Mein Schiff 6, TUI Cruises sixth cruise ship which is currently under construction hit a major milestone yesterday, April 25. The ship, which is being built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland had its first block placed in the building dock.
The keel laying, which is the first major block when constructing a cruise ship was celebrated at the shipyard. As tradition in the maritime industry coins were placed under the keel block to bring good luck for the ship. The ceremony was attended by executives from TUI Cruises and Meyer Turku.
TUI Cruises CEO Wybke Meier said:
“The expansion of our fleet continues: while Mein Schiff 5 is laying at the pier to be delivered in only a couple of weeks, from today on our latest well-being ship is growing in the drydock. We would like to thank the yard Meyer Turku for this successful cooperation“
Mein Schiff 6 is the fourth ship in a new series of ships for the German based cruise line. The vessel will be the same design as Mein Schiff 3, 4 and 5. The ship will be approximately 294 meters long at 15 decks. There will be 1,267 stateroom carrying 2,534 passengers.
Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said:
“After many months of planning and pre-production we are starting a very exciting period in the building of Mein Schiff 6: It will now only take 7 months until the ship is fully assembled from its grand blocks. This period in which the ship takes shape is then followed by further outfitting, commissioning and testing works. We are very pleased with our long-lasting cooperation with TUI Cruises.”
The vessel will be even more energy efficiency and feature passenger amenities than previous builds. We’ll have to wait until 2017 when the ship enters service for TUI Cruises.