TUI Cruises, a joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises and TUI AG, has placed an order for a second cruise ship with STX Finland.
STX is already building the cruise ship ‘Mein Schiff 3’ for TUI at STX’s Turku Shipyard; the vessel is scheduled to enter service in spring 2014.
Construction of the second ship is scheduled to start in mid-2013 at the Turku shipyard for delivery in early 2015.
Each vessel will have a length of 294m, width of 36m, 1,250 staterooms and will be capable of carrying 2,500 passengers as well as a crew of 1,000.
The 99,300t cruise ships will also have environmentally friendly features, with a specific emphasis on energy efficiency.
STX Finland EVP and COO Jari Anttila said: "After this production start, manning on this project will increase significantly during the coming months to reach the maximum level before summer next year."
TUI Cruises CEO Richard J. Vogel said that the new order will continue the growth of the company’s fleet and follows the successful operation of two ships on the market, Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2.
"We have been extremely busy with the planning over the past two years, but now things are really starting to move," Vogel said.
STX Finland owns 50% of its three shipyards in Finland, which include the Turku shipyard, Rauma shipyard and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.
Founded in April 2008, TUI Cruises has been offering cruises for the German market since May 2009.