Review of Mein Schiff 3 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, opens at 10 pm) with large dance floor, live DJ programming nightly, “Cabin Fever” dance parties.
Rauchersalon (Cigar Room) is the ship’s smoking lounge, also selling fine cigars and premium liquor brands.
Neuer Wall shopping arcades (upper level 2 of 2) and Fotogalerie (Photo Gallery / professional photo and video services on the ship).
Bordreiseleitung is Cruise Director Office (open 11 am - 1 pm, and 5-7 pm). It provides information and assistance regarding TUI Mein Schiff 3 itinerary program (ports of call, arrival/departure times), also about cabins and cabin categories, future cruise booking on board, baggage handling, cruise and air packages, land transfers, etc.
Hanami (capacity 62 seats, open 6:30-11 pm) is a specialty Japanese cuisine restaurant offering sushi and other traditional specialties (including Yakitori chicken, the Shabu Shabu fondue /fish or meat). Food and drinks (incl Asian teas, Kirin beer, bamboo sake) are at surcharge here.
Tag & Nacht (Day & Night) is a 24-hour open bistro (capacity 88 seats), and offers regional and international fast-food, snacks and hot meals. The bistro is open for Breakfast (6-12 am), Lunch and Dinner (12-10 pm) and also for late-night snacks (10 pm - 6 am).
Schau Bar (Show Bar) has capacity 249 seats and is open 4 pm - 0:30 am). The Show Bar serves specialty cocktails and has a stage for live music entertainment.
Richards is the “Fine Dining” dinner restaurant (capacity 70 seats, open 6:30-11 pm, reservations are required). This is a premium dining venue (at surcharge PP) with a la carte 6-course gourmet dinner menu, plus an extensive fine wines list.
Surf & Turf is a specialty seafood and steakhouse restaurant for prime meat and fish specialties. Once per Mein Schiff 3 cruise, a Latin-themed Churrasco dinner will be served on spits, with side dishes and desserts available from the buffet station. Among Surf & Turf specialties are beef tenderloin (Wagyu meat), Iberian pig, lobster tail, plus healthy food and wine menus. The restaurant is reservations only (capacity 100 seats), open for Lunch and Dinner (12-2 pm, and 6:30-11 pm), a la carte menu (food and drinks cost extra).
Diamant Bar (Diamond Bar) serves the Grosse Freiheit aft lounge area. The bar has large panoramic windows and a molecular drinks menu with cocktails and fine wines. The Diamond Bar also hosts cocktail workshops and liquor/wine tastings.
Grosse Freiheit lounge is one of the most special places on the Mein Schiff 3 ship (located at the stern). It features a 1798 ft2 / 167 m2 glass wall – a diamond-shaped facade spanning on 2 decks.
Champagner Treff (Champagnes Match) is located at the Schiff 3’s stern (portside). This is a wine bar and a special occasions venue (capacity 16 seats, open 4-0 pm) with a great selection of fine champagnes.
TUI Schiff 3 has 18 service boats (rowboats, lifeboats, tender boats).