JUNE 20, 2016 — Today, ten days ahead of schedule, TUI Cruises took delivery of the 99,800 gt, 2,794 passenger cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
Wybcke Meier and Frank Kuhlmann, CEO and CFO of TUI Cruises, together with Dr. Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku Oy shipyard, marked the occasion with invited guests at the handing-over ceremony.
Mein Schiff 5 and her complement of approximately 1,000 crew members will depart the shipyard tomorrow for Kiel, her first German port of call, where she is scheduled to dock June 23, 2016.
"Although this is already our third newbuild, it's still incredibly exciting to see a new ship grow from the first steel cutting to the finishing interior touches," said Wybcke Meier. "In a good two-year construction period, countless people have dedicated themselves to turning ten million components into our ship. We are looking forward to finally putting Mein Schiff 5 into service in mid-July."
"We had the unique opportunity to build on the high standard and success of Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4 to further perfect this series of ships with Mein Schiff 5," said Dr. Jan Meyer. "We are immensely proud of the result. This is in no small measure due to the trust and excellent cooperation with TUI Cruises."
New features incorporated in Mein Schiff 5 include a Japanese restaurant, a further outdoor pool on Deck 14 and a completely redesigned reception area on Deck 3.
A strong emphasis on eco-friendly technologies includes a tried-and-tested combined exhaust after-treatment system that uses a desulfurization unit with catalytic converters to significantly minimize the emission levels. The technology allows sulfur emissions to be reduced by approximately 99 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by around 75 percent.
Energy consumption is a further 4 percent lower than on the sister ship Mein Schiff 3.