Phoenix Reisen sells cruise ship to Egyptian hotelier

German-market cruise company Phoenix Reisen has announced the sale of cruise ship Albatros (IMO 7304314) to Kamel Abou-Ali, a hotelier with more than 15 properties in Egypt. The buyer will repurpose the vessel as a hotel ship on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast.

Phoenix Travel said that, while it was looking forward to returning to service, it also had to keep an eye on its profitability. “Therefore, with a heavy heart, we have now decided to hand over the MS Albatros from the Phoenix fleet to new hands,” it said.

Future planned cruises aboard the Albatros have been cancelled. Seven itineraries, which included travel to the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, South America and Europe will be affected, and Phoenix plans to offer alternative voyages to passengers with existing bookings. The firm will continue to operate its four other ocean-going cruise ships, the MS Amadea, MS Amera, MS Artania and MS Deutschland.

Albatros,built in 1973 and launched as the Royal Viking Sea, entered a long-term charter to Phoenix in 2004.

1973-built, Bahamas-flagged, 28,518 gt Albatros is currently owned by Albatros Shipping Ltd care of manager Bernard Schulte Cruise Services of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of MS Albatros Shipping Ltd