MV DEUTSCHLAND in Corfu 2009. Photo copyright Peter Knego

An engine room fire was reported on Peter Deilmann Cruises’ deluxe MV DEUTSCHLAND  in western Norway, resulting in the evacuation of 607 passengers and crew on Sunday, May 23, rescue officials said. All 364 passengers on board the 1998-built, 22,400 gt, 520-passenger vessel were evacuated safely. In addition to the 241 crew members, two Norwegian ship pilots were on board the DEUTSCHLAND, which is well-known in Germany for featuring in the TV-show “Das Traumschiff.” Passengers were taken to a nearby hotel and will be flown back to Germany.

Update:  The DEUTSCHLAND was towed to Bergen, then Germany, repairs.  The ship will remain out of service until the end of June. Click here to read Peter Knego’s “Mediterranean Medley” Sea Treks blog about a 2009 cruise on board the MV DEUTSCHLAND.


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