Hamburg, 29 September 2020

Two further COVID-19 tests provide negative results for 12 crew members

Possible false alarm on board Mein Schiff 6 of TUI Cruises

12 unclear positive COVID-19 tests on crew of Mein Schiff 6, reported yesterday in routine tests, have now been identified as negative by two further tests (PCR tests, performed by TUI Cruises, and antigen rapid test of the Greek authorities). A further PCR test, carried out by the Greek authorities, should confirm this again. The results are expected later today. TUI Cruises fully cooperates with the Greek authorities in accordance with the pre-agreed processes within the hygiene and health concept of TUI Cruises.

The entire crew has not become conspicuous in the last 14 days. None of the 12 crew members has any symptoms. As a pure precautionary measure and in accordance with the strict procedures for the resumption of cruise operations, which have been coordinated with the authorities in Greece, the 12 crew members in question as well as 24 crew members of contact group 1 were immediately isolated on board on Monday. (also the 24 crew members of contact group 1 were tested by Greek authorites with an antigen test, all results negative). Until the final results are available, they will remain isolated and will be cared for.

Thanks to the extensive hygiene measures and clearance rules on board, there is no reason for guests and crew to worry. Since no guests are affected or belong to contact group 1, no tests on guests are necessary. As soon as the Greek authorities give their approval, the cruise will continue as planned. It is also planned to reschedule the shore excursions of guests in Piraeus to tomorrow, Wednesday, which were scheduled for today.

Mein Schiff 6 is currently cruising in Greece with 922 guests and 666 crew members. The cruise started on Sunday, September 27, in Heraklion/Crete.

About the hygiene- and health concept of TUI Cruises

For the resumption of cruise operations in times of Corona, TUI Cruises has developed a health and hygiene concept together with medical experts and adapted all processes before and during the cruise (including mandatory health questionnaire, mandatory PCR test before the cruise, daily temperature checks for guests and crew), at check-in (including mandatory digital check-in, staggered check-in times) and in the guest and crew areas to comply with hygiene and distance regulations. In order to comply with the distance regulations on land, the passenger capacity on board is limited to a maximum of 60 percent; only balcony cabins and suites will be occupied. Already existing and very high hygiene standards were supplemented by additional cleaning and disinfection measures. TUI Cruises is also prepared for emergencies.

Existing structures and already very strict measures to prevent the spread of viral diseases have been further tightened and adapted to the current situation. Each ship has always had its own on-board hospital with trained personnel. All precautionary measures are based on the medical standards of renowned institutions such as the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the World Health Organization (WHO) and comply with the guidelines of the Greek authorities for resuming cruise operations.

About TUI Cruises

TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI AG, the world´s number one tourism group and the global cruise company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The Hamburg-based company has been offering cruises for the German-speaking market since May 2009. With its concept, TUI Cruises above all targets guests whose focus is on freedom, space, quality and individual service. With its premium all-inclusive concept, almost all food and beverages, use of the SPA & Sports area, as well as the varied entertainment program on board the Mein Schiff fleet are already included in the travel price. TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff fleet currently has a bed capacity of 17,800 (Mein Schiff 1/ Mein Schiff 2: 2,894, Mein Schiff 3 & 4: 2,506 each, Mein Schiff 5 & 6: 2,534 each, Mein Schiff Herz: 1,912). Yet another newbuild, Mein Schiff 7, is planned for 2023. For 2024 and 2026 TUI Cruises has ordered two LNG-newbuilds at the italien yard Fincantieri. The expansion of the fleet occurs sustainable. Environmentally-friendly business practices are firmly anchored in the corporate values of TUI Cruises. The new ships set new standards in terms of environmental friendliness.