The new flagship of German TUI Cruises was delivered today from Meyer Turku shipyard. The beautiful 315 m cruise ship is based on a new design, which is an evolution from the very successful Mein Schiff series.
New Mein Schiff 1 is already the fifth Mein Schiff ship built by Meyer Turku to TUI Cruises. All of these ships feature design improvements based on careful observation of the passengers’ preferences. Hence the cruising experience of Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4 were a critical starting point in 2015 when Meyer Turku’s architecture and engineering team together with TUI Cruises and their architects started to work on the improved New Mein Schiff 1 design.
The outcome was a 20m lengthened ship combined with a substantial redesign of the passenger spaces and a number of new iconic features like the new diamond, which now spans the almost 50m breath of the ship, the new “Lagune” sun deck area, the new covered sports “Arena”, and the new elevated jogging track with a spectacular view.
“The impressive new 50m wide steel and glass window structure that makes up the new Diamond at the aft of the ship just above the propellers is a good example how we combine architectural design with our engineering skills supported by sophisticated computer models. Innovations, strengthening our Turku team and our 200million Euro investments in Finland well in advance are our way to compete with our mostly government owned and supported competitors”, CEO of Meyer Turku Jan Meyer comments.
Environmental friendliness was also in focus in the design of New Mein Schiff 1. Each Mein Schiff marks another step in energy efficiency improvement and with New Mein Schiff 1 Meyer Turku is making another big step ahead by engineering it for a 10% energy efficiency improvement compared to last year’s Mein Schiff 6. Mein Schiff 1 is one of the first cruise ships to be equipped with catalytic converters for the main and auxiliary engines, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions.
“I am very thankful to our customer TUI cruises to embark and engage in this innovation journey with us and continue it with the recently ordered Mein Schiff 7”, CEO Meyer continues.
“On our tenth anniversary, we are giving ourselves and our guests the gift of a new Mein Schiff 1, which marks the starting point for a new generation of ships. We will proceed with this expansion over the next year with the new Mein Schiff 2. In 2023, the Mein Schiff 7, another ship in this class, will continue the trend,” said CEO of TUI Cruises Wybcke Meier.
At the shipyard, New Mein Schiff 2 is already under construction and TUI Cruises recently ordered a third sister ship to New Mein Schiff 1 & 2 for delivery from Turku in 2023, which will be called ‘Mein Schiff 7’.
From Turku New Mein Schiff 1 will sail to Hamburg to be christened there on the 11th of May. She will begin operation shortly after.
Press Release: meyerturku.fi