Albatros Review and Specifications
Specifications of Albatros
|Year built||1973 / Age : 47|
|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||MS 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
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 Amadea, Artania 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.
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.
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 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.
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|
|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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