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MV Deutschland – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9141807

MV Deutschland

ex World Odyssey, Deutschland

© Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov

Steel twin screw motor vessel assembled in 1998 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), Kiel, from a bow constructed at Rendsburg; stern sections from Bremerhaven and Helsinki and mid-sections and engines built by HDW (Yard No 328) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Peter Deilmann-Reederei

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: Dm 225 million
  • Length: 172.7m (overall)
  • Breadth: 22.7m (extreme)
  • Depth: 16.2m
  • Draught: 5.8m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 22,496 gross/8,264 – 8,402 gross/3460t deadweight
  • Engines: Two 6-cylinder Krupp MAK 6M32 and two 8-cylinder Krupp MAK 8M32 diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 12,320kW – 16,740 hp/2
  • Speed: 21 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 620 passengers (1998), 520 (1999)
  • Passenger Decks: 10
  • Crew: 260
  • Navigation Officers: German
  • Call Sign: DMMC, C6BZ6
  • IMO Number: 9141807
  • Official Number:¬†7000809
  • MMSI Number:¬†311000410
  • DNV GL ID:G93135
  • Registry: Neustadt in Holstein/Germany 🇩🇪, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸

Current AIS Location

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December 1st 1996: Keel laid.

January 16th 1998: Launched.

© Tim Vogel

© Tim Vogel (Fitting Out)

May 1st 1998: Completed.

© Cees De Bijl  © Cees De Bijl

© Cees De Bijl

May 13th 1998: Displayed in Hamburg.

May 16th 1998: Maiden cruise from Kiel to Norway.

1998: Rebuilt with extra cabins.

May 1999: First overhaul with HDW, Rendsburg. Some alterations by law and rebuilt with additional cabins.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (31/07/2004)

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (01/08/2004)


© Aleksi Lindström

© John Mavin  © Nigel Thornton

© John Mavin (Left) and © Nigel Thornton (Right)

© Jens Boldt  © Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt (29/06/2008)

May 23rd 2010: In the Norwegian port of Eidfjord, Norway, a fire was detected in the engine room. All passengers and most of the crew and two Norwegian pilots were unhurt.

May 24th 2010: Towed from Eidfjord to Bergen.

May 30th 2010: Towed to the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg to for docking and repair.

2010: Returned to service.

January 15th 2010: Grounded in the Beagle Channel at the tip of South America. No one was injured and the ship was able to continue its journey.

July 14th 2011: Announcement that she would go to the London Docklands, acting as a Hotel Ship for the 2012 Olympic Games.

July 2012: To London for the Olympic Games.


© Aleksi Lindström

© Ken Smith  © Ken Smith

© Ken Smith

December 2014: Laid up in Gibraltar.

May 2015: Sold to Absolute Nevada LLC, Las, Vegas, USA (management V Ships Leisure).

June 9th 2015 – July 29th 2015: Chartered to Plantours.

June 9th 2015 – July 29th 2015: Sailed under the Bahamas flag, and its funnel was painted into Plantours yellow branding.

July 27th 2015: The new owners of ship announced that the ship would alternate between two roles. For part of the year the ship would travel as WORLD ODYSSEY¬†transporting “Semester at Sea” students; and for the other part of the year it would be chartered to the German cruise company¬†Phoenix Reisen, sailing under its traditional DEUTSCHLAND. For this period the ship would carry two names, one for winter, other for summer.

© Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott

September 2015 – April 2016: Sailing as WORLD ODYSSEY.


© Juergen Braker

April 2016: Chartered to Phoenix Reisen, Germany renamed DEUTSCHLAND.

© John White

© John White


© Aleksi Lindström

September 2016: Renamed WORLD ODYSSEY

April 2017: Renamed DEUTSCHLAND (seasonal charter to Phoenix Reisen, Germany)

September 2017: Renamed WORLD ODYSSEY.

April 2018: Renamed DEUTSCHLAND (seasonal charter to Phoenix Reisen, Germany)

May 11th 2018: Arrived in Dover.

© Wolfgang Fricke  © Wolfgang Fricke

© Wolfgang Fricke (Hamburg, 06/08/2018)

September 2018 : Renamed WORLD ODYSSEY

April 2019: Renamed DEUTSCHLAND (seasonal charter to Phoenix Reisen, Germany)

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Riga, 25/07/2019)

© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

🆕 ¬© Willem Oldenburg (Ijmuiden, 29/05/2019)

November 2019: Renamed WORLD ODYSSEY

April 25th 2022: Due at Dover.

May 1st 2022: Renamed DEUTSCHLAND (seasonal charter to Phoenix Reisen, Germany).

August 20th 2022: Called at Dover.





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All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Gena Amfimov, Cees De Bijl, Jens Boldt, Juergen Braker, Carsten Dettmer, Wolfgang Fricke, Mike Jackson, Aleksi Lindström, John Mavin, Willem Oldenburg, Nigel Scutt @ Dover Strait Shipping/Fotoflite, Ken Smith, Tim Vogel, John White and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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