PETER Deilman Ocean Cruises has cut back its programme in the Caribbean in order to introduce new itineraries out of South Africa in 2000.
The company's new brochure Grand Hotel Voyages, which covers the period from January 2000 to January 2001, includes two cruises incorporating Caribbean destinations rather than the four featured last year.
UK director Uwe Schwarze said: "The Caribbean is popular. There are lots of cruiselines offering it. We are trying to be a bit different and offer more exotic destinations."
Peter Deilman's five-star ship Deutschland will carry out a series of cruises from southern Africa. A 14-night voyage from Mali to Mauritius starts from £2,780 for an outside cabin, based on two people sharing. The ship will also sail from Dakar to Montego Bay on a 17-night cruise for Christmas 2000. Prices start from £3,212. The brochure has been expanded from 32 pages to 40 pages for 2000, in order to include more information about Deutschland.
The vessel, which was launched in 1998, has accommodation for 520 passengers. A new lounge has just been added on the top deck, following the removal of several cabins. The Adlon Lounge is named after the famous Berlin hotel built in 1900, which was restored after the Berlin Wall was pulled down.
It has a small bar seating 25, and will serve caviar, premium whisky and brandy and unusual wines. Deutschland is Peter Deilman's only cruise ship. It also owns a sailing yacht, Lili Marleen, and six river vessels. A further river vessel is under construction and will be ready for service by 2000.
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