TUI Cruises, part of Europe’s largest tourism group TUI Group, announced plans on Monday to order a newbuild cruise ship to be built at the Finnish Meyer Turku shipyard.
The newbuild, named Mein Schiff 7, will be identical to the new Mein Schiff 1 and new Mein Schiff 2, planned for delivery from Meyer Turku in 2018 and 2019, with a capacity for up to 2,894 passengers and 111,500 tons.
Delivery of the Mein Schiff 7 is scheduled for 2023.
TUI Cruises says the order due to due to increasing demand in the cruise market.
“The future investment underscores TUI Group’s strategy,” the company said in a statement. “The cruise business is one of the key elements of the growth roadmap pursued by the globally operating TUI Group. The Group continues to invest in its cruise portfolio and expands, modernises and rejuvenates the fleet. The planned measures will help TUI to accelerate the expansion of this growth segment.”
TUI Group’s fleet currently comprises 15 cruise ships, operated by its subsidiaries TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Marella Cruises.
The newbuild order comes ahead of some long-planned changes for TUI Cruises. The company’s new Mein Schiff 1 will be launched in May, at which point the existing Mein Schiff 1 will be transferred to Marella Cruises’ fleet as Marella Explorer. Marella Cruises is the former Thomson Cruises and a subsidiary of TUI UK & Ireland.
In 2019, the new Mein Schiff 2 will be added to the TUI Cruises fleet, replacing the current Mein Schiff 2. In addition, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will expand its fleet next year. In spring and autumn 2019, it will launch the two luxury expedition vessels Hanseatic nature and Hanseatic inspiration.