TUI Cruises CEO Meier gives an interview with Tagesspiegel

TUI Cruises CEO Meier gives an interview with Tagesspiegel


September 26, 2020 - Wybcke Meier, has been managing the cruise company TUI Cruises GmbH for six years. The company is one of the premium providers on the cruise market. Ms. Meier talks about current topics at TUI Cruises in an interview with the Berliner Tagesspiegel. We quote from the report.

Cruises in pandemic conditions
The concept of the cruise ships was adapted to the pandemic conditions. A maximum of 60 percent of the load is used. Guests travel in balcony cabins or suites. Departure ports are currently Hamburg, Kiel and the Greek Heraklion. Distance rules apply on board. In addition, tests for COVID-19 are mandatory before departure.

Have the prices been increased?
The company has left the travel prices at the usual level. The current goal is not to achieve the old profitability. TUI Cruises wants to prove that it can offer and operate travel. In consideration, it is better to drive with a low load than not to drive.

Mein Schiff 5 - from left: CEO Wybcke Meier, godmother Lena Meyer-Landrut, captain Kjell Holm

Mein Schiff 5 - from left: CEO Wybcke Meier, godmother Lena Meyer-Landrut, captain Kjell Holm


How is the demand?
There was constant demand (before Corona) among regular customers and cruise fans. TUI Cruises achieved 100 percent occupancy. There was no driving in lockdown. In the last quarter of this year, the company wants to utilize the fleet to 25 percent.

Has government aid been claimed?
Short-time working has been used at the Hamburg and Berlin locations since March.

Are new ships being built and are there any signs of a break-in?
TUI Cruises has not changed its plans. Orders for new buildings have been placed for 2023, 2024 and 2026 and will be adhered to. The company doesn't expect to move away from cruising.

The TUI Cruises boss assumes that vacation trips will continue to be of great importance. If you look at the number of cruise guests compared to package holidaymakers, the share of cruises in the previous year was only four percent. There is room for improvement.

What happened to the crew during lockdown?
The majority of the officers directly employed on board are nautical and technically necessary on the ships that are not currently in operational use. More than 3.000 crew members were flown home and driven home from Germany in cooperation with TUI Cruises business partner Seachefs.

 

 

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