TUI Cruises took delivery of its newest ship Mein Schiff 5 from Meyer Turku shipyard yesterday, June 20, 10 days ahead of schedule. Frank Kuhlmann, cfo and Wybcke Meier, ceo of TUI Cruises, together with Dr.Jan Meyer, ceo of Meyer Turku, marked the occasion with invited guests at the hand-over ceremony.
This is the first cruise ship contracted and built totally under ownership of Meyer family. Today, June 21 afternoon, the ropes will be cut and 99,800 GT Mein Schiff 5 and her crew of around 1,000 will set sail for Kiel, the first German port where she will dock June 23.
Naming festivities will take place near Travemünde, at Lübeck Bay, on July 15. Meier said:
'Although this is already our third newbuild, it’s still incredibly exciting to see a new ship grow from the first steel cutting to the finishing interior touches. In a good two-year construction period, countless people have dedicated themselves to turning ten million components into our ship. We are looking forward to finally putting Mein Schiff 5 into service in mid-July.'
'We had the unique opportunity to build on the high standard and success of Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4 to further perfect this series of ships with Mein Schiff 5. We are immensely proud of the result. This is in no small measure due to the trust and excellent cooperation with TUI Cruises.'
New features on Mein Schiff 5 include Japanese restaurant Hanami (by Tim Raue), featuring a menu created by the 2-Michelin-starred chef from Berlin. Schmankerl-Entspannt genießen restaurant offers Austrian specialties served in a relaxing atmosphere.
On Deck 14 awaits the additional outdoor pool named Lagune. In the reception area on Deck 3, the redesigned space offers a Nespresso Bar and Thalia reading lounge.
Mein Schiff 5 features 1,267 cabins (82% of which with balconies) and 2,794 lower berths.
After the naming ceremony, Mein Schiff 5 will sail on her maiden voyage July 16-24. The cruise will operate round-trip from Kiel, calling at Tallinn, Saint Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. The Schiff 5 will spend summer operating varied sailings to the Baltic, Norway, northern and western Europe.