Deilmann Explores the Mediterranean Next Spring

Five-star ocean liner sails to the region’s most famed locales

By: Ana Figueroa

Peter Deilmann’s flagship MS Deutschland will sail the Mediterranean in spring 2008. The five- to 12-night April and May cruises will sail to a variety of culturally significant, romantic and ancient ports in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Turkey and Montenegro. As an added incentive, Deilmann Cruises is offering a $99 air and shore excursion package that provides round-trip air from 67 U.S. gateways, a package of pre-arranged shore excursions valued up to $700 per person and free transfers between airports and the ship.
The MS Deutschland is a richly styled ocean liner that recalls the golden era of cruising. The vessel will commence its Mediterranean season with a 10-night, multi-country adventure, embarking from Turkey’s Istanbul after spending a night in the city before heading to the 5,000-year-old port of Izmir. The Grecian ports of call are Mykonos, with its Cycladic architecture; Piraeus, first settled in the days of Themistocles; and Kerkyra (Corfu), which boasts a number of ancient castles. Two nights follow in Montenegro’s Kotor, with one day of sightseeing to take in Croatia’s Dubrovnik. The voyage ends in the “Queen of the Adriatic,” Venice. The April 14 sailing is priced from $5,159 to $12,369 per person, double occupancy with singles’ fares offered on select cabins starting at $5,679.
Additional itineraries include a 5-night April 27 sailing from Venice that calls in Argostoli, Greece, Messina, Italy, Salerno, on the Amalfi Coast and Civitavecchia, port city for Rome. Rates are $3,900 to $7,550; singles’ cabins begin at $4,160. A May 2 departure focuses on Italy, Spain and France. Roundtrip from Civitavecchia, the cruise calls at Salerno; Cagliari, Livorno, the Spanish isle of Mahon, Barcelona and Toulon, France. Prices range from $4,172 to $9,952; singles’ cabins start at $4,922.
A 12-night sailing, combining three historic Mediterranean ports with several in Western Europe, departs Civitavecchia on May 10 and spends a day in Ischia before proceeding to Ibiza, Spain, crossing the Straits of Gibraltar to ports in Portugal and then France. Fares are $5,482 to $13,912; singles’ cabins begin at $6,202.
The Deutschland offers 16 categories of staterooms, all with fine moldings and artwork, classic furnishings, picture windows, ample closet space and marble-tiled bathrooms with full-size showers. Suites are also equipped with bathtubs. The international, English-speaking staff of 280 provides more than a 2-to-1 crew to passenger ratio. The ship features three gourmet restaurants, an outdoor dining terrace plus seven diverse bars and cafes. Other amenities include a spacious library lounge; outdoor and indoor pools; three sun decks; open-air promenade deck; grand ballroom for nightly entertainment and dancing; and a wellness center equipped with fitness and spa facilities.