TUI Cruises has taken delivery of its latest new ship, Mein Schiff 2. The ship was delivered to the cruise line on 22 January 2019, from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland.
The Mein Schiff 2 is 111,500 gross tonne and along with her sister ship Mein Schiff 1, the two vessels are the largest ships ever built for TUI Cruises. Mein Schiff 2 measures 315 metres in length and has a double occupancy passenger capacity of 2,894.
Jan Meyer, CEO, Meyer Turku, said: “For us it has been a thrill working with TUI Cruises on the design and construction of this ship. The passengers will surely notice and hopefully like the differences to the previous ships. We have redesigned many of the areas of the ship, e.g. the Schau Bar and the restaurant area in front of the aft diamond structure,"
The design of Mein Schiff 2 is based upon the fleets previous ships, yet scaled up and improved. The cruise line and Meyer Turku shipyard took into account the feedback of passengers.
Due to freezing icy conditions in the Turku archipelago, the ship sailed to Kiel where the official delivery ceremony took place between the cruise line and shipyard.
Wybcke Meier , CEO, TUI Cruises, said: “The commissioning of our new Mein Schiff 2 marks the successful end of our first expansion phase. Our sixth new build by Meyer Turku not only impresses with its design, its inner values are equally convincing: With the use of modern technologies we are setting standards for environmental protection. The essence of our business is to listen to the feedback from the passengers and then use our own expertise in design and engineering to make the next ship even better, safer and more passenger-friendly."
TUI Cruises have another two, larger ships on order which will be constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The two new ships, which will be the largest ever built by the shipyard, will be powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and are expected to launch in 2024 and 2026.