic78
July 5th, 2011, 07:45 AM
Avril,
I am afraid I have to agree with germany Boy on this, I live in Holland (English married to Dutchman) and the whole Aida concept is geared to Germans. I have now seen on one of their sites (the one we use to book excursions etc) that there is a small part in English now so maybe there is hope for the future.
We have been on 8 cruises with them and our next one will be in September from NY to NY. The best until now was from Mallorca to Manaus it took 3 weeks and sailing up the Amazon was the best I have ever done.
If you are interested you can look on their website www.aida.de (http://www.aida.de)
and the fans site is www.wasserurlaub.de (http://www.wasserurlaub.de), there are load of photos there.
happy cruising

mothergoose1957
July 10th, 2011, 05:45 PM
We were on the AIDA Asia Cruise this past January from Bangok return, a nice ship, we are Canadian (I am my husband landed immigrant) and of course we could understand German, but the staff also speak English. A few things we did not like over other cruises:
1. Always Buffet and a made cattle rush by the somewtimes unpatient/rude germans,
2. The free wine / beer at dinner was lousy
3. We being Canadian Residents had to pay for a visa for Vietnam, which we found out later the rest of the cruisers that were German residents did not have to pay, we were out of pocket $200.00 and have gotten no where with AIDA they were rather rude about our request for looking into some form of compensation and their attitude was well you don't live in Germany..... But we have German Passports go figure.

Otherwards we enjoyed the itinerary , the crew/staff were great, some somewhat arrogant, but if you don't understand Germans they do come across somewhat rude/abrupt.

Would I cruise with them again... mmmm not so sure, there are other cruise lines we prefer, and you get what you pay for!:cool:

keksybg
July 22nd, 2011, 11:08 AM
As far as I know, regardless where they are from, all these cruise companies must have english speaking staff. It is kind of an universal language, and not speaking it at all, would lead to massive losses of revenue.

Floridiana
January 29th, 2012, 12:11 PM
I have not been on an Aida ship, but I saw what happens in reverse when someone who does not speak English at all or not well is on an English only ship.

Dinner table conversation becomes awkward and annoying after a while to the person who is assigend to tranlate all the time (usually I am).

Passengers did not know what country club casual meant and flew in with several formal outfits. Then they loudly complained about the lack of opportunity to wear them.

Entertainment was deemed boring because the - excellent - comedians made jokes that were difficult to understand for passengers lacking the appropriate cultural context.

Luckily there were no emergencies. What would happen if you had no clue what the announcenments meant?

Sarmyn
April 5th, 2012, 11:22 AM
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Big Blue Sea
May 14th, 2012, 09:43 AM
We were on the AIDA Asia Cruise this past January from Bangok return, a nice ship, we are Canadian (I am my husband landed immigrant) and of course we could understand German, but the staff also speak English. A few things we did not like over other cruises:
1. Always Buffet and a made cattle rush by the somewtimes unpatient/rude germans,
2. The free wine / beer at dinner was lousy
3. We being Canadian Residents had to pay for a visa for Vietnam, which we found out later the rest of the cruisers that were German residents did not have to pay, we were out of pocket $200.00 and have gotten no where with AIDA they were rather rude about our request for looking into some form of compensation and their attitude was well you don't live in Germany..... But we have German Passports go figure.

Otherwards we enjoyed the itinerary , the crew/staff were great, some somewhat arrogant, but if you don't understand Germans they do come across somewhat rude/abrupt.

Would I cruise with them again... mmmm not so sure, there are other cruise lines we prefer, and you get what you pay for!:cool:

To be fair most cruises are like this. To this day I am still amazed at how some people behave around food. One would believe they have never seen it and therefore are not able to control how they approach a buffet. This could be from any nationality/colour/creed or age!

Face it some people have no manners or class ;)

chipq
May 30th, 2012, 01:46 PM
To be fair most cruises are like this. To this day I am still amazed at how some people behave around food. One would believe they have never seen it and therefore are not able to control how they approach a buffet. This could be from any nationality/colour/creed or age!

Face it some people have no manners or class ;)

Agreed! It is an insane need to be first served regardless of anyone around. It is entertaining to watch and then join the line after the madness subsides.


