Hanover, 12 February 2018

TUI Group set to further expand its cruise fleet

  • ​TUI Cruises orders new Mein Schiff vessel from Meyer Turku shipyard
  • Mein Schiff 7 scheduled for delivery in 2023
  • TUI Group responds to growing demand and growth potential in the cruise segment

TUI Group’s Cruises segment is one of the Group’s strong growth pillars. Due to the continued increase in demand, the world’s number one tourism group is planning to expand the segment by an additional newbuild of the Mein Schiff fleet. A vessel of identical design to the new Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 with a capacity for up to 2,894 passengers will be built at the Finnish Meyer Turku shipyard. The financing of the vessel will be realised by TUI Cruises and is currently being finalised. Mein Schiff 7 is scheduled for delivery in 2023.

The future investment underscores TUI Group’s strategy. The cruise business is one of the key elements of the growth roadmap pursued by the globally operating TUI Group. The Group continues to invest in its cruise portfolio and expands, modernises and rejuvenates the fleet. The planned measures will help TUI to accelerate the expansion of this growth segment.

Spring 2018 will see the planned change in TUI Cruises’ fleet: the new Mein Schiff 1 will be launched in May. The previous Mein Schiff 1 vessel will transfer to Marella Cruises’ fleet as Marella Explorer. Marella Cruises is the former Thomson Cruises and a subsidiary of TUI UK & Ireland. In 2019, the new Mein Schiff 2 will be added to the TUI Cruises fleet. It is planned that the new Mein Schiff 2 will replace the current Mein Schiff 2. In addition, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will expand its fleet next year. In spring and autumn 2019, it will launch the two luxury expedition vessels Hanseatic nature and Hanseatic inspiration.

TUI Group’s fleet currently comprises 15 cruise ships, operated by its subsidiaries TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Marella Cruises.

About TUI Group

The TUI Group is the world's leading tourism group and operates worldwide. The Group is headquartered in Germany. The TUI share is listed on the FTSE 250, the leading index of the London Stock Exchange, and on the Regulated Unofficial Market in Germany.

The TUI Group offers integrated services from a single source for its 28 million customers, 21 million of whom are in the European national companies. The entire tourism value chain is represented under one roof. This includes over 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson and 15 cruise ships, from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 in the luxury class and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and cruise ships at Marella Cruises in England. The Group also includes Europe's leading tour operator brands and online marketing platforms, five airlines with more than 100 modern medium and long-haul aircraft and over 1,000 travel agencies. Besides the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises via successful joint ventures and activities in holiday destinations, TUI is increasingly focusing on the expansion of digital platforms. The Group is transforming itself into a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social action is at the core of our corporate culture. With projects in 25 countries, the TUI Care Foundation initiated by TUI focuses on the positive effects of tourism, education and training and the strengthening of environmental and social standards. It thus supports the development of holiday destinations. The globally active TUI Care Foundation initiates projects that create new opportunities for the next generation.

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