Bonn-based Phoenix Reisen is sending two of its ships, the Albatros and the Amadea to Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven before their winter season of around the world cruises. Last May, Lloyd Werft converted the cruise liner Artania (ex-Artemis) for Phoenix Reisen.

Lloyd Werft has seven and 14 days respectively to carry out extensive work on the 28,518-ton, 830-passenger Albatros and the 28,856-ton, 600-passenger Amadea.

The Albatros arrived in Bremerhaven Nov. 30. The former Royal Viking Sea was lengthened at Lloyd Werft by 28 meters in 1983. The 205.46-meter long ship will stay until Dec. 17. One of the main jobs being undertaken on the ship in the giant Kaiserdock 11 is the installation of a new bulbous bow. “This will save the owner about 5 percent of his fuel costs”, said Lloyd Werft Managing Director Rüdiger Pallentin, explaining the need for the big job on the ship’s hull.

The cruise ship was built in 1973 at Wärtsilä in Helsinki, and is a sister ship of the Black Watch, which sails for Fred Olsen Cruises and has just left Lloyd Werft after undergoing repair work.

The Amadea was built as the Asuka in Japan in 1991 for the Nippon Yusen Kaisha Shipping Company and has flown the Phoenix Reisen flag since 2006. Extensive repair work is scheduled for the vessel in Lloyd Werft’s big floating dock from Dec. 4. Stabilizers and crankshafts will be overhauled and steel work undertaken as well as painting work on the sub-surface hull. Along with the Albatros, the Amadea is due to leave Lloyd Werft on Dec.17, both sailing world cruises.