AIDAblu became the biggest cruise ship to visit the north German city and, with more than 1,700 passengers embarking, the vessel broke its own capacity record by carrying at least 80 more guests than ever before.
AIDAblu will operate 20 cruises from Kiel until repositioning to Dubai at the end of September. In November, AIDAblu will return to the Canary Islands for her 2004/05 winter season.
The former A'ROSA BLU was converted at Blohm+Voss yard in Hamburg. Work included the addition of 34 cabins.