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Deutschland Facts & Figures
Owner/Operator:Absolute Nevada LLC / Semester At Sea / Phoenix Reisen
Year built:1998
Builder:Howaltswerke Deutsche Werft, Kiel, Germany
Former names:World Odyssey, Deutschland
Gross Tonnage:22,496
Length:175.4 m (575.3 ft)
Beam:23.0 m (75.4 ft)
Passengers (normal):604
Passengers (maximum):613
Crew:240
Service speed:20.5 kn
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Deutschland Interior Photos
Kaisersaal Aft decks Kolonnaden Lido Gourmet Restaurant
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From the ShipParade Archives: Deutschland, the "Dream Ship" revisited
Text & Photos © 2003 Bart de Boer - Amenities, decor, charges and services have changed since this article was written

For many years now, German television broadcasts their own version of "The Love Boat". This very popular show is called "Das Traumschiff" (The Dream Ship) and has for the last couple of years starred the 22,496-ton Deutschland, pride and joy of family-owned Peter Deilmann Reederei. The feeling of belonging to a seagoing family is exactly what attracts most guests to Deutschland over and over again, accounting for a formidable repeat percentage. This ship feels like home away from home, accentuated by unique classical interiors and a wonderful personable young crew.

Delivered just a few years ago at a cost of $ 120 million by respectable Howaltswerke Deutsche Werft in Kiel, Deutschland dares to be different in many respects. Deutschland fans don't need balcony cabins, elaborate casinos, rock climbing walls or discos to enjoy their cruise. Instead, they look for elegant surroundings, excellent food and good companionship in the best German tradition. With a capacity of 520 passengers and 280 crew members, Deutschland is a small ship, While large enough to withstand the forces of the sea in a most elegant way and to offer a perfect choice of public rooms and dining areas, you're never more than 5 minutes away from your cabin, and her relative shallow draft means she can call at ports where the Destinies and Voyagers of this time would not dare to come close. And leave it to the Germans to come up with some very innovative itineraries!
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Most passengers will be welcomed on board in the exquisite Reception Hall on Captain's Deck (or Kapitäns-Deck to be precise). The beautiful semi-circular reception desk is home to the young German reception staff, and also the place to order shore excursions, change money and pick up a copy of the daily program (in German or in English). Just like in a Grand Hotel, all 292 "rooms" have their own little mailbox in the back wall of the Reception, just underneath the huge two-deck high mural (which at close look turns out to be a photographic reproduction). The highly varnished wood paneling and a beautiful stained glass dome create a proper first impression of Deutschland - this is definitely a ship that dares to be different!
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Amidships on Deutschland Deck is Restaurant Berlin - the ship's beautiful main dining room where meals are served in two sittings (6pm and 8.30pm). All passengers are assigned a table here. Deilmann is one of the few companies that publish a detailed table plan of the on-board restaurants in the brochure, so you can ask for your own table at the time of booking! A large stained glass ceiling features prominently in the Berlin Restaurant and I think we can all agree that the mahogany chairs would look just great in our own homes... Tables are set in the regal, old-fashioned way, with whiter-than-white table cloths and a dazzling array of silver cutlery on each side of the plate.
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One deck higher you will find the 104-seat Restaurant Vier Jahreszeiten (Four Seasons), a reservations-only a la carte dining room. Here, you can dine on classic French cuisine when and with whom you want at no extra fee, but be sure to book your table early in the cruise as it is a wildly popular place. The decor can best be described as Versailles in miniature, albeit  with a German "Schwung".

Let's move up one more deck to deck 9 - Lido Deck. The aft part of this deck is filled with wrought-iron furniture and numerous umbrellas. We've arrived at the Lido Café and Lido Bar, where each morning and afternoon "casual" food is served. Two wide sun decks run on each side of the ship forward, with the Lido Gourmet Restaurant sandwiched in the middle. Here, in the ship's cheerful casual restaurant, breakfast, lunch afternoon tea and the occasional buffet dinner are served. In a grand way! An expansive buffet table anchors the aft part of the room, with seating available either inside or outside at the Lido Café. The atmosphere in the Lido Gourmet is upbeat, with high-backed wicker chairs and lots of light wood wall paneling. Some wonderful black and white photos of the days of sailing vessels adorn the walls. Beautiful!
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The expansive outdoor areas on Deutschland are just as classy as the public rooms inside. Just forward of the huge funnel on Lido Deck is the main pool area. A beautiful mosaic works as a background for a small waterfall that flows underneath a small bridge with a statue depicting three children playing. The pool is adequately sized for this ship, but there are no jacuzzis to be found anywhere. Must be another non-traditional decision of the ship's owners... A pool bar and masses of teak steamer chairs line the pool. The whole area is just stunning, if it wasn't for the garish "Das Traumschiff" logo on the funnel. All the way forward is an expansive sun deck(unfortunately covered in Astroturf), with sun beds and steamer chairs readily available and a statue of a waving girl proudly looking out over the bow of the ship. There's a Deck 10, too ! It's called Golf-Deck and I will leave it up to your imagination what you can do there.

