“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.
The service on AIDA is low-key and very efficient. While in North America we are used to being approached and asked, service on AIDA is more discreet. There are no waiters with trays of specialty cocktails walking around, but also no heavy selling in the spa or gym. The buffet restaurants even have self-service wine selections in a Cruvinet and beer on tap. You simply tap your room key to pay for everything, from a glass of German Riesling to a flashing AIDA lanyard in the Travel Shop.
AIDA’s two newest ships, AIDAperla and her older sister AIDAprima, are the new generation of Carnival Corporation cruise ships that use cleaner-burning Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) while in port. The next AIDA ship,
AIDAnova, will use LNG both at sea and in port. Could a guest tell the difference? Not really, but the green, outdoor theme and the modern sleek design throughout the ship felt like an elegant German sports car gliding through the seas.