Germany-based TUI Cruises has received a cruise ship, Mein Schiff 1, from Finland’s Meyer Turku shipyard.
The 315m-long and 36m-wide vessel is the fifth in the Mein Schiff series built by Meyer Turku for TUI Cruises.
The 111,500t ship is capable of carrying 3,132 passengers and 1,092 crew members. Equipped with 1,437 cabins, it will operate under the flag of Malta.
Mein Schiff 1 also comprises a ‘Lagune’ sun deck area, an enclosed sports arena, as well as an elevated jogging track.
The vessel is 10% more energy efficient compared to Mein Schiff 6, which was built last year.
It features catalytic converters in the main and auxiliary engines to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.
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Mein Schiff 1 is scheduled to be christened in Hamburg, Germany, on 11 May, and is set to commence its operation shortly after the ceremony.
Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said: “The impressive new 50m-wide steel and glass window structure that makes up the new Diamond at the aft of the ship just above the propellers is a good example how we combine architectural design with our engineering skills supported by sophisticated computer models.
“Innovations, strengthening our Turku team and our €200m investments in Finland well in advance are our way to compete with our mostly government-owned and supported competitors.”
TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meier said: “On our tenth anniversary, we are giving ourselves and our guests the gift of a new Mein Schiff 1, which marks the starting point for a new generation of ships.
“We will proceed with this expansion over the next year with the new Mein Schiff 2.
“In 2023, the Mein Schiff 7, another ship in this class, will continue the trend.”
Meyer Turku has already started the construction of Mein Schiff 2 and expects to deliver the newly ordered third ship to the series by 2023.