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runeu
August 13th, 2012, 05:36 PM
Hello Avril,

well, I think you can sail AIDA as an American, who only speaks English. The crew speaks English and you won't have any problems with ordering something to drink or things like that. For the menu, make sure you download the iPhone app that translates menus ;) Otherwise a dictionary will do it. But by the way: On AIDA it's mostly buffet style. You have like 4 different buffet restaurants with different mottos (Italian, Asian etc.). The other restaurants have an extra charge, except of "Brauhaus" (AIDA blu, mar & sol; you can get very tasty authentic German food there!). AIDA cruises offers a casual style cruising, there are no gala dinners or formal evenings.

The shows are mostly like musicals, dancing etc. and you do not need to speak/understand German, except of the comedy shows. But that's only a small part of the entertainment. There is a casino, a great choice of bars, and a club, pool parties with laser shows and so on - you don't need German to enjoy these things ;)

But of course you have to be aware of a few things: The shore excursions are always in German, and also the descriptions. This does not matter, if you prefer to organize your shore excursions by yourself and plan ahead. I am not entirely sure, but I guess the board program is also available in German only - but again, you might use a translation app or dictionary.

If there is a special ship or itinerary you want to do with AIDA, go ahead and try it ;) ...

cornyship
September 3rd, 2012, 08:00 PM
I am fluent in German and wanted to book Aida. Is it true that as an American you can only book via the website? Not too many travel agents are familiar with the line. It was almost like trying to book the Deutschland a few years ago when Peter Deilmann told me that Americans book at their own risk, and are not permitted travel insurance, since we are not a part of the EU. Aidaluna has some NY itineraries coming up.

cruiseaholic78
September 6th, 2012, 11:06 AM
I am fluent in German and wanted to book Aida. Is it true that as an American you can only book via the website? Not too many travel agents are familiar with the line. It was almost like trying to book the Deutschland a few years ago when Peter Deilmann told me that Americans book at their own risk, and are not permitted travel insurance, since we are not a part of the EU. Aidaluna has some NY itineraries coming up.

To be honest I am not sure about this, I usually book either on their website or phone them and ask to speak to someone in English, this has never been a problem.
I can't relate to the awful review above, we have been on 9 cruises and loved them all, you do need to speak German though. The meals are nearly all buffets but they are not the same as for example the buffet on the NCL ship's, they have a less cantiney feel to them and we never had problems getting a seat. Our last Aida was from NY. Go for it and enjoy
Rosalyn

cruise_unlimited
December 12th, 2012, 02:07 PM
Hi Avril, you should try it, to find out for yourself. It's great !
Over the last years we had more and more foreign folks with us on AIDA. Even from Japan:D
Distress rescue exercise needs more time since Costa Concordia, because of the additional english version.
And don`t be afraid about this:

The free beer at dinner was lousy


Wonder what kind of beer they may bunker on their Asian tours, but on all cruises starts from a german port (Hamburg, Kiel, Rostock) you'll have your German Beer. The free stuff you draft for yourself is "Berliner", well not to compare with our "Radeberger"(you have to pay for in the Rossini restaurant) from Saxony , but its ok and its cold!:p
Greetings from Germany - Cheers !

pyrrhus
February 18th, 2013, 09:47 PM
I have a question. Aida has some wonderful itineraries that I haven't been able to find on other lines when it comes to Northern Europe. I lived in Germany in the 1970's and spent awhile as an exchange student in Germany and am comfortable with most aspects of the lifestyle. After my last trip to Germany I realized I have forgotten much more German than I can hope to remember. My wife knows none, but that doesn't seem to bother her. Now what might bother us both is that we have become old (early 40's) and less tolerant of smoking. So how is the smoking on the ship? I know Germans love to smoke so I assume the ships might be a bit smokey. Are my assumptions correct?

Michael

freenetharry
February 22nd, 2013, 12:30 PM
I have a question. Aida has some wonderful itineraries that I haven't been able to find on other lines when it comes to Northern Europe. I lived in Germany in the 1970's and spent awhile as an exchange student in Germany and am comfortable with most aspects of the lifestyle. After my last trip to Germany I realized I have forgotten much more German than I can hope to remember. My wife knows none, but that doesn't seem to bother her. Now what might bother us both is that we have become old (early 40's) and less tolerant of smoking. So how is the smoking on the ship? I know Germans love to smoke so I assume the ships might be a bit smokey. Are my assumptions correct?

