Franziska Knuppe names AIDAmira

Franziska Knuppe names AIDAmira (Credit: Schiffe und Kreuzfahrten)

On November 30, 2019, AIDA Cruises welcomed AIDAmira, the fourth Selection Class vessel, to its fleet. Model and TV host Franziska Knuppe, with Captain Manuel Pannzek by her side, christened AIDAmira successfully on Saturday evening at 11 p.m. in Palma de Mallorca.

A fireworks display above the Majorcan port, that lasted around 20 minutes, opened the christening party. Star guest Johannes Oerding delighted the 1,000 guests on board with his hits.

Another highlight of the christening evening aboard AIDAmira was the charity event for AIDA Cruise & Help. The event was hosted by Mary Amiri.

Auctions included an original Rizzi, exclusive experiences with the other star guests on board such as a market tour with star chef Stefan Marquard, who also created the christening menu, as well as a bottle of champagne signed by the evening’s star guests.

AIDA President Felix Eichhorn was pleased to hand over a check of 78,500 euros to Reiner Meutsch and his foundation FLY & HELP at the end of the evening.

“I would like to thank all our guests and partners who helped us with our project that we take closely to heart, the construction of schools in developing and emerging countries”, said Felix Eichhorn. Proceeds will go to a school being built in Namibia. This is already the seventh school project built by AIDA Cruise & Help in cooperation with the Reiner Meutsch Foundation.

On November 30, 2019, the ship will be going on a Welcome Cruise in the Mediterranean. The maiden voyage until December 4, 2019, will take the new Selection ship to Sète in the south of France, the Catalan metropolis of Barcelona, and back to Palma de Mallorca.

During the premiere season 2019/2020, AIDAmira is heading to the wonders of southern Africa. The 14-day cruise will begin and end in Cape Town. Further ports are Durban, East London and Lüderitz on the edge of the Namib Desert. The absolute highlight of the cruises will be the multi-night stops in Cape Town and at Walvis Bay in Namibia.

From May to September 2020 AIDAmira will be sailing from Corfu on cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean. The itinerary takes in Athens, Santorini, Crete and Brindisi in Apulia. On the other cruise, guests will get to see Malta, Sicily, Crotone in Calabria, Olympia and Cephalonia. The two routes can be combined, and booked as a 14-day cruise.

(AIDA Cruises)