New York, April 7, 2006 "“ Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering Americans five cruises this summer to the Norwegian Fjords, Baltic Sea destinations and Greenland on the five-star MS Deutschland with free air and 10% reductions in cabin rates. The nine- to 21-night voyages sail to Bergen, Tromso, Norway's fjord-cut coast and Spitzbergen, to Stockholm and all the Scandinavian capitals, to St. Petersburg, Gdansk, Iceland and Greenland. Passengers can fly free roundtrip from 16 U.S. cities and save up to $2,089 on the cruise rates alone.
An added attraction for U.S. travelers to these Grand Hotel Voyages is the 50% reduction on pre-arranged packages of English-language shore excursions and free airport/ship transfers. Reduced prices on these cruises begin at $3,464 per person twin for a nine-night sailing while single staterooms start at $3,815 including air transportation.
The Norwegian Fjords voyages, June 12-28 and July 10-19, offer the savings as does the 21-night Greenland "Discovery" voyage on the North Sea to the Hebrides Islands, Reykjavik (Iceland), Greenland ports and Aberdeen (Scotland), July 22-Aug. 12. Dates of the two Baltic Sea voyages that visit Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Visby, Gdansk and Copenhagen are June 28-July 10 and Aug. 28-Sept. 10.
The free round-trip air transportation is available from New York City and 15 other eastern U.S. gateways. Air supplements from 19 Midwest cities cost just $60 to $70 and $150 to $170 from 13 cities in the West. For those passengers arranging their own air, there is a $750 reduction from the cruise fare.
Sailings to the Norwegian fjords, 9 and 16 nights, begin in Kiel, Germany, and sail to the ninth-century seaside town of Bergen, explore the village of HonningsvÃ¥g surrounded by forests and waterfalls, cruise through the fjords of Spitzbergen, discover the pristine wilderness of Longyearbyen and visit the fishing village of Gravdal. The dramatic waterfalls of Hellesylt, charming village of Geiranger and Eidfjord, home to one of the world's largest reindeer herds, are also on the itineraries.
The Baltic voyages, 12 and 13 nights, sail roundtrip from Kiel and Travemunde, Germany. The first sailing, June 28-July 10, overnights in Stockholm and St. Petersburg and visits Visby, Sweden, as well as Helsinki, Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Gdansk and Copenhagen. The second cruise, Aug. 28-Sept. 9, also overnights in St. Petersburg and visits the Isle of Rugen, Klaipeda in Lithuania as well as the Scandinavian capitals, Riga, Tallinn and Kalmar, Sweden.
The three-week Greenland adventure, July 22-Aug. 12, sails from Hamburg, Germany, to the Hebrides Islands and to Reykjavik, Iceland, for an overnight stay and to see glaciers, volcanoes and vast lava deserts. Along the coast of Greenland, passengers can view majestic fjords, rocky reefs, giant icebergs, whales and seals and go ashore in the quaint towns. The return voyage includes a visit to Aberdeen, Scotland.
A classic ocean liner, launched in 1998 and meticulously refurbished every year, the nine-deck ship is richly decorated in art nouveau and art deco styles reminiscent of earlier days of ocean travel. The ship's three beautifully designed restaurants and outdoor dining terrace provide formal and informal settings for dining, while intimate lounges and cafes with music provide before and after dining entertainment. The high level of service adds to passengers' comfort with a 2-to-1 ratio of passengers to crew.
The Deutschland's 286 staterooms are well appointed with ample storage space, color TV, min-bars, bathrobes and slippers; bathrooms offer quality toiletries and hairdryers. Passengers are greeted on arrival with champagne and a gift tote bag. Outdoor and indoor swimming pools, three sun decks, open-air promenade deck, an elegant theater for film screenings and lectures, fitness center, sauna, Turkish bath, grand two-level ballroom with dancing and international revue shows, shopping boutique, beauty salon and infirmary are among other features of the ship.
The ship's expanded Wellness Spa offers Thalasso Therapy, Cleopatra Bath, a broad range of massage therapy and other health and beauty treatments. There are daily classes in Pilates, Nordic walking and aqua jogging, make-up and fitness consulting sessions.
The cruise savings and free or nearly free airfare provides a luxury cruise experience at value prices. For solo travelers, the Deutschland offers 67 single cabins and charges considerably less for single supplements than other cruise lines. Details on the sailings and the Grand Hotel Voyages brochure are available from travel agencies and Peter Deilmann Cruises at 1-800-348-8287. To view and download information on the ship and sailings, log on to http://www.deilmann-cruises.com/.