The newbuilds of TUI Cruises, scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2019 by Meyer Turku, will enter service as Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2. They were previously designated Mein Schiff 7 and 8, but Mein Schiff 1 and 2 go to Thomson Cruises within TUI Group.
In 2019 TUI Cruises will feature a fleet numbered Mein Schiff 1 to 6, with all units of the same standard, purpose-built for the operator. Mein Schiff 1 and 2 were originally Celebrity Cruises ships.
Wybcke Meier, TUI Cruises CEO, announced the news during the plaque exchange ceremony aboard recently delivered Mein Schiff 5 at Port Kiel on June 23, Thursday. Meier highlighted the close ties between Kiel and TUI Cruises, noting that both current Mein Schiff 1 and 2 started their career with in the port. Last year the port of Kiel served as the venue for the naming ceremony of Mein Schiff 4.
The naming of Mein Schiff 5 will also begin in Kiel, Germany. At 3 p.m. on July 15, the ship will sail from the port bound for Travemünde, where the naming will take place off the beach between 10:30 p.m.-11 p.m. After that, Schiff 5 will return to Kiel, scheduled to dock on July 16 at 7 a.m. The short naming cruise is fully booked.
Lena Meyer-Landrut is Mein Schiff 5's godmother, 1991-born German songwriter and singer.