TUI's newest ship Mein Schiff 7 starts Baltic Sea trials ahead of June debut

   May 20, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

TUI's newest vesselMein Schiff 7, reached a significant milestone this week as she started sea trials in the Baltic Sea (Bothnian Sea and Aland Islands.

The 2,896-passenger ship, scheduled for a June debut, left the shipyard on Sunday, May 19, for a 5-day series of comprehensive tests ahead of her first guest cruise on June 16.

During these trials, experts from Meyer Turku, TUI Cruises, and the classification society will be onboard, gathering extensive performance data. Specialists in naval architecture, engineering, navigation, and design are present to rigorously test the ship’s performance and safety systems.

Captain Omar Caruana, who will take command upon the vessel's delivery, is among the initial crew members already on board. Both interior and exterior work on Schiff 7 is progressing rapidly, with all guest and crew areas needing completion and approval before the ship's handover to TUI.

Following the sea trials, Mein Schiff 7 will return to the Meyer Turku shipyard for final adjustments. The vessel will embark on her first 5-day cruise on June 16, followed by a christening voyage from June 21 to 23. The ceremonial ship naming will take place in the Bay of Kiel on June 22nd, led by environmental officer Fenia Kalachani.

Subsequently, Mein Schiff 7 will start her summer season, offering Northern Europe cruises from Kiel and Baltic Sea cruises from Rostock-Warnemunde.