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Astoria Grande was delivered by MEYER TURKU in 1996. It was the first cruise ship we built for AIDA Cruises. At 193 meters, AIDAcara is a relatively small ship. Over 1,100 passengers can enjoy a family atmosphere and relax in the sauna, spa, and pool, while sports fans can hone their golf skills and boost their fitness on the jogging track.

MS Astoria Grande (1996-built as “MS Clubschiff”, fka “AIDAcara”, last refurbished by AIDA in 2018, last drydock refurbishment in 2021) was the first/oldest amongst the four smallest AIDA Cruises ships – followed by AIDAvitaAIDAauraAIDAmira (fka Costa neoRiviera/now Ambassador Ambition). A major refit in 2005 increased AIDAcara’s passenger capacity. In 2009, AIDAcara was redesigned to resemble AIDA’s new Sphinx-class liners.

IMPORTANT: On June 23, 2021, the shipowner Carnival Corporation announced that AIDAcara has been sold to the Russian shipping company “Akvilon Ltd OOO”. The boat left AIDA’s fleet (after 25 years of service) and was soon renamed “Astoria Grande”.

Astoria Grande/AIDAcara cruise ship deck plan shows a total of 590 cabins for 1186 passengers (max occupancy is 1339) served by 370 crew-staff. The boat has 11 decks (9 passenger-accessible, 4 with cabins), 3 restaurants, 6 bars and lounges (no casino and conference room), 1 swimming pool, and 1 Jacuzzi (outdoor whirlpool hot tub), 5 elevators.

Complimentary dining options (included in AIDAcara ticket prices) were the buffets Markt, and Calypso. At an additional charge was Rossini (a reservation-only restaurant). At the buffet restaurants, wine and beer were complimentary for lunch and dinner.




  • AIDA (1996–2001)
  • AIDAcara (2001–2021)
  • Astoria Grande (2021–present)
Owner Aquilon Shipping Co. (2021-present)
Operator Aquilon Shipping Co. (2021-present)
Port of registry
Builder Kvaerner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard (Finland)[1]
Cost DM 300 million[1]
Yard number 1337
Laid down 11 September 1995
Launched 16 February 1996
Completed 4 June 1996
In service June 1996[1]
Refit 2005
General characteristics
Tonnage 38,557 GT
Length 634.2 ft (193.30 m)
Beam 90.5 ft (27.58 m)
Draft 20.3 ft (6.19 m)[1]
Decks 11 total, 9 passenger
Installed power diesel-electric motors (21,720 kW)[1]
Speed 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Capacity 1,186 passengers
Crew 360 crew

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