Mein Schiff 5 has been floated out at a very snowy Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The dock was filled up with up to 300 million liters of seawater and then towed over to the outfitting pier where the final phase of construction will begin. The float out is a major milestone in the construction of any cruise ship, we are now just six months away from the christening ceremony of TUI Cruises upcoming ship.
Dr. Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku Oy Said:
“Step by step the good work of our team is coming together and the ship starts to look like a ship. I’m confident that, once again, we will be able to deliver TUI Cruises a wonderful new cruise ship on the agreed schedule”
The ship is on schedule with 1,500 employees involved. Mein Schiff 5 is 72 percent complete and now all the interior spaces will start to come alive. As the completion gets nearer crew members will begin to board the ship to set up their departments.
Ferdinand Strohmeyer, Vice President Operations of TUI Cruises said:
“Although this is meanwhile TUI Cruises’ third new build, it is still a long way from becoming routine. It’s always a great feeling the first time we see the ship afloat”
On July 15, 2016 Mein Schiff 5 will be christened in Lübeck Bay. She will make her maiden voyage from July 16 to 24, 2016. This will take the youngest member of the fleet to the Baltic States: from Kiel she will sail across the Baltic Sea, calling at Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm before returning to Kiel. During the 2016 summer season, Mein Schiff 5 will travel on a variety of routes in the Baltic to the Baltic States and in northern Europe around Norway, as well as in western Europe. During the winter, the fifth well-being ship in the fleet will cruise in the Caribbean.
The 99,500 gross ton Mein Schiff 5 for will have 1,267 cabins carrying 2,534 passengers.