June 14, 2022 - Ten years after the start of production of the first newbuild of the Mein Schiff fleet, the first steel cutting for Mein Schiff 7 was completed today in Turku, Finland. None other than Wybcke Meier, head of TUI Cruises, gave the signal for the start of production. TUI Cruises will invest in three new buildings by 2026.
Mein Schiff 7 is a sister ship to the ships that were put into service in 2018 and 2019 Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2. Both ships are 316 meters long and measured at 111.500 GT. With double occupancy, both new buildings offer space for 2.894 guests. This number of guests is also given for Mein Schiff 7. The defining elements of the Mein Schiff concept are retained. This applies to the high proportion of outside and balcony cabins, the large selection of restaurants and bars, spacious outdoor areas and the spa and sports areas with the 25-metre pool. However, guests can already look forward to new concepts and designs.
Sister ship Mein Schiff 2
TUI Cruises plans to procure three ships. The company is making the investments against the background of demographic developments and the preference of German guests for German cruise products. The management of the second largest German cruise operator expects a market potential of up to 5 million cruise passengers per year in the coming years. New builds like Mein Schiff 7 are needed to meet the additional demand.
Sister ship Mein Schiff 1
Mein Schiff 7 is scheduled to enter service in 2024. With the commissioning, TUI Cruises sees an important milestone in environmentally friendly and climate-neutral cruises. The ship is operated with lower-emission marine diesel (sulphur content: 0,1%) and is equipped with catalytic converters (nitrogen oxide reduction: around 75%) and a shore power connection. This ensures almost zero-emission ship operation while the ship is in port (approximately 40 percent of the operating time). Provided: Ports offer shore power.
Further technical improvements are aimed at more efficient waste processing, and Mein Schiff 7 is being prepared for propulsion with methanol. "Green" methanol (bio- or e-methanol) is being considered. If obtained from renewable energies, it is considered a climate-friendly fuel. In this way, the ship's propulsion would be almost CO2-neutral. In 2030, the Hamburg shipping company intends to offer the first climate-neutral cruises.
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