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Ship Visit to Deutschland
Peter Deilmann Reederei
Portsmouth - 21st July 2013

Report ©2013 Roger Emtage
Photos ©2013 Ian Boyle



DEUTSCHLAND - Portsmouth - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND at Portsmouth - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


   

2013 Visit Reports
Revisited ships will not be shown unless significantly revised since previous visit

Celebrity Infinity

Deutschland (Deilmann)

Discovery (CMV)

Ryndam (HAL)


 
DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Boarding
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Boarding
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Stairs
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Our hostess Silvia Ambros
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Kaisersaal
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Kaisersaal
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Salon Lili Marleen
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Salon Lili Marleen
Portrait of Peter Deilmann
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Restaurant Berlin
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Restaurant Berlin
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Deck 7
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Restaurant Vierjahreszeiten
(Four Seasons Restaurant)
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Restaurant Vierjahreszeiten
(Four Seasons Restaurant)
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Zum Alten Fritz
(Old Fritz Pub)
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Lido-Gourmet
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Lido-Terrasse
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Lido-Terrasse
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Cinema
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Cabin
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Suite
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Funnel
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Funnel
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Funnel
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Meerwasser Pool
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - at Portsmouth
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


It was a fine summer morning as we gathered at the splendid new Cruise Terminal in the historic City of Portsmouth. Even at the hour of 0930 the indications were clear that this was going to be another blistering hot day.

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - OLS members in reception
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


This was for me a special day for I had admired the ship we were preparing to visit since reading her reviews when she was commissioned in 1998. It had been my privilege to tour her predecessor Berlin when she was in her first year of operation; I had been immediately struck by the refined appointments and décor of this small and intimate ship. In addition, while I had been a member of the OLS since its creation in 1988, I had not had the opportunity to accompany any ship visits, now so very well organised by Peter Godliman. This particular visit was an absolute must, and the ship didn’t disappoint!

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Spa pool
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


It is very pleasing that Portsmouth is developing into a Cruise Port in its own right. The Port and its environs have a great deal to offer the visitor, steeped in Maritime and Naval history, and for me personally the fact that this port now hosts most of the ships really worth viewing, is an added bonus. The view from the courtyard of the Still & West as the ship enters between the ramparts of the port is awe inspiring, albeit over far too quickly as she slips past and out of sight. This is a ship admirer’s dream and photographer’s paradise!

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Kaisersaal
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


As we awaited the last members of our group of eighteen (18), eyes were already searching for the focus of our visit. Not too far distant, stern towards us and starboard side to the Terminal, we were rewarded with a view of the ship, tasteful even at this distance; a modest but elegant form of a Passenger Ship. Boldly cut in across the stern plates was the proud and imposing name: DEUTSCHLAND

Below the name, equally bold but cut in with smaller lettering her Port of Registry was emblazoned: NEUSTADT IN HOLSTEIN

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Salon Lili Marleen
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Salon Lili Marleen
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Nearly thirty (30) years since Peter Deilmann first entered the international Cruise scene with Berlin, the Port of Registry remains the same. The Company is passionately proud of its German heritage and traditions. They have fought hard to retain these traditions while still turning over a profit. German ownership, a family owned Company, German clientele (largely), a German speaking ship’s company.

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Restaurant Berlin
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


During our tour I spotted an impressive portrait of Peter Deilmann himself, the entrepreneur who created the Company some forty (40) years ago. Running small cargo ships between the Baltic ports, this rapidly expanded to the largest operation of German Passenger ships, cruising the waterways and Rivers of Europe. It was following this great success that Mr Deilmann saw a possibility of venturing further afield, and hence Berlin was created, and later the exquisite Deutschland.

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Deck 7
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


It was wonderful at last to have the opportunity to see and visit this ship. First impressions before boarding were of a traditional vessel, not at all magnificent, but with a balanced profile and externally in a good state of maintenance. While balconies are immensely popular on the large floating hotels today, and with good reason, there is little doubt these detract from the atmosphere and camaraderie of the voyage. It was a delight to see these were conspicuous by their absence (there are in fact just two). Her single, slightly tapered smoke stack is perfectly proportioned, situated amidships and contributing largely to a balanced profile. The funnel might be described as more fitting, and very similar to that of Bremen of 1959, but so what? Before us lay a ship unashamedly an ocean liner by design and construction, and ocean liners always had funnels, and often several of them. A ship needs a funnel, it gives character, identity and purpose to a ship; something entirely lacking on modern cruise ships.

