German cruise line, Plantours Kreuzfahrten, will charter the Deutschland, after maintenance repairs to msHamburg have been delayed.
The Deutschland, which has been laid up in Gibraltar for several months, after its previous owners went bankrupt, will sail with Plantours from June 9th until July 29th. Semester at Sea recently revealed that they will be operating the ship, under the name World Odyssey, from September 2015.
Crew have already arrived in Gibraltar and will sail with the ship to Kiel, where Deutschland will embark on a cruise to Iceland and the Faroe Islands on June 9th. The msHamburg is expected to take over sailings on July 29th.
The msHamburg was forced to enter drydock after the ship became grounded due to strong crosswinds on its way from Dublin to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. The ship then sailed to Belfast, where guests disembarked and the ship entered a shipyard where the damages could be assessed and repaired. One of the two propellers were damaged, just days after the ship had to divert to Southampton after it was struck by a propulsion problem off the coast of Kent.