Michael
Just checked out webpage of Aida and they follow european standards no smoking in cabins and inside he ship, balcony and some areas on deck allowed. Not so many smokers as 40 years ago, I stopped 1973. I prefer Celebrity, they give smokers hard time. On Aida ship it is very different to american ships, you will see, try out you will find a lot germans they we'll like to practise their english, my friend Jack from Amarillo Texas likes to practise his german in our pups here each day. Have fun because it is a fun ship.

Harald

pyrrhus
February 22nd, 2013, 08:54 PM
Just checked out webpage of Aida and they follow european standards no smoking in cabins and inside he ship, balcony and some areas on deck allowed. Not so many smokers as 40 years ago, I stopped 1973. I prefer Celebrity, they give smokers hard time. On Aida ship it is very different to american ships, you will see, try out you will find a lot germans they we'll like to practise their english, my friend Jack from Amarillo Texas likes to practise his german in our pups here each day. Have fun because it is a fun ship.

Harald

Thank you Harald,

Yeah I noticed in '05 he smoking wasn't as bad as it was in '92 during my year there. I was too young in the 70's to have known if I disliked smoking or not.
Funny you mention Amarillo. That is where I grew up :). Is Jack living in Germany?

Michael

freenetharry
February 24th, 2013, 11:54 AM
Thank you Harald,

Yeah I noticed in '05 he smoking wasn't as bad as it was in '92 during my year there. I was too young in the 70's to have known if I disliked smoking or not.
Funny you mention Amarillo. That is where I grew up :). Is Jack living in Germany?

Michael
Yes he lives here since 10 years unfortunatly last year died his wife Jannie
also from Amarillo, Jack said he has to bring her back but not yet did.
Jack likes smoking and german wine (other wine too), I like more beer.
Aida would be perfect, because beer and wine (quality ?) is free, but I don't like to eat in buffet every day. (THey have restaurants for a fee).
If you will choose AIDA please post later on.
Have a good time.

Harald

sinta
February 24th, 2013, 09:20 PM
Hi!! :D

I saw one of the AIDA ships in St. Maarten when I was on the Oasis of the Seas (can't remember which one) and thought it was one of the coolest ships I've ever seen (love the paint job)!! :D I'd love to sail on one. I was wondering, are these ships/this line OK for North American (specifically Canadian) and English speaking cruisers? I only know a very little bit of German from taking it in high school. I don't want to go on a cruise where I can't communicate to any of my fellow passengers or the crew. What is the onboard atmosphere/nightlife like? What are the itineraries and where do they sail? I'm interested in the Caribbean. I tried looking at their website but it's all in German, not helpful. :(

Thanks!! :D
Hi,
We've sailed only once with Aida Cara in South America. There were only 3 US passengers on that ship. About 50-80pax from S America. The others are German speaking pax. The crew did speak English. We like it very much. Wine and beer are incl at lunch and dinner, also the gratuities. There are bicycles on the ship, so we can do an excursion on it [not free].
We'll sail with Stella on june 3, starting from Hamburg. So if you join us you'll have at least us to talk in English. ;)
This TA: Kreuzfahrtberater.de is also in German, but it is understandable I suppose . All the itineraries are clearly explained with maps.
We'll sail on Stella [brandnew ship]on June 3 starting from Hamburg> UK >France >Northern Spain > HB.
We sail normally with Celebrity, RCI, HAL

Tatka
May 14th, 2013, 01:02 PM
JusOn Aida ship it is very different to american ships, you will see, try out you will find a lot germans they we'll like to practise their english, my friend Jack from Amarillo Texas likes to practise his german in our pups here each day. Have fun because it is a fun ship.

Harald

This is a good news indeed. We had a limited experience on MSC in Caribbean interacting with German pax. They seemed to be friendly folks, but I was wondering how is it on board of completely German ship. (Schiff? :) )

Capsoni
May 17th, 2013, 01:22 PM
How should it be on a german ship... as i know.. germans dont bite.
They go on 2 feets and wear their nose in the middle of face.
They have no contagious diseases.. and look like normal people

Tatka
May 17th, 2013, 05:27 PM
Is this a troll message? There is a reason why AIDA exclusivly German oriented company.

