it is reported today that another attempt to sell off the boutique German cruise ship, MS Deutschland, has fallen through at the eleventh hour.
The 19,000 ton, 1998 built former flagship of Peter Deilmann cruises has been lying at anchor off Gibraltar for a while now, manned by a skeleton crew of around fifty who are maintaining the ship’s vital functions, as well as keeping her shipshape.
As a consequence, some forty-eight shore side staff involved in the admin side of operations have now been laid off, and the programme of cruises planned for the ship is officially cancelled as of now.
Things have spiralled rapidly for Deutschland since the abrupt cancellation of a scheduled November 2014 refit, which would have seen the addition of several Juliet balconies on cabins, as well as the installation of a new funnel.
Once put up for sale, between two to four still unspecified parties were said to have been interested in buying the ship. And, though no positive results have emerged, administrator Reinhold Schmid-Spreber, in charge of the sales negotiations, has said that talks with potential investors for the ship will continue.
For many years, Deutschland was the ‘star’ of Das Traumschiff, a kind of Germanic take on the popular Love Boat television series. Her role in that programme has now been taken over by the Amadea of the rival, Phoenix Reisen company.
As ever, stay tuned for any future updates.