Despite AIDA Cruises being marketed at a German speaking audience, it’s still a cruise line everyone can enjoy. Here are some of the things you can expect on board

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Who are AIDA Cruises?

AIDA Cruises is a German cruise line, and the predominant onboard language is German; but they offer a range of exciting itineraries and it would be a shame to miss out on them because of being worried about language barriers.

AIDA Cruises have introduced an English language section to their website, which demonstrates how accessible the cruises also are to non-German speakers.

However, before looking into the practicalities of how language issues are avoided on AIDA ships, it is also important to note how ‘German [being] the onboard language’ can be a large benefit for you if you are yet to experience German culture. If you are looking for a taste of Germany, as well as the other locations of the Cruise, then the cultural immersion that a German speaking cruise could offer would be ideal.

Multi-lingual staff members

AIDA states that their 11,400 staff members are from 40 varying countries.

The Very Unofficial Travel Guide has noted that during his stay on the AIDAluna, even though he speaks fluent German, so many of the staff spoke English that he barely spoke in German at all.

Pepper the robot

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Alternatively, if for whatever reason there is no one onboard that speaks Italian or English, Pepper the robot is on board the AIDAprima to help you.

Pepper was trialled on board the AIDAstella before being permanently hired by AIDAprima in 2016. Pepper is used to improve passenger’s experiences on board but can also be used to improve relations between passengers and crew if there is a language barrier. Pepper speaks perfect German, Italian and English and can be asked to speak in either at any point.

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Is knowledge of German needed on board?

You probably won’t need to know fluent German at mealtimes (and there’s always the buffet). Furthermore, entertainment onboard AIDA ships is ideal for non-german speakers, due to the fact that language is rarely used within the productions. This is true for musical entertainment or otherwise. The Very Unofficial Travel Guide also states that on board games where language is required are also rare to find. Although games where language is required may be a highlight of your cruise, being able to join in with ship games, while still understanding what is going on, is definitely a positive.

Additionally, all AIDA Cruises booking systems, that are directly through the company, are over-the-phone systems, where it is easy to ask for someone who speaks your native language.

Another area that a non-german speaker may struggle with on board a cruise is emergency announcements. For this very reason, emergency announcements are made in a series of various alarms. These are alarms that you will learn the meanings of at your muster drill at the beginning of your cruise.

All in all, AIDA cruises is a cruise line that is highly accessible for people speaking many different languages.