E2ME2
August 21st, 2013, 10:11 PM
It sucks that I can't find any booking information on-line, in English!:(

i feel I'm being discriminated against:p

GibbelChrissy
August 22nd, 2013, 03:15 AM
If you want to book a cruise with AIDA you have to call their callcenter:

0049 381 / 20 27 07 22 or you should try a good german travel agency who will book it for you.

AIDA is a cruise line for European or at least German taste (food, entertainment, service). It is really different to American ships but if you want to try it you will not be disappointed. Younger Germans can speak English and the Crew can speak English as well. Only the daily programme, announcements etc are in German.

Try it, it is really good! :)

GibbelChrissy
August 22nd, 2013, 03:17 AM
http://beyondships.com/AIDAluna-Profile.html

GibbelChrissy
August 23rd, 2013, 07:06 AM
You can use the german agency: www.kreuzfahrtberater.de (http://www.kreuzfahrtberater.de) for booking. Let it translate by Google and you are able to book a cruise :).

Have fun!

GibbelChrissy

Here are some YouTube videos you might be interested in:

one of the buffet Restaurants: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37DeiaxbwZQ

Poolparty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty-j0DYqTS0

E2ME2
August 23rd, 2013, 10:18 PM
You can use the german agency: www.kreuzfahrtberater.de (http://www.kreuzfahrtberater.de) for booking. Let it translate by Google and you are able to book a cruise :).

Have fun!

GibbelChrissy

Here are some YouTube videos you might be interested in:

one of the buffet Restaurants: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37DeiaxbwZQ

Poolparty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty-j0DYqTS0

Thank You Chrissy!
I appreciate the info.:D

ET:)

GibbelChrissy
August 29th, 2013, 02:59 AM
Hello E2ME2,

there is another difference between american ships and AIDA. AIDA has got a nudist area on top of the ship (I think it is deck 14). Germans call it FKK-deck.
http://www.cruisetricks.de/galerie/var/resizes/aida-stella/pool-aussendecks/pools-aussendecks-1203.jpg%3Fm%3D1367391513
http://www.cruisetricks.de/galerie/var/resizes/aida-stella/pool-aussendecks/pools-aussendecks-1203.jpg%3Fm%3D1367391513

Another difference is the huge SPA area with different saunas and steam rooms. You don't have to pay for them. Remember that women and men use them together and are always naked. That's normal for Germans.

http://www.reisehit.de/wp-content/gallery/aidastella2013_hamburg-warnemuende/Gruppe-0-_MG_7459__MG_7466-8-Bilder-Sauna-02.jpg
http://www.reisehit.de/wp-content/gallery/aidastella2013_hamburg-warnemuende/Gruppe-0-_MG_7459__MG_7466-8-Bilder-Sauna-02.jpg

http://www.reisehit.de/wp-content/gallery/aidastella2013_hamburg-warnemuende/Gruppe-0-_MG_7459__MG_7466-8-Bilder-Sauna-01.jpg
http://www.reisehit.de/wp-content/gallery/aidastella2013_hamburg-warnemuende/Gruppe-0-_MG_7459__MG_7466-8-Bilder-Sauna-01.jpg

Best regards

GibbelChrissy

Kreutzi
August 29th, 2013, 05:12 AM
Hello,

I like to read your posts. :)
Very interesting reading Americans talking about the Germans and their ships.:p

I´m a German who likes AIDA and Carnival Cruise Lines. I was a little bit suprised while beeing on a Carnival Ships because it´s another world compared to AIDA.

But now I know both worlds. I cruised twice with Carnival (next in about 60 days) and five times with AIDA. So if you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.

Greetings from Berlin,
Florian

GibbelChrissy
August 29th, 2013, 06:44 AM
I'm from Germany, too :D! I live near Dortmund and enjoyed both, AIDA and Carnival but I feel more home on AIDA! I missed the sail away, the german breakfast and the sauna on Carnival :(.

GibbelChrissy

E2ME2
August 29th, 2013, 12:31 PM
Hello E2ME2,

there is another difference between american ships and AIDA. AIDA has got a nudist area on top of the ship (I think it is deck 14). Germans call it FKK-deck.


