For this month’s issue I am pleased to welcome details and pictures of cruise ship ‘AIDAperla’.

I have featured this line previously with the distinctive livery of a German cruise line. 

Their headquarters are in Rostock – a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation PLC, a global line which includes Carnival, P & O, Cunard, Princess, Holland America, Costa and others.

I displayed the German and Spanish flags as a ‘welcome’ salute with the vessel arriving, proceeding directly to berth at the Cartagena cruise terminal.

The passenger capacity is 4,350 passengers and 900 crew. 

The cruise commenced from Palma de Majorca arriving in Cartagena via Cadiz and Malaga on 14th July. The ship departed at 19.00 hours, same evening, on passage directly to Barcelona.

As the previous ship, Cartagena port authority accepted the visit, provided passengers wishing to proceed ashore were marshalled in groups and escorted at all times.

AIDAperla’ returned to Cartagena on 28th July being on a similar itinerary and from which my pictures attached have been included.

On the evening departure, as a ‘bon voyage’ salute, I displayed a number of other flags, representing countries besides Germany and Spain, as I would have expected passengers of other nationalities to have been on board.  This display resulted in vigorous response from passengers.

Classed as a 5 Masted Staysail Schooner, ‘Wind Surf’ has a capacity of up to 342 passengers with a crew compliment of 210.

Arriving in Cartagena under engine power on 10th August and it can be observed the utilised use of a harbour tug to assist berthing.

See the picture of the ship in ‘full sail’. The schooner arrived from Barcelona via Palma de Mallorca, departing later with the destination of Almeria.