Thomson to receive Mein Schiff 1 and 2

By ,   May 14, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

TUI announced yesterday (May 13) that in the next few years Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 would be passed to Thomson Cruises "in order to continue the modernisation of the UK cruise operations".

Thomson Cruises is already scheduled to receive Splendour of the Seas in 2016 spring. The line acquired the vessel in March this year and revealed her new name, Thomson Discovery. The Discovery is joining Thomson as the largest in fleet with 915 cabins (nearly  40% of which with private verandas). Later this year, the line will retire ms Island Escape.

Mein Schiff 1 and 2 were previously sailing for Celebrity Cruises as Galaxy and Mercury, built in 1996 and 1997 respectively. With the arrival of Discovery next year, Thomson fleet will look very different. 

TUI Group also reported interim results for the first 6 months of the fiscal year, ending 31 March 2015. According to the results, cruise delivered a "significant increase" in profitability and "continues to grow, with the launch of Mein Schiff 4 this June".

The only remaining question now is: will TUI company renumber the remaining Mein Schiffs?