The Executive Board of TUI Group has decided to increase TUI Cruises' capacities. Because of the continued increase in demand, the group has adjusted its plans to accelerate the expansion of its fleet.
Including the newbuild scheduled for delivery in 2019, new Mein Schiff 2, the fleet of TUI Cruises will grow to 7 ships. At the same time, Marella will also continue to modernise. TUI UK & Ireland will buy SkySea Golden Era from Royal Carribean for Marrela.
Following extensive renovation, the Mein Schiff 2 cruise ship will next year launch as Marella Explorer 2. The change within the fleet of TUI Cruises planned for 2018 summer will be implemented as scheduled. New Mein Schiff 1 will be launched in May. The old Mein Schiff 1 will be transfered to Marella Cruises as Marella Explorer.
In 2019, the newbuild Mein Schiff 2 will join Mein Schiff fleet. Also in 2019, Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, TUI subsidiary, will obtain a couple of new luxury expedition ships, Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration.
A further newbuild was annpunced for 2023. Mein Schiff 7 will join the fleet of TUI Cruises. The addition will increase the fleet size of TUI Group to 18 cruise ships.