Peter Deilmann, owner of the 11-ship Peter Deilmann Cruises, was memorialized today in his hometown of Neustadt, Germany. Deilmann, who founded the cruise line in 1972, died suddenly on November 2. He was 68.
The company is one of the industry's leading operators of European river cruises. Its fleet of nine river vessels – one more is under construction – traverse waterways throughout Europe, ranging from Germany and France to Belgium and Bulgaria. Deilmann also has two ships that sail ocean voyages. In addition, Deilmann also owns two ocean-oriented ships. The 50-passenger Lili Marleen, a three-masted barquentine, is one of the industry's most unique vessels. The 513-passenger M.S. Deutschland, introduced in 1998, is the company's first cruise liner.
A company spokeswoman says that the owner's daughters, Hedda and Gisa Deilmann, both of whom have worked at the cruise line in a variety of management positions, will now helm Peter Deilmann Cruises.