Children are very welcome but not overwhelming. With such an interesting play area called Four Elements, I can see why the children rarely venture throughout the rest of the ship. I wanted to hang here too! The large open space, which spans the two top decks at the back of the ship, is a glassed-in wonderland for children. Thrill-seekers can ride the twisting waterslide with seethrough sections that extend over the deck, or venture onto the challenging ropes course overhead, which has on-site staff guiding kids of all ages through the obstacle course.
AIDAperla’s well- equipped gym is one of the most spacious I’ve ever seen at sea, and both the gym and the beautiful spa have treatment rooms and lounging areas that look out over the water. Unlike many other cruise lines, AIDA owns and manages their own spa and gym; there is a much more low-key, casual, and calm atmosphere as a result. There are also a series of specialty saunas on the “clothing optional” side of the spa and lots of small plunge pools outdoors and inside as well.
AIDA ships often travel through cooler weather locations, so the main pool area on the top deck is partially enclosed by a high glass roof, but there are lots of other places on the top deck to enjoy the sea air such as the miniature golf course (which glowed in the dark after the sun went down and changed a simple game into an otherworldly experience).
The excursions booked through AIDA are with German- speaking guides. I recommend booking a private tour with an English-speaking guide if that’s important to you.
Cruising on AIDA with its welcoming German culture made the magic of a cruise even more special and felt like a warm German town on the sea. Cruise ships take on individual personalities and the livery design of AIDA makes that personality come to life even more. Whenever I left the
AIDAperla, those smiling lips and big eyes always • seemed to welcome me back.
Starting in November 2018, AIDAperla will be spending the winter season in the Caribbean for the first time.