MS Deutschland

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MS Deutschland
Deutschland in Tallinn Bay Tallinn 4 August 2017.jpg
MS Deutschland in Tallinn, Estonia August 4, 2017.
  • 1998–2015: Deutschland
  • 2015 onwards: World Odyssey / Deutschland (alternating)
  • previously Peter Deilmann Reederei[1] → ms 'Deutschland' Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH [2]
  • Absolute Nevada LLC., Las Vegas, Mr. Donald Hoffman (since 05.2015)
Port of registry
BuilderHowaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel, Germany[1]
Yard number328[1]
Launched16 January 1998[1]
Christened11 May 1998[1]
Acquired11 May 1998[1]
Maiden voyage11 May 1998[1]
In service16 May 1998[1]
StatusIn service
General characteristics [1]
TypeCruise ship
Length175.30 m (575 ft 2 in)
Beam23 m (75 ft 6 in)
Draught5.79 m (19 ft 0 in)
Decks10 (7 passenger accessible)[3]
Installed power2 × MaK-Dieselmotorenwerk Rostock
PropulsionTwin screw
Speed20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Capacity520 passengers (as built 1998)

MS Deutschland (starting in 2015 also sailing as World Odyssey from September until April each year) is a cruise ship launched in 1998 and owned and operated by Peter Deilmann Cruises until 2015. She is decorated in the 1920s style as it could be seen in SS Columbus of Norddeutscher Lloyd. The ship carries 513 passengers and 260 crew members. She has a gross tonnage of 22,400 and has seven passenger accessible decks.[3]


Deutschland on Elbe river in 2012 with Summer Olympics signage
World Odyssey
World Odyssey
Deutschland sailing for Plantours Charter, Kiel, 9 June 2015 (painters can be seen applying the operator's logo to the funnel)

In 2000, Air France Flight 4590 crashed near Paris. The New York City-bound Concorde charter flight had been carrying passengers for a sixteen-day cruise to South America on board MS Deutschland. Despite the accident, the cruise continued as planned.[4][5]

During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the German Olympic Committee used the MS Deutschland as a hospitality ship.[6]

On 19 May 2015 the MS Deutschland was sold over to the Absolute Nevada company based in the United States, which purchased the ship for approximately $21 million. The new owners took on approximately half of the crew.[clarification needed] Initially the ship was planned to serve as a floating university for the American organization Semester at Sea and in the process was reflagged to Nassau in the Bahamas. It was proposed that the ship would be renamed World Odyssey following a refit at a northern European shipyard.[7]

On 31 May 2015, Plantours announced that they would be chartering the ship for four sailings between 9 June 2015 and 29 July 2015 whilst its usual ship MS Hamburg was repaired. The crew of MS Hamburg travelled to Gibraltar to prepare the ship, before guests embarked on 9 June 2015 in Kiel. Places in the additional 80 cabins were made as a result of MS Deutschland being larger than planned MS Hamburg ship. It was on this occasion that MS Deutschland began sailing under the Bahamas flag, and its funnel was painted into Plantours yellow branding.[8]

From 20 June 2015 to 10 August 2015 the ship carried cruise tours to the North Sea, Norwegian Fjords, Svalbard, Greenland, the Faroes and Shetland Islands and to Hamburg city before ending in Kiel.[9]

On 27 July 2015 the new owners of ship announced that the ship would alternate between two roles. For part of the year the ship would travel as World Odyssey transporting "Semester at Sea" students; and for the other part of the year it would be chartered to the German cruise company Phoenix Reisen, sailing under its traditional MS Deutschland name. For this period the ship would carry two names, one for winter, other for summer.[10][11]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the crew is locked down in the ship which is moored in a basin of the port of Caen.[12]


At approximately 12:30 on 23 May 2010 whilst in the Norwegian port of Eidfjord, Norway, a fire was detected in the engine room. On board were at that time 607 (or 608) people, including 364 passengers. All passengers and most of the crew and two Norwegian pilots were evacuated safely from the ship, while only a small part of the crew remained on board. The fire was isolated to a limited area of the ship. The ship's 364 passengers travelled home. MS Deutschland was then towed by tug boats to the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg for docking and repair, where the ship remained in the shipyard for thirty days. The fire damage had cost approximately two million euro and was paid by the ship's insurers. Three trips were cancelled and service resumed on July 3, 2010, with a departure from Hamburg.[13][14][15]

On 15 January 2012, the ship grounded in the Beagle Channel at the tip of South America. No one was injured and the ship was able to continue its journey after an investigation by the Federal Bureau for Maritime Casualty Investigation.[16]

Popular Culture[edit]

  • The German television show Das Traumschiff ("The Dream Ship"), had been filmed on board for fifteen years as the MS Deutschland traveled to tourist destinations around the world.
  • In the first episode of Deutschland 86, the ship appears in the first scene docked as World Odyssey and is referenced in the final scene as a character watches Das Traumschiff


  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. ^ a b "MS Deutschland deck plan". Peter Deilmann Cruises. Retrieved 2008-09-08.
  4. ^ "Air France crash". CBS News. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  5. ^ "Concorde Crash". The Canadian Encyclopedia from Maclean's Magazine. August 7, 2000. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  6. ^ "Startschuss für London 2012" [Starting shot for London 2012] (in German). Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
  7. ^ Semester at Sea, Our Ship
  8. ^ "MS Deutschland im Einsatz für PLANTOURS Kreuzfahrten" [MS Deutschland serves Plantours Cruises] (PDF) (in German). PLANTOURS Kreuzfahrten. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  9. ^ "MS Deutschland geht erfolgreich in die Verlängerung / Ship goes successful at the extension" (PDF). Plantours Kreuzfahrten. 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  10. ^ Germany, Süddeutsche de GmbH, Munich. ""Deutschland" könnte auch 2016 als Kreuzfahrtschiff fahren - Leben-News Sü". Sü
  11. ^ "MS Deutschland (ship description on Phoenix Reisen homepage)" (in German). Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  12. ^ Groizeleau, Vincent (2020-07-05). "Caen : le paquebot World Odyssey va stationner au bassin d'Hérouville". Mer et Marine (in French).
  13. ^ "peter deilmann cruises". Cruise Law News.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2010-05-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "600 passasjerer evakuert fra brennende cruiseskip". May 23, 2010.
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