AIDAcara

One of the last cruise ship calls in Bergen this season was AIDAcara. A regular visitor to the city throughout the summer, she will make her final call for the year next week.

Yesterday she docked at Bontelabo. The following photos were taken of her alongside in what was left of the evening light.

Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
AIDAcara alongside at Bontelabo, Bergen
Built in Finland in 1996, AIDAcara was intended to be named Clubschiff, but entered service for her German owners as AIDA.

Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
AIDAcara in Bergen
Following her owners' acquisition by P&O Cruises in 1999, AIDA became the first ship in the now extensive AIDA fleet.

Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
AIDAcara's passengers were lucky to enjoy a rare sunny day for their October visit 
Her name change to AIDAcara came in 2001, in anticipation of the entry into service of her two near-sister ships AIDAvita and AIDAaura.

Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
The bow of AIDAcara, showing her distinctive paint scheme
Despite being the smallest and oldest member of the AIDA Cruises fleet, a substantial refit in 2005 has kept her up to date, and she remains a popular ship.

Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
AIDAcara in Bergen
With a gross tonnage of 38,500 she can accommodate 1,186 passengers and a crew of 360 over her 11 decks.

Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
AIDAcara alongside in Bergen
Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
Several of AIDAcara's lifeboats double as passenger tenders for use in smaller ports
Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
AIDAcara in Bergen under sunny October skies
Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
The raked stern of AIDAcara, with the offshore supply vessel Normand Prosper behind
Cruise Ship AIDAcara in Bergen, Norway
AIDAcara prepares for her departure to Olso 
Having called into Bergen weekly throughout the entire 2014 cruise season, AIDAcara has become a familiar sight in the city. Later yesterday evening she departed for Oslo, her next port of call.

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