Hanover, Hamburg, 20 March 2018

High demand: TUI Group accelerates expansion of its cruise fleet in Germany and UK

  • TUI Cruises: Faster expansion – current Mein Schiff 2 remains in fleet beyond 2019
  • TUI subsidiary Marella Cruises receives SkySea Golden Era from Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Overall fleet to grow to 18 ships by 2023

TUI Group is expecting continuous strong growth in cruises for the coming years. The cruises segment is one of the group’s growth pillars. Therefore the TUI Executive Board has decided to increase capacities at TUI Cruises. Due to the continued increase in demand, TUI Group has adjusted its existing plans to accelerate the expansion and modernisation of its fleet. Its current Mein Schiff 2 vessel, which was set to transfer to TUI’s British subsidiary Marella Cruises, will now remain within TUI Cruises. Including the new Mein Schiff 2, the newbuild scheduled for delivery in 2019, TUI Cruises’ fleet will grow to seven ships. At the same time, Marella Cruises will also continue to modernise its fleet. TUI UK & Ireland will acquire SkySea Golden Era from Royal Carribean Cruises for the Group’s British cruise subsidiary. It was agreed to keep the purchasing price confidential. The investment equates to the initial plans for the acquisition of Mein Schiff 2. Following extensive renovation, the cruise ship will launch as Marella Explorer 2 in 2019.

The investment underscores TUI Group’s strategy. The cruise business is one of the key pillars of the growth roadmap pursued by the globally operating TUI Group. Sebastian Ebel, member of TUI Group’s Executive Board in charge of Cruises: “We will continue to invest in our cruise portfolio and expand, modernise and rejuvenate our fleet. With these decisions we increase the offer at TUI Cruises and accelerate the expansion of this growth segment.“

Cruise ship fleet to grow to 18 vessels by 2023

The change within TUI Cruises’ fleet planned for summer 2018 will be implemented as scheduled: The new Mein Schiff 1 will launch in May. The previous Mein Schiff 1 will transfer to Marella Cruises’ fleet as Marella Explorer. Marella Cruises is the cruise line formerly known as Thomson Cruises, a subsidiary of TUI UK & Ireland.

In 2019, the new Mein Schiff 2 will join the Mein Schiff fleet.

Also in 2019, the Hamburg-based TUI subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will obtain two new luxury expedition cruise ships, Hanseatic nature and Hanseatic inspiration.

For 2023, TUI Group has announced a further newbuild: Mein Schiff 7 will join TUI Cruises’ fleet. The fleet addition will increase the size of the fleet operated by TUI Group around the world to a total of 18 cruise ships.

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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