ATTEMPT TO SELL DEUTSCHLAND ENDS IN FAILURE

Traumschiff kaput?

Traumschiff kaput?

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.

GERMAN WEBSITE REPORTS ‘SALE OF MS DEUTSCHLAND TO CRYSTAL CRUISES’

is a new future Crystal-ising for Deutschland?

Is a new future Crystal-ising for Deutschland?

The highly respected German wen site, Schiff und Kreuzfahrten (www. schiff-und-kreuzfahrten.de) is reporting the sale of the former Peter Deilmann flagship, MS Deutschland, to Crystal Cruises for a cost of fifty million euros.

Final payment is said to be due on January 6th. The report states that the ship will continue to stay in the German market, but will not fly the German flag.

Deutschland is an intimate, luxurious paragon of 20,000 tons, with a quartet of superb restaurants and sumptuous, Victorian era interiors designed to evoke memories of the great German liners from the turn of the 20th century. A voyage on her a few years ago revealed her to be a beautifully run, exquisite little jewel box of a sdhip. A kind of nautical equivalent to a Faberge egg, if you will.

Against that, the ship is quite small compared to the current, award winning Crystal duo. Her cabins are quite small, and there is little real scope to expand these without ripping out many of the classically beautiful interiors. There are no balconies, except for the owner’s suite.

But- a revitalisation plan for the ship had already been drawn up by the former owners. This included the addition of a number of Juliet balconies, and the addition of a new funnel. It is perfectly possible that Crystal could follow this programme through, especially if- as is being bruited- the ship is to remain pretty much in the German market.

While it does seem a strange fit, there is certainly a good deal of symmetry between the style and beauty for which Crystal is known, and the timeless elegance that the Deutschland embodies so perfectly.

Now this one truly is intriguing and, like most people, I can hardly wait for the formal announcement, due to come from Los Angeles on Monday.

Stay tuned for more.

MS DEUTSCHLAND PICTURE BOOK

Steamer chairs on deck of the floating time capsule, the Deutchsland

Steamer chairs on deck of the floating time capsule, the Deutschland

Lobby with Tiffany glass ceiling fixture
Lobby with Tiffany glass ceiling fixture

Upper deck, looking aft

Upper deck, looking aft

Gold leaf statuary gives the Deutschland an elegant feel

Gold leaf statuary gives the Deutschland an elegant feel

Name board

Name board

Sailing through the Amsterdam canal

Sailing through the Amsterdam canal

Pool deck, with cushioned deck chairs

Pool deck, with cushioned deck chairs

Wrought iron furniture on the upper deck buffet

Wrought iron furniture on the upper deck buffet

Deck heads on the Deutschland

Deck heads on the Deutschland

Well, it can't be all work.....

Well, it can’t be all work…..

Entrance to the Gallery

Entrance to the Gallery

Lobby way with potted palms. You don't often see that these days

Lobby way with potted palms. You don’t often see that these days

Deutschland's main lounge. This could almost as easily be on the Olympic...

Deutschland’s main lounge. This could almost as easily be on the Olympic…

The style is pure turn of the 20th century

The style is pure turn of the 20th century

This ship really does take you back to the days of the old German liners of North German Lloyd

This ship really does take you back to the days of the old German liners of North German Lloyd

Even the interior promenade deck looks like a time warp

Even the interior promenade deck looks like a time warp

This lovely statue is on top of the ship's forward superstructure

This lovely statue is on top of the ship’s forward superstructure

Another shot of the main lounge

Another shot of the main lounge

Painting of the late Peter Deilmann, very much the man behind building the Deutschland

Painting of the late Peter Deilmann, very much the man behind building the Deutschland

The furnishings and filigree glass window fittings are just exquisite

The furnishings and filigree glass window fittings are just exquisite

Even the ceilings have beautiful mouldings

Even the ceilings have beautiful mouldings

Dance floor in the main lounge

Dance floor in the main lounge

Beautiful, frescoed ceiling and chandeliers in the Kaisersaal Ballroom

Beautiful, frescoed ceiling and chandeliers in the Kaisersaal Ballroom

Antwerp is just one destination on Deutschland's usual calendar

Antwerp is just one destination on Deutschland’s usual calendar

Artwork throughout the ship is beautiful and impressive everywhere

Artwork throughout the ship is beautiful and impressive everywhere

Entrance to the 'Old Fritz' Pub

Entrance to the ‘Old Fritz’ Pub

The attention to detail everywhere on this ship is simply incredible

The attention to detail everywhere on this ship is simply incredible

Outdoors on the 'Old Fritz' terrace at night. It has built in overhead heaters

Outdoors on the ‘Old Fritz’ terrace at night. It has built in overhead heaters

That famous 'Traumschiff' funnel is slated to be replaced in an upcoming refit

That famous ‘Traumschiff’ funnel is slated to be replaced in an upcoming refit