TUI Cruises Celebrates Major Construction Milestones

By ,   February 15, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

Meyer Turku shipyard and TUI Cruises have jointly designed the new cruise ships Schiff 1 and Schiff 2 to be the evolution on successful foundation of Mein Schiff 6.

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.

The new Schiff 1 and Schiff 2 ships 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.

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.

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. The fact that both new ships 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.