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AIDAmira godmother, TV star and model Franziska Knuppe

AIDA Cruises welcomes AIDAmira to its fleet in a late night naming ceremony in Palma de Mallorca

Model and TV host Franziska Knuppe, with Captain Manuel Pannzek by her side, christened AIDAmira which signalled the start of a 20 minute long fireworks display above the Majorcan port.

After, singer Johannes Oerding entertained the 1,000 guests on board with his hits.

Charity event for FLY & HELP

Another highlight of the christening evening aboard AIDAmira was the charity event for AIDA Cruise & Help. The event was hosted by Mary Amiri.

Auctions included an original Rizzi, exclusive experiences with the other star guests on board such as a market tour with star chef Stefan Marquard, who also created the christening menu, as well as a bottle of champagne signed by the evening’s star guests.

AIDA President Felix Eichhorn was handed over a check for €78,500 to Reiner Meutsch and his foundation FLY & HELP at the end of the evening.

‘I would like to thank all our guests and partners who helped us with our project that we take closely to heart, the construction of schools in developing and emerging countries,’ said Eichhorn. Proceeds will go to a school being built in Namibia. This is the seventh school built by AIDA Cruise & Help in cooperation with the Reiner Meutsch Foundation.

AIDA's fourth Selection ship

The vessel is the former 1999-built Costa neoRiviera.

The maiden voyage until December 4 will take the new Selection ship to Sète and Barcelona, and back to Palma de Mallorca.

AIDAmira is then heading to southern Africa for a season based in Cape Town and from May to September 2020 will homeport in Corfu for cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean fro two week long itineraries. One takes in Athens, Santorini, Crete and Brindisi in Apulia. On the other cruise, guests will get to see Malta, Sicily, Crotone in Calabria, Olympia and Cephalonia. The two routes can be combined, and booked as a 14-day cruise.

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