Meyer Turku yard started production of a new generation of Mein Schiffs August 16, Tuesday, cutting steel for Mein Schiff 1. The newbuild will be 20 meters longer than previous vessels in the series, with space for 180 additional staterooms. Mein Schiff 1 will be registered in Malta.
TUI Cruises newest ships, scheduled for delivery 2018 and 2019, were originally designated as Mein Schiff 7 and Mein Schiff 8. However, they will enter service as Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 since the existing 1 and 2 are joining Thomson Cruises within TUI Group.
The steel-cutting ceremony for Mein Schiff 1 was started by project manager - newbuild, TUI Cruises, Georgios Vagiannis, at Meyer Turku's steel hall.
The greater size of the ship raises double-occupancy capacity to 2,894. The company will introduce new experiences for passengers consistent with the well-being philosophy of TUI Cruises, along with technical improvements.
Wybcke Meier, ceo, TUI Cruises, said:
'The new Mein Schiff 1 will more than ever be built around the wishes of our guests'.
Length increases to 315 m and gross tonnage goes from 99,500 up to 111,500. 80% of the 1,447 cabins will offer balconies.
The start of production marks a new phase in the relationship between TUI and Meyer Turku. According to Jan Meyer, ceo of Meyer Turku, the new design showed how real improvements could be achieved even within a long series of ships. That illustrated that working long-term with the leading shipowners, Meyer Turku was able to improve on already good designs to reach new levels of performance that otherwise would be hard to achieve.
'In other industries this ideation, design, realization and reality feedback approach is called "design thinking."
Meyer shared, adding that was in the DNA of Meyer Turku's approach to shipbuilding. At the next link you can see the CruiseMapper's list of all new cruise ships.