The construction of TUI Cruises’ fifth new-build has begun at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, with the first steel-cutting taking place.
At 111,500 GT, Mein Schiff 1, will be a slightly modified and larger version of the German cruise lines popular 99,300 GT vessels Mein Schiff 3, 4, 5 and soon-to-be-launched 6, boasting new features and venues not found on its sister ships.
20 metres longer, Mein Schiff 1 will have 180 more cabins than previous TUI new-builds and public spaces will be larger.
“With deployment of the new Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 we will be one of the most modern fleets in the world on the go. Both ships are characterised by an innovative and environmentally friendly design and the latest technological standards,” explained Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises.
The ship will have an expanded and remodelled spa and sports area, focusing on the well-being of guests. Popular fleet venues, including a diverse array of restaurants and bars, in addition to TUI’s Premium All-Inclusive offer will remain.
Mein Schiff 1 and its soon-to-be sister Mein Schiff 2, will launch in 2018 and 2019 respectively, after TUI’s oldest ships with the same names transfer to TUI’s sister-brand, Thomson Cruises, in 2018 and 2019.