The Deutschland was used as the back drop ship for the German TV series "Das Traumschiff" (The Dream Ship) based loosely off the American TV Series "The Love Boat" which ran for 10 years from 1977 to 1987.
Peter Deilmann Cruises has been under financial stress for some time. In 2009 it shut down it's river cruise division. In 2010 the cruise line chartered the ill-fated Air France Flight 4950, a New York City bound Concorde flight. The flight crashed on takeoff out of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris killing all aboard. The charter flight was carrying over 90 passengers for a 16-day cruise aboard the Deutschland. The passengers were expected to embark the Deutschland in New York and cruise to South America.
Sale of the Deutschland has been hindered for numerous reasons. The ship's size is relatively small compared to current cruise industry standards which means significantly less onboard amenities offered as compared to larger ships. The ship has a maximum passenger capacity of 520 cruisers as compared to the newest mega ships being built today which can hold in excess of 3,000 passengers. The lack of any balcony cabins also hinders bookings. Many cruisers have come to expect a balcony cabin option to be offered.
If you have about 60 million USD you can put an offer in for the Deutschland. Valentine's Day is approaching and what better gift than "Das Love Boat"!
On a side note, the original American TV Series "Love Boat", the Pacific Princess, was decommissioned and taken apart for recycling in 2013.