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Cruise ship AIDA Vita sailed in to the Port of Tyne today Monday (15 August).


Keen ship spotters will have immediately identified the ship because of the unique exterior ‘hull art' with the AIDA stylised eyes and lips. The giant red lips and bright eyes on the hull are the work of the German artist Feliks BuÌŽttner who had the Egyptian Princess Aida of Verdi's opera in mind when he created the AIDA face. AIDA says the art embodies the playful spirit of the firm and gives the ship a ‘welcome feeling'.

The visit of the 202.85 metre long AIDA Vita marks the first call to the Port of Tyne in North East England of AIDA Cruises, Germany's largest cruise line.

AIDA's emphasis is on an active, ultra-casual cruise experience. The informal ‘club' ethos is reflected in every facet of the experience - for starters, unlike almost all other cruise ships, off-duty crew are allowed to mingle freely with passengers. By day there is a big emphasis on wellness and fitness activities in the large and popular AIDA Spa and Fit & Fun, and on the expansive open decks. At night there's lively entertainment in the on board theatre, bars and lounges.

The cruise call will kick off the busiest day ever at the Port of Tyne's International Passenger Terminal with five ships in one day on Tuesday (16 August), including AIDA Vita, Holland America Line's Koningsdam, Seven Seas Voyager, Cruise and Maritime Voyages Astor and the DFDS ferry, King Seaways.

Sven Richards, Port of Tyne Operations Manager Vessels, said: "It will be a busy day but we have been planning this for some time and have brought in additional staff resources to ensure a smooth operation."

The AIDA Vita will stay overnight and sail at 8am on Tuesday morning, before four more passenger ships cruise in to the Port of Tyne.

Sailing in next and into the record books will be Holland America Lines' Koningsdam at 297.2 metres long - the ship will be the biggest cruise ship to ever visit the Port of Tyne. And the record breaking day continues as the luxurious Seven Seas Voyager, then the DFDS King Seaways ferry, followed by Cruise and Maritime Voyages cruise ship Astor all sail in to the Port of Tyne.

For further information on the cruises available from the Port of Tyne visit the Port's website or contact your local travel agent.

Ship arrival and departure times:


Estimated arrival at the Piers*

Estimated arrival at the Berth*

Estimated departure from the Berth*


Aida Vita

203 metres long

42289 GT

15 Aug          1pm        

1.45pm - 2pm

16 Aug               7am

Northumbrian Quay

HAL Koningsdam   

297.2 metres long

99,836 GT

16 Aug              6.30am  

7.30am - 8am

16 Aug               5pm

Northumbrian Quay

Regent Seven Seas Voyager

206 metres long

42,363 GT

16 Aug           6am    

7am - 7.30am

16 Aug              9pm  

Whitehill Point

DFDS King Seaways

161.45 metres long

31,788 GT

16 Aug           8am      


16 Aug               5pm

Ro Ro 3

CMV Astor      

176.25 metres long

20,600 GT

16 Aug          11am


16 Aug          9.30pm 

Ro Ro 4

*Please note that times can only be estimated and may be subject to change


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Lisa Donohoe, Public Relations Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 191 455 2671 Mobile: +44 (0)79123 90777


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