The German cruise line operator TUI Cruises has just announced that it’s ordered another two Mein Schiff class cruise ships.
The two new ships are to be built by the STX Europe Turku shipyard in Finland but in the near future could be bought by the German ship building company Meyer Werft. The first ship, Mein Schiff 5 will be completed in 2016 and then the second, Mein Schiff 6 a year later in 2017. They will be 97,000 tons which is the same as Mein Schiff 3 which is recently just entered service for TUI Cruises. Mein Schiff 4 is currently being built at the Turku shipyard.
Friedrich Joussen, CEO of TUI AG:” In Germany and Europe, the interest in cruising rises . With the Mein Schiff TUI Cruises fleet has set its own premium standard in the market and opened up new target groups for cruises. The boats are most congested and the business grows. TUI Cruises and their ships are thus a crucial pillar for the differentiation and growth strategy of the TUI Group. Cruises are in vogue and be discovered by new audiences.’
The new ships will be 15 decks and carry 2,500 passengers with 1,250 cabins. The TUI Cruises fleet will grow to 6 vessels which would then rival other European cruise lines including those based in the UK.
Richard J. Vogel, CEO of TUI Cruises:” We are very pleased that it has come to a positive conclusion of the negotiations between STX and the Meyer Werft. This step ensures the valuable expertise TUI Cruises the yard. This also lays the foundation to expand successfully the unique cruise products from the My fleet at a high level.’
TUI Cruises will release more details about the upcoming ships including onboard features and construction updates. TUI Cruises is a joint venture by TUI AG and the worlds second largest cruise company Royal Caribbean.