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AIDAstella is a Sphinx-class cruise ship, built at Meyer Werft for AIDA Cruises. She is the seventh Sphinx series ship, preceded by sisters AIDAdiva, AIDAbella, AIDAluna, AIDAblu, AIDAsol and AIDAmar. AIDAstella was delivered to the shipping company by Meyer Werft on 11 March 2013.

 The new cruise ship AIDAstella is the evening of the 16th March 2013 was baptized solemnly in Warnemünde.Emotion Alster moment was the extraordinary ceremony in Theatrium in the same ten godmothers the baptismal verse said: "You heavenly ship, we baptize you in the name AIDAstella. We wish you "to our guests and our crew a safe journey and always be water under the keel While celebrities acted in the past as godmothers, were now for the first time the secret stars of AIDA in the foreground - the AIDA employees and their families. So the choice of godmothers also fell very slightly: The honorable office took over eight employees of AIDA Cruises, which represent the various nations and divisions of the cruise company. Two godmothers came from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg and by the architects Partner Ship Design. The weather took about 15,000 Sehlustige for a trip to Warnemünde Cruise Center to admire AIDAstella and the moment of baptism witness live. After the champagne bottle smashed at 19:45 clock at the bow, the sky above AIDAstella glory filled a large fireworks with sparkling starburst.
 
Atmosphere on board
AIDA cruises is mainly directed to the German-speaking market with various international itineraries. Therefore, the main onboard language is German. AIDA Cruises stands for its casual and youthful service in an unstrained and easy going atmosphere. Several shops are onboard, offering discounted designer goods, gift items and souvenirs.A multitude of shore excursions are offered when the ship is in port to suit every interest.
 
Family with Kids/Teens
A number of activities are offered for kids, beginning at age 3. Extra programs can be expected during school vacations. The restaurants have special menu selections for kids, and part of the pool area is set aside for them.
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, age groups are divided as follows
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”. 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, age groups are divided as follows
Orcas – 12-13 years old
Teens – 14-16 years old
Activities
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 
On-shore activities & excursions include
Shopping in Barcelona
Rafting in the Caribbean
Camel and jeep tour in Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt)
Sightseeing in New York
'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 
AIDAstella 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
Swedish treatments
Scandinavian treatments
Sauna
Scrubs
Terrake treatments (body, massage, facial)
Japanese Shiatsu pressure point massage
Hawaiian Temple Lomi Lomi Nui massage
Traditional Thai massage
La Stone (an Indian massage with warm stones and cool)
Thalassotherapy treatments
Beauty
Hand and feet treatments with La Ric products
Make up application of Couleur Caramel products
Hairdresser
A range of Fitness and Sport services and amenities are available at the Body and Soul Sport centre, including
Fitness
Highly trained yoga/meditation master available
Ayurveda therapists from India
Private fitness training
Dance classes are offered on the Pool Deck
Sports
Gym with state-of-the-art equipment and view of the sea, 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.
 
Food & Dining
AIDAstella offers a wide range of dinning options, which can be divided into ‘a la carte’ and buffet. With 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, while admiring the ocean or the approaching coast
Buffalo Steakhouse – enjoy a piece of well prepare American meat including Beef and Bison
Sushi Bar – sushi made on order prepared by talented chefs specialised in Asian cuisine and the art of sushi-making, all while enjoying a beautiful view of the sea
Brauhaus – with its draft beers and hearty cuisine prepared on order, Brauhaus will give you an insight into German culture and its cuisine, all while admiring the sea and relaxing under the shade of 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 – chose your food from stalls and freshly prepared food
 
Entertainment
AIDAstella offers a range of traditional entertainment, including a casino, a library, a club team, where you can play shuffleboard, chess and backgammon), boutiques, a wine cellar, a game room, a gallery, as well as a 4D cinema, and an aquarium.
The Decks also offers a variety of activities, including a giant chess set, dartboards and shuffleboard equipment. This is the place to enjoy an exciting game with your newly-made friends.
Relaxation
AIDA Bar – With its star-shaped bar and confortable stools, AIDA Bar is the place to meet people and enjoy a drink while listening to some music
Anytime Club – With its ‘under the sea’ undertones and blue and shiny lights, the club is the place to dance to some exciting music played by the resident DJ or enjoy a drink before with friends
Beach Bar – Enjoy a summery cocktail by the Sun Deck.
Stella Bar – Enjoy a glass of white or a cocktail while enjoying the show in the Theatre
Pier 3 Bar – Enjoy an espresso in a cosy atmosphere. There, you will find comfortable armchairs, sofas and good company
Café Mare – Enjoy a wide range of coffees from the four corners of the world
Distillery – The place to try a variety of fruit spirits.
Ocean Bar – Open on the Sun Deck, this is the place to enjoy a cocktail while enjoying a complimentary view of the ocean and approaching coast
Pool Bar – Take a break from swimming and sunbathing and enjoy a refreshing drink before going back for some more
Body & Soul Bar – Enjoy a cup of tea before getting pampered
Time out Bar – With a pool table and a range of games, this is the place to enjoy a drink between friends while enjoying a view of the sea.
AIDA’s fleet on-board music program is diverse and varied, with performances from professional dancers and party bands in the AIDA bar available on each ship and pool parties. For a quieter and more relaxed music, you will be able to enjoy a mix of swing, blues, pop and evergreen music in a number of bars. Don’t forget the Anytime Bar, the on-board nightclub, where the resident DJ will keep you on the dance floor all night long.
A number of guest artists also perform on selected cruises, including singers, comedians and circus artists.
 
Staterooms
AIDAstella offers 11 types cabins, including: Inside, Outside, Balcony, Panoramic Balcony, Junior Suite, Suite, Premium Suite, Deluxe Suite, Panorama Suite and Panorama Deluxe Suites.
All rooms include air-conditioning, carpeted floors, 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) with a keyboard, which give the opportunity to the passengers to get 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 can accommodate up to 4 passengers.
Panoramic Balcony – can accommodate up to 3 passengers  and are 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 inlude – showers and/or bathtubs, minibar, free 3-course dinner (excluding drinks) at the gourmet restaurant on-board the ship at arrival, breakfast on request at the gourmet restaurant or the steak house, free use of the Wellness Centre on disembarkation day.
Junior Suite, Suites, Premium Suites and Deluxe Suites can accommodate up to 4 passengers, with the exception of the Deluxe Suite, which can accommodate 5.
Panorama Suites – can accommodate up to 4 passengers and benefit from a direct access to the Body & Soul Spa and a relaxing music playing throughout the deck.
Panorama Deluxe Suites – can accommodate up to 4 passengers and benefit 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.
 
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.