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The expansive outdoor areas on Deutschland are just as classy as the public rooms inside. Just forward of the huge funnel on Lido Deck is the main pool area. A beautiful mosaic works as a background for a small waterfall that flows underneath a small bridge with a statue depicting three children playing. The pool is adequately sized for this ship, but there are no jacuzzis to be found anywhere. Must be another non-traditional decision of the ship's owners... A pool bar and masses of teak steamer chairs line the pool. The whole area is just stunning, if it wasn't for the garish "Das Traumschiff" logo on the funnel.  All the way forward is an expansive sun deck (unfortunately decked in Astroturf), with sun beds and steamer chairs readily available and a statue of a waving girl proudly looking out over the bow of the ship. It's not over yet: there's a Deck 10, too ! It's called Golf-Deck and I will leave it up to your imagination what you can do there.

Tucked away on deck 6 aft is the small gymnasium and a set of sauna's, beautifully decorated in a Moorish theme. Funny thing is that this area can only be reached via the open deck above. "Wellness" is a big thing in Germany and here Deilmann has gone beyond other cruise lines. On deck 3 (Kur Deck) you will find an exquisite indoor pool, complete with a Solarium, Massage Studios, Sauna, Thalasso Therapy rooms and even a dialysis station. Just like the open decks, the indoor pool area is stuffed with art; from life-sized sculptures to an eclectic collection of paintings. Most of these come from the private art collection of the late Peter Deilmann himself, others are custom-made for the ship.

Pool Deck

Weather Station
Pool Bar

Art on the aft decks

Indoor Pool

Pool Deck

Aft Deck
Swimming pool and funnel
Indoor Pool on Kur Deck
"Wellness Center" reception
 

Sandwiched between two narrow window lined galleries on Deutschland Deck is the Salon Lili Marleen, the alternative bar/lounge. Open until 1am, this is a popular gathering spot after show time, with live music offered nightly. The room is named after a song that served as the unofficial anthem for foot soldiers in both World Wars. Incidentally, Peter Deilmann Reederei also operates a tall ship with the name Lili Marleen. The room has a beautiful wood accented ceiling, wooden columns and green and yellow chairs and sofas. The dividers between the galleries and the lounge area are all brass and mahogany, which makes the room very "open" at night, although the room is rather on the dark side during the day.

All the way aft on Kommodore Deck (7) is the "Zum alten Fritz", the seagoing version of a German pub. Lots of wood, lots of brass and a well-stocked bar makes this the number one late evening spot on the ship. A pianist adds atmosphere in the evenings and when the weather is nice, one wall opens up and the adjacent teak clad sun deck is used as a terrace. Order your glass of draft beer here and munch away on a meat ball or sausage; how German can it get?

As for the entertainment, don't expect full Las Vegas revues, karaoke sessions, Boogie Nights or Limbo contests on Deutschland. This is definitely not a ship for party animals. Passengers are generally well educated,  stylish and enjoy listening to a singing duo or a concert pianist before retreating to the bar for a nightcap and some good conversation. They like to explore the many ports of call, preferably on their own. For that reason, the port information is very good with frequent on-board lectures and printed information that goes a lot further than pointing out "recommended shops". Being a German ship, the dress code is quite strict. So gentlemen, pack lots of jackets, ties and don't forget your tuxedo!  

Galerie leading towards Salon Lili Marleen

Salon Lili Marleen

Salon Lili Marleen

Zum Alten Fritz
Zum Alten Fritz
Beverly Hills Bar

Salon Lili Marleen

Salon Lili Marleen

Salon Lili Marleen

Food!
Zum Alten Fritz
Zum Alten Fritz
   

Photos and text: 2003-2011 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on March 28, 2004

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