TUI Group consistently continues its transformation to a hotel and cruise group, initiated at the end of 2014. The cruise segment is a growth market, in which the Group aims to become one of Europe’s leading providers. Mein Schiff 5, the Group’s third new build, was recently handed over to TUI’s subsidiary TUI Cruises. With the forthcoming ship christening ceremony in Lübeck/Travemünde and the subsequent commissioning of Mein Schiff 5, TUI Group’s cruise fleet will grow to a total of 14 ships.
Mein Schiff 5 was officially handed over to TUI Cruises by Meyer Turku shipyard on 20 June, ten days ahead of schedule. Wybcke Meier and Frank Kuhlmann, CEO and CFO of TUI Cruises, were among the people celebrating the hand-over at an official ceremony with invited guests.
Four months were spent working on the Mein Schiff fleet. During peak times, more than 1,700 employees were involved in the construction of the ship. Towards the end of the construction period, they simultaneously worked on the construction of her sister ship Mein Schiff 6.
The naming ceremony will take place in Travemuende on this week’s Friday. Mein Schiff 5 is currently berthed in her first port of call in Kiel. From Kiel she will then sail across the Baltic Sea for her maiden voyage to Stockholm, calling at Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Helsinki.