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Carnival Corporation Mega Ship Makes Inaugural Call in Dubai

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Carnival Corporation Mega Ship Makes Inaugural Call in Dubai

Last week, AIDA Cruises’ mega ship AIDAcosma made her inaugural call at the new Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal. To mark the occasion, numerous representatives from Dubai Port Authorities, Inchcape Shipping, and Dubai Cruise Terminal boarded the vessel for the official plaque ceremony. Captain Tommy Möller and General Manager Nicolas Goelen welcomed the guests for the formal event and tour of the ship.

Since 2006, Carnival Corporation has worked with local partners to build the Middle Eastern region into a popular cruise destination for German travelers during the winter months. In 2018, the company entered into a partnership with Shamal Holding to develop Dubai into a regional tourism hub. Part of the agreement included the construction of the Dubai Cruise Terminal. Located in the center of modern Dubai, it’s within easy reach of the city’s major attractions.

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AIDAcosma in Dubai (Photo via AIDA Cruises)

To kick off its season in the United Arab Emirates, guests on board watched a light show of the Ain Dubai live from the deck. The Ain Dubai is the highest and largest Ferris wheel in the world. On November 19th, German DJ Alle Farben performed on the Beach Club stage on board.

The event was rounded off with sweet treats, dance workshops, and destination-focused lectures.

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Through mid-April 2023, AIDAcosma will offer seven-day voyages from Dubai. Other destinations on these voyages include Abu Dhabi and Muscat, Oman. And for the first time, Sir Bani Yas island is included on select sailings, where guests can explore the largest natural island of the Arab emirates. Some sailings also include visits to Bahrain. In addition to embarking in Dubai, guests can start their voyage in Abu Dhabi.

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AIDAcosma (Photo via Meyer Werft)

Highlights of AIDAcosma include:

  • An aft infinity pool
  • The Fun Park indoor playground with rock climbing wall
  • Beach House specialty restaurant
  • Mamma Mia Italian restaurant
  • Brauhaus outdoor grill
  • The Theatrium with 360 degree stage
  • A TV Studio
  • Body & Soul Organic Spa

AIDAcosma is part of Carnival Corporation’s Excellence class of ships, which also includes P&O’s Iona, Costa Cruises’ Costa Toscana, and Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration, among others.

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Sarah Bretz

Sarah Bretz

Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

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