Finland’s Meyer Turku has signed a contract with TUI Cruises, a joint venture between TUI Group and Royal Caribbean Cruises, to build two cruise ships.
The new vessels are expected to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, and will replace TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2, which will be retained by TUI Group under Thomson Cruises.
TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meier said: "TUI Cruises has firmly established itself in the German-speaking market, with occupancy of our fleet totalling more than 100% last year.
"This year, demand has also been excellent so far, with bookings currently being taken for five ships. A further expansion provides a great opportunity to strengthen our position with one of the most modern fleets in the German market."
TUI Cruises started the expansion of its fleet with the purchase of the Royal Caribbean Cruises ship, Splendour of the Seas.
Splendour of the Seas will be transferred to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016, and later leased to Thomson Cruises.
Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain said: "The development of TUI Cruises is exceptional.
"The addition of the fleet by two additional new-buildings strengthens the leadership position of the TUI in the premium cruise segment and reinforces the successful partnership between our two companies."
In May, Meyer Turku delivered TUI Cruise’ latest cruise vessel, Mein Schiff. Its sister vessels, Mein Schiff 5 and Mein Schiff 6 are to be delivered in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Image: TUI Cruise’s 294m-long cruise ship, Mein Schiff 4. Photo: courtesy of HenSti.