$99 air, complimentary shore excursions and more

Castles, cathedrals, medieval towns, fjords and the fairy tale lands of Scandinavia are brought into vivid focus on three spring and summer itineraries aboard Peter Deilmann Cruises' five-star flagship MS Deutschland "“ and during a time of year when the region's pleasant weather combines with skies that only begin to darken at 2:00 a.m. The MS Deutschland's 12- and 13-night Baltic itineraries sail roundtrip from Germany with departures on June 5 and 17, and August 12. The ship, accommodating 520 discerning guests, is designed in the elegant style of the Edwardian and 1920 eras, providing a more intimate cruising experience than that found on today’s mega-vessels. As a special bonus, Deilmann is offering a $99 air package providing round-trip air from 69 US gateways. A package of pre-arranged shore excursions and transfers "“ representing a value of up to $700 "“ is also included at no additional charge.

On June 5, the MS Deutschland departs on a 12-night itinerary focusing on the former Soviet Republics – Russia, Estonia and Latvia. Three days in St. Petersburg, Russia, with excursions to the city's Hermitage; Smolny Convent, the retirement home of Tsarina Elisabeth; and the majestic Vladimir Palace. In the World Heritage site of Tallinn, Estonia, travelers take in the 13th-century Toompea Castle, and Kadriorg Palace, constructed by Tsar Peter I. Visits in Latvia's Riga include the Doma Cathedral, the largest church in the Baltic States, and Riga Castle, where the country's president resides. The Little Mermaid Statue, Tivoli Gardens and the Rosenberg Castle, the former royal residence, are highlights in Copenhagen. The itinerary, which also visits Helsinki, Stockholm and Germany's Travemünde and Neudstadt, is priced from $5,240 to $15,140 per person, double occupancy, with singles' fares offered on select cabins starting at $5,950.

In addition to two days in St. Petersburg and a day in Riga, the 13-night Kiel-Travemünde voyage, departing June 17, explores Germany's Ahlbeck, a charming seaside resort on island of Usedom; and Flensburg, the northernmost resort town on the German mainland next to Danish border, featuring Imperial buildings and an array of Gothic, Renaissance and medieval churches. The voyage, which also sails to Stockholm, Helsinki and Kiel, is $5,490 to $16,220; singles' fares start at $6,270.

August 12 finds the MS Deutschland setting sail on a 13-night Kiel-Hamburg cruise that calls at Szczecin, Poland for visits to its National Museum housing a robust collection of art and jewelry; Sweden's picturesque Göteborg; and Norway's capital, Oslo, home to the 12th-century Akershus Castle and Fortress and whose Resistance Museum holds the crypts of King Hakon VII and Olav V. Visits to Helsinki, Riga, St. Petersburg and Stockholm are included as well, with fares of $5,490 to $16,220, and singles offered select cabins at $6,270 and up.

Deilmann's MS Deutschland boasts an extensive and eclectic 2008-2009 voyage portfolio, including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Staterooms come with fine moldings and artwork, classic furnishings, picture windows, ample closet space and marble-tiled bathrooms with full showers; suites are also equipped with bathtubs. The international, English-speaking staff of 280 provides more than a 2-to-1 crew to passenger ratio. Passengers enjoy a choice of three gourmet restaurants, outdoor dining terrace and seven diverse bars and cafes; a spacious library; outdoor and indoor pools; sun decks; open-air promenade deck; grand ballroom for nightly entertainment and dancing; and fitness and spa facilities.

For those travelers arranging their own air, an allowance of $750 per person is deductible from the cruise fare. Deilmann Cruises also offers Business Class fares for an additional supplement on selected itineraries.

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