The 22,400 ton compact cruise ship MS Deutschland passed Penarth sea front at mid-day today – on her way to dock for a short time in Cardiff
The ship was launched in 1998 but is decorated in the style of the 1920s . She can carry up to 513 passengers along with a crew of 260 a gross tonnage of 22,400 and has seven passenger accessible decks.
MS Deutschland is the star of a German TV series called Das Traumschiff (“The Dream Ship”), which has been filmed aboard her for 15 years.
During the 2012 London Olympics in London, the German Olympic Committee used the MS Deutschland as floating piece of the fatherland and a hospitality ship.
In 15 January 2012, the ship went aground in the Beagle Channel at the tip of South America. No one was injured and the ship was able to continue its journey after an investigation by the Federal Bureau for Maritime Casualty Investigation.
Barring accidents, MS Deutschland is due to sail from Cardiff tonight on the late night tide.