AIDAluna cruises through the oceans at a rate of 22 knots. It’s part of the Sphinx Class that we built for AIDA Cruises. We delivered the vessel to the shipping company in 2009 – AIDAbella and AIDAdiva are the other ships in the series.

Based on our positive experience with this first series, we developed a modified Sphinx Class with an even bigger spa area. AIDAblu was then delivered in 2010 as the first ship in the upgraded series. The liners in the Sphinx Class stand out for their tall and narrow design, small foredeck, steep bridge front, and equally steep stern.

Around 200 tons of paint and over 1,700 kilometers of wiring went into the construction of AIDAluna, and around 36,000 light bulbs ensure a pleasant glow around the ocean liner. Around 27,500 square meters of carpet were laid across 13 decks, which is roughly the size of four football pitches. AIDAluna is made of 55 steel blocks, each one weighing around 450 tons. The shell alone came in at just under 25,000 tons.

Guests can enjoy a beautiful sea view as they relax in the spa or unwind on the sun deck with three pools. AIDAluna has 1,025 staterooms – some of the suites even have their own jacuzzi. The middle of the ship features the “Theatrium”, a place for guests to relax as they watch breath-taking shows and concerts.

AIDAluna cruise ship deck plan shows a total of 1025 cabins for 2050 passengers (max occupancy is 2500) served by 590 crew/staff. The boat has 13 decks (11 passenger-accessible, 6 with cabins), 7 restaurants, 11 bars and lounges, 3 swimming pools, 4 Jacuzzies/outdoor hot tubs, 10 elevators.

Complimentary dining options (included in AIDAluna cruise prices) are Markt, Weite Welt, Pizzeria Mare, and Bella Vista. At additional charge (reservation-only) are Rossini, Buffalo, and the Sushi Bar. In the 3 buffet restaurants on the AIDAluna ship (Markt, Weite Welt, Bella Vista), wine and beer are complimentary for lunch and dinner.

Besides the ship’s staff and crew, AIDA cruise passengers are also served by Peper robots – the latest cyborg technology implemented fleetwide in 2016. These humanoid robots greet and guide passengers upon embarkation. They also assist them throughout the cruise by providing information and tips on onboard dining, entertainment, enrichment program (workshops, pre-scheduled events), casino and shopping promotions, shore excursions and tours. Pepper robots are mobile and communicate in 3 languages (English, German, Italian). They can also interpret human emotions by analyzing voice tones and facial expressions.

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FULL SPECIFICATIONS

Name AIDAluna
Owner AIDA Cruises[3]
Operator AIDA Cruises
Port of registry GenoaItaly[2]
Builder Meyer Werft[4]
Cost 315 million
Launched 13 February 2009
Christened 4 April 2009 by Franziska Knuppe
Maiden voyage 22 March 2009[4][5]
Identification
Status In service
General characteristics
Class and type Sphinx class cruise ship
Tonnage
Length 252 m (826.77 ft)[4]
Beam 32.2 m (105.64 ft)
Draught 7.3 m (23.95 ft)[4]
Decks 13 decks[4]
Installed power 4 × Caterpillar MaK 9M43C at 36,000 kW(48,960 hp)[4]
Propulsion diesel-electric producing 25,000 kW(36,000 hp)[6]
Speed 22-knot (41 km/h)[4]
Capacity 2,100 passengers
Crew 607 crew
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