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Albatros

Former names: MS Crown, Norwegian Star, Royal Odyssey, Royal Viking Sea

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Albatros Review and Specifications

Specifications of Albatros

Year built1973  /  Age : 47
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderWartsila Hietalahti shipyard (Helsinki, Finland)
OwnerTSS Albatros
OperatorPhoenix Reisen GmbH
Speed19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA)205 m / 673 ft
Beam (width)27 m / 89 ft
Gross Tonnage28518 gt
Passengers812 - 830
Crew340
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks10
Cabins420
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesMS Crown, Norwegian Star, Royal Odyssey, Royal Viking Sea

Current itinerary / position of Albatros

Albatros current cruise is 121 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Trieste, themed as "Easter". The itinerary starts on 23 Dec, 2019 and ends on 22 Apr, 2020.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
23 Dec 20:00    Departing from Monte Carlo, Monaco hotels
26 Dec 08:00 - 18:00    Cadiz, Spain
28 Dec 08:00 - 18:00    Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
04 Jan 13:00 - 23:00    Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy Island
05 Jan 08:00 - 18:00    Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
06 Jan 07:00 - 15:00    Virgin Gorda Island, Spanish Town, BVI
07 Jan 10:00 - 20:00    La Romana, Dominican Republic
09 Jan 07:00 - 17:00    Falmouth, Jamaica
10 Jan 09:00 - 17:00    George Town, Grand Cayman Island
12 Jan 08:00 - 23:00    Colon, Panama
15 Jan 08:00 - 17 Jan 18:00    Puntarenas, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
26 Jan 14:00 - 20:00    Nuku Hiva Island, Taiohae, Marquesas, French Polynesia
28 Jan 09:00 - 17:00    Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
29 Jan 08:00 - 30 Jan 06:00    Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia
30 Jan 09:00 - 18:00    Moorea Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
31 Jan 08:00 - 18:00    Huahine Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
01 Feb 07:00 - 17:00    Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
05 Feb 14:00 - 23:00    Apia, Upolu Island, Samoa
07 Feb 08:00 - 18:00    Nukualofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
10 Feb 09:00 - 20:00    Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
11 Feb 08:00 - 13 Feb 20:00    Auckland, New Zealand
17 Feb 08:00 - 18 Feb 18:00    Sydney, NSW Australia
20 Feb 07:00 - 17:00    Melbourne, Victoria Australia
21 Feb 09:00 - 20:00    Burnie, Tasmania
23 Feb 08:00 - 20:00    Kangaroo Island, Penneshaw, South Australia
24 Feb 07:00 - 18:00    Port Lincoln, South Australia
28 Feb 08:00 - 19:00    Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia
29 Feb 11:00 - 17:00    Geraldton, Western Australia
03 Mar 08:00 - 18:00    Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia
05 Mar 10:00 - 18:00    Pulau Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia
06 Mar 12:00 - 08 Mar 23:00    Benoa, Bali Indonesia
09 Mar 07:00 - 17:00    Senggigi, Mataram, Lombok Indonesia
10 Mar 07:00 - 17:30    Probolinggo, Java Indonesia
11 Mar 14:00 - 22:00    Karimunjawa Islands, Menyawakan, Kura Kura Resort, Java Indonesia
12 Mar 06:00 - 19:00    Semarang, Java Indonesia
14 Mar 14:00 - 15 Mar 23:00    Singapore
17 Mar 08:00 - 20:00    Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia
18 Mar 07:00 - 17:00    Koh Phi Phi Island, Thailand
21 Mar 09:00 - 20:00    Hambantota, Sri Lanka
22 Mar 07:00 - 13:00    Colombo, Sri Lanka
23 Mar 10:00 - 20:00    Cochin, Kochi, India
24 Mar 12:00 - 19:00    Mangalore, India
25 Mar 07:00 - 16:00    Mormugao, Goa, India
26 Mar 09:00 - 19:00    Mumbai, Bombay, India
29 Mar 09:00 - 18:00    Fujairah, UAE
30 Mar 09:00 - 31 Mar 23:00    Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE
01 Apr 08:00 - 20:00    Abu Dhabi, UAE
02 Apr 07:00 - 14:00    Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE private island
03 Apr 08:00 - 18:00    Mina Salman, Manama, Bahrain
05 Apr 08:00 - 18:00    Muscat, Oman
07 Apr 12:00 - 18:00    Salalah, Oman
12 Apr 06:00 - 08:00    Safaga, Egypt
13 Apr 09:00 - 23:00    Eilat, Israel
14 Apr 07:00 - 23:00    Aqaba, Petra, Jordan
18 Apr 08:00 - 17:00    Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
20 Apr 09:00 - 17:00    Kotor, Montenegro
21 Apr 13:00 - 20:00    Zadar, Croatia
22 Apr 09:00    Arriving in Trieste, Italy hotels

Review of Albatros

Launched in 1973 as Royal Viking Sea, MS Albatros cruise ship is one of Phoenix Reisen's chartered ocean liners - together with the fleet mates AmadeaArtania and Amera (ex Prinsendam). The vessel was last drydock refurbished in 2018 (April).

