TUI Cruises

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TUI Cruises
HeadquartersHamburg, Germany
Key people
Wybcke Meier
ProductsCruise ship holidays

TUI Cruises is a cruise line based in Germany. It was formed in 2007 as a joint venture between the German tourism company TUI AG and the American cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., both of whom hold a 50% stake in the company. The company started operations in 2009 and competes with AIDA Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten for the German market. It targets German-speaking customers who opt for a premium cruise experience. The onboard product, including food, entertainment and amenities, is custom-tailored for German tastes and German is the main language used onboard its ships.[1]


Current fleet[edit]

Due to lack of new-building capacity, TUI Cruises started by acquiring the cruise ship Celebrity Galaxy, which was built by Meyer Werft and was owned by another RCCL subsidiary, Celebrity Cruises. She left the Celebrity fleet on 16 March 2009.[2] After acquiring Celebrity Galaxy, the ship headed to Lloyd Werft shipyards in Bremerhaven, Germany. She arrived on 27 March 2009, and received a €50 Million, 38-day conversion to upgrade her facilities to suit a German-speaking market.[3] After the conversion, she was re-christened on 15 May 2009 in Hamburg, Germany bearing her new name, Mein Schiff (My Ship). TUI planned to build two 2,500-passenger, 100,000-GT cruise ships in 2011 and 2012.[4][5]

On May 27, 2010, it was announced that another Century-class ship, Celebrity Mercury, would become the latest addition to TUI's fleet, renamed Mein Schiff 2. Due to this Mein Schiff was immediately renamed into Mein Schiff 1. Mein Schiff 2 entered service with TUI in February 2011 after its extensive refurbishment, with the addition of more verandas, an expanded fitness area and design elements which are also found on Mein Schiff 1.[6]

TUI and STX Finland announced a contract on 27 September 2011 to build a 97,000-GT vessel named Mein Schiff 3, which was delivered in 2014.[7] The vessel is approximately 295 metres (968 ft) long and approximately 36 metres (118 ft) wide.[7] The ship has 1,250 staterooms, most of which have balconies, with a capacity of 2,500 passengers and a crew of 1,000.[7] The ship includes several restaurants, a theatre, spa and nightclub.[7] The contract included an option to build a second ship, dependent on the approval of TUI Cruises shareholders.[7] It was announced on November 5, 2012 that TUI had taken up the second option for the sister ship to the Mein Schiff 3, to be named Mein Schiff 4.[8] On April 22, 2014, Mein Schiff 3 entered service. In March 2015, Royal Caribbean International announced that they had agreed to sell Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016, and that TUI would lease the ship to Thomson Cruises to replace the Island Escape.[9] In May 2015, TUI Group announced that as part of their modernization strategy, Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 would be transferred to Thomson Cruises over the next few years, as a result, 2 replacement ships neue Mein Schiff 1 and neue Mein Schiff 2 were ordered.[10] On January 15, Mein Schiff 5 was launched.[11] On April 28, Mein Schiff 6's was laid down.[12]

Ship Built Builder in service
with TUI
Gross tonnage Flag Notes
Mein Schiff Herz 1997 Meyer Werft 2011 77,302  Malta Previously Celebrity Mercury, Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2 (4) (cropped).JPG
Mein Schiff 3 2014 STX Finland 2014 99,526  Malta First new build for TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 3 departing Port of Tallinn 8 June 2017.jpg
Mein Schiff 4 2015 STX Finland/Meyer Turku 2015 99,526  Malta "Mein Schiff 4" Kiel (cropped).JPG
Mein Schiff 5 2016 Meyer Turku 2016 98,785  Malta Mein Schiff 5 leaving Kiel I (cropped).jpg
Mein Schiff 6 2017 Meyer Turku 2017 98,811  Malta Mein Schiff 6 departing Tallinn 5 July 2017.jpg
Mein Schiff 1 2018 Meyer Turku 2018 111,500  Malta Second type of newbuild.[13] Mein Schiff 1 Kiel III.jpg
Mein Schiff 2[13] 2019 Meyer Turku 2019 111,500  Malta sister to new Mein Schiff 1[14] Mein Schiff 2 entering Kiel V.jpg

Future fleet[edit]

Ship Maiden Voyage Builder Gross Tonnage Planned Flag Notes
Mein Schiff 7 2023 Meyer Turku 111,100  Malta
Mein Schiff 8 2024 Fincantieri 161,000  Malta third type of newbuilds
first LNG-fuelled ship and will be the largest ship for the company
Mein Schiff 9 2026 Fincantieri 161,000  Malta second LNG-fuelled ship and sister ship to Mein Schiff 8

Former ships[edit]

Ship Built Builder in service
with TUI
Gross tonnage Flag Notes
Mein Schiff 1 1996 Meyer Werft 2009-2010
76,522  Malta Previously Celebrity Galaxy, transferred out of the fleet in 2018. MS Mein Schiff 1 R02 (cropped).jpg
TUI Discovery 1995 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2016-2017 69,130  Malta Previously Splendour of the Seas, transferred out of the fleet in 2017. Tui-discovery-cruise-ship-photos.jpg


  1. ^ "Royal Caribbean and TUI AG complete joint venture for TUI Cruises". Cruise Industry News. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  2. ^ "TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff Sets sail". Cruise Industry News. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  3. ^ "TUI commissions Lloyd shipyards with conversion of 1st ship". Cruise Industry News. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  4. ^ "TUI close to selecting shipyards". Cruise Industry News. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  5. ^ "TUI plans still intact". Cruise Industry News. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  6. ^ Celebrity Mercury to become second ship in TUI Cruises fleet. Cruise Industry News. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010
  7. ^ a b c d e "STX Finland Oy Signs Design and Construction Contract for 97.000 GT Cruise Vessel". Shipbuilding Tribune. 27 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  8. ^ "TUI Picks Up Option - Orders Second Ship from STX Finland - Cruise Industry News - Cruise News".
  9. ^ "Splendour of the Seas Sold to TUI for Thomson Cruises".
  10. ^ "TUI: Thomson to Get Mein Schiff 1 and 2 - Cruise Industry News - Cruise News".
  11. ^ "Mein Schiff 5 Float Out - Cruise Industry News - Cruise News".
  12. ^ "Meyer Turku: Keel-Laying for Mein Schiff 6 - Cruise Industry News - Cruise News".
  13. ^ a b "Mein Schiff 7 & Mein Schiff 8 werden zu Mein Schiff 1 & Mein Schiff 2" (in German). 2016-06-23. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  14. ^ "Meyer Turku to build Mein Schiff 7 and 8 for TUI Cruises". 2015-07-01.

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