Albatros Review and Specifications
Specifications of Albatros
|Year built||1973 / Age : 46|
|Builder||Wartsila Hietalahti shipyard (Helsinki, Finland)|
|Operator||Phoenix Reisen GmbH|
|Speed||19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph|
|Length (LOA)||205 m / 673 ft|
|Beam (width)||27 m / 89 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||28518 gt|
|Passengers||812 - 830|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Former names||Royal Viking Sea, Royal Odyssey, Norwegian Star, MS Crown|
Current itinerary of Albatros
Albatros current cruise is 146 days, one-way from Hamburg to Genoa, themed as "Easter,Art". The itinerary starts on 19 Dec, 2018 and ends on 14 May, 2019.
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 fleetmates Amadea, Artania and Amera (ex Prinsendam). The vessel was last drydock refurbished in 2018 (April).
History - construction and ownership
The German cruisetour 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.
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 (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.
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),
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 on board 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 excellent value for money, praised for her entertainment, service and child-friendliness.
MS Albatros entertainment options include: Karibik Lounge, Pazific 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.
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.
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The crew of a cruise ship has saved 6 men from a leaky Tongan fishing boat yesterday afternoon, who had not had water for 3 days. New...February 5, 2017
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Other Phoenix Reisen cruise ships
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2018 Dec 19||146 days, one-way from Hamburg to Genoa||Hamburg|
|2019 Feb 11||28 days, one-way from Auckland to Keelung||Auckland|
|2019 Mar 11||20 days, one-way from Keelung to Hong Kong||Keelung|
|2019 Mar 31||22 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Dubai||Hong Kong|
|2019 Mar 31||14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Colombo||Hong Kong|
|2019 Apr 08||14 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai||Singapore|
|2019 Apr 22||22 days, one-way from Dubai to Genoa||Dubai|
|2019 May 14||16 days, one-way from Genoa to Bremerhaven||Genoa|
|2019 May 30||12 days, round-trip Pfingsturlaub im bezaubernden Baltikum||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Jun 11||13 days, round-trip Norwegens Fjorde & Postschiffroute zum Nordkap||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Jun 24||13 days, round-trip Weise in der Ostsee||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Jul 07||17 days, round-trip Abenteuer Arktis: Island - Spitzbergen - Norwegen||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Jul 24||7 days, round-trip Grandioses Fjordnorwegen||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Jul 31||4 days, round-trip Kurzurlaub & Partyflair auf der White Lady||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Aug 04||7 days, round-trip Sudskandinavien, maritimes Grosevent & Nord-Ostsee-Kanal||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Aug 11||7 days, round-trip Sudskandinavien, maritimes Grosevent & Nord-Ostsee-Kanal||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Aug 18||7 days, round-trip Grandioses Fjordnorwegen||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Aug 25||33 days, round-trip Grose Reise in die neue Welt: Island, Gronland & Kanada||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Sep 27||86 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Monte Carlo||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Sep 27||25 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Cape Town||Bremerhaven|
|2019 Oct 22||16 days, one-way from Cape Town to Mahe Island||Cape Town|
|2019 Nov 07||19 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Cape Town||Mahe Island|
|2019 Nov 26||26 days, one-way from Cape Town to Monte Carlo||Cape Town|
|2019 Dec 23||121 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Trieste||Monte Carlo|
|2019 Dec 23||24 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Puntarenas||Monte Carlo|
|2020 Jan 16||27 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Auckland||Puntarenas|
|2020 Feb 12||24 days, one-way from Auckland to Benoa||Auckland|
|2020 Mar 07||46 days, one-way from Benoa to Trieste||Benoa|
|2020 Mar 07||23 days, one-way from Benoa to Dubai||Benoa|
|2020 Mar 30||23 days, one-way from Dubai to Trieste||Dubai|
|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 Schnupper- & Partytorn||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 Imposante Fjordwelt Westnorwegens||Bremerhaven|
|2020 Sep 23||15 days, round-trip Westeuropas schonste Kusten und Inseln||Bremerhaven|
|2020 Oct 08||20 days, round-trip Kanaren-Kreuzfahrt »Auf den Spuren von Verruckt nach Meer«||Bremerhaven|
|2020 Oct 28||20 days, round-trip Kanaren-Kreuzfahrt »Auf den Spuren von Verruckt nach Meer«||Bremerhaven|
|2020 Dec 22||20 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Monte Carlo||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Jan 11||99 days, round-trip In 99 Tagen rund um Sudamerika||Monte Carlo|
|2021 Jan 11||26 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Acapulco||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|