Carnival-owned Aida Cruises has delayed its return of operations into September starting with cruise ships from Germany.
Aida Cruises Delays Restart of Operations
Just when the Germany cruise line was looking forward to resuming cruises this month it has now been decided to delay the restart. The cruise line which is owned by the Carnival Corporation will kick off limited operations in September but the majority of operations are suspended until September 30, 2020.
From September 6 sailings out of Kiel on the AIDAblu will begin and then the first AIDAperla cruises out of Hamburg to the Norwegian Fjords will depart on September 12, 19 and 26. The cruise line was previously set to begin from August 5 but this was cancelled due to pending approval from the flag state Italy.
In the coming days, Aida Cruises will review the specific details of this decision and will work closely with all responsible authorities of the flag state Italy and the classification society in order to carefully implement the new protocols and regulations in the sense of a responsible restart on board the AIDA ships.
Those guests impacted by the further suspension through September are being contacted about their booking. There are options available so that a cruise can be rebooked including an onboard credit deepening on the length of the trip.
It does depend on the situation or each country along with on-going travel restrictions. The first cruises will not include any port of calls but as the situation is developing things could change even further.
Aida has already detailed its new health measures to make sure guests and crew will remain safe during the entire vacation. It has not been an easy return as Cruise Hive also recently posted about ten crew members who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Germany in preparation for the restart of operations.
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