TUI Cruises and AIDA to Resume Cruising From Germany this May
With the announcement that Schleswig-Holstein will reopen to tourism on May 17, the two German cruise lines ,AIDA Cruises and TUI Cruises that are the industry’s largest will be back in operations soon.
A move by the state premier of Germany, Daniel Günther, opens the Port of Kiel as a hub for cruise vessels again. Lübeck-Travemünde and Flensburg are also set to resume handling cruise vessels soon, but no such plans have been communicated yet.
AIDA Cruises has announced the company will begin cruising again on May 22 with AIDAsol. ‘The AIDAsol is currently positioned in the North Germany and is ready to take bookings. More information will be provided by May 12,’ said an AIDA representative .
As well, AIDA made a promise that all cruises would continue to operate in accordance with local health and hygiene regulations, and a negative test for COVID-19 will remain mandatory for passengers. This test will be included in the cruise price.
The AIDAsol will sail short cruises, possibly without making port calls to begin with, from Kiel, similar to those it operated last summer.
TUI Cruises has also confirmed that it will operate from Kiel from May 23, but the name of the ship to conduct these cruises has yet to be announced. Additional information on the vessel and the dates of departure, as well as the duration and prices should be available early next week. Itineraries from Kiel on TUI Cruises are likely to be short cruises, and more specifically ‘blue cruises’, which do not include port calls.
The latest news in the Port of Kiel is highly encouraging. Generally speaking, the situation with COVID-19 is good and improving in Schleswig-Holstein, with lower infection rates than anywhere else in Germany.