The construction of the ships is entering the next stage: The keel laying of New Mein Schiff 1 and the start of production of New Mein Schiff 2 were celebrated by invited guests, Meyer Turku employees, the CEO of TUI Cruises Wybcke Meier and the CEO of Meyer Turku Jan Meyer.
At the same time Mein Schiff 6 is being completed for delivery at the outfitting key.
New Mein Schiff 1 & 2 will be longer with 315 meters compared to the 295 meters of the previous ships. This lengthening allowed for a substantial redesign giving the ships several new features and interesting spaces for guests to enjoy. Both ships will be 111 500 GT and house approximately 2894 passengers.
“With the new Mein Schiff 1 and new Mein Schiff 2 the ratio of space per passenger will stay the same as the previous ships at a generous 40 square meters”, says Wybcke Meier, CEO from TUI Cruises.
“When the new Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 go into service, we will be operating one of the most modern fleets in the world. Both ships are characterized by innovative and environmentally-friendly construction methods, as well as state-of-the-art technology standards,” Meier adds.
Both important milestones in ship building were executed with traditional ceremonies: CEO Wybcke Meier started the steel production of New Mein Schiff 2 by starting Meyer Turku’s plasma cutter. In the following keel laying ceremony, the traditional lucky coins were placed on top of the keel block. After the float out of the ship the coins will be gathered and then eventually placed into to the ship for good luck.
“The Mein Schiff series is very popular with its passengers. Still the already good ship design inspired our customer TUI Cruises and us to develop the Mein Schiff series further. New Mein Schiff 1 & 2 will be longer than the earlier ships and that allowed us together to reinvent the spaces inside the ship. Today is an important day as we are now starting to assemble the hull of Mein Schiff 1 – and our ideas and designs are taking physical shape. The fact that both New Mein Schiffs are in production is also a sign that we are increasing our production output according to our ramp-up plan”, CEO Jan Meyer comments.
Meyer Turku will deliver the new Mein Schiff 1 in spring 2018, and the new Mein Schiff 2 - in 2019.
Source: Meyer Turku