“MS Berlin”: The former “dream ship” is being transformed into a “mega yacht”

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MS Berlin: The former “dream ship” is being transformed into a mega yacht

The cruise ship MS Berlin – better known as the former “dream ship” – is changing hands and is to be converted into a mega yacht

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The only cruise ship from FTI-Cruises is sold to a Maltese company: The “MS Berlin” of the ZDF dream ship series has a future and is now to be converted into a huge luxury yacht.

The 40-year-old “MS Berlin” is one of the classic cruise ships. In 1979 the ship, which has now been extended to 139 meters, was built at the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft in Kiel for the Peter Deilmann shipping company. From 1986 it served as a floating backdrop for the famous ZDF television series “Das Traumschiff” for twelve years.

In 2004 his career at the Deilmann shipping company ended. The ship with space for a good 400 passengers changed hands several times and in the meantime sailed the oceans under the name “Spirit of Adventure”.

Since May 2012 the “MS Berlin” has been on the road for the tour operator FTI, mainly in the North and Baltic Seas and in the Caribbean in winter. But since the FTI group wanted to part with the cruise business, the cruise ship was up for sale. At the moment the ship is in the port of Split in the Adriatic Sea.

Big yacht for small ports

Due to the outbreak of the corona pandemic, cruises have almost completely come to a standstill. Several shipping companies have announced that they will be decommissioning older ships. Used cruise ships are currently much cheaper than they were a year ago.

According to a press release, the “MS Berlin” has now been sold to Dreamliner Cruises, a company that belongs to Royalton Investment. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

“Because of its size, the MS Berlin fits perfectly into our vision of offering luxury yacht cruises,” said Clayton Andreson, Chief Executive Officer of Dreamliner Cruises. The Malta-based holding company claims to have the world’s largest fleet of mega yachts.

The aging cruise ship is soon to be “transformed into a modern, luxurious mega-yacht” – with far fewer guests on board.

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