MS Deutschland

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MS Deutschland
MS Deutschland as seen from Stadersand on 13 May 2012.jpg
MS Deutschland on Elbe river in 2012 with Summer Olympics signage
Name: Deutschland
  • previously Peter Deilmann Reederei [1] → ms 'Deutschland' Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH [2]
  • Absolute Nevada LLC., Las Vegas, Mr. Donald Hoffman (since 05.2015)
Port of registry:
Builder: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel, Germany[1]
Yard number: 328[1]
Launched: January 16, 1998[1]
Christened: May 11, 1998[1]
Acquired: May 11, 1998[1]
Maiden voyage: May 11, 1998[1]
In service: May 16, 1998[1]
Status: Operating
General characteristics [1]
Type: Cruise ship
Length: 175.30 m (575 ft 2 in)
Beam: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
Draught: 5.79 m (19 ft 0 in)
Decks: 10 (7 passenger accessible)[4]
Installed power: 2 × MaK-Dieselmotorenwerk Rostock
Propulsion: Twin screw
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Capacity: 520 passengers (as built 1998)


MS Deutschland was a German-registered cruise ship owned and operated by Peter Deilmann Cruises. She is decorated in the Art Deco style made famous by such classic ocean liners as the SS Ile de France and SS Normandie. The Deutschland was launched in 1998. She carries 513 passengers and 260 crew members. She has a gross tonnage of 22,400 and has seven passenger accessible decks. [4]

The German television show Das Traumschiff (The Dream Ship), which is similar to the US-made show The Love Boat, was set aboard the Deutschland.

Interesting Facts About[edit]

Air France Flight 4590, a New York City-bound Concorde charter flight carrying passengers for the Deutschland for a 16-day cruise to South America, crashed on takeoff in Paris in 2000 without survivors. [5][6]

On May 23rd 2010, when the ship was in Eidfjord, Norway; it was reported that a fire had broken out in the engine room. The 608 passengers were evacuated and the fire was isolated to a limited area of the ship because of fire doors. [7][8]

The German Olympic Committee used the Deutschland as a hospitality ship during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. [9]

On May 19, 2015 the "Deutschland" was handed over to the new American owners, the Absolute Nevada, which bought the ship for about US $ 21 million, which also took over about half of the crew, some 20 people. First, the ship is to serve as a floating university for the American organization "Semester at Sea" and flagged Bahamas, Nassau. Second, the ship would be renamed "World Odyssey" after refit in a northern Europe Yard, with new painting and new cabins. [10]

On May 31, 2015, Plantours announced that they would be chartering the ship for 4 summer sailings between June 9th and July 29th 2015, while MS Hamburg was being repaired. The crew of MS Hamburg travelled to Gibraltar to prepare the ship, before embarking guests in Kiel on June 9th 2015. 80 additional cabins were put on sale, as the ship is bigger than the replaced MS Hamburg. Deutschland began sailing under the Bahamas flag and its funnel was painted into Plantours yellow branding. [11] From June 20, 2015 to August 10, 2015, in an extended cruise more, ending in Kiel, cruises as Plantours were to North Sea, Norwegian Fjords, Svalbard, Greenland, Faroe and Shetland Islands to Hamburg city. [12]

On July 27, 2015 it was announced a plan from the owner of ship, in which for Winter, the ship would travel as World Odyssey for Semester at Sea Students and for Summer chartered to German cruise company Phoenix Reisen as Deutschland. This means in next six years, ship would carry two names, one for winter, other for summer, keeping both four stars luxury amenities. [13][14]

World Odyssey Rendering
Deutschland as Plantours Charter Rendering


On 23 May 2010 at the Norwegian port of Eidfjord fire broke around 12:30 clock of unknown causes in the engine room. On board were at that time 607 people, including 364 passengers. All passengers and most of the crew and two Norwegian pilots were unhurt removed from the ship, only a small part of the crew remained on board. In the evening the fire was permanently cleaned, according to the Fire Department. 364 passengers travelled home. Ships was brought by tug to Hamburg to the shipyard Blohm + Voss and docked for repair, which remained 30 days in the shipyard. The fire damage amounting to about two million euro was paid by the insurance. After, three trips were canceled and restarted the program from Hamburg on July 3, 2010 again. [15]

On 15 January 2012 grounded in the Beagle Channel. No one was injured and the ship was able to continue its journey after an investigation by The Federal Bureau of Maritime. [16]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Asklander, Micke. "M/S Deutschland (1998)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  2. ^ Lloyd Register Vessel Status - 9141807
  3. ^ "Vessel details DEUTSCHLAND (passenger ship)". Retrieved 2010-05-25. : Current position, data, and photos of M/S Deutschland
  4. ^ a b "MS Deutschland deck plan". Peter Deilmann Cruises. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Air France crash". CBS News. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Concorde Crash". The Canadian Encyclopedia from Maclean's Magazine. August 7, 2000. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
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  9. ^ "Startschuss für London 2012" [Starting shot for London 2012] (in German). Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund. March 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  10. ^ Semester at Sea, Our Ship
  11. ^ "MS Deutschland im Einsatz für PLANTOURS Kreuzfahrten" [MS Deutschland serves Plantours Cruises] (PDF) (in German). PLANTOURS Kreuzfahrten. May 31, 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  12. ^ "MS Deutschland geht erfolgreich in die Verlängerung / Ship goes successful at the extension" (PDF) (in German). Plantours Kreuzfahrten. 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
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  14. ^ "MS Deutschland (ship description on Phoenix Reisen homepage)" (in German). Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
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