Albatros - Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 (Berlitz Cruise Guide) (2016)

Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 (Berlitz Cruise Guide) (2016)



Berlitz’s Ratings

Ship: 310 out of 500

Accommodation: 128 out of 200

Food: 211 out of 400

Service: 237 out of 400

Entertainment: 60 out of 100

Cruise: 251 out of 400

Overall Score: 1197 out of 2000

Albatros Statistics

Size: Mid-size Ship

Tonnage: 28,078

Lifestyle: Standard

Cruise Line: Phoenix Reisen

Former Names: Crown, Norwegian Star I, Royal Odyssey, Royal Viking Sea

IMO Number: 5347245

Builder: Wartsila (Finland)

Original Cost: $22.5 million

Entered Service: Nov 1973/Apr 2004

Registry: Bahamas

Length (ft/m): 674.2/205.5

Beam (ft/m): 82.0/25.0

Draft (ft/m): 23.9/7.3

Propulsion/Propellers: diesel (15,840 kW)/2

Passenger Decks: 8

Total Crew: 340

Passengers (lower beds): 862

Passenger Space Ratio (lower beds): 32.5

Passenger/Crew Ratio (lower beds): 2.5

Cabins (total): 449

Size Range (sq ft/m): 123.7- 679.2/11.8-63.1

Cabins (for one person): 12

Cabins (with private balcony): 15

Cabins (wheelchair accessible): 0

Wheelchair accessibility: Fair

Cabin Current: 110 and 220 volts

Elevators: 5

Casino (gaming tables): No

Slot Machines: No

Swimming Pools: 1

Hot Tubs (on deck): 1

Self-Service Launderette: Yes

Dedicated Cinema/Seats: Yes/156

Library: Yes

Onboard currency: Euros


This ship is good for low-price, no-frills cruising

Overview. Albatros appeals to mature German-speaking adults and families seeking a low-budget, good-value vacation in a comfortable (but not new) ship.

The Ship. Albatros, built for long-distance cruising for the long-defunct Royal Viking Line, was refurbished in 2004 prior to replacing Phoenix Reisen’s much loved but outdated Albatros. There is plenty of open deck and sunbathing space, although the popular aft pool area can become crowded.

The ship has a good array of public rooms, including several lounges and bars, most of which are sort of old-world elegant, and have high, indented ceilings. The Observation Lounge is a particularly pleasant place to spend time. Wide stairways and foyers give a sense of space, even when the ship is full. The atmosphere is very casual, as is the dress code. A low 7 percent gratuity is added to bar accounts, and drink prices are very reasonable.

The Phoenix cruise staff is always bright, bubby and friendly, and the shore excursion team is knowledgeable and helpful.

Accommodation. There are more than 20 price grades, from expansive suites with private balcony to standard outside-view cabins and small interior cabins. A Captain’s Suite is located at the front, directly under the navigation bridge, with fine forward-facing views. Nine other Penthouse Suites include a private balcony (with separate bedroom and living area). Most other cabins have an outside view and are quite well appointed, and there is a good amount of storage space; however, some bathrooms in the lower categories have awkward access. All cabins have a TV, bathrobe, and personal safe. Suites and ‘comfort cabins’ also have a minibar. Occupants of eight (mostly suite) accommodation grades receive ‘Phoenix VIP’ service.

Dining. There are two dining rooms (Mowe and Pelikan); both have high ceilings, and are spacious. Dining is in one seating at assigned tables for two, four, six, or eight. Breakfast and lunch can be taken in the dining room or outdoors in a self-service buffet. Mid-morning bouillon is a Phoenix seagoing tradition, as is a Captain’s Dinner (formal night), and a Buffet Magnifique.

The service is friendly and attentive, although there is little finesse, and the food itself is acceptable, nothing more (not as good as Amadea or Artania). Table wines are included for lunch and dinner, although the quality is not good. Slightly better quality wines can be purchased.

Entertainment. The Pacific Lounge is the ship’s showlounge. It seats about 500, but several pillars obstruct the sight lines for some. Small-scale production shows are presented by a small team of resident singers/dancers.

Spa/Fitness. There are a gymnasium and sauna, two steam rooms, body treatment rooms, and a beauty salon.