MS Berlin Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Berlin
|Year built||1980 / Age : 38|
|Builder||(HDW) Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (Kiel, Germany)|
|Speed||18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph|
|Length (LOA)||139 m / 456 ft|
|Beam (width)||18 m / 59 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||10550 gt|
|Passengers||412 - 420|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Former names||Princess Mahsuri, Orange Melody, Spirit of Adventure, FTI Berlin|
Review of MS Berlin
MS Berlin cruise ship is owned by FTI Cruises. The vessel was initially launched and operated under the name “Berlin” (1980–1982; 1984–2005). It also served as Princess Mahsuri (1982–1984), Orange Melody (2005), Spirit of Adventure (until 2012) and FTI Berlin (2012–2014). During 2005-2013, the Berlin cruise ship was owned by Saga Cruises and was part of the line’s 2nd brand, “Spirit of Adventure Cruises”, along with the Quest of Adventure (currently sailing as Saga Pearl 2).
An interesting fact is that in 1986 Berlin was stretched by 17 meters and its LOA length was changed from 123 to 140 meters, and passenger capacity from 300 passengers to 420. During 1986-1998, Berlin was the cruise ship to feature in “Das Traumschiff” TV series by Zweite Deutsche Fernsehen.
In October 2015, Columbia Cruise Services took over the management of ms Berlin. Following the new contract, Columbia Cruise Services that had been responsible for the hotel staff since April 2013, is responsible for ship's technical and crew management.
MS Berlin is one of the best small European cruise ships, able to accommodate up to 420 passengers. The only ship of FTI Cruises has a pair of dining venues: main dining room and Veranda Restaurant which boasts indoor and alfresco dining. The ship also has a Yacht Club Bar, spacious Sirocco Lounge and new Berlin Lounge found on the sun deck.
Berlin cruise ship pampers with amenities like spa area (massage treatments), an outdoor pool, gym, sauna and a large library. The extensive shore touring program features several options to enjoy the exciting ports of call. Via the enrichment program of FTI, qualified lecturers provide destination-related insights. The main language aboard ms Berlin is German.
FTI Cruises ms Berlin itineraries include Red Sea and Mediterranean sailings with departures from Venice, Nice and Safaga, as well as cruises in Western Europe from Lisbon and in Northern Europe from Warnemunde. On December 22, 2016, MS Berlin was welcomed in Cuba on its first 7-day Cuba cruise roundtrip from Havana. On Dec 27, the ship left Cuba on a 30-day Transatlantic crossing, carrying a total of 330 passengers.