Some of the more colourful passenger ships afloat nowadays belong to AIDA Cruises, a German company operating a fleet of six ships. AIDACARA was their first ship and she was originally named AIDA, her name being amended in 2001 following expansion of the company, now part of the massive Carnival Corporation. With a passenger capacity of 1,230 AIDACARA is 193.34 metres long. At 38,531 gross tons, she now flies the Italian flag and caters mainly for the German cruise market. She was built in 1996 by Kvaerner Masa Yards in Finland. Greenock is just one of a number of ports being visited on her Round Britain cruise, which started at Hamburg. She is due to make a second appearance on the Clyde in August.