TUI Group has reached an advanced stage in its transformation to a hotel and cruise group. Apart from expanding its hotel portfolio, the Group continues to expand its fleet of cruise ships. In mid-August, Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku started the production of the new Mein Schiff 1 for TUI Cruises with the steel-cutting ceremony. The construction of the new vessel marks the launch of a new generation of larger TUI Cruises ships. The future fleet member will be around 20 metres longer than the previous newbuilds and will have space for 180 additional cabins. Based on double occupancy, the ship will be able to accommodate up to 2,894 passengers.
The feel-good concept of the Mein Schiff fleet will be retained: “More than ever before, Mein Schiff 1 will be built around the wishes of our guests,” said Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises. Sustainability also remains a key topic: Thanks to a further reduction in fuel consumption and lower CO2 and pollutant emissions, the ship will help deliver TUI Group’s sustainability strategy.
Following the commissioning of the new Mein Schiff 1 in 2018, the previous Mein Schiff 2 will also be replaced by a newbuild (2019). TUI Cruises will then operate one of the world’s most modern fleets. The first two TUI Cruises vessels will be transferred to Thomson Cruises within TUI Group.
Thomson Cruises will continue to modernise its fleet. After the launch of TUI Discovery, in the summer of 2016 TUI Discovery 2 will follow next year. In 2018 and 2019, the current TUI Cruises ships Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 will then join the fleet of Thomson Cruises.