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Cruise Ship Information
AIDAmar is a Sphinx class cruise ship, built at Meyer Werft for AIDA Cruises. She is the sixth Sphinx series ship, preceded by sisters AIDAdiva, AIDAbella, AIDAluna, AIDAblu, AIDAsol and followed by AIDAstella. AIDAmar was delivered to the shipping company by Meyer Werft on May 3, 2012.  
 
Concept and Construction
AIDAmar was ordered on December 13, 2007, together with AIDAsol, at Meyer Werft by Carnival Corporation & plc, the parent company of AIDA.
 
On 1st April,2012 AIDAmar will be floated to Meyer Werft in Papenburg. Fifth in a series of six ships ordered by the German company AIDA Cruises, the ship measuring 252 meters long and 32.2 meters wide. Displaying a gauge 71,300 tons, it has 1,096 cabins. Facilities included are an additional deck, an onboard brewery and a 2,300-m spa facility. The AIDAmar is a sistership of AIDAblu and AIDAsol, delivered in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
 
These ships are slightly larger than the first three series units, the AIDAdiva, AIDAbella and AIDAluna (68,500 tons, 1,025 cabins), completed in 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Meyer Werft. After leaving the hall building covered in Papenburg, the AIDAmar must go down the river Ems in mid-April to reach the North Sea and to conduct its tests before it is delivered in May. The last ship of the class Sphinx, the AIDAstella, delivered by Meyer Werft in late 2013.
 
AIDAmar itineraries after the maiden voyage, AIDAmar sailed on a 14-day Norwegian Fjords voyage from Hamburg. The ship will operate on a series of cruises to Western Europe and Iceland.
 
Atmosphere on board 
The most beautiful eyelashes of the seas This has never happened before in the history Cruise: The three sister ships AIDAblu Aida Luna and AIDAsol accompanied our youngest family member - the ceremonial baptism - AIDAmar. Are you traveling with your dreams and secure your place on board. AIDAmar serves the largest wellness and sports center on the sea. Or let it go in-vehicle breewery really good. Your floating hotel called "Welcome"!
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Family with Kids/Teens
Infants younger than 6 months old are not allowed on-board and children from 6-12 months old are to stay with they parents at all time.
AIDA's Kids' Club has its own private pool and will take care of children from 1-17 years old. Age groups are as follow
Little Ones (1-3 years old) - Childcare is provided according to German standard.
Kids (3-11 years old)
During holiday period, Kids are divided into 3 groups
Seahorses – 3-6 years old
Dolphins – 7-9 years old
Sharks – 10-11 years old
Activities include
For Dolphins and Sharks, activities include 'Build-you-own-ship’ and ‘Navigator Ahoy!’, to discover more about navigation, the captain’s duties and adventures at sea
Children from 8 to 11 years can discover their enthusiasm for diving in the pool 
The Body & Soul Spa gives children the opportunity to try out some treatments specialy catered for them, such as “St Barth Vanilla Dream for Kids”. These can be booked before departure.
Fitness classes are available for children including
Tae Bo Kids (aerobic exercise) – 5-8 years old
Kids Project – 9-12 years old
Teens (12-16 years old)
During holiday period, Teens are divided into 2 groups
Orcas – 12-13 years old
Teens – 14-16 years old
Activities include
Teens Power - training on the cardio machines for Teens 12-16 years
Classes including: hip-hop, beauty/make up, cocktail making, golfing and DJ
Movie nights with popcorn
Bingo nights
Sauna nights
Facilities available to teens
Hype - game room, including slot machines, air hockey and game consoles. Coins required are available with the boarding pass on the change machine in the hype. Beverage and snack vending machine can be used at anytime by anyone. Class Sphinx ships include billiard, soccer, air hockey, pinball (CSI/Avatar/24), pile up game and racing games
The Anytime Disco Bar is available on specific nights for teens only
The Body & Soul Spa offers treatments such as “Teen Care” specially catered for teenagers
Question Time with the officers gives children and teens the opportunity to ask questions about the ship to the people who know the answers.
A Scavenger Hunt (Sharks and Teens only) takes place around the ship, where the teams need to find the QR code scattered throughout the ship to win points.
 
Past Passenger Programs
AIDA Cruises does not currently have a past passenger program in place. This is subject to change, so check back with us every now and then.
 
Fitness And Spa
A range of Fitness and Sport services and amenities are available at the Body and Soul Sport centre, including
Fitness
Trained yoga/meditation instructor
Ayurveda therapists
Private fitness training
Dance classes
Sports
Gym with state-of-the-art equipment and sea-views, including indoor bicycles, treadmills, cardio machines and weights
Jogging track
Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis and Boccia playing areas
A wide range of courses, including Zumba and Body Styling
Golf Centre
Diving program
2 swimming pools are also available.
 
