In May 2009, Hamburg-based TUI Cruises entered the German cruise market as the second volume provider. The TUI Group and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. founded joint venture in May 2009 Mein Schiff 1 in service.
At Mein Schiff 1, a used ship, the former “Celebrity Galaxy” of the Royal Caribbean subsidiary “Celebrity Cruises”, was used. The ship, which was built in 1996 and is getting on in years, was extensively modified and expanded and adapted to the needs of the German market.
Mein Schiff 1 off St. Georges - Grenada
As of July 2018, the TUI Cruises fleet has grown to six ships with a total of 14.886 beds. Mein Schiff 1 was opened in May 2018 by the significantly larger new building of new Mein Schiff 1 replaced. The "old" Mein Schiff 1 was taken out of service and sold to the British Marella Cruises (ex Thomson Cruises) within the TUI Group. There she drives under the name "Marella Explorer".
We know the old Mein Schiff 1 from two voyages in quick succession in 2010. Although the shipping company's basic premium concept also applies to the new Mein Schiff 1 persists, the two ships are not comparable. TUI Cruises' first cruise ship should not be forgotten. For this reason we continue to report on the old Mein Schiff 1.
1996 as Celebrity Galaxy, new in 2009 after renovation
262 meters, width: 32 meters, draft 7,70 meters
14, including 10 decks for the passengers
1.924 on a 2-bed basis
962, including 307 inside cabins