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Mein Schiff Herz

Former names: Mein Schiff 2 (TUI), Celebrity Mercury, MV Mercury

Mein Schiff Herz Review and Specifications

Specifications of Mein Schiff Herz

Year built1997  /  Age : 22
Flag state Malta
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassCentury
Building costUSD 320 million
OwnerTUI AG and RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)
OperatorTUI Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)264 m / 866 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage77302 gt
Passengers1912 - 2669
Crew900
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks12
Cabins956
Decks with cabins10
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsMarella Explorer, Marella Explorer 2
Former namesMein Schiff 2 (TUI), Celebrity Mercury, MV Mercury
Christened byAnja Fichtel

Current itinerary / position of Mein Schiff Herz

Mein Schiff Herz current cruise is 14 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The itinerary starts on 05 Dec, 2019 and ends on 19 Dec, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
05 Dec    Departing from Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal hotels
07 Dec 08:00 - 22:00    La Gomera, Canary Islands
08 Dec 07:00 - 19:00    Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
09 Dec 07:00 - 10 Dec 18:00    Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
11 Dec 07:00 - 19:00    Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
12 Dec 05:00 - 23:00    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
14 Dec 05:00 - 15 Dec 14:00    Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
16 Dec - 17 Dec 05:00    Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
17 Dec 09:00 - 19:00    Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
18 Dec 08:00 - 19:00    Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
19 Dec 08:00    Arriving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands hotels

Review of Mein Schiff Herz

Mein Schiff Herz cruise ship is the renamed old "Mein Schiff 2". The liner was built for Celebrity Cruises, renamed to "Celebrity Mercury" in 2008 and joined TUI fleet (as "Mein Schiff 2") in 2009. In 2019, the newbuild TUI Mein Schiff 2 took the name "Schiff 2".

History - construction and ownership

The 1900-passenger ship Celebrity Mercury debuted in 1997 as the last of all three Century-class vessels. The sisterships (Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Century) are currently named Marella Explorer (formerly Mein Schiff 1) and Marella Explorer 2 (formerly SkySea Golden Era).

Mein Schiff Herz cruise ship (old Mein Schiff 2)

The vessel was delivered on November 2, 1997, to Celebrity Cruises as Celebrity Mercury. It was decommissioned in February 2011 and transferred to TUI in March 2011. In March-May 2011, the ship was in drydock (at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven) and officially christened (Mein Schiff 2) on May 14, 2011. The 2011 rebuilding project cost the shipowner around EUR 50 million The liner entered service for TUI with passenger capacity 1912 (double occupancy) and 956 staterooms (652 outside, of which 427 with balconies).

Mein Schiff Herz cruise ship (old Mein Schiff 2)

After starting operations for TUI, Mein Schiff 2 offered cruises from homeports Hamburg and Kiel to ports in Northern Europe (2011-2012). In Fall 2012 through November 2013 was deployed in the Mediterranean. During winter were operated Caribbean cruises. For winter season 2014-2015, the ship was deployed to Middle East (Arabian Sea) for roundtrips from homeport Dubai UAE.

In May 2015, RCCL decided to transfer the liner to Thomson Cruises (now Marella, within TUI Group) in 2019 under the name "TUI Explorer 2". Initially was announced that in March 2019, the old Schiff 2 (Herz) will be transferred to Marella as "Marella Explorer 2". In March 2018, TUI announced that it will stay in TUI fleet. The new name "Mein Schiff Herz" was announced in late-April.

Cruise itinerary program

Mein Schiff Herz itinerary program is based on Mediterranean cruises with roundtrip departures from homeport Palma de Mallorca (Spain) during summer and to Canary Islands (during winter) from homeport Tenerife.

Mediterranean itineraries visit ports in France (Corsica Island), Italy (also Sardinia and Sicily), Spain (overnight in Barcelona), Malta, UK (Gibraltar), Greece (also the Greek islands Crete and Santorini).

The roundtrip Canary Islands cruises also visit Madeira Island (Portugal). Roundtrip Tenerife itineraries visit Cape Verde (western Africa) and Azores (Portugal).

