The port of Kiel offers an impressive sight. The new Mein Schiff 2, TUI Cruises’ sixth newbuild. The fleet of the joint venture between TUI Group and Royal Caribbean Cruises now comprises seven ships. Together with her sister ship of identical design, the Mein Schiff 1 already launched in 2018, the new Mein Schiff 2 represents a next-generation cruise ship of the Hamburg-based shipping line.
The ship had berthed in Kiel for the handover ceremony from Meyer Werft Turku to TUI Cruises. Meanwhile, she has embarked on her maiden voyage, including the naming ceremony to take place at Lisbon. In the summer, she will embark on a series of Mediterranean itineraries, and during the European winter she will offer sailings in the Caribbean. “In 2018, 2.4 million passengers booked a cruise in the German market,” says Wybke Meier, CEO TUI Cruises. “The sector has undergone very fast-paced growth. In the mid-1990s, there were fewer than 200,000 cruise passengers.” The number of cruise passengers from the German source market is even expected to rise to around 3.5 million by 2020. TUI Cruises is growing in line with this market growth and currently has a market share of 25 per cent. “We are the youngest and most environmentally friendly fleet,” emphasizes Wybke Meier. “Moreover, thanks to the new ships, cruising is no longer a luxury; passengers can choose from a wide range of affordable offerings to suit every budget.”