History - construction and ownership

The German cruise tour company Phoenix Reisen (shipowner) started cruise operations under its own brand in 1988, with the chartered for 20 years liner TS Maxim Gorkiy (1969-2009 scrapped, owned by USSR's Black Sea Shipping Company / later privatized and renamed Sovcomflot). In 1993, Phoenix Reisen added a second cruise liner - SS Albatros (1957-built as RMS Sylvania, 2004-scrapped as SS Genoa). The vessel was chartered from V-Ships for 10 years (1993-2003). Today, Phoenix Reisen (travel agency and cruise brand) has a large fleet of chartered and owned ocean ships and riverboats.

MS Albatros cruise ship (Phoenix Reisen)

The 28,518-ton, 812-passenger cruise ship Albatros debuted in 1973 in the fleet of Royal Viking Line. She also sailed as “ms Crown”, “Norwegian Star” and “Royal Odyssey”. MS Albatros launched as part of Phoenix Reisen Cruises in 2004 and is the second ship to bear the name, as well as line’s oldest vessel.

Cruise itinerary program

Albatros itinerary program is based on popular destinations like Europe (the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea), Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, Canada and New England. The ship offers Panama Canal transits and transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Cabins

Albatros has 8 passenger decks and a total of 420 cabins (from small inside cabins of 10 m2 and 17 m2 outside staterooms, up to 60 m2 "Captain's Suite") in 42 grades. 

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Albatros has two Dining Rooms: Seagull (Mowe) and Pelikan. Other options include Lido Lunch and Pizzeria. The ship also features six bars (including Casablanca and Harry’s Bars),

MS Albatros cruise ship (Phoenix Reisen)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

In 2013 ms Albatros celebrated her 40th service year, and was refitted to the highest standards with a contemporary feel. Vacations onboard Albatros cruise ship are carefree, because of the informal atmosphere and great quality of service her staff provides. Despite her age, ms Albatros is in accordance with the latest safety-at-sea requirements. The ship boasts a pool, gym, casino and spa. According to her guests, she’s been rated the excellent value for money, praised for her entertainment, service and child-friendliness. 

MS Albatros entertainment options include: Karibik Lounge, Pacific Lounge, Kopernikus Bar, Casablanca Bar, Harry's Bar & Disco, Atlantik Bar & Lounge, Wellness Area, Fitness Center, Beauty Salon, Spa, sauna, steam bath, Golf Garden, table tennis, shuffleboard, Sport Deck, whirlpool, swimming pool, Captain’s Garden, Boutique, all-around promenade, Theater/Cinema (2-deck), Photo/Video Shop & Gallery, Internet Center.

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MS Albatros cruise ship was built in Helsinki Finland as "Royal Viking Sea" for the Royal Viking Line. The vessel also sailed under the names Crown, Norwegian Star (link to the NCL ship) and Royal Odyssey. This is a privately owned vessel (asset of TSS Albatros company), currently operated under time charter by Phoenix Reisen GmbH (major German travel agency and tour operator company). She is the second Phoenix Reisen ship named Albatros and was introduced in 2004 as the successor for "TS Albatros" ship. In Germany, the ship became popular after starring in the TV series "Crazy for the Sea" (in German "Verrruckt nach Meer"). The ship is notable for its bright turquoise funnel.

MS Albatros caters very well for kids with parties, clubs, and a video arcade. There is a separate family pool on board, with shallow areas for children. German is the only language that is officially used on board. This is why most Phoenix Reisen cruise passengers are from German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland). There is personnel speaking English, but no services in English are provided.

Albatros is one of the small-sized World Cruise ships operating once per year on an Around The World itinerary to ports in Asia, Africa, Australia.

An interesting fact is that on February 3, 2017, the crew of the cruise ship saved 6 men from a leaky Tongan fishing boat, who had not had water for 3 days. New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre organised for the German cruise ship Albatros to change course after the fishing vessel crew set off an emergency rescue beacon 400 km south-west of Tonga.