For winter 2020-2021 season (November through March), TUI Herz ship cruises in South Africa on 14-day itineraries roundtrip from homeport Cape Town. The itinerary visits Port Elizabeth and Walvis Bay (Namibia) as overnight stays. The season starts on December 2 (2020) with pricing from EUR 3,100 pp (inclusive of the roundtrip flight Germany-South Africa).

Cabins

Most Mein Schiff 2 staterooms are sized 185 ft2 (17 m2) and have private balconies (376). The ship has a total of 956 staterooms in 17 cabin categories. The largest cabins are the Design Suites (530 ft2 / 49 m2).

All Schiff Herz staterooms offer as standard amenities 2 single beds (1 double bed), bedside cabinets (with drawers and reading lamp), sofabed (or 1-2 Pullman beds), flat TV (satellite reception, infotainment system with on-demand movies, Internet, ship info channel), direct dial phone, wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), minibar, Nespresso coffee machine (2 capsules are included per day), water carafe with glasses, mirrored dressing table (writing desk) with chair, en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, single-sink vanity, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, bath products - shower gel, shampoo, conditioner), individually controlled air-conditioning, 24-hour room service.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Follows the complete list of Mein Schiff 2 restaurants and food bars.

  • “Atlantic Classic” (950-seat, complimentary main dining room (of all three) for buffet-style Breakfast and waiter-served Lunch and Dinner. Some menu inclusions are at extra charge.
  • “Richards” (“Fine Dining” 65-seat dinner restaurant, reservations required, at surcharge PP)
  • Dinnerzimmer (private dining annexe to ship's Steakhouse restaurant)
  • Surf und Turf (speciality seafood and steakhouse restaurant)
  • Blaue Welt Bar (45-seat sushi bar at a surcharge, dinner-only 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.)
  • Anckelmannsplatz buffet restaurant (412-seat, with partially covered outdoor area for al-fresco dining; complimentary, self-service, with various food stations)
  • GOSCH Sylt (80-seat complimentary seafood restaurant, a la carte menu; with outdoor seating area)
  • Cliff Grill 24 (24-hour, 40-seat complimentary Grill Bar, serving the pool deck area)
  • La Vela (66-seat complimentary bistro)
  • Aussenalster Bar (97-seat complimentary al fresco dining and sports bar with 153-seat outdoor seating area).

Mein Schiff Herz cruise ship (old Mein Schiff 2)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Almost all beverages, food and gratuities are included in cruise ticket prices. The aft-located “Diamond Bar” (at the rear) offers classy evening entertainment. The Show Lounge presents musicals, acrobatics, magic and stand-up comedy shows. Disco dancing in “AbtanzBar” in the evenings is among the most popular onboard activities.

The ship has Sea Spa (with beauty salon and saunas) and a large fitness area (also used for aerobic classes). The wellness area consists of a steam room and a large sea view sauna room. Sport-themed excursions are offered during port days and include scuba-diving, snorkelling, mountain biking, paddle boating.

Mein Schiff Herz cruise ship (old Mein Schiff 2)

