At the beginning of the year, he again played a key role in managing an extensive launch procedure when the new Mein Schiff 2 was handed over to TUI Cruises by Meyer Turku shipyard as the eighth and latest ship in the fleet this far. Commissioning a new ship is always a very special experience, he said at the handover ceremony in Kiel. “It’s like getting a new car – but a whole lot more. A ship has an enormous number of different systems, and you have to check them all. It is always a bit exciting before everything is up and running.” When asked whether it was not possible that something could go wrong, he replies with the calmness typical of the Finn, reflecting the many decades spent travelling the world’s seven seas: “No, it isn’t, because we start training long before the passenger arrive. When they get on board, we are ready.”
The new Mein Schiff 2 could be regarded as the culmination of his professional life: “She is a great ship,” he enthusiastically commented at the launch. “We have actually thought for a long time that these ships could not possibly get any better – but this ship once again takes it to the next level.“ Holm lives in Australia – but, of course, the sea will continue to play a crucial role in his life even after his retirement. Apart from cycling, his hobbies include sailing, and he will now have more time to pursue this leisure activity. At the handover of the new Mein Schiff 2, Dirk Claus, Managing Director of Kiel’s maritime port, said: “Kjell, you will always be welcome here – even with your own private boat.” “Don’t promise too much,” Holm replied, tongue in cheek. “I might be coming”. He is not likely to be put off by the many nautical miles to cover to arrive in Kiel.