AIDAdiva, The Pretty German Ship
Her bright red lips catches my attention immediately. We are about to get into the car and head towards Qantab; instead, we remain where we are—at the Muttrah Corniche—camera in hand, ready to take pictures of this German beauty, who is gracefully sailing towards us.
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you AIDAdiva…
Built in 2007 AIDAdiva is one of the several ships that form AIDA Cruises, a cruise line based in Rostock, Germany. Their ships cater to the German-speaking market and are renowned for their youthful style and casual service.
AIDAdiva costs approximately €315m, weighs 69,200 tons (I can’t even imagine how heavy that is), can carry 2,050 passengers, and has 646 crew members. Besides the cabins and luxury suites, the ship has a spa and fitness facility to burn off all the calories one might pile up after dining buffet-style. To give its customers a vacation-like feel, the spa area is decorated with palm trees, cabana-style beds, hammocks and a large Jacuzzi. The fitness facility allows one to play golf and volleyball.
For entertainment the ship offers a huge theater, TV studio and all those non-halal stuff.
“To address the problem of cooking smells emanating from the galley and the removal of waste gases, the Aida Diva features oxytec air purification systems, which use a UVC/ozone cleaning system (using a photolytic oxidation process).” (source)
Whatever that is.
Naturally when AIDAdiva comes closer, I take pictures of the people on the deck. And the people aboard AIDAdiva took ours. There is an exchange of a series of flashes.
I’ve traveled by ship countless times since I was a baby. Whenever the family visited the Philippines, traveling by sea was a must (considering that the country is an archipelago, made up of 7,107 islands). But I’d never been on a luxury liner before. AIDA cruise is currently in Dubai, but there’s no use spending so much money (cheapest ticket I saw online costs almost €750) when I know they’ll take me back to Muscat anyway. Perhaps some other time. Maybe when I take Masood to the Philippines for a vacation someday, inshaAllah.
Have you been on a cruise aboard a luxury liner?