On Friday 26th April 2019, Gibraltar welcomed the first AIDA cruise ship with the arrival of AIDAstella in port. One of seven sphinx class cruise ships, AIDAstella was built by Meyer Werft and launched in 2013. The ship has a tonnage of 71304GT, measures 253 metres in length and has capacity for 2700 passengers and 620 crew.
AIDA cruises is an American/British owned German cruise line based in Rostock, Germany. The company was acquired by P & O Princess Cruises in 2000 and became part of the Carnival Group, the world’s largest cruise holiday company.