The production of a new generation of Mein Schiff ships has started at Meyer Turku shipyard, Finland, with a steel cutting ceremony.
The new Mein Schiff 1, NB-1392, will be around 20m longer than the previous Mein Schiff ships and will have space for additional 180 cabins.
The steel cutting for Mein Schiff 1 was started by TUI Cruises project manager newbuild, Georgios Vagiannis in a ceremony at the steel hall of Meyer Turku. Based on double occupancy, there will be capacity for up to 2,894 guests. In addition the ship will feature “various other guest experience and technical improvements”, said a statement.
Mein Schiff 1 will be delivered in 2018 and will replace the existing Mein Schiff 1, and Mein Schiff 2 will replace the older ship in 2019. The first two TUI Cruises ships will be handed over within the TUI Group to Thomson Cruises.
“The new Mein Schiff 1 will more than ever be built around the wishes of our guests,” Wybcke Meier, chief executive officer of TUI Cruises, explains.
“After intensive collaboration with TUI Cruises and substantial new design work, we are happy to see that our ideas are starting to become reality with cutting the first steel for the new Mein Schiff 1,” Meyer Turku chief executive Jan Meyer comments, and continues:
“For Meyer Turku the new design also shows how real improvements can be achieved even within a long series of ships. This nicely shows that working long-term with the leading ship owners, that we are iteratively improving on already good designs to new levels of performance, which otherwise would be hard to reach. In other industries this ideation, design, realisation and reality feedback approach is called ‘design thinking’. Our approach is: It’s in the core DNA of shipbuilding.”