TUI Cruises is a 50:50 joint venture, based in Hamburg, between TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises. The business was founded in 2008 and operates in the premium volume segment. There are six vessels in the fleet: The first Mein Schiff was launched in May 2009, followed in 2011 by Mein Schiff 2. Mein Schiff 3 was the first new build and has been plying the waves since May 2014, and was joined by the fourth sister ship in June 2015. Mein Schiff 5 was commissioned in July 2016. Mein Schiff 6 joined the fleet in May 2017. In spring 2018 the new Mein Schiff 1 was launched. The previous Mein Schiff 1 vessel was transfered to Marella Cruises’ fleet as Marella Explorer. In 2019, the new Mein Schiff 2 joined the TUI Cruises fleet, replacing the original and now renamed Mein Schiff Herz, which was also transferred to the Marella Cruises fleet. TUI Cruises plans further fleet expansion. The new build Mein Schiff 7 is scheduled for delivery in spring 2024.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is the leading provider of luxury and expedition cruises in the German-speaking markets and sets international standards with its flagships. With 5 star plus, the “MS Europa” and the “MS Europa 2” have been awarded the highest ranking in the Berlitz Cruise Guide and are the only vessels in this category worldwide. In the expedition segment, the company sets out on a worldwide course of discovery with three ultra-modern ships at 5-star level. In May 2019, the “HANSEATIC nature” was added to the fleet. The ”HANSEATIC inspiration” joined in October 2019. Since 2021, the expedition ship HANSEATIC spirit, which is identical in construction, has also been part of the fleet. The adventure trips in the luxury private jet ALBERT BALLIN offer a particularly exclusive form of travel which rounds off the portfolio.
Marella Cruises offers several formats in the UK market. From family holidays via city breaks to luxury cruising, the company caters for a diversity of segments. “Marella Discovery”, which has launched in June 2016, and the “Marella Discovery 2”, which has been launched in May 2017 are part of the fleet. In May 2018 the “Marella Explorer” was launched. A year later in April the “Marella Explorer 2” joined the Marella Cruises family. The British company has also taken over the previous Mein Schiff Herz and converted it accordingly for the demands of British guests. The ship was put into service in spring 2023 as Marella Voyager.