AIDAmar offers a wide range of Health and Beauty facility, including the Soul & Beauty spa, with a glass roof, which can be opened in good weather for sunbathing; as well as a Beauty Centre for hair and make-up.Spa Aroma, Steam and Finnish saunas Swedish, Scandinavian and Thalassotherapy treatments.Body scrubs, Terrake treatments, (body, massage, facial) Japanese Shiatsu, Hawaiian Temple Lomi Lomi Nui, and Traditional Thai massagesLa Stone (an Indian massage with warm stones and cool). Beauty Hand and feet treatments with La Ric products, make up application of Couleur Caramel products offered onboard.
Food & Dining
Dining facilities onboard include seven restaurants and 12 bars. The restaurants occupy an area of 4,323m². The Bella Donna Restaurant on deck ten serves Italian cuisine and the East Restaurant on deck 11 offers Asian food.
The California Grill serves fresh burgers and wrap creations, grilled steaks and fresh salads. Other dining venues include Rossini, the Buffalo Steak House and Sushi Bar restaurants.The onboard brewery makes fresh beers from purified sea water. The Anytime Bar, the Ocean Bar and the Pool Bar on deck 12 serve a variety of drinks for the guests.The Time Out Bar is located at the Theatrium, while AIDA Bar is located on deck ten.Offering a choice of dining options, that can be divided into ‘a la carte’ and buffet and open seating and no fixed time, you can choose when and where to eat.
A la Carte Restaurants
Rossini – Gourmet dishes prepared by talented chefs, with ocean views
Buffalo Steakhouse – Well prepared American meat including beef and bison
Sushi Bar – Sushi made on order prepared by talented chefs who specialise in Asian cuisine and the art of sushi-making, with sea views
Brauhaus – With its draught beers and hearty cuisine prepared on order, with sea views and real potted trees
 
Buffet Restaurants
Bella Donna Restaurant – With a panoramic view of the sea or the approaching coast, Bella Donna’s buffet is filled with Italian delicacies
California Grill – Typical American cuisine while enjoying a view of the ocean
East Restaurant – With a panoramic view of the sea, East Restaurant offer a variety of Asian cuisine, prepared by talented chefs
Market Restaurant – Guests can choose create their own meal by choosing from fresh ingredients displayed on stalls and from prepared on order dishes
The service on the ship  very friendly and accommodating. The special needs of children was always provided as much as possible. What should be considered a matter of course also applies here: if you expect a friendly, nice and smiling service should itself also occur initially as compared to the service personnel.
 
Entertainment
The Theatre is located on decks 9, 10 and 11, The Casino is located on deck 10. There is a 4D cinema located on deck 11, The LED Videowall is located on deck 14.
 
Staterooms
The ship can accommodate 2,194 passengers in 1,097 double cabins, including 722 outside rooms. The rooms are available in various categories, such as balcony cabins, panorama balcony cabins, ocean-view cabins, inside cabins and suite rooms.
AIDAmar offers 8 cabin types, including: Inside, Outside, Balcony, Panoramic Balcony, Junior Suite, Suite, Deluxe Suite, Panorama Suite and Panorama Deluxe Suites.
All rooms include air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom shower with WC, satellite TV, radio, hairdryer, bathrobes, safe and direct dial telephone. Hair and bath towels can be changed at any time on request. All cabins are also equipped with an iTV (interactive television) and a keyboard, for passengers to access information about the trip, weather, news from around the world, as well as book shore excursions or send and receive emails. Inside, Outside and Balcony cabins all include standard amenities and can accommodate up to 4 passengers.
 
Panoramic Balcony
– include all standard amenities and can accommodate up to 3 passengers. Located on Deck 12, these cabins benefit from a direct access to the Body & Soul Spa, relaxing music throughout the deck and a cabin design resembling the spa area.
All suites include en-suite bathroom with showers and/or bathtubs, minibar, complimentary 3-course dinner (excluding drinks) at the gourmet restaurant onboard the ship at arrival. Guests can also request breakfast at the gourmet restaurant or the steak house and benefit from complimentary use of the Wellness Centre on disembarkation day. 
 
Panorama Suites – Include all standard and suite amenities, as well as a direct access to the Body & Soul Spa and relaxing music playing throughout the deck.
Panorama Deluxe Suites – Include all standard and suite amenities, as well as a direct access to the Body & Soul Spa, relaxing music playing throughout the deck, a fitness power plate, a Wii Fit, and iPod station and a cabin decorated to look like the spa.
 
Balcony cabin on deck 7 was nicely decorated and offered plenty of room for 2 adults + kids with a folding chair bed available. It was always cleaned very well and we had no disturbance from noise either of the machines even through music. Only the air conditioning was heard (quiet). There is no minibar available on the cabins, there are only water bottle (1L.) At a price of 2.50 € provided.
 
Tipping
Most fees and surcharges are included in the cruise fare, however, extra charges apply for the spa and Rossini's. Purchases made in the stores are out-of-pocket.
 
Fellow Passengers
This cruise line is primarily marketed towards the younger, more active German-speaking traveler. As mentioned above, their ships are operated with a very casual "club resort" theme in mind. In fact, AIDA Cruises is so casual that they allow their off-duty crew members to meet and mingle with passengers throughout each cruise. If you don't speak German you're really going to feel out of place, and quite confused, while on an AIDA ship.
 
Our recommendation
AIDA has the right vessel for you if you enjoy an easy going atmosphere with open dining times, no formal dress code and prefer rather young and active fellow passengers. The contemporary fleet of ships generally appeals to a younger clientele consisting of singles, couples & families.