NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2006 – Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering free air and free shore excursions on its gala classical music cruise aboard the five-star MS Deutschland on a Mediterranean sailing to Italy, Spain, Portugal and France from April 21 to May 5, 2007. The 13-night cruise will feature performances of orchestral works, vocalists and instrumental soloists. Deilmann is offering free air transportation for the music cruise from New York City and 16 other eastern U.S. cities and low air supplements from an additional 34 cities in the Midwest and West.

The music cruise also offers free shore excursions, valued up to $600 per person, and free airport/ship transfers. The cruise embarks from Venice and sails to ports in Italy, Spain, Portugal and France. Destinations are Catania, Sicily; three calls in Spain "“ Ibiza, the Balearic island, Cadiz on the southern Atlantic coast near Portugal and La Corona, a seaport city on the northeast coast; Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, and Bordeaux, a classic French city and regional wine center with its graceful 19th century architecture reminiscent of Paris.

Distinguished classical musicians will perform during the 3rd International Classical Music Gala at Sea aboard the Deutschland, which will include special theme nights at no extra cost. Rolf Beck will lead the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and Choir and featured performers include piano soloist Ian Fountain, trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov violinist Arabella Steinbacher and soprano Simona Saturova and baritone Konrad Jarnot. Richard Cock, renowned conductor of the Johannisberg Festival Orchestra will also perform.
The 513-passengerDeutschland, built in 1998, recalls the Golden '20s era with the splendor of Art Nouveau "“ crystal chandeliers illuminate the double-height Imperial grandeur of the Kaisersaal or Emperor's Ballroom with a finely painted mural ceiling, plush red seating, wood paneling, marble, antiques and period paintings and three gourmet restaurants decorated in Art Nouveau and Art Déco styles with Tiffany glass ceilings and etched glass and gold trimmed sectional dividers. Staterooms in classic designs provide comfortable, deluxe beds with fine cotton sheets and covers, mirrored dresser with chair and hairdryer, ample storage space, color TV, mini- bar, bathrobes and slippers. The decorated, tiled bathrooms offer quality Mouton Brown toiletries and extensive shelf space.

Outdoor and indoor swimming pools, three sun decks, open-air promenade deck, intimate theater for film screenings and lectures, fitness center, sauna, Turkish bath, shopping boutique, beauty salon and infirmary are among features of the ship. The expanded Wellness Spa offers Thalasso Therapy, Cleopatra baths, massage therapy, other health and beauty treatments. The ship's fitness programs includes daily classes in Pilates, Nordic walking and aqua jogging as well as fitness consulting sessions.

Cabin rates for the 13-night cruise, including free air from the U.S., free shore excursions and transfers, start at $5,140 per person in a twin-bedded cabin. Single cabin rates begin at $5,900.

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