Several escort ships with relatives and friends of the world travellers set out early in the morning to greet the ship on the Elbe with a celebratory fireworks reception, before berthing at Steinwerder.
AIDAcara stopped at Lisbon and Praia (Cape Verde) before heading first for South America. On October 31, 2017, the ship crossed the equator for the first time. Destinations called included Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. Then onto San Antonio (Chile) and to Easter Island. From there, the cruise continued to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia), the Great Barrier Reef, Bali and Singapore were further highlights. Altogether, AIDAcara traveled to 40 ports in 23 countries on five continents.
AIDAcara now starts a series of 14 and 15 day cruises to the North of Norway in February and March.
A second AIDA world cruise, this year on AIDAaura is due to depart from Hamburg in October 2018 and returning to the German port after 117-days sailing.