Cruise Line: Phoenix Reisen
Entered service: Nov 1973 / Apr 2004
Onboard currency: Euros
Passengers (lower berth): 884
Length: 205.5 metres
Beam: 25.0 metres
Draft: 7.3 metres
MS Albatros is a cruise ship operated by the Germany-based travel agency Phoenix Reisen. She was built in 1973 for the long defunct Royal Viking Line as Royal Viking Sea, and has also sailed under the names Royal Odyssey, Norwegian Star, and Crown. Her ship ship is Fred Olsen’s Black Watch.
Phoenix Reisen first begun operating cruises under its own brand in 1988 when the company chartered the West German-built cruise ship SS Maxim Gorkiy from the Soviet Union-based Black Sea Shipping Company on a 20-year charter agreement. In 1993, SS Albatros was chartered from V-Ships and was painted in Phoenix Reisen’s own colours. Today, it is still notable for its turquoise funnel displaying the company logo.
Albatros is built for long-distance cruising and was refurbished in 2004. In 2011, she underwent refurbishment again, this time to install a new bulbous bow which was said to save 5 percent of fuel costs.
Albatros appeals to mature German-speaking adults and families seeking a low-budget, good-value vacation in a comfortable but not new ship.
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