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Can anyone help us out? We are interested in cruising with Aida but we are having trouble finding brochures or web info in English.Hi, If you look at the thread, 6 down about Aida hotlips by matt. His review should answer a lot of your questions. Apparently the German management don't advertise outside Germany and it is very difficult to get a cruise with them. I think Matt had to go to the management and prove that he had a working knowledge of German to get his holiday. It's a shame because the ships look very nice. Good luck anyway. You could try the Aida website for a brochure.
Hi, If you look at the thread, 6 down about Aida hotlips by matt. His review should answer a lot of your questions. Apparently the German management don't advertise outside Germany and it is very difficult to get a cruise with them. I think Matt had to go to the management and prove that he had a working knowledge of German to get his holiday. It's a shame because the ships look very nice. Good luck anyway. You could try the Aida website for a brochure.
I'm just back from my 11th cruise with Aida.Really nice to read that you like AIDA that much
Aida Cruise's ships are dedicated to the german speaking market. So there are no brochures etc. in other languages available.
Be aware that the ship's language is even german only. Only exeption is the announcement during safety drill, which is been announced in english language as well. All other public communication (announcements, signage, daily programme, entertainment, shore excursions etc.) is very, very mostly in german language only. Keep in mind that even the food is according the 'german taste' and all descriptions at the buffets (as well as the menues in the upscaled restaurants) are made in german language as well.
Although all the crew and many passengers are able to communicate in english language well, many passengers do not expect to communicate in other languages than german during the cruise. (There is no problem to communicate with crew in english language.)
So, it would be better for you to have some basic knowledge of the german language while cruising Aida. The 'Club Ship' concept of Aida Cruises lives even by communication, and if you are not able to follow the communication at least in general, you will miss a lot of the fun on board.
If you can't get along with their brochures and/or website in german language and are not able to read and understand a german restaurant menue, I would not suggest to book.
If you still want to book, I suggest to look for a (good, cruise-specialized) german travel agency to place your booking. By doing it that way, you will have a 'partner' in the cruise line's country who takes care that every neccessary information between the time of booking and departure regarding your cruise will be forwarded to you, in the awareness that your language is different.
You're totally right that AIDA is for the german market and everything is in german... only exceptions are the cruises in South America where English is a language on board,too - at least it is said so in the catalogue but I dont know if it means that brochures and stuff is available also in English ...Hi Lythalia,
What is the age range on Aida ships? I'm retired (mid-60s). Can you smoke in the cabins? I lived in Germany almost 6 years and do speak basic German, but can't write it (I can read Fraktur; my father taught me.)Hi Max,