Albatros Review and Specifications

Specifications of Albatros

Year built1973  /  Age : 45
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
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesRoyal Viking Sea, Royal Odyssey, Norwegian Star, MS Crown

Current itinerary of Albatros

Albatros current cruise is 12 days, round-trip England - Schottland - Irland. Prices start from USD 999 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 23 Sep, 2018 and ends on 05 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
23 Sep      Departing from Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany   
25 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Newcastle, Port of Tyne, England   
26 Sep 07:00 - 18:00     Dundee, Scotland   
27 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Invergordon, Scotland   
28 Sep 12:00 - 18:00     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
29 Sep 12:00 - 23:00     Belfast, Northern Ireland   
30 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Dublin, Ireland   
01 Oct 11:00 - 21:00     Bristol, Avonmouth, England   
02 Oct 13:00 - 19:00     Falmouth, England   
03 Oct 09:00 - 20:00     Portsmouth, England   
05 Oct      Arriving in Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany   

Review of Albatros

Launched in 1973 as Royal Viking Sea, MS Albatros cruise ship is one of the Phoenix Reisen ships - with fleetmates Amadea and Artania. The vessel was last drydock refurbished in 2018 (April).

History - construction & ownership

Phoenix Reisen cruise company began operating cruises under its own brand in 1988. It was then when the firm chartered the West German-built cruise vessel SS Maxim Gorkiy from the Soviet Union-based Black Sea Shipping Company on a twenty-year charter contract. In 1993 a second vessel joined the Phoenix Reisen fleet - SS Albatros was chartered from V-Ships. Unlike the Maxim Gorkiy, that retained the colours of her owners in Phoenix service, the Albatros cruise ship was painted in Phoenix Reisen's own colours with a turquoise funnel displaying the company logo.

MS Albatros cruise ship

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. The cabin grades number is 42, with a total number of cabins 420, including from 10m2-insides and 17m2-outsides, to 60 m2 Captain’s Suites.

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

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: 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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  • Cabin grades number: 42
  • Total number of cabins: 420 (from small inside cabins of 10 m2 and 17 m2 outside staterooms, up to 60 m2 "Captain's Suite")
  • Dining Rooms: Seagull (Mowe), Pelikan
  • Restaurants and food bars: Lido Lunch, Pizzeria.
  • Lounges & Bars: Karibik Lounge, Pazific Lounge, Kopernikus Bar, Casablanca Bar, Harry's Bar & Disco, Atlantik Bar & Lounge.
  • Wellness Area, Fitness Center, Beauty Salon, sauna, steam bath, Sport Deck, golf, shuffleboard, whirlpool, swimming pool, all-around promenade, Winter Garden, Internet Center, Boutique, Photo Gallery, Theater/Cinema (2-deck).
  • 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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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
2018 Jun 12 18 days, round-trip Grose Nordlandreise Bremerhaven
2018 Jul 16 8 days, round-trip Sudskandinavien vom Feinsten Bremerhaven
2018 Aug 07 24 days, round-trip Island & Gronland mit MS Albatros Bremerhaven
2018 Aug 31 16 days, round-trip Die grose Ostsee-Reise Bremerhaven
2018 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Kultstar HEINO auf Kreuzfahrt zugunsten von FLY & HELP Bremerhaven$599
2018 Sep 23 12 days, round-trip England - Schottland - Irland Bremerhaven$999
2018 Oct 05 18 days, round-trip Kurs Kanaren & Madeira Bremerhaven
2018 Oct 23 18 days, round-trip Kurs Kanaren & Madeira Bremerhaven
2018 Nov 10 18 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Hamburg Bremerhaven
2018 Nov 28 6 days, round-trip Zu nordischen Weihnachtsmarkten und zauberhaften Ostsee-Perlen Hamburg$349
2018 Dec 05 6 days, round-trip Zu nordischen Weihnachtsmarkten und zauberhaften Ostsee-Perlen Hamburg$349
2018 Dec 12 6 days, round-trip Zu nordischen Weihnachtsmarkten und zauberhaften Ostsee-Perlen Hamburg$299
2018 Dec 19 146 days, one-way from Hamburg to Genoa Hamburg
2018 Dec 19 26 days, one-way from Hamburg to Callao Hamburg
2019 Jan 14 27 days, one-way from Callao to Auckland Callao
2019 Feb 11 28 days, one-way from Auckland to Keelung Auckland
2019 Mar 11 19 days, one-way from Keelung to Hong Kong Keelung
2019 Mar 31 22 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Dubai Hong Kong
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 Nachte 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$599
2019 Jul 31 4 days, round-trip Kurzurlaub & Partyflair auf der White Lady Bremerhaven$399
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Sudskandinavien, maritimes Grosevent & Nord-Ostsee-Kanal Bremerhaven$599
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Sudskandinavien, maritimes Grosevent & Nord-Ostsee-Kanal Bremerhaven$599
2019 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Grandioses Fjordnorwegen Bremerhaven$599
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 24 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Cape Town Bremerhaven
2019 Oct 22 15 days, one-way from Cape Town to Mahe Island Cape Town
2019 Nov 07 18 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 23 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Puntarenas Monte Carlo
2020 Jan 16 26 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Auckland Puntarenas
2020 Feb 12 23 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