Follows the complete list of Mein Schiff 2 lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Theatre (main show lounge for grand-style show productions / 2 nightly shows; had a revolving stage and eight dynamic LED screens)
  • Internet computers room
  • Sturmfrei (Teens Lounge featuring video gaming consoles, dance floor, foosball table, activities like karaoke, cooking classes, teen parties, movies, etc.)
  • Atelier (Workshop/art studio for painters); Art Gallery; Fotogalerie (Photo Gallery); Library/Bibliothek
  • Meerleben (Sea Life - the first at sea marine life and maritime dedicated area)
  • Wein und Wahrheit Vinothek (20-seat fine wine shop)
  • Schau Bar (248-seat cocktail bar with outdoor seating area for 18 guests)
  • The Neuer Wall shopping arcades
  • Blaue Welt (Bar Lounge), TUI Bar; Unschlag Bar (60-seat sports bar); Uberschau Bar (50-seat wellness bar with a “healthy drinks” menu)
  • Himmel und Meer Lounge (Suite Guests only); X-Lounge (Suite-guests only lounge)
  • SPA und Meer (SPA and Sea complex with a Finnish Sauna, Oriental steam bath, relaxation area, Thalassotherapy centre, Thalasso Spa Suite, Samova Tea Lounge, Beauty Salon)
  • Sport und Gesunheit (Sport and Health Fitness Centre; Fitness classes/personal trainers provided at surcharge)
  • 2 swimming pools - Aussenpool (outdoor pool area with a 25 m long swimming pool), a smaller pool, 4 Whirlpools, extensive sunbathing area, served by Unverzicht Bar)
  • Insel der Seerauber (Pirates’ Island Kids Club complimentary lounge)
  • Sun deck area (11,990 m2; the forward section features Entspannungsinseln/Relaxation Islands with mini-balconies, available for rent)
  • Outdoor sports area (with a full-size sports court for basketball, volleyball, golf simulator)
  • Grune Oase (Green Oasis - outdoor sports area for open-air classes - stretching, relaxation, Yoga, Pilates); Power Walking / Jogging Track.

TUI schiff einkaufsbummel (onboard shopping)

TUI schiff SPA und Sport

TUI schiff sonnenbereiche und poolbereiche (sundeck and pool deck areas)

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The 3rd Rockliner concert (with Udo Lindenberg) took place on Schiff 2 in 2014. The previous two rock-themed music cruises were on the sistership Schiff 1 (held in 2010). Schiff 2 also hosted the 5th "Full Metal Cruise" (in 2016). The previous four were on Schiff 1.

Schiff 2's godmother was Anja Fichtel - fence champion at Summer Olympics 1988 (Seoul, South Korea). TUI Herz ship's Captain is Helge Wrage.

Drydock refurbishment 2019 review

Ship's last drydock refurbishment (February 14 - March 2, 2019) in Marseille France resulted in the following updates and deckplan changes:

  • hull works (including repainting)
  • machinery works (general maintenance)
  • overhaul/redesign and renovations of interior spaces - X-Lounge, all Junior Suites, Shore Excursions Office, Anckelmannsplatz (Lido Buffet restaurant)
  • new Italian speciality restaurant (La Spezia) via a partnership with celebrity chef Theodor Falser.

Ship's 2013 drydock refurbishment (November 1-7 in Cadiz Spain) resulted in the following deckplan changes:

  • Ship's exterior was repainted, including the hull (with new / eco coating).
  • New outdoor yoga area (Deck 12) was installed.
  • The LED lighting and new carpeting in public places were installed.
  • Cliff 24 Bar was renovated.

