In­for­mal­ity, In­side and Out

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - All Eyes On Deck -

The at­mos­phere on AIDA is in­for­mal and in­di­vid­ual. There are no rules about at­tire or for­mal nights. If you want to dress up and go to the steak­house, then go ahead, but you can also stay ca­sual and eat very well at one of the in­for­mal buf­fet restau­rants. Over a beer one night, a fel­low guest con­fided that her hus­band loves AIDA be­cause he never has to put on a tie. There is even a nude area in the spa and a se­cluded cloth­ing-op­tional area for sun­bathing on the top deck.

The ship de­sign was bright and mod­ern with lots of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and in­no­va­tive spa­ces. “Ger­mans like to be out­side or feel like they are out­side,” one crewmem­ber told me. The de­sign of AIDAperla is ori­ented to­wards the out­doors, with lots of light and win­dows ev­ery­where. Most of the bars and restau­rants fea­ture out­door ta­bles, and even some of the in­ner spa­ces, like hall­ways, are de­signed to look like tree-lined streets, and the spa and gym fea­ture clev­erly de­signed ceil­ings that make you feel like you are work­ing out un­der a beau­ti­ful green canopy of trees.

The in­for­mal feel of AIDA ex­tended to the en­ter­tain­ment as well. The main theater on AIDAperla is a three-story am­phithe­ater that is wide open on all sides in the mid­dle of the ship. This made stop­ping to watch just part of the show much eas­ier as you passed the space.

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