Today at a German shipyard, construction officially began on TUI Cruises new generation Mein Schiff 1.
A steel cutting ceremony was held at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The first steel part for hull number NB-1392 began for the largest cruise ship ever constructed for the German-based cruise line. The CEO of TUI cruises said, “The new Mein Schiff 1 will more than ever be built around the wishes of our guests.”
Jan Meyer, the CEO of Meyer Turku said:
“For Meyer Turku the new design also shows how real improvements can be achieved even within a long series of ships. This nicely shows that working long-term with the leading ship owners, that we are iteratively improving on already good designs to new levels of performance, which otherwise would be hard to reach. In other industries this ideation, design, realization and reality feedback approach is called ‘design thinking’. Our approach is: It’s in the core DNA of shipbuilding.”
Mein Schiff 1 is also the name of the cruise lines older ship which was transferred from Celebrity Cruises in 2009. That ship will be transferred to the UK-based Thomson Cruises, this means Mein Schiff 1 will be known once again as the new generation ship.
Once completed the new ship will be around 20 meters longer than the previous recent builds along with 180 more cabins. The new Mein Schiff 1 will be 111,500 gross tons and carry 2,895 passengers at double occupancy. There will be 1,000 crew members on the 15 deck vessel which will be completed in 2018.
There are many more major construction milestones to come over 2017 and 2018 including the ships first float out. Cruise Hive will keep readers updated on Mein Schiff 1 and any other major new cruise ship.