TUI have taken delivery of their latest newbuild, Mein Schiff from Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland on 9th May.
At 99,800grt, she measures 295.3 metres long with a width of 35.8m and a draft of 8.05m, and can accomodate 2794 passengers in 1267 cabins. 82% of the cabins on board have their own private balcony.
TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meier was delighted to have the ship delivered to the company and stated:
“We are very happy about the delivery of Mein Schiff 6 which was on time and in excellent quality. With this ship we can again deliver the high TUI Cruises standard to our passengers and exceed it with fine tunings and small surprises.”
Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer noted that shipbuilding is all about continuous improvement of the technology, ship design, production processes and the shipbuilding team.
Jan Meyer, CEO Meyer Turku expressed delight at the completion of Mein Schiff 6 and how far cruise ship building and technology has advanced and is still advancing:
“At the shipyard we have a very interesting working mode. Every one to two years we develop a new ship type and then we further refine it in the following sister ships. With Mein Schiff 6 our goal was to improve further from previous ships with a few fine tunings based on passenger feedback and at the same time build it with fewer hours than before. At the same time we are ramping up our production volume to meet the demands of our long and stable order book,”
Mein Schiff 6 will sail for Kiel where she will then undertake a series of pre-inaugural sailings for the press and travel agents. Her naming ceremony will take place in Hamburg on June 1st and she will be named by Latvian Organist, Ivetka Apkalna.
She will then sail from Hamburg on a 2 night cruise to Kiel where she will arrive on June 3rd. There she will depart on her 11 night Maiden Voyage to Norway and the Fjords, arriving back to Kiel on the 14th June.
Mein Schiff 6 will be based over the summer season in Northern Europe and the Baltic before heading across the Atlantic in August to operate a series of cruises in the US and Canada after which she will then reposition to the Caribbean in November.
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Sources: TUI Cruises, Cruise Industry News