Germany-based TUI Cruises has received a new vessel, New Mein Schiff 2, from Meyer Turku shipyard.

Mein Schiff 2 sailed to Kiel, Germany, from Turku, Finland, in order to avoid ice in the Turku archipelago as the silicone painting of the hull’s underwater part is not designed to endure icy water.

Meyer Turku and TUI Cruises have utilised the feedback provided by the passengers of TUI Cruise’s previous ships to further improve the design of Mein Schiff 2.

Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said: “The passengers will surely notice and hopefully like the differences to the previous ships.

“We have redesigned many of the areas of the ship, for example, the Schau Bar and the restaurant area in front of the aft diamond structure.”

“The commissioning of our new Mein Schiff 2 marks the successful end of our first expansion phase.”

The Malta-flagged vessel is 315m-long, 36m-wide and designed to carry 3,132 passengers and 1,092 crew members.

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The 111,500t vessel is equipped with a total of 1,437 cabins.

TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meier said: “The commissioning of our new Mein Schiff 2 marks the successful end of our first expansion phase.

“Our sixth newbuild by Meyer Turku not only impresses with its design, its inner values are equally convincing: with the use of modern technologies, we are setting standards for environmental protection.”

In April, TUI Cruises received the New Mein Schiff 1 vessel, the fifth ship in the Mein Schiff series built by Meyer Turku for TUI Cruises.