Albatros Itineraries

The below listed Albatros cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Phoenix Reisen fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Dec 23 121 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Trieste Monte Carlo
2020 Apr 22 19 days, one-way from Trieste to Monte Carlo Trieste
2020 May 11 14 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Bremerhaven Monte Carlo
2020 May 25 12 days, round-trip »Very british« - Reise rund um Grosbritannien Bremerhaven
2020 Jun 06 17 days, round-trip Das Nordland-Abenteuer Bremerhaven
2020 Jun 23 14 days, round-trip Nordland-Kreuzfahrt & Mitternachtssonne Bremerhaven
2020 Jul 07 13 days, round-trip Zauberhaftes Baltikum & Skandinavische Spitzen Bremerhaven
2020 Jul 20 12 days, round-trip Auf Postschiffroute bis ans Nordkap Bremerhaven
2020 Aug 01 16 days, round-trip Die grose Ostsee-Reise Bremerhaven
2020 Aug 17 3 days, round-trip Die Schlager-Kreuzfahrt 2020 prasentiert von Schlager.de Bremerhaven
2020 Aug 20 4 days, round-trip Verlangertes Wochenende mit »SAIL 2020«-Besuch Bremerhaven
2020 Aug 24 23 days, round-trip Grose Gronland-Reise mit MS Albatros Bremerhaven
2020 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Fjordwelt Westnorwegens - Schlagerkreuzfahrt zugunsten von Fly & Help Bremerhaven
2020 Sep 23 15 days, round-trip Westeuropas schonste Kusten und Inseln Bremerhaven
2020 Oct 08 20 days, round-trip Kanaren-Kreuzfahrt Bremerhaven
2020 Oct 28 20 days, round-trip Kanaren-Kreuzfahrt Bremerhaven
2020 Dec 22 20 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Monte Carlo Bremerhaven
2021 Jan 11 26 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Acapulco Monte Carlo
2021 Jan 11 99 days, round-trip In 99 Tagen rund um Sudamerika Monte Carlo
2021 Feb 06 25 days, one-way from Acapulco to San Antonio Acapulco
2021 Mar 04 24 days, one-way from San Antonio to Rio de Janeiro San Antonio
2021 Mar 28 23 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Monte Carlo Rio de Janeiro
2021 Apr 20 16 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Bremerhaven Monte Carlo
2021 May 06 7 days, round-trip Der Suden Norwegens und ein Hauch Danemark Bremerhaven
2021 May 13 16 days, round-trip Island intensiv, Schottland & Norwegen zum Aperitif Bremerhaven
2021 May 29 12 days, round-trip Fruhsommer im prunkvollen Baltikum Bremerhaven
2021 Jun 10 12 days, round-trip Auf den Spuren der Postschiffe Bremerhaven
2021 Jun 22 14 days, round-trip Ostsee mit den Weisenn Bremerhaven
2021 Jul 06 14 days, round-trip Sommertorn rund um Grosbritannien Bremerhaven
2021 Jul 20 18 days, round-trip Die grose Nordlandreise: Island - Spitzbergen - Norwegen Bremerhaven
2021 Aug 07 22 days, round-trip Auf grose Fahrt nach Gronland Bremerhaven
2021 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Fjord-Cruising in Westnorwegen Bremerhaven
2021 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Zauberhaftes Fjordnorwegen Bremerhaven
2021 Sep 12 18 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Monte Carlo Bremerhaven
2021 Sep 30 17 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Venice Monte Carlo
2021 Oct 17 10 days, one-way from Venice to Monte Carlo Venice
2021 Oct 27 10 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Genoa Monte Carlo
2021 Nov 06 16 days, one-way from Genoa to Marseille Genoa
2021 Nov 22 12 days, one-way from Marseille to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Marseille
2021 Nov 22 28 days, one-way from Marseille to Monte Carlo Marseille
2021 Dec 04 16 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Monte Carlo Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2021 Dec 20 20 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Dubai Monte Carlo
2021 Dec 20 122 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Bremerhaven Monte Carlo
2022 Jan 09 16 days, one-way from Dubai to Colombo Dubai
2022 Jan 25 17 days, one-way from Colombo to Port Louis Colombo
2022 Feb 11 20 days, one-way from Port Louis to Cape Town Port Louis
2022 Mar 03 26 days, one-way from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro Cape Town
2022 Mar 29 23 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Bremerhaven Rio de Janeiro

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