Phoenix Reisen

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Phoenix Reisen
HeadquartersBonn, Germany
Productstravel agency
maritime cruises

Phoenix Reisen is a Germany-based travel agency that also operates a fleet of cruise ships.[1] The company first entered the cruise business in 1988 by chartering the Soviet Union-owned cruise ship SS Maxim Gorkiy.[2]


Phoenix Reisen first begun operating cruises under its own brand in 1988 when the company chartered the West German-built cruise ship SS Maxim Gorkiy from the Soviet Union-based Black Sea Shipping Company on a 20-year charter agreement.[2][3] In 1993 a second ship joined the Phoenix Reisen fleet, when SS Albatros was chartered from V-Ships. Unlike the Maxim Gorkiy, which retained the colours of her owners in Phoenix service,[4] the Albatros was painted in Phoenix Reisen's own colours with a turquoise funnel displaying the company logo.[5]

Due to numerous mechanical problems, Phoenix Reisen decided to prematurely terminate the charter of the Albatros in December 2003.[5] As a replacement Phoenix quickly chartered MS Crown in January 2004, which was renamed MS Albatros.[6][7] In 2005 the company fleet expanded to include three ships for the first time when MS Alexander von Humboldt (2005) was chartered from V-Ships.[8] A fourth ship followed in 2006 with the charter of MS Amadea, a higher-class vessel compared with the rest of the Phoenix Reisen fleet.[9] In 2008 the first Alexander von Humboldt was replaced by a larger vessel chartered from Club Cruise, confusingly also named MS Alexander von Humboldt (before entering service the ship was marketed as Alexander von Humboldt II, but she eventually received the same name as the ship she replaced).[10][11] In late 2008 the charter of the Maxim Gorkiy ended, and due to high fuel prices combined with the high fuel consumption of the ship's steam turbines Phoenix Reisen decided not to renew the charter.[12] In May 2009 Phoenix Reisen chartered MS Athena from Nina SpA.[13] In April 2011, the company took delivery of MV Artania, which formerly sailed as MV Artemis for P&O Cruises. In July 2019 the fleet was increased with a former HAL ship.


Current Fleet[edit]

Ship Built In service Chartered from Tonnage Flag Notes Image
MS Albatros 1973 2004 onwards Albatros Shipping Company 28,518 GT  Bahamas Albatros Starboard Side Tallinn 28 July 2012.JPG
MS Amadea 1991 2006 onwards Amadea Shipping Company 29,008 GT  Bahamas Amadea departing Tallinn 20 May 2016 (cropped).jpg
MS Amera 1988 2019 onwards Amera Shipping Company 38,848 GT  Bahamas Amera in the Kiel canal VIII.jpg
MV Artania 1984 2011 onwards Artania Shipping Ltd / Artania GmbH 44,588 GT  Bahamas[14] Artania in Port of Tallinn 18 May 2012 (cropped).JPG
MS Deutschland 1998 2016 onwards
(only Summer)
Absolute Nevada LLC 22,400 GT  Bahamas Sailing as World Odyssey from September until April each year Deutschland in Tallinn Bay Tallinn 4 August 2017 (cropped).jpg

Former Fleet[edit]

Ship Built In Service Chartered from Tonnage Flag Status Image
SS Maxim Gorkiy 1969 1988–2008 Black Sea Shipping Company
24,981 GT  Soviet Union
Scrapped at Alang, India in 2009 Maxim Gorkiy Helsinki 2006.JPG
SS Albatros 1957 1993–2003 V-Ships 21,985 GRT  Bahamas Scrapped at Alang, India in 2004 SS Albatros.jpg
MS Alexander von Humboldt (2005) 1990 2005–2008 V-Ships 12,331 GT  Bahamas Since 2008 sailing as Minerva for Swan Hellenic Alexander von Humboldt departing from Bremrhaven.jpg
MS Alexander von Humboldt 1990 2008 Club Cruise 15,343 GT  Bahamas Currently sailing as the Voyager for Voyages of Discovery Alexander von Humboldt (2881088171).jpg
MS Athena 1948 2009 Nina SpA 16,144 GT  Portugal She sails for Cruise & Maritime Voyages Athena (ship, 1948) IMO 5383304; in Split, 2011-10-22 (3).jpg


  1. ^ "Phoenix Reisen GmbH Bonn". Phoenix Reisen. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  2. ^ a b Asklander, Micke. "S/S Hamburg (1969)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  3. ^ Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 435–436. ISBN 978-981-268-240-6.
  4. ^ Boyle, Ian. "Hamburg - Maxim Gorkiy". Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  5. ^ a b Plowman, Peter (2004). The Sitmar Liners: Past and Present. Hong Kong: Rosenberg. pp. 218–219, 272. ISBN 1-877058-25-4.
  6. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/S Royal Viking Sea (1983)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  7. ^ Boyle, Ian. "Royal Viking Sea". Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  8. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/S Minerva (1990)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  9. ^ Ward (2008). p. 188
  10. ^ Newman, Doug (2007-09-04). "The New Alexander Von Humboldt". At Sea with Doug Newman. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  11. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/S Crown Monarch (1990)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  12. ^ Newman, Doug (2007-11-27). "Maxim Gorkiy Departure Confirmed". At Sea with Doug Newman. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  13. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/S Stockholm (1948)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
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