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
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.