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Restaurant Vierjahreszeiten
(Four Seasons Restaurant)
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Boarding by the traditional accommodation ladder, one is immediately captivated by the quality that seems to ooze from every area of the ship. It has previously been said that elegance is one of the defining words for this ship. In my view the other defining word is quality; and quality scoring over quantity. Every aspect of the design has been addressed with utmost attention to detail and I would suggest with minimal cost cutting. The result: Deutschland is stunning. She is absolutely stunning. She is such a far cry from the razzmatazz of garish design emanating from shipyards today, to meet the ever perceived demand for more and more berths at lower and lower costs.

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Zum Alten Fritz
(Old Fritz Pub)
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The ship has an interesting history. Following the success of Berlin the Company took the decision to build a larger ship, while still of modest dimensions. Designed to carry just over 500 passengers, and served by a ship’s company of 400, she was constructed in four (4) different shipyards and then brought together at the historic HDW yard in Hamburg, where she was delivered to the owners on 11 May 1998. She has therefore been in service just over fifteen (15) years, during which she has voyaged to every corner, continent and ocean of the world. Her itineraries are immensely varied and exciting; they just don’t seem to do repetition!

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Lido-Gourmet
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Lido-Terrasse
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Our hostess for the tour of the 'Grand Hotel' as Deutschland is often known, was the gracious and charming Silvia Ambros. Silvia hails from Switzerland, and her eighteen (18) years of service with Peter Deilmann I believe says much for the Company. Silvia has spent three (3) years on Berlin and has been with her present ship since she was commissioned in 1998. Having met us at Reception we were escorted through all the Passenger decks, beginning with the Roman Spa complete with a gorgeous indoor Swimming Pool. We visited the three Dining Rooms, (Berlin, Four Seasons and Lido), the Kaisersaal or Emperor’s Ballroom, and stopped in the Old Fritz Pub on the upper deck overlooking the stern. The bar to my taste was fantastic, exactly what one would expect to see in a luxury hotel in mainland Germany; lots of brass, some marble and lamps, with polished wood predominating. The Kaisersaal was absolutely exquisite! Centrepiece is a huge glass chandelier set in a painted ceiling, and while we were here the Band and Entertainers were preparing for a British night. They were practicing 'Rule Britannia' and the setting was highly appropriate in this grand venue.

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Suite
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The Dining Rooms were grand, all of them, but my favourite was Four Seasons. This seats just seventy (70) and is an evening only and reservations only spot, but with no additional charge! It is a stunning location, predominantly white with fabulous table settings, drapes, deckhead ceilings and as with everywhere throughout the ship, much emphasis on magnificent polished woods. Even the Lido, usually associated with a feeding scrum on the large ships today, was refined and elegant. This is Lido with a difference and there seemed to be at least partially silver service, with smartly attired waiters in attendance.

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Lido-cafe
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Little touches that are rare today include the brass keys for each cabin, and large windows in each cabin with Venetian blinds. The burled walnut effect throughout the accommodation was extremely tasteful and attractive; each cabin door was of this design. Beautiful! The wide open decks are all teak and are well scrubbed.

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Meerwasser Pool
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Our tour of this fine vessel was all too brief. Notwithstanding this however, I am very thankful for the opportunity to visit her and for the gracious hospitality offered to us by the Company and by Silvia in particular. I regret that we were not offered a brochure or other information material about the ship. That would have been a great treasure. I did ask at the Reception but nothing was forthcoming apart from two Postcards of the ship.

DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - at Portsmouth prior our visit
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle




DEUTSCHLAND - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Leaving Portsmouth after our visit
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle





DEUTSCHLAND - Portsmouth - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
DEUTSCHLAND - Leaving Portsmouth after our visit - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



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