Mein Schiff Herz Itineraries

The below listed Mein Schiff Herz cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest TUI Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Nov 21 14 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Nov 28 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Nov 28 14 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit La Gomera & Azoren Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Dec 05 7 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2019 Dec 05 14 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2019 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit Madeira I Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Dec 12 14 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Dec 19 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Dec 19 14 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit La Gomera & Azoren Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Dec 26 7 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2019 Dec 26 14 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2020 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Kapverdische Inseln Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Jan 02 14 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Jan 09 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Jan 09 14 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit La Gomera & Azoren Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Jan 16 7 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2020 Jan 16 14 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2020 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit Madeira I Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Jan 23 14 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit Madeira & Kapverden Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Kapverdische Inseln Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Feb 06 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Feb 06 14 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit La Gomera & Azoren Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Feb 13 7 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2020 Feb 13 14 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2020 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit Madeira I Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Feb 20 14 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Feb 27 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Feb 27 14 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit La Gomera & Azoren Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Mar 05 7 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2020 Mar 05 14 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2020 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit Madeira I Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Mar 12 14 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Mar 19 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Mar 19 14 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit La Gomera & Azoren Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Mar 26 7 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2020 Mar 26 14 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2020 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Kanaren Mit Madeira I Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Apr 09 10 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Palma de Mallorca Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Apr 19 4 days, round-trip Kurzreise Mit Marseille & Barcelona I Palma de Mallorca
2020 Apr 23 8 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Valletta Palma de Mallorca
2020 May 01 7 days, one-way from Valletta to Heraklion Valletta
2020 May 01 14 days, one-way from Valletta to Heraklion Valletta
2020 May 08 7 days, round-trip Griechenland Mit Zypern Iii Heraklion
2020 May 08 14 days, one-way from Heraklion to Valletta Heraklion
2020 May 15 7 days, one-way from Heraklion to Valletta Heraklion
2020 May 15 14 days, one-way from Heraklion to Palma de Mallorca Heraklion
2020 May 22 7 days, one-way from Valletta to Palma de Mallorca Valletta
2020 May 22 14 days, one-way from Valletta to Malaga Valletta
2020 May 29 7 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Malaga Palma de Mallorca
2020 May 29 14 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Malaga Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Mittelmeer Mit Andalusien Iii Malaga
2020 Jun 05 14 days, one-way from Malaga to Palma de Mallorca Malaga
2020 Jun 12 7 days, one-way from Malaga to Palma de Mallorca Malaga
2020 Jun 12 14 days, one-way from Malaga to Valletta Malaga
2020 Jun 19 7 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Valletta Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jun 19 14 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Heraklion Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jun 26 7 days, one-way from Valletta to Heraklion Valletta
2020 Jun 26 14 days, one-way from Valletta to Heraklion Valletta
2020 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Griechenland Mit Zypern Iii Heraklion
2020 Jul 03 14 days, one-way from Heraklion to Valletta Heraklion
2020 Jul 10 7 days, one-way from Heraklion to Valletta Heraklion
2020 Jul 10 14 days, one-way from Heraklion to Palma de Mallorca Heraklion
2020 Jul 17 7 days, one-way from Valletta to Palma de Mallorca Valletta
2020 Jul 17 14 days, one-way from Valletta to Malaga Valletta
2020 Jul 24 7 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Malaga Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jul 24 14 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Malaga Palma de Mallorca
2020 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Mittelmeer Mit Andalusien Iii Malaga
2020 Jul 31 14 days, one-way from Malaga to Palma de Mallorca Malaga
2020 Aug 07 7 days, one-way from Malaga to Palma de Mallorca Malaga
2020 Aug 07 14 days, one-way from Malaga to Valletta Malaga
2020 Aug 14 7 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Valletta Palma de Mallorca
2020 Aug 14 14 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Heraklion Palma de Mallorca
2020 Aug 21 7 days, one-way from Valletta to Heraklion Valletta
2020 Aug 21 14 days, one-way from Valletta to Heraklion Valletta
2020 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Griechenland Mit Zypern Iii Heraklion
2020 Aug 28 14 days, one-way from Heraklion to Valletta Heraklion
2020 Sep 04 7 days, one-way from Heraklion to Valletta Heraklion
2020 Sep 04 14 days, one-way from Heraklion to Palma de Mallorca Heraklion
2020 Sep 11 7 days, one-way from Valletta to Palma de Mallorca Valletta
2020 Sep 11 14 days, one-way from Valletta to Malaga Valletta
2020 Sep 18 7 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Malaga Palma de Mallorca
2020 Sep 18 14 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Malaga Palma de Mallorca
2020 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Mittelmeer Mit Andalusien Iii Malaga
2020 Sep 25 14 days, one-way from Malaga to Palma de Mallorca Malaga
2020 Oct 02 7 days, one-way from Malaga to Palma de Mallorca Malaga
2020 Oct 02 14 days, one-way from Malaga to Valletta Malaga
2020 Oct 09 7 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Valletta Palma de Mallorca
2020 Oct 09 14 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Valletta Palma de Mallorca
2020 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Griechenland Ab Malta Ii Valletta
2020 Oct 16 14 days, one-way from Valletta to Palma de Mallorca Valletta
2020 Oct 23 7 days, one-way from Valletta to Palma de Mallorca Valletta
2020 Oct 30 13 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Palma de Mallorca
2020 Oct 30 7 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Malaga Palma de Mallorca
2020 Nov 06 6 days, one-way from Malaga to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Malaga
2020 Nov 12 20 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Cape Town Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Nov 12 27 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Cape Town Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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