Peter Deilmann Reederei was formed in 1968 as a freightcompany, but started passenger operations in 1972 when a ferryservice was started between Neustadt in Holstein and the Island of Bornholm, using the ship Nordlicht. She was a small roro-ship, measuring only 511 tons and with a lenght of 68,90 meters. In 1976 the company entered the cruisebusiness with the small Nordbrise. A few years later, the freightdivision was sold off and Peter Deilmann focussed on cruising when Berlin was taken over. In 1983 the company started also European rivercruising. The company is still family owned, and managed by Peter Deilmann's daughters since 2003, when Deilmann himself passed away. Deutschland is now their only ocean-going cruiseliner, after Lili Marleen and Berlin were sold in 2004.