Deutschland was built on Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft in Kiel, Germany as yardnumber 328. She flies the German flag and her homeport is the North-German port Neustadt in Holstein. The ship is 175,30 meters long, 23 meters wide and her draft is 5,80 meters.She caters for 520 passengers who are served by 270 crewmembers. Her tonnage is 22.496 and she has seven passengerdecks. Berlitz awarded her with ****+-rating.
Below, the small Deutschland shows she too can look very big from down below. The picture was taken at the 5th of may 2012.
Deutschland is a well-known name is liner-history, although not for Peter Deilmann Reederei but for HAPAG (Hamburg-Amerikanische Paketfahrt Aktien Gesellschaft). The first ship of this big German company was called Deutschland and they operated four ships of that name in their history. The most well-known Deutschland was the thirth one, a four-funnelled liner built in 1900. In 1919 this ship was not taken over by the Allied forces, like most German ships were after the first world war. This because the ship was in a very poor condition. So this was the only big German ship left in Germany at that time. Peter Deilmann's Deutschland, so can be called the fifth big German ship with this name, and she floated out on the 16th of januari 1998. She is a true German cruiseliner, and her interiour is based on the oceanliners of the twenties. This makes the ship's interiour classic and unique in the modern cruise-age.
Her first cruise started exactly four months after her float-out and took her to Norway. One year later, a big rebuilding took place and eighty double-cabins were rebuild as single ones. This reduced her capacity from 650 to 520 passengers. Most cruiselines make it very hard for single passengers to have a decent-priced cruise, so Deutschland is a forerunner on this matter. In july 2000, Deutschland came in the spotlight in a very shocking way, when a Concord supersonic plane crashed into a hotel just after take-off from Paris. On board of this jet were 96 German tourists, who were supposed to take a cruise on the ship out of New York. The crash led eventually to the collapse of supersonic airtravel in total. The cruise out of New York was strangely not cancelled, although everybody on board the plane and some people in the hotel had lost their lives.
It was a little bit strange, that Deutschland visited The Netherlands just at the 5th of may 2012, because the 5th of may is in The Netherlands the day that we celebrate our libourationday from the German occupation during the Second World War. But she presented herself on a beautifull early morning providing a great scene with beatifull lighting. She also presented her little modernized funnel, now using a very light shade of blue instead of the all white. This way, Deutschland is a very welcome guest to our country...
During 2014, it became clear that the ship and the company Peter Deilmann were suffering from extensive financial difficulties. As of january 2015, all cruises of the Deutschland were cancelled by the creditors and it seems that Peter Deilmann is now out of operation. The ship was laid-up at Gibraltar and reported to be up for sale.
At the end of may 2015, a new adventure for the ship was announced as she will be renamed World Odyssey in august of 2015 and rebuilt for her new role for the Semester At Sea program as a floating campus for 600 undergraduate students. For this, she will recieve nine state-of-the-art classrooms and a well-stockedlibrary. Her main lounge will become a large Union for community sessions and all students will have a private cabin. The first 100-day voyage for World Odyssey is planned to start at Southampton at the 13th of september 2015. The ship replaces the Explorer in the program, one of the former Royal Olympic Cruises newbuilds from the end of the 1990's that entered the program in 2004.
Semester At Sea originates from the early 1960's and was inspired on a voyage undertaken especially for students in 1926 aboard Holland America Line's Rijndam. In 1963, Holland America Line again supplied the ship for the new program, the Seven Seas, exchanged for the new Rijndam in 1966. When Holland America Line restructured in 1970, they pulled back and a man named C.Y. Tung stepped in when he was able to buy Queen Elizabeth from Cunard Line. It would be a huge step forward, but sadly the 80.000 tonner burned while converted to Seawise University in 1971. In the name, 'Seawise' was a play with the owners initials. As a relacement, the ship Universe, also known as Universe Campus, was used between 1971 and 1995. This ship had been the Atlantic for American Export Lines and had been built as a freighter in 1953. Between 1995 and 2004, the Universe Explorer was used, the former Brasil forMoore MacCormack Lines from 1958 and she was replaced by the modern Explorer in 2004.
Below, an older picture is showing the ship as she leaves The Netherlands at the 21st of may, 2005, also in a great setting. This time in evening light.
Still before she becomes a floating university, Deutschland had a short interlude for a German firm und her first name, as she is chartered for four voyages to Plantours & Partner because their own ship, Hamburg, suffered some technical problems and has to be drydocked at Lloyds Werft in Bremerhaven for maintainance. Deutschland's brief interlude service for Plantours started at the 9th of june and ended at july the 29th, when she recieved her upgrade for Semester At Sea. Although expectations were there that the World Odyssey would have longer stay with Semester At Sea, it was a surprise when in november 2015, just a few months after she entered service in her new role, the announcement was made that she was chartered to Phoenix Reisen from the beginning of the 2016 season onwards. With this company, the ship returns to the German market, where she still is a very popular icon. Her charter with Phoenix was signed for the coming five years at least and she will mostly be sailing northern European cruises.
Deutschland's funnel was repainted in the colours of Plantours & Partner for her two months charter in june and july of 2015. She is shown at Bergen, Norway at the 11th of june during the first of four cruises for Plantours.