FKK-Deck ?? Is that a German Acronym of some kind ??
I would love that opportunity on other cruise ships.

http://www.cruisetricks.de/galerie/var/resizes/aida-stella/pool-aussendecks/pools-aussendecks-1203.jpg%3Fm%3D1367391513

Another difference is the huge SPA area with different saunas and steam rooms. You don't have to pay for them. Remember that women and men use them together and are always naked. That's normal for Germans.

I really should have been born German! Most americans are too uptight to enjoy public nakedness.

http://www.reisehit.de/wp-content/gallery/aidastella2013_hamburg-warnemuende/Gruppe-0-_MG_7459__MG_7466-8-Bilder-Sauna-02.jpg

http://www.reisehit.de/wp-content/gallery/aidastella2013_hamburg-warnemuende/Gruppe-0-_MG_7459__MG_7466-8-Bilder-Sauna-01.jpg

Best regards

GibbelChrissy

Chrissy - Thanks so much for the information. I really am going to look into an AIDA cruise, even though I only speak English.

ET:)

GibbelChrissy
August 30th, 2013, 02:48 AM
Good morning,

you can translate FKK literally to "free body culture". Most of the germans aren't uptight at all. They walk through the ship only in their bathrobe to get to the Body and Soul Spa. I've never seen that someone uses the locker rooms :rolleyes:. Everything is very informal but you won't see public nakedness in any other area of the ship.

Have fun on AIDA.
If you have any other questions, please ask!

Best reagards

E2ME2
August 31st, 2013, 07:36 AM
Thamk you for the education. I used one of your links to request a brochure in English, and gave them my email asking for their schedules and itineraries. Maybe you will see me onboard soon.
ET:)


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UniPac
September 2nd, 2013, 09:56 AM
First, let me say I have never sailed on AIDA and I have not plans to - but I am from Germany :-)
Really funny to see you talking about AIDA, FKK Decks (btw great translation of the FKK abbreviation) and the way germans are - nudist, unpatient or rude. I can tell you I have seen unpatient and rude ppl all around the places on the world I have been and even on Celebrity Sailings with most of the ppl being from the U.S. ;)
No worries, i am fine with that and take it with a smile. Just like you do when I think of all the hippies that are now in their 60s/70s and cruising on ships.

Ok enough about that, it is just for fun and the point why I post is: if you need any help on some informations about the booking process in germany, feel free to ask and I will try to help.

I also booked cruises several times using the german website mentioned in this thread. They are very good and all german TA will have mostly the same prices. This one at least gives you some little perks (mainly OBC).

BUT BE CAREFUL: one main difference between booking in the US or in Germany is, that if you book you won't be able to cancel it without any fee. The fee will be depending on the Cruise Brand and be between 10-35% of the total price!

E2ME2
September 3rd, 2013, 12:01 PM
First, let me say I have never sailed on AIDA and I have not plans to - but I am from Germany :-)
Really funny to see you talking about AIDA, FKK Decks (btw great translation of the FKK abbreviation) and the way germans are - nudist, unpatient or rude. I can tell you I have seen unpatient and rude ppl all around the places on the world I have been and even on Celebrity Sailings with most of the ppl being from the U.S. ;)
No worries, i am fine with that and take it with a smile. Just like you do when I think of all the hippies that are now in their 60s/70s and cruising on ships.

Ok enough about that, it is just for fun and the point why I post is: if you need any help on some informations about the booking process in germany, feel free to ask and I will try to help.

I also booked cruises several times using the german website mentioned in this thread. They are very good and all german TA will have mostly the same prices. This one at least gives you some little perks (mainly OBC).

BUT BE CAREFUL: one main difference between booking in the US or in Germany is, that if you book you won't be able to cancel it without any fee. The fee will be depending on the Cruise Brand and be between 10-35% of the total price!

