Peter Deilmann Reederei was formed in 1968 as a freightcompany, but started passenger operations in 1972 when a ferryservice was started between Neustadt in Holstein and the Island of Bornholm, using the ship Nordlicht. She was a small roro-ship, measuring only 511 tons and with a lenght of 68,90 meters. In 1976 the company entered the cruisebusiness with the small Nordbrise. A few years later, the freightdivision was sold off and Peter Deilmann focussed on cruising when Berlin was taken over. In 1983 the company started also European rivercruising. The company is still family owned, and managed by Peter Deilmann's daughters since 2003, when Deilmann himself passed away. In 2004, only Deutschland was their ocean-going cruiseliner, after Lili Marleen and Berlin were sold in 2004. The company suffered many problems through their last years, and in january of 2015, the Deutschland and the whole of Peter Deilmann suspended their services due to payment difficulties.
At the 11th of june 2015, two of the former Deilmann ships met again at Bergen, Norway. Deutschland sailed on a two months charter for Plantours and Berlin sailed in a Plein Cap Crocieres charter. Here, they are shown together.