Review of Mein Schiff 1 deck 5 (Pier-Promenade-Casino-Shops2)
Theater (upper balcony level 3 of 3)
The Casino (capacity 20 seats) has roulette and blackjack tables, plus 15 slot machines and opens only when the ship is at sea. In 2018, TUI signed a partnership deal with "Merkur Casino Mare" (part of Gauselmann Group) for the onboard gambling on Schiff 1 (since 2018), Schiff 2 (since 2019) and Schiff 3 (since 2021). The ship Casino features 6x electronic roulettes plus 14x other Merkur gaming machines, and a separate gambling lounge with 4x M-Box Buzzer (multi-gaming machines) and a blackjack table for live gaming. For 2020, Gauselmann AG reported revenue EUR 2,56 billion (~USD 3B / ~GBP 2,2B). Since 2012, Gauselmann owns the British company Praesepe Ltd (now Merkur Casino UK) which owns the Cashino brand (street gambling arcade chain).
Abtanz Bar is a disco nightclub (capacity 100 seats, open from 10 pm till late) with a large dance floor, live DJ programming nightly, “Cabin Fever” dance parties.
Fotogalerie (Photo Gallery) has professional photos on display (also available for purchasing), sells photo-video equipment and provides professional photo-video services on the ship.
Neuer Wall shopping arcades (upper level 2 of 2)
Bordreiseleitung is the ship's Cruise Director Office (open between 11 am - 1 pm, and 5-7 pm). It provides information and assistance regarding the ship's cruise itinerary program (ports of call, arrival / departure times), also about staterooms, future cruise booking (onboard), baggage handling, TUI "cruise and air" packages, land transfers, etc.
Tag und Nacht (Day and Night) is a 24-hour bistro (capacity 88 seats) for regional and international fast-food, snacks, hot meals. The bistro is open for Breakfast (6 - 12 am), Lunch and Dinner (12 noon - 10 pm) and also for late-night snacks (10 pm - 6 am).
Schau Bar (Show Bar, capacity 249 seats) is open between 4 pm - 0:30 am. Show Bar serves specialty cocktails and has a stage for live music performances.
Diamant Bar (Diamond Bar) serves the Grosse Freiheit (aft lounge) area. The bar has large (floor-ceiling and wall-to-wall) windows, serves molecular drinks (extensive menu with cocktails and premium wines). Diamond Bar hosts cocktail workshops and liquor- and wine tastings.
Surf and Turf is a specialty (seafood-steakhouse) restaurant serving premium meat and fish specialties. Once per TUI cruise, a Latin-themed Churrasco dinner is served on spits, with side dishes and desserts available from the buffet station. Among the restaurant's specialties are beef tenderloin (Wagyu meat), Iberian pig, lobster tail, separate healthy food and wine menus. The restaurant is reservations only (capacity 100 seats) open for Lunch (12 noon - 2 pm) and Dinner (6:30-11 pm), with a la carte menu (food and drinks cost extra).
Ganz Schön Gesund (Very Healthy) Bistro
Ebbe & Flut Bier Bar (Low Tide Beer Bar)
Manufaktur Kreativ Kuche (Creative Kitchen)
The ship has a total of 20 service boats (rowboats, lifeboats, tender boats).