Unipac. If I am unsuccessful thru the websites, I will seek some of your help. Thanks for the offer. Just as clarification, I did not post anything about being rude or inpatient. ??
My Mom's father was German, and he was a friendly guy :)
I really would like to try the AIDA experience.
ET:)


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UniPac
September 6th, 2013, 12:58 PM
Unipac. If I am unsuccessful thru the websites, I will seek some of your help. Thanks for the offer. Just as clarification, I did not post anything about being rude or inpatient. ??
My Mom's father was German, and he was a friendly guy :)
I really would like to try the AIDA experience.
ET:)


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I just read it in the thread, didn't mean a particular posting.

Of course, feel free to ask me. I am pretty sure this german agency has several english speaking TA, if you want i will ask them for contact details.

E2ME2
September 9th, 2013, 12:44 PM
I just read it in the thread, didn't mean a particular posting.

Of course, feel free to ask me. I am pretty sure this german agency has several english speaking TA, if you want i will ask them for contact details.

I would greatly appreciate a contact with an English Speaking TA for AIDA
Thanks you so much! :D

ET:)

Tatka
September 9th, 2013, 06:22 PM
You do not have to book AIDA via their website. There are several European sites that sell cruises with this company.

E2ME2
September 9th, 2013, 06:51 PM
You do not have to book AIDA via their website. There are several European sites that sell cruises with this company.

Can you point me to one where they speak English?:confused:
Thanks, TATKA:D

ET:)

UniPac
September 10th, 2013, 04:55 AM
I would greatly appreciate a contact with an English Speaking TA for AIDA
Thanks you so much! :D

ET:)

Just wrote them an email asking for english speaking contact person to help you with the AIDA booking :-)

I will keep you updated!

Tatka
September 10th, 2013, 07:21 AM
Can you point me to one where they speak English?:confused:
Thanks, TATKA:D

ET:)

We did not proceed with a booking but used s e a s c a n n e r . They replied to me in English.

UniPac
September 10th, 2013, 08:14 AM
We did not proceed with a booking but used s e a s c a n n e r . They replied to me in English.

That's the TA that I asked, they also have their site in english but it is not complete when I compare it to the german one (kreuzfahrtberater de).

UniPac
September 10th, 2013, 12:31 PM
They already replied and would be pleased to assist you in english. However, they mention that most of the things (language on board, online checkin etc.) are in german.
However, they will help you and i will so, too!

Feel free to send them an email with your questions and wishes: service ( at ) kreuzfahrtberater (d0t) de

Enjoy and keep me updated please!

E2ME2
September 10th, 2013, 12:47 PM
They already replied and would be pleased to assist you in english. However, they mention that most of the things (language on board, online checkin etc.) are in german.
However, they will help you and i will so, too!

Feel free to send them an email with your questions and wishes: service ( at ) kreuzfahrtberater (d0t) de

Enjoy and keep me updated please!


I will!:D
Thank you so much for the contact information.
I will send them an email tonight.
Dankeschön:p

ET:)

steph1410
September 10th, 2013, 02:14 PM
Wie Sailing on aida Bella to canada next mönch.:)

UniPac
September 10th, 2013, 02:18 PM
I will!:D
Thank you so much for the contact information.
I will send them an email tonight.
Dankeschön:p

ET:)

You are welcome - gern geschehen! :)

Wie Sailing on aida Bella to canada next mönch.:)

What language is that? :eek:

GibbelChrissy
September 11th, 2013, 09:03 AM
@E2ME2:
So nice to read that you want to try AIDA :). Did you find a cruise you like? Which itinerary and ship?

Please Keep us updated :D.

GibbelChrissy

E2ME2
September 13th, 2013, 10:56 PM
@E2ME2:
So nice to read that you want to try AIDA :). Did you find a cruise you like? Which itinerary and ship?

Please Keep us updated :D.

GibbelChrissy

The website listed cruises through 2014.
I'm waiting until the schedule is available for 2015.
The AURA had a couple East Coast cruises that looked promising.
THANKS!

ET:)

sinta
September 16th, 2013, 11:11 AM
The website listed cruises through 2014.
I'm waiting until the schedule is available for 2015.
The AURA had a couple East Coast cruises that looked promising.
THANKS!

ET:)
You can write to Aida itself. Their prices are lower than the TA's.
We'd cruised twice with them. Although we do speak German, it was very boaring, especially during seadays. The shows were poor. And there were no other entertainments. We missed the trivia's. The food were salty, though I spoke the cook about it. I prefer RCI, Celebrity and HAL.

