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: 16 January 1998[1]
Christened: 11 May 1998[1]
Acquired: 11 May 1998[1]
Maiden voyage: 11 May 1998[1]
In service: 16 May 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 (also sailing as World Odyssey since 2015) is a German-registered cruise ship launched in 1988 and 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 ship 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"), had been filmed on board for fifteen years as the MS Deutschland travels to tourist destinations around the world.


In the year 2000, the Air France Flight 4590 crashed near Paris involving New York City-bound Concorde charter flight had been carrying passengers for a sixteen-day cruise to South America on board MS Deutschland. [5][6]

During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the German Olympic Committee used the MS Deutschland as a hospitality ship. [7]

On 19 May 2015 the MS Deutschland was sold to over 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.[8]

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. [9]

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.[10]

World Odyssey.
Deutschland sailing for Plantours Charter.

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 traditoinal MS Deutschland name. For this period the ship would carry two names, one for winter, other for summer.[11][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 unhurt removed from the ship, only a small part of the crew remained on board. The fire was isolated to a limited area of the ship because of fire doors. The ship's 364 passengers travelled home. MS Deutschland was then towed by tug boats to the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg to 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 had been cancelled and service resumed n July 3, 2010 with a departure from Hamburg. [13][14][15]

On 15 January 2012 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 of Maritime. [16]


  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 MS 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. 
  7. ^ "Startschuss für London 2012" [Starting shot for London 2012] (in German). Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  8. ^ Semester at Sea, Our Ship
  9. ^ "MS Deutschland im Einsatz für PLANTOURS Kreuzfahrten" [MS Deutschland serves Plantours Cruises] (PDF) (in German). PLANTOURS Kreuzfahrten. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  10. ^ "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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  12. ^ "MS Deutschland (ship description on Phoenix Reisen homepage)" (in German). Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
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