DIS­CREET SER­VICE

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - All Eyes On Deck -

“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.

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