Tucked away on deck 6 aft is the small gymnasium and a set of sauna's, beautifully decorated in a Moorish theme. Funny thing is that this area can only be reached via the open deck above. "Wellness" is a big thing in Germany and here Deilmann has gone beyond other cruise lines. On deck 3 (Kur Deck) you will find an exquisite indoor pool, complete with a Solarium, Massage Studios, Sauna, Thalasso Therapy rooms and even a dialysis station. Just like the open decks, the indoor pool area is stuffed with art; from life-sized sculptures to an eclectic collection of paintings. Many of these come from the private collection of the late Peter Deilmann himself.
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Sandwiched between two narrow window lined galleries on Deutschland Deck is the Salon Lili Marleen, the alternative bar/lounge. Open until 1am, this is a popular gathering spot after show time, with live music offered nightly. The room is named after a song that served as the unofficial anthem for foot soldiers in both World Wars. Incidentally, Peter Deilmann Reederei also operates a tall ship with the name Lili Marleen. The room has a beautiful wood accented ceiling, wooden columns and green and yellow chairs and sofas. The dividers between the galleries and the lounge area are all brass and mahogany, which makes the room very "open" at night, although the room is rather on the dark side during the day.

All the way aft on Kommodore Deck (7) is the "Zum alten Fritz", the seagoing version of a German pub. Lots of wood, lots of brass and a well-stocked bar makes this the number one late evening spot on the ship. A pianist adds atmosphere in the evenings and when the weather is nice, one wall opens up and the adjacent teak sun deck is used as a terrace. Order a glass of draft beer and munch away on a meat ball or sausage; it doesn't get more German!
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As for the entertainment, don't expect full Las Vegas revues, karaoke sessions, Boogie Nights or Limbo contests on Deutschland. This is definitely not a ship for party animals. Passengers here are generally more mature and enjoy listening to a singing duo or a concert pianist before retreating to the bar for a nightcap and some good conversation. They like to explore the many ports of call, preferably on their own. For that reason, the port information is very good with frequent on-board lectures and printed information that goes a lot further than pointing out "recommended shops". Being a German ship, the dress code is quite strict. So gentlemen, pack lots of jackets, ties and don't forget your tuxedo!
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If you ask me, the Lido Terrasse on Lido Deck would be my favorite when it comes to the most beautiful public rooms on board. With its white stucco columns, wicker furniture and cases full of books and games this is a very popular hangout during daytime. From the bar sandwiches, tea and cookies are served throughout the day and the library-like atmosphere and the ultra-comfortable couches and chairs make this the perfect space to cuddle up with a book and gaze outside.
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But competition for the most stunning public room is fierce. All the way forward on Deutschland Deck, spanning two decks, is the totally overwhelming Kaisersaal (Emperor's Room) - a show lounge like no other. Done in burgundy red and white, this over the top masterpiece is easily the most stunning room on the ship. On the lower level, seating groups are neatly arranged, with a tiny lamp on each table giving just the right atmosphere. Upstairs is the "Empore", where semi-private booths line the port and starboard sides of the Kaisersaal. This is truly glamorous! Sightlines are terrible from here, but who cares when you're sitting in your own private ocean-going booth ?
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Forget everything you know about modern day cruises. Traveling on Deutschland is something completely different, like going back in time to the days when life was less stressful, less commercial. If you like to be able to actually read a book while sailing the seven seas, if you enjoy the finer things in life, if you search for the ultimate cleanliness and if you speak at least four words of German, Deutschland might very well be the perfect ship for you. This ship not only looks special; she IS special. Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland!
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