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        New York, NY, October 2007 -- Deilmann’s deluxe flagship MS Deutschland becomes a floating concert hall as the award-winning Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn joins the air-inclusive 14-day “Music Gala at Sea” cruise, departing Hamburg, Germany on September 18, 2008 with stops in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Monaco and Spain.  No less than eight renowned artists join the orchestra, including soprano Carolyn Sampson, pianist Erno Feher and guitarist Jose Maria Gallardo.  This extraordinary international music program is provided at no additional cost to the normal cruise fares - ranging from $5,636 to $14,456 per person, double.  Port charges are included as well as roundtrip air from dozens of US gateways.  As few as five couples constitute a group, making them eligible for a 10% discount off published fares.

        Considered one of Europe’s best ensembles, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, founded in 1960 by Professor Jörg Faerber, is now under the direction of Ruben Gazarian, whose extensive accomplishments by the age of 36 led to his appointment as principal conductor.  On board the richly styled ocean liner, passengers will be entertained with a variety of classical and modern compositions during recitals, concerts and special theme nights.  Spirited discussions offer the chance to interact and discuss the works of composers and learn more about the talented musicians.  Other highly regarded artists joining the orchestra for the voyage are clarinetist Sharon Kam, cellist Claudio Bohorquez, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, marimba player Katarzyna Mycka and saxophonist Harry White. 

        “English Language Only” shore excursions, many of them included in the fare, are offered at every port.  Possibilities include the Royal Palace, Rijksmuseum and the beautiful 16th- and 17th-century canal-side homes of Amsterdam; Antwerp Zoo, one of the world’s oldest; the beautiful picturesque port of Honfleur and Church of Ste.-Catherine with its separate bell tower; the Keroman Submarine Base in Lorient, which housed German submarines under its impregnable roof during WWII; and Lisbon’s majestic Castle of São, Lisbon Cathedral and the World Heritage site of “Lonja de la Seda” (silk exchange).  Two days are spent in Valencia, Spain, a city well known for its lively atmosphere, baroque and Romanesque architecture and idyllic Mediterranean setting.  Before ending in Monte Carlo, guests spend a day exploring Sète, France, known also as the Venice of Languedoc with its canals, many fountains and historic houses.

        Deilmann’s MS Deutschland has an extensive and eclectic 2008-09 voyage roster, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Spitsbergen and the North Cape.  The ocean liner, with 286 staterooms, is designed in the elegant style of the Edwardian and 1920 eras and provides travelers with a more intimate cruising experience than can found on today's mega-vessels.  Staterooms, all with fine moldings and artwork, classic furnishings, picture windows and ample closet space, have marble-tiled bathrooms with full-size showers; suites are also equipped with bathtubs.  The international, English-speaking staff of 280 provides more than a 2-to-1 crew to passenger ratio.  The ship offers passengers a choice of three gourmet restaurants, an outdoor dining terrace plus seven diverse bars and cafes, each featuring its own distinct ambience.  Other features of the nine-deck ship include a spacious library lounge; outdoor and indoor pools; three sun decks; open-air promenade deck; grand ballroom for nightly entertainment and dancing; and a wellness center equipped with fitness and spa facilities.

        For those travelers arranging their own air, an allowance of $750 per person is deductible from the cruise fare.  Deilmann Cruises also offers Business Class fares for an additional supplement on selected itineraries.  For details on the cruises contact a travel agent or Peter Deilmann Ocean Cruises at 1-800-348-8287 or by E-mail at  Further information on the “Music Gala at Sea” may be found at

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