TUI Cruises has celebrated to major construction milestones for two of its upcoming new cruise ships today, January 13.
Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 are two upcoming cruise ships for the German-based cruise line. Their names will replace the original vessels which will be leaving the fleet in 2018 and 2019. The upcoming Mein Schiff 1 had its keel layered, the first block out of many which will come together to make the ship as one. Also, Constrcution officially started on Mein Schiff 2, just the first milestone out of many still to come.
Wybcke Meier, CEO from TUI Cruises, said:
“With the new Mein Schiff 1 and new Mein Schiff 2 the ratio of space per passenger will stay the same as the previous ships at a generous 40 square meters”
“When the new Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 go into service, we will be operating one of the most modern fleets in the world. Both ships are characterized by innovative and environmentally-friendly construction methods, as well as state-of-the-art technology standards,” Meier adds.
Both ships are being built at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland with Mein Schiff 1 being completed in Spring 2018 and Mein Schiff 2 in 2018. Both vessels will be the largest ever built for the cruise line at 111,500 gross tons and carrying around 2,894 guests.
CEO of Meyer Turku Jan Meyer, said:
“The Mein Schiff series is very popular with its passengers. Still the already good ship design inspired our customer TUI Cruises and us to develop the Mein Schiff series further. New Mein Schiff 1 & 2 will be longer than the earlier ships and that allowed us together to reinvent the spaces inside the ship. Today is an important day as we are now starting to assemble the hull of Mein Schiff 1 – and our ideas and designs are taking physical shape. The fact that both New Mein Schiffs are in production is also a sign that we are increasing our production output according to our ramp-up plan.”
Cruise Hive will keep track of the cruise ships as they develop through the year, we’ll keep readers updated with the latest major construction milestones.