Mein Schiff 4

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"Mein Schiff 4" Kiel.JPG
Mein Schiff 4 in Kiel, 14 May 2015
History
Name: Mein Schiff 4
Owner: TUI Cruises
Operator: TUI Cruises
Port of registry: Valletta,  Malta
Ordered: 27 September 2011
Builder:
Yard number: 1384
Laid down: 6 April 2013
Launched: 10 October 2014
Sponsored by: Franziska van Almsick
Christened: 5 June 2015
Acquired: 8 May 2015
Maiden voyage: 6 June 2015
Identification:
Status: In service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 99,526 GT
63,078 NT
7,900 DWT
Length: 293.2 m (962 ft)
Beam: 42.3 m (139 ft)
Draft: 8.27 m (27 ft)
Installed power: 2 × Wärtsilä 8L46F
2 × Wärtsilä 12V46
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Two shafts; fixed pitch propellers
Three bow thrusters
Two stern thrusters
Capacity: 2,790 passengers
Crew: 1,030
Notes: [2]

Mein Schiff 4 (My Ship 4) is a cruise ship owned by TUI Cruises. Built by Meyer Turku Shipyard in Turku, Finland, she was floated out on 10 October 2014, delivered to TUI Cruises on 8 May 2015,[2] and christened by former Olympic swimmer Franziska van Almsick in Kiel, Germany, on 5 June 2015.[3]

For the most part, Mein Schiff 4 is a copy of her sister ship, Mein Schiff 3.[2]

Service history[edit]

On 14 May 2015, Mein Schiff 4 entered her first port, Kiel, from where she was scheduled to operate a series of short inaugural cruises. She returned to Kiel on 5 June 2015.[4]

That afternoon and evening, TUI Cruises held a ceremony at Kiel's Ostseekai [de] cruise terminal, to celebrate the ship's entry into service. Around 1,000 guests were present inside Mein Schiff 4's theatre; an estimated 25,000 spectators watched the event from outside. At 9 pm, following performances by a number of singers, the ship's sponsor, Franziska van Almsick, was raised above the foreship, wearing a 15 m (49 ft)-long christening robe weighing 300 kg (660 lb) and with a diameter of 20 m (66 ft). Van Almsick then christened Mein Schiff 4, by smashing a bottle of Pommery champagne against the ship’s side. The ceremony later concluded with a late-night fireworks display, accompanied by an electro and house set from DJ Tanja La Croix.[3][5]

The following day, 6 June 2015, Mein Schiff 4 departed from Kiel on her maiden voyage, to the eastern Baltic. She will be home ported in Kiel for the 2015 summer season, and will then operate seven-day voyages to the Canary Islands, Morocco and Madeira during the winter.[3][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Name ship:Mein Schiff 4". Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "MEIN SCHIFF 4 Delivered". 14 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Gibson, Rebecca (9 June 2015). "Mein Schiff 4 becomes first TUI ship to be christened in Kiel". Cruise&Ferry.net. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ Gibson, Rebecca (15 May 2015). "Mein Schiff 4 makes her first port call after delivery". Cruise&Ferry.net. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Swimming legend Franziska van Almsick names Mein Schiff 4 at Kiel". Seatrade Cruise News. Seatrade Communications. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.