Cruise ShipsPast and Present

MV Deutschland – Past and Present

MV Deutschland

ex World Odyssey, Deutschland

© Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov

Steel twin screw motor vessel assembled in 1998 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel, from a bow constructed at Rendsburg; stern sections from Bremerhaven and Helsinki and mid-sections and engines built by HWD (Yard No. 328) 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

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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 11th 1998: Delivered to Peter Deilmann Reederei, Neustadt, Holstein, Germany. The christening took place the same day and was followed by a short cruise for selected guests.

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 named DEUTSCHLAND.

© John White

© John White


🆕© Aleksi Lindström

May 11th 2018: Arrived in Dover.

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, Aleksi Lindström, John Mavin, Ken Smith, Tim Vogel, John White and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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