On July 15, 2016 the My ship 5, the youngest new building of the Hamburg cruise line Tui-Cruises, christened in Lübeck-Travemünde.
There were many things to consider when planning, building and launching the cruise ship. But not by the name of the ship. After Mein Schiff 4 comes logically Mein Schiff 5; Finding a name is that easy TUI Cruises from.
Fourteen months after the first steel cut, Mein Schiff 5 was swimming in the construction dock of the January 15, 2016 Meyer Turku shipyard on. And on June 20, 2016, TUI Cruises officially took over the new building, 10 days earlier than originally planned. The ship was christened on July 15, 2016 in Lübeck-Travemünde. The singer and songwriter Lena Meyer-Landrut acted as godmother.
Mein Schiff 5 - CEO Wybcke Meier, godmother Lena Meyer-Landrut, captain Kjell Holm (from left)
After the successful start of the company with two of Celebrity Cruises acquired used ships was with Mein Schiff 3 the starting shot was given for the development of a largely identical series of ships. A total of six new buildings were ordered. The last ship in the series is to be taken over in 2019. The ships, including Mein Schiff 6, are each 295 meters long and around 36 meters wide. They are measured at almost 99.000 GT. Mein Schiff 7 and 8, the last two ships, are about 20 meters longer. They should be able to accommodate over 2.700 passengers.
From the outside, the cruise ships are like one egg to the other. There are differences with regard to the number of cabins and the equipment. With each new building, the company presents innovations as part of product maintenance. A tour of the ship on board Mein Schiff 5 showed us to what extent the new flagship differs from the previous ships.
There are only a few changes to report in the cabin area. With 1.267 cabins, the number of cabins has increased slightly compared to the previous ships: there are 127 inside, 97 outside and 963 balcony cabins. The proportion of balcony cabins is again more than 82 percent. All standard cabins are 17 m² each. Only the outside cabins designed for 4 to 6 people have a living space of 29 to 44 m².
The area of the 64 junior suites, which have 28 m² of living space and 8 m² of balcony area, is a lot more comfortable. Guests in the suite areas don't have to restrict themselves at all. The size of the suites varies between 40 and 54 m². A total of 12 cabin categories offer passengers the “feel-good moments” that TUI Cruises ships represent.
Sport and wellness
The offers in the SPA & SPORT area promise passengers a “feel-good holiday for all the senses”. A total of 1.800 m² of space is reserved for the SPA & Sport decks with the outdoor sport areas.
Active athletes are offered, in addition to the 25-meter outdoor pool and the 280-meter long jogging track, indoor cycling and much more, for a surcharge, vitality checks, personal training and individual nutritional coaching. The rest areas with the indoor pools on the two predecessor ships Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4 have become open and offer more berths Lagoon remodeled. Mein Schiff 5 was apparently planned for use in sun-drenched regions. Besides the Sand lies the newly arrived Fitness-yourself-path with six outdoor sports equipment that can be used at any time.
The SPA is exotic Thailand dedicated. Sixteen cabins for different beauty treatments and two manicure areas are available for men and women, for young people and couples. A private one became for them SPA Suite designed with sauna, whirlpool and swing bed. If you like, you can rent on the 15th deck Relaxation lodges from 9 euros an hour.
Food and drink on board
The Restaurant offer Mein Schiff 5 underwent some changes. Passengers are familiar with the two "long-running" versions of the Atlantik, the buffet restaurant Anckelmannsplatz and GOSCH, the bakery, that Surf & Turf, the redesigned Day & night bistro as well as the Eisbar.
That is an innovation Hanami by TIM RAUE. The “Hanami” was already on Mein Schiff 3 and 4. The menu of this Japanese restaurant was, however, created by the bustling Berliner Two-star chef Tim Raue designed for TUI Cruises. The restaurant was effectively placed on deck 4 in the "Diamant" in place of the previous café.
To the place of the Richards - Fine dining moved that treats. The name is program. Austrian specialties are prepared both in a modern and traditional way in an alpine ambience. They offer a somewhat “different” breakfast, rustic tapas, until now we thought they came from Spain, coffee and cake in the afternoon and a hearty à la carte menu in the evening.
It is reminiscent of the La Vela bistros (Mein Schiff 1 and 2) Tavern. Italian table culture and the way of life are celebrated there with service at the seat.
For the little hunger in between, the simply styled one should Bosphorus snack bar serve near the pool. Specialties are doner kebab, Arabic-inspired vegetarian falafel and Belgian potatoes.
Around Bars & Lounges there are only a few changes to report. As already stated, the one from Mein Schiff 4 had to be known Cafe lounge give way to the Hanami by TIM RAUE at the stern of the ship. Coffee specialties and chocolates produced on board are now available to the guest next to the newly designed reception in the Nespresso Bar bid on deck 3.
Opposite the bar is the joint with the Thalia bookstore chain developed Reading lounge.
The place of Waterkant Bar & Lounge on deck 4 Mein Schiff 5 takes the elaborately designed LUMAS bar a. Guests also come across the counter there LUMAS gallery. The Berlin provider specializes in the marketing of works by contemporary photo artists in small editions.
TUI Cruises offers passengers on all ships a sophisticated entertainment program with shows, musicals, concerts and variety shows. On Mein Schiff 5, the three-storey in the bow area is mainly used theater. The available stage technology should definitely make the eyes of directors of medium-sized theaters light up.
The one known and proven from Mein Schiff 3 and 4 Sound house now bears the name on Mein Schiff 5 Studio. In addition to the unchanged acoustics, the holographic stage installed there for the first time on a cruise ship is a novelty. This technique lets artists who are not physically present appear "up close" on the studio stage. Also new are the "industrial design" interior design and the integrated small bar.
Environmental protection and energy efficiency
Older generation cruise ships are classified as polluting by environmentalists. As a responsible shipping company, TUI Cruises rely on constructive measures with regard to environmental protection and energy efficiency in their newbuildings. With the help of emission filters, sulfur oxides are "washed" and reduced by up to 99 percent. Nitrogen oxides are reduced by around 75 percent. Compared to the one baptized in June 2014 Mein Schiff 3 the new building requires 10 percent less energy. The shipping company declares Mein Schiff 5 to be one of the world's most energy-efficient cruise ships in its class.
Information about Mein Schiff 5
|Commissioning||16th July 2016|
|Dimensions||Length 295 meters; Width 35,80 meters|
|Passenger decks||12 decks|
|Drive power||28.000 kW|
|Geschwindigkeit||Approx. 21,7 knots|
|passengers||Approx. 2.534 with double occupancy|
|Manning||Around 1.000 people|
|Flagge||Malta, home port Valletta|
|Werft||Meyer Turku Oy, Turku / Finland|
|Godmother & baptism||Lena Meyer-Landrut on July 15.07.2016, XNUMX|
|Currency on board||Euro|
The Master of the Ship - Captain Kjell Holm
Conclusion Mein Schiff 5
With the third new building, in our opinion, the shipping company is presenting a successful cruise ship in the fleet that now consists of seven ships. Passengers who choose this ship can rightly have high expectations of the cruise ship from TUI Cruises cherish. However, we cannot help but get the impression that, contrary to the advertising slogan “Premium All Inclusive”, food and drink offers are increasingly being used in the catering sector.