Tatka
September 16th, 2013, 02:10 PM
My friends loved production show Fata Morgana, although they are not German speakers.

GibbelChrissy
September 17th, 2013, 01:40 AM
Everyone to his taste! I think it's good that everyone likes different things :). There is a lot of entertainment on AIDA during sea days and you can do many workshops like a Cocktail Workshop :p or do some sport classes. And I really love the food and the shows but you have to keep in mind that everything is produced for Europeans. Perhapes that makes it so different. The Funday at sea on Carnival Sunshine was very boring for us. Hairy chest contest :confused: - we can't do anything with.

Wish you all a nice Thursday :D

Kreutzi
September 17th, 2013, 11:53 AM
It´s so interesting comparing AIDA to american cruise lines like Carnival. ;)

We thought there´s more entertainment on AIDA on the sea days. Sport classes, quizshows, pool games, cocktail shaking with the crew and so on.

But we also liked it on Carnival...hairy chest contest and so on...you will never find these funny games on AIDA. The Carnival guests seem to be funnier and make more party. :D On last AIDA cruise we were only about 10 guests between 18 and 30 on the whole ship (okay it was winter on the canary islands=retiree paradise), but we had a lot of fun and drinks (sponsored by the crew)!

ellasabe
October 26th, 2013, 01:24 PM
AIDA has announced that 2 (two) ships will now be using Tampa, Florida USA as home port.

Tatka
October 26th, 2013, 07:30 PM
This is a great news indeed.

Knowing American PAX AIDA will need some adjustments though if they want to attract US cruisers.

I was ready to sail in German only atmosphere, but then being born in Ukraine (USSR) I am not typical US cruiser.

MSC has adopted here just fine.

Tatka
October 26th, 2013, 10:11 PM
*adapted :o:D

Tatka
October 27th, 2013, 12:07 PM
It looks like at least in 2014 it will not be for US market
http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/germanys-largest-cruise-line-to-sail-from-tampa-by-next-year/2149129

The German cruise line will bring the AIDAvita to Tampa in December 2014 to make four cruises trips around the Western Caribbean, each lasting three weeks. The AIDAvita was launched in 2002 and is the second ship in AIDA's fleet of 10 cruise ships. It can carry 1,266 passengers.
In winter 2015-16, the cruise line will send one of its newest ships to the Port of Tampa. The AIDAmar was launched in 2012 and can carry 2,194 passengers. It will make seven trips to the Western Caribbean in winter 2015-16.


Who can cruise for three weeks?

ellasabe
October 27th, 2013, 12:12 PM
Who can cruise for three weeks?

Don't the Europeans have six (6) weeks' vacation each year?

Tatka
October 27th, 2013, 04:37 PM
Some Europeans have (in Germany 4 weeks is guaranteed by law, but many do have 6) , but for most of Americans joining this cruise will not be easy. In 2015/16 Aida will run 7 cruises and maybe they will be shorter.

We really want to try AIDA. German language with some staff speaking English should not be a proble

GibbelChrissy
October 28th, 2013, 03:27 AM
The cruises with AIDAvita (2014/15) will last 10 days. The cruises with AIDAbella and AIDAluna will last 14 days (starting in La Romana or Barbados).
Only a few cruises last more than 14 days for example some TransAtlantics, TransAsian or cruises to Spitsbergen.

Germans have 28 vacation days at average :D.

Tatka
November 2nd, 2013, 08:15 AM
So maybe it is a mistake in the article?! Anyway we will probably wait for AIDAmar , newer ship. Sphynx class?

GibbelChrissy
November 2nd, 2013, 11:50 AM
So I think it might be a mistake :confused:. Haven't heard anything about Tampa here in Germany. You can book AIDAvita only from Miami through their website. Haven't heard anything about AIDAmar either. AIDAmar out of Tampa would be great :D but I really don't know. The newest catalogue will be released in late February. I will let you know about the new itinerarys.

AIDAmar is a newer ship and belongs to the Sphinx-Class. She has got her own brewery on board. Very funny :rolleyes:!

Tatka
November 2nd, 2013, 12:33 PM
Thank you for your input!
Please let us know if you hear anything. We really want to sail with this company, but some added English will be great.