Giant AIDA Cruise Ship Arrives In Dubai for Maiden Call

The AIDAcosmaowned by the German company AIDA Cruises, was greeted with much fanfare when it first arrived at the new Dubai Port Cruise Terminal on November 17.

A light show illuminating the 800-foot-tall Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel, as well as dance and music performances featuring German DJ Alle Farben, heralded the ship’s first port call in the Middle East.

AIDAcosma Launches a series of Winter Eastern cruises

Officials from the cruise line, Dubai Port Authority, Dubai Port Cruise Terminal and ship captain Tommy Meller and general manager Nicholas Gülen held a plaque ceremony to mark the ship’s arrival in Dubai and the start of AIDA Cruises’ Orient winter cruise. schedule.

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The region is one of the most popular cruise destinations for German vacationers during the winter months, cruise line parent Carnival Corp. said.

Carnival Corp played a key role in the development of the new Dubai terminal. In 2018, Carnival entered into a strategic partnership with Shamal Holding to transform Dubai into the region’s premier maritime tourism hub.

Cruise ship AIDAcosma
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Part of the contract included the construction of the Dubai Cruise Terminal, which opened in December 2021 and serves as the main Carnival Corp. center of passenger transportation and transit activity in the region.

Built in 2021, the 6,654-guest ship departed Dubai on her maiden voyage on November 20, beginning a 7-day Middle East cruise series between Dubai and the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi.

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On cruises from Dubai, the ship calls at Doha, Qatar, Muscat, Oman and Abu Dhabi. Select sailings also include a port call in Bahrain and Sir Ban Yas Island, UAE, where guests can visit the Arabian Wildlife Park and several archaeological sites.

Guests can embark in Dubai or Abu Dhabi on 7-day cruises or combine the two voyages for a 14-day vacation at sea. The cruise series is scheduled to continue until mid-April, when AIDAcosma moves to the western Mediterranean for 7-day spring and summer sailings between Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

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Amusement park, virtual reality on AIDAcosma.

16 deck AIDAcosma features an ocean deck that spans four decks and offers panoramic ocean views and an infinity pool at the stern of the ship.

The Fun Park with its large indoor playground and bouldering wall will keep the kids entertained. In addition, the new AIDAcosma is a virtual reality attraction at sea YULLBE GO, where guests choose from four virtual game worlds.

There are 17 restaurants and 23 bars and cafes on board. AIDAcosma, the cruise line’s second ship powered by liquefied natural gas, was baptized in